On Nov. 3, the World Series of Fighting celebrated its first birthday in what turned out to be a very successful year of events. Fans got to see amazing fights, complete with a high ratio of stoppages and a title match. As the organization has been coming into its own, there has been a great deal of discussion around title belts and who deserves the first shots.

On Oct. 26, headlining the WSOF 6 card, the inaugural welterweight championship bout took place between Bellator vet Steve Carl and Josh Burkman, a three-year vet of the UFC. After three great rounds of fighting, Carl earned the strap early in the fourth with a submission of Burkman. This was a great fight, and the banter about additional title shots started to increase greatly.

Fighting on that same card were a handful of bantamweights, including Miguel Torres, Marlon Moraes, Josh Rettinghouse and Chad Robichaux. Rettinghouse defeated Alexis Vila and Robichaux topped Andrew Yates, but after Moraes’ victory over Carson Beebe, he exclaimed in an interview that he was promised an inaugural title fight sometime in 2014. Torres, a longtime, well-known MMA veteran was not, however, promised anything—he was choked out by Pablo Alfonso in the first round. This sets up an interesting dynamic.

“Within World Series, you’ve got Marlon Moraes, and he’s coming up for a title shot. I’m a big fan of his,” said Robichaux in an exclusive interview with The MMA Corner. “On the roster, the only other guys coming off wins are me and Josh Rettinghouse. Rettinghouse is a great athlete, great kid, and I’ve gotten to spend some time talking to him at the fights. So, I’m hoping for that match-up. I think it’s a good match-up for me—I’ve asked for it. Maybe the winner of that will get Marlon.”

Keep in mind, Robichaux is 38 years old, an eight-tour U.S. Marine Corps combat veteran diagnosed with PTSD upon return from his final tour, Director of a non-profit organization, and pro MMA fighter with a black belt in BJJ. Needless to say, this guy has a few miles on his chassis, but he’s still willing to put in the work to earn a shot at the inaugural title.

Robichaux is coming off a beautiful second-round submission at WSOF 6. He came into the ring at 14 years the elder of the then-undefeated and much taller Yates, who, like Robichaux, had stopped the majority of his opponents by submission. The older fighter had a plan and he stuck with it.

“I thought I was either going to KO him in the first round or it would take the second round to break him down and submit him,” explained the ex-Marine. “I knew he was going to be scrappy on the ground and a really strong scrambler. I knew I could put a lot of pressure on him in the first round and break him mentally and physically in the second round. That’s what we did, maintained heavy pressure. I train really hard and I’m 38 years old, but I feel more in shape than any 18-year-olds I train with. He’s 24 years old, and not only did I beat him, but I felt like I outworked him athletically.”

Some might assume that a guy like that would need to take a break after out-grappling a much younger athlete, but for Robichaux, it was just another day at the office.

“I came out so healthy, I didn’t have a bruise or sprain or anything,” Robichaux stated. “So, I took Monday off, and Tuesday, I was right back in the gym training.”

If that’s not the mark of a warrior, what is?

To remain true to himself, Robichaux continues to learn, grow and improve his game. He has been known to be a very aggressive fighter, but that’s what somebody should expect, considering his military background. While it has played to his favor, he has needed to learn to get that under control in the cage.

“I’m probably one of the more composed fighters you’ll see,” Robichaux intimated. “I don’t ever get worked up. I don’t get anxiety when I’m walking into the ring, but when they say go, I’m always really aggressive.

“I try to work on backing off after a bit, because it has gotten me in trouble in the past. This fight [with Yates], I didn’t think I really had problems with it. I felt like I was able to control it and keep myself in good positions. In the past, I’d gotten a little aggressive, like in that [Zach] Makovsky fight in Bellator—that’s what cost me the fight.”

At no point during his bout with Yates did Robichaux look overly excited or out of control. He was calm, cool and collected right up until he choked his opponent unconscious in the second round. Busy as all get-out, he still wants to get in the ring and earn his shot at that first strap.

The organization’s next event is set for December, and includes a semifinal match for the middleweight bracket, but no bantamweights. This is setting up nicely for a bantamweight showcase at WSOF 8.

“The next one is in January, so I’m really hoping to get on that card,” said Robichaux. “I think me and Josh would be a great match for that card.”

Until then, he will be focused on many of the other activities in his life, primarily his foundation, the Mighty Oaks Warrior Training Division of the Roever Foundation. The organization helps America’s returning warriors deal with the effects of PTSD and helps them reintegrate into society. Robichaux is a very active director, but he always keeps up with his training.

“I’m always traveling for my foundation,” said Robichaux. “I always have a lot of speaking events. That’s one thing that’s great. Through my foundation, I’ve gotten to know so many people, that when I’m on the road, I get to train with so many different people. I think it’s neat to train with different people and test out my skills and get different looks. I just keep on training and waiting for that call for my next fight.”

The WSOF has a lot of great talent to choose from, but Robichaux makes a really great case for himself in a title eliminator fight. The opponent, however, could still be up in the air. Beebe, the man Moraes knocked out at WSOF 6, is a possible candidate, as is Alfonso, the man who submitted Torres and is on a three-fight tear. Rettinghouse is a great fighter, also on a three-fight winning streak, but he went to decisions in two of those wins, whereas the other guys are finishing fights. The best part for fans is that it’s the WSOF’s problem, not theirs.

Robichaux would like to thank everyone who has supported him on his journey, including his wife and children, his foundation, all of his coaches and training partners at Gracie Barra Magnolia, and his sponsors, Training Mask and Enlisted Nine. Follow Chad on Twitter: @ChadRobo

Photo: Chad Robichaux (Keith Mills/Sherdog)