If you follow the regional scene in the southern portion of the United States, Cole Ferrell is a name you are likely familiar with. If you are not familiar with Ferrell, get to know the fighter from his appearance during last week’s podcast.
Since turning professional is late 2016, Ferrell (5-0) has built a name for himself as someone who does an excellent job promoting himself and walking away with quick finishes. Four of his five victories have come in 90 seconds or less and his longest fight came in his pro debut, which he scored a stoppage victory at the 2:48 mark of the opening round.
Ferrell will look to remain undefeated on Saturday, July 21 at Valor Fights 51 when he takes on Joe Pegg. The matchup next week will mark the second fight of 2018 for Ferrell, who is coming off a submission win against Danny Aguirre at RCWC: Battle on Boot Hill 2. Since it’s been nearly three months since his last fight, how has Ferrell evolved as fighter?
“It’s crazy because I have evolved in such a big way,” Ferrell said on The MMA Report Podcast. “Most fighters or people that listen to me wouldn’t believe it unless your in the gym with me and seeing it with your own eyes. I am stronger. I have implemented new strength and conditioning programs that I have never implemented in my entire fight career. I had really never mess around with weights a lot. I was afraid of becoming too stiff. But now I have balanced everything out perfectly. Everything is by the numbers and everything is to the tee. All the way from strength and conditioning to jiu-jitsu. I am putting the gi on more. I am more active in class in regards to jiu-jitsu. My hands are always staying crisp and sharp. Always keeping my boxing on point.”
“I am basically putting more and more effort in time throughout each victory I am getting closer to where I want to be. Once I’m there, that is where it’s going to get even tougher,” Ferrell continued. “Because that’s when I need to be fighting the best guys in the world. I see that coming for me very soon. But the difference in me in this fight is everything. I am more motivated. I am stronger and faster. None of these guys are on my level. All of them come out of the wood work when they see interviews like this and start talking behind their keyboards. I am so immune to it now, it does not even bother me. Any publicity is good publicity. I am more intelligent than 99 percent of fighters in mixed martial arts. Most of these guys don’t think about life after fighting. I do. I am not only building myself as a fighter, I am building a brand and I am doing it for the future.”
If you want to watch Ferrell’s fight next Saturday, it will be available on FloCombat and for more information on next week’s fight card, check out The Valor Hour on Radio Influence.