Brady Hiestand warns UFC bantamweights as soon as they get going: “Everyone is screwed”


LAS VEGAS – Brady Hiestand defeated Garrett Armfield by third-round submission in the main event of UFC on ESPN 58 at UFC Apex in Las Vegas on Saturday.

Take a look behind the scenes at the fight with Hiestand, who returned after a 14-month absence and received his first UFC post-fight bonus.

Result: Brady Hiestand defeats Garrett Armfield by submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 3, 1:52
Updated records: Hiestand (9-2 MMA, 3-1 UFC), Armfield (10-4 MMA, 2-2 UFC)
Key statistics: Hiestand managed six takedowns.

Hiestand on the key moment of the fight

“The fact that he got out of that chokehold in the first round – I was substituting people with that. Unfortunately, my fingers got caught in the glove and I couldn't get the angle that I normally have. Good for him for defending himself against that, but one day I'm going to catch someone with that.”

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JUNE 15: (LR) Brady Hiestand punches Garrett Armfield in a bantamweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on June 15, 2024 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Hiestand on dominance

“I want to go out there and be dominant, and back and forth is fun. That's good for the fans – not good for my well-being. I just want to be dominant. I want to show that I'm the best of the best, and I know that. My trainer and I would say that was probably more of a B- for me. As soon as I get an A+ in the cage, everyone's screwed.”

Hiestand on his next goals

“I'm going full throttle. No brakes. I want to fight two more times this year. I've got August 3 scheduled in Abu Dhabi. That's what I want. I want to fight then, and then there's room for one more fight. So three fights, 2024. I had a 14-month break and I told them I was so mad because I've fought twice a year since I was 16 and since I've been in the UFC I've had two years off.

“I'm tired of wasting time standing on the sidelines. I'm ready to fight. I'm ready to go. I'm ready to make money. And I'm ready to leave a legacy. … I see my career taking off. I want to be in the top 15 by the end of 2024 and then fight for that title in 2025. Let's go, baby.”

For more from Hiestand, watch the full post-fight interview video above.

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