The crowd’s return to UFC London was the ‘cherry on top’ for Nicolas Dalby
LONDON, England — UFC London was not only Nicolas Dalby’s first fight in Europe since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, it was his first fight in front of a crowd in years.
It’s something Denmark’s Dalby (20-4-1, 2NC) called “damn amazing” after a decisive win over Brazilian Claudio Silva.
“I really noticed the crowd,” he said after the fight, speaking to the media backstage at the O2 Arena. “I always fought with a crowd, until COVID. When COVID hit I really didn’t notice anything missing, but now that it’s with a crowd again, it definitely gives an extra five, ten percent in the cage, even though I’m super focused.
What impact did this crowd have? Dalby explained that even if they were a postman, he would have done the job anyway.
“Crowd effect was definitely a factor, but for me, personally, I like crowds, but [when] I fight in the cage, I have blinders on,” he told Cageside Press. “Don’t get me wrong, the crowd makes a difference, but for me to do my job, I shouldn’t have to rely on the crowd. For me personally, I would have done it anyway, but that’s a plus, it’s the icing on the cake. It doesn’t change the whole recipe as a whole, but it’s the icing on the cake that makes it even sweeter when you do exciting things.
Silva was not an easy opponent to put away and even tried to mount a late comeback.
“Yeah absolutely, and that’s why all of a sudden an omoplata came out of nowhere, and I was hanging on to that,” Dalby said of the final minutes of the fight. “But we knew going into the fight that he’s a guy you can never rely on. He submitted Danny Roberts with a minute left in the third round after being outplayed, so you can never count Claudio Silva out of a fight.
Watch the full UFC London post-fight scrum with Nicolas Dalby above.