Caros Fodor has his sights set on One Fighting Championship gold. | Photo: Dave Mandel/Sherdog.com
Caros Fodor thought he would be a fixture in the Ultimate Fighting Championship lightweight division for years. One email forced him to look elsewhere.
Fodor, a former sergeant in the United States Marine Corps, will return to the One Fighting Championship cage for the second time when he collides with Vuyisile Colossa at One FC 13 “Moment of Truth” on Friday at the Mall of Asia Arena in Manila, Philippines.
After posting a 5-1 record in Strikeforce, Fodor crossed over to the UFC. He debuted inside the Octagon at UFC 157 in February, losing a split decision to Sam Stout at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. Soon after, the 29-year-old AMC Pankration representative received word of his release.
“I was shocked that I was released after the one fight,” Fodor said. “There wasn’t really a conversation. I just received an email stating that I was being released, and that was that.”
However, Fodor wasted no time in finding a new home. Joining One FC was an easy choice, as his longtime trainer, Matt Hume, serves as the vice president of the promotion. “The Future” made his promotional debut at One FC 10 in September, earning a unanimous decision over the previously undefeated Seung Ho Yang.
“I am very happy where I am,” Fodor said. “One FC is the biggest and best in Asia, and I am proud to be a part of what they are doing here.”
A battle with Colossa comes next. The South African has lost three of his last five fights but will enter the cage with momentum after his unanimous decision win over former Shooto and One FC lightweight champion Kotetsu Boku in September. Fodor, who has his sights set on One FC gold, knows he will need to be at his best to turn away “The Cheetah.”
“I am going to have to fight hard and smart to win my next fight,” he said. “Colossa is a tough guy and a great striker, so I will have to be on my A game. I definitely plan on being the lightweight champion in One FC, so that is my ultimate goal. I would love to have the title in 2014.”
Should current One FC lightweight titleholder Shinya Aoki vacate his crown in favor of a permanent move to 145 pounds, Fodor would likely be on a short list of potential successors.
“If Aoki steps down, there are a few guys in line for the belt fight, such as Eddie Ng and Lowen Tynanes,” he said. “I am not sure who is going to get the shot. Right now, I just care about beating Colossa.”