This past April, undefeated lightweight LaRue Burley picked up a solid win over T.J. Hepburn at RFA 25 with a first-round submission. Having been eight months since his previous fight, the win was the perfect way for him to kick off his 2015.
“I felt like I fought pretty well,” Burley told MMAWeekly.com. “I took no damage and I was able to get the win fairly quickly, so it was good.
“The only thing I’m critical about is that I allowed myself to get caught in that triangle, and even though I was safe the entire time, I shouldn’t have never let myself get caught in that position.”
“I think he’s a tough guy who likes to push forward, likes to bang and has a heavy right hand with a good uppercut,” said Burley of Foster. “I’ve got to stick my game plan and keep moving, strike first, hit him and let him know that he’s going to be in a fight.
“It could be an all-out war. It’s going to be a good test my abilities and see if I’m a prospect or just a regular fighter.”
Though Foster has nearly 30 fights on his resume, Burley doesn’t feel the experience difference on paper will be a factor in the fight.
“I think that you find yourself comfortable in the cage, it doesn’t matter how many fights you have,” said Burley.
“When I maybe only had one or two fights, I was nervous and had so much anxiety built up, but now it’s like another day at the office. Once you get established, however many fights it may be, and you get rid of all that anxiety, how many fights you have doesn’t really matter.”
For Burley, a win on Sept. 18 could be a good first step towards establishing himself for title contention in his new home in the WSOF.
“I feel like it will put me one step closer to the champion,” he said. “I heard that there’s going to be a tournament and I might go into it with a win here.
“The ultimate goal is to become the champ. That’s what this fight will do: get one step closer to establishing myself as top fighter and getting that title shot.”