by Al Yu – MMAWeekly.com
Nate Mohr returns to action this Friday after a disappointing loss at UFC 93. The Team Curran fighter looks to rebound in the co-main event against Danny Rodriguez at XFO 28.
“I felt great. I was winning the fight. It was close at parts, but I was doing more damage,” he commented about his last outing.
Mohr faced Denis Siver in an exciting match-up at UFC 93. It was his first fight since recovering from a knee injury he sustained in late 2007. After being hit with a spinning heel kick, Mohr dropped to a knee by the fence. Siver instinctively moved in looking to finish the fight. Mohr secured a single leg takedown while his opponent threw multiple hammer fists. The referee halted the fight after Mohr had gained top positioning.
“The fight was stopped way too early,” he added. “First of all, there was only 30 seconds or so left. Second, it was a body shot that knocked wind out of me, but I was on top. I have been in worse positions. I was pretty upset when it got stopped.
“I am currently fighting outside of the UFC. I went to UFC a little early; I wasn’t able to stay busy fighting like a newer fighter should. I know I have the skill set to be there, but I want to be more active. A couple wins and my manager and trainers will decide if it’s time to make another hard run at it. Soon I hope.”
This Friday will be Mohr’s first XFO appearance since 2006 where he finished Norm Alexander via TKO.
“Shows like XFO are always a blast to fight for, plus you don’t have all the other stuff to deal with for the most part like you do with UFC; photo shoots and stuff. I am happy to just be fighting again within five weeks from my last fight. I feel comfortable fighting for XFO too because it’s a smaller crowd and the fans are awesome.”
The 25-year-old fighter will take on Danny Rodriguez in lightweight action. Rodriguez is coming off of a submission victory over David Fuentes at Adrenaline MMA 2. Mohr looks to get back to his roots and prove that he still belongs in the big show. A win over Rodriguez would be a step in the right direction.
“We don’t know much about him,” commented Mohr. “This fight isn’t about him though; it’s more me versus me. I need to get past a string of bad luck and he happens to be the first guy to set that in motion.”
So what can we expect of Nate Mohr at XFO 28?
“A strong performance with a victory in the end is all I can predict.”
Also, headlining Friday’s XFO will be Mike Marrello. The former Ultimate Fighter contestant continues his journey at his new heavyweight class and will take on current XFO champion and UFC veteran Sherman Pendergarst. Marrello has won two straight as a heavyweight and feels much better about not having to cut weight.
XFO 28 Fight Card:
-Sherman Pendergarst vs. Mike Marrello
-Nate Mohr vs. Danny Rodriguez
-Jon Murphy vs. Ryan Roberts
-Mike Corey vs. Jay Ellis
-Ryan Sturdy vs. Ryan Braun
-Dave Hopper vs. Brent Mehrhoff
-Mike Lullo vs. Cliff Wright
-Tony Marti vs. Ben Miller
-David Silva vs. Daniel Straus
-Jason Schmidt vs. Jeremy Cast