Steven “Golden” Graham Eyes Return to Bellator Cage, Big Win at Shamrock FC 326

Bellator vet Steven “Golden” Graham is back in action at Shamrock FC 326 on Dec. 7 in Kansas City, Mo., LIVE on FITE.TV. Steven is coming off a win for LFA and has beaten six of his past seven bouts, five by stoppage. Before his return to the Shamrock FC cage, he spoke with FightBook MMA.

How did you find MMA in the first place?

I saw The Ultimate Fighter when I was probably about 13. I didn’t even know what it was, but I thought it was really cool and I knew I’d like to try it. Flash forward a few years later when I’m like 17, I’m watching Urijah Faber in the WEC. Watching him was a big inspiration to me. I always wanted to box and wrestle as a kid — two separate things — and MMA gave me the opportunity to do both at the same time (laughs). I needed a challenge in my life, so went to the gym and here I am 10 years later.

Is Urijah Faber still a fighter that you look up to?

Yeah, I’m a big Urijah fan. I know some people don’t necessarily like him, but I’m a big fan of how he fights and what he’s done for the sport, especially as a smaller fighter.

What did you take away from your fight at Bellator 217, a first-round loss to one of their biggest stars, James Gallagher?

I took a lot away from that fight. I was distracted with everything and anything I shouldn’t have been focusing on at the time. It made me realize that I could get through anything, really, and I probably wouldn’t have to face those types of distractions moving forward. It was a fantastic experience. I’m really grateful for it. Bellator treated me great.

Would you like to fight for them again?

Yeah, for sure. They treated me really well and they were more than willing to help me out any way I needed it. It’s a very good organization and one that I’d really like to continue working with.

What should Shamrock FC fans expect in your fight on Dec. 7?

They should expect the best, boldest, most fearless version of Steven Graham. This is my 22nd fight, and this is the best I’ve ever been. I’ve learned so much along the way, and to say that I’m putting everything together is an understatement.

Where would you like to be one year from today?

I’d like to be fully signed as one of the bantamweights in the Bellator division and on my way to title contention in the organization.

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