UFC one-handed hopeful Nick Newell lost the final of the Contender Series 14 final.
Alex Munoz won all three rounds to clinch the victory with a 30-27 scorecard and land a UFC contract.
And Newell was left heartbroken after losing the bout and his shot at getting a deal in MMA’s premier promotion.
A bloodied and bruised Newell said: “Physically I am fine but emotionally it hurts.
“But I have lost before and it made me better. There are lessons to learn from this and I going to just keep moving forward.
“I am a little disappointed, there was more I could have shown.
“I felt I was winning the stand-up, he was missing a lot, but this is MMA and I got taken down and he landed some good shots and I could not get up.
“He was a better man, there are no excuses, it’s a fight and it was not my day, it was his and he deserves it.
“I worked 17 years for this, this is a lifestyle choice for me so I will just get better. I am going to take some time off and maybe get a little fat.
“I am never content, nothing is good enough for me, I am now 14-2 and it sucks but this is the game we play. Alex is a good guy and he earned it.
“I have a great life outside of fighting and it’s only going to get better than from here.
“I just want to fight in the UFC but nothing is given, everything is earned.
“I have taken the hard route my whole life and I am used to it. I want to earn everything I have.
“All I ever asked for was a chance and I got that and I did not make the most of it.”
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The 32-year-old tried to use his submission skills on Tuesday night but Munoz’s wrestling proved superior and he rained blows down on a floored Newell.
The frenetic fight left both man sweaty and bloodied and it made it even more difficult for Newell to lock in an of his trademark submissions.
But Newell did win the respect of his arrival
Munoz said: “I knew he was going to be a tough fighter. It was an awkward fight to prepare for.
“On top of that, he has one arm he uses very, very well. He has two arms he uses very well.
“You can’t count him out. He’s a quality opponent. I wish him the best of luck.”