Heavyweight Chase Gormley‘s career has had three distinct acts.
Following an eight-fight winning streak to start his career, Gormley won only twice over the course of his next seven bouts before leaving the sport for two years. Finally, in 2014, he returned to fighting and has won four straight.
“Everything I wanted to accomplish, I think I got done,” said Gormley of his return last year. “I wanted to fight more often and fight good opponents. I think my skills are a lot better since the last time I was I fighting around 2011, 2012.”
Now that he’s had a chance to start fresh, Gormley sees where he went wrong during the first two parts of his career and has made changes for his most recent incarnation.
“I feel like mentally I’m a bit stronger,” he told MMAWeekly.com. “Maybe that’s because I’m a little older and calming down and not getting nervous, and having a game plan every time I go out.
“My attitude towards fighting has changed a lot from what it was before. I thought I was entitled to everything before, but now I realize I have to work in order to go where I want to go.”
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“I feel I have to push the pace,” Gormley said of facing Madsen. “He’s a good, smart fighter and is going to try to attack and relax. My objective is to put as much pressure as I can on him and see if he breaks.
“That’s the game plan, but once you get in there, you feel it out, but that’s the overall feel going into this fight.”
Now that he’s put his career on the right path, Gormley wants to make up for a failed opportunity and prove he belongs in the biggest stage of MMA.
“I’m a former UFC guy and I want to get back into the hunt to get into the UFC,” he said. “I’m willing to fight anybody they throw at me and hopefully it gets me back into the big show. But if that doesn’t happen, I’ll keep fighting until the opportunity arises.”