By his own admission, difficulty has surrounded the last couple years of Cody Bollinger’s career.
Weight issues have more than once caused friction with Bollinger and his promotions, leading to splits, but now he feels he’s beyond that and ready for some stability.
“I separated with WSOF because we couldn’t see eye to eye too often, so had to end that relationship,” said Bollinger of his 2014. “I moved up a weight class and I took some really good steps in the right direction.
“The negative stuff of last year, I’m pretty sure I fixed all that. It was a good start to get my foot in the door to hit it hard this year.”
Bollinger told MMAWeekly.com that the decision to move up to featherweight full-time has already yielded great results in his fight preparation.
“Being back up at 145 pounds now, this is my first camp in three years where I’ve gotten to focus on getting better and learning and becoming a better overall fighter rather than worrying about my weight cut,” he said. “Without having that added stress to it, I’m a lot more comfortable.
“I feel a lot stronger. I might even be quicker. I’m learning so much every day. It’s definitely a different camp with a way better feel this time.”
Bollinger (17-3) will get his first test of 2015 when he makes his Titan FC debut on Friday in Mobile, Ala., at Aerofest against undefeated prospect Andre Harrison (8-0).
“No disrespect to him, but I feel I’m better everywhere – stand-up, ground, wrestling, mentally, physically – literally everywhere,” Bollinger said of Harrison.
“He said in one of his interviews that when he fights, he likes to make sure the guy never wants to fight him again and there’s no doubt in their mind that he won. I think that mentality he brings is exactly what I have.”
With past issues behind him, Bollinger’s goal for the remainder of the year is simple.
“Just win and win impressively, that’s the only thing on my mind right now,” he said. “I want to beat whoever they put in front of me. I don’t say no to a fight or to an opponent. So whoever I fight, I plan to win and win impressively.”