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.
This event is stacked from top to bottom. One of the fighters is Kyle Lee as he will take on Sammy Walker for the middleweight title. Kyle Lee fought on CFC 1 and won a very close judges decision over Najee Blackwell. The fight was everybody’s pick for fight of the night. So at CFC 2 Johnathan Ivey brought them both back for a rematch but this time for the vacant middleweight title. Kyle Lee won an even closer judges decision over Najee Blackwell to capture the belt.
At CFC 3 Kyle Lee made his first title defense against Najee’s undefeated training partner Caleb Ragsdale who was 5-0. Kyle easily submitted Ragsdale in the first round with a rear naked choke. Proving that Kyle was the real deal. At CFC 4 Kyle was to make his second title defense against Kentucky based fight Billy Sanders. Billy came to the weigh-ins and made weight. But the day of the fight he refused to leave his hotel room, nerves got the best of him and he decided not to get in the cage with the CFC Middleweight Champion. On October 20th Kyle Lee will defend his title against someone who is sure to show up, the CFC heavyweight champion Sammy Walker.
But before Kyle steps in the cage to face Walker and defend his strap, he sat down and talked to Roberto CEO of FightBookMMA.
Hello Kyle thank you for taking the time to talk to me on your busy schedule. Can you tell the fans a bit about yourself.
I was born and raised in the Nashville area. I thought I was Bruce Lee when I was 4 years old. My mom would get me to do my Bruce Lee impressions for people all the time. Then she got me into Tae Kwon Do when I was 6. I did for a few years until we moved. Went back to my same instructor that taught me when I was a kid. I’m a father of 4! After I had my first daughter, I got back into martial arts to protect my family.
Bruce Lee is my hero and I used to do the same thing. How did fighting come into your life?
My strength and conditioning coach thought I would be good at it, and I was hooked!
Nice. Can you tell us something about Najee Blackwell good or bad.
Najee Blackwell is my friend, and I want to kick his ass! There’s something good and bad!
That’s awesome! Does it bother you that you couldn’t finish Blackwell, is that a fight you would like to do one more time?
I asked for that fight right after it ended. I have asked for it multiple times. My personal life was a mess. I’m a complete different fighter now. No it doesn’t bother me I didn’t finish him, that just wasn’t my fight/night but i had his back most of round 1 and at the end of the round I sunk in the choke but the bell rang. It almost ended a different way. I want a third fight still. It would be different.
Was it surprising to you that you defeated a previously undefeated fighter in Caleb Ragsdale so easily in your first title defense?
I had everything working for me during my camp. I trained hard and he is Najee’s teammate and a bigger middleweight. But I was not surprised. I worked hard for that W!
Tell me what was going on in your mind when the CFC told you that Billy Sanders was refusing to leave his hotel room?
Disappointment. I trained hard, but the loss was Ivey’s. He had some much invested in the fight. If I say I’m gonna fight someone I’m gonna do it, win or lose.
Do you think that the CFC maybe did a good of a job of promoting you that other fighters are becoming intimidated by you now?
If they are intimidated by me, then they are in the wrong sport. This is MMA we are all suppose to be tough. We are all dangerous in different ways.
Can’t agree more with you on that. You’re fighting Sammy Walker on October 20th for the middleweight title at CFC 5, tell us your thoughts on him and his strengths and weaknesses?
He is athletic, but with great power comes great responsibility!
I see what you did there. Have you watched when Sammy beat Chase Mcmullen for the vacant CFC heavyweight title, thoughts?
I was not impressed by Chase McMullen warming up in the back. He didn’t look ready. But Sammy hit him with a Hard shot!
Can you describe Johnathan Ivey and what it’s like fighting for the his promotion CFC?
Johnathan “The Leg Lock Monster” Ivey is my hero! He treats fighters amazing! It is such an honor fighting for him.. who knows maybe CFC will take over MMA one day.
Yeah man Jonathan is a good guy and I love seeing Vets treat other fighters well in their own promotions. Kyle thank you again for the opportunity. Any sponsors or anyone you want to give a shout out to the floor is yours.
First and foremost God! And my coaches and teammates over the years! Ron Moss, Brian Moore, Chris Beasley, Chris White, James Perry, Tyler Thompson, Timothy Teeples, Sean Patton, Antonio Carlos Carlos, Gabriel BeBezao Rial, Logan Davis, Jason Santiago, Jaysen Baker and all my teammates with Legion Jiujitsu! All my sparring partners at Nashville MMA! Never; never give up on your dreams! Work hard and stay the course.. you can accomplish anything you put your mind to.. Godspeed and Party On.