In recent years, welterweight veteran Ricky “The IE Bad Boy” Legere Jr. has been given opportunities to fight on bigger shows such as Strikeforce and Bellator, yet he has still not found a home at the next level of MMA after years of success for King of the Cage.
Thankfully for Legere, he had the kind of year in 2013 that made one particular promotion take notice.
“Last year was an amazing year for me,” said Legere. “I got to fight quite a bit and got three finishes in three great fights.
“I got to fight in Bellator on Spike TV, so that was an amazing experience. I was able to fight a tough opponent out of American Top Team (in Sabah Homasi) and have my back against the wall and see how I came out a better person for that.”
Taking notice was the recently resurrected Titan FC promotion. With an open-door policy for fighters to move on to the UFC should they be successful, Titan feels like the right place at the right time for Legere.
“I definitely feel this is a great home,” said Legere. “They have amazing fights and want to keep the fighters active, which is great because I like to stay active and get in three to four fights a year.
“It’s awesome because they’re on CBS Sports and so it’s a great opportunity for me to fight in front of people on TV. I am glad that they’ve been able to find a spot for me on the roster.”
Legere (18-4) will have his first fight for the promotion on May 16 in Newkirk, Okla., as he takes on fellow veteran Todd Moore (16-5) in a feature bout on the live CBS Sports Network broadcast.
“He’s a great veteran who has been in the sport for years and has fought some tough veterans,” said Legere of Moore. “He’s lost to some tough people and he’s beaten some tough people, so for me, this is definitely a huge step up. He’s a good opponent for me to go out there and showcase my skills and game plan.
“I’m going to push the pace, attack him and make him be defensive. I’m going to keep it in his face and make him work hard. My thing is that I’m looking for a finish. I want to win, but I want to finish also.”
Now that he’s found a promotion where he can plant his feet, Legere’s next goal is to make it to the top of the Titan 170-pound division.
“I want to have a few fights this year and build my record up, but I also want to win a title,” he said. “I definitely want to get a good win here against Todd Moore and hopefully be in the picture for an upcoming tile shot.”