Luke Harris Highly Motivated For MFC 36
An outing at MFC 36: Reality Check shouldn’t be summed up as a comeback for Luke Harris since with only two losses dotting his career log he’s hardly out of the picture in the Maximum Fighting Championship’s stacked middleweight division.
But there’s the difficult task of getting back to winning ways for Harris, who had his startling nine-fight winning streak stopped at MFC 34. Still the defeat to Joseph Henle, which was Harris’s first loss in five years, certainly stung and was a setback. So with MFC 36 in sight, the popular judo player is aiming to start a fresh run of success.
“Although disappointing, it’s all part of the game,” figured Harris, who will be part of the MFC 36 lineup on Friday, Feb. 15 at the Shaw Conference Centre and live on AXS TV Fights.
“As a fighter, you’re there to compete, and an unknown outcome is all part of the excitement and appeal of this sport. You learn a lot about yourself with a loss. For me, it’s motivation to continue to improve and then test myself again. I’m hungry for another victory.”
Harris (Twitter: @HayabusaHarris), who lives and trains in St. Albert, Alberta, has shown before that he can rebound from a loss. Way back at MFC 13, Harris made his professional mixed martial arts debut and was stunned with a first-round TKO loss to heavy-handed Brad Zazulak. From that point forward, Harris rattled off his nine straight victories – all via first-round submission – which set him up for an MFC middleweight title contender matchup against Joseph Henle.
Henle stopped Harris with virtually a repeat of the Zazulak outing as a stiff combination and follow-up ground-and-pound resulted in a first-round TKO leading to Henle’s title showdown against Elvis Mutapcic at MFC 35. Harris sat out MFC 35, refocused his approach, and is now anxious to return.
As for who he’d like to get his march to the title on track against, Harris is leaving the matchmaking up to the MFC brass. Already being bandied about are potential collisions with rugged veteran Nick Hinchliffe or upstart Jason Zentgraf.
“I’m really looking forward to fighting at MFC 36,” said Harris. “I’m at a point in my career that I want to challenge myself. As for opponents, that’s for MFC President Mark Pavelich and my manager to decide. I fight who’s in front of me.
Harris is hardly sitting back waiting to see who is officially declared his next opponent. An accomplished judoka, Harris is now a double black belt holder having received the honor in Brazilian jiu-jitsu from renowned trainer and competitor Robert Drysdale. When training camp gets under way for his MFC 36 bout, Harris is promising some new wrinkles in the plan of attack.
“I’ve got some big plans for this camp,” coyly offered Harris. “Great training has always been a constant in my career. I have a great team and a huge support system around me.
“I didn’t have too much down time after my last fight. As a coach, I had to get right back into the gym and prepare a couple of our fighters for their upcoming fights and, of course, continue to work and improve all aspects of my own game. One of my goals is to always be a better fighter each time I step into the ring and I’m working tirelessly to achieve that.
“I still have my eye on that belt. I plan a very active 2013 starting with a victory at MFC 36 on Feb. 15. I take one fight at a time but Mark will let me know when I’ve earned my shot at the middleweight belt. I would be very proud to wear that belt.”
Tickets for MFC 36: Reality Check are on sale now and available via the MFC Ticket Hotline by calling (780) 504-2024.