We recently caught up with Carl Perry as he prepares to fight Patrick Dixon on 17 January at Rocktagon MMA 30. Check out how Carl is progressing:
Carl how did you first get involved in MMA?
I began Boxing in ’89 with Olympic Boxing Coach Joe Martinez. It wasn’t until the early 2000’s that I took up MMA. I had my first MMA fight in 2004, and eventually opened my own MMA gym in Bryan, TX in 2009 (Team Unleashed MMA). Been going strong ever since
What sort of a fighter would you say you are?
How has your preparation been for your upcoming fight?
In all honesty… This has been my best camp in a good while. Feeling mentally, spiritually, and physically strong for this fight.
What does a typical training camp look like for you?
Camp consists of 5-6 days a week of training, with half of those training days involving two workouts per day. Really focused on cardio, and a good mix of striking and grappling training – finished with at least a 3-mile run.
How much do you know about your next opponent and what sort of game plan are you expecting from him?
I know Dixon is originally a stand-up fighter, but has taken his camp to American Top Team in Florida, so I’m expecting him to want to take his shots, and get me to the ground. But either way, I’m ready for him.
How do you see the fight going?
I’m going to shock a lot of people with this fight!
What would you like to say to all of your fans and sponsors out there?
I want to give a huge “Thank you” to several people. First, My fight families at Team Unleashed MMA and Twinwolves MMA. Without them, camp would have been a disaster. Next, I want to thank Kelli for everything she does to help me and the gym to keep running smooth. I know she sometimes feels unappreciated, but her help has been a blessing. I also want to thank Val Ramirez of Revolutus Fightwear for standing by me through thick and thin; couldn’t ask for a more loyal sponsor. In addition, Raul Corral, Tara Newsome, and Daniel Kirby for always helping out with training camp expenses. Especially want to thank Randy Reyes, Geoff Neil, Le’Velle Simpson, Kru Kasib, Hector Ruiz, Lionel Sierra, Ryan Ruiz, and Mike Rutledge for helping at some point in this camp with either my sparring or grappling. Furthermore, I want to thank Robin Roberts and Uncle Mike for their guidance to keeping me mentally and spiritually focused during my tough times. Most importantly, I want to thank all my fans who encourage me to do my best at all times, and always believe in me. Without them, my sport would be irrelevant.
We wish Carl the best of luck with his upcoming fight and look forward to speaking with him after it’s all said and done.