Over the next week, we will be previewing the upcoming CFA featherweight tournament with interviews with participants. The event will stream live on the Ustream for $8 March 2.
Having only started her MMA career last year, New Hampshire native Peggy Morgan has won all of her fights in 2012. The rookie fighter has a tough test ahead of her as she takes on Revelina Berto in the opening round.
Wombat Sports: New England is a growing MMA market. How has it been training and fighting in the Northeast?
Peggy Morgan: I’ve really enjoyed training and fighting in the Northeast. I don’t know how it is in other regions, but I feel like there’s a real strong sense of loyalty and comradely among New England fighters and fight fans. I also genuinely believe that New Englanders are some of the toughest people you’re ever going to meet. We’re a hard nosed bunch, and it shows inside of the cage.
Wombat: You are coming off a pro debut win. How was it making the transition from ammy to pro?
Morgan: The hardest part of the transition from ammy to pro was getting used to fighting five minute rounds. Pro rules really favor me because I’m very long and lean, so being able to use my sharp elbows and bony knees is a huge advantage.
W.S.: You are drawing Revelina Berto in the opening round, and she is also undefeated with a boxing pedigree. What are you expecting coming in?
P.M.: Revelina is very fast and relentless. I expect her to come in quickly and try to force her way inside. I actually like the idea of going against another experienced striker because it makes the fight into more of a chess match. As far as boxing goes, I thoroughly understand the moves and can begin to make predictions about what she’ll do. At the same time, she’ll be doing the same with me. Of course, she could decide to try to take me down, which I’m also prepared for. I’ve spent a lot of time working on my wrestling and jiu jitsu, so I’m dangerous on the ground as well as on my feet.
W.S.: How has it been to work with CFA?
P.M.: Working with CFA has been an awesome experience. They are extremely well run and they put on a great show. I’m grateful for the opportunity they’ve given me.
W.S.: Anything you’d like to add/thank?
P.M.: I’d like to thank my coaches and training partners at Triumph BJJ. I’d also like to thank my sponsors, Throat Punch Ind., Cameron Chiropractic, and NLA Performance. Finally, I need to thank my family. Especially my little boy, Oliver. It can’t be easy to have a fighting mama, but he’s been a trooper.