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Kurt Pellegrino Says He'll Never Tap, Will Retire if He Loses Another Fight

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5/03/2010 2:36 PM ET By Ben Fowlkes



Kurt Pellegrino may be riding an impressive four-fight win streak in the UFC, but he still seems to think he could be just one loss away from retirement.

That's what he claims anyway, saying in the past that his next loss would prompt him to quit the sport for good. When asked by Ariel Helwani on this week's episode of The MMA Hour whether he was willing to stick to that claim, the lightweight contender affirmed that it wasn't just idle talk.

"I told my wife and daughter, if there's someone out there who can beat me, I have to start all over again. I'm at the bottom...and I don't know if I can do that."

Pellegrino also said that his most recent loss – a triangle choke submission to Nate Diaz in 2008 – was the last time fans will ever see him tap out in a fight.


When the conversation turned to Diaz, who had a few choice expletives for Pellegrino in an earlier interview with Helwani, "Batman" seemed far more confused than upset.

"I don't know what Nate's so mad about. He won the fight. I'm sorry that I beat you up in round one, but you won."

In fact, Pellegrino said his current win streak is a direct result of the loss to Diaz. The defeat made him train harder than ever before, he said, while also encouraging him to seek out the help of friend and training partner Kenny Florian.

"I kind of owe my four-fight win streak to him," Pellegrino said of Diaz.

For his next outing, Pellegrino is slated to face George Sotiropoulos at UFC 116 in Las Vegas. Though Pellegrino described Sotiropoulos as a good boxer with a strong rubber guard, he said he intends to prove to the world that "the rubber guard won't work on me."

"I'm going in there to finish the fight," said Pellegrino. "I'm coming in on my shield and I'm willing to leave on it."

Pellegrino also admitted that he didn't know if Sotiropoulos would be allowed to wear the same knee sleeves that he wore in his last fight against Joe Stevenson in Sydney, Australia, but concluded, "If he's going to wear them, I want to wear them."
 

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We're about find out if he is going to stick to his word, because George is going to beat him.
 

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WAR GEORGE, i don't like pelligrino he is a typically obnoxious new jersian
 

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Better hope he gets caught in a choke, or he'll be nursing an injury for a little while.
 

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Pellegrino is so full of shit. He won't tap just like he was going to try and finish Neer. Dude will tap with the quickness if Soti gets any joint lock tight, as he should. Only dumbasses don't tap when they know they will get a joint ripped up or a bone broken.
 

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ill bet $ he wont tap.

Renzo style, i love it.

you take those scars with you as medals of honor into the afterlife.
 

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Guy is still pretty young. He's like 30 yrs old. Looking at Kurt's record, I'm surprised he's not more popular. I think "I'll quit if I lose," is just a mentally he wants to have to motivate himself to win. If he loses, he'll probably take back everything he said.
 

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he's just getting a healthy rise out of people, he knows what is really up for sure.

all he can do is come in confident and fight! until then this type of talk is not uncommon, and it is getting people more excited for a fight that many could not care less about.
 

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Statements like these are almost always retarded. Ask BJ how he feels about his 'to the death George' statement now.

If he resembled a contender, I might care about this. Lucky for him, no one actually gives a crap whether 3rd rate fighters tap or not.
 

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Statements like these are almost always retarded. Ask BJ how he feels about his 'to the death George' statement now.

If he resembled a contender, I might care about this. Lucky for him, no one actually gives a crap whether 3rd rate fighters tap or not.
3rd rate fighter? His record is pretty good if you ask me. A third rate fighter would be someone who does local cards and has a negative record. Every guy that makes it to the UFC has a right to be there because he's been better than the rest that is not in the UFC (which is an estimated 95% of fighters out there). Out of the lucky 5% he may not belong to the 0,5% that are world class, but he's still a great fighter.
 
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