Getting his first win of this year this past February didn’t go as smoothly as welterweight prospect Brandon Becker would have liked.
In what ended in a close split decision, Becker defeated Brian Nielson at CFFC 19, even though he went into the fight not quite 100-percent healthy.
“He was a lot tougher than I thought he was going to be initially going in, and to be honest with you, I wasn’t really too happy with (my performance),” Becker said to MMAWeekly.com.
“With a couple injuries in my camp I wasn’t able to get my cardio to where I liked it. I just didn’t feel as well as I should have or as ready as I would have liked to have been, but I was able to get through it and that was a good thing.”
Becker feels it was his aggressiveness that gave him the edge in the judges’ eyes.
“I think maybe I had more takedowns and had more ring control,” he said. “I just try to go out and put myself into their zone and press for action, and I think that puts in an advantage towards winning.”
Undefeated in his first six fights as a pro, Becker is quickly making a name for himself in the CFFC, which is even more impressive considering how very new he still is to MMA.
“I don’t think you can ever move fast enough to be satisfied,” he said. “I’m still pretty young and I’ve been training for less than a full year. So I’m pretty new to it, but it’s going at a decent pace and its moving forward.”
Becker’s success will be rewarded with what looks to be his toughest task yet as he takes on veteran George Sullivan (12-3) in the main event of CFFC 24 for the company’s 170-pound championship on Saturday at the Borgata Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, N.J.
“George is a really strong fighter and I think one of his strongest suits is his brain,” said Becker. “He’s a smart fighter and I think he knows who he’s fighting and what he needs to do to win. Those fighters are more dangerous than the ones that just come out and start slugging at you.
“As far as what I’m going to do, just like in wrestling I’m going to fight my match and dictate the things the way I want them to go. I’m sure he’s going to want to do the same, so we’ll see who is able to do that.”
A win over a solid veteran like Sullivan and taking a title could be a big step for Becker moving forward into 2013.
“I’ll probably still be fighting with the CFFC regardless of the outcome,” said Becker. “I’ve really been happy with the way they’ve treated me.
“The more you win and the bigger the wins, the bigger the fights you’re going to get and I’m definitely excited to see where it goes.”