Clarksville, Tennessee: Johnathan Ivey’s Cage Fighting Championships 10 will take place on Saturday, June 26, 2021, at Appleton Harley-Davidson in Clarksville, Tennessee.
Riley Hanner is a veteran of the CFC’s heavyweight division, but on June 26th he moves down to the middleweight division to take on Claudiu Maniu for the vacant CFC middleweight championship. CEO of FightBook MMA had the opportunity to sit down and talk to Riley about his upcoming title fight. Check out the conversation below.
FBMMA: Riley thank you for taking the time to talk with us just under a month before your title fight at CFC 10! How is your training going so far for your fight?
Riley: Thank you for having me, sir. Training is going good I feel like everything is coming together with my timing, speed, cardio, and everything is at its peak I feel like I’m in the best shape of my life.
FBMMA: What made you want to originally become an MMA fighter? What was the first thing that sparked your interest and made you want to walk in a locked cage and fight another man? Because most people could never do that.
Riley: Honestly, it was while watching the old UFC and Pride events with my dad when I was a kid. Seeing guys like Rampage Jackson and Dan Henderson just the level of competitiveness and heart shown in fights is what brought me to where I am today.
FBMMA: On June 26th you’re fighting Claudiu Maniu for the vacant CFC middleweight title. Have you gotten a chance to see Maniu fight in the past? And if so what did you think of his performance?
Riley: I saw Claudiu’s debut at CFC 9 and I thought he put on a good performance hes big and strong and just from what I saw he has some good technique.
FBMMA: In what areas of the fight game do you think you have the advantage over Maniu? As far as standup striking, wrestling takedowns, and Jiu-Jitsu submissions are concerned?
Riley: I definitely think that my striking and wrestling is where I’m going to shine the most in this fight but I’ve been working a lot on my Jiu-Jitsu and submission defense so I’m confident I have the answers to deal with him.
FBMMA: We’ve noticed that you’ve competed in the CFC in the past at heavyweight, at CFC 10 you are moving down to middleweight. What was your thought process for making the move to drop down to middleweight?
Riley: After the fight at heavyweight my thought process was that if I wanted to have a real chance at becoming a professional I had to drop weight so I dropped to light heavyweight first and I felt good there but now that I’m making the drop to middleweight I feel better mentally and physically I’m not drained from the weight cut so I honestly believe that at CFC 10 people will see the best version of Riley Hanner
FBMMA: Riley best of luck to you on June 26th as you fight for the CFC middleweight title. Is there anyone you would like to thank or give a shoutout to before we go?
Riely: Thank you, I want to say thank you to my Dad for helping me with this weight cut and my teammates at UFC Gym Murfreesboro for helping me through this camp and my coach especially Coach Allen has almost been like a second father to me and has pushed me since the day I got this fight offered to me.
Roberto Villa is the CEO, Founder, Executive Writer, Senior Editor of FightBook MMA. Has a passion for Combat Sports and also a podcast host for Sitting Ringside. He’s also a former MMA fighter and Kickboxer.
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