Johnathan Ivey’s Cage Fighting Championships (CFC) 5 will take place on Saturday October 20, 2018 in Murfreesboro, Tennessee at the Mid TN Expo Center. Event doors will open at 630 p.m. and fights will start at 730 pm.
On the card we will see Alex Traughber who’s fighting out of Springfield Tennessee and trains under Joey Brassell take on Isaac Morris. Alex is a explosive athlete who is undefeated at 2-0. The CFC was contacted by Joey Brassell and Joey said he had a debuting fighter that he would love to put on the show back at CFC 3. At the time Alex was wanting to fight at featherweight so we matched him against Tommy Scrivner. As soon as the ref said go, Alex exploded on Scrivner and made quick work of Tommy Scrivner. It was over in the first round by TKO.
At CFC 4 Alex was supposed to return but he was now wanting to move down to the Bantamweight division. He would take on a fighter that had fought on every CFC event to date. Long time veteran Aaron Kim. Again as soon as the ref started the fight Alex exploded and the fight was over in a matter of seconds by TKO. Alex returns at CFC 5 to fight for the vacant Bantamweight title against Isaac Morris.
Before Alex takes on Isaac on October 20th he sat down and talked to Robert Villa CEO of FightBookMMA.
Alex thanks for sitting down with me for this interview. Can you tell us one thing about yourself that most fans don’t know about you? And why MMA?
I would like everyone to know that this is a life style for me and I take my fighting very serious. I give everything I have into it and I want to be a world champion one day. The reason I chosen MMA is because is fun to be able to use more than just my stand up I can take the fight anywhere I want to and use multiple combinations that are mixed with different technique.
Describe what it’s like to train with Joey Brassell and the team you have there in Springfield Tennessee?
It is absolutely amazing. I have the best Sensei In the world. He has giving me so much of his time to just work with me and to help me develop my style of fighting. He pushes me to be the best that I can be and works with me countless hours to be ready for my future fights. The team is unbelievable because they work just as hard to keep me ready for my opponents and they put in the time and effort to one day step in the cage themselves. We all a big family and want the best for each other at the end of the day.
Your first fight was against Tommy Scrivner who has been on a winning streak since he fought you. Can you walk us through the fight with Scrivner?
Tommy is an awesome fighter he will give you more than you can handle if you don’t train just as hard as him. I was just the better fighter at the end of the day I study his fights and seen where he slacks and counter on them. I seen he didn’t really like to stand up so that’s where I wanted to take the fight the hole time. I opens it up with some good leg kick and I seen he didn’t check them so I kept throwing them when they where open. And I just stuffed the take downs that he tried to do. And then I fought him with and good combo that stunned him and I stay on him for the finish.
Scrivner has been on a winning streak since he fought you and has earned a shot at the featherweight champion Jaime Vasquez the same night your fighting for the Bantamweight championship. Can you give us a prediction on what you think will happen between Scrivner and Vasquez?
My prediction is if tommy keeps his head like he has been doing them the belt is his hands down. He will be unstoppable in their against Jaime.
After you dismantled Scrivner you fought CFC regular Aaron Kim. You were coming down a weight class and were fighting a much more experienced opponent. You won the fight in seconds but there seems to be a bit of controversy about it and I’ve seen some tension between yourself and Aaron Kim online in comments under the poster for your title fight. Can you walk us through your fight with Aaron?
Well Arron is upset because I didn’t touch gloves with him instead I ran across the cage and took it to him. I waited no time to end the fight. I’m here to take over not take part.
Depending on how your title fight goes on October 20th, would you be interested in fighting Aaron Kim again?
I don’t care if he gets his shot then I’m all for it hands down.
Isaac White……how familiar are you with him? Have you watched his fights in the CFC getting ready for your title fight against him?
I’ve just seen one of his fights and I know he took a year off after it.
What areas do you think you have the advantage over Morris?
Definitely my stand up. There is no way he can take the shots that I will hit him with. He says he wants to stand and trade then let’s do it. I’m all for it I love to stand in the pocket and trade blow for blow.
Isaac has fought Branon Phillips and Jaysen Baker, you have fought Tommy Scrivner and Aaron Kim….who do you think has fought the tougher competition?
That’s really not a question I can answer because I have never fought his opponents so it’s difficult to say. If I ever cross paths with them then I can answer that question.
Fair enough. How do you see the fight with Isaac Morris going?
If he wants to stand and trade KO for sure. But if he changes his game plan then I will adjust and do what needs to be done for the finish.
Anything you would like to say to Isaac before you meet him in the cage?
Be prepared for a fight!
Alex thanks for the opportunity to talk to you. Any sponsors or shout outs you’d like to say the floor is yours brotha.
I’m here to take over not take part. I want to say thank you to my Sensei for putting in the time to help me develop my style of fighting and a big thanks to my team that trains just as hard as me to keep me on my game.