After a unsatisfactory 2017 and 2018 where he lost three straight spells, middle-weight Eric Spicely was looking to turn matters around going in to his first bout of 2019.

Facing Leo Pla at CES 54 in January, Spicely managed to duplicate his earlier successes, picking up his ninth first round finish, breaking up his losing streak in the process.

“Leo is actually really a tough fighter that ’s fought lots of guys that were good. I feel as though I completed well but hesitated only a little.

“Needless to say there’s pressure (to win Pla). After losing three in a row I had a lot of doubts, then wondered if I should have retired, etc. I train with the best team on earth and I understand I am able to keep winning now. ”

Six decades and 1-5 struggles in to his career, Spicely considers matters are finally clicking for him and that he’thus becoming the boxer he’s always desired to be.

“” I feel as if I simply learned how to fight,” said Spicelysaid “Just like at the Darren Stewart fight (in 2018) I feel as if I finally felt calm in the octagon and to the feet. Crazy to believe after all of this time around, but ’s how MMA is. ”

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“He’s good grappler with wild striking. I’m pretty convinced he’s very good. Whoever may make a mistake first is going to lose. I’m excited about the struggle. ”

Should Spicely pick up his second straight victory on March 29, he will look to create his return to the biggest stage of MMA in 2019.

“I would like to win this struggle and fight on the Contender Series this summer,” said Spicely. “I understand I burst back in the UFC and I could ’t even wait to earn my spot back there. Hopefully after a couple of more intriguing wins I’ll return again. ”

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