Having come off a loss in his first struggle of 2021 to Mateo Vogel at CFFC 95 this previous April, bantamweight Garrett Armfield’s focus was simply to choose up the win and keep away from dropping his second straight struggle for the primary time in his profession when he took on Alex Macias at Shamrock FC 329 in June.
Losing no time, Armfield went to his bread and butter of wrestling and picked up a submission victory for his first win of 2021.
“I believe it was a struggle I performed it very sensible,” Armfield instructed MMAWeekly.com. “I simply took him down and went straight for the end as a result of I knew that I wished to get proper again to coaching and get again to getting higher and evolving.
“It was a sensible struggle for me, however I’m able to maintain going and tackle harder opponents and proceed on with the identical outcomes previously.”
One large distinction for Armfield of late is the truth that he’s not making an attempt to brute pressure his wins straight away, and relatively be extra measured in his fights.
“I used to be getting in simply loopy and ending them straight away, so I believe my improvement this previous yr and had been I’ve matured principally is slowing my sport down and never making an attempt to place 100% energy into each punch,” stated Armfield. “Simply preventing like a real skilled as a substitute of similar to somebody who goes out to maul you.
“I at all times push the tempo and at all times go for the end, however an enormous improvement of mine is staying calm and following a sport plan. Sure we need to get a primary spherical end, but when we will get the choice, let’s get the choice too.”
This Saturday in Kansas Metropolis, Missouri, Armfield (6-2) will look to construct up a profitable streak for himself when he takes on Mark Slyter (6-3) within the 135-pound co-main occasion of Shamrock FC 332.
Mark Slyter sees plenty of holes in Shamrock FC 332 opponent Garrett Armfield’s sport
“I do know he’s going to attempt to take me down,” Armfield stated of Slyter. “I do know he’s a wrestler. However I’m going to be free. The place I’ve misplaced beforehand I used to be so nervous about getting taken down that I used to be tense and wasn’t relaxed, so now if he desires to take my down I’ll sprawl, counter-wrestle you and take you down and beat you up.
“I do know my opponent has a sport plan. And my sport plan, I can beat him all over the place. I do know I’ve the skillset to try this.”
For Armfield the purpose is to construct a skillset for him that may make for a protracted profession on the UFC degree relatively than somebody who comes down simply as rapidly as he goes up.
“To be trustworthy I’ve seen guys with related data who’ve fought much less competitors preventing within the UFC,” stated Armfield. “(My supervisor requested) do I need to be a man that goes in there and has one contract and is right here in the present day or gone tomorrow, or do I need to be a profession fighter and make actual cash off this factor? So I at all times give it some thought one struggle at a time.
“I put within the arduous work and I put within the effort, so it’ll be there at any time when it’s prepared, however for proper now I’m simply targeted on October 9.”