After suffering his first loss in eight years last November, flyweight up and comer Hector “Kid Alex” Sandoval rebounded with a second round TKO over Oscar Ramirez at WFC 13 in February.
Looking back on the fight, Sandoval is pleased with his performance against Ramirez, and happy to get back on track following a loss in his previous bout.
“I had a good first round with some good wrestling exchanges, and then in the second round I knocked him out,” Sandoval told MMAWeekly.com. “It’s good feeling to get my first win after my loss in my last fight.”
Rather than change his training after suffering his loss, Sandoval shut out any distractions and stayed the course, which helped him rebound.
“I didn’t really change anything,” he said. “I’m constantly doing the same thing and evolving as a martial artist. I just stay focused on what I’ve got to do. I don’t notice anything that’s going on outside of that.”
Sandoval (9-2) will have his second fight of 2015 when he co-headlines the first ever Conquer Fighting Championships in Redding, Calif., on Nov. 21 against Derrick Easterling (4-2) in a 125-pound bout.
“I’ve just got to perform,” said Sandoval of facing Easterling. “I’ve got all the tools I need. I’ve got to do what I do and perform like I do in the gym every day.”
Coming from Team Alpha Male in Sacramento, Sandoval knows he’ll face a hostile crowd in Redding, but it doesn’t matter to him how the crowd reacts, as long as they come to see him perform.
“It’s good feeling knowing that people want to come to see me fight,” he said. “It’s good to know people know who I am. Whether they come to watch me lose or come to watch me win, I’m happy they’re there.”
Now that he’s back on track, Sandoval is looking forward to having a strong 2016 by building of his success this year.
“I usually just go fight-by-fight, and just try to get fights out of the way, but I do have short term goals and long term goals,” said Sandoval. “I had one little mistake in the fight I had before, and it put me back to where I had to work a little harder to get where I want to get, but I feel good. I’m excited to put on a show (at SFC) and perform.”