“I was freaking out and going nuts.”

This is the reaction Amarillo, Tx., born fighter Cody Pfister had when he got the biggest call of his life.

The 21-year-old Pfister will be one of the 32 competitors that will compete on the 15th season of The Ultimate Fighter, which kicks off on March 9, live for the first time, on FX. A total of 16 fights will take place, with those winners earning their right onto the show to compete for a six-figure contract with the UFC.

Pfister may not be one of the well-known fighters coming onto the show, but once the Octagon door shuts, anyone is capable of coming out on top.

The youngest of four children, Pfister grew up always fighting his older brothers. Being a small kid, he was always an easy target for kids to fight in school. But once high school started, Pfister got into wrestling, going to state in his senior year. Then his desire for MMA was ignited.

“When I was 18 years old, I started training in MMA and took a fight on the second day of practice,” Pfister told The MMA Corner in a recent interview. “I ended up fighting a professional boxer and knocked him out cold. That just kinda fueled me into fighting.”

From that day on, Pfister has gone on to compile a pro MMA record of 7-3 while fighting primarily in the Texas-based Shark Fights promotion.

When he was first told about The Ultimate Fighter tryouts, Pfister admits it was a last-minute decision to fly to Las Vegas.

“The way I got down there was so crazy,” Pfister said. “I had a plane ticket left over that had never been used. If it wasn’t for that, I probably wouldn’t have had the money to go down there.”

But Pfister made the wise choice and impressed the UFC enough to that he was called and invited to fight.

Cody Pfister (Shark Fights)

There will be many emotions running through his mind on March 9, in terms of both nerves and excitement.

“I’m probably going to be pretty nervous because this will be the biggest fight of my life,” Pfister stated. “But I’m just gonna go out there and go crazy. This is gonna be the craziest Cody Pfister anybody’s ever seen. I’m gonna be pumped up and full of energy.”

When the 32 fighters from around the world arrive, they are clueless as to whom they will face off against. Pfister isn’t eying anyone in particular, but would prefer someone who likes to stand and bang.

“I’m down for whatever, but I’d really like to try my stand-up,” the lightweight explained. “I’d like to fight a stand-up guy, but you know, it doesn’t really matter. I’m gonna go in there and take the fight to them and go with a more aggressive style. I’m gonna smash whoever I fight.”

The young guy is confident in his ability, but Pfister has always had a vision of fighting inside the Octagon, telling himself, “That’s what I’m gonna do the rest of my life.”

“I really did,” replied Pfister on if he ever thought this moment would come. “Ever since I saw the show, I had an attraction to it. I always knew I was going to be on the show.”

Pfister just had one more thing to add before he packed his bags to head to Las Vegas and fight.

“I plan on going out there and doing it all for my coaches, family, friends and fans, but also for myself. This is just a dream of mine.”

Photo: Cody Pfister (top) works to finish Isaias Martinez at Shark Fights 21 (Shark Fights)

About The Author

Corey Adams
Staff Writer

Corey Adams didn't grow up watching mixed martial arts, considering the UFC was just getting started the year he was born, but in his teenage years, witnessed the action and has fallen in love with the sport. Corey was the first to join The MMA Corner staff -- other than founder Josh Davis -- and has been writing for the site ever since. Corey attends Austin Peay State University, where he majors in Communications with a focus on journalism. When he's not covering MMA, Corey is still writing on many sports with both local and campus newspapers. His favorite sports teams are the Atlanta Braves and Denver Broncos. Follow him on Twitter at the link below.