Not only did he claim the CageSport 155-pound championship, but he went through some tough times and has come out the better for it.
“Last year was huge for me,” said Harrington looking back. “I got the belt and got a couple of quick finishes. I’m just trying to keep that momentum going into this year.
“I went through some adversity in that fight (against Harrison Bevens for the CageSport title). He was lighting me up pretty good. I was hurting during that first round. I’m just glad I got out of there.”
While having just won a title and his sixth of seven fights (with one no contest) would possibly push Harrrington into overdrive, he did the exact opposite because of near burnout.
“I was on the edge of it, I really was,” said Harrington. “I had a lot of personal things I was dealing with and it kind of put me in a weird fog. So with all that stuff going on and fight after fight, training all the time, it was kind of hard to find time for me and my family.
“It was good to take time off, but now it feels good to get back to training. I feel awesome and I’m ready to go.”
Harrington (6-0) will make his return this Saturday to defend his CageSport lightweight championship in Tacoma, Wash., against a fighter he’s very familiar with in Drew Brokenshire (12-3).
“Drew and jumped onto the (pro MMA) scene on the same show,” said Harrington. “I kind of had a feeling we’d cross paths one day and I was right.
“This is a good jumping point for me to have a first title defense against a guy like Drew. It will let me know where I’m at and what I need to do in order to keep defending my title against guys of this class.”
With the Northwest currently experiencing an abundance of young talent, Harrington told MMAWeekly.com that he feels that if he keeps doing things his way, he’ll stand out from the pack and not need to sell himself short in the process.
“I think if I just keep performing the way I do, it will play out like it should,” he said. “I’m not a flashy guy. I don’t have any gimmicks. I just go in there and perform to the best of my abilities.
“Whatever attention I get, I’ll just keep grabbing it and keep growing as a fighter and all-around athlete. That’s all I can do. I’m not going to sell myself out to get attention; I’m just going to have to prove (I deserve) it.”