Philadelphia’s own, Kaheem Murray received the phone call of a lifetime, and he got it early in his young MMA career. Days ago, Bellator MMA contacted “The Dream” with an offer to fight the late Kimbo Slice’s son, Kevin “Baby Slice” Ferguson on Friday, March 13th at Bellator 241: Pitbull vs Carvalho. “We talked over the details, then it seemed like a couple days later, everything was signed,” Murray said.
Working his way up in the tri-state region, Murray has faced his share of accomplishments and setbacks in the sport and in life. Through wins, and losses, Murray has remained the same humble, grinder that appreciates every moment he’s granted to step inside the cage, because at the end of the day, he says, “I’m doing this to prove something to myself.”
Both, Murray and “Baby Slice” are coming off stoppage losses, so both are eager to get back in the win column in impressive fashion. After Murray’s last outing, he knew he needed to make some adjustments. When he got the call from Bellator, he’d “been training consistently.”
“I’ve been in the gym,” Murray says”. “I’ve been doing more ground game, you know, more wrestling. It just came and I said, ‘you know what its a big opportunity’. I looked at the opponent. I felt like it was a good matchup. And I said why not?!”
While a lot of fighters come off as their own biggest fan, and hype train, Murray takes the opposite approach, as he’s is a fighter that likes to “Prove it with your actions.” He says. “A lot of guys talk. Whether you’re accomplishing your goals or not, I feel like, you know…Train quietly and prove it with your actions!”
And that’s the mentality Murray is taking into the Bellator 241 when he takes on Kevin “Baby Slice” Ferguson in a few weeks.
“I’m worried about the present moment.” Murray says discussing how he feels about camp going into this bout. “I’m just going to go out there, and enjoy the moment and fight my fight and I feel like if I do that, then I can definitely win this fight!” He claims. “I feel like I can beat this guy. I feel like I can beat the next guy!”
When asked how “The Dream” takes out “Baby Slice” in the biggest fight of his life, thus far, Murray calmly says, “This is not going to be a boring fight, this is going to be a very intense fight and I don’t see this going to decision, I really don’t!” Adding, “I would say, second round KO or TKO.” Boldly clarifying, “I feel like I’m going to finish him in the second round.”
Tune in above to hear the full interview with Kaheem “The Dream” Murray as he chats with us at MyMMANews about his Bellator 241 bout with Kevin “Baby Slice” Ferguson Jr. days after it’s announcement!
Make sure you check out Kaheem “The Dream” Murray’s Bellator debut against Kevin “Baby Slice” Ferguson Jr. Friday, March 13th at Bellator 241 at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut live and only on DAZN.
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