Normally when a fighter has only one bout in a year, it is usually due to injury or lack of opportunities. For heavyweight Cody “Freight Train” East, it was actually because of a fight contract.
“I had a lot of problems with my contract last year with King of the Cage,” East told MMAWeekly.com. “They didn’t let me fight. By the time my contract was over, I was only able to have that one fight.
“I did have a lot of time to work on things and I want to have an active year this year.”
In his one bout in 2014, East was able to pick up his sixth win in a row with a victory over Vernon Lewis at Legacy FC 36 in October.
“I thought it was a good fight, but I wish I would have done a little bit more,” said East of his win over Lewis. “He wasn’t really doing anything, so it was hard to find opportunities.
“He was mostly running and wasn’t striking, and that was tough for me because I wanted to showcase my counter-striking. I was able to pressure him against the cage and get the win.”
“He’s probably the best athlete I’ve fought and is well-rounded and experienced,” East said of Cason. “To beat him I have to go out there and take control right away.
“I can’t let him use his speed. I have to back him up. I’ve never seen him fight going backwards, he likes to move forward, so I’ve got to take control right away.”
Following his bout against Cason, East is looking to expand into other sports as the year goes on.
“Legacy has been treating me good, and it has open doors up for other fights,” said East.
“I would like to get in four MMA fights, do this upcoming Glory tournament in San Diego, do another tournament after that, and maybe get in some boxing matches as well.”
(Photo courtesy of King of the Cage and Monstro Photos)