Louis Neglia and Dead Serious Promotions have continually provided some of best regional MMA events in the country. Over 120 mixed martial artists have gone from that cage in the Tropicana Showroom, to the octagon in the UFC, including former world champions Frankie Edgar, Chris Weidman, and Eddie Alvarez. This coming Friday night, March 2, Ring of Combat 62 promises to be another talent and action packed card. There are numerous fighters performing who may join their predecessors in the UFC and fulfill their dreams.
Two of them are “Senor Perfecto” Bill Algeo (9-3) and Tevin Cooke (5-1), who will battle for Algeo’s 145 lb. championship. Cooke, like a majority of fighters, comes from a wrestling background and is no stranger to exhaustive training, weight-cutting and lots of cardio.
“I wrestled since 6th grade and then into college at Appalachian State,” Cooke said. “I did get burned out a little bit in college. I told my dad I still loved to compete. I still wanted to try things, let’s try grappling, some jiu-jitsu. I started training out of MMA Institute and after a few weeks, I really loved it and I said let’s try some boxing.”
Once the OG Rick McCoy got a hold of him and introduced him to the fight team, Cooke was hooked. He’s fought himself to a nice 5-1 record and now finds himself in a prime position to add his name to the list of others who have went on and gotten that contract to the big show. He knows and respects Bill Algeo, but is confident that he will come away with that victory.
Check out my full interview with Tevin Cooke, below. He tells us about his path to get here, his current camp, and his challenge for the ROC title.
MyMMANews will be cage-side for up to the minute results, photos, post-fight interviews, and a full recap.