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VERSUS: Lawson McClure vs. Nick Sprayberry

Down at Wild Bill's in Duluth, Ga., MMA shows have been a mainstay element of the scene in the Southeast for years.

NFC 71 closes the book on Undisputed Productions' schedule for 2014, this Friday, December 12, from the well-known Georgia venue.

In the professionals main event, featherweights Lawson McClure and Nick Sprayberry go head to head. While Sprayberry (1-0) is just beginning his pro career, McClure (8-6) has a professional record that dates back to 2007, although he's trying to snap a four-fight losing streak.

What better way to preview this matchup than hear from both fighters in their own words? Check out what McClure and Sprayberry had to say about this NFC headliner in the latest edition of the Versus feature here at MMA-Insider.com.

Admission to this event is absolutely free with the donation of a new toy. Cageside seating available for $40 plus the donation of a new toy.

NICK SPRAYBERRY

1) You're coming off a successful pro debut. What did it mean to you, not only to become a professional fighter but get off to a good start?

SPRAYBERRY: Every kid dreams of becoming a Professional Athlete! Being able to get out there and win my debut was big for me. Nobody cares about your amateur record or that you held an amateur title, it all starts over! Hard work pays off!

2) You've been a regular at these NFC events. What's a fight night at Wild Bill's like from a fighter perspectice, as far as the atmosphere and all of that?

SPRAYBERRY: I love fighting for NFC. David Oblas is great to work with and that's a huge plus. The energy at Wild Bill's is awesome. Walking out and seeing a huge crowd gets me excited to hear the cage door slam!

 3) You're going against a much more experienced opponent in this fight against McClure. Do you feel his experience puts you at a disadvantage? Why or why not?

SPRAYBERRY: Yes and no. You learn after each fight. Whether you win or lose, you learn. I feel like my coaches and teammates have done a good job as far as getting me ready for this fight.

4) Stylistically, what do you expect out of McClure in this fight?

SPRAYBERRY: I'm ready for whatever he has to offer.

5) What's an average day of fight camp like for you down there at Defkon?

SPRAYBERRY: Go in, bust my ass and go home.

6) Anyone you want to thank for helping you prepare for this fight?

SPRAYBERRY: My coaches - Martez Barnes, Ururahy Rodriguez, Dave Schumacher and all of my training partners.

7) And finally, we believe every fighter should be confident when he steps into the cage. Tell our audience why you're going to win this fight.

SPRAYBERRY: Hard work pays off! Thanks MMA Insider for the interview!


LAWSON McCLURE

1) You've had some tough results in MMA as of late. What would it mean to you and your career to end the year on a high note and stop this four-fight losing streak?

McCLURE: A win would mean that I executed my game plan properly and remained focused. A win is the top of everything but if you perform your absolute best you've already won.

2) You've been a regular at these NFC events. What's a fight night at Wild Bill's like from a fighter perspectice, as far as the atmosphere and all of that?

McCLURE: A Wild Bill's fight night is electric. The whole building pulses with energy. It's always a wonderful experience.

3) You've got much more experience than Sprayberry. Do you think that's an advantage for you in this matchup? Why or why not?

McCLURE: I do think my experience is an advantage. I've had to deal with many tough situations out there, been the distance a few times, so I know what I can handle.

4) Stylistically, what do you expect out of Sprayberry in this fight?

McCLURE: I expect Nick to be very tough, other than that it's all about preparing myself for the possibilities. I know I've done that.

5)  What's an average day of fight camp been like for you?

McCLURE: Wake up. Coffee. Hit the gym in the morning for an hour of strength and conditioning plus an hour skill work. Go home eat and rest. Hit the gym to teach the children at 4:30, then an hour of drilling and an hour of live work. I alternate working striking and grappling just about every workout.

6) Anyone you want to thank for helping prepare you during this camp?

McCLURE: I'd like to thank my whole team! Adam and Rory Singer, my roommate Ralph Ospina and all my other training partners.

7) And finally, we believe every fighter should be confident when he steps into the cage. Tell our audience why you're going to win this fight.

McCLURE: Winning is about what you can take and keep moving forward. I'm a greasy fast tank and I won't slow down or stop. That's why I'm going to win.

Click here for the complete lineup for NFC 71. MMA-Insider correspondent Molly Hoskinson will be there covering all the action.

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