I managed to catch up with Leigh Remedios before his up and coming fight with Danny Welsh on May 18th at Into The Cage 8 The Uprising in Andover
First things first, since coming back out of retirement you’ve become a father to a gorgeous little boy Connor, brother to Logan and you’ve also married your long suffering girlfriend Sam, how’s that all going for you?
Everything is great. I had a practise run marriage where I learned a lot and upgraded pretty significantly 😉
How does Sam feel about you being back in competitive action, as back in 2010, I recall you saying America is where you would like your career to be, also to travel and fight in Japan? Having Connor as well as Logan has the career path changed directions for you?
Sam just kinda accepts it. She doesn’t really care, other than I get more irritable with the pressure of competing and cutting weight. I’m not sure what I want to with fighting at the moment – I have learned a lot from dropping to Bantam and I have to put it all into practise.
What made you decide to go down to Bantamweight back in 2009 after your loss to Robbie Olivier?
I made feather very easily and guys like Ashleigh Grimshaw and Paul Reed were going back in around 74-75kg. It takes a lot of eating and weight training, as well as cutting out cardio, for me to keep my weight that high. I’m about the same size as the bigger bantams anyway.
I’d do feather if the right fight came up.
Your fight with Carl Fawcett was your comeback fight after retiring back in 2011, what were your reasons for retiring and what enticed you back this year?
I don’t want to take anything away from my opponents by making excuses so all I can say is that I didn’t enjoy competing. However, I’m a competitor at heart and I still feel physically able, so I don’t want to have any regrets.
Coming back into competitive MMA, you must have a new game plan, as in where you want to be in this sport now that it is evolving and being more socially accepted?
Not really, I just want to fight and perform to my ability. Once I do, I’ll think more about where I sit in the grand scheme of it all and what direction to follow.
It appears from the many interviews I have read that you’re not in this sport for the money and you like a good scrap, that said what is your motivation for you to keep on fighting?
I like to test myself and my ego means I have to impress myself, hahaha. I won’t do it forever – I’ll stop when I physically lose my edge.
Reflecting back on your last fight at Made For The Cage against Carl Fawcett, the result, including why it didn’t go the way you wanted it to go, can you pin point where it went wrong in and outside the cage?
Yes I can but I won’t out of respect for Carl. No one likes excuses.
You’re going to be facing Danny Welsh at Into The Cage 8 The Uprising in Andover on May 18th, how did this come about, as in was this a planned/scheduled fight, this is looking to be a busy year for you? Is this how you want your return to the cage to be, busy?
I was looking for a fight to keep busy around end of May/early June and a friend of mine spoke to the promoters on my behalf.
You’ve cornered against Danny, when he faced Paul Reed back in 2011, do you feel this gives you an advantage going into this fight?
Maybe a little. I know a bit about how Danny fights, what his strengths and weaknesses are likely to be and I’ve seen first hand how he reacts under pressure.
Danny Welsh is a very much under estimated fighter, with a lot of cage experience for someone of his age, is there any aspect in his overall game that you will be seeking out?
It’s no secret that he is a dangerous striker with a good clinch but with less experience on the ground. This gives me an advantage standing up because he has to be wary of takedowns, whereas I don’t care if he tries to take me down. But at the end of the day, it’s a fight and a lot of theories and strategies can go out the window once you’re punched in the mouth.
You’re also scheduled to meet James Pennington for the ShockNAwe BantamWeight Title on July 27th in Portsmouth. Pennington has just come of a great win on Cage Warriors 53 against James Doolan (who you also fought back in 2010), did you see that fight? If so what did you think and can you see any weaknesses that you could exploit into your own game plan?
I did not see that fight. However, I’m quite a different opponent than James Doolan. Hopefully, I may match up a little better stylistically.
Is there anything different in your training that you will be doing to make sure you come away with The Belt or is it a case of sticking to what works best for you?
No, I will keep it the same training wise. I have a good team to work with and it’s a case of getting fit and working the game plan.
So far in you fighting career, which fight for you, do you regard as a personal favourite, and why?
I think my rivalry with Jean Silva. They were just fun scraps with someone of a similar level.
Thanks for your time, is there anyone you want to thank?
No worries. Yeah I’d like to thank my training partners at VTJJ, My sponsors JY Nutrition and Funky Gums and my wife Sam for nagging me less during fight camp, my Management at The Fight Lounge and Emma Bramford for helping sort the Danny Welsh fight.
10 quick questions
- If you could change 1 rule in MMA what would it be:
Head kicks to a downed opponent
- Favourite Film:
Thor. Man Of Steel will be superb though and may be better.
- Biggest Inspiration:
No one. Sorry to be boring.
- On Top OR On Bottom :
You’d love to find out 😉
- British Brawler or Bulldog:
LOL who knows, I didn’t come up with either.
- Favourite International Fighter:
Too many to list, Vitor, Fedor and BJ Penn are up there.
- Young mums Mansion OR Playboy Mansion:
Don’t want to offend anyone…
…but Playboy Mansion by far 😉
- Favourite Food:
I’m fickle but seafood is always a good choice. I also eat a lot of fruit.
- Being Naked OR Wearing Clothes:
Breaking out the Angry Acorn is always hilarious.
- What size feet are you:
That’s a personal question. You don’t get to ask that until the third date.
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Into the cage 8 – The Uprising Event Review
On May 18th Into The Cage held their 8th event in Andover for what promised to be an explosive night of action and I was there Cageside to witness all the action.
The show has 17 scheduled fight’s to take place, which includes 2 grappling matches, 12 semi-pro fights, 3 pro fights which includes 2 title fights, 1 middleweight and 1 bantamweight title fight.
First up is a GRAPPLING contest, which for those of you who are not familiar with the rules is 1 x 5 min round and as many submission’s you can make in those 5 minutes.
Ben is doing a great job defending, having had his back taken by Chris but has managed to turn into him to get a sweep and land on top. Chris however is managing to sweep Ben every time from side control. Ben’s takedown’s are unstoppable and goes in with conviction. Ben jump’s guard and goes for a guillotine, Chris defends and goes for a North/South Choke, both guys are very technical and kept working hard for the full 5 minutes.
Winner Chris Heaney UD
Next fight we briefly go onto the Semi-Pro fights 3 x 4 min rnds
Marcus Mitchell VS Ben Griffiths
Round 1 – Both guys come out with flying a knee which ended in a collision of willpower, as they both tried to establish their dominance. As they separate Marcus immediately comes back swinging and rocks Ben taking him down to the canvas. Marcus seized the opportunity to get some ground and pound work in, whilst Ben is defending he gives up his back and then has to defend the submission attempts. Coming to a stale mate the ref stands both fighters up. Ben goes for a takedown but his back was bent and going in head first Marcus capitalised and got a standing guillotine.
Winner Marcus Mitchell 1.22 Rnd 1 via Standing Guillotine
Back to GRAPPLING 1 X 5 min Rnd
Matt Whyton VS Ben Howard
Round 1 – Both fighters came in looking for the takedown but it was Ben who got there first with a takedown against the cage giving him side control. Matt’s guard however was very active and he managed to regain some control forcing Ben to get the pass once more. Getting the pass Ben quickly gains control with knee on belly and working his way into mount however working quickly Matt gets the sweep and ends up in half mount. These boys are pretty active on the ground the fight is captivating as they go back and forth fighting for dominance.
Ben gets a deep half guard and takes mount. From a high mount position Ben is working for an arm to open for a submission attempt however Matt is keeping it tight. Whilst Matt was very active he just couldn’t seem to gain any control and Ben whilst being more dominant he couldn’t find the submission.
Winner Ben Howard UD
Josh Lee VS Mark Wade
Round 1 – Both fighters come out of their corners firing off shots to establish each other’s respect. Mark closes the distance to clinch up, landing some significant knees to the body of Josh. Capitalising on his position Mark pushes Josh up against the cage and continued to land knees causing the ref to stop the fight.
Winner Mark Wade 1.12 Rnd 1 Ref Stoppage due to Knees
Now onto the Semi-Pro’s for the next few fights 3 x 4 min rounds
Cray Sams VS Victor Kmec
Round 1 – It’s an exciting start as Victor lands a big double leg takedown and immediately gets mount, however Cray looking the part gets the sweep, but overdoing it slightly Victor capitalises on the momentum and rolls back into mount. Unable to gain control over Cray however ends up in a scramble and Cray gains guard forcing Victor to defend an armbar attempt. During his defence Victor steps over Cray’s head allowing him to go for an attempted reverse triangle which Cray was able to defend and gives Cray the opportunity to take it back to standing. Cray clinched up quickly and lands some excellent knees to the body of Victor as the bell sounds for the end of the round.
Round 2 – Victor lands a big right with which Ben answers with knees; Victor manages to get a takedown giving him mount position. It is very rare you witness a comical moment in a fight however if there was ever a moment this would be it. During Cray’s attempts of protecting himself at all times Victor catches a hold of Cray’s gloves and gets his fingers caught in the glove (although I for one am not falling for that trick in the book as being accidental), well experienced Referee Dan Movahedi seeing this happen a couple of times slaps the forearm of Victor twice and gives him a warning not to do this again. It reminded me of a naughty child being told off by their parent. Then as Victor clearly had dominance of the situation he looks at the ref for the stoppage to which Dan replies, “I’ve not seen anything yet.” Victors only response to this was to hit Cray somewhat significantly harder.
Winner Victor Kmec 1.18 Rnd 2 Ref Stoppage via GnP
Nick Woolridge VS James Lindsey
Okay before I go into this fight, I have been pretty vocal on my opinions regarding the weight difference, Nick weighed in at 67.9kg and James weighed in at 73.6kg. Nick is a Debut fighter and James has had 2 fights already, personally I feel this shouldn’t have gone ahead based on the weigh in results. There’s a 66kg and 70kg division let alone the u74kg this one was apparently scheduled for – that being said I guess the onus has to lie with the fighter’s management team, ensuring fighter’s safety is put first at all times.
Round 1 – Both boys have started the round by landing some significant shots however James is a heavy hitter with some destructive knees. Once clinched up James’ knees seem brutal but Nick manages to hold his own in this battle and is giving James a good fight. James goes for a takedown landing him in mount where he managed to hold on to a warrior of a fighter in Nick and secured a guillotine choke.
Winner James Lindsey 3.55 Rnd 1 Via Guillotine Choke
Ricky Mitchell VS Kyle Gray
Round 1 – Ricky comes in with a flying kick to the chest from the start and jumps to a standing guard attempting a guillotine which fails big time, Kyle slams Ricky to the canvas and passes his guard. In a scramble Ricky gets to his feet and Kyle gets in another big takedown driving Ricky to the canvas yet again. This is proving to be a battle of a technical game plan (Kyle) vs a Scrappy No game plan (Ricky). In the scramble Kyle gets a reverse triangle.
Winner Kyle Gray 1.35 Rnd 1 via Reverse Triangle #Sub of the Night
Wayne Alden VS Adam Little
First thing I noted was both fighters are lanky which in my opinion makes for a great fight with having a great range which they should use to their advantage at keeping their opponent at the end of their punches.
Round 1 – Sizing each other up, it is clear both fighters aren’t about to dive into this blindly. Wayne looked like the aggressor but Adam was simply looking for his opening and landed a great side kick. Unable to bring his foot back fast enough Wayne grabs a hold and is looking for the takedown but Adam comes in with a right cross forcing Wayne to let go. Adam seeing his second opening goes for the takedown and lands himself in mount where he quickly finishes with a brutal barrage of head shots causing the ref to stop the fight.
Winner Adam Little 0.48 secs Rnd 1 Via TKO due to GnP
I caught up with Adam after his fight and he had this to say…
“My coaches came up with a game plan, which is what I used and stuck too. It turned out to be effective also I was really happy to finish the fight so quickly and in that fashion. I am looking forward to getting back in there again soon. I would like to say a huge thank you to my g/f Kally, cornermen, Jamie and Harry, Gracie barra Swindon, friends and family who made the effort to come watch me.” I awarded this #TKO of the Night
Paul Collings VS Lee Maslin
Round 1 – As with all fights the first few seconds/minutes are spent sizing up your opponent, looking for an opening which Lee found in the form of a takedown. Paul was able to push against the cage to stand back up and coming back into the fight with a big right causing Lee to go down to the canvas to immediately defend himself from the ground however it was clear that he was shaken up. In the scramble Paul sinks in a guillotine.
Winner Paul Collings 1.14 Rnd 1 Via Guillotine
Steve Hurst VS Issac Griffiths
Round 1 – Steve came out his corner with some heavy punches but it was Isaac with the takedown. Steve counteracts with a reversal getting side control – scarf hold on Isaac. From the scarf hold Steve is able to trap Isaac’s near arm between his legs for the armbar.
Winner Steve Hurst 0.38secs Via Armbar (Verbal Sub)
Shey Roberts VS John Edwards
Now it was time what appeared to me to be one of the most arrogant fighters, fight upon us. So I’m hoping for less arrogance and more technical ability then we should have a good fight on our hands, but hey who am I to kid we are dealing with Shey Roberts here and he’s not gonna stop being, cocky or arrogant anytime soon, so here goes……
Round 1 – Shey came out kicking landing three hard kicks to the thigh of John Edwards. Shey then proceeds to punish John with a barrage of punches and solid shots. Not to say John didn’t land any, however Shey was unstoppable. Shey closed the distance at will causing John to defend a guillotine attempt which he survived, however Shey being relentless goes straight back in for the kill and makes a second attempt at the guillotine. Unable to finish Shey uses the position for a reversal sweep, flicking John over and rolling right in mount. Unable to secure complete control John manages to come up to his knees in a scramble but with precision and clarity Shey, now standing, steps around and takes John’s back. Unable to defend this John gets caught out with a Rear Naked Choke.
Just to clarify there is a fine line between being Confident and Arrogant, and this is where Shey falls rather short!
Winner Shey Roberts 1.16 Round 1 Via RNC
Andy Bega VS Ethan Charlesworth
Round 1 – Andy came out driving Ethan to the cage while firing off punches, immediately testing Ethan’s ability to keep it together in the heat of the battle. Clinched up Ethan, reverses against the cage, getting the takedown and lands himself in mount. During the ground and pound, Andy gets low under Ethan’s hips unfortunately giving up an arm. Ethan ceasing the opportunity secures a tight armbar.
Winner Ethan Charlesworth 2.15 Rnd 1 via Armbar
Mike Daguiar VS Ben Harrison
Round 1 – Ben went in for a takedown, however Mike defended and stayed on his feet. While still on his knees, Mike throws punches at Ben, Ben should have stood back up but it was clear he was rocked. Regaining composure, Ben gets a sweep, however now finds himself in Mike’s guard and a tight armbar.
Winner Mike Daguiar 1.03 Rnd 1 via Armbar
Josh Skinner VS Chris Bucksey
Round 1 – Chris comes out and punches Josh rocking him, giving Chris the takedown he wanted, however Josh regains his guard allowing him to defend Chris’ punches. Chris however is still able to do damage from within Josh’s guard punishing him.
Chris slides into half-mount pulling him free for side control. Round ends with Chris landing punishing blows from side control.
Round 2 – Both guys come out firing punches but Chris gets Josh up against the cage and goes for the takedown. In mount Chris works for an armbar which was well defended by Josh, however Josh is just unable to gain ground. As he’s defending one thing Chris is coming back with ten other problems for Josh to deal with. Being out grappled Josh sees the end of the second round.
Round 3 – Chris comes in with a great combo of a side kick, superman punch closing the distance for a flurry of punches causing Josh to make some bad decisions. Jumping guard in the cage is never a great idea but Josh jumps guard and pulls his opponent to the canvas. Now this was his chance to capitalise on the position but landed in half guard and his guillotine attempt failed giving Chris an arm to work for an armlock.
Winner Chris Bucksey 3.36 rnd 3 via Armlock
Time for the 3 Pro Fights 1 will be 3x5min rnd & 2 will be 5x5min rnds as there Title fights
Leigh Remedios VS Craig Allen
Firstly I would like to say this fight was originally scheduled for Leigh to fight Danny Welsh who pulled out on Early Friday Morning – so to get a late replacement at such short notice is really great that this fight can still go ahead.
Round 1 – Leigh came out ready for this fight and it showed, Leigh got stuck straight in, shot for a single leg and during the takedown wrapped up Craig’s right leg and sat through causing Craig’s knee to twist and pop.
Winner Leigh Remedios 0.23 secs Rnd1 via verbal tap out – ref stoppage
I caught up with Leigh after his fight and this is what he had to say…
“I’m glad I got the “W” but I’m gutted Craig got injured. I appreciate him stepping in on short notice and didn’t want that to happen.”
Next event is for Middleweight Into The Cage Title Belt 5 x 5min Rnds
Wojtek Rudnik vs Danny Brennan
Round 1 – Wojtek comes in with big punches as Danny went in for the takedown rocking Danny he briefly goes to the canvas. Composing himself fast Danny gets to his feet and gets a big take down, unable to clear the legs however he lands in Wojtek’s guard. Unable to work his guard however Danny rains down punches from inside the guard. Danny now on his feet, Wojtek refusing to stand Danny continues landing some big shots and is relentless with these powerfull shots, but it’s clear that Wojtek just isn’t engaging which forced the ref to stand them back up. This gave Danny the opening and it was his turn to rock Wojtek with knees, flooring Wojtek and in the scramble for control, Danny outworking Wojtek all the time, finally Wojtek gives up his back, Danny jumps round to his back to attempt a standing gulliotine , as Wojtek goes to the canvas Danny changes and gets a RNC.
Winner & New ITC Middleweight Champ Danny Brennan 4.32 rnd 1 via RNC
I caught up with Danny after his awesome win, who had this to say to me…
“I was generally pleased with my performance though a touch disappointed that I got dropped in the initial exchange but I managed to compose myself and execute my game plan “ I awarded this fight #FOTN
Last Fight of the night was for the ITC Bantamweight Title Belt
Mike Cutting VS Aaron Blackwell
With very little engagement from Mike Cutting it could be argued that the rule of timidity could come into play however his cockiness and that smug look on his face I was glad that the fight went the full five rounds. For a title fight I must say that I was completely unimpressed with this fighter who clearly believes in his own hype only to lose all five rounds and a well-deserved win to Aaron. While Aaron played a well thought out technical game plan to his advantage, I couldn’t help but get frustrated at Mike’s cockiness and shrugging each time Aaron landed a blowing kick to the head, body or legs. What infuriated me even more was Mike’s total lack of respect for his opponent and took a moment to look and pay attention to Aaron’s corner during the fight giving Aaron yet another opportunity to land a head kick. I think he should have paid more attention to his own corner. You would have thought that all those kicks would have grabbed his attention but unfortunately not. . It seemed that only in the fourth round he finally made an attempt at a takedown but like a bull vs matador, he came in charging and Aaron simply sidestepped steering Mike away from him and towards the cage. If this young man’s game is on the ground then you need to close the distance and get the job done, not stand there making those stupid faces waving your hands in the air not doing a damn thing while your opponent kicks the crap out of you.
Well done to Aaron for winning the title and belt for a well-executed fight against an opponent who in my opinion wasn’t worthy to get into the cage with you, especially after not being in the cage for two years yourself, you totally dominated the centre of the cage from the start and the pace of the fight and you fought the fight in which you wanted to fight, you stuck to your plan, it worked, you didn’t get dragged into Mike’s games, you kept your cool and won.
Winner Aaron Blackwell 5.00min 5th rnd UD New ITC Bantamweight Title Belt Holder – I awarded Aaron with a Special Award of #FIGHTER OF THE NIGHT
I caught up with Aaron after his win, and this is what he had to say to me
“I’m always trying to improve, I wanted to land my hands more if I’m honest, as I have good boxing skills, but being a strange kinda fighter he didn’t sit in any kind of pocket, you have got to prepare for the kinda un expected for this kinda guy , I take one victory at a time, defend it, one fight at a time, and I don’t look beyond that.”
Into The Cage 8 The Uprising Results
Grappling 1 x 5 min rnds
Chris Heaney Def Ben Hodgson
Ben Howard Def Matt Matt Whyton
Mark Wade Def Josh Lee 1.12 rnd 1 via ref stop due to knees
Kyle Gray Def Ricky Mitchell 1.35 Rnd 1 via Reverse Triangle
Chris Bucksey Def Josh Skinner 3.36 Rnd 1 via Arm Lock
Semi pros 3 x 4 min rnds
Marcus Mitchell Def Ben Griffiths 1.22 rnd 1 via Guillotine
Victor Kmec Def Cray Sams 1.18 Rnd 2 via Ref stop GnP
James Lindsey Def Nick Woolridge 3.55 Rnd 1 via Guillotine
Adam Little Def Wayne Alden 0.48 secs Rnd 1 via TKO due to GnP
Paul Collings Def Lee Maslin 1.14 Rnd 1 via Guillotine
Steve Hurst Def Issac Griffiths 0.38secs rnd 1 verbal sub Armbar
Shey Roberts Def John Edwards 1.16 Rnd 1 via RNC
Ethan Charleworth Def Andy Bega 2.15 Rnd 1 via Armbar
Mike Daguiar Def Ben Harrison 1.03 Rnd 1 via Armbar
Leigh Remedios Def Craig Allen 0.23secs Rnd 1 verbal tap due to Injury
Danny Brennan Def Wojtek Rudnik 4.32 Rnd 1 via RNC Middleweight ITC Title Belt Holder
Aaron Blackwell Def Mike Cutting 5.00 Rnd 5 UD
Bantamweight ITC Title Belt Holder
#FOTN Wojtek Rudnik vs Danny Brennan
#TKO Adam Little
#Submission Kyle Gray
Special Award to Fighter of The Night