After six years in the sport, featherweight Ricky Musgrave feels that now he’s becoming the fighter he’s worked hard to become. And the proof is in the results.
Over the last two years, Musgrave has won five of six fights, including back-to-back victories in 2014.
“It takes a lot of fights to get the flow and understand what you need to do in the cage,” Musgrave told MMAWeekly.com. “I think I’ve gotten the experience to finally be able to relax and go in and do what I’d been training for.
“Some people take six months off or a year, but I haven’t done that. It’s been very consistent. My hard work seems like it is paying off and I’m happy about that.”
It’s been his non-stop work that Musgrave has used to keep himself and his career on track.
“You’ve got to keep moving forward,” he said. “You’ve got to stay motivated. I think one of the biggest problems for pro fighters: when they lose motivation, they go downhill.
“Motivation is a big part. How much do you want it? How much are you willing to sacrifice? If you give it a half effort, you’re not going to get anywhere.”
“Alvin is a great wrestler, a great fighter, and has a lot of skills,” said Musgrave. “Basically. I need to go out and fight my fight and not his.
“I have to defend the takedown and use ground-and-pound or stand-up. I don’t limit myself to just one style or skill. I don’t think about having to do this or do that. I take the fight wherever it goes.”
Though he’s starting a new year of fighting, Musgrave’s gaze is firmly affixed on Friday night, with nothing beyond that mattering.
“I never look ahead,” he said. “I’m just looking at this fight.
“I never look at the next fight. I never think of the next fight. I don’t look at other opponents or the champion or any of that. I focus on the fight in front of me until it has passed.”