Combat Vision MMA spoke to Brett “Fudoshin” Cooper as he prepares to defend his ACB Welterweight Championship at ACB 67 against Mukhamed Berkhamov. Brett heads into this fight on a 2 fight win streak and his current professional record is (23-12). In his career, Brett has fought for many promotions from Affliction, Bellator, KSW and now ACB.
Thank you for taking the time to speak to Combat Vision MMA, Brett. Could you tell our readers about your journey in MMA and how you got involved with the sport.
“I have always been drawn to martial arts and combat. I don’t think many things can cultivate a person’s soul much better than martial arts/combat. MMA is an outlet to test your personal growth”
You fight out of Reign MMA. Could you tell our readers about the coaches and the fighters you work with on a daily basis.
I trained at Reign in the past, from late 2011 to mid-2014. I met a lot of great people. I currently train with Vince Ortiz at Kings MMA under Rafael Cordiero and with Subfighter training academy under my first coach Tracy Hess”
Could you tell us about your diet two months out from the fight. From Meals, nutrition and any supplements.
“My diet mainly consists of mostly natural occurring foods. My wife cooks all my food. Most of my meals consist of lean protein (chicken, beef, pork, egg). Carbs (rice, sweet potato, gluten free bread) and fat (cheese, oil, yolk, etc). It’s adjusted to each particular day as training changes”
You have fought your entire professional career competing at middleweight. Then in 2016, you make the switch to welterweight. Was there a specific reason behind this switch.
“I have fought a good portion of my career at welterweight prior to middleweight from 2007-2010. I think fighting at 170 keeps me more focused and honest about my diet and training. Structurally, it’s a good weight for me”
What is your walk around weight and how much do you need to cut to make 170.
“During hard training and camp, I wake up around 186 or so. It depends on the day”
ACB 67 will be your third fight for the Russian-based promotion. How did you become involved with ACB.
“My manager Tracy Hess formed a partnership with Alexei Zhernakov (Alexander Shlemenko’s manager) and he had a good relationship with ACB. So, they were able to make a deal”
You won your first professional championship belt at ACB 50. How did it feel to reach this important landmark in your career and what are your thoughts on the welterweight division that you are current champion of.
“It was a good feeling because you always put everything you have into training. I will just continue to do my best and hope everything works out”
You will be defending your ACB Welterweight title against Mukhamed Berkhamov at ACB 67. Mukhamed has not been defeated since 2013. What will be the strategy heading into the fight.
“I will study him, then go in and fight”
Watch Brett Cooper Knockout Kendall Grove at Bellator 114: