For John Fraser, at 35 Years of Age, It’s Time to go from Top Prospect to Top of the Heap


  • Share on Tumblr
  • submit to reddit

John Fraser the ScoreFollowing his first loss since 2006 this past August, Canadian veteran John “Haggis Basher” Fraser wanted a challenge to get himself back on track, and that’s exactly what he got recently at Score Fighting Series 6 against former UFC featherweight Tyler “Thunder” Toner.

“It was exactly what I wanted after my loss to Josh Hill,” said Fraser. “I just wanted a war and I knew Toner would bring a war. It was a tough three-round decision and I was very happy.

“The game plan going in was for me to go for the takedown and stay tight to my stand-up,” he said. “I actually felt really good. He was tough to take down, but once I got him down I felt like I controlled him really well and almost got a few submissions.

Fraser told MMAWeekly.com that he feels the win over Toner puts him back in the position to be considered for a fight on the international stage.

“I definitely needed to beat a tough guy who had been in the big show,” he said. “They called it the Fight of the Night. I wanted to show that I can go out there and make up for my last fight, which a lot of people called a boring fight, and I think I did that.

“Tyler was a bigger name opponent and I’m hoping with that win and showing the dominance I did, it is going to put me right back to where I was. I know it’s at a different weight class, but I’ll go at any weight class that I’m wanted. I’m hoping that’s the case where I’ll get the call to move on to bigger things.”

Fraser knows at this stage of the game, if he’s going to get his big league opportunity, it’s going to have to come sooner rather than later.

“I do have the urgency,” he said. “I just turned 35. This is the year. I’ve got to get it done this year, I believe.

“I’d love to get my shot at the UFC, that’s what I’m fighting for. But who knows? I may win three fights next year and still not get the call. If that’s the case, I’m happy with my MMA career. I’ve won some titles, had some big fights and have a good record. So we’ll see how it goes.”

Stay tuned to MMAWeekly.com for all of your MMA news and updates.

view original article >>

Related News

  • 25 days ago
  • 29 views

The Nevada State Athletic Commission has confirmed a second failed Chael Sonnen drug test. This test included failures for Human Growth Hormone and EPO. Chael Sonnen's UFC legacy may have been strong enough to survive his positive drug test in Nevada earlier this year, but tonight's news likely ends any talk that he was a "clean fighter." Sonnen had failed a February test in Nevada when the drugs Clomiphene and Anastrozole showed up in his sample. Those were, Sonnen claimed, used to help his bod more

  • 26 days ago
  • 48 views

After a high-profile arrest -- and release from UFC -- Thiago Silva returns to mixed martial arts (MMA) in "The Sunshine State." Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) light heavyweight Thiago Silva is not only out of jail, he's back in the fight game, inking a new deal with Fight Time Promotions that puts him inside the cage at Fight Time 20 on Aug. 29, 2014, inside War Memorial Auditorium in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Fight Time announced the deal earlier today (via Sherdog). The Brazilian more

  • 26 days ago
  • 40 views

AUCKLAND, New Zealand – MMAjunkie reporter John Morgan and guest prognosticator Brett Bonetti, an Australian journalist, break down the top fights at Saturday’s early-morning UFC Fight Night 43 event.Filed under: Featured Videos, News, UFC, Videos more

  • 26 days ago
  • 6 views

The last time Jeremy Stephens saw his name on the marquee as one half of a UFC main event, he wasn’t the same guy he is now, in or out of the Octagon. more

  • 27 days ago
  • 27 views

Ronda Rousey is just about to step in the cage with Alexis Davis, but on a recent episode of Yahoo Insder, the UFC women's bantamweight champ showed a little of her softer side... although not too much. more

  • 27 days ago
  • 33 views

UFC Middleweight Josh Samman details his affair with a distinctly different sport than the one you may know him from. There’s a six mile stretch from my home in Hollywood, Florida to I-95. There’s nothing particularly special about it; it’s merely sidewalk along Sheridan Road. At certain times of day there’s heavy traffic and the exhaust makes it unpleasant to be near the interstate. Most days I wait until it’s not even day anymore, until the sun goes down and the cars have gone home. Once I get more

  • 28 days ago
  • 30 views

MMA veteran Alexander Emelianenko is facing some very serious charges as, according to MMABoxing.RU (h/t BloodyElbow.com), the Pride veteran is currently facing four to six years of prison time stemming from sexual assault allegations. The victim's lawyer released the following statement: First, the court should extend Emelianenko's arrest which ends June 30, and we will defend our position that he is really dangerous to society. Most likely, Alexander Emelianenko get imprisonment from four to s more

  • 28 days ago
  • 31 views

Russian MMA heavyweight Alexander Emelianenko is facing a possible 4-6 year sentence for the rape of a 27-year-old woman several months ago. Alexander Emelianenko is once again in the headlines for disturbing charges. The Russian heavyweight, who spent a portion of his career fighting in PRIDE and is best known as the brother of legendary heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko, is currently facing charges for the sexual assault of a 27-year-old Polina Stepanova. The victim's lawyer intends to pursue the more

  • 28 days ago
  • 28 views

Season two of Malaysian Invasion, the tournament launched by Tune Talk last year, is already underway, but for last year’s winners Las Vegas beckons as they are flying out to compete at the IMMAF World Championships. more