UFC 125: Brad Tavares 'honored' to fight but also glad to 'finish' Phil Baroni

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"I guess in the beginning, not so much that I didn't respect him but I don't know, in the heat of the moment you just want to throw punches and you get caught. That's exactly his plan and I should have stayed away from that. He caught me and I'm just glad he didn't finish me and I'm glad I could get the finish on him. ... It was an honor for me to fight him."

The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) season 11 veteran Brad Tavares tells Ariel Helwani he was honored to fight a legend in the sport like Phil Baroni. The Hawaiian was able to weather an early storm from "The New York Bad Ass" before turning up the heat and putting away his over-matched opponent. His professional record remains spotless while Baroni just may be receiving that dreaded pink slip. With a high profile win under his belt now, what's next for Tavares? Anybody think we may have just seen the birth of a top contender at 185-pounds? Sound off, Maniacs.

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