Meet undefeated bantamweight Cole Ferrell, who uses his doubters as motivation

Cole Ferell has his arm raised in victory. Credit: Valor Fights.

With ten professional fights, and ten stoppage victories, Valor Fights standout Cole Ferrell (10-0) is an exciting fighter to keep an eye on.

The Georgia native has all of the tools to be a budding star in the sport: a larger than life personality, quick wit and charisma, and the talent and finishing instinct to back it all up.

Ferrell trains out of X3 Sports, which is located in his home state of Georgia.

Ferrell, a true bantamweight, has fought at a variety of weights over the course of his young career.

“135 is my true weight class,” Ferrell told MMA-Prospects. “If I compete in the UFC or a major organization, that would 100% be the weight that I compete at. Right now, I am just at a point at my career where like I’m not going to break my body cutting weight, unless I am compensated accordingly.”

In recent months, Ferrell has stayed true to his word. In back-to-back bouts, the undefeated fighter fought twice above the bantamweight limit.

At Showcase MMA 13: Wasteland, he fought at lightweight against Kelli Gottardo. It took him less than two minutes to submit the larger fighter, snatching up a front choke.

Ferrell, taking advantage of an opportunity to stay active amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, fought again less than a month later. He returned to Tennessee promotion Valor Fights, for whom he has fought five times before.

Ferrell broke his eight-fight submission finish streak, blitzing forward and knocking out Charlie Durham in a mere 14 seconds to clinch the 10-0 record that he sought after, this time at 140 pounds. 

Ferrell is a very talented fighter, and he isn’t shy about letting people know about it. His post-fight interviews are must-watch; few in the sport, let alone the regional scene, cut a promo quite like he does.

Exhibit A of this point, now viewed over 11,000 times, can be seen below.

Of course, with such outward confidence comes the doubters and haters. Ferrell says he’s heard criticism his whole career but is happy to keep proving folks wrong.

“I was 15, 16 years old telling people I would be in pro MMA, and people said I couldn’t. I did that,” Ferrell recalled. “I’m undefeated – now, people are telling me I will never be in the UFC or a major organization. I will do that, [and] they will still talk. People are always going to have something to say. I would not be as relevant as I am today if it wasn’t for the people who dislike me.”

Most professional athletes would say that they don’t care what the haters say. However, Ferrell sees it differently.

“I can sit here and tell you I don’t care what people think, and that would be a lie. I do care what people think, but it’s about how you let it affect you and how you use it – and it’s all positive vibes over here. So, when the negative bullshit comes my way, I keep it in the back of my brain, and whenever I am grinding, I am thinking about it.”

Many believe that it is only a matter of time before Ferrell gets the call from a major organization.

He fits the exciting, finish-first mold of UFC President Dana White’s eponymous Dana White’s Contender Series perfectly; his fighting style is exciting, he has never seen the second round, his story fits the show, and he has the personality that Dana White seeks out.

Ferrell is a name for which MMA fans should be on the lookout.

The next bantamweight star to burst onto the scene might just be a good ol’ boy from Atlanta, Georgia.