In every sport, a handful of men come along with what some people refer to as the “it” factor. Few can explain that factor or what it pertains to, but when a fan or an expert sees that in an athlete, it instantly lets them know that they are seeing a true superstar in the making.

Whether anyone saw “Bad Intentions” Marcus Edwards coming or not, something about him caused people to see his tremendous star potential. Fans that happen upon Edwards’ fights for the first time often question what it is that causes him to attract as much attention as he does. Is it the fact that he has finished in every single one of his victories, or the fact that he set the world on fire in his amateur career and looked to turn more heads in his pro career?

Actually, the brunt of what draws the masses to him relates to how he gets into his zone before he competes. Regardless of who stands across the cage from him, Edwards intends to prepare himself physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually, internally, and externally. The Factory X product surrounds himself with a solid array of talent, including Joe Warren, Scott Jorgensen, Chris and Brian Camozzi, and a host of others that help him hone his craft on a daily basis. Above all else, though, training with Factory X has helped him to understand the volatile nature of a fight, and therefore, it has allowed him to adapt to his fights in a particular way.

“As soon as you try to fight somebody a certain way,” Edwards told The MMA Corner Radio, “your game plan gets thrown off, and you start fighting their fight, that’s when you lose. So I don’t look into game plans too much, I just go out there, do me, be myself, and I go out there and perform.”

The unpredictability of the fight game alone will motivate anyone, but even if everything about a fight could appear somewhat cut-and-dry at first glance, Edwards would still find a way to drive himself to prepare for anything life throws his way. By nature, he moves forward on the adrenaline rush that comes with the heat of competition. For Edwards, life itself is a fight in which the only thing that can defeat him is himself, and Edwards knows himself well enough to know that absolutely nothing will ever cause him to stop himself from getting to the apex of his profession.

“Day in and day out, this is what I breathe for each and every second of the day, and I’m in the gym right now, I’m in the gym all day, every day. This is my life, and I’m hungry for it every day. It’s like a little kid on Christmas Eve, you can’t sleep at night, and that’s how I am.

“No matter how beaten up my body is or how broken down my body is, it’s always an excitement for me. If you talk to anyone that knows me or hangs out with me, I’m very competitive. We could be eating a bowl of cereal and I want to be the first one done. I don’t know why, it’s just the way I am. To be able to fight myself and fight my body, that’s the biggest challenge I will ever have.

“That’s the thing that guys love about me at practice. No matter what size they are, no matter what weight class they are, they know I’m going to come out, I’m going to bring it, and I’m not going to make it easy for anyone. Iron sharpens iron and that’s what type of fighter I am.”

On the heels of an MFC 40 win over Aaron Gallant, Edwards planned on being himself and performing in a title fight with MFC lightweight champion Tom Gallichio at MFC 41 in Edmonton this Friday. Unfortunately, an injury forced the champion to pull out, allowing for “Shaolin” Shane Campbell to replace Gallichio. Though Edwards feels great about being able to fight for the MFC again, he admittedly only knew as much as what’d happened when Campbell fought Jerrid Burke in a bout, which, incidentally enough, happened just before Edwards-Gallant at MFC 40, when he accepted the fight at first.

“I really didn’t know too much about Shane.” Edwards explained. “I know we fought on the same card, and I watched that fight. If I can, I like to catch a couple of fights before I fight just to get me into that zone. So I did catch that fight.”

Campbell earned a finish of Burke at the event, and now will stand across the cage from Edwards in a 161-pound catchweight contest as the headliner of the MFC 41 card. Edwards will welcome the chance to face a hometown boy in the Shaolin Muay Thai standout Campbell, who definitely bring enough to the table to where Edwards knows he will face a challenge. However, having begun his time in the sport in a 2009 amateur fight, and having not looked back ever since, Edwards knows exactly what he must do to come out with yet another win come Friday night.

“They say he’s a kickboxer and he likes to stand up and fight, which is awesome. I love it, so that’s about it. I don’t know too much about him, but I don’t look into my opponents like that. I allow the people around me to do that. I just try to keep my mind clear, my head down, and I do what I have to do to perform at my best. When I’m fighting my fight, I win fights.”

Should Edwards prevail again, any number of things may happen, depending on how Gallicchio’s recovery goes. Anything from an eventual title fight with “Da Tank” to an interim title remains in the cards, and fans will certainly know how everything plays out once Edwards and Campbell have finished their main-event tilt. Edwards will say for certain, however, that whether or not he sees Gallicchio in his next bout, he will see action for Mark Pavelich’s MFC.

“I’m blessed to be in the MFC. Mark Pavelich is a great promoter, and a great guy to get your name out there, promote you, and help you to promote yourself. He’s been around for a while, and he does a good job at that. If you look at his track record, a lot of guys from the MFC are in the UFC, so that’s where my end goal is.

“I want you guys to watch me and not only be wowed, but I want you guys to be inspired, to go out and better yourself. I came from nothing, from dirt, and I’m grinding every day, so you know I want you guys to be inspired by me, what I’ve accomplished, and what I’ve set out to accomplish”

About The Author

Dale De Souza
Staff Writer

Dale De Souza is a 22-year-old kid straight out of Texas, who grew up around Professional Wrestling but embraced the beauty of Mixed Martial Arts and Combat Sports at a young age. Dale is a Featured Columnist at Bleacher Report MMA, a writer at The MMA Corner.