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Carbondale man seeks redemption in second pro fight

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CARBONDALE, Ill. -- A Carbondale man was left with a bad taste in his mouth after losing his first fight in his professional MMA career, but he's using that loss as motivation for redemption in his upcoming bout.

Tavae "The Southern Illinois Golden Boy" Lewis has had his eye on the prize for the past several weeks. Lewis said he let his nerves get the best of him in his professional debut last November.

"I didn't capitalize whenever I got him on the ground with striking. I think it was because it was my first pro fight, so I was a little nervous nous about throwing elbows and striking fully,  but we've gotten all those jitters out," said Lewis.

Lewis will get a second chance here in a few days. Lewis lost his pro debut by decision, which he says has fed the fire in his belly to come up with a finish in his next fight.

"It enticed my to train much more intensely, it just made me so much more hungry for greatness in this sport," the 26 year old fighter said.

And Lewis says he has other motivation as well. Success in mixed martial arts would mean a chance to provide a better life for his family.

"My son, he's my big motivator, he's the one that really pushes me to go. My mom, she's always had my back through everything, even though she prefer that I go to PA school, but she supports me fully when it comes to my fighting"

Lewis heads to Kokomo, Indiana Saturday for his bout with Chris Blevins.

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