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Fisher ready to enter title race

13/08/2014

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By JJ SADDINGTON

“You can lose sight of what made you get into this in the first place…”

For some, the name Andrew Fisher (12-6-1) may not be one they’re yet familiar with, but the Sunderland native – and recent addition to the CWFC featherweight division – has been around for quite a while.

Before signing an exclusive five-fight contract with Cage Warriors Fighting Championship, Fisher competed twice for top US promotion Bellator. And although both bouts ended in defeat, it was the nature of those losses that stung.

“It just didn’t go my way, I didn’t get to show what I can do,” he told CageWarriors.com earlier this week. “It was frustrating.”

Decision defeats to Joe Taimanglo and Saul Almeida brought an end to Fisher’s Bellator stint, with the loss to the latter a particular disappointment.

“The first fight, I’ve got no excuses,” Fisher explained. “(For the Almeida fight) I felt great, I felt amazing in the cage. It was quite frustrating, it felt like he didn’t want to fight. It felt like he quit in the first round.

“He took my back and seemed happy to do nothing. And you’ve got to be a pretty brave ref to stand the fight up from there.”

For a “hands-on father” and family man like Fisher, the time away from home was difficult and challenging, spending up to six weeks across the Atlantic for each camp in preparation.

The MMA Lab in Arizona became Fisher’s home away from home, training alongside former world champions Benson Henderson and Jamie Varner, as well as top bantamweight Alex Caceres.

For Fisher, the step-up to working with elite level athletes was more of a mental than physical hurdle: “Training with world-class fighters, you get to realise that it’s not so different; it’s just your mindset. I got to watch them and see how relaxed they were in certain situations.”

Returning to Europe to fight for the first time since his spell in the US has given Fisher a fresh perspective on his approach – to both fighting and training.

“You try to map your route to the top. I realised I was doing everything wrong. I was putting pressure on myself. All I thought was, ‘Got to win, got to win’. Now I’m enjoying training again. You can lose sight of what made you get into this in the first place.”

The 29-year-old has ambitions inside the CWFC cage, with one eye clearly set on the CWFC strap – vacated earlier this year by current UFC star Jim Alers – but only if he gets there before training partner Alex Enlund.

“I want to win the featherweight world title. It’s a bit of a race now; I’ve got to get there before Alex does! If he gets there before me I’m going to be sitting on the sidelines for a bit.”

In Fisher’s immediate future is a mouth-watering match-up with “The Prospect Killer”, Artem Lobov – a sizeable roadblock for anyone with title aspirations – but a fight that Fisher didn’t have to think twice about taking.

He said: “I’ll fight anybody. As soon as (CWFC matchmaker) Ian Dean said ‘Artem Lobov’, I said yes.”

However, Fisher also recognises the threat Lobov poses, and why others may have chosen to avoid him: “He’s had a hard time getting fights because he’s so dangerous, but there’s nothing he can do that I haven’t seen before.

“If you fight a stupid fight against Artem, he can catch you. He can put you to sleep with one punch. You’ve just got to be very careful.”

Fisher’s approach to this, and any other fight, is simple: “It could be in any country, it could be anywhere. It’s just another fight.”

Given the exciting respective styles of both Fisher and Lobov, this promises to be more than “just another fight”. And with eleven finishes in twelve career victories, Fisher is certainly one to watch in the CWFC featherweight division.

Andrew Fisher makes his Cage Warriors debut at Cage Warriors 70 in Dublin, Ireland, this Saturday evening, August 16. Click HERE for more information.

Photo: Benjamin Lee

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