Undefeated Luke Sanders Looks to Keep the Ball Rolling at RFA 17 in South Dakota

August 21, 2014
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Luke SandersComing off a win this past March over Dan Moret, RFA lightweight Luke Sanders feels that even though he got the victory, there’s still more that can be done to improve his game.

“It wasn’t my favorite fight that I’ve had, but it was definitely a tough fight and I learned a lot from it,” said Sanders. “I’m grateful and blessed to get that victory, but I just want to do better.

“I really had to dig deep and fight for that win. (Moret is) a tough dude and it was a grinding fight and a hard opponent. It just let me know that I can hang with the best and beat the best. But I know I can do better and I don’t want to feel that way again.”

Undefeated in his first seven fights, Sanders says at one time the results of his fights was more important, but now he’s more so focused on improving as a fighter.

“I used to think about that some, but I don’t as much anymore,” he told MMAWeekly.com. “You’re only as good as your last fight, so I just look forward and do my thing in each fight and make myself happy when it’s over.”

Sanders (7-0) feels remaining true to himself will be a big key to winning his upcoming return to the RFA this Friday in Sioux Falls, S.D., when he takes on promotional newcomer Darrick Minner (9-3).

“I’ve just got to be myself and perform,” said Sanders. “I’ve got to do all the right things that I’ve trained to do and that my coaches have worked with me on. If I do that, I’ll be the one with my hand raised in the end.

“I can’t go out there and get over-confident and get sloppy and think too much about this or that. I’ve got to make sure that I’m the one dictating how the fight goes from bell to bell and everything in between.”

Staying on track and focusing on what’s in front of him is not only how Sanders is approaching Friday’s fight, but it’s how he feels he will achieve his career goal.

“I’m not jumping any guns,” said Sanders. “The goal is the UFC for sure, and the RFA is the way to it.

“I want to fight the best in the world and keep getting better and keep having tougher fights – I’m excited about this fight and I’m not looking past it – but I’m looking to impress some people and hopefully good things will come of it.”

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