Will Ty Flores’ “old habits die hard” or give Fury FC opponent Rashad Coulter enough false hope to work in his favor?
Light heavyweight Ty Flores (8-3) has made the rounds on the St. Louis regional scene and is now spreading the wealth nationwide. Over half of his wins have come by finish, the others being dominant decisions.
Two of Flores’ three losses have come to UFC talent: Dustin Jacoby at Dana White’s Contender Series and Fortis MMA product Geoff “Handz of Steel” Neal in only his third professional fight.
“I shouldn’t have fought Geoff Neal so early just because there were other matchups,” Flores says. “This was five or six years ago. That was that was my fifth fight of that year, including the amateurs, and I was just a little bit burnt out.”
Flores was caught in the first round and handed his first professional loss. Still young and in no rush to continue fighting up in the ranks that high again any time soon, Flores was at peace with seeing Neal’s path straight to the UFC two fights later.
After getting caught one more time, Flores would go on a 6-1 run, taking out opponents in LFA, Fury and Shamrock FC along the way.
Feeling like he’s knocking on the door of the UFC, veteran of the Octagon Rashad Coulter stands in his way at Fury FC 51. UFC experience or not, Flores is nothing but confident.
“I’m going to knock out Rashad, 100%,” guaranteed Flores. “I know (UFC matchmaker) Mick (Maynard) is watching. I know if I get a good highlight reel finish, I think that, from what I’m told, I can very well get a short notice matchup in the UFC later this year. If not, I know I’m going to be in line for a title shot with Fury, so I’m going out there to finish him.”
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The fight has been booked previously, but an injury sidelined Coulter and Flores watched it fall off earlier in the year. Sure enough, things have come full circle, and both men are getting their wish, with Flores as confident as he was the first time he signed on the dotted line. And nothing is going to change that.
“He trains with Geoff Neal so maybe he’s talking to Geoff and Geoff’s giving him pointers, but I’m not really sure,” Flores said. “It’s been a struggle getting fights. I went through five different opponents and then Rashad apparently broke his hand, but he’s good to fight six weeks later, which doesn’t even make any f****** sense. He can take all the time that he needs, I don’t really care. I’m on the come-up and I know his best days are behind him, but mine are ahead of me, for sure.”
Catch Ty Flores as he takes on his biggest challenge yet at Fury FC 51 LIVE Sunday, September 12 ONLY on UFC FIGHT PASS!