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Drakkar Klose calls out Gregor Gillespie after UFC 241 win – sort of

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ANAHEIM, Calif. – Drakkar Klose beat Christos Giagos with a unanimous decision Saturday on the preliminary card at UFC 241 in Anaheim, Calif.

Take a look inside the fight with Klose, who won for the third straight time to continue to rebound from the only loss of his career.

Result: Drakkar Klose def. Christos Giagos via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Updated records: Christos Giagos (17-7 MMA, 3-3 UFC) vs. Drakkar Klose (10-1-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC)
Key stat: Klose landed 71 percent of his total strikes to go along with a pair of takedowns – including a highlight-reel slam.

Klose on the fight’s key moment

“I definitely felt a little rust in that first round. I was telling my coaches, when I first stepped in there, it didn’t feel normal. I warmed up, but it just didn’t feel like I was there at the beginning. It clicked in the second and third – I knew I had to start fighting.”

Klose on being desperate to get a win

“I hope a fight like that is enough to finally get me the big fights I’m after. I just need to stay a little more active. … It was an emotional rollercoaster getting here with my last fight falling out – I shed some tears for sure, just anger. It was tough. When I had him on my back in the third, I was thinking I should just keep him there for the rest of the round because I knew the time was getting close. When I know I have to win, I’ll do whatever it takes to get that victory.”

Klose on what he wants next

“Going into this fight, I said I wanted (Gregor) Gillespie afterward. But the way I was looking tonight, I might need a little more time. But if they call and give me that fight, I’ll do it. I’ll fight anyone.”

To hear more from Klose, check out the video of the full post-fight interview above.

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