Too anxious to wait any longer, Caros Fodor has a message for Scott Coker if he is victorious in his next bout.
Fodor (Twitter: @carosfodor)meets Pat Healy at Strikeforce: “Tate vs. Rousey”, Saturday at the Nation Wide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. Fodor is undefeated under the Strikeforce banner and he is on a five-fight-win streak. Healy, on the other hand, has won three consecutive bouts, meaning the winner will make a significant move up the divisional ladder.
Fodor trains under Matt Hume at AMC Pankration in Kirkland, Wash. He said he stayed at AMC Pankration for his entire camp and trained with the likes of Tim Boestch, Demetrious Johnson, and Mario Mirandez, just to name a few.
Fodor said preparations for the bout went great, but it was all in the timing.
Competing in a shallow division within Strikeforce, Caros Fodor is hoping the 155-pound weight class beefs up Caros Fodor
“Demetrious just left a week before me, so the timing was great,” Fodor told MMADieHards.com. “Every single one of those guys had a fight coming up. It was great because we all peaked at the same time; we’re all training with the same mindset. We all had something going on and were focused, so it worked out really well.”
Fodor is ready for his bout at Strikeforce: “Tate vs. Rousey”, and believes he has to be.
Healy wins in the experience department, as he has 42 fights on his record to Fodor’s eight. “Bam Bam” has proven he can win by knockout or submission and he has never been cautious if a brawl ensues in the cage. These are all things Fodor is aware of; therefore he is anticipating a difficult match come Saturday.
“I got to give him respect,” Fodor admitted. “He’s been around and he’s beaten some people he wasn’t supposed to beat. I don’t see how this can be an easy fight, there’s just no way. He’s not a super threat, but you have to respect. He’s tough.”
Fodor is content to get a formidable opponent in a division he thinks is not that deep. Aside from the few quality lightweights in Strikeforce and a handful in Bellator, the majority of the world’s best 155-pound combatants compete in the UFC.
Fodor would appreciate testing his skills against some of the other respected fighters in his division, whether it’s in Strikeforce or another promotion. Although, there is one incentive that could sway Fodor to really want to stay with Strikeforce.
“K.J. Noons, Josh Thomson, myself, Pat and Gilbert Melendez is all we really got,” Fodor said. “It’s getting slim, so some more opponents would be nice. The UFC can send fighters to me or I can go there, it doesn’t matter.
“But, I am really happy with Strikeforce and I heard Zuffa might be giving out bonuses in Strikeforce in the future. If Strikeforce starts doing that I would rather just stay there. That’s really the only thing I’m missing from not fighting in the UFC.”
There is one essential bargaining chip to have when a mixed martial artist tried to catapult themselves to the UFC: A championship.
Given their win streaks and recent victories, Fodor feels he is closing in a shot at the belt. If he gets past a tough Healy, Fodor will plead his case to Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker.
“If I beat Pat on Saturday, I want a title shot,” Fodor stated. “Flat out, that’s what I want. I don’t want to wait; I really want a title shot. He’s had one of the longest winning streaks. Pat just beat (Maximo) Blanco, and I beat (Justin) Wilcox, so I think we’re at the top of the list right now. I think the other guys have lost relatively recent, so I think the winner of this fight definitely deserves a title shot.”
He’s been patiently waiting, consistently winning, and if victorious against Healy, Fodor will be asking for what he thinks he deserves.