Looking back on his 2017, flyweight Sid Bice doesn’t have much to complain about.
In three bouts last year, Bice was able to pick up wins in all of them, including a finish in his first fight of 2017.
“I thought it was a great year,” Bice told MMAWeekly.com. “Overall I fought three tough guys, and got three wins. I wish I would have gotten a couple more finishes, but I’m just glad they’re giving me tough guys, I’m winning, and am putting on good shows for the fans.”
Along with his victories, Bice feels he grew considerably last year, mostly thanks to the team he has around him.
“I’m always trying to learn new techniques and sharpen my game,” said Bice. “Especially at Factory X, we’ve got a ton of guys, and you see a bunch of different looks from people and pick up a few different techniques from guys. I’m a very improved fighter every fight.”
This Friday in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Bice (8-1) will seek to repeat last year’s success when he kicks off his 2018 versus Maikel Perez (5-1) in a 125-pound championship main event at LFA 37.
‘He’s a tough Olympic-style wrestler,” Bice said of Perez. “Any time you fight a wrestler, it’s going to be a dog fight. I’ve been in the game a lot longer, so I know how to go in there and win.
“I feel my skills are better overall. I know he’s wrestling is very good, but my MMA-wrestling is better, I know my striking and ground game is better. I feel I’m going to beat him up everywhere.”
Though his bout against Perez is for his first major MMA championship, Bice isn’t worried about the potential of having to fight a full 25 minutes.
“I’m training like it’s any other fight,” said Bice. “I feel I always have a good gas tank. I feel he has problems with that before. I’m pumped about five rounds. I think I’m going to break him, and cardio is going to have a big impact in this fight.”
A four-fight winning streak coupled with an LFA title could be just the ticket Bice needs to step up to the next stage of his career. However, rather than focus on that, he’s focused on having the best possible bouts he can wherever he can.
“I’m just going to play it by ear,” Bice said. “I’ve been chasing that UFC dream for a while, and I hope to get there after this fight. But I’m content with the LFA and going in there for these five-round fights and facing tough opponents.”