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Friday, 11/04/2011, 05:03 pm

EXCLUSIVE – ProElite II: Reagan Penn Pre-Fight Interview


Reagan Penn will take the next step in his MMA career tomorrow night, as he returns to action for his second professional fight against Dallas’s Evan “The Butcher” Cutts.

Reagan made a successful MMA debut this past August, when he quickly dispatched Paul Gardiner via rear naked choke in just over a minute of round one. With the win, many MMA fans got their first taste of the skills that the younger Penn possesses, although many insiders were already aware of how talented Reagan really was.

As an integral part of BJ’s training camps, Reagan has been on the mat and in the cage with the world’s most elite fighters for quite some time, so while he’ll be looking for his second official mixed martial arts win, there’s little doubt that he’s already got a wealth of experience against some of the biggest names in the sports history.

As can be expected, Reagan took some time out of his daily schedule to check in with BJPENN.COM right before he hit the scales and made his bout official this afternoon and here is the result:
(FULL UNEDITED AUDIO WITH ADDITIONAL MATERIAL AT THE END OF THE ENTRY)

“I’m feeling good, the weather is pretty cold, it’s in the 40’s or 50’s at night. One thing I noticed when I got here is that everybody is really nice. Everyone I say hello to is really nice and says hello back. They really have the aloha spirit here it’s really cool.”

On how training went for this fight:

“I’ll be what I need to be. Of course your never 100% for a fight I don’t think. It was definitely interesting to take these fights back to back like that. Once you start getting into training camp you can tell in your body and you’re maybe not as excited as you should be, but all in all I feel good, I feel ready.”

On what it was like to finally book an opponent with just two weeks left in his training camp:

“It definitely helps to have the opponent there. You want to train everything always but it feels like you don’t know what to really focus on but definitely in the last two weeks it helped me out knowing who the opponent is and it instantly makes you a little more motivated once you have your opponent.”

Last fight it was obvious Reagan was nervous for his MMA debut, so he talks about the changes in mentality now that he got his first pro fight out of the way:

“I’m getting more comfortable with the interviews I can tell. But still, at the press conference I had some things I wanted to say, but as soon as I stepped up to the microphone I just went blank. I said the typical ‘Thanks for coming out everybody; I’m going to do my best.’

It’s getting a little more, you know what to expect. I already knew what to expect but as far as the nerves going on inside me, I know what nerves I can expect to feel so I’m getting used to them. Of course they aren’t gone in your second fight, but I at least now know what to expect with my nerves I guess.”

Reagan made the main card cut again but this time the ProElite promotion booked airtime with a national audience on HDNet. So Reagan talks about what it’s like making his second appearance on a national stage amongst some of the biggest and most established names in the sport:

“That was really exciting to find out it’s on HDNet. It’s cool to be on the internet too. I hope they can get it on the internet to so everyone can watch it. I know I’m going to have to go do some interviews right after the weigh-ins with the HDNet guys so it’ll be interesting to experience and see how they run all their interviews and how they hype the fight so it’s going to be fun.”

For the rest of the interview check out the full Audio below:

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