After a string of victories in his first five fights to kick off his pro career, flyweight up-and-comer Jared Scoggins hit a bit of a roadblock in his last bout in February against Jesse Bazzi at WXC 67.
Admittedly, Scoggins did not follow through with what he had planned to do against Bazzi, and that is what he feels cost him a unanimous decision loss, the first of his career.
“I went in there, I had a game plan, but I didn’t execute it,” Scoggins told MMAWeekly.com. “I didn’t go out there and throw my combos like I should have. I didn’t execute my takedowns.
“I learned that I’ve got to go out there and do what I do or I’m going to end up losing. I’ve never lost before, so it was a wake-up call. I look forward to getting back into the cage and showing the fight that I am, and that I’m a lot better than that, and what I’m capable of.”
Scoggins (5-1) will get his first opportunity to prove himself when he takes on Juan Puerta (11-5) in a main card 125-pound bout in Legacy Fighting Alliance’s South Carolina debut this Friday in Greenville.
“He’s an experienced guy,” said Scoggins of Puerta. “He’s got a strong ground game.
“I feel I have a tactical advantage on my feet. Ideally, I’d like to keep it standing and show my skills there. But if it does go to the ground, I am confident in my skills there as well. No matter where it goes, I’m pretty confident I’m getting this win.”
Having his brother Justin and teammates like Sara McMann in the UFC, Scoggins feels he has the kind of support system that can help him make it to that level in the future.
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“My family is what drives me,” Scoggins said. “The fans, especially fighting in Greenville, 30 minutes from where I live, it’s huge. I have so much support coming out. It gives me a lot of extra energy. They’re the reason I do it – the fans and my team.”
And it is success at the UFC level that is Scoggins’ sole motivation as he moves forward in 2017.
“The short-term goal is getting into the UFC,” said Scoggins. “Hopefully by the end of the year, that would be nice. The long-term goal is to be UFC champion. But first I have to get in.”
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