While his return to MMA in 2014 following a three-year hiatus might not have gone as former TUF 10 castmember Jon Madsen would have liked, it was successful nonetheless.
The year started out in March with a TKO win over Matt Foster at PCFN 7, and while he didn’t fight again the rest of 2014, Madsen was able to get his training situation set and feels all the better for it.
“Truthfully, I feel better than I’ve ever felt,” he told MMAWeekly.com. “I came out to Denver in October and have just really taken advantage of the elevation. It’s kind of shocked my body in a good way. Even when I was in the UFC, I was a little sluggish and not feeling this good.”
Madsen was looking to follow his win over Foster with his debut bout for Titan FC in November, but his scheduled bout with Dave Herman was ultimately scrapped.
“The first promotion I was really with was the UFC, and things run smoothly like getting contracts on time and all of that, so changing dates and not getting notice until a few days before a fight is frustrating,” said Madsen.
“It was hard to kind of stay focused. It wasn’t meant to be at that time. That’s the way I had to look at it.”
Madsen (8-1) will finally make his TFC debut at Aerofest in Mobile, Ala., on March 20 against fellow former UFC heavyweight Chase Gormley (11-4).
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“Honestly, I’m just going to focus on what I do well,” said Madsen. “I don’t know much about Chase. I’ve never seen his fights or looked him up online. I’m not really going to focus on what he does. I’m going to focus on what I need to do to win and go in there and impose my will.”
Having been nearly four years since Madsen last picked up a UFC win, he would like to get an opportunity to get one more shot at it, hopefully sooner than later.
“Really, it’s just about getting my name back out there and getting into the scene again and getting back to where I belong. I feel I belong at the highest levels of the sport and the faster the better because I’m not getting any younger,” said the 35-year-old.
“I’m going to go in there and get a good finish and I’m hoping that will be enough to get the (UFC) call right away. I’m going to take it one fight at a time – one punch at a time – and whatever happens, happens.”