CageSport lightweight Harrison Bevens knows he might have let the promotion’s 155-pound title slip through his hands last October against Justin Harrington, but he’s not letting it get him down.
If anything, Bevens is using the loss as a learning experience.
“The first round couldn’t have gone better for me. I was able to stop (Harrington’s) takedowns and landed a lot of stuff on the feet, but in the second round, he was able to take me down and sink in the rear naked choke,” Bevens told MMAWeekly.com.
“(Since then) I’ve been spending a lot of time working on my ground – putting myself in bad positions and working my way out of them.”
While he hasn’t fought MMA since October, Bevens has been busy in other sports; sharpening skills he feels will translate to his game.
“I’ve had two pro boxing matches since then and I got knockouts in both of them, so my hands are feeling a lot better,” said Bevens. “I think that’s going to transfer over to my MMA really well.”
Bevens (6-2) will get an opportunity to test out his MMA skills when he returns to CageSport on July 19 at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, Wash., against promotional newcomer Chris Sowell (2-0).
“I know he’s got a couple of quick submissions and I figure he’s a pretty big dude, so we’ll see how he does in the second and third round,” said Bevens of Sowell. “I’m going to try to drag it out and I think it’s really going to be an advantage to me.
“My cardio and my conditioning are a lot better than they were last year, so I’m excited to drag it deep.”
A win over Sowell could put Bevens back in contention for the CageSport lightweight title, but it’s not the foremost thing on his mind.
If possible Bevens would like to explore his options and branch out in the coming year.
“I certainly have aspirations of the future, but I’m just trying to enjoy this next fight,” he said. “I don’t want to overlook any fights coming up.
“If I can get a dominant win, it can put me in contention for a title rematch, but I don’t put too much stock into it. In MMA there’s such a cool opportunity to fight all over the world, so I want to explore that opportunity.”