May 29, 2012
Featured Fighter: Peggy "The DayWalker" Morgan
Name: Peggy Morgan
Fight Weight: 135
School: Triumph BJJ
Record: MMA Amateur 2-0; Pro 0-0
City/State Born: Biloxi, Mississippi
Achievements: list any kickboxing, mauy thai, boxing, nagas, any type of awards. New England Golden Glove Champion, 2nd Place at Golden Glove Nationals, Second Place at P.A.L. Nationals, Second Place at U.S.A. Boxing Nationals, Third Place Savate World Championships. A couple of weeks ago I placed first in the intermediate division at NAGA.
1. When and Why did you get into MMA??
I started training at Triumph a little over a year ago. I have a background in boxing and kickboxing, and I have many amateur fights in both. I stopped boxing in 2008. After I had my son, I decided I wanted to start training again just to get back in shape. I really didn’t intend to start fighting and I definitely didn’t plan to fight MMA because I thought it was too manly. I mean, boxing is one thing, but MMA is something else. After a few months of hanging around Triumph, though, I started getting the bug to get back in and fight so I told John Fain that I wanted to take an MMA fight as soon as I earned my blue belt. It was kind of an arbitrary goal, but I felt like I didn’t want to get in the cage unless I felt confident that I had some ground game.
2. Do you have a background in martial arts, boxing , wrestling etc?
I boxed for about five years and was ranked second in the country as a 152 lb. amateur for three years.
3. What's your nickname, how did you get it?
My nickname is “The Daywalker.” It’s kind of a silly thing. The guys kept calling me a ginger and I’d always say, “I’m not a ginger, I’m a daywalker” because of the ginger/daywalker episode of Southpark. In case you haven’t seen that particular episode, the distinction between gingers and daywalkers is that gingers have freckles and daywalkers don’t. I have reddish hair but no freckles, so obviously I’m just a daywalker. Anyway, Orto decided it sounded pretty tough because of Blade and asked that I be announced as “The Daywalker” at my first fight, and it stuck.
4. What are your ultimate goals in the sport?
I want to take this as far as I can. I tend to set immediate goals. Get better every day and grow with every fight. Ultimately, I’d like to end up at the top
5. What do you think about your next opponent?
Kaline is a tough girl. She has a nasty overhand right and a decent ground game.
6. How do you see the fight going/being finished?
There are so many ways this fight can go. I’m a well-rounded fighter, confident on my feet and on the ground. I can tell you that it’s going to be an exciting fight. I anticipate two things: there will be blood and my hand will be raised at the end of the fight.
7. What weight do you walk at/how much do you cut to fight?
I walk around at 155 and I fight at 135, so it’s about a 20 pound cut. I try to do as much as I can through diet leading up to the fight and then cut the rest in the sauna.
8. What's your favorite part about fighting?
My favorite thing about fighting is that it constantly challenges me. I get bored pretty easily. I never get bored of training or fighting. There are so many different aspects of MMA, both mental and physical, and there’s always something that needs to be strengthened or developed. I wake up every day with a sense of purpose, and I like that.
9. What's the worst part about fighting?
I think most fighters would agree that the worst part about fighting is the weight cut. It’s really no fun.
10. Anyone locally or in the big's that you really would love to fight, and why?
One fight at a time. Eventually I’d like to be in a position to fight at the top.
11. What do you feel is your best weapon in your fights?
My reach, obviously. Also my mental and physical toughness.
12. What is your favorite foods that you miss while cutting weight??
13. What is your most memorable moment to date in MMA??
Winning my first fight.
14. How else do you spend your time when you are not training??
When I’m not training I’m usually hanging out with my two and a half year old son or out with friends.
15. What do you do for a living besides fighting?
Outside of fighting I’m a little bit of a lost soul. I have a Master’s degree in Literature that I have no idea what to do with. I was an adjunct college prof for a couple of years, but the pay is pretty lousy and it’s not the most stable job. Recently I’ve been working part-time as a secretary, but I’m looking to move on from that, too. I’m thinking about bar tending and fighting.
I can’t say enough about my team. Triumph is home to an awesome group of people – super supportive and genuinely committed to each others’ success. John Fain is an amazing instructor and coach, John Ortolani has done a lot to help me prepare for this fight, Chuck O’Neil has always been a huge help with training and diet, and Cody Anderson is the best abusive little brother a girl could have. There are many people I’m not naming who have helped me a lot and whom I adore, but I don’t want to turn this into a lame Oscar speech.
Thanks for taking the time to fill this out Peggy. Peggy has a big fight this weekend at Mohegan Sun for Reality Fighting against Kaline Medeiros. For those that know her, make sure you buy your tickets from her. We wish her the best of luck. I, personally haven't seen her fight but I hope to do so real soon! She is one tough momma you don't want to mess with!
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