Photograph credit score: Jasmin Frank
A late addition to the Everlasting MMA 56 card is one in all Perth’s most promising younger fighters.
Cody Haddon will tackle a promotion staple in Mark Familari on the February 13 occasion at HBF Stadium.
The 22-year-old, who had a 5-0 novice profession, made his skilled MMA debut final October in opposition to Shantaram Maharaj. Within the co-main occasion of Everlasting MMA 53 , which aired globally on UFC Battle Go, Haddon dominated the 18-fight veteran for so long as it lasted, ending him through TKO in simply over one minute.
“I imply, it was good, yeah,” Haddon informed Battle Information Australia.
Although for a lot of others – a vocal majority of HBF Stadium – it was decidedly extra. Regardless of his 1-0 file, Haddon has already amassed a loyal following.
“There’s lots of people that at all times wish to come and help me. I believe it’s as a result of I’ve at all times completed fight sports activities,” stated Haddon.
The hype surrounding the younger fighter is for greater than an unblemished file. Haddon has skilled in Taekwondo, wrestling, Muay Thai along with MMA. He’s a three-time Australian champion in boxing and four-time Pan Pacific champion in Brazilian jiu-jitsu. After beginning martial arts at simply six years of age, he quickly turned recognized to quite a lot of as “the child that wishes to go to the UFC”.
Haddon will as soon as once more face a extra skilled opponent subsequent month. Familari (1-6) has fought 9 occasions below the Everlasting MMA banner and brought on a few of Perth’s strongest fighters.
“Mark [Familari] is hard as. I do know he’s so robust. He’s fought so many high-level guys, one of the best of one of the best, and he undoubtedly doesn’t stop. I really feel like I’ve a a lot better floor recreation than Mark and even on the ft, I believe I can stand there with the man, too. I’ve sparred with him earlier than – clearly, sparring’s sparring and preventing’s preventing – however yeah, I’m assured in my potential. Respect to Mark, he’s robust and all of that, however I really feel like I simply have a couple of extra instruments in comparison with him. I’ve extra methods to win.”
Haddon is but to go to a call and has completed 4 of his wins within the first spherical. Whereas accruing cage time is invaluable expertise, Haddon would like try this in variety of opponents than rounds.
“Careers are solely quick on this recreation and I believe after I’m in there, I’m not going to attempt to dance round for quarter-hour if I can get the job completed within the first minute. It’s about getting in and getting out untouched so that you simply’re contemporary and in a position to do it once more in three weeks’ time, 4 weeks’ time, and be as lively as doable. Get in there and take minimal harm; that’s my objective.”
“So long as I’m getting my hand raised,” he added.
After signing an unique take care of Everlasting MMA, Haddon is assured three bouts this 12 months, which fits him good.
“I wish to smash [fights] out as a lot as I can while I’m wholesome,” Haddon stated. “Accidents can set you again for thus lengthy, so while you’re match and wholesome you might as nicely take as many fights as you may get, one after one other.”