In modern times, the phrase “medieval” has nothing to do with English history in general, but is frequently used to describe a sort of unbridled brutality that can apply to many different situations, whether literally or figuratively. As the character Marsellus Wallace in the movie Pulp Fiction so eloquently put it, “I’m gonna get medieval on his ass,” in reference to some demolition tools and a guy that took advantage of him in ways that would be inappropriate to discuss here. Wallace forever coined one of the most bad-ass phrases in the history of cinema.

While mixed martial arts may be considered medieval by some, the level of brutality really depends on the individual fighters and the individual fights. For Marcus “Bad Intentions” Edwards, his last fight, a Sparta Combat League lightweight championship battle against former The Ultimate Fighter winner Efrain Escudero, was anything but medieval. In fact, there appeared to be no bad intentions whatsoever.

”I went in there like a sparring match and never pulled the trigger,” admitted Edwards in an exclusive interview with The MMA Corner. “In the future, I know how that feels, and I know what I need to do in that situation.”

At just 24 years old, Edwards has had an amazing career. After just over a year as a pro, following an 11-0 run as an amateur, Edwards had four early finishes in a row. This winning streak followed his only loss, in his pro debut, when he went the distance with Justin Gaethje, who is still undefeated and now fighting under the World Series of Fighting banner.

Edwards (Phil Lambert/The MMA Corner)

Edwards is not a guy that’s known for three-round “sparring matches.” In his combined pro and amateur careers, he has earned 12 first-round victories, mostly by submission. His typical fight quickly turns into a striking-followed-by-wrestling explosion with him choking, armbarring or blasting his opponent with his hands, but the Escudero fight was mostly a stand-up affair.

A few fights back, Edwards switched camps to Kru Marc Montoya’s Factory X Muay Thai in Englewood, Colo. Montoya is a former kickboxer and current certified Muay Thai instructor, as well as Colorado’s “MMA Coach of the Year” in 2012.

Under the tutelage of Montoya, Edwards has greatly improved his striking game, but he feels that he relied on that a little too heavily against Escudero. Recognizing the lopsidedness of his last battle, he knows what direction to take his training now.

“I’ve been focusing back a little more on my wrestling side,” Edwards explained. “Ever since I’ve been with Marc Montoya, I’ve been focused on my stand-up, and I pulled away from my ground game. That’s pretty much where I’m dominant. All my amateur fights ended on the ground. I’ve been working on getting back to my transitioning from my stand-up to my ground, and working in that position instead of just trying to stay dominant on my feet and not trying to work toward the ground.”

Well, fans will get to see how that renewed game plan will work for Edwards soon enough. Four days before his interview, he found out about his next challenge, which would make it about eight days’ notice. Tomorrow night at the Budweiser Events Center in Loveland, Colo., Edwards will have a chance to redeem himself when he faces Cruz Soltero at SCL: Havoc at the Hellespont.

Edwards has been a pro only four months longer than Soltero, but the experience isn’t even comparable. Soltero dropped his only two pro fights in the first round, getting knocked out in his first and submitted in his second. He batted .500 as an amateur with his five wins coming by first- or second-round stoppage. Edwards will have a three-inch height advantage over Soltero and will pose big problems for his opponent.

“I know he likes to stand up and strike,” said Edwards. “I really don’t care. I’m going to come out there and fight. I just want to get out there and inflict as much damage and pain on him as I possibly can without killing him.

“I’m coming out and trying to put up some kicks and blast him in the face. I want to work on my wrestling, so maybe I’ll get him on a takedown, grind him out and deliver some punishment. If he gives me something, I’ll just continue to ground-and-pound and beat him out until I render him unconscious or the ref stops the fight.”

Edwards (Phil Lambert/The MMA Corner)

Edwards has no problems throwing out a few barbaric jabs, but that’s what his fighting style is all about. He’s a very nice, polite guy outside of the cage, but once that door closes, it’s nothing but bad intentions. While Soltero is in for an opponent that’s ready to make a statement, Edwards has no intentions to finish 2013 in September.

“I definitely want to get another fight before the end of the year,” said Edwards. “I was expecting to fight in October. They’re looking for guys to fight me in October, but we haven’t found anyone. Hopefully, by the end of October, I’ll be able to get another fight in there.

“I have a couple other options in Canada and Nebraska. I’m just going to let my manager do his job, and [I will] just focus on training and being the best me I can be—a full, well-rounded martial artist. I’m trying to take my game back up to the next level, where I was at before this previous loss.”

With such short notice for this fight, even though “short notice” has pretty much defined his career thus far, Edwards’ only real concern outside the cage is simple.

“Right now, I’m just worrying about my weight, so I’m trying to get that down,” he said.

That’s an understandable concern. Most guys walk around at least 20 pounds heavy, and the majority of the general public would have no idea how to cut that kind of weight in eight days. Fortunately, Edwards is a pro, and the right amount of protein, vegetables and sweat should get him where he needs to be for the weigh-ins tonight.

More importantly, though, Edwards has a game plan that has worked in the past and should dial up pretty well for him come Friday night.

“I’m going to go back to my old, ruthless ways—the reason why I got my name. I’m just going to take it back old school, pretty much. I’m going to deliver a beatdown from hell and just go in there with fire in my hands and a little bit of hate in my eye. I’m going in there very physical. I’m going in there very demanding of what I want, and it’s going to be an exciting fight. I’m going to take it back to the medieval days.”

Edwards would like to thank his coaches and teammates at Factory X Muay Thai; his sponsors: CENergy Nutrition, Moe’s Original BBQ, Enesco Energy Services, Performance MMA, Clinch Gear, MMA Meltdown, Yakuza USA and The Robusto Room; and his manager Jay White and Just About You Solutions. Follow Marcus on Twitter: @BadIntentions91

Top Photo: Marcus Edwards (Phil Lambert/The MMA Corner)