Jared also talks about having a short turnaround for this title fight, training five rounds and missing weight in his last bout. Although a newcomer to Titan FC, Gooden was immediately thrown into title contention.
“They wanted me to fight for the title in my first fight for them (Titan FC) which shows you how much they respect my skill and my record any everything,” Gooden said.
“The champion called out like a little bitch. ‘Oh I won’t be ready for Gooden by March.’ So, Mike Graves stepped up and yeah we’re fighting for the interim belt.”
Gooden states that he is changing things up in training in preparation for this fight.
“I’ve never gone five rounds before and I still don’t plan to, you know what I mean? I’d love to get the finish, and there’s more time to finish the guy. It’s not going to judges and I’m going to finish Mike Graves.”
Although Graves will be standing across the cage, Gooden says the two are former training partners, primarily in the striking department. Gooden is confident that Graves will not stand and trade shots with him.
Titan FC 53 takes place at Xtreme Action Park in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and will be broadcast live on UFC Fight Pass.
Current Titan FC 53 fight card:
Main Card – UFC Fight Pass
Juan Puerta (16-6) vs. Gustavo Balart (8-1) – for Titan FC Flyweight title
Michael Graves (7-1-2) vs. Jared Gooden (13-2) – for Titan FC interim Welterweight title
Gilbert Burns vs. Gleison Tibau – Combat Grappling SuperFight
Lazar Stojadinovic (12-6) vs. Irwin Rivera (6-4)
Mohammed Usman (3-1) vs. Frank Tate (5-6)
Gregg Ellis (4-1) vs. Giannis Bachar (3-2)
Collin Lubberts (2-0) vs. Eric Alequin (2-0)
Lucie Bertaud (1-1) vs. Celine Anderson (1-1)
Preliminary Card – Facebook
Jason Santana (2-2) vs. Giannis Symeonidis (2-0)
Danny Sabatello (2-0) vs. Raymond Ramos (3-3)
Ruslan Kamzaev (2-2) vs. Italo da Silva Goncalves (2-3)
Covering MMA since 2008, James Lynch is a freelance MMA journalist for MyMMANews and other notable outlets. He’s also a commentator for Rise Fighting Championships. Follow him on Twitter/Instagram @LynchOnSports