My radar went off when I saw that TKO Fitness, located in Cherry Hill, N.J. just two miles from my doorstep, was having a grand opening ceremony and in attendance would some of the who’s who on the list of world class fighters. I slithered out of work early on Saturday and headed to the quickly growing facility that does some of everything, especially boxing and MMA, to catch up with UFC stars Marlon Moraes, Frankie Edgar, and Paul Felder.
Paul “the Irish Dragon” Felder has become one of the best studio analysts and commentators in the game and is also no slouch in the cage. While Paul threw a bunch of interesting names at me, he currently is on hold while lined up for a bunch of TV production stints, and waiting for another opportunity to pounce in the cage. He would very much like an opportunity for a five-round battle. Felder is one of those guys who will fight anybody, so stay tuned and hopefully we will have some fight news in the near future.
Frankie “The Answer” Edgar, the former UFC Lightweight champion has been keeping himself busy as well. Frankie tells me… “I’m taking care of my UFC Gym in North Brunswick and helping my teammate and good friend Marlon prepare for his title fight. I hope to have an opponent and possibly get back in the octagon at 145 lbs., in September. I’m healthy and feeling great.”
Marlon Moraes is currently scheduled to fight Henry Cejudo on June 8 at UFC 238 inside the United Center of Chicago for the UFC bantamweight championship. It is the biggest fight of his life and he is very excited and thankful and believes that he will be victorious. Marlon says…
“I’m gonna go there and I’m going to be in his face. Even if he takes me down, he’s going to have to deal with my jiu jitsu. On my feet I’m very confident and I don’t think he’s ready to hang with me for 25 minutes.”
Moraes couldn’t have a better sparring/training partner than Edgar. “The Answer” has been in some of the most memorable five-round battles in the history of the UFC and is doing everything he can to ingrain into his friend what it will take to become champion. Please check out our chat in the link above. Marlon gives us some more on how he feels about his fight and the rest of his camp.
Commentator for Art of War Cagefighting. More than 15 years experience in the PA/NJ regional MMA circuit. Commentator/post fight interviews. Television/media/event production. USKA Fight Sports media and production.
The story of the fighter is what Bob loves about the sport. From the lowest level, to the highest, he only cares about the two warriors who do battle once the cage doors close. Everything else is secondary. Without their blood, sweat, and tears, he would not be here enjoying every minute.