Former Bellator featherweight champion Pat Curran knows he let a win get away from him in his first fight of 2015 against Daniel Weichel in February.
Following three rounds, Weichel was announced the winner via split decision, to which Curran chalks up to not performing as well as he could have.
“I could have been more aggressive and pushed the pace and overall just wanted it,” Curran told MMAWeekly.com. “Taking nothing away from Daniel – he had a great performance and was really hungry – but I kind of let it slip away with not looking for the harder shots, pushing for takedowns and trying to win the fight.
“I don’t think it was a bad decision at all. It was close. Obviously you never want to let it get that close and leave it to the judges’ decision, but they did a good job and scored the fight right, I think.”
With three losses in his last four fights, it could be easy for Curran to lose hope, but instead he has worked hard to fix the problems he’s facing and get back on track.
“I just stay focused, stay busy and keep myself training,” said Curran. “I’ve got to find that anger inside, that aggression that you need as a fighter.
“I think I lost that these past couple fights. I’ve had spurts of it here and there, but I’m really looking to get in there, be aggressive and put the pace on it right away and look for hard shots – total domination.”
Heading into his first fight since the loss to Weichel, Curran had a change of opponent a few weeks out, but he doesn’t feel it will be a problem.
“Obviously you’re not as prepared as you would be, but it doesn’t really affect me to much,” said Curran. “They are completely different fighters, but you’ve got to be ready for anything in this sport.”
“I’ve got to put the pressure on him, keep up the pace and land some power shots,” said Curran of facing Sanchez.
“I feel very confident and comfortable with this match-up. I know it’s not going to be an easy win, so I’m going to have to dig down deep and want it more. I’ve got to find that inner strength and be aggressive.”
Having been to the top of the mountain before, Curran is hoping a win on June 26 will be the start of the road back up in 2015.
“I just have to take it one fight at a time and stay as busy as possible,” said Curran. “A couple weeks off, a couple months off does a body and soul good, but I’d like to stay active and jump right back into it.
“There is only a short window for an MMA fighter and you’ve got to make the most of it as you can.”