“I felt pretty good about the performance,” said Rainey of his first round TKO of Reggie Pena at XFC 24.
“I had a couple of fights before that went three rounds, so I was happy I was able to finish in the first. The clinch worked well for me and in the end it helped me get the win.”
Rainey’s return to the XFC on Sept. 6 in Albuquerque, N.M., looks to be an even tougher challenge, as he takes on promotional newcomer Dhiego Lima in what could be the evening’s most explosive fight. And even though he’s taking a step up in competition, Rainey is confident that the work he’s put in at the gym will have him more than prepared for Lima.
“My coach says if you’re winning in practice, you’re not going to win in fights because you’re not getting pushed,” said Rainey. “I’ve been pushed to my limit plenty of times in this camp.”
When it comes to Lima (8-1), Rainey told MMAWeekly.com that he and his coaches have been able to find openings that should turn the fight in their favor.
“We’ve got a game plan to implement against him, and all I have to do is execute it,” said Rainey. “If I do it correctly, it should come out good on my side. As long as I don’t do anything stupid, everything should be fine. It only takes one mess-up to change a fight very quickly.
“Every fighter has holes that you try to fix in training camp, and if you don’t fix them, they’ll definitely get exposed.”
At this point in his career, Rainey knows there are no easy fights, and that’s exactly how he wants it as he continues to work his way up the welterweight rankings.
“Every fight for me is a step up in level,” he said. “I’m just preparing and am willing to fight a war to see how good I am.
“All I really care about is getting the W. If I get the win, everything else falls into place. As long as I’m getting my name out there, showing people that I am a real fighter, then there’s no place I really can’t go.”