C42 Fight Day Special with CJ Murdock

Making his Conflict AND Pro debut today at Conflict 42, former BCB Fight Champion CJ Murdock steps up to start his Pro career with a bang in Charlotte. North Carolina’s own, Murdock had an impressive 6-3 run as an amateur, including four title fights and a wicked about of submission victories. His triangle choke is lethal, as are his set ups on the mat and standing, all things that will add to the Pro style excitement of C42. Murdock is a fast fighter, pushing the pace and threatening his opponent at all times. He has faced some tough opponents, including winning and defending titles against legit competition, and in a few hours he will look to bring that success and impressive style over into the world of Pro MMA.

Conflict 42 Fight Day Exclusive with CJ Murdock

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R Eric Ellison: This weekend you’ll be making your Pro AND Conflict debut at C42. How you feeling with days left before the fights?

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CJ MURDOCk – I’m just really excited.

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Is there any extra pressure or excitement tied to making your pro debut?

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The only pressure is that I put on myself to perform. None of my family cares if I win or lose so that’s not the battle. The battle is performing the way I would like to and live up to my own hype in my own head. I fight solely because it’s scary and we should all do things we are afraid of doing.

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Looking back on your amateur career, which included multiple title fights, what would you say best summarizes that journey?

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I dunno man maybe just willpower fighting for the sake of fighting and self improvement.

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Your opponent, Aaron Quade, also has a great past record and is new to the Pro side. Have you studied him, and what do you expect from this fight?

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My corner has watched him more than I have but I don’t know much about him other than he’s aggressive and super tough.

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We have really come to respect your BJJ, especially that game ending triangle. Can you tell us a little about your Martial Arts past and what brought you to it?

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The funny thing is I started training Jiu-jitsu to fight MMA. I wanted to be Mirko CroCop but I just fell in love with Jiu-jitsu and now it’s the opposite. I fight to improve my Jiu-jitsu.

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Is there any extra pressure or excitement for a fight like this?

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It’s just a fight no difference between any of my other ones he’s tough and so were they.

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For fans that haven’t seen one of your fights, what can they expect this Saturday from you once the cage door closes?

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Jiu-jitsu

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How was Fight Camp for this bout, and where do you feel you’ve had strong improvements?

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Excellent I had a fun time in camp and a not so fun time in camp but like I train everyday for all occasions so I dont like to think of camps really just a period of time where I’m more selfish than others.

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Any fighters, facilities, friends or family you’d like to thank?

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Trevor Hayes, Ryan Lafree, Jason Culbreth at forged fitness cary where I did all of my training for this fight. Adli Edwards and the Evan’s (Arrendando and Daniel). Daniel Branch and Brandon Garner at Gracie Raleigh. Ruckus Pizza for being delicious and feeding my poor butt. TORO BJJ and Cageside MMA. Dennis Ashe at Connection Rio. Rio Fighters Mastres Rogério e Miltinho. Meu professor Fernando Tererê. JTM Enterprises for all your appliance instillation needs and the head of Voltron my Jiu-jitsu instructor Jeremy Arel with out him none of this would be possible. Thanks to my girlfriend Caitlin Huggins and my amazing brother Josh Dolce for making my weight cuts super easy. Lastly thank you guys. Conflict and anyone else that made this possible.

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We aren’t big on MMA predictions, but how do you see this fight playing out?

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I assume it will look like one of those cartoon drawings of fighting where all you see is a dust cloud and some hands and feet.

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Strongest abilities as a martial artist?

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Donut eating abilities.

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Thank you for joining us for a great Fight Week exclusive. If you could leave one impression on these Conflict fans on Saturday, what do you hope that to be?

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The power of Jiu-jitsu.

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