Even with the loss, however, Ware is not letting it get him down, as he feels he was able to perform well and, considering where his opponent is now, that his time could be coming shortly.
“This last fight (against Soto) was a tough fight, and even though I felt my stand-up was there, he’s a really good grappler and he ended up catching me in the third round,” Ware told MMAWeekly.com.
“I look back on it now, and he just fought in the UFC against one of the best fighters in the world, so the way I feel is that I can hang with the top fighters in my weight class and it’s just a matter of time before I get to the UFC.”
Following his loss to Soto, Ware made a change to his training routine that he feels will benefit him going forward.
“Before I was doing boxing and kickboxing four times a week and grappling one time a week and now I’ve just flipped it to where I’m doing grappling four times a week and striking one time a week,” he said.
Ware (11-3) will look to get back on the winning track on Oct. 10 in Commerce, Calif., against veteran Jeff Martin (10-10) in a bantamweight feature bout at BAMMA USA: Badbeat 13.
“I started getting ready the Monday after the (Soto) fight to get ready for this fight (against Martin), so I’ve stayed in shape and I’m prepared for this fight,” said Ware.
“(Martin’s) more of a grappling-style fighter, but I’ve prepared for everything and my grappling has gotten lot better. When he comes at me, I have to be ready and I have to finish the fight.”
Should Ware rebound against Martin on Oct. 10, he could punch the ticket that he was unable to do when he lost to Soto in August.
“I think I’m on the UFC’s radar, so if I have an impressive win, an impressive showing and keep my fights exciting like they always are, you never know,” said Ware.
“I know they’re looking for 135ers, and a lot of people are shuffling in and out, so I’m going to stay ready and stay in the gym and I think there’s a very good chance that you’ll see me up there.”