Trevor Peek wanted to show ‘couch potatoes’ he’s more than just a brawler at UFC 294

ABU DHABI – Trevor Peek beat Mohammad Yahya with a unanimous decision Saturday on the preliminary card at UFC 294 at Etihad Arena in Abu Dhabi.

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

Trevor Peek vs. Mohammad Yahya

Trevor Peek def. Mohammad Yahya, UFC 294 (Craig Kidwell–USA TODAY Sports)
Trevor Peek def. Mohammad Yahya, UFC 294 (Craig Kidwell–USA TODAY Sports)

Result: Trevor Peek def. Mohammad Yahya via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27 30-27)
Updated records: Peek (9-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC), Yahya (12-4 MMA, 0-1 UFC)
Key stats: Peek had four takedowns, more than five minutes of control time, and nearly doubled up on Yahya in total strikes landed.

Peek on the fight's key moment

Trevor Peek def. Mohammad Yahya, UFC 294 (Craig Kidwell–USA TODAY Sports)
Trevor Peek def. Mohammad Yahya, UFC 294 (Craig Kidwell–USA TODAY Sports)

“I learned quite a bit. I wanted to get the finish, naturally, but I wanted to go in there and show everybody that I’m more than just a brawler. I know I got a little loopy and threw a few wild punches. We’ll tighten it up. We’ll fix it next time. But I also wanted to show everyone that my gas tank was better. Everybody’s been kind of knocking my cardio from my last fight, and they don’t know that I didn’t really get to train till the last three weeks of my last camp.”

Peek on his reputation

Trevor Peek def. Mohammad Yahya, UFC 294 (Craig Kidwell–USA TODAY Sports)
Trevor Peek def. Mohammad Yahya, UFC 294 (Craig Kidwell–USA TODAY Sports)

“You want to be known as a contender, not just an exciting brawler. I’m here to try to win a belt. Naturally, I’ll always have a little bit of that wildness in me. It’s just (ingrained) in my spirit. But I want to be more than just a brawler. … I also wanted to show people that I do belong in the UFC. Everybody’s telling me that I’m not UFC caliber on the media, all these couch potatoes that ain’t never done nothing with their life, and it kind of upset me. I just wanted to show everybody that I’m here to play, I’m here to stay, and I will win fights in dominant fashion. I am a contender.”

Peek on what he wants next

Jun 24, 2023; Jacksonville, Florida, USA; Chepe Mariscal (blue gloves) celebrates after he defeats Trevor Peek (red gloves) in a lightweight bout during UFC Fight Night at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena. Mandatory Credit: David Yeazell-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 24, 2023; Jacksonville, Florida, USA; Chepe Mariscal (blue gloves) celebrates after he defeats Trevor Peek (red gloves) in a lightweight bout during UFC Fight Night at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena. Mandatory Credit: David Yeazell-USA TODAY Sports

“I ain’t got anything in mind, really. I know one of these days, I’d like to get that Chepe (Mariscal) fight back. I’m going to talk to my coaches, fix a few more things that I need to fix in my game, and then we’ll go from there. But as far as places or people, just line them up and I’ll knock them down.”

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

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