Closing out his year in 2013 with a loss is not how Northwest lightweight prospect Harrison Bevens wanted to do things, but he was able to learn from the situation and come into this year a better fighter.
Looking back on his loss to Justin Harrington in October of 2013, Bevens told MMAWeekly.com, “He got me into a bad position. It’s a position I don’t like to get into in practice; so I don’t let people get there. So I wasn’t trained well to defend when I got in that position.
“I learned you have to train in bad positions and work on the things that you hate.”
Bevens was able to shore up that area of his game, as well as work on his striking, during a break from MMA earlier this year to come back and win his most recent fight against Chris Sowell in July at CageSport 31.
“I’m really starting to find a home for my kicks,” said Bevens. “My hands are starting to come along pretty well. I had a few boxing matches this summer and I think it paid off in that fight (with Sowell).”
This Saturday in Tacoma, Wash., Bevens (8-2) will face off against a familiar face in Julian Erosa (12-2) for the Super Fight League America lightweight championship.
“I always thought this fight was going to happen at some point,” said Bevens of his bout with Erosa. “It was just a matter of when.
“He’s a very fun fight. I’ve never seen him in a boring fight. It seems like this is going to be one where I’m really going to enjoy the fight. He’s not going to try to clinch me up against the cage or hold me on the ground – he’s going to try for the finish, which is what I’m also looking to do.”
Looking ahead to 2015, while Bevens wants to represent SFL USA as a champion, he also wants to continue to grow as a fighter against the best competition he can face.
“Certainly being the main event and being the reason people are going there, there is something to it, but it doesn’t really change that much how I get prepared,” he said. “I get prepared for the opponent, not the fight.
“I want to be fighting on big stages, and SFL is a big stage. They’re going to have a very wide audience and have a lot of reach, so I’d like to continue to fight for them. I want to keep moving up the ladder and see where I end up.”