Andre Harrison driven to be the best as Professional Fighters League title defense nears – New York News

In a backroom at Bellmore Kickboxing MMA, Andre Harrison put some pads on the ground and sat down. He worked through a small snack bag as he prepared for his final sparring session of this training camp.

Harrison, from Freeport, thought back to his early days as a mixed martial arts fighter. Before the championship belts. Before his name started showing up in headlines. Before he really knew what he was doing in this sport.

“All my amateur fights were pretty much me writing down workouts that I saw on YouTube,” Harrison said. “I would watch some of my favorite fighters, write down the combinations they would throw and I would just practice those combinations on the bag. [I was] throwing them all wrong, all off balance, but in my mind, I was working out.”

Harrison has come quite far in eight years.

And after four amateur and 16 professional fights — an undefeated resume that includes four promotions and four championships — Harrison begins his reign in the Professional Fighters League, formerly known as the World Series of Fighting.

Harrison won the featherweight belt from Lance Palmer in March and defends it for the first time in the main event on…

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