Coming from a long lineage of American Top Team competitors, Desmond Moore has been a student of the fight game for eight years. However, his success in competition dates back as early as Moore can remember, as he’s always been a standout wrestler from an early age.
This Friday, February 28th, “M80″Moore gets back into the Titan Fighting Championship cage at Titan FC 59 to take on Cleveland McLean in a flyweight collision. Both fighters have significant strengths and accolades between them going into this fight, setting up a non-stop war.
Moore, looking to snap a 3 fight losing streak is coming back after a lengthy layoff with a fire back in his heart. “I had to get back to learning”, Moore says about approaching this fight camp. Now operating with a schedule that suits his training, “M80” is set to explode on February 28th.
“I think it’s going to be a great fight!” Moore says about the contest with McLean. “We’ve exchanged messages over social media. Just the stuff that Titan has put out with the few interviews Ive done, and I think (it’s) friendly competition!” Continuing with a cunning smile, “because I tell everybody that I don’t think if they’re a wrestler and they attempt to wrestle me, that that’s just not good for them! And I think he kind of accepts that challenge! So, I’m looking for him to throw his heavy power but I’m gonna look for him to try and out wrestle me, and, like I said, I accept that challenge all the time!”
Although, Moore doesn’t necessarily buy McLean’s bait. Accepting his challenge and expecting the challenge may end up being total opposites once the cage door closes Friday evening. Staying ready for anything, Moore states, I’m always comfortable in my stand up and finding range and my footwork and everything. I’m never opposed to striking with anybody.” Emphasizing further stating, “adaptability throughout the fight, throughout your career is big! You have to be able to make changes and be ok with that!”
Never shy to lay out his groundwork ahead of the fight, Moore predicts a “Definite stoppage.” Continuing with, “He doesn’t think I’ll be able to walk him down. Like I said, we’ve had some friendly exchanges. I don’t think theres any beef. But he doesn’t think I’ll be able to walk him down and he thinks he’ll be able to take me down. So, I’m just gonna follow how the fight goes. Be able to let my hands go. Put some punches and kicks together. Get the mat to the ground when I need to, and when I’m able to, usually I’m successful at a TKO”
Catch the full interview above as Desmond “M80” Moore makes time to chat with MyMMANews the day before weigh ins and 2 days before his fight with Cleveland McLean at Titan FC 59!
Be sure to catch Desmond “M80” Moore vs. Cleveland McLean and the rest of Titan FC 59 on UFC Fight Pass starting at 7pm, Friday, February 28th.
Currently studying Broadcast Journalism at Wilmington University, Adam’s passion for the sport only grows stronger when a fighter’s voice can be heard. He thrives on asking detailed questions to inspire the thoughts behind the punches in hopes that each fighter can find their proper justice. Specializing in pre and post fight interviews for MyMMANews, Adam strives to keep the fight fans up to speed with the most recent and authentic MMA news possible.
He is Co-promoter of Delaware’s premier kick-boxing and Muay Thai organization, IBF Promotions. Recently he has also accompanied MMA organizations Global Proving Ground and XCC as Co-host and ringside commentator.