When he does, it will be an opportunity to build on the positive momentum he gained from his first UFC victory against former TUF winner Brad Katona in September. It was a solid victory over a tough opponent for Dana White’s Contender series graduate, and after fighting and winning four times last year, he gained quite a bit of R&R.
“I really enjoyed the victory and took some free time because I had a busy year,” he said. “But the main thing I appreciated after the break was that I was finally able to learn and not train with a fighting mentality. I was able to go there and have fun, learn and try things, be the partner of others for their fights and I was able to take new tools. “
He also took advantage of the holidays, found a new place with Sage and prepared for the arrival of their son. Not a bad year to say the least, especially after putting together a UFC performance that showed no signs of shaking for the first time in the Octagon.
“I was certainly nervous, but if you don’t have those little nerves before you go, something is wrong,” he said. “It’s just the way you manage your emotions and what you do with them. Everyone has these feelings; you must use them in combat. So I was really scared, but after they said ‘Fight’, it’s just fun after that. “
Azure is still having fun now as he settles into fatherhood, but he’s also ready to get back to work, something combat fans appreciate about the no nonsense fighter.
“The diehard fans and those who like to fight, I feel like they respect and love the people who are like Khabib (Nurmagomedov) and Matt Hughes, people who are there for what they signed , not to run around and do flips and stuff, “he said.” It’s all exciting and entertaining, but we’re in the fighting game, and I’m trying to use that energy just to focus on my fight and get the job done. “