NORFOLK, Va. – Jake Collier is trying to keep his career goals small and manageable at this point. Right now, that means no more than getting a few consecutive wins together.
Collier’s (11-4 MMA, 3-3 UFC) UFC tenure has been up and down since he joined the organization in December 2014. He had another high on Saturday at UFC Fight Night 120 with a unanimous decision win over Marcel Fortuna (9-3 MMA, 1-2 UFC), and he said now is the time to get some momentum going.
For Collier, there would be no better place to do that than at UFC Fight Night 124 on Jan 14., which takes place at Scottrade Center in St. Louis – not far from Collier’s home
“I’d love to (fight on that card),” Collier told MMAjunkie. “I’ll take a week or so and get my fight back together and see if the UFC wants to throw me somebody. That’s seriously only an hour from my house – that’s my backyard. I want to fight on that card. I’m going to take about a week off and see if I can start making some noise and get on that card.”
Collier said he was looking for an impressive stoppage at UFC Fight Night 120, which took place at Ted Constant Convocation Center in Norfolk, Va., but knew putting away Fortuna inside the distance was going to be tough. He knows his opponent had faced bigger and stronger opponents in the past, so he still considers a victory on the scorecards to be significant.
With hopes of getting back-to-back wins for the first time in the UFC in his next fight, Collier said he will fight anyone the 185-pound division has to offer. However, if matchmakers want to give him a fellow striker, he would be more than open to it.
“Nobody in the UFC is easy,” Collier said. “I prefer a non-wrestler so we can stand and exchange a little bit and put on a show for the crowd because that’s kind of what I like to do. That’s all I really ask for.”
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Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie
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