RAGED UK MMA is back on Friday 10th September 2021


Friday, September, 10th 2021, RAGED UK MMA will be hosting their 13th event back at the MECA, Swindon, where it all began.

Hosting their first live event since March 2020, due to the Covid pandemic Swindon fight, fans are in for a great night of beautiful violence.

For the first time, RAGED UK will also be live on PPV Fightworld TV if you cannot attend the event in person.

Amateur Card

Heavyweight – Craig Schmitz vs Dean King

Catchweight – Ash Oliver vs Tyler James

Catchweight – Richard Lukacs vs Luke Carroll

Featherweight – Matthew Oliver vs Liam Mackintosh

Lightweight – Stas Grucean vs Phil Freeman

Welterweight – Jon Hunt vs Vladislav Kerchief

Catchweight – Deakon Thomas vs Rafal Chrzanowski

Catchweight – Jacob Tribe vs Charmi Sari

Middleweight – James Wamsley vs Sam Skidmore

Middleweight – Adrian Lusiak vs Joe Wood

Vacant Amateur Light Welterweight Title

Jamie Wilson vs Jack Young

Vacant Amateur Welterweight Title

Jordan Little vs Grant Ogborne

Pro Card

Welterweight – Will Cairns vs Jack Dedames

Welterweight – Rikki “ROCCO” Wyatt vs Craig Allen

Vacant Professional Featherweight Title

Michael “GIP” Cutting vs Stefano “The Ghost” Catacoli

Vacant Professional Heavyweight Title

Dante “The Bull” Hawkins vs Romek Sim

*Fightcard/Running order subjet to change at any given time

Doors Open 6pm

“I’m no stepping stone” – Bec Connolly

There is no doubt that at the minute, women’s boxing has taken off, long overdue in my book but then again, I guess women’s boxing is not for everyone; however, on 10 April 2021, that changed and for the better.


There is no doubt that at the minute, women’s boxing has taken off, long overdue in my book but then again, I guess women’s boxing is not for everyone; however, on 10 April 2021, that changed and for the better.

Rewind to 10 years ago, 27-year-old Bec Connolly walked into Paddy Fitzpatrick’s boxing gym in Swindon, Wiltshire, with no prior boxing experience and asked Paddy if he would train her. He did, however, he also took convincing that she was for real and would train hard, as hard as the men; Paddy never gave her any special treatment; in fact, he was harder on her than the men.

After completing her “apprenticeship” in the amateur ranks, Connolly turned pro in September 2017 and “Lady Luck” was born.

You could be forgiven for just looking at Boxrec and seeing the numbers in the Win, Loss and Draw columns, but then again, any pure boxing fan would delve a little deeper into who the opponents were.

Sharing the ring with the likes of Terri Harper, Rachel Ball and Tasha Jonas, to name just a few on Connolly’s resume, regardless of the result, shows just how determined she is to win a boxing title.

“Some may see me as a journeywoman, but that’s not the case. I find that rude. People only look at the record. They don’t look at the quality of the opponents. I am a contender. I’m also not anyone’s stepping stone.”

For the time being, Connolly is concentrating on campaigning for a fight for the vacant Commonwealth title (super bantamweight/featherweight/super featherweight), which the boxing fans also want to see.

“I’ve been asking for the Ebanie Bridges fight since last year, and that’s the fight I’d still like to have.

“It would be an interesting fight because I wouldn’t have to chase her all night as she comes straight forward like I do—a match made in heaven – in boxing terms.  I mean, fans want to see an all-out war in the ring. Bridges bring that, and so do I.”

This brings me back full circle as if you didn’t know 10 April 2021 was the Courtenay vs Bridges fight, which got women’s boxing back on the map, front and centre. 

The Ultimate Fighter Returns! New Episodes Every Week Starting June 1

After a 2 year hiatus The Ultimate Fighter Returns on June 1.


After a 2 year hiatus The Ultimate Fighter Returns on June 1.

The 29th season will feature featherweight champion, Alexander Volkanovski  and top contender, Brian Ortega as opposing coaches on the show. Both men will be responsible for training 16 of the chosen bantamweight and middleweight prospects in their quest for a UFC contract.

TUF was built for up and coming fighters to jumpstart their careers.

Since its start in 2005, the show has produced 11 champions, with two of them currently reigning at the top of their respective weight classes. Currently, Rose Namajunas and Kamaru Usman hold the belts at the top of their division.

Check out the promo ahead of the first episode to get a look into how season 29 fairs with the other seasons of TUF.

UFC ANNOUNCE PARTNERSHIP WITH ‘FREETRAIN’ FOR LEON EDWARDS IN HIS UPCOMING FIGHT WITH NATE DIAZ

British athlete Leon Edwards will be using Freetrain products ahead of his blockbuster fight with Nate Diaz next month, June 12, 2021.

Freetrain, the innovative fitness and running brand, are proud to announce UFC fighter Leon Edwards as their next athlete ambassador.


British athlete Leon Edwards will be using Freetrain products ahead of his blockbuster fight with Nate Diaz next month, June 12, 2021

Freetrain, the innovative fitness and running brand, are proud to announce UFC fighter Leon Edwards as their next athlete ambassador.

As part of a new initiative to work with exciting sporting talent, Edwards has signed a partnership with Freetrain to see him use Freetrain products in his training camp to prepare for his next fight against American Nate Diaz on June 12 at UFC 263 in Arizona.

The fight was initially due on UFC 262 but was moved to UFC 263 on June 12 after Diaz suffered an injury. The contest will be the first five-round non-title co-main event in UFC history.

The current Freetrain product range includes the Freetrain V1 Vest and the Freetrain VR Vest, which offers an innovative alternative to phone holder armbands.

29-year-old Edwards, based in Birmingham, is the number-three ranked fighter in the UFC 170lbs Welterweight division and is currently riding an eight-fight win streak.

Edwards will be seeking a high-profile win to add to his record after being forced out of action for over a year due to the coronavirus pandemic. He was then due to fight Khamzat Chimaev on three different occasions, but the fight was then cancelled due to Chimaev’s COVID-19 issues.

Edwards ended up facing Belal Muhammad as a late-notice replacement in March at UFC Fight Night: Edwards vs Muhammad but an accidental eye poke to Muhammad in the second round ended the fight. The bout was ruled a no contest.

Now Leon “Rocky” Edwards moves on from that fight looking to build on an eight-fight win streak (excluding the no contest), and a win over the 36-year-old American Nate Diaz, who hasn’t fought inside the Octagon in almost 18 months, will put him within touching distance of a shot at the 170lbs title.

James Wren, a co-founder of Freetrain, said: “Being based in Birmingham, we’ve followed Leon’s journey closely over the last few years, and we are extremely excited to be partnering with him and helping him as he prepares for the biggest fight of his career.”

He added: “He is one of the most recognisable names in British MMA and is now within touching distance of a title shot and becoming a UFC champion.”

Edwards said: I’ve been a fan of Freetrain for some time now and have been using the V1 for a while, it’s a pretty simple product, but it does the job for me. Teaming up with the guys seemed like a no brainer, both based in Birmingham, so it was as simple as it gets.”

Last month, Freetrain announced their first athlete partnership with British boxer Conor Benn.

To keep up to date with Leon Edwards and to find out more about http://www.freetrain.co.uk/, visit: http://www.freetrain.co.uk

About Freetrain

The Birmingham based fitness company set up by former Aston Villa youth player Jack Dyer and former Walsall FC goalkeeper James Wren. The pair has created an innovative alternative to phone holder armbands to allow fitness enthusiasts to train smart and train free. Since 2015 when the business launched, they have experienced significant growth, increased their product range, and sold over 150,000 units worldwide in 12 different countries. The product range currently includes the Freetrain V1 Vest and the Freetrain VR Vest, along with other running accessories such as rechargeable illuminate LEDs, water-resistant gloves, reflective gloves and therma hats. To find out more about Freetrain, visit: http://www.freetrain.co.uk/

Bellator MMA announces broadcast deal with the BBC


Bellator MMA announce new broadcast deal ahead of Bellator Paris on Saturday, October 10th, 2020.

LONDON – Bellator MMA have today announced a new broadcast deal that will see live MMA broadcast on the BBC for the very first time.

Eleven fights from Bellator’s upcoming Paris show, which takes place on Saturday 10th October at the Accor Arena, will be available live on BBC iPlayer to viewers across the UK. In another first for Bellator, the Paris event will also make history by being the first major MMA event ever hosted in France.

Fights featuring on the BBC will include the highly anticipated welterweight bout between England’s Michael “Venom” Page (17-1), better known to fans as “MVP,” and the undefeated Scotsman Ross Houston (8-0,1 NC). MVP is one of the biggest names in MMA, known for his exciting fighting style and highlights reel of knockouts. Houston, a former MMA world champion, will be looking to make his mark on his Bellator debut.

David Green, Head of Bellator Europe, said; “We are thrilled that we will be bringing live action from our first ever show in France to fans across the UK on BBC iPlayer. The BBC is unparalleled in its reach with millions of people tuning in to its sports content every week. We therefore look forward to servicing our existing fans better than ever before as well as hoping to attracting new fans who will be able to tune in to this historic event. The card is stacked from top to bottom so those watching are in for a real treat come Saturday night.”

Scott Coker, President of Bellator MMA, said; “This is a really exciting broadcast deal for Bellator MMA as our presence in the European market goes from strength to strength. Having just put on three events in Milan and now heading to Paris to make history there, we are committed to providing fight fans across Europe with regular events, featuring the world’s best fighters, which are easily accessible to them via our first-class broadcast partners. We have signed more big names to our roster this week and are looking forward to an action packed 2021.”

The live broadcast starts on BBC iPlayer at 4.30pm BST on Saturday and will run through until 10pm BST.

A limited number of fans will be allowed in attendance at this history-making show. The event got the go ahead after the government granted permission for it to take place under the supervision of the French Boxing Federation. Bellator Paris will be the fourth event hosted by the promotion in Europe in the space of two weeks, following three shows held behind closed doors at Allianz Cloud in Milan, Italy.

Press release.

Raged UK MMA 12 Full Results


chris and lawrence raged 12 champions
Photo Credit: Callum Knowles – Photosbycwk.com

 

Saturday, March 14th, 2020 saw Raged UK MMA hold their twelfth event at the Oasis Leisure Centre in Swindon.

Despite the country going through the coronavirus, it didn’t stop the fans from turning up and showing their support to the athletes.

With a card boasting of 12 bouts, there were some upsets on the night.

Firmly putting Swindon on the map as a  ‘Fight Town’ Raged UK MMA is going from strength to strength, with their next event booked for July 25th, 2020.

Amateur Card

Henry Lovell Def Luke Freeman via Americana 1:26 Rnd 1

Joe Wood Def Szymon Citak via Unanimous Decision 29-28 29-28 29-28

Keiren Williams Def Ashley Gosden via GnP 1:04 Rnd 1

Matt Screen Def Mike Jones via Unanimous Decision 29-28 29-28 29-28

Zana Kalary Def Chris Connolly via KO 2:01 Rnd 1

Dawid Jarowienko Def Svet Ivanchev via DQ (illegal strikes) 1:16 Rnd 2

Welterweight Championship Bout

Liam Shotbolt Def Tom Enstone via KO :16 Rnd 1 #andnew

Welterweight Champion

Middleweight Championship Bout

Rikki Wyatt Def Morgan Jay Lennon via GnP :35 Rnd 1 #andnew

Middleweight Champion

 Professional Card

Mehrdad Janzemin Def Tyler Thomas via Heel Hook 3.32 Rnd 1

Vacant Super Welterweight Championship Bout

Chris Astley Def Thomas Paull via RNC 4.02 Rnd 3 #andnew

Super Welterweight Champion

Welterweight Championship bout

Lawrence Jordan Tracey Def Chris Ogden via KO 3.42 Rnd 1 #andnew

Welterweight Champion

Raged UK MMA 12 returns to Swindon on Saturday, March 14th 2020


raged 12 posterSaturday, March, 14th 2020 RAGED UK MMA will be hosting their 12th event at the Oasis Leisure Centre, in Swindon.

With the success of the last event, you can live stream the action, free, on Facebook page ‘Craziest Sports Fights’ if you cannot make the event in person.

Firmly putting Swindon on the map as a ‘fight town for mixed martial arts’ the promotion has gone from strength to strength with athletes competing from all over the UK.

Not only content with being one of the South West’s most prominent MMA events. Striving to make sure fighter safety comes first, the promotion has added in some new weight categories to bridge the gap between divisions, ensuring that all competitors compete at a weight more suitable for them.

“Adding new weight divisions opens up a more extensive range of fights for matchmaking; however, more importantly, is fighter safety.

“I’ve seen a few injuries along with fighters becoming dehydrated after cutting a lot of weight so as a promotion we are trying to make things safer,” said Gary Turland.

With a card of 13 fights, including five professional bouts and 4 title fights the event is stacked from top to bottom.

Limited tickets are still available from www.raged.uk or at the venue itself which will incur a surcharge of £5 each for paying on the door. (cash accepted on the door).

Ticket prices: Standard £25 (£5 extra on the door)

                          Cageside £40 (£5 extra on the door)

Doors open 5.45pm first fight 6.00pm

Oasis Leisure Centre, North Star Avenue, Swindon, SN2 1EP

Under 18’s must be accompanied by a guardian and only allowed in the balcony area

Please note the venue is CARD PAYMENT ONLY

 

Full fight card*

Amateur Card

Rich Lukacs vs Henry Lovell

Joe Wood vs Szymon Citak

Ashley Gosden vs Keiren Williams

Mike Jones vs Matt Screen

Zana Kalary vs Chris Connolly

Dawid Jarowienko vs Svet Ivanchev

Welterweight Championship

Liam Shotbolt vs Tom Enstone (c)

Vacant Middleweight Championship

Morgan Jay Lennon vs Rikki “Rocco” Wyatt

Professional Card

Nikki Lee vs Hugo “The Unit” Kirkwood

Jake Watkins vs Mark Harris

Tyler Thomas vs Mehrdad Janzemin

Vacant Super Welterweight Championship

Thomas Paull vs Chris Astley

Welterweight Championship

Lawerence Jordan Tracey vs Chris Ogden (c)

*Fight card subject to change

Exclusive: “I’m going to win the light heavyweight belt, and then I will move up and win the heavyweight belt” – Johnny Walker


Johnny Walker Credit:Fighters Only
Johnny Walker Credit: Fighters Only

 

Originally posted on 30th October 2019

The 14th December 2013 is a date that will be forever ingrained in Johnny Walker’s brain.  It was that day that Johnny had his first-ever professional mixed martial arts contest at the age of 22, in the heavyweight division. Having had no previous amateur fights, the fight only lasted :49 seconds in round one and Johnny won via TKO, something that he would be doing later throughout his career thus far.

Johnny fought another ten times at heavyweight in Brazil with a combined record of 8-3 before moving down to Light Heavyweight in March 2017, where he had another two fights before relocating to Aberdeen in Scotland in December 2017 for a year.

Johnny had grown up in Brazil all his life, until at the age of 25, he moved across the world to Aberdeen, for an exciting opportunity to help further his MMA career on a global scale.

It was, in fact, Johnny’s coach Leo Gosling who got a proposal/job offer from a businessman in Aberdeen, to go and teach classes in mixed martial arts. Leo stated he would only accept the invite if it included bringing Johnny over too.   When Leo and Johnny arrived, they soon realised that it was all a big lie and that the gym owner was broke, which resulted in Leo and Johnny receiving no payment.

These were tough times for Leo and Johnny having travelled from Brazil to Scotland, and now, having no money to live on, their only option was to sleep on gym floors.  However, both Leo and Johnny stayed positive and focused on the bigger picture, and Leo managed to get Johnny 3 fights in a month, which not only started to make a name for Johnny on the UK MMA scene (Johnny won the UCMMA light heavyweight title, Feb 2018) but also gave them the much-needed money to survive and progress in the MMA scene.

It wasn’t long after Johnny won his next three fights that he decided to try out for season 2 of ‘Dana White’s contender series in Brazil’ which was held on August 11th, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

This was Johnny’s chance to prove to Dana White that after all the hard work he had put in since 2013, he belonged in the world’s number one promotion. The ‘UFC’.

On Fight Night, Johnny was scheduled to meet Henrique da Silva and was looking forward to showcasing his skills. However, during his warm-up Johnny was physically sick and had a fever.  He also got tired within three minutes of warming up, so he chose to stop and conserve his energy for the bout against Henrique.

Johnny went the whole three rounds with Henrique, in which he won every round on the scorecards.  This was the only fight thus far that Johnny had left it in the hands of the judges. He won via unanimous decision. “It was a great experience even though I was sick, and I couldn’t make it my best performance,” Johnny said afterwards. “It was the first time that any of my fights have gone to the judges’ scorecards”.

That performance impressed Dana White so much that he rewarded Johnny with a UFC contract.

After that victory, Johnny moved to Southampton, England to train with his coach Leo Gosling, where he met female UK fighter and mum of two Bryony Tyrell.  At the time, Bryony part-owned Exile MMA Central, Southampton, and later went on to train with Leo and Johnny in Thailand at Johnny’s gym called ‘Walker MMA’, while preparing for her Bellator debut on 22nd June 2019.  They formed a great bond with each other that still exists today.

Born Walker Johnny Barra Silva de Souza on March 30th, 1992 in Tingua, Rio de Janeiro, Johnny, his brother Valter and his parents, relocated to Rio das Ostras when he was a teenager, where he lived until he was 25 years old.

Rio das Ostras was a cool place to grow up. The city used to be very safe back then.  Johnny would frequently go play out in the street or visit the beach a lot.  Unfortunately, as with many children today, some of the kids at school were mean, and for a while, Johnny got bullied for being so tall and skinny.

At 15 years old, Johnny took up one of his first loves, dancing, RIP rop, and Lamaerobica, (which is a Brazilian style of dance), — gradually moving onto lifting weights.  Then he moved onto Muay Thai, which he fell in love with after his first lesson.

After leaving school, Johnny started studying Chemistry Engineering but decided that he wanted to follow his dream of becoming a world champion mixed martial arts athlete. After being introduced to Leo Gosling at Leo’s gym, Johnny was offered a scholarship to train in Brazilian Jiujitsu, and Leo invited Johnny to train in MMA as well.

With the mentorship of Leo fully formed, and an incredible bond, even when Leo went to London for a year, Johnny trained at Team Evolucao in the South of Brazil. They then reunited to carry on with their close coach/manager bond that they established.

Starting his MMA career off in the heavyweight division, Johnny knew that weight class was not for him. So, he dropped down to light heavyweight, where the 6ft 5 Brazilian has found great success in the 205lb weight class.

Since being signed to the UFC in 2018, Johnny has had three fights with all of them ending with a first-round win, and a total combined time of 2 minutes 48 seconds in the octagon, gaining three “fight of the night” bonuses while in the process. “Starting my career in the heavyweight division and now in the light heavyweight division, I’m going to win the light heavyweight belt. Then, I will move up and win the heavyweight belt” stated Johnny while we were on the subject on whether he will make a return to the heavyweight division.

If you’re familiar with Johnny Walker, then you will know that after every win in the octagon, Johnny, celebrates by doing a version of what he calls ‘the worm’. However, the last time Johnny did his celebratory ‘worm’, he dislocated his shoulder just before having his post-fight interview with Joe Rogan.  He then had to have surgery, and this kept him out of competitive action for four months while his shoulder was healing.

“My shoulder is 100% recovered now. I had surgery and have been rehabbing it, and I’m good to go.  I will have to look for a new celebration to do when I win as my mum won’t let me do ‘The Worm’ anymore lol,” Johnny says laughing.

Having had six months out of the octagon to rehab his shoulder injury, it has given Johnny plenty of time to spend time with his two dog’s – Pitbull’s named ‘Yoga’, who is the female, and ‘Tanus’, the male.  This has given them plenty of time to go down to the beach to chill as well as playing video games.  Which at the moment is ‘Call of Duty 4’ online.  “I haven’t had time to play the new Call of Duty Modern Warfare yet!”. As well as visiting other gyms to get some more experience, as you can never have enough skills, Johnny has recently come back from spending three weeks at SBG Ireland.

Johnny (17-3), ranked #11 will be facing Corey Anderson (12-4), ranked #7, (according to UFC rankings) on Saturday, November 2nd at Madison Square Garden in New York, NY, at UFC 244.

Looking at these two athletes on paper the only similarities (which are small) is that Johnny is 6ft 5 inches and has an 82-inch reach, whereas Anderson is 6ft 3 inches and has a 79-inch reach.

Anderson is on a three-fight winning streak, all coming by way of decision. In fact, all his fights bar 4 have come by leaving it in the hands of the judges. On the other hand, Johnny is on a nine-fight winning streak, with only one of those wins coming by way of decision back in 2016.  That is the only one so far on his overall career record. The rest of his wins have come by way of T/KO and two submissions, with all of those T/KO’s happened in the first round one and one coming in the second round.

With a win over Corey Anderson on Saturday, November 2nd, it should put him in the top #6 of the light heavyweight division.  The question everyone will be asking is, who is next for him? Will he be in title contention to fight the current champion Jon Jones?, Or will it be someone in the top 5? “I’m not bothered by who my next opponent is, I want to fight as soon as possible, within three weeks would be ideal, in Washington, DC, on 7th December.  If not then, then UFC 245 in Vegas on 14th December.”

UFC 244 takes place on Saturday, November 2nd, live from Madison Square Garden, New York, NY.

Felice Herrig vs Michelle Waterson ‘10 Years In The Making – Fight Girls’


Originally posted on 6th October 2018

Michelle Waterson vs Felice Herrig
Michelle Waterson vs Felice Herrig

Tonight at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Michelle Waterson and Felice Herrig will finally get the chance to meet in the centre of the octagon for their strawweight battle at UFC 229.

To some, this will be another showcase of the talented females in the strawweight division getting to show why women should be on the main card within the UFC, to others (like myself) this has been a fight 10 years in the making.

Back in 2007, an oxygen original tv show, similar in spirit to The Ultimate Fighter TV series had ten female fighters live together and train together with Muay Thai instructor – Master Toddy, in Las Vegas for six weeks to win a Muay Thai championship in Thailand.

Fight Girls cast picture
Fight Girls cast picture

The group of women were then narrowed down to five via a three-round fight between the housemates, the winners got to go to Thailand and the losing fighter was eliminated from the house and the competition.

Felice Herrig and Michelle Waterson were two of the original ten women to compete to try to go over to Thailand and were mentored by Lisa “The black widow” King, who was the original shows winner back in 2006, when there was a one-off documentary with seven female fighters and female Muay Thai & MMA legend Gina Carano.

Gina Cararo, Lisa kKng and Master Toddy
Gina Cararo, Lisa kKng and Master Toddy

Whilst Michelle lost her fight to get to go to Thailand, Felice won and set off to Thailand with the rest of the other four finalists, winning her fight in Thailand via TKO.
Felice went back to her kickboxing roots for a further two years before transitioning to MMA in 2009 where “The Lil Bulldog” had arrived.

Having competed for XFC, Bellator and Invicta, Felice was finally signed to The Ultimate Fighter season 20 in 2014.

Michelle transitioned to MMA in 2007 with help from Donald Cerrone at the time and “The Karate Hottie” competed at strawweight and atomweight in which she won the Invicta Atomweight Belt before being signed to the UFC in the strawweight division in 2015.

After Felice’s third win in a row against Justine Kish in 2017, she called out Michelle Waterson citing “she had already been offered the fight and accepted it, but it got taken away from her.”

With Felice Herrig being ranked #9 and Michelle Waterson being ranked #8 in the UFC fighter rankings and given both their shared history, this is one fight not to be missed.

“My time is now to become Cage Warriors lightweight champion.” – Jai Herbert


Jai Herbert with Cage Warriors lightweight belt
Jai Herbert with Cage Warriors lightweight belt Credit: Cage Warriors

Originally posted on 5th June 2019

It’s 6 am on a cold winters morning when the alarm clock goes off.  Jai Herbert wearily turns off the alarm, gets out of bed, and heads out to start another day in his physically demanding job as a scaffolder.  Jai has been a scaffolder for the past fourteen years, working all over Britain.

Come 5 pm, Jai is back at home managing a quick cup of coffee before heading out again, this time heading off to the gym for a good 3 to 4-hour session.  Not for a casual workout, but for a full-on training session in Boxing, Kickboxing, Muay Thai, Jiu-jitsu or a cardio session – (depending on what day it is).  You see, Jai Herbert is also an elite professional athlete in mixed martial arts while working a full-time job.

The 31-year-old who lives in Wolverhampton has only been competing in mixed martial arts (MMA) for the past seven years.  Having won the amateur Combat Challenge British welterweight belt, and the BCMMA lightweight belt, Jai racked up an impressive record of 9-1 before deciding to go professional in March 2015.  “At the amateur level, I fought all bar one of my fights at welterweight” Jai explains.  “I never had to cut weight and didn’t see the point of putting my body through the strain at amateur level”.

Jai, who started training out of Wolfpack MMA in Wolverhampton and still does his strength and conditioning with John Ashley, has now made a move over to Renegade JiuJitsu in Birmingham under the tutelage of UFC athlete Tom Breese, to help improve the jiu-jitsu and wrestling aspect of his game. “It’s been a great move to Renegade Jiu-Jitsu. I get to roll and wrestle with Tom [Breese] a lot and with top athletes such as Leon Edwards (UFC) and Fabian Edwards (Bellator).  They have brought my game on leaps and bounds” said Jai.  “I also train at Firewalker Martial Arts where I do my striking such as Kickboxing and Boxing with Joeby Clayton.”

Currently on a four-fight winning streak, with his only loss coming in the way of a KO via Rhys McKee when he fought for the BAMMA lightweight title, Jai is no stranger to hard fights.  His first fight since signing with European promotion Cage Warriors was against hard-hitting Erdi Karatas, where he won via Unanimous Decision, and it is the only fight of his career thus far to have gone the distance. His next opponent was Joe Mccolgan which Jai dispatched of in two minutes of the first round. Then, on March 2nd, 2019, Jai had the task of facing veteran MMA athlete Steve O’Keefe, who resume consists of Artem Lobov, Conor McGregor and Chris Goldfish to name a few who had gone on to compete in the UFC.  Again, Jai dispatched of O’Keefe within 4 minutes of the first round.

It was at this point Jai knew he would be next in turn to compete for the vacant lightweight title. “I knew I was going to get the shot to be honest” recalls Jai “It was the day after I fought with Steve O’Keefe I got a text to say Graham wants you to fight Jack Grant for the title and I was like yeah, sweet, when?” said Jai. “I knew it was going to happen as Jack was next in line to compete for the title, so I knew it would be him and me.”

With the date set as June 29th, 2019 at Eventim Apollo, London, Cage Warriors will be hosting their 106th event billed as “Night of Champions”, where Jai will take on Jack for the vacant lightweight title.  “Jack is a top fighter, he is outstanding on the ground, and he has good stand up too along with being powerful. However, I feel I am the best striker in the division.  It is going to be a great fight; I’m going to get my hand raised, and it won’t be going five rounds.”

With Cage Warrior’s emphasis on fighter safety, all professional athletes must be SAFE medical checked, which includes costly MRI scans along with blood work. To help with these costs, Jai’s dad has helped with some of the medical expenses. However, Jai is still looking for additional sponsors to help him achieve the goal of being able to concentrate on being a full-time professional athlete, rather than only dedicating part of himself to his craft when he can train and wanting to reach his full potential.  Jai would ideally like to give up work and train full time.  If you feel you can help this young, gifted athlete out, please get in touch with him on either of the platforms mentioned below.

Jai would like to thank his current sponsor Animosity Fight Gear UK, all his training partners and his girlfriend Jaye Haynes, who helps him prepare for his fights.

You can reach Jai on the following social media platforms:

Facebook: Jai Herbert MMA

Instagram: @jai_herbert_mma

%d bloggers like this: