Costas Philippou got back on track with a big win over Lorenz Larkin on Saturday, but he considered calling it a day after losing two in a row. Philippou bounced back from consecutive losses against Francis Carmont and Luke Rockhold, the latter of which coming just 2:31 into the first round. In a war against former Strikeforce prospect Lorenz Larkin, Philippou came out with his first win in over a year, after the aforementioned losses to Carmont and Rockhold snapped a five fight win streak.
Talking with MMAjunkie, the former Serra-Longo team member revealed that he considered quitting the sport after the Rockhold loss.
“Now, it’s all fun and games, but it was a very stressful period the past six or seven months.
I reached a point where I was doubting myself; I was doubting if I still wanted to fight, but I just want to thank Dana and the UFC for keeping faith. They gave me the co-main event and I’m still standing. I appreciate everything.”
Philippou put himself into title contention after winning his fifth in a row against Tim Boetsch, and many felt that an impressive performance against Francis Carmont could be another to put him in a fight for the belt. Carmont dominated Philippou, however, and handed the New Yorker his first loss since March 2011.
Now 13-4 as a professional and going 6-3 during his UFC run, Philippou has placed himself back in the top 10, going up two places to #10 on the updated UFC rankings. He expanded on his thoughts after consecutive losses against Carmont and Rockhold, and detailed what helped him pull through from what he describes as ‘rock bottom.’
“Two fights ago [vs. Carmont], I spent 12 out of 15 minutes laying on my back and it was an awful experience for myself and the fans, and I was embarrassed.
I came back and my last fight was worse – I got knocked out for the first time in my life. I started wondering if I could keep doing what I was doing. I didn’t know if I still had it in me. But my coaches stayed by my side. They basically told me to put on my big-boy pants and go fight. I put in the work, they helped me out and it worked.”