Cannon Long Ready to Set It Off This Weekend at C42

Conflict MMA is barnstorming North Carolina on Saturday, November 12th, with some of the hardest hitting Pro fights and contender clashes in the state! Headlined by UFC and Bellator vet Rodney Wallace (26-12-1) taking on XFC stud Julio Gallegos (9-4-0) in a hard hitting Southeast battle for the top, C42 is absolutely stacked with National and Regional favorites that are sure to light up the Charlotte area TTHIS WEEKEND!

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Join us today for another FIGHT WEEK exclusive, this time with debut fighter Cannon Long. A longtime practitioner of the trade, this martial artist turned Conflict fan is getting an amazing opportunity to step into the cage THIS Saturday as part of a stellar event headed to Charlotte. Check out our sit down chat, and be sure to join us all weekend long for the weigh-ins, fight card AND after party that is 100% Conflict official. With Long and other “hometown heroes” ready to do battle under the Conflict banner, C42 is absolutely set to blow the roof off the Carolina courts in a few short days.

It’s going to be another great night of fights, finishes, favorites and fun with the best promotion in the Southeast; Conflict MMA! We cannot wait to bring all the trappings of a classic Conflict Fight Night back to North Carolina, and especially to the Carolina Courts for the first time. With slick submission artists, KO finishes and gritty warriors all gearing to meet the bell inside the infamous Conflict cage on November 12th, it’s never been a better time to be a fight fan!

 

CONFLICT 42 FIGHT WEEK EXCLUSIVE – CANNON LONG

 

R Eric Ellison: Great to sit down with you for this C42 Fight Week exclusive. Let’s jump right in, how’s it feel to making your debut right there in Charlotte?

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CANNON LONG: I could not have picked a better place to have my debut fight than in Charlotte where I grew up and all my family and friends are.

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Conflict fans are an amazing group who loves new fighters. Tell us a bit about your approach and style in MMA.

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I would say my approach to fighting is very methodical with all of my movements and I do my best to keep everything tight in my fight game. As for my style, I am comfortable in all aspects of MMA, whether it be striking or grappling.

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What brought you to martial arts and knowing you wanted to challenge yourself in the cage?

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I have been on the mat since I was 5 years old and have always been a fan of professional MMA. I started going to a few Conflict events and watching all these local guys go in there gave me the final push I needed to start serious training.

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What can we expect from Cannon Long when the Conflict cage door is locked and the bell sounds that it’s go time?

Well I can promise that everyone will know that I left everything in that cage. With the amount of support I am getting from everyone in my life there is no way I am going to go in there and not give them what they paid for.

How was Fight Camp? Can you give us a peek into your routine or training for this fight?

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I train 7 days a week at a few gyms. I go with Rodney Wallace, who is fighting in the main event this Saturday, 2 times a week one-on-one, then the other days I am either going up to Jeff Jimmo’s gym in Gastonia or down to Team ROC in Harrisburg. I have been blessed to have such great gyms to train at and can’t even begin to speak on how grateful I am that they have allowed me to come and train.

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What are you expecting from your opponent and this fight?

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From what I have heard, he is going to come out strong looking for the knockout but I feel that I have something for him.

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If you could leave one impression on everyone at C42, what do you hope that to be?

I just wanna make sure everyone gets what they paid for and more.

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Is fighting a hobby or a lifelong goal for you?

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Honestly, it is a little bit of both. I have always wanted to get in to MMA and now that I have I enjoy all the training and relationships you gain with the people around you. 

We would love to hear about any training partners, friends, family or facilities helping you prepare for Saturday.

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Like I said before, I cant begin to tell you how thankful I am for the people that surround me. Rodney has been a great coach teaching me not only how to fight but also fight philosophy. The same goes for Jeff and how he has let me come in and train with his guys and how they made me feel welcome since the first day I got there. Team ROC has always felt like home since I would go up there when I was little to have wrestling practice. As for my family they continue to support me with everything I do. Dad has no problem with pushing me to do an extra rep during training, Mom has been a saint through the process, my sisters can’t wait to watch me get in the cage, and my fiancee is a God sent for how she has put up with the training schedule and this weight cut.

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We know predictions are just about impossible, but when you visualize this fight how does it go down?

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I can tell you that no one will question whether or not 110% was given in preparation for this fight.

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Thank you for your time, brother. Let these fans know where they need to be on Nov 12th and why! We will see you at the fights!

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Carolina Courts in Indian Trail! If they don’t already have their tickets they need to go to Conflictmma.com or they can grab them at the door when they get there!

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