After an eight-month layoff, bantamweight veteran Terrion Ware made his return to fighting this past April with a unanimous decision victory over Rob Gooch for the CXF promotion.
“It had been a little while between the last time I’d been in the cage and that fight,” Ware told MMAWeekly.com. “I had a chance to work on a lot of things, and in that fight I felt like I got to exploit those things that I’d worked on. I’m happy with that fight. I dominated and won every single round.”
Ware points out that the match Gooch had been in the works several times before it actually happened, and now he’s finally happy to have closed that chapter in his career.
“It was frustrating because it was a fight I was looking forward to for a while,” said Ware. “Between two shows getting cancelled and him getting hurt, it was a long time coming. It was a huge relief just to get that out of the way and get in there and mix it up.”
Ware believes one of the reasons he’s been able to rebound this year following two losses in a row in 2015 came from his desire to add more power to his game.
“I just felt like the two fights in the RFA against (Luke) Sanders and (Leandro) Higo, I felt there was a huge difference in the physicality part,” Ware said. “I felt skill-wise, I know I’m on-par with those guys, but I felt like they were just a lot stronger than me.
“Since then, I’ve put a lot of time into my strength and conditioning, along with my grappling and grappling endurance. That way I can keep the fight where I want to be, and be able to be physical along with those guys.”
“I fight this fight similarly to the Gooch fight,” Ware said. “They’ve got kind of the same style. Both guys like to come forward and like to strike, and they’re both good on the ground, and are both tough guys.
“Marvin is a tough guy. He’s been caught in submissions and won’t give up. He’ll get hit with shots and might get wobbled, but continues to fight. I feel I have the experience and the advantages in the areas I need to (in order) to get the job done.”
Ware believes a solid performance on July 15 could help him get into the UFC. If not, then he’s looking forward to facing some of the top talent the RFA can provide him in the remainder of the year.
“First, I’ve got to take care of this fight and get the job done and focus on that,” said Ware. “After that, there are a lot of guys in the RFA that are good, that are up and coming, and hungry.
“I have no idea what the future will hold as far who the RFA wants to match me up with. I can’t control that. The only thing I can control is being focused on this fight, and that’s what I’m doing right now. If I have to make a run at the RFA title to get to the UFC, that’s what I’ll do.”