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Battle Of Rome 8 Preview: Tex Johnson Talks Bernard Rutherford

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Of course the Battle of Rome 8 event will take place this Saturday in Rome, GA.  So spoke with Tex Johnson(5-2) who's fighting on the card.  Johnson talks about his training camp, his opponent Bernard Rutherford, and invites you to the show on this weekend in the video found below.  The interview can be found after the jump and don't forget to check out the interview we did with Byron Bloodworth who'll be fighting in main event.


So Tex, you are coming off a 13 second submission victory over Johnny Buck and you are fighting Bernard Rutherford this Saturday at Battle of Rome in Rome, Ga: how has your training been going?

My training is great. I feel really good you know. After the last fight my coach and managers told me to take a week off and let my body relax a little bit. After the break I picked up right where I left off working out 2 to 3 times a day 6 days a week and started incorporating Crossfit into my training schedule as well to help my cardio and strength. I feel good. Bernard is a tough guy. He has fought several tough guys like Seth Petruzelli, Cale Yarborough and Scott Harper. This will be a great fight for me to really see where I am at.

How do you see this fight going on Saturday?

Well I’d like to say I am going to knock him out (laughing)! But seriously Bernard has solid stand-up skills and has pretty good take down power. I watched his fight with Cale and he showed he has good escapes from inside the guard and that is one of my strong areas. I have been working on my hands and take down defense. I am taking this fight seriously and I know I have trained hard for this fight. I’m looking forward to it.

You haven’t made it out of the first round yet in any of your professional fights, where do you set the over/under on this fight?

I can tell you it won’t go five rounds (laughing). I just want to win.

Real quick I want to thank my coaches and training partners at Alpha Fighting Systems, my management team Sponsored Fan and all of my sponsors: Toe 2 Toe, Brawl Nutrition, Fitness Depot of Douglasville, Redline Energy Drink, Born2Bang Athletics and Dr. Z @ Chiro-Plus in Kennesaw, Georgia.