Following a two-year layoff, undefeated lightweight prospect Kurt Kinser returned to MMA last year and continued the success he had in his career in years prior with a first-round submission victory over Tom Shoaff at HFC 22 in November.
“It was real good to get back in there after all that time,” Kinser said of his return. “To just being able to go from step one of having that date to training for it and the focus right before you step in the cage to just going for it, I just love it.
“Having time off is going to take away from anybody, but having been aware of that and pushed my training lately has helped me get back on par.”
Having reestablished himself last year, Kinser (8-0) is looking to take the next step in his career when he faces UFC vet Ryan Healy (30-20) at Titan FC 33 as part of Aerofest in Mobile, Ala., on Friday night.
“With Healy, he’s a real straight forward, grinding fighter,” said Kinser. “He’s a durable guy. He can just keep going at it. I’ve always been the kind of guy who looks out for what a guy does, but I like to implement my stuff and play to my strengths.”
Kinser sees his bout against Healy as not only a chance to take a step up in his career, but as a gauge to show where he’s really at in his fight development.
“Going up against (Healy) is a good opportunity, especially for a title shot in Titan, but he’s one of those guys being a pressuring, grinding fighter, he gives you an opportunity to know what you’re made of and show you where you’re at,” said Kinser.
“I think any win is good, but against a seasoned vet like him, it will definitely help get my name out there more. It’s one of those things that could be a pivotal moment in my career.”