For undefeated featherweight prospect Andre “The Bull” Harrison, 2015 could very well be his breakout year.
Having built himself up in the Ring of Combat promotion, last year Harrison stepped onto the national stage at Titan FC 32 in December and picked up a big win over Aaron Neveu.
Yet throughout his development, Harrison’s focus is on his growth as a fighter rather than the hype that surrounds him.
“I definitely put it aside and don’t necessarily think about it,” Harrison told MMAWeekly.com. “I more so just want to develop as a fighter and learn the craft better and be able to put on better shows for the fans and dominate opponents.
“I’m a lot more comfortable in the cage. I feel like I’m a lot better-rounded than I started. I’m more used to the training and stuff. I definitely feel better now.”
On Friday, as part of Titan FC 33 at Mobile Areofest in Mobile, Ala., Harrison (8-0) will face his toughest task yet when he squares off against veteran Cody Bollinger (17-3) in a feature 145-pound showdown.
“We both have good wrestling, good striking, and good ground skills, so I feel whoever goes out there and sets the pace and tone for the fight will be the winner,” said Harrison of facing Bollinger.
“I’ve got to go out there and be first at everything. If there’s a takedown opportunity, I should be first. If there’s a combination available, I should be the first one throwing. I have to make him react to me.”
While Harrison is able to put off the pressures of being a highly regarded prospect, he feels that a strong performance at TFC 33 is essential for moving his career forward.
“It’s real important because I want to make the guys in the promotion happy and want to put me on upcoming cards,” said Harrison. “I know a lot of people are going to tune in, and I want to earn more fans and broaden my fan base, so I have to make sure I go out there and have a good fight.”
Now that he has an opportunity on a national stage, Harrison is looking to be busier in 2015 and make this his year to shine.
“I want to make this year better than last year,” he said. “Last year I had a torn bicep, so I wasn’t able to do some of the things I wanted to do because I was an out for a while.
“If anything I’d like to have four fights this year and finishes in all four of them.”