Ethan Goss – Photo by MyMMANews.com photographer William McKee
Although the holidays are just around the corner, right now is not the time to focus on shopping or daydream about turkey for Ethan Goss (5-4).
Instead, the 27-year-old Altoona, Pennsylvania native is gearing up for the biggest fight of his career.
“Really we have just been stepping on the gas pedal this camp,” Goss told BluegrassMMA. “Since this is actually a five-round fight we’ve been putting in the extra work. Right now I feel absolutely amazing. I feel great physically, emotionally, and mentally.”
Things have been clicking recently for Goss, who has won three of four bouts to earn his second professional title shot. A win over Elijah Cavender in the debut 247 FC event in April was the catalyst, but it was a close split decision loss against Andrew Salas at Bellator 186 that really helped him turn the corner in his career.
“I honestly felt like everything turned on during that Bellator fight,” Goss said. “I was going into the third [round] knowing it was close and I just knew I had to do something different, so I turned to my ground work and it was then that I realized I don’t need to hunt the knockout or the submission; I just need to focus on doing whatever it is I need to do to win the fight.”
Although he may have become more patient as a fighter as a result of that loss, Goss still has proven to be a finisher in his pro career. Four of his wins have come via stoppage, including two submissions and two knockouts. De Jesus is equally as well-rounded, with three knockouts in his career and a pair of submissions.
“John is a extremely tough dude who’s been in there with some very good guys,” Goss said. “He’s scrappy on the ground and hes very quick on the feet and moves well also.”
Although De Jesus would seem to have the home field advantage fighting close to Pittsburgh and representing The Academy, Goss als has developed a following in the Steel City dating to his amateur days.
“Pittsburgh has always felt like a second home to me,” Goss said. “Ever since the fight with [Rich] Cantolina [at Pinnacle FC 5], it seemed like the fans really supported me and respected me and I can’t thank them enough for that.”
Still, there’s a part of him that relishes facing an opponent in his hometown.
“For this one I know that I’m coming in as the bad guy because John is the hometown hero but it’s all good,” Goss said. “I made a career out of traveling to the hometown guy’s show and doing work so it’s nothing new to me.”
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