World Series of Fighting welterweight Ben “Phoenix Jones” Fodor is refreshingly honest when he looks at his fight career. When he’s doing well, he’ll acknowledge it as many other fighters would. When he’s not doing well, he’ll be more than happy to point it out, even when others might not.
Against Roberto Yong last September at WSOF 23, Fodor believes the fight was out of his control up until the moment he pulled off a first-round submission.
“It was interesting because I don’t know how much of that fight I was winning before I finished that guy,” Fodor told MMAWeekly.com. “I was getting tagged pretty hard standing up. I am a stand-up fighter, so it was very weird to fight somebody with that hand speed – he has remarkable hand speed.”
Fodor believes it was due to his loss five months earlier against Manny Walo that he was able to have the confidence in his ground game to defeat Yong.
“After my Manny Walo fight, we dropped all boxing and pretty much were just doing jiu-jitsu,” said Fodor. “We didn’t do hardly any punches leading up to that (Yong) fight. When we did the takedown, I realized my ground game had gotten a lot better, and that’s what really turned the fight around for me.
“When I used to get taken to the ground, my first response was to tie their arms up and get things back standing up. Now, I’m threatening submissions. It’s a completely different thing on the ground. It’s a completely different thought process.”
For his next bout, Fodor (7-1-1) will ….View full article