James Terry

James Terry and David Marshall at StrikeForce

Even with two losses in his last three fights, Strikeforce lightweight James “Intensity” Terry doesn’t feel as if he’s strayed too far from his path.

“I don’t really think I fell off track,” he said. “I think MMA judging is screwed up, and it was apparent in my last fight (in January against Nah-Shon Burrell). I thought I won the first two rounds. I made a tactical error and could have pushed harder and could have done more (in the third round).

“I feel like I could easily be on a six-fight winning streak right now. I feel like I’m doing great and getting better and better, but just had some bad luck.”

While Terry hasn’t made wholesale changes to his routine in the wake of recent setbacks, he has made some alterations to ensure he continues to move forward.

“I think every time you fight you need to re-evaluate your weaknesses, especially when you have a close fight and you don’t go out there and destroy anybody,” he said. “It definitely made me revamp my training and made me look on some things I need to work on.

“I’m never complacent in my fight career. I’m always striving to get better, and I definitely feel I’ve been doing that.”

Originally scheduled to face Billy Evangelista at the May 19 Strikeforce event in San Jose, Calif., Terry instead will be taking on Bobby “King” Green in what could be the most balanced, competitive fight of the night.

“The fact that I’m fighting Bobby Green changes nothing,” said Terry. “I’m going to go out there and dictate the fight. The same thing I was going to do against Evangelista, I’m going to do against this guy.

“I try to be a strategist. If I fight somebody who is a straight grappler, I’m not going to grapple with them, because why deal with what they’re good at? I’ve fought guys whose stand-up was good, but I thought mine was better and still grappled with them because that was their weakness. He’s well-rounded so I’ll just have to beat him in all areas and be dominant.”

Having made ample progress since moving down to lightweight from welterweight, Terry feels a win against Green could put him right back in the mix and lead to an eventual shot at titleholder Gilbert Melendez before the year is out.

“I’m down to fight 170’s because that’s what I fought at most at my career, but I’m a 155-pounder and that’s where I want to make my title run,” he said. “Win or lose a fight, I’ve definitely been progressing this last year or two. I’m ready to go take this to the top and fight anybody.

“I feel I’m one of the best 155-pounders in the division and this fight coming up I’m going to showcase it.”

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