After a busy last several years that have seen him go from up-and-coming prospect to established veteran, Titan FC lightweight Eric Marriott took a step back from MMA last year and it might have cost him.
“I didn’t fight very much because I bought a new business and kind of focused on that,” said Marriott. “I took a short notice fight (against Nolan Norwood at Epic Fight Night 2) and lost it back in December.”
Marriott feels that not only did the fight being short notice not help, but because he was busy with his new business, he hadn’t had the kind of time overall to prepare like he normally would have throughout the year.
“I was still training, just not like I should for the level of fighting that I’m at,” he said. “It kind of requires an everyday grind and in 2013 I was a two-time-a-week kind of guy just trying to keep the tools sharp, but not developing anything new.
“I couldn’t prepare like I should for a top-level fight and I paid the price for it. I went in there out of shape and lost a split decision.”
Now that he’s more settled in with his business, Marriott (22-7) is ready to return to fighting, which he’ll do on Friday, Feb. 28, against Kurt Holobaugh (9-2) in a feature lightweight bout on the revamped Titan FC show in Kansas City.
“Really, I think it’s going to be a 15-minute grind,” said Marriott. “I’ve never been finished; he’s never been finished. He’s a seasoned veteran; I’m a seasoned veteran. I can’t let him push me around. I’m just going to have to go dictate the pace and decided where the fight goes.”
After having bounced around the last couple years, Marriott told MMAWeekly.com that one of the keys to returning to top form in 2014 is finding a home in the revamped Titan FC promotion.
“I’ve fought for Titan (under the old ownership) four or five times already, and the matchmaker, Joe Wooster, and old promoter, Joe Kelly, are good friends of mine who treat the fighters right,” said Marriott. “Jeff Aronson has taken over and stepped things up.
“Jeff’s given fighters a bigger platform to get exposure on with better pay, finishing bonuses, and all sorts of good stuff.”