Jitters get a lot of press when it comes to the experience of an MMA fight. Disinterest is the underreported flip side of that coin.
Steven Siler (32-17-1), who’s set for the PFL featherweight tournament finals opposite Lance Palmer (16-3), just didn’t feel ready as he sat in the locker room waiting to walk out for a quarterfinal bout against veteran Nazareno Malegarie at PFL 8.
“Not that I wasn’t prepared, but I just really wasn’t in the mood to fight,” Siler told MMAjunkie Radio. “I was really just not motivated at that moment. I came out (to the arena) with no interest.”