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Longood Prepares For Biggest Test Of Career

Story By: Brian Skowronski

 

 

 
 
 
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  Original Published: 4/4/2013

A fight that many mixed martial arts fans in the area have been waiting to see will finally take place this weekend at Revelation Fight Organizations event "Marion Madness" at the Veteran's Memorial Coliseum in Marion. R.F.O. 145 lb title holder Josh "Honey Badger" Longood of Mansfield will put his belt and undefeated 5-0 record on the line against Marion's own Quinton Coperider, who is 9-0 and ranked the top amateur fighter in the state of Ohio.

Longood's trainer with Mansfield based fight team "The Fight Farm" J.P. Pocock says "This is a fight that is a long time in the making. It's a big fight and it's really exciting that it's been able to come together this time."

Coperider and Longood tried to schedule a fight previously but were unable to make it happen, Pocock says. This time around however, the honey badger will have a few new tools in his arsenal now that he has finished school and is training full time.

"He's better than ever." Pocock says. "He's been doing a lot of field trips for this fight. He's really developed a lot this year."

Even though Longood is the current title holder, he will have to venture into enemy territory for the first time in his MMA career. Each of Longood's previous five fights have taken place in his hometown of Mansfield in front of relatively small crowds, made up of many close friends and family. Saturday's venue features stadium seating that can accomidate up to 5,500 people and will be in his opponents back yard, something Longood says is a bit uncomfortable.

"It's kind of an uneasy feeling." Longood says. "But once we get in there and the cage is locked, it's just me and him. His fans can't jump in there with him. But I'll be calm and confident, everything will be good."

Pocock says Longood is currently ranked third in the state at the amateur ranks, so a win over the top fighter would conceivably move Josh to number one, which is something he has been striving for.

"It would mean a lot to get a win." Longood says. "It's been one of my goals to be the number one ranked fighter. I feel like I'm one of the best fighters around so I have a chance to prove it this weekend."

One of Longood's newest teammates Brandon Odom, who made the change from a different Mansfield-based fight team to train with Fight Farm is also competing this weekend with something to prove. A three year veteran of the sport, Odom says he feels as though making the switch from his old fight team has made him a better fighter and he's excited to put that on display.

"They taught me everything they could teach me and it was time to move to a different gym and learn some new things. "Odom says. "I go 110% every class, I take everything they tell me to heart and I'm prepared to use it in this fight."

Odom (5-8) will take on Ryan Hogans (6-7) at 145 lbs, looking for his third win in four fights.

*Unfortunately WMFD learned late Thursday evening that the event had been cancelled because multiple fighters had yet to receive their medical exams. A rescheduled event is expected within the next couple of weeks.   

   
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