Titan FC 56: Jason Soares focused on finishing fight, not UFC snub

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Titan FC featherweight champion Jason Soares spoke to FanSided about his last fight and how he uses it for motivation ahead of Titan FC 56.

Titan FC 54 was business as usual for current featherweight champion Jason “The Specimen” Soares. He was preparing to defend his championship for the second time against short-notice replacement Ariston Franca in front of a hometown crowd.

The scene was a familiar one for the champion, but there was one slight difference in this fight night. UFC President Dana White was in the audience filming his show, Dana White Lookin’ For a Fight, and was primarily there to see what Soares could do. Soares delivered in a fight that showcased his pure dominance as well as his resilience after nearly being stopped for the first time in his professional career only to come back and finish his opponent with ground and pound.

Soares believed that the performance he put on was enough to show White exactly why he belonged in the UFC. If the performance did not speak for itself, Soares took it a step further and said as much in his post-fight interview with UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman.

“Yeah, I think I showed everything. Let’s go, baby! Dana White, give me that f**king contract, baby! Let’s go!” exclaimed Soares.

It seemed like Soares was finally about to get the call-up he was waiting for, but it didn’t happen. White ultimately decided not to sign Soares in a move that was considered an incredible snub of the champion with the reputation of a must-watch fighter.

Now a few months removed from his last fight, Soares spoke to FanSided about the situation and how he uses the night as motivation for his upcoming fight at Titan FC 56.

“Honestly, I didn’t really care about the whole situation as far as that goes,” said Soares. “I put so much pressure on myself just to win, so like there can be no one in the audience or there could be everyone in the audience. It never matters [because] I don’t care since there’s already a lot of pressure on me. I just go out there and fight my fight.

“My number one goal is to win and then keep on beating these good guys, so it doesn’t matter.”

Rather than focus on the snub by White, Soares chooses to focus on what is in front of him as far as his career goes. He recognizes the kind of talent he would bring to any promotion, which is why he is not too bothered by not getting a UFC contract.

“As far as not getting the call-up, I mean that’s fine,” said Soares. “I’m just gonna keep on fighting and winning and then we’ll see what happens. There’s other organizations and Sean Shelby was talking to us, so I’m still on the list there. You got PFL [and] all these other organizations, so I’m really not worried about it all.”

For his fight at Titan FC 56, Soares will be defending his title against Andrew Whitney in what is now the main event of the card. The fight between Soares and Whitney was originally scheduled for the co-main event, but due to visa issues sustained by one half of the headliner, the fight was called off and the two featherweights were promoted to the main billing.

Although the situation has changed, the approach to his opponent has not, and Soares looks forward to doing what he does in every fight.

“It’s like every other fight,” said Soares. “The guy is going to come in and he’s going to punch and kick. He’s going to wrestle and do jiu-jitsu and all that stuff and I just got to do what I want to do. We know that Whitney is a strong guy. He has a wrestling background. He likes to throw these big punches and stuff, so yeah. I’m going to go out there, pick him apart and do what I do every time. I break the opponent. I finish them, so I’m really expecting this time you’ll see a first or second-round finish. Most likely second round, but we’ll see. Hopefully first.”

As for his plans heading into the final months of the year, Soares is ready for a break. He already knows that he will be coming out of the Whitney fight with no major damage, so it will be the perfect time to get some rest after being so active in 2019.

“So I’m getting away from this fight unscathed for sure. I’ve fought three times – this is my third fight this year, so it’s been pretty busy for the first eight months of the year. Right now, I’m thinking I’m probably going to take the rest of the year off and I would like to go into the PFL tournament at 145 next year, so I’ll just rest until then. But, nothing is set in stone and if the UFC gives me a call and says I need to take a late replacement fight, I’ll be in shape and I’ll take the fight.”

Titan FC 56 takes place on Friday, August 23, 2019 live from Xtreme Action Park in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Follow along with FanSided MMA for all your live results and highlights.

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