Rising prospect Andre Harrison recently added the Ring of Combat featherweight title to his resume, finishing Matias Vasquez via first round TKO at Ring of Combat 45: Nover vs. Santiago in New Jersey.
With the win, Harrison improved to 6-0 in his brief pro MMA career. The former Div. II wrestler trains at Bellmore Kickboxing Academy and works out alongside the likes of Al Iaquinta, Dennis Bermudez and Gregor Gillespie.
This marked his first pro MMA title, adding to a pair of amateur belts won. Harrison recently talked with FightLine.com about his fight.
“My focus was trying to display how dominant I think I can be,” he said. “How dominant my coaching staff things I can be. I just was really focused on having the best performance possible.”
Harrison credited the training camp with being the “best camp I’ve had to date. I was proud of myself and so was my coaching staff. As far as confidence goes, that definitely played a major role.”
While the UFC remains the end goal for Harrison, he will make at least one defense of his belt, fighting September 20.
“I’m really looking forward to it,” he added. “So far, I’ve been pretty successful at showing progress in each fight. I just want to continue on that road. I want my next fight to be more dominant than my last.”
As for the actual title belt, Harrison said he enjoyed it in the moment, but “took it off relatively quick. It’s in the past now; now, it’s time to get another belt.”