“I had a really good camp for that fight,” said Bush. “Getting out with just the right people like (UFC fighters) Andrew Craig and Tim Kennedy, I felt like I was in the right place.
“Just being there with other athletes at that level that expect as much of you as you do from yourself, it’s great. It’s hard to find talent to push everybody at that level, but once we all get in the same room, doing the same thing, it was great energy.”
Bush felt like there was nothing Crowe could do in the bout worse than what he went through in training.
“I came into the fight with two huge scars on my forehead from Tim Kennedy rubbing me against the cage, and I came out of the fight with less,” Bush told MMAWeekly.com.
As for the fight itself, Bush feels it went pretty much to game plan en route to a second-round TKO.
“It went as well as I could have hoped for,” he said. “I didn’t take any damage and just kind of pulled through. I was very happy with that. My level of fitness and cardio held up.
“I felt like (Crowe) was a little better striker, though mine has been greatly improving, but I was a much better ground fighter than he was a striker. I wasn’t going to strike unless he could stop my wrestling.”
The win raised Bush’s record to 6-2 and sets him up nicely for advancing his career.
“I hope it’s a launching point for the next level,” he said. “I think it’s a great starting point. I got a lot of exposure and a title is always welcome.
“(Being champion) just makes my job easier. I don’t have to go pick fights. They can just line up and we’ll fight our battles.”