Bryan Caraway: Advice to ‘Coast’ Against Mizugaki Blown Out of Proportion
Caraway, on “Beatdown,”
discussing the instructions he received before the third round of
his bout against Takeya
Mizugaki, which included a much-criticized comment from
girlfriend Miesha Tate
that he could “coast”:
“That was absolutely blown completely out of proportion. First of
all, Miesha’s not my lead corner. She’s there for kind of mental,
emotional support. She just happened to be wearing the microphone.
My lead corner was somebody else and she just repeats what they say
because I can hear her. I know her voice. I tune in. So all she is
is just a repeater box. All she does is repeat what they say, and
she was repeating what she was told to say.
“Another point is coasting to me is completely different than
somebody else. I’m not a striker. ... [I’m not someone] who sits on
the outside and looks pretty and jabs and tends to run away.
Coasting for me is don’t go in there with your head down and brawl
and throw punches and wrestle and get in crazy scrambles. Coasting
for me is completely different than what other people think
“People can’t criticize and say, ‘Oh, he was coasting. That’s why
he lost.’ Mizugaki came out in round three knowing he lost round
one and two. Regardless of what the judges said, he knew he lost
it. [Mizugaki and his camp] had actually came back to my corner
after the fight and told me that they thought I had won the fight.
... They were telling him in the corner that they thought he had
lost round one and two and he came out tough in round three.”
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