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Jose Figueroa on Titan FC 31, “I’ve Been Good, Now It’s Time to Be Great.”

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(Figueroa pounds Damkovsky in M-1 Global, photo via fcfighter.com)

Titan FC 31 has proven it is the premier mixed martial arts event of the spookiest night of the year. With Jose Figueroa (13-6) leading the charge, Tampa Bay, Florida will never be the same after Titan lands in buccaneer land.

Jose has come to grips with his style, a style that his opponent Tyler Stinson (27-10) shares. In doing so, Jose Figueroa has found a new focus in his 8-year MMA career.

“My training is going good, I’ve been mixing it up with many different partners and I’m honing my southpaw style. My opponent is a southpaw as well so I’m sparring with as many other southpaws as I possibly can. I’ve opened my eyes to a new focus in my time as a pro, I’ve never had an amateur career. Everybody has a point in their career where they just click. My time is now, my strength and conditioning is huge. That and moving up in weight has made it hard for anyone to keep up. My explosiveness is unrivaled. It’s my time now. I did good before but It’s my time to be great.”

(Tyler Stinson (left) in loss to Tarec Saffiedine, photo: Esther Lin:Forza LLC:Getty Images)
(Tyler Stinson (left) in loss to Tarec Saffiedine, photo: Esther Lin:Forza LLC:Getty Images)

Stinson has almost twice as many fights as Jose but upon analyzing Tyler’s record, Jose has found some overlooked material that may suggest that Stinson’s record is padded.

“Yea he’s more experienced but when it comes down to it, a lot of his wins have come at the expense of fighters at the end of their career like Drew Fickett. (41-21)”

Don’t look now, but Jose is backing up his accusations with Batman Detective Comics-like results. Stinson defeated Drew Fickett by TKO in the first in 2009. In that time, Fickett was 1-7 in his last 8. Now, Drew is 1-8 in his last 9 since 2011.

“He said something in an interview that once you hit 20 fights then that’s where you change. He’s got 25 finishes but a lot of those finishes were tailor made for him. Some of those guys didn’t even know they were fighting a southpaw. Burkman did and he threw a lot of feints to defeat him.”

Josh Burkman (27-10) defeated Stinson by way of knockout in just over 2 minutes into round one at WSOF 9. This was Stinson’s last time in the cage. Jose is looking to extend Stinson’s losing streak tonight on CBS Sports Network.

“I’m looking to go forward with big punches and big takedowns. I’m going to set my pace and we will see how he deals with it. I’ll either hit him with a big right hand or I’ll take him down and pound the crap out of him. We know what he can do but it’s my time to show what I can do.”

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Aaron Portier
Highly passionate MMA Journalist, and I've followed the sport ever since my favorite fighter, Vitor Belfort won the heavyweight tournament at UFC 12. After that I've tried to go to every local MMA event around the Gulf Coast and surrounding areas and decided to make it a point to have a career in some aspect in the fighting sport other than fighting in general (didn't want to ruin my face). I'm currently enrolled at Southeastern Louisiana University working towards a degree in Communication. I cover MMA, Boxing and Football for The Daily Star newspaper in my hometown of Hammond, Louisiana, in addition to working as a promotional writer for a local Boxing promotion known as BoxnCar and I cover boxing for 8countnews.com however SciFighting.com is my home. My main goal is to bring more publicity to MMA in my area and to the sport as a whole as all of us involved with the sport are merely scratching the surface and laying the foundation of what mixed martial arts competition will be further down the road.