Cody East - King of the CageWith his recent first-round TKO win over Strikeforce veteran Lolohea Mahe at KOTC: Regulators, New Mexican heavyweight Cody “Freight Train” East proved himself to be a prospect worth watching.

“I wanted to keep it standing, and if the opportunity was there, take him down and work him on the ground a little bit and tire him out, and as we got back up, turn the heat up and push the pace,” said East. “I worked hard on my boxing for this fight and I think it showed.

“Mahe is a big strong guy, but he doesn’t use a lot of movement. He just kind of walks forward, so I knew I was going to be able to hit him. (To his credit) I couldn’t hit him just one time; I had to use combinations to put him away.”

Following his debut in 2008, East spent nearly two years away from the sport dealing with injury before coming back strong in late 2011, eventually building to his current 6-1 record.

As East told MMAWeekly.com, the biggest change from when he started to now is ring generalship.

“When I first started fighting, I was just a wrestler. Then I broke my leg and I was out for a year, year-and-a-half, but at the beginning of last year I really started committing 100-percent to the sport and I’ve grown a lot,” said East.

“The biggest difference is how to control myself and not burn myself out. Just go in there and not go crazy. I’ve learned to pace myself and it’s a big difference.”

With three wins in a row, East’s plan for 2013 is to get a rematch with the only fighter that’s beaten him and take not one, but two championships as he continues to work his way up the ranks.

“My next fight should be against (KOTC heavyweight champion) Tony Lopez,” said East. “He’s fighting Nick Rossborough for the title (on Feb. 7) and I’m going to fight the winner. I want to get that belt and then move to super-heavyweight and get that belt too.

“Since I fought Lopez last time (in April of 2012), I’ve put on a lot of strength and my boxing and power is so much better that I can’t wait to show it. Hopefully Lopez wins his fight so I can fight him again.”

Be sure to Like MMAWeekly.com on Facebook and Follow @MMAWeeklycom on Twitter.

view original article >>

Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

Bellator signs PRIDE, Strikeforce, veteran heavyweight Sergei Kharitonov to multi-fight deal

  • 9 days ago
  • 3 views

Two days after the announcement of one of its highest profile free-agent signings to date, Bellator continues to bolster its roster with the addition of a veteran heavyweight.Filed under: Bellator, N read news >>

Bellator Signs Former Pride Heavyweight Sergei Kharitonov

  • 9 days ago
  • 2 views

Pride and Strikeforce veteran Sergei Kharitonov is the latest free agent signed by Bellator MMA. read news >>

Brandon Cash Aiming for the Money in WSOF Global Heavyweight Title

  • 6 days ago
  • 0 views

Strikeforce and Bellator veteran Brandon Cash is going straight for the money, taking aim at the WSOF Global heavyweight championship in Tokyo. read news >>

UFC Fight Night 82 results: Stephen Thompson dominates Johny Hendricks for first-round KO

  • 5 days ago
  • 20 views

LAS VEGAS – Stephen Thompson denied Johny Hendricks a comeback at welterweight, stopping the ex-champ with a flurry of pinpoint strikes.Filed under: Featured, News, UFC read news >>

HOT TWEETS: Wonderboy Wows His UFC Peers with Johny Hendricks KO

  • 5 days ago
  • 9 views

Stephen "Wonderboy" Thompson impressed everyone with his first-round finish of former welterweight champion Johny Hendricks in the UFC Fight Night 82 main event. read news >>

Stephen Thompson Makes His Case for Getting a Title Shot (Video)

  • 3 days ago
  • 19 views

Stephen "Wonderboy" Thompson catapulted himself into title contention with his first-round destruction of former champion Johny Hendricks at UFC Fight Night 82. read news >>

Jon Jones Responds to His Critics: ‘They’re Talking About Tickets”

  • 3 days ago
  • 18 views

Former UFC champ Jon Jones responded to critics of his recent traffic violation by posting a video on Instagram. read news >>

UFC's Recent USADA Failures Highlight Dangers of Supplement Use

  • 3 days ago
  • 33 views

One aspect of the UFC's stringent drug-testing policy, administered by the United States Anti-Doping Agency, has come under a bright spotlight. In recent weeks, two high-profile drug failure cases—Yo read news >>

UFC Fight Night 84 Free Fight: Anderson Silva Clowns Stephan Bonnar

  • 3 days ago
  • 42 views

In his third UFC fight at light heavyweight, Anderson Silva earned a first-round knockout against Stephan Bonnar at UFC 153. read news >>

Jon Jones Traffic Case Rescheduled for March

  • 2 days ago
  • 6 views

Former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones' court case involving three recent traffic citations has been delayed until late March. read news >>