'Hard lesson to learn'

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 7:46 AM ET

The Edmonton Eskimos can take a deep breath and relax.

After taking a wicked punch to the head and being knocked out in the ring on Saturday, Mike Maurer seems to be fine.

Although he has a bit of a black eye, the Eskimos' fullback doesn't have a headache and believes he is concussion free.

"I honestly thought I couldn't be knocked out and I was invincible," said Maurer.

"It's a hard lesson to learn that I am human."

While Maurer was talking fine - even joking at times - yesterday, there are a couple of caution flags that suggest he might have a concussion.

Besides being unconscious after being belted by Roger Hollett just 36 seconds into the first round on the Maximum Fighting Championship 11 card, Maurer is suffering some memory loss.

"When I got up off the mat, I thought that was the end of the first round," he said with a chuckle.

"I was walking back to my corner and it wasn't until I heard the announcer (that I learned) what happened. I was like: What the (heck)?"

The 31-year-old is taking all the blame for the shocking ending to the mixed martial arts fight.

"I wanted to stand up a little bit, even though that is really not my game," he said.

"I knew it was my last fight and I wanted to test myself a little bit.

"I didn't want to play it safe."

A fierce competitor, Maurer vows the loss will spark his football season now that he's retired from MMA fighting.

"I'm going to lick my wounds, patch myself up and focus in on football and coming out harder," he said.


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