Hunter Azure continues to get comfortable after UFC on ESPN+ 34

LAS VEGAS – Hunter Azure beat Cole Smith with a unanimous decision Saturday to open up UFC on ESPN+ 34 in Las Vegas.

Take a look inside the fight with Azure, who got back in the win column after the first loss of his career.

Azure on the fight’s key moment

“He threw everything at me that I was pretty much expecting. He was long, but I have a great team behind me. They prepped me super well for this fight. … I feel more comfortable the more I’m out there. Tonight, I felt way more relaxed. I felt like I was supposed to be there. Once I got in the octagon, everything was calm and relaxed. I was just feeling great in the moment.”

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Azure on rebounding from a loss

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – SEPTEMBER 05: (R-L) Hunter Azure punches Cole Smith in a bantamweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on September 05, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

“This was very important for me. My only focus coming into this fight camp was to get back into the win column. I didn’t care how I got it. All I was focused on was getting my hand raised.”

Azure on what he wants next

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – SEPTEMBER 05: (R-L) Cole Smith kicks Hunter Azure in a bantamweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on September 05, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

“You’re only as good as your last fight. Everyone saw me coming off that loss. This was a big step for me, to come back and get this win. I want to keep growing and grinding after this.”

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

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