The road to titles and MMA glory is long and arduous. Most will never reach the pinnacle of the sport. They will be chewed up and spit out by the meat grinder that is mixed martial arts. Marcus Edwards looks like a fighter who belongs in the sport. He looks like a fighter who is destined for big things, but it is still too early to know for sure.

Edwards is currently preparing for his pivotal 10th career fight at Maximum Fighting Championship 40 on May 9 at the Shaw Conference Centre in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. He’ll fight Aaron Gallant, an 11-fight veteran who is riding a four-fight winning streak. Currently 7-2 as a pro with all seven wins coming by way of stoppage, Edwards is on the verge of becoming a “name” in the world of MMA.

“My goal is just like [in] every other fight. Of course, my ultimate goal is to win, but my main goal going in there is to be me—be ‘Bad Intentions,’” Edwards told The MMA Corner. “When I step into that cage or that ring, all that matters is me being ‘Bad Intentions.’ I’ve learned from my previous losses. What did I do wrong in my camp? What made me lose?

“No one has finished me, it’s just I did not show up—Marcus Edwards showed up and ‘Bad Intentions’ didn’t show up. Marcus Edwards showed up and sparred and beat around the bush. I need to go in there and be ‘Bad Intentions.’ If I go in there as ‘Bad Intentions,’ there’s no one in this world that can stop me. My mindset and my ability, it’s like I’m not me anymore. I’m not in control. ‘Bad Intentions’ takes over, and it’s like an out-of-body experience. My thing is to go in there and be ‘Bad Intentions,’ and bad things happen to the guy that’s in front of me.”

Winning a fight simply isn’t enough for Edwards. His focus is to make a statement with every fight.

“I also want to go in there and put on a show for the crowd,” Edwards said. “Win, lose or draw, I want my opponent to be like, ‘Oh my God, I never want to fight that guy again!’ When the fans leave and the crowd leaves, I want them to be like, ‘What was that? Who was that guy? How do I find him? I need to follow him.’ So, my big thing is to go in there and be ‘Bad Intentions,’ go in there and take whatever you can take from your opponent.

“When you leave the ring, you take a piece of your opponent, whether it’s his heart, his soul, his mind, his ego—anything he stepped in there with—you take something home with you. When I leave, I want every one of my fans to know that that guy is a killer. He comes in, he fights, nothing else matters. He’s not trying to win by points. He’s not trying to get by. He goes in there to brutally and viciously hurt whoever is in front of him.”

The timing of his next fight couldn’t have been better. Although this was a long camp for Edwards, many of his teammates were preparing for fights simultaneously, creating an aura and intensity in the room that bred growth and focus.

“My camp has been a little bit of everything,” Edwards said. “This is my longest camp; I had 14 weeks to get ready for this fight. I had my trials and tribulations that I went through. It was a tough camp, but at the same time it was an amazing camp and I want to say it’s the best camp I’ve ever had. I was in camp with Joe Warren, Brian Rogers, Chris Camozzi, Brian Camozzi, Nick Honstein, Sid Bice, Scotty Jorgensen, Cortez Coleman. We’ve had so many people in and out of this gym and we had so many people fighting that my camp was amazing.”

While natural ability and elite training partners are key to becoming an elite fighter in MMA, the want and the need to be great plays an even bigger role. The best fighters are always the hungriest. They are the ones who, no matter how good they are or what they have achieved, keep grinding and keep pushing themselves to new heights.

“I’m going to be a legend, that’s what I am working to be,” Edwards said. “I’m not working to be the best. I’m not working to get a title shot or to hold the belt for a couple of fights. I’m looking to be a legend, to go down in the history books. I want to leave a legacy and I don’t want to be forgotten. When I leave this world, I want people to remember me and I want to be remembered for great things.”

Marcus would like to thank his lord and savior, Jesus Christ. He would also like to thank his teams at Factory X and congratulate Joe Warren for winning another Bellator title. He also thanks MFC and Mark Pavelich for the opportunity, and his sponsors. Follow Edwards on Twitter: @BadIntentions91

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RJ Gardner
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RJ Gardner is a rabid sports fan and a long time MMA enthusiast. After watching UFC 1 at ripe old age of 11 RJ was hooked and his passion for the sport has continued to blossom over the years. RJ has been covering MMA since 2007 and has had work featured on Bleacher Report, SI.com, CBSSports.com and UFC.com. RJ is also a Petroleum Transportation Operations Manager during the day.