With four wins in his last five fights, former UFC welterweight Brock Larson has picked himself back up after a stretch he had lost three of four fights.
“I changed things up in my training camp a little bit,” Larson said of what got him back on track. “Just to kind of get the fire back again I’ve been going down to American Top Team to train with those guys. I’ve gotten that warrior kind of mentality back a bit.”
That’s not to say everything’s gone perfectly. Larson is coming off a unanimous decision loss to Nobutatsu Suzuki in ONE FC in March.
“The fight with Suzuki, I think the outcome would have been different had I not been injured going in there,” said Larson. “I had a ruptured disc in my neck and I probably should have bailed on the fight, but I really didn’t want to.
“Other than that, things have been going good and I’m gearing up for this tournament.”
The tournament Larson mentions is the upcoming single-night, eight-man elimination tournament hosted by Battlegrounds MMA in Tulsa, Okla, on Friday.
Luckily for Larson, unlike most of the fighters in the tournament with him, he’s been in this situation before.
“I’ve done a tournament before,” Larson told MMAWeekly.com. “Before I got into the UFC (in 2005) I was in a tournament for Monte Cox where I fought DaMarques Johnson, Ryan Jensen, and Ryan McGivern all in one night and won that.”
As for his strategy in this tournament, staying on his feet seems to be what Larson feels will help lead him towards victory.
“You don’t know what you’re going to get, who you’re fighting or what’s going to go down, so I just watched film on the other guys and got a feel for what everybody’s going to do,” he said.
“It’s a fairly grappler heavy tournament, so I’ve been working on the same stuff, but focusing more on striking and sprawling and brawling a little bit.”
For Larson, winning the tournament will add to his legacy as a fighter. Anything more that comes of it is out of his hands.
“It’ll just add another element to my career and just kind of be a neat thing to do,” he said. “It’ll be the first tournament sanctioned by a boxing commission, so it’ll be a big deal to be a part of that.
“I don’t worry about (getting back to the UFC). I let my manager worry about that. Of course, winning is better, so I’ll just focus on that, and after that I’ll let my manager do his thing and go from there.”