Do you know that feeling you get when you have your heart set on something? That immense passion? That excitement that it brings each and every time it comes to your mind? Nothing beats it.

However, on the opposite side of the spectrum, there is that feeling you get when something that you have been waiting for doesn’t come to fruition. That feeling is called disappointment.

Sam Bastin was scheduled to face top-ranked mixed martial arts featherweight Rob Lisita in a championship contest at Combat8’s fourth event on Nov. 9, but Lisita will not be able to take the fight due to contractual obligations.

It would be easy for Bastin to have a negative outlook on what happened. He could have easily looked at the sacrifices that he had gone through to make featherweight for the very first time and decided that it just wasn’t worth it. True to his form, though, Bastin was even more eager to make a splash in his new divisional home and just as eager to try out the unique format that is Combat8. With Lisita out, Bastin will now face veteran Muay Thai fighter Glen Purvis.

Bastin (Nitro MMA)

Bastin (Nitro MMA)

“It’s just a part of the fight game,” Bastin admitted in an exclusive interview with The MMA Corner. “There are always chops and changes, and at the end of the day it’s just what happens. [Fighting Lisita] certainly would have opened up a lot of doors for me on the MMA side, but fighting Glen brings a new range of people from the kickboxing world to see what I can do, so it’s still good.

“I’m really happy to be seen on a quality show. It’s a big stepping stone for me with this being for the title, so facing any quality opponent was always going to be good. I’m looking forward to going in there and showing what I can do against a top guy like Glen.”

With Bastin contesting under the modified rules of Combat8 for the very first time, it’s certainly going to be a change that he plans to embrace. With a title on the line, it’s the perfect opportunity for the 22-year-old to show that he is able of competing within any combat-sports opportunity that comes his way.

“I think it’s going to be a good challenge for me. I have always wanted to fight on Combat8 because of the rules,” he said. “I think that it suits my style pretty well, and it’s a test that I am looking forward to taking. I can test out of stand-up a lot more, and with the takedown rules, I know that I can utilize parts of my MMA game too.”

After a high-profile victory over Legend FC vet Rob Hill that put Bastin on a three-fight winning-streak, he lost to top lightweight contender Alex MacDonald. Admittedly, it wasn’t his best showing, but as clichéd as it may sound, with every loss there is always a lesson to be learned.

“I was pretty disappointed with how I fought,” he admitted. “Obviously, my opponent did a great job [laughs]. I think that I went in there too relaxed and just wasn’t really composed during the fight. Going into it, I knew what was going to happen. I knew he was going to try and take me down, but I didn’t really do anything to stop it. I know where I went wrong and won’t let it happen again.”

Bastin (L) (Nitro MMA)

Bastin (L) (Nitro MMA)

With his cut down from lightweight to featherweight, Bastin has had to undergo a whole new diet and training regimen to ensure that he can meet the new weight limit.

“I have been sticking to an insane diet,” he revealed. “Before this fight, I was walking around at just under 82 kilos [180 pounds], so getting down to 66 and a half [approximately 146 pounds] has been a challenge. That’s a big part of what fighting is about, though. It’s about the hard yards that you go through, and this is definitely one of those times. It’s been tough, but I know it’s going to pay off.”

In the end, a fight is a fight. That’s the mantra that most professional athletes live by. Bastin is no different. Although the match-up may not be a high-profile bout within the realm of mixed martial arts, it’s still a chance for him to showcase his skills in yet another form of combat sports. A title win with Combat8 puts Bastin back on his path towards success. Although it may not be the fight that he first envisioned, Bastin is far from disappointed.

Sam would like to thank Allegiance Combat and Fitness, Allegiance clothing, Fight TV and Speedy Ads, Outlast Nutrition and Enriched Health. Follow Bastin on Twitter: @Sam_Bastin

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About The Author

Staff Writer, Australia

Located in Queanbeyan, New South Wales, Neil Rooke has been writing about the sport of MMA since 2011. In the past, Neil has written for Cage Junkies and has written for Fight! Magazine as well as Fist! Fight Magazine. Neil is also a regular contributor to Fight! Magazine Australia and Yahoo! Sports Singapore.