While he might not be known on the national stage, Midwest lightweight prospect John Case has been making waves on the local scene and is now ready to take things to the next level.
Currently riding a seven-fight winning streak, Case (12-4) has rebounded well off a stretch that saw him lose two of three fights in 2010.
According to Case, it’s just been the natural process of growing up that’s helped him get back on track after losses he feels he was doing well in.
“The biggest thing was I was only a kid when those losses happened; I was only 18, 19 years old,” said Case. “In both of those fights, I was dominating. I really don’t feel like I was losing those fights, so I don’t let them get me down. I just made mistakes and they capitalized.
“Mentally, just growing as a man is what has helped me develop from my losses, definitely.”
Case’s winning streak caught the attention of the RFA, for whom he’ll be making his debut on their Oct. 25 show against former Bellator lightweight E.J. Brooks (7-1) in a feature bout on the RFA 10 card.
“He’s really athletic, is a strong guy with a wrestling background, but I haven’t seen much out of his striking or submission game,” said Case of Brooks. “I truly believe I am the more well-rounded fighter and I feel like I’m at least better in two of three aspects of the game, and in all honesty, I could be just as good of a wrestler as he is.”
Standing nearly half a foot taller than Brooks, Case feels he’ll be able to use his range to great effectiveness on Oct. 25.
“When guys are shorter than you, it makes for a much safer fight; for me anyway,” said Case. “You still have to be aware of them coming over the top or sitting in the pocket, but I love fighting short guys because it’s like target practice.
“I can little brother them – just put my hand on their forehead and just take punches when I want.”
With the event due to be broadcast live on AXS TV, Case told MMAWeekly.com this could very well be the catalyst for him becoming known on the national stage and allow him to take that next step in his career.
“Honestly, I’m excited for the national exposure and all the hype that comes with it,” he said. “I’ve never had any problem with stepping up or being put out there.
“I’ve known for a while now that I’m ready for the next step in competition. I’m not really nervous at all. I’m excited for the opportunity, I knew it was coming, so I can’t wait to get in the RFA and showcase my skills.”