Plymouth, Mass. (Tue, October 31, 2017)– Top New England prospect Peter “Slippery” Pete returns to action this weekend for Cage Titans FC in Plymouth, Mass., LIVE on FloCombat. Before that, the dynamic lightweight sat down with FightBookMMA.
Who is Slippery Pete?
Slippery Pete is the baddest motherfucker alive.
Well, that’s a good question. How do I answer that one? Well, I got the nickname around 2012 and as all my friends laughed and asked, “how did you get such a porn name for a fight nickname?” It goes back to being a kid and people calling me Casanova and Rico Suave, all of these corny-ass nicknames about being a heartthrob and it translated to Slippery when I started fighting.
Is there any featherweight or lightweight on the planet you wouldn’t be willing to fight this weekend?
No. Not at all. I would fight Tony Ferguson, if he was healthy.
Have you always had that mindset, or is it something you’ve developed over time?
Oh, I’ve always felt that way. I’ve always thought that way. Thankfully, the skills have come around so I can back that up. You’ve always got to be willing to test and challenge yourself against the best. Saying that and looking at who I’ve fought may not reflect that, but it’s just the way I feel. There’s no one out there I would back down from, there’s no fight I’d turn down – if it was Conor McGregor or Tony Ferguson or Donnie Cerrone making 155 again, I’d take any one of those fights next week.
What went wrong in your most recent fight?
I didn’t come out like myself. My mind wasn’t in the right place. I’ve always heard people say that they just weren’t mentally “there.” I never thought that was something that could happen to me and I experienced it the last time around. I’ve had some fans reach out to me and say, “I don’t know what it was about your last fight, but it looked like you weren’t there.” They were spot-on by saying that. I checked in when he first punched me and as you can see, he clipped me when I was throwing a kick and he put me on my butt.
Do you think that’s a one-off night? What are you doing to prevent that from happening again?
Mental preparation and affirmation. I’d like to say it’s a one-off night, but I think it could happen to anybody, anywhere. It’s easy to get stuck in your own head and question whether you’ve prepared enough. I’m taking all of the right steps and precautions. I’m training my ass off and making sure I’m in the gym. I haven’t missed any training sessions that I didn’t need to miss. I’ve been training so much that missing a training session or taking a rest day isn’t that big of a deal. I usually go without taking a full rest day over the last two or three weeks, and if I do happen to take one, it’s because my body really needs it. I’m trusting in the process and trusting in the method – that’s what will prevent it from happening again. Knowing that I did everything I could do to get ready – then it’s just time to go shine when the door locks.
How excited are you to get back in the cage?
I’m very excited. I had scheduled a fight in July or August that I had to pull out of – it was a tough summer for me – I lost a younger brother and my dad within two months. There’s a lot on my shoulders coming into this fight, I’m getting a lot off of my chest. It doesn’t have anything to do with TJ Brown, he’s just going to be the one taking the fucking beating for it.