Corey Butts is scheduled to take on Cole Alaxanian in a Cage Wars Super Lightweight (165) championship bout. Butts is on a three-fight win streak and looks to extend his record to 7-2. Tickets can be purchased from any fighter on the card, or your can visit Cagewarsmma.com/tickets for tickets.
Butts, similar to Alaxanian is a father to a newborn. Juggling the new role of fatherhood, working, and training for this upcoming title fight, Butts has found a way to put the work in. Though, when asking Butts how he does all three, he smiles and informs you he loves fighting, and fighting in a cage he won’t get arrested for it.
When asked if claiming a win over Kyle Kahler, the current lightweight champion for cage wars gives him any extra confidence, Butts explains how it was both their first times inside the cage and how they both have improved drastically since their first times inside the cage.
Butts is aware of Alaxanian’s powerful hands, and strong grappling skills, but then he quotes Mike Tyson’s famous saying, “Everyone has a game plan until they get hit in the face,”.
Pressure doesn’t seem to bother Butts as he didn’t even know it was a title fight until recently. He is excited though he won’t have to cut as much weight.
Butts explains how he has learned from his wins and losses. Taking something from each fight and improving upon the mistakes he made is important to him.
Outside of fighting Matt Phillips, Butts doesn’t have anyone else on his radar. Phillips hails from the same town as Butts and Butts wants to be known as the best fighter from his hometown of Elmira.
Watch the entire interview with Corey Butts to hear what he has to say leading up to this fight.
Kyle Carroll is a Long Island, N.Y. native and avid MMA and amateur wrestling fan. He has been a part of the wrestling community for nearly 20 years. Carroll has six years of experience coaching high school wrestling. His father coached high school wrestling over 35 years, passing on his strong knowledge. Carroll has been reporting MMA news since January 2011. The former wrestler’s coverage includes the 2012 U.S. Olympic Wrestling Team Trials, 2013 & 2016 NCAA D1 Wrestling Championship, and numerous MMA events (Bellator MMA, King of the Cage, North American Fighting Championship, and Glory).