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Adam Fugitt reacts in his welterweight bout against Michael Morales of Ecuador during UFC 277 at American Airlines Center on July 30, 2022 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images)
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Adam Fugitt Made All The Right Changes

With A Change Of Scenery, Adam Fugitt Feels Like He Is In The Right Frame Of Mind Going Into UFC Fight Night: Perez vs Taira

“It has been a year, hasn't it?”

Adam Fugitt laughs, and yes, it has been a year, and when he steps into the Octagon on Saturday to face Josh Quinlan, it will be a year and five days since he last fought. And what a 12 months and five days it’s been.

“I did not expect to take this long to get back, that's for sure,” said Fugitt. “They offered me a fight in August, but I was healing up from a bit of an injury and I wasn't able to take that. And then it just seemed like time kind of slipped by. I was trying to find my way down here, as well. So yeah, it's unfortunate that it took a year. Maybe I did a little too much sulking after my last fight and didn't get myself in gear, but I'm here now. Sulking is done and it's just all about June 15th.”

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“Down here” is at the Fight Ready gym in Arizona, the Eugene, Oregon native’s new training home. The reason for the switch from the rain to the heat is simple.

Adam Fugitt reacts after his TKO victory over Yusaku Kinoshita of Japan in a welterweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on February 04, 2023 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
Adam Fugitt reacts after his TKO victory over Yusaku Kinoshita of Japan in a welterweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on February 04, 2023 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

“What’s the definition of insanity?” Fugitt asks. “‘Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.’”

The previous same thing got him to the UFC, where he impressed before losing a short-notice assignment against Michael Morales in in July of 2022. Fugitt returned in early 2023 with a knockout of Yusaku Kinoshita, earning him a UFC 289 main card bout in Canada against rising star Mike Malott. He lost via second-round submission, and it hit him hard.  

“Believe it or not, I can get a little bit of that post-fight depression, win or lose,” he said. “All the buildup for that moment, all the work put in and then it comes and goes so quick. Fight week comes and it doesn't feel like a week. It feels like a blink of an eye and then everything's gone and done, and the world moves on and you're no longer in the headlines unless you have a really stellar performance; then you can get some rollover for a week or so. But yeah, it's kind of weird.”

Adam Fugitt reacts after his TKO victory over Yusaku Kinoshita of Japan in a welterweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on February 04, 2023 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
Adam Fugitt reacts after his TKO victory over Yusaku Kinoshita of Japan in a welterweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on February 04, 2023 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

It didn’t help being thrown into a situation few with less than five UFC fights get to experience. But after being on his first pay-per-view main card, he did gather some valuable lessons.

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“Honestly, I was a little ill prepared,” Fugitt said. “I guess that's my fatal flaw in that I downplayed a little bit of the magnitude of what happened: getting bumped up to the main card, having to do the press conference, thinking that I was quick witted enough to just go in there and be able to answer the questions no problem. Or at least I had the personality to do it. But it was fun. I liked it mentally. I could have been a little bit more prepared, just being a critic of myself. But yeah, I was able to enjoy it for the most part. And yeah, the weight cut did suck. I wish I would've been a little bit more prepared in that department, too.”

Maybe the biggest lesson Fugitt took home from Vancouver was that he needed a change. Enter Eddie Cha, Santino Defranco and the Fight Ready squad.

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“I was introduced to Eddie when I came out to Vegas and ended up getting some work with him,” he said. “I just really liked him as a striking coach, the things that he had shown me and things I hadn't really thought about. So I decided to come out and visit.”

And decided to stay.

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“I really liked the guys and liked the vibe of the gym, so I said, I’ve got to make a change. I’ve basically been at the same gym my entire career and I'm preparing for the best fighters in the world with the amateur guys I coach. So I’ve got to put myself in the room to be the small fish again, put myself in a bigger pond, become the small fish, get beat up a little bit to learn some lessons. And just keep working some skills, different skills that the different coaches are going to give me. I just really needed that change of scenery. I needed to be uncomfortable again.”

So he can feel right at home in the Octagon on Saturday.

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