While 2014 wasn’t perfect, it was still a very good year for bantamweight prospect Terrion “Flash” Ware.
Ware won all but one of his fights last year, and in the process captured a title and further set him on his path towards his career goal.
“I went 3-1, with my loss being to Joe Soto at Tachi Palace, which happens, he’s a good fighter who’s in the UFC and is in the Top 15,” Ware said of 2015. “I took a short notice fight in the RFA at the start of the year, then I won the belt at BAMMA USA and defended it later in the year, so 2014 overall was a good year.”
Though he’s only been in the sport a short time, Ware told MMAWeekly.com that he feels he’s made a lot of progress with a lot of help from his team.
“I felt like the short time I’ve been in this sport I’ve done some good things and am knocking on the door to the UFC,” said Ware. “Hopefully it will only take me two-and-a-half years, whereas it can take some guys six, seven or maybe eight years to get to the UFC.
“My progress has been fast, and that’s mostly due to the teammates I have and the coaches I have at Systems Training Center, and also my work ethic. I’m looking for all that hard work to culminate into making it to the UFC.”
“Joe’s a good, tough opponent, who is a good grappler, but his best asset is his ability to get the win,” said Ware. “He’s a winner. He’s 8-1. He finds ways to win. So, I have to execute, take the fight to him and take the win.
“It’s not going to be a situation where he’s going to give up and quit. The entire fight, he’s going to try to win, and I can’t expect him to quit. So the entire fight I’ll have to take it to him and take the win.”
A win over a prospect like Murphy could place Ware right at the doorstep where he wants to be, making 2015 his most important year yet.
“To be honest with you, I feel if I beat this guy on AXS TV, national television, I should more than likely get that call to the UFC,” said Ware. “If not, then I’ll fight for the title in the next fight and if I win that, I don’t see any reason why I wouldn’t get into the UFC.”