In picking up a split-decision win over Steven Siler at Titan FC 37 in March, Andre Harrison successfully defended his featherweight title and raised his career-starting winning streak to 11.
And though Harrison picked up the win over Siler, he doesn’t feel the bout warranted the split-decision ruling the judges gave it.
“I don’t know if I feel it was as close as they thought it was,” Harrison told MMAWeely.com. “Certain rounds could be misconstrued considering he did a lot of submissions, so I can see where that comes from, but I definitely feel it was a clean, tough win.
“It’s definitely a good thing to know I’ve got the gas to fight a full 25 minutes if I need it, but if I never do it again, I won’t be upset.”
Having started off his career on such a good streak, expectations are high for Harrison, even if he doesn’t personally put much stock into them.
“I don’t think about that,” said Harrison. “I think about what’s in my control. Things like training as hard as I can train, training as smart as I can train, and going out and fighting.
“As far as other people’s expectations, I can’t really worry about that. If I go out and fight to the best of my potential, I will have good results, every single time.”
“I think he’s definitely a good, solid, tough fighter,” said Harrison of Ribeiro. “I’ve just got to apply pressure and look to back him and make him uncomfortable in there.
“With strikers, they’ve got to be cautious of throwing because of wrestling, so I’ve got to go out there and make him cautious, while throwing combos of my own. I too can punch and kick; it’s not just a one-way street; and if the opportunity for a finish shows itself, I’ll definitely go for it.”
While a win over a vastly more experienced MMA veteran like Ribeiro would be another notch in Harrison’s belt, having been involved in sports almost his entire life, rising to a challenge is nothing new to him.
“I think it speaks well for me, going against guys who have more MMA experience than I do, but at the end of the day, I’ve been competing one-on-one with people since I was in the seventh grade,” Harrison said.
“I’ve had countless wrestling matches and have been doing this for a while. That’s why stuff doesn’t get to me, because I’ve already been through a lot of situations. Knowing that, I’ve just got to make sure I’m in the best possible situation to implement my game plan.”