Even though he’s suffered three losses in his last four fights, former Strikeforce lightweight Caros Fodor feels he’s put himself back on the track that saw him win seven of his first eight bouts.
The main reason he feels this way is an increased emphasis on training, which he is now able to pursue more often than before.
“In the past, I just used to do my own thing, but as of last June I started doing two-a-days with Matt Hume and them, and training full time, and I feel amazing,” Fodor told MMAWeekly.com.
“This last fight I kind of underestimated (Vuyisile Colossa at ONE FC in December) and gassed out and wasn’t able to perform, but I don’t think it was my camp (to blame for it).”
One thing Fodor hopes to institute more is what he learns in training, rather than just reverting to what’s worked for him in past fights.
“I train differently and we try to learn new skills, but when the fight starts I tend to do the same thing: move forward and try to do damage on the cage and get a takedown where I can,” he said. “I do have a lot more skills than I show in fights, but it’s just when fights come I tend to stick to what I know.
“I’m trying to learn to open up and be more versatile and use all the skills I have.”
Fodor (8-4) will seek to get back on track on May 30 at ONE FC 16 in Kallang, Singapore, against a fellow fighter in need of a comeback win, Willy Ni (15-8).
“I know he’s in a rough spot in his career and is on a losing streak, so I’m sure he’s training hard to get back on the winning side,” said Fodor of Ni. “It’s kind of hard to find video on him, so I don’t really know what kind of style he has, but we fought on the same card once, so I know he’s a big 155er.
“I’m not too worried about what he’s going to do, but I’m focused on myself and going out and performing. I’ve got to open up, relax more and not be so tense.”
Knowing he’s lost some ground, Fodor feels this fight could be just the thing he needs to not only return to winning, but also help him take a step back to being a lightweight title contender.
“I want to get this then keep winning,” said Fodor.
“My fight with Vuyisile was for the number one contender’s spot (for the ONE FC lightweight title), so him beating me knocked me down a spot, so I really just want to get some wins and get a rematch with him or fight anybody and get back to where I was.”
Caros Fodor (Courtesy of CarosFodor.com)