Jeff Molina may have gotten his first UFC win, and his first bonus, but he’s not happy with his octagon debut and has his sights set on the brother of the current 125-pound champion.
In the second fight of the night this past Saturday at UFC 261, Molina picked up a unanimous decision win over Aori Qileng in the event’s Fight of the Night to earn an extra $50,000.
After an exciting battle over the first two rounds, Molina opened up in a big way in the third, landing 127 significant strikes—the third most in a round in UFC history. The 2020 DWCS contract winner’s 189 total significant strikes landed set a new record in the flyweight division, shattering champion Deiveson Figueiredo’s previous record of 137 landed against Brandon Moreno at UFC 256.
In an exclusive interview, Molina joined MMA Fighting’s Mike Heck to recap his successful promotional debut and discusses why he wasn’t proud of his performance, James Krause providing a cheat code when his game plan wasn’t working early on, lessons learned from the final 10 seconds of the fight, fighting in front of a fired up Jacksonville crowd, wanting to fight Jimmy Flick before he announced his retirement, eyeing a fight with “Great Value” Francisco Figueiredo, and more.