Newly crowned UFC 205 pound champion addressed his highly humble beginnings in Louisiana in the UFC 187 post-fight press conference:
“We had nothing. Salina and I had nothing. She’s been with me since I had one fight. One time, we had our son, young baby. I was in Strikeforce, and I would barely fight. Salina and I had a 700-square foot apartment in San Jose, California—one bedroom—and we hadno money. And my family has no money down in Louisiana. And I was so desperate because we had no gas, we had nothing.
We were on welfare. We called my parents, and they don’t have much. But my mom, my dad, my brothers and my sister—they pulled together whatever they had and they had $575, and they sent it to Salina and I. And it allowed us to actually get through the month until my next sponsorship check from Cage Fighter came. … It’s great to give this championship to my parents and my fiancee because now, we’re fine.”
Then earlier this week John Makdessi who showed no fear striking with Donald Cerrone, but ultimately got his jaw broken and lost via TKO at UFC 187 spoke out about his loss. In a message on Facebook, the fighter, now 30, contemplated his future:
“It’s unfortunate I got my jaw broken in the fight I never experienced that in my whole life of competing. Im still at the hospital now I’m healing and reflecting. I fight for my future and to pay my bills I sacrifice my body and put everything on the line every time I step into that cage. I’m sorry I couldn’t do what I wanted to do I wasn’t there 100% but no excuses Donal Cerrone was a better man that night I wish I could of given you guys a better fight. But it is what it is. This is life. I always want to go out there and entertain the crowd.
In regards of my career I’m 30 years old now I’ve been competing since the age of 6 and turned professional at the age of 23. The 155 devision always leaves me at a disadvantage with opponents having the size and reach advantage and at 145 I won’t feel strong, be too weak and it won’t be good for myhealth. It’s to bad they don’t make more weight classes for the fighters like they do in boxing. I have to be smart I take to many risks fighting bigger guys, but I know it’s a business no ego involved. This fight I took a lot of damage. Never in my life took so much damage. Have to sit down with myself do a lot of thinking a lot of healing and see what I’m going to do next. Want to give a special thanks to Core Nutritional, Ben Hoffman and my team for all the support and help.To my fans thank u for all your support. I love u guys.”