For flyweight prospect Cody Gabelman, picking up a 72-second submission win over Zakk Smith at Absolute Action 46 in April was just about the best way he could have started off his year.
And while he’s happy with how he was able to perform, he does wish he could have done a little bit more for all the people who came to see him fight.
“It was quick and easy, kinda,” Gabelman told MMAWeekly.com. “It was a hometown fight and I sold a lot of tickets for that show, and when it comes down to it, we’re entertainers, so I wish I could have put on a little bit longer of a performance, but when a submission is there, you can’t pass it up.”
Gabelman (5-2) will look to pick up his third win a row when he takes on C.J. Hamilton (8-4) for the Valor Fights 125-pound championship on August 13 in Gatlinburg, Tennessee.
“I really like putting on exciting fights, and I feel like he’s going to bring out probably the best in me,” said Gabelman of Hamilton. “He’s definitely the most exciting, fast, quick and intense fighter I’ve fought. I’m really excited for that. I’ve been looking for a fight like that.
“Maybe I’ll show off a little bit of what I’ve got standing. I feel like me and him can go back and forth pretty good. But after that, I think I’ll be able to get him on the ground, and that’s where I think the end will be, on the ground.”
Not only does Gabelman believe Hamilton can help him provide an entertaining fight, but adding a title to the mix makes it all the more exciting.
“I really enjoy the title fight atmosphere,” Gabelman said. “I feel it drives me a little more and really makes want to put on an exciting fight. When people come to a title fight, they want to see an exciting fight, and I feel me and CJ are the perfect combination to put on that type of fight.”
By adding to his winning streak and by picking up a title in the process, a win on Aug. 13 could provide a great platform for Gabelman to continue to take his career forward in 2016.
“I like to pick my fights according to somebody higher up than me in the rankings,” he said. “I’m young and I feel I have a long career ahead of me, but I want to keep climbing up the rankings and fight some of the toughest guys around here for the biggest promotions around here.
“I’m looking for anything that comes my way. Hopefully I can make a couple title defenses for Valor, that’d be good, they seem like great people and a great promotion.”