While 2014 might not have been the best year for Shane “Shaolin” Campbell in K-1, it was very productive for his MMA career. Following a loss in February at the K-1 World MAX semi-finals, Campbell rebounded with back-to-back wins in MMA.
“It was an exciting year being in K-1 and MMA,” Campbell told MMAWeekly.com. “I wasn’t in the best place in my personal life, so I wasn’t able to really prepare for much of my fights.
“I think I once again showed how scrappy I am in those (MMA) fights. I actually started training full time instead doing it half-assed, and improved a lot just even in this camp for the upcoming fight.”
Focusing now on his MMA career, Campbell (10-2) will be seeking to pick up his third win in a row, as he faces off against Derek Boyle (13-6) in a rematch of their 2012 Score FS bout, this time at World Series of Fighting 18 on Thursday in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
“I fought him a few years ago and it was a very close, tough fight,” said Campbell of Boyle. “He’s come a long way since then, and so have I, so it’ll be interesting. I know he’s a gamer and is definitely ready to go. I’m really not sure how the fight will go.
“I don’t really have a game plan. I like to go in there and work with what I’m given.”
While Campbell would like to see himself in the UFC one day, he’s not going to change the way he does things just to get that opportunity. Rather, he wants to continue to do what he feels is best and go from there.
“I’m going to be continuously fighting for a long time to come, so if it’s there, awesome; if not, I’m still going to be fighting,” said Campbell. “It’s not the main goal, because my goal is to put on a good show for the audience and put on a show that they’ve not seen before.”