UFC 236 winner Dwight Grant confused by Alan Jouban’s outraged reaction to decision loss

ATLANTA – Once the scorecards were announced for their UFC 236 welterweight meeting on Saturday, it was clear that Alan Jouban wasn’t quite on board with a loss to Dwight Grant.

Jouban reiterated that sentiment afterward, saying his “heart was ripped out” by the split decision and asking to “talk to the (expletive) judges” in a post-fight interview with ESPN. Jouban would also go on to post a clip of his passionate post-fight reaction, captioned “Sometimes you just gotta say how you really feel.”

There’s one person, though, who predictably wasn’t that impressed with Jouban’s outrage.

“I was confused,” Grant told reporters, including MMA Junkie, backstage at State Farm Arena in Atlanta. “I was like, ‘You could be upset about what? You had an opportunity…’ I could understand if he got me down, or he had some moments where he was winning.

“But he took me down the last 10 seconds of the fight. That doesn’t give you a win. He may have wished it did, but he knows good and well he didn’t. He’s a veteran, he knows better than that.”

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Grant (10-2 MMA, 2-1 UFC) took a pair of 29-28 scorecards, which topped the 30-27 that Jouban (16-7 MMA, 7-5 UFC) got from one of the judges. It wasn’t exactly the display or exact outcome that Grant wanted, but he was happy to come out with the win after an injury in his right arm forced a change of plans.

“The bicep is messed up,” Grant said. “So when I tried to throw an overhand, it would lock up. Or it would do something weird. Once that happened twice, I was like, ‘OK, I should stop throwing this.’ It’s just – it was there. But then I threw it again and it wasn’t a good idea.”

Grant’s plan was simple: “He throws his kick, I punch him right in the face.” And Jouban was so open to these counter-attacks, Grant said, that he was still able to apply it in spite of his injury, with the other arm. Even if the jabs and hooks were landing, though, he wasn’t able to follow up due to his right arm “being all loopy.”

Grant was in pain even as the ref held up his arm and said that, if you look closely, you’ll notice the bicep “is not shaped right.” But he’s also had worse. And going home with a second straight win, after losing his UFC debut, probably helps ease the discomfort.

Jouban, however, wasn’t the only one unhappy with how the welterweight bout unfolded. The crowd, too, didn’t seem particularly pleased with a bout that ultimately just didn’t feature much action.

Hopefully, if all goes according to Grant’s plan, those present at his next venue won’t have the same problem.

“I wanted to knock him out,” Grant said. “I wanted to get that win not because I don’t like him, because I just wanted to get a spectacular win on this big card, and I just get pushed into a fight with a top-10 guy. I want to fight the best guys in the world, so I can show these things that people aren’t seeing MMA has to offer.

“There are all kinds of techniques and all kind of counters I can do that are made to be seen by a crowd. And I hope that’s what I can get next.”

To hear from Grant, check out the video above.

For complete coverage of UFC 236, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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