Keaneo Moyer on being the main event of Urijah Faber’s A1 Combat 3
Keaneo Moyer tests skills with Jack Duffy for the vacant flyweight title at Urijah Faber’s A1 Combat 3 on May 29th. This prizefight emanates from Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Sacramento in Wheatland, California, and broadcasts on UFC Fight Pass.
I spoke with Moyer ahead of this title clash. Excerpts from our chat are below.
The timeline for Moyer being a bit hectic leading into this title bid
“It’s just my upcoming opponent Jack Duffy was supposed to fight my last opponent that beat me, Jesse Tafoya for the vacant belt. They got into a little scuffle at the weigh-ins. Jesse ended up getting suspended and wasn’t able to take the fight. They reached out to my manager and they offered me the fight. It’s not very heard of or very common to come off of a loss and get a title shot. Especially so quickly, like I just fought in February and now I’m fighting again.”
“It’s now owned by Urijah Faber so it’s a different promotion. But it’s still the same matchmakers and everything. The same guys that are running it behind the scenes. So I’m used to this and it’s just crazy how things work. It really is basically like a butterfly effect.”
Keaneo Moyer continued, “Me and Jack have a little bit of a backstory. It doesn’t motivate me more. I’m motivated all the time. But it really does light a fire under my ass a little bit. Because when people run their mouth to me, I love shutting their mouth. I love being doubted. It just lights a fire under my ass. It really does. I’m super pumped to go out there and put on a show for everybody and get this W.”
Parting thoughts for Keaneo Moyer
“Thank you for having me on the show once again. It’s always awesome talking to you. You’re a freaking really dope person. All your posts on Instagram crack me up. Been awesome to follow you throughout your career. Just like how you’ve been following me. It’s really awesome to see people that you’ve talked with when we were both making our way up. Now we’re both where we should be and it’s really awesome. I always want to give thanks to my lord and savior Jesus Christ. Without him, none of this would be possible. Wouldn’t be here and I’m just truly blessed.”
Urijah Faber’s A1 Combat 3
“I want to give a shout-out to my coaches Ishmael White, George Gonzalez, and my main gym Equip Academy and Tenth Planet Portland. Thank you guys so much for helping me out. They say it takes a village to raise a child. I’m no longer a child, I’m a pro fighter, but really I thank everybody so much. Doesn’t matter if it’s an up-and-comer, doesn’t matter if this person has just began, I really am so thankful for everybody in the MMA community that has helped me out. Especially in my community out here in Portland.”
“And I want to give a shout-out to my momma. Thank you so much mom for raising me into the person that I am, the man that I am. I thank you so much. You’re a great person. You taught me how to be a hard worker. To work for everything that I want and I just love you so much. Thank you for everything. Shout out to my pops. You’re a great father, you’re awesome, you’re a great dude… Yeah, I want to give a shout-out my sponsors as well. Thank you so much to PDX Sliders. You guys have been sponsoring me since literally my third amateur title fight.”
Keaneo Moyer continued, “That’s been years ago. I thank you guys so much you guys are so awesome… I got to give a shout-out to Ready Player Cards as well. They are my other sponsor. My older brother owns that company. It’s a small local business out here in Portland, Oregon that sells Pokemon cards, Dragon Ball Z cards, UFC cards. Any type of card you can think of, you can get it from them. They also helped me with my merchandise for my fight as well. So if you want to pick up a sweater or any shirts, you can hit them up. I’m super stoked, seriously.”
I’ve been enamored with combat sports for as long as I can remember. I’ve hosted MMA talk shows Lights Out and Pure Fight Radio with featured guests like Jens Pulver, Roy Nelson, Miesha Tate, Mark Coleman, and more. I’ve been an MMA broadcaster for XFFC as well as BTC and have done play by play commentary on live pay per view on GFL as well as FITE TV. I’ve provided written, audio, and video content covering some of the biggest MMA promotions like Rumble in the Cage, Unified MMA, and King of the Cage. I’ve worked as a sports entertainment personality for over five years and given play-by-play or featured promotions of KSW, ONE Championship, TKO, and Invicta FC. My work can be found in the USA Today Sports affiliate MMA Torch, Cageside Press, MMA Sucka, and Liberty Multimedia.