Morgan, more than just a figther
Peggy “The Daywalker” Morgan (1-0) is more than just a fighter. When she is not in the gym sparring, you can find Morgan playing her motherly role caring for her 3-year-old son. Morgan, 31, will be in action at CFA 10 in March 2 at the BankUnited Center against Revelina Berto (3-0).
The Triumph BJJ athlete will be part of the 145- pound tournament for the first CFA women’s mma title and $20,000. We sat with Morgan to tell us about her fight game before she wraps up the gloves and swings for the fences.
CFA: How do you feel about competing in CFA? Morgan: I am definitely excited to be competing in CFA and grateful for the opportunity. CFA is an awesome promotion. It’s extremely well run and they put on an amazing show. Honestly, at this point, I’m just happy to be fighting. I’ve had difficulty finding opponents over the last year, so knowing that not only will I be fighting but also that I’ll be fighting for an organization like CFA is both exciting and motivating. CFA: Describe your visit to CFA 09 in Miami Morgan: CFA flew me and four of the other girls who are in the tournament down to Miami so that they could bring us into the cage during the Jan 19th event and announce the Women’s Featherweight Tournament. It was a great experience and I have nothing but positive things to say about CFA. It’s an extremely well run promotion. I’m glad I got a chance to meet the girls I’ll be fighting and see how the event is run. I do a lot of visualization when I’m preparing for a fight, so it’s nice to know what to expect. I think walking in March 2nd unprepared might have been overwhelming. There’s definitely more hype than I’m used to with local promotions. Like there are fog machines and lights and cameras in the fighters’ faces while they’re walking to the cage and then big cameras actually in the cage with you while you’re fighting. I don’t think any of that will bother me during my fight – I’m pretty good at blocking things out – but it’s still good to know what to expect. Overall, it was a lot of fun and made me even more excited to get back in the cage. CFA: Tell us a little bit about yourself? Morgan: I was born in Biloxi, Mississippi, but I grew up in Longview, Washington. I spent a few years living in Eugene, Oregon before moving to New Hampshire. I’m currently living in Nashua, NH. I have a Master’s degree in literature from the University of New Hampshire and I currently work as an adjunct professor at Southern New Hampshire University and Granite State College. I started out as an amateur boxer. I competed in boxing from 2005-2008. During that time, I medaled in a number of national tournaments. I was ranked second in the country from 2006 to 2008. I also competed in kickboxing during that time and ranked third in the world in Savate, which is French kickboxing. I stopped boxing in 2008. I pretty much decided I was done fighting at that point. In 2010, I started learning Brazilian Jiu Jitsu at Triumph BJJ in Nashua, NH just because I thought it would be a fun way to get back into shape. I ended up falling in love with BJJ. I was training five or six days a week and it wasn’t long before I started getting into the cage to spar with the fight team. I earned my blue belt in bjj in September 2010 and decided to start fighting again. CFA: What can we expect from you inside the CFA cage? Morgan: You can expect me to mix it up. I’m a strong striker and prefer to stay standing, but if it goes to the ground I’m happy there too. I’m a hardheaded fighter and I do what it takes to win. CFA: Will people be coming down to see you live to fight in Coral Gables? Morgan: I know a few people are planning to fly down to watch me fight. It’s a long trip from New Hampshire, but many New Englanders are looking for an excuse to hit Miami in March. CFA: Anything else you’d like to add? Morgan: I’d just like to thank my coaches and training partners. I can’t imagine being punched in the face by a better group of men. Follow Peggy on Twitter @peggymorganmma