Josh Samman wanted to excite the Amway Center crowd Saturday night at UFC on FOX 17.
However, the veteran of The Ultimate Fighter was unable to do that, falling to Tamdan McCrory via third round submission in Orlando.
The 27-year-old Samman (12-3) had his four-fight win streak snapped and lost for the first time in four Octagon appearances.
“I gave it everything I had. I really gave it 100 percent. I fought as hard as I could. Everything he threw at me I anticipated, I knew it was going to be very difficult. He was the biggest middleweight I ever fought,” Samman said. “He was very similar to me, we both have excellent offense and it was a matter of finding the holes in the other person’s game. I didn’t find his, he found mine.
Earlier this year, Samman scored a first round submission win over Caio Magalhaes after finishing Eddie Gordon via head-kick and Kevin Casey with knees.
“I felt won the scrambles in the first and the second round and I thought I could do it in the third,” he said. “I felt I could do it in the third, but he maintained an outstanding pace and I couldn’t keep up with him at the end.”