One Day at a Time: Jesse Brock Not Making a Big Deal Out of Joe Murphy

Having had brief excursions with larger companies over the years, such as EliteXC and Bellator, veteran Jesse Brock is looking to make the most of his upcoming opportunity with the RFA promotion.

Helping Brock’s cause is his recent four-fight winning streak, including his unanimous decision victory in May over Bendy Casimir at FSF 5.

“Bendy has an unusual skillset,” Brock told MMAWeekly.com. “He’s a southpaw and is kind of unorthodox and tricky with the stuff he does standing, and he likes to go for kneebars out of different positions, so to be a little conservative and adjust accordingly.

“I felt I was winning the rounds; scoring in the clinch, getting the takedowns, and doing damage where I could. Ultimately a win’s a win. He is a tough guy, a credible opponent, and somebody I respect.”

Brock’s only loss over the past couple years came to former UFC lightweight Caol Uno at Vale Tudo Japan 4 via unanimous decision. It’s a fight Brock felt the judges got wrong and thus he didn’t need to make major changes to his game after.

“I’ve more or less stayed the course,” said Brock. “I don’t necessarily want to have sour grapes, but when I got back and watched it, I think I won that fight. To me, I took a lot of positives from it and felt I fought well, had fun, and showed a lot of my skills.”

Brock (20-8) will make his promotional debut at RFA 27 on Friday in Boise, Idaho, against promotional veteran Joe Murphy in a bantamweight main event.

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“I’m preparing for someone who is good everywhere,” Brock said of Murphy. “I’m planning to put myself in positions that I’m strong and impose my will on him. I don’t want to adjust to him. He’s going to have to adjust to me.”

While Brock is eager for the opportunity to step back into a larger promotion, he’s not going to let expectations weigh him down, but rather enjoy things as they come.

“I’ve just got to fight my fight and live in the moment and not make it a bigger deal than it is,” said Brock. “Obviously, I have goals for myself, but my overriding goal is just to improve as a fighter.

“I’m happy to get a chance to fight on bigger shows and showcase my skills. I want to win, no doubt about that, but I just fight and not put too much pressure on myself.”

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