Unbeaten Lauzon MMA fighter Connor Matthews ready for his close-up at CES 61 on UFC Fight Pass

Lauzon MMA fighter Connor Matthews is quickly establishing himself as a fighter to watch in New England. He’s back in action and trying to improve to 3-0 as a pro at CES 61 on Oct. 14, LIVE on UFC Fight Pass. Before that, the Air Force veteran spoke with Fightbook MMA.

How did you find MMA to begin with?
I’ve been doing martial arts my entire life, but in high school is when I started doing MMA. As soon as I turned 18, I did my first amateur MMA fight, and I got hooked. I joined the military, did that, and then when I came back, I started fighting again.

Did you serve overseas?
Yes, I did. I was in special operations through the Air Force. I was a combat controller. In 2017/2018 I was over in Afghanistan.

Is MMA your main focus right now?
MMA is my main focus. I’ve also been coaching at Lauzon’s gym. Since I got out of the military, MMA has been my main focus and making it to the UFC is my goal right now. Teaching here and there and doing personals is how I make my money, and I’m following my dream.

How excited were you to get this fight opportunity in the middle of a pandemic?
Very, very excited (laughs). I was originally scheduled to fight at the beginning of the year, but the event was cancelled due to the pandemic. I’ve been training, keeping my weight down, and staying sharp just in case something becomes available. I know the UFC isn’t calling yet, so thank God for CES.

What should CES fans, and those watching on UFC Fight Pass, expect out of you?
During this pandemic, I feel like I’ve really honed my skills a lot. My striking is a lot better and my jiu-jitsu has improved greatly. You’re going to see a well-rounded fighter. I’ve honed my skills and I’m ready for the next level.

Knockout, submission or three-round war?
Four of my last five fights have been finished in under a minute, including three KOs under 12 seconds. All my fights have been finished really quick, but that doesn’t mean that’s how I’m expecting this fight to go. I’m ready for anything and am prepared to go a full 15 minutes, if necessary. Standing up, on the ground, a minute in, or late in the third round, I’m just ready to fight.

Where would you like to be one year from today?
Ideally one year from today I’m sitting at 5-0, 6-0 and am working on my first contract with the UFC.


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