I want to come out and set the pace next time and dictate where and how the fight will go.
Interview by: AJ Hoffman
Cody Williams put a lot of people on notice in his pro debut, effectively dominating Gerzan Chaw at IXFA in Winnie. I left that fight saying I can’t wait to see him fight again, and we will all get that chance at Legacy FC8, as he will take on Nate Garza.
Williams: I started training about 3 years ago. I went to a local show in Beaumont. I saw it and saw the competitive nature of it and knew I wanted to get involved in it.
TCD: You Beaumont guys stay hidden over there flying under the radar. Talk about your gym a little and what kind of guys you have out there.
Williams: We are a little under the radar on the Houston scene. We have a level 2 certified American Top Team school. We probably have about a dozen amateur fighters. We have a bunch of military and police as well. We have guys from 125 to heavyweight. It is really versatile. Depending on who shows up what day, you will get a different look. The ATT curriculum teaches you everything at once, which is good for competing MMA. Mike Berryhill, Cliff Palermo and Tyler Reese are the instructors out there. Tyler has taken a liking to the 10th Planet BJJ so we get a lot of Eddie Bravo stuff. It’s an open concept training school. Martin Walker brings a lot too. Guys will say, “I saw this somewhere,” and we will do it. I think that is a really cool way to learn.
TCD: How did you feel about your performance in Winnie?
Williams: Overall I felt great with the whole experience. You get rocked in the beginning and you come back. It makes for a good story, but I don’t want to be a comeback fighter. I do think it was a good experience though. It let a lot of people in Houston know that I am for real. Gerzan is for real, so I was glad to take that fight. I think it said a lot for me to take on such a good guy in my first fight.
TCD: What, if anything, did you learn from that fight? Were there things you looked at after the fact and wish you could improve on?
Williams: The slow start thing. I walked into a right hand and he threw it hard and heavy. It made me a little hesitant. I want to get that fixed. Maybe I had some nerves for my first fight. I want to come out and set the pace next time and dictate where and how the fight will go.
TCD: Were you surprised at all that you were able to control a guy who had so much more experience than you?
Williams: I wouldn’t say I was surprised. I got a lot of good information going in. I worked a lot on my jiu-jitsu going into that fight. But in all my fights I haven’t really been controlled. It wasn’t surprising. I thought he would be a little more aggressive on the ground, but it was what it was. I was satisfied for the most part.
Williams: On the ride to the gym, Marcus DeMatta was telling me no matter what happens you need to end each round on top. He was stressing that to me. For the most part of the first round Gerzan was locked on to one of my arms and was trying to work a kimura. When I heard that 10 second clap I threw him off me with my foot. I grabbed that single and did what I could to finish on top and win the round.
TCD: What do you know about your opponent on the 16th?
Williams: Nate Garza is a Silverback guy. 3-4. I think he is a boxing/wrestling guy. He is tough, and has a lot of stamina. He went the distance with Angel Huerta, so I think that says a lot. He said he wants to get out there and bang. He said he wants to see who has the better chin, so I guess we will find out.
TCD: You were obviously a fan favorite in Winnie. Do you think playing a “road game” will be any different for you?
Williams: Winnie was a real short drive for my fans, so a ton of them made it. Houston is a little further, so maybe there won’t be as many. It doesn’t matter though. I don’t hear the crowd until the fight ends. I just hear silence and footsteps in the cage until it is over. That and an occasional verbal lashing from my corner.
TCD: How far do you expect to go with fighting? What are your long term goals?
Williams: I’ve already made the sacrifice. I was working in the refineries and making good money. I took a lower paying job so I could focus more on fighting. I would love to make a living doing it, so if it presents itself, that would be great. I am just going to take it one opportunity at a time and just walk the path.
TCD: Anyone you want to thank?
Williams: Major League Grill. Sign Builders of America. L&M Embroidery. American Top Team. Texas Karate Academy. TNT Construction. Jacob Pfaff. All Star Sports Massage. Zero Cut Creative. Kevin Chaney. Merikan Brand. Mike Black.
And….: Martin Walker, Josh Cooper, Kaleb Wells, Shellby Forshee, Cliff Palermo, Mr. Murphy, Aaron D. Earnest, William Spidle, Chris Wilson, Chris Sizemore, Ryan Spann, Josh Kemp, Jacob Smith, Scott Ali, The Ramsey Family, Todd Penni and Carson Gebhardt. David Leger, Emily Surber, Chris Sublett. Everyone at The Mostyn Law Firm for putting up with me coming to work with black eyes and especially during my cutting weight time frame. Mike and Linh Berryihill, Master Ricardo Liborio, Cole Miller and Marcus da Matta…..and alot more… My training partners push me to the level I need to be.You guys have changed my life and I Thank you.
The most important: My family.. My Mom, sister and brothers for all their support…my step dad Tom Padia for always being there through thick and thin for me. My fiance Cahterine Taylor.
When everybody comes together like u guys have done… All I want to do ..is do better.. So I say…. Thank you for your time you give me, to better my life. I will always strive to be the best..in MY LIFE….and I have u guys to THANK…