Normally a welterweight, Foster has moved down to lightweight and has picked up two consecutive wins in impressive fashion.
“To be honest, I took (the Shields fight) on short notice. It kind of sucked, but I did the organization a favor,” Foster told MMAWeekly.com. “I dropped to 155 pounds and have smoked two dudes in less than 40 seconds apiece. Now, I’m looking at smashing through the division for a title shot.”
While the change in weight has not been easy for Foster, he feels it’s necessary if he’s going to get into title contention.
“The only way I’ve been beaten at welterweight is that I’ve been submitted, so changing weight classes neutralizes size,” he said. “I’ll be able to dictate my control, my offense… there’s so many things that change when you change weight class.
“I’m just trying to ride the wave. It sucks trying to make 155. It’s really hard to do. The only way it’s going to pay off is if I win the title.”
Foster (23-7) will get his chance to compete for a title shot as part of the World Series of Fighting lightweight tournament on Friday in Phoenix, where he’ll face Joao Zeferino (18-6) in the first round.
“I’m a go-with-the-flow kind of guy. It just comes to me when I get in there. I’m comfortable wherever the fight takes place. I’m not really worried about a lot at 155 pounds. I don’t see any weakness in my game as far as lightweight goes.”
Over 30 fights into his MMA career, Foster is eager to claim a title, so he can begin to look towards his future outside the cage.
“I had kind of a rough hiatus the last couple years, and I’m sick of the politics in this whole damn game, so I’m ready to get my title, get my money, and get out of here,” he said. “I’m the guy to beat in there and they know that.”