A year after the only loss of his career, welterweight prospect Eddie “Ambien” Jackson was able to rebound in his fight against Justin Vasquez this past August with a TKO victory just over a minute into the bout.
While Jackson is happy with the win, he admits he could have done better.
“It felt good to get back in the winning column,” Jackson told MMAWeekly.com. “I had a little ring rust that I had to get out. Overall, I wasn’t really so happy with my performance. I got the job done and I think I’ll be even more relaxed and composed in this next one.”
It’s that constant battle with the mental side of the game that Jackson feels he is better with following his year away from fighting.
“I’m a little more relaxed and calmer because I know how to control my nerves a little bit better,” he said. “There’s still times where the nerves and anxiety take over and get the best of us, but overall I know how to pretty much control that and be more relaxed.”
Jackson (4-1) will look to pick up back-to-back wins for the first time in a year and a half when he steps up to BAMMA USA: Badbeat 13 on Friday in Commerce, Calif., against fellow up-and-comer Greg Parker (4-0).
“He’s no tomato can or anything like that,” Jackson said of Parker. “He’s a big, strong guy who is more of a grappler. I’m going to do what I always do, which is go for the knockout and try to finish the fight.
“I don’t really have game plans. When I’m in there I try to play things by ear and whatever happens, happens, and go with the flow. I’m going to try to put on a good show and counter his attacks.”
Fighting in BAMMA USA is a big step for Jackson, and it’s the one he feels like he needed to make as he returned from a hiatus to make a run of things this year.
“To be on cards like this and stages like this, it’s a good sign that people want see me fight,” said Jackson. “At this level there are no bums; everyone is tough and everyone has something to bring to the table.
“Hopefully (a win over Parker) can help me get more exposure and tougher opponents.”