When looking back over his split-decision win over Jacob Hebeisen at Legacy FC 53 in April, flyweight up and comer CJ Hamilton can see where the judges might have given his opponent an edge, but overall feels the bout was his to win.
“That was a very fun fight, in my opinion,” Hamilton told MMAWeekly.com. “Jacob and I put on a show, I believe, and it was one of the best fights of the night.
“I felt like I held my own standing, and I got the takedowns. I’ll give him the second the round with the guillotine, but still I feel like I came back later in that round. All in all I felt I controlled most of it, besides those submissions.”
After a bout of inconsistency where he lost four of six fights, Hamilton has gotten things back on track and put together a three-fight winning streak.
“I’m just going back to what I do and am having fun,” said Hamilton. “I’m focusing on evolving every day. I’m taking it day by day and am not really worrying about the future.
“Every day I go in and I train and I focus on what the task at hand is that day, and kill it. The next day I focus on the next thing. It’s 100 feet at a time and not try to work too far ahead.”
Hamilton (8-4) will look to add to his current winning streak when he takes on Cody Gabelman in a 125-pound championship co-main event bout at Valor Fights 36 in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, on August 13.
“That’s going to be another fun fight too,” Hamilton said. “Cody is a game opponent as well. He always brings it. He’s fought some tough guys, and so have I.
“I’ve just got to stay on my toes, keep doing what I’m doing and do what I’m good at. Just keep moving forward and see what happens. I’m very excited about fighting Cody. I look forward to it.”
As someone who doesn’t try to get too far ahead of himself, Hamilton’s focus is on Aug. 13, and he’ll approach the next opportunity when it arises, but not until then.
“Valor puts on great shows, and I feel going out of town and getting that experience, I feel like that’s going to help me,” he said. “I’m just taking it one fight, one minute, at a time.
“Valor is a great promotion to fight under and to fight for their flyweight championship is a great honor for me and I’m really excited about it.”