In making his World Series of Fighting debut in June against Joshua Key, middleweight prospect Phil Hawes might not have gone as long as he would have liked, but a first round TKO is never a bad thing.
“I think I performed pretty well, to the best of my abilities,” Hawes told MMAWeekly.com. “The fight ended pretty short, so I couldn’t really display all the tools that I possess, but I think I did well.
“I was happy just to get that tough loss (at The Ultimate Fighter 23) out of my head. That was a big deal for me.”
After being unable to secure a spot in the house for TUF 23, getting an opportunity to fight for a major promotion like WSOF is a big thing for Hawes.
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“It does a lot,” he said. “I appreciate WSOF for giving me an opportunity to showcase my skills in their cage. I plan to keep it going and keep getting better.”
Having just fought in June, Hawes (4-0) jumps back into things right away with a July 30 bout at WSOF 32 in Everett, Wash., where he’ll take on Luis Taylor (12-3) in a main card 185-pound bout.
“The only thing that changes (in the short span between fights) is my diet,” said Hawes. “This is what I do. I like to fight and a quick turnaround is to my advantage.
“I think I just have to be me and just have to do what I set out to do. (Taylor) won’t last past the second round.”
Now that Hawes is on the national stage, he only ….View full article