Marcus “Bad Intentions” Edwards has been spreading those intentions in cages across the country over the last three years.

Kicking off his 11-0 amateur career in March 2010, he finished 10 of his opponents in the first round, with only one fight heading to the scorecards. But, after transitioning to a new gym in 2012, he started the next stage of his career.

In June 2012, Edwards made his pro debut, fighting out of the Factory X Muay Thai camp in Englewood, Colo., home of UFC fighter Chris Camozzi and many other up-and-coming pros. Not fully trusting in himself and his new camp, Edwards hit the first bump in the road of his MMA career. He dropped a unanimous decision to Justin Gaethje, who has since moved on to World Series of Fighting action.

That loss did not sit well with the 23-year-old Edwards, especially considering what his amateur career looked like. Well, the young pro made up for it in his next two fights.

In August of last year, only two months after his first loss, Edwards knocked out Dustin Center at only 26 seconds of the second round. Then, in his most recent fight, which took place last November, Edwards got back to his old style of fighting—the finish that had evaded him for over a year. At Sparta Combat League: Supremacy, Edwards laid a TKO beatdown on Jason Brenton in 32 seconds of the first round. Finally, for the first time in his pro career, he’s back on track.

“It felt great,” exclaimed Edwards in an exclusive interview with The MMA Corner. “I got some hard work in, and it paid off. It’s always good when your hard work pays off.”

In fact, the fight was so great for the young pro, he didn’t really have time to learn much from the bout.

“My last fight was pretty quick, so there wasn’t much to take away from it. I just need to get in there and fight my fight,” said Edwards.

Following this dominant knockout, Edwards had made a great impression on SCL and has definitely raised a lot of eyebrows on the local circuit. So much so, in fact, that he has his next fight this weekend at the promotion’s biggest card ever.

On Saturday night, at the Budweiser Event Center in Loveland, Colo., SCL will be hosting two events, with the first card kicking off at 1 p.m., local time. The first card, dubbed SCL: Fight for the Troops, is scheduled to have 11 fights, including a couple of amateur title bouts. SCL: Army vs. Marines IV immediately follows, and is currently set to have 12 fights. Edwards fights on the second card that night.

Although he didn’t have a ton of notice, the young fighter trains hard and is always ready, so he jumped at the opportunity to fight Vincent Vigil.

“I found out about three weeks ago,” Edwards revealed. “It happened to be Vincent, and he’s a former Marine or something, so I took the fight.”

In Vigil’s combined 10 fights between the pro and amateur ranks, eight took place in 2006. He came back for one fight in 2010, which he dropped by first-round submission, and this will be his first battle in three years. Most of his wins are by submission, as are most of his losses. Edwards is really confident in this match-up.

“I feel great,” the Factory X fighter stated. “I fight anybody, match-up-wise. I’ll fight stand-up, a wrestler. A lot of people forget that I’m a high school wrestler, and I could’ve taken it to college, but I decided not to go there. I love fighting wrestlers. It’s one of my favorite fights. This is a great match-up for me.”

Edwards really is dangerous wherever the fight goes. As an undefeated amateur, he had two decision wins, one knockout and eight submissions, two of which came by way of punches. As a pro, both of his wins are by flat-out knockout. A fighter with a dangerous background like that fits in perfectly with the Factory X team, and they have a bunch of guys fighting on Saturday’s cards.

“Training’s been awesome,” explained Edwards. “Actually, on this Sparta card, we have six fighters, total, on the card, so we’ve had some gnarly training this past month or so, five weeks. Getting ready to fight, we’ve had a lot of people in and out of the gym. I’ve been busting my butt in training.

“We’ve had a couple of guys that fight in the UFC. We had Scotty Jorgensen in there, getting ready for Urijah [Faber]. He’s a good training partner, wrestling-wise. Joe [Warren] is always bringing guys in from the Olympic Training Center. We always have tough guys. There’s never a night where you think one of the guys is going to be your “off-round.” Every round, you’re being pushed by somebody in some aspect of the sport.”

Between the Factory X regulars, UFC talent and Olympic-level training partners, Edwards’ confidence is well deserved. He really is ready for anything Vigil is prepared to bring.

“I can see so many ways for this fight to go down,” Edwards said. “I can see him trying to take me down and getting a knee to the face. I can see him trying to take me down, and me defending the takedown and pounding him out. Or, I can see me knocking him out on his feet. I don’t see this fight going past the first round. We’re both pretty explosive fighters.”

If this bout goes down like Edwards predicted, fans would be seriously advised not to blink. He is a first-round finisher by nature, and after his last fight, Vigil better be ready to keep his hands up.

After this Saturday, Edwards will be ready to get right back on the horse. He’s young, hungry and ready for whatever comes next.

“I believe we’re looking for another fight in the next couple months,” said Edwards. “I just take it one fight at a time, and whoever’s offering me a fight, I’ll take it. I have a two-fight contract, so we’re going to talk after this fight and see where we are. I believe he wants me to fight for his title on the next card, so we’ll see how that goes.

“I don’t really mind who I fight. I don’t worry about other fighters. I don’t think about other fighters. I rarely know any other fighters’ names, besides my teammates. I just focus on training, and I let my manager and my coach take care of the rest. I don’t really play into the MMA world or the hype of any other fighter or any other team. I just live my life and I train. I keep my head down and I get the job done.”

Spoken like a true professional, Edwards keeps it simple. He’s humble in every aspect of his personality, except maybe his cage presence. While his nickname is “Bad Intentions,” he wants people to know that this is just that: a “presence.” The real Marcus Edwards is just a regular guy who actually has good intentions.

“I’m just living my life and making memories with friends and new people entering my life,” he said. “I’m just trying to live life to the fullest right now. I’m trying to get in a couple charity events here and there, and all that’s in the making.

“At the end of the day, it’s all about how I feel about myself, and how other people see me. I want to be seen as a great guy. The kind of person I am, not the kind of person people think I am. I step into the cage and I get kind of a bad rep. People think I’m this intense, crazy guy, but I’m, just a down-to-earth person, trying to make my way in the world. I’m very respectful, regardless of what people think of me in the cage.”

Well, this weekend, Edwards will be an intense, crazy guy, much to the demise of his opponent. He is quick, powerful and ready to prove why he is in line for a title shot.

Marcus would like to thank the Factory X family, his training partners, his coaches (Marc Montoya, Wade Brinkman, J.J. Pugsley) and his manager, Jay White. He would also like to thank his sponsors: Moe’s Original Bar B Que. He also wants to thank Clinch Gear, Sparta Combat League, and Ugly Ear Fight Gear. And he would like to thank Mike Shelly: “He’s been with me for a long time. He’s always been there to help me, not only as a sponsor, but as a friend.”

 

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