RIO RANCHO, NM (Tues, October 17, 2017)– Cody Pfister fights for the Lightweight Title against Champion Haotian Wu in a co-promoted event called AFC X-DRIVE on October 28th at the Melbourne Pavilion, Flemington, Melbourne. Before he steps into the cage the MMA Vet sat down with FightBookMMA.
Hello Cody thank you for taking the time to talk with me. You announced your retirement back in March on the Bellator 174 card after a first-round submission victory over Jonathan Gary, and not long after you fought on your own promotion Fist Fight League. What made you decide to come back from retirement and fight on your own promotion?
I was presented with a unique opportunity when I got tagged in a post from Charles Bennett saying he needed to fight to pay his rent. I decided to jump on this because I knew it would be a ticket seller and a great way to get some exposure for my company. I always looked up to guys like Charles growing up. I thought it was so cool they got to travel around the world and beat people up for a living. it was a huge honor to be able to Fight Felon. Charles Bennett is a great guy and a class act he sells the fight and is easy to work with.
Can you tell us a little on what made you decide to start your own promotion?
I was tired for fighting for half ass promotions who treated their fighters like crap. Last time I fought in my home town my check bounced and I didn’t get paid for a whole year this took place in 2011. I promise this will never happen to any of my fighters I know the feeling and It sucks. the reason I started Fist Fight League was so I could treat my fighters like I always wanted to be treated and help young fighters to build their careers.
The Australian Fighting Championship and KLF Kunlun Fight will hold a co-promoted event in which you will be fighting in. Can you tell us how important this fight is.
This fight is huge for me because it gives me the opportunity to go and fight on a global level and get my name out in front of a whole new fan base. I look forward to doing that and making the most of my experience by putting on a great fight. I want to knock people out and put on a show I’m tired of boring fights I’m going to put it all on the line and get the crowd pumped.
What can the fight fans expect?
I look forward to going and putting a clinic on this guy. I really want to get a knockout on my feet but I’m willing to take the fight wherever it goes. I’m going to hit this guy with some of the nastiest elbows and just destroy his body. I really can’t wait to go out there and put some violence on display for the fans to watch. Every time I step in the ring or cage I go to kill and this time it will be no different I’m coming for his head! I really enjoy being able to do what I love for a living and I can’t wait to go compete.
What’s next if you win this title fight?
Not if but when… Haha I am going to crush this guy and there’s no doubt in my mind I will have my hand raised at the end. I look forward to coming and taking all the foreigners belts and making my mark world-wide. I love to fight and cant wait to put on a show for the Australian people.
I like to ask all the fighters that I talk to. Do you have any pre-fight rituals?
No just get ready mentally and warm up as usual.
How do you feel about your accomplishments so far either in MMA or in life in general?
I am a perfectionist and I’m not satisfied where I’m at in my career or life in general. I am always thriving to be a better person and work to be better in general. This last year I’ve learned a lot and I’m starting to become a successful entrepreneur. I look forward to becoming a better business man and to promoting my brand. The Fist will be known and I am thankful for all my fans, friends, family and sponsors who support me.
Cody again, thank you so much for taking the time to sit with me and talk about what you are up to these days. Any sponsors or anyone you want to shout out the floor is yours?
Thank you so much for the interview. I would like to say thank you to God, all my family, friends sponsors and teammates and coaches who’ve been apart of my career and helped me to grow. Thanks Steve Nicholson, Marcus Sursa, Johb King, Chris Barnes, Mikal Abdullauh, Shane Qualls, Foster Bailey, Amal Easton, Waylon White, Luke White, Kc White, Coach Clear, Steven Wright, Adrian Ramirez, Durwyn Lamb, Jose Montanez, Barry Christy, Edgar Santos, Chad Smith, Chris Jasper, Juan Martinez, Austin Riggins, Chris Trammell, Erick Braly and so many more that have been apart of my career. Thanks to these businesses Ryan O’Neal Autos, Jorges Mexican bar and grill, Mulligans sports pub, D&D mattress, Maximum Movers, Nearfall, Salon Gallery for Hair, Bobby Dubby Motors, Bangkok Tokyo, Top of Texas Refrigeration, Mjs Saloon and Grill, Gene Messer Ford, M&R liquor, Insurance Connection, Happy Trailers, JD tires and wheels, Nicks Fight Club and Fish Pros.
Cody fought on his own promotion Fist Fight League against Charles Bennett: