Canadian welterweight Mark Drummond might have not had his best year in 2014, but he feels it was nonetheless productive and is anxious to build off of it for 2015.
“It had its ups and downs,” Drummond told MMAWeekly.com of his 2014. “I only fought twice.
“I fought Brandt Dewsbery on the first WSOF Canada show and ended up getting submitted, but I took some positives from that fight and was able to change up my mentality as far as training and adding some new things. Then I was able to turn around in September against Jerid (Bussemakers) and get a win.”
Prior to his loss against Dewsbery, Drummond had won five fights in a row, with one of those victories coming over Spencer Jebb, whom he’ll be facing once again at the upcoming World Series of Fighting show this Thursday.
“I think I’m a much more confident striker now,” Drummond said. “I’m a lot more dynamic than I was back then. I’ve had an opportunity to train with a lot of guys every day that has changed my entire game.
“I know (Jebb has) improved a lot since then. When we first fought it was my fourth fight and it was his second one, and since then he’s been on a tear and is undefeated in his last seven fights.”
For Drummond (6-2), his rematch with Jebb (9-3) at WSOF 18 in Edmonton will be different stylistically than their bout in 2012, but should yield the same results.
“To be honest with you, I feel my jiu-jitsu is superior and I feel I’m a more dynamic striker,” said Drummond. “I’m confident wherever this fight goes and I’ll take it as it comes. I’m looking to finish, whether it be standing or on the ground.”
With a lot of eyes on Jebb going into Thursday night’s fight, Drummond feels a win could vault him into a bigger spotlight as he moves forward in 2015.
“I think (Jebb is) ranked higher than I am, so it’ll be a solid win,” said Drummond. “I kind of want to steal a bit of his spotlight, and hopefully it will move me into the Top 15 in the country.
“I’m under contract to WSOF for another fight in June, so I want to have a solid performance in this fight, build off it, and come back strong in June.”