Though he’s only been fighting professionally for a little over a year, welterweight Tyson Cunningham has already made a name for himself on the Northwest scene.
In three bouts, Cunningham has managed to finish all three opponents and not had to go out of the second round in any of his fights. And while Cunningham hasn’t been able to showcase all the areas of his game that he wants to due to the brevity of his fights, there could be worse things.
“Cardio is one of my strong points, but people haven’t lasted long enough to test it,” Cunningham told MMAWeekly.com. “There are definitely no easy fights, but I’m definitely not complaining, that’s for sure.”
Cunningham (3-0) will look to remain undefeated as he takes on Ben Fodor (4-0) for the Super Fight League American welterweight title on Saturday in Tacoma, Wash.
“He’s a legit fighter,” Cunningham said of Fodor. “He’s 4-0 for a reason. He seems to be very skilled. I respect his fighting ability. He’s a legit threat to anybody in the welterweight division around here.
“I’m going to push the pace, try to stick to my game plan, and just find a way to win. Sometimes you have to dig deep and be an opportunist and take everything I can, be ready for everything, and prepare for a five-round war.”
While winning a title would be a big feather in Cunningham’s cap, the most important thing to him is to continue to grow as a fighter in 2015.
“The title is that added bonus on top of it, but the main thing is the fight,” he said. “I want to get in more fights. I want to get in more experience. I want to fight tough guys. That’s how I’ll become a better fighter.
“If they give me a belt by winning this fight, that’s great and I’ll have no complains over it. But definitely getting that experience and using the opportunity to learn more and become a better fighter is my goal.”