Following a series of health-related setbacks, which cost him around 20 months worth of fighting, former UFC welterweight Brian Foster has rebounded over the last couple years with a four-fight winning streak.
Foster’s success has forced him to up his game with the level of competition he’s facing now, which considering past difficulties could be the best thing for him.
“I was more along the lines of training myself,” Foster told MMAWeekly.com. “The victories were solely contributed to myself and discipline and love of the game. My experience got me through it.
Prior to his recent run, it just wasn’t feasible for Foster to invest in big training camps due to his medical problems derailing his fight career.
“I couldn’t put a whole lot of stock behind the certainty of scheduling fights due to my past issues,” he said. “I would put in training camps and then the fights would fall through due to commissions not feeling it was safe or that my safety was still in question. Therefor I was always wasting money and taking chances.
“I felt like last year was a time to get back into a legitimate camp and get into better fighting shape and get back on the grind and legitimate side of things.”
Since his comeback started in 2013, Foster (22-6) will face his toughest test yet when he matches up with former Shooto and Strikeforce champion Jake Shields (30-7-1, 1NC) in the main event of the Jan. 17 edition of World Series of Fighting in Las Vegas.
“I think Jake has a track record of some boring fights, and I have a record of some exciting fights,” said Foster. “I think if I allow Jake to play his game out it can be a boo-fest, and with me going in and nullifying what he wants to do and performing the way that I want to, it can be a fan-friendly fight.
“We’re both very experienced and know what we have to do to win, so I think the person who wants it more will come out victorious.”
A win over Shields could put Foster in the position to achieve half of his goals for the year.
“I want to start off 2015 undefeated and remain undefeated,” said Foster. “I want to hold the welterweight title and push for the 155-pound title as well.”