“Hey, young fighter! Yeah, you with six fights under your belt. Listen up, I know your last fight was in August and I know you’re recovering from shoulder surgery but, forget all that, I have the proposition of a lifetime for you. How would you like to fight on the televised portion of Elite XC’s debut on CBS. You’ll be sharing the stage with the likes of Kimbo Slice, Gina Carano, Robbie Lawler and Phil Baroni. Sounds like the deal of the century for someone in your shoes, right?”
You’re damn right it does and that’s exactly the spot Jon Murphy has been placed in. Murphy is getting ready to face Brett Rogers in a heavyweight swing bout at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ, on May 31st that is unlikely to last very long. If you ask me, the ten or so fighters, including Murphy, that are assured a spot on the CBS card are probably the luckiest MMA fighters around.
Without a doubt, they have a chance to propel this sport into full mainstream acceptance by simply doing what they do best. Furthermore, score a big knockout or slick submission and you’re guaranteeing a spot for yourself in MMA for at least the next couple of of years.
We caught up with Murphy to talk about the most important fight of his life:
* How did he feel when he found out he would be fighting on the televised card
* The responsibilities that come with it
* His mindset going into the bout
* What he’s expecting from Brett Rogers
* The health status of his shoulder
* Losing back-to-back fights in 2007 including a loss to Houston Alexander
* What he learned from that experience
* His contract situation with Elite XC
* Why he cut off all his hair
All that and much more from a fellow Syracuse University student and a heavyweight fighter that we may be talking about for years to come.