Justin Scoggins seems to be feeling pretty, pretty good about himself, following his win this past Saturday, and really, the flyweight should be.
Scoggins took on fellow prospect Ray Borg at UFC Fight Night 82, and worked his way to a one sided, unanimous decision win. “Tank” showcased the footwork and kicks that he’s perhaps best known for, much like his buddy Stephen Thompson, but also mixed in some nicely timed takedowns. It was a huge and impressive win, and moved Scoggins into the #15 spot at 125.
Yes, the future certainly looks like bright for the 23 year-old, and Scoggins knows it. Following the event, here is some of what he had to say (quote via MMA Junkie.com):
“To me, I’m the champion of this division. There’s no Demetrious Johnson or anyone else,” Scoggins said. “To me, Justin Scoggins is the champion, and I’m proving myself with every fight. All there is now is to get the gold belt.
“I just wanted to make a statement tonight to let them know I’m healthy, I’m ready to go, and put me right back in there. I’m not one to sit. My goal is in 2016 to be the world champion, and I’m well on my way.”
How about that for some moxy huh? Now, are these comments going to irk some “Mighty Mouse” fans? Probably. Are some going to argue Scoggins is getting ahead of himself? Maybe.
But, you can’t really fault a guy with as much talent and ability as Scoggins, for having lofty goals and a healthy ego. For some time now, prospect pundits have reported that Scoggins was going to be a big deal. While he has two losses in his last four bouts, one was by split decision to the always tough, Dustin Ortiz. The other was via submission to contender John Moraga.
So, Scoggins might not fight for the title in 2016, but don’t be surprised if he’s a top ten ranked fighter before the year is out.