2014 was a time for Ring of Combat middleweight Oluwale “Holy War Angel” Bamgbose to get his ducks in a row before making a big push towards the national stage.
“It was a year that I had to plan for the now, for 2015: finishing up school, taking care of my son, being consistent with MMA, and going after my dream of getting into the UFC,” Bamgbose told MMAWeekly.com. “It consisted of balancing all those things at once.
“It wasn’t easy, but with the help of God, I was able to juggle all those huge responsibilities.”
Even with all his responsibilities outside MMA, Bamgbose went undefeated last year and feels his decision to build his career in ROC was the right one.
“I told myself that if I wanted to be amongst the best that I have to compete in the best organizations, especially here on the East Coast,” he said. “The ROC is a top five organization. Only the strong survive here.”
At ROC 50, live on Pay-Per-View this Friday, Bamgbose (3-0) will go for the promotion’s middleweight championship against Brian Booth (3-2) in Atlantic City, N.J.
“Forget about records, forget about the fact that it was a last notice type of deal, we’re both competitors and we’re going for that title, so I’m expecting a really good fight,” said Bamgbose of facing Booth. “I’m going to bring my best and I’m going to go and get what I’ve earned.
“I’ve worked my tail off to be 3-0 and I’ve been consistent competition in the ROC and I believe I’m going to be the next 185-pound champion.”
After preparing last year to make big moves this year, Bamgbose is not letting anything stop him from achieving his goals in 2015.
“I’m not playing any games and this is the year,” said Bamgbose. “Earning this title, winning this title will allow me to be eligible to get to the UFC.
“I’ve done everything I need to do to be there. I’m going to go 4-0 and take the title. I was willing to learn, and now it’s not about learning anymore; it’s about going out there and doing what I already know, doing my best, and winning.”