While currently on recovery road, Ring of Combat champion Andre Harrison has a specific goal in mind for 2014.
“My goal is the same every year: to make this year better than the last,” said Harrison, during a recent interview with FightLine. “I see myself in Mio Posto (an Italian restaurant in New York) eating a delicious steak dinner, discussing my beautiful UFC performance.”
Harrison’s down-to-the-detail vision for himself is what makes him a top prospect in the world of MMA.
The featherweight secured the ROC title in June with a TKO victory over Matias Vasquez, improving to 6-0 in his pro career after a 4-0 run in the amateur ranks.
However, just as things appeared to be settling into place, Harrison suffered a rupture of his biceps tendon.
“I was sparring (when the injury happened),” he said. “I had to have surgery, but Dr. Michael Camp rehabbed me and he is an absolute genius. I had a very quick recovery and it had everything to do with him; he is truly a miracle worker.”
“(The injury) allowed me to work on some other things with the best stand-up trainer, Keith Trimble. Keith, along with Joe Scarola, Spiro Vlantis and Tony Ricci all helped get me back healthy.”
Harrison, a former Div. II wrestler, trains at Bellmore Kickboxing Academy alongside UFC fighters such as Ryan LaFlare, Costa Philippou and Gian Villante. While his injury went down at the gym, he doesn’t view that as an issue going forward.
“When you train hard like we do at Bellmore, sometimes these things happen,” he said. “It doesn’t mean it was a mistake in camp, it just means it’s a contact sport and things happen.”
Ring of Combat has a card booked for later this month, but Harrison is keying in on March.
“God willing, I will be on that card,” he said. “I would like to defend my title.”