Looking back over 2015, featherweight Daniel Swain is able to see the good in what was a very inconsistent year in his career.
After multiple fights fell through, Swain split his four bouts last year, but still he feels he was able to be productive.
“It was really up and down, especially with fights falling through and injuries and stuff like that,” Swain told MMAWeekly.com. “It was a real testament to how strong my will is in this game. A lot of guys would have quit if they had the year I had last year.
“I just put my head down and kept grinding it out, fighting the best I could fight in the biggest fights I could find. I ended up beating some pretty good guys.”
Even though he was able to take some good out of last year, when it came to his first fight of 2016, against Gabriel Solorio for King of the Cage in February, he was in a must-win situation.
“It was probably the most nervous I’d ever been for a fight,” said Swain. “It was basically a do or die situation for me. But I went out there and had one of my best performances to date.
“I capitalized on (Solorio’s) mistake and finished him early, and it just re-established that confidence I had early in the sport, and now I’m ready to continue that streak.”