Though he was already on a two-fight winning streak heading into this year, Canadian prospect Marcus Edwards felt like he needed to step things up.
Edwards did not just make small adjustments to his game, but he worked to improve himself as a whole person.
“Coming into 2014, I made a lot of changes going forward in taking my career to the next level,” Edwards told MMAWeekly.com. “I decided to dive all the way in with my diet, my mindset – everything – my mind, body and soul.
“I feel like I’ve improved a lot since last year and I’m still improving.”
The main catalyst for Edwards’ changes was realizing that his career would be best suited at lightweight.
“I walk around at 185-190 pounds sometimes, but I’m a short person, so 170 pounds isn’t an option for me,” he said. “If I want to be the best in the world, for my size and my height, 155 pounds was where it’s going to be at.
“I had to get serious and get better with my dieting and how I live my everyday life.”
So far things have been paying off as Edwards has won both his fights this year in impressive fashion.
“My performances have gone well this year,” said Edwards. “I have all first-round finishes. It just goes to show I’m a well-rounded fighter.
“My other wins were knockouts in the first round. With these submissions I feel that everything I’ve been working on has proven me to be a well-rounded fighter.”
Edwards (8-2) will seek to win his fifth fight in a row when he returns to the MFC on Oct. 3 in Edmonton, Canada, against late replacement Shane Campbell (9-2).
“I love fighting stand-up guys because they stay right in front of you and fight,” said Edwards of Campbell. “Going in, I’m just going to be myself, have fun, grind away and break my opponent mentally and physically.”
A win over an established multi-sport athlete like Campbell will not only give Edwards his longest winning streak to date, but he hopes it will allow him to take the next step up the ladder.
“(Campbell) has a really good record and is an established K-1 fighter, so a win over him is going to show everybody that I’ve gone against black belts and some of the best stand-up guys and that I’m ready for that next leap up to fighting bigger and better opponents,” said Edwards.