Former WSOF Champ Steve Carl Looking for Another Belt at Saturday’s Titan FC 38

April 26, 2016

Following a stretch where he lost his World Series of Fighting welterweight title to Rousimar Palhares and then came up short during The Ultimate Fighter 21, Steve Carl was happy to get back on track with his win over Beslan Ushukov for Akhmat Fight Show last December.

“At the time, I was up in Iowa working on rental houses that I own up there,” Carl told MMAWeekly.com. “I wasn’t training. I was working all day, every day on those houses. I flew back down to Florida and trained for two weeks then flew out to Chechnya and took that fight.

“There was no point in my head that I believed I was going to lose. Going into the fight, I knew I’d have the skill to beat anybody, even without cardio, but within the first few minutes I was dead tired. I drug him into deep water until I was able to drown him. “

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After the disappointments of his last WSOF bout and his time on TUF, Carl knew that defeating Ushukov was essential to right his career and make him a viable option for promotions going forward.

“I really needed that win, it was do or die,” Carl said. “It was one of the reasons I knew I was going to win that fight – I had to – there was no way I was going to lose. I had a bad year in late 2014, early 2015 and I’m just looking up right now and ready to win this title and go on from there.”

Steve Carl WSOF 9 weigh-478x270Carl (22-4) will seek to add another title to his resume when he takes on Belal Muhammad (8-0) for the vacant Titan FC welterweight title on Saturday in Miami.

“He’s very talented, but he’s lacking finish ability, and that’s going to be a big problem for him,” said Carl of Muhammad. “That means he’s going to have to out-point me for five rounds and last if he wants to win by his normal ways. Honestly, I just have to go out there and be me and fight and go for the finish – that’s what I do.”

For Carl, winning the TFC welterweight belt could allow him to make UFC proper debut and finally showcase what he can do on the biggest stage of MMA.

“I definitely want to win this fight, defend the title if I have to, and get into the UFC and start making a run,” Carl said. “I’ve been in the game for 10 years and have fought in a lot of major organizations and won titles, but the UFC is the one thing I haven’t done, that I haven’t conquered, and I’d like to do that before I’m done.”

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