Looking back on his most recent fight where he defeated Kobe Ortiz at Bellator 126 last September via second-round submission, Clifford Starks is happy with the win, even though it did not go as planned.
“I would probably rate my performance a B- because I had the jitters coming back (from a year layoff) and had a bit of an adrenaline dump in the first round,” Starks told MMAWeekly.com. “The good thing is though that I kept my composure even though I wasn’t feeling great that first round.”
Starks explained what he was going through in the early going of the fight. “It was difficult because my legs felt really heavy, my heart was pounding, and things didn’t feel like they were clicking like they normally would.
“You want your body to do something, but it’s not doing what you want it to do. If you keep your composure and not panic, eventually it will pass.”
Originally Starks (10-2) was to face Krasimir Mladenov at World Series of Fighting 19 in Phoenix on Saturday, but will now face local Eddie Arizmendi (15-6) instead.
“I’ve changed my game plan up quite a bit because my original opponent got injured,” said Starks of facing Arizmendi. “I just see myself changing my strategy up a little bit, but it will be a completely different game plan than the other one was going to be.
“You have to be a professional about (fighting a replacement). It’s a sport where sometimes things just happen, so you have to be ready for any opponent and take the challenge.”
Starks feels a win in WSOF will help gain him more recognition as he looks to get back to a fuller schedule in 2015.
“Really, getting a victory here brings up confidence and you gain more fans and make yourself a more worthy and popular opponent,” he said.