Before Kody Nordby returns to action at CES 53 on Nov. 2 in Lincoln, R.I., LIVE on AXS TV Fights, the former CES title challenger and National Guard veteran spoke with FightBookMMA.
What have you been up to since CES fans last saw you in the cage?
I’ve been away. I went away for a little bit, did some time with the National Guard. I was over there and looking forward to getting back to my wife, my baby, and get right back to fighting. I was watching fights very closely while I was over there and I haven’t been that impressed. I’m excited to get back into it at 135 before I drop back down to 125 and go for that CES title.
How much did you think about fighting while you were overseas?
I don’t think there was a day where I didn’t think about it. It was an everyday thing. Although I wasn’t able to run or work on my cardio as much as I’d like to, I lifted a lot of weights. That’s one of the big reasons I’m doing 135 instead of 125.
How will it feel to get back in the cage?
I honestly don’t know. It was amazing to get back to Triforce MMA and working with Pete Jeffrey and John Douma and everybody. I can’t wait to get back in the cage and feel that again.
What has changed in New England MMA since we last saw you?
Not much at all. I’m thankful for that. There are a lot of good amateurs coming up right now. Deion Rubio is really good. He’s fighting for Triforce and Cage Titans. As far as pros and my weight class, there’s nothing crazy.
How do you rank the top New England flyweights?
I would say myself at number one. I can’t really say Carlos Candelario, since he was injured then out. But, I know that he’s kind of in the UFC spotlight. Hopefully this fight on November 2nd with Richie Santiago decides where I put Richie, but there’s not a very deep flyweight division in New England.
What do you think about Kris Moutinho?
Chris is a great kid. I train with him. Do I think he could beat me? No. We’ve fought two mutual opponents: Brandon Taylor and David Garcia. He lost to both of them and I’ve beat both of them. I know that isn’t how you should judge your opponent, and he’s a great kid – but, I don’t think he’s on my level.
What’s the most likely outcome for this upcoming fight?
He fought John Douma. John TKO’d him in the second. Myself, John, Pete, and Greg Rebello have been watching video and I think I’m going to knock him out in the first.
Who would you like to fight for the CES 125 belt?
I’d like to see the winner of Johnny Lopez and Richie in the 125-pound bout on November 2nd. I think the winner of that and myself should face-off for the 125-pound belt. Once I get that, I’ll start looking for the 135-pound belt.
What should fans expect in your return to action?
I feel like my old self fought with a lot of caution. Now you can see me putting myself out there more. That’s what my whole camp is going to be about. I really hope to stay on my feet – I don’t know how long that’ll last – but, I hope we stay on our feet and give the fans what they showed up for.
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