Though he feels that his most recent win over Terrence Ferguson at Legacy FC 27 this past January wasn’t his best, middleweight Larry Crowe sees the good in going to a three-round decision.
“I didn’t perform my greatest,” Crowe told MMAWeekly.com. “I don’t think I came in the best shape. I kind of took him lightly. I had a little injury halfway through the fight and it definitely didn’t help.
“Just knowing I can put my mind in a better place and not think about it and get the job done is definitely a plus.”
Known for his strong stand-up skills, Crowe feels his ground game has grown a lot of late and has made him a better-rounded fighter going forward.
“I feel in control on the ground,” he said. “It’s something I didn’t do in my last fight, but over the last year and a half, I’ve focused on that part of my game and have tried to take it to the next level.”
“I’ve got to come out strong and establish my range and game from the get-go,” said Crowe. “I’ve got to make (Henry) as uncomfortable as possible.
“I think this is a big step up for him. I’ve fought some pretty good people. My last two losses have been to Legacy champions, so it’s a talent step up for him.”
None of Henry’s pro fights have been out of the first round, so when asked if he thinks that will be to his advantage, Crowe replied, “Even though he’s gotten a lot of first-round victories, that doesn’t really say his cardio is bad, but it definitely makes you think what it’s going to be like in the other rounds when someone hasn’t been through three-round battles and wars.
“I’m definitely wondering if he can handle it if someone can take what he gives in the first round.”
A win over Henry on Nov. 14 could put Crowe one step closer to the Legacy FC middleweight title, which for him could be just the thing he needs to push him to the top level of MMA in the coming year.
“You want a belt around your waist and it’s definitely something to accomplish by winning a belt in a high profile company like Legacy,” said Crowe. “Pretty much all the Legacy champs go to the UFC, so it says something.”