While most of the card of the upcoming May 8 RFA versus Legacy FC show on AXS TV will be bouts pitting representatives of each promotion against the other, one fight on the card will be all RFA.
In the co-main event of the evening’s card, Terrion “Flash” Ware will take on Luke Sanders for the RFA bantamweight title. It’s a bout that Ware secured this past January when he defeated Joe Murphy at RFA 23.
“Going in I knew it was going to be a tough fight,” Ware told MMAWeekly.com. “A lot of people going in didn’t think I would win, so it was a surprise. For me, I’m happy with the win against a tough opponent. (Murphy) put on a good fight.
“I felt I won the first two rounds easily, so the third round I stayed in front of him, and over the course of the first two rounds, but in the third round he started landing some shots. I started coming back a little bit at the end of the third round, but still the only thing I’m disappointed about was the third round.”
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Being one of AXS TV’s biggest ever MMA broadcasts, Ware (13-3) is looking to use this opportunity against Sanders (9-0) to not only claim an RFA title, but also prove he’s one of the best 145-pound fighters anywhere.
“I feel like my grappling has caught up to my striking, so I think a lot of people are going to be surprised in this fight,” said Ware. “They think it’s going to be a striker versus a grappler, and I disagree. It’s going to be a well-rounded fighter versus a grappler.
“I’m looking forward to showing people the well-rounded fighter that I am.”
Being part of the only all-RFA fight on the card, Ware is happy the promotion put him in this position and wants to deliver, putting himself in the position to continue to elevate his career in 2015.
“It gives me some confidence to know that (RFA management) feel I’m that elite athlete and that I’m ready to take that next step with the win,” said Ware.
“With a win I would have won nine of my last ten fights, I’d be the RFA champion, the BAMMA USA champion, so I don’t see what else I’d have left to prove. I’ll be ready to defend my RFA title against any of the guys the RFA signed, and then hopefully make it to the UFC by the end of the year.”