When looking back on his Titan FC featherweight title fight with Kurt Holobaugh in July, Andre “The Bull” Harrison is mostly critical of the things he did wrong, even though he came out with the victory.
“I’m a person who doesn’t have very long reach, so to have inactive feet and try to lean into shots can be a very big risk,” Harrison told MMAWeekly.com. “(Holobaugh) had me in a submission in the second round, and while I didn’t get submitted, I shouldn’t have been in that position in the first place.
“I toughed it out and won the fight four rounds to one – I give him the second round – but it could have been a better fight.”
While Harrison might not be fully pleased with his win, having the title and being on top of his division is the silver lining in things.
“It doesn’t matter what you’re doing, you want to be ‘the’ person,” said Harrison. “If you look at (Titan FC’s) roster at 145 pounds, you have to start with me and work your way downwards. It’s definitely a big accomplishment and a step in the right direction.”
“In order to beat Desi, I have to push him back and stop his takedowns,” said Harrison. “Kurt (Holobaugh) was able to back him up the whole time and Desi couldn’t set his feet right to land big shots or land too many takedowns – these are the kinds of things I have to control in our fight.”
Though he will be defending his title on Sept. 19, Harrison is approaching the bout as he would if he were a contender rather than the champion, so that he can stay as sharp as possible.
“I believe if you’re looking to defend, you’re just trying to hold on to something and it could easily slip away, or you can be too cocky, too arrogant, and I want nothing to do with that,” said Harrison. “I’m looking at it like I’m going for another belt and have something to prove, so I have to go out there and take it.”
With Harrison possibly only a win or two away from taking the next step, he views his fight with Green as the starting point to building what is needed to make that move.
“I believe the UFC wants to see finishes, and it’s been a little too long since I got a finish,” said Harrison. “Granted, I have faced a lot of tough people, but there were opportunities in my fights where I could have gotten a finish and didn’t.
“That’s nobody’s fault but my own, so I’ve worked on figuring out what I did wrong there and what needed to change so I can get the finish the next time around.”