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November 16, 2012

Featured Fighter: Cody Sargent

Name: Cody Sargent
Age: 23
Height: 5'8"
Fight Weight: 135
School: Balanced Ground MMA
Record:MMA 0-1 amateur
City/State Born: Blue Hill, Maine

1. When and Why did you get into MMA??

In 2008 a couple of friends of mine brought me to Team Irish in Brewer, Maine. I got to meet and learn the basics from Marcus "The Irish Hand Grenade" Davis and Garth Krane. Both of those guys are incredible to work with. Marcus is one of my favorite fighters and a huge inspiration to me.

2. Did you have a background in martial arts, boxing , wrestling etc prior to being a licensed in MA?

No I didn't, just loved to fight! We moved around a lot when I was growing up so I was always the new kid at school. Which meant the girls loved me but the guys hated me, so I was always getting into fights.

3. What's your nickname, how did you get it?

No nickname yet!

4. How did you get into the sport of MMA?

I started training with some friends and fell in love with it. MMA is a very humbling sport, it's almost like a form of therapy for me. It keeps me out of trouble and gives me a place to channel my energy. I find that the philosophy of martial arts help me in all aspects of life.

5. Can you tell us something about your supporters and why they believe you should be a Mixed Martial Artist?

Anyone and everyone who knows me knows that I've wanted this all of my life. I have a lot of support from friends and family.

6. What are your ultimate goals in the sport?

I plan to fight as often as possible, I want to travel and fight at big events. I don't plan on taking any easy fights or dodging any opponents. I just want to have tough exciting fights that people love to watch.

7. What does your family think of your passion for combat sports? Do you have children? Are they involved in the martial arts? Do you have a spouse or significant other? What role do they play in helping you prepare for combat?

My mom would rather see me doing something less violent but she supports me just like my father and the rest of my family. Everyone is happy to see me do what I love and they all encourage me to chase my dream. I have a beautiful girlfriend who is 9 months pregnant with my first son. Her and her family are some of my biggest fans and supporters! They all give me the strength and courage to do this and I couldn't do it without them.

8. What do you think about your next opponent?

I think he is a very tough opponent... He's got more experience than me and he's bigger than me. He is used to fighting at a higher weight class and he has had seven fights to my one. Anyone looking from the outside would say he should beat me but that's what is going to make it so incredible when I prove them wrong.

9. How do you see the fight going/being finished?

I see the fight ending quickly. Either KO/TKO or his favorite way to lose submission.

10. Can you describe for us what it is like to discipline yourself as you prepare to make weight and develop or improve skill sets before fight night? Do you feel like your team plays a significant role in that discipline?

I believe everyday should be treated as if you are training for a fight. You are doing everything you should be doing anyway, lots of exercise, reframing from partying and drinking or any other toxic substances. Plus it keeps you focused, everyone should have a goals that they work hard everyday to accomplish... That's what life's all about.

Are you kidding me? My team plays a huge role, I owe it all to them. There's nothing like it, it feels incredible to work with a group of trusted friends. We all know each others weaknesses and strengths and we help each other by correcting any mistakes.

11. In your time as a competitor what stands out to you most when a promotion offers you a bout? Have you ever turned down a potential match? If so why? Could you offer the up and coming combatants any advice in these situations?

Right now I am looking to fight whenever and whoever they offer me. I would never turn down a match. I believe that if you plan on competing you should always be challenging yourself. I think if you take an easy
fight it would almost feel like a false win.

12. Anyone locally or in the big's that you really would love to fight, and why?

If I could I would love to fight Nate Diaz. It would have to be a catch weight obviously but there is something about that kid that I absolutely hate!

13. What do you feel is your best weapon in your fights?

My striking is my biggest strength, when the fight is standing up I feel completely at home. I love to brawl and exchange punches with my opponent.

14. What is your favorite foods that you miss while cutting weight??

Luckily I fight in the lighter weight classes and stay pretty close to my fight weight. But I do have a sweet tooth, I love any baked goods. Cookies, brownies, cake exc.

15. How else do you spend your time when you are not training?

I sell cars for a living and any time I have off from work I make a trip back up to Maine to spend time with my family. I love fishing with my dad and playing pool with my friends.

I would like to thank my new team mates Nate Charles and Tollison Lewis. A shout out to my girlfriend Haylie Crossman and all of her family. My father Russell and my mother Vicki. My brothers and sisters Mandi, Cory, Holly and Cord. All of my friends. I want to wish Bruce Boyington luck in his fight! A huge shout out to my sponsor Hoodlum Fightgear. Thank you you guys are the best!

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