“When I win Cage Warriors gold the UFC have got to see that my age is not a factor” – Scott Clist


This interview was conducted back in June 2016 and featured in the July/August issue of MMA Uncaged Magazine.

“Age is just a number. I will be in the UFC by the end of the year”

London, 2002 and the UFC held its first event outside of the United States for UFC 38. ‘Brawl at the Hall’ was held inside the iconic Royal Albert Hall.  Headlined by UFC Hall of Fame veteran Matt Hughes and Carlos Newton. Also on the main card was a 36-year-old Ian Freeman who faced and beat a 23-year-old Frank Mir by TKO, proving that ‘age is just a number’.

Fast forward to April 15, 2016, when European Promotion Cage Warriors returned home to London and held its 75th event.  Making his debut for the promotion was 38-year-old Scott ‘The Priest’ Clist facing 25-year-old Brad ‘The Crazy Kid’ Wheeler. Clist was the heavy underdog and after weathering an early storm where it looked like Wheeler was going to submit him in the opening minutes, Clist gained control of the fight (with 30 seconds to go) landing a head kick followed by a right hook which knocked Wheeler to the canvas against the cage and began to unleash a barrage of punches (16) only for the klaxon to sound the end of the round.

It was in-between rounds that Wheeler’s corner retired him from the fight as he had taken too much damage, declaring Clist victorious by way of TKO at the end of round one. Proving yet again ‘age is just a number’.

“Age is just a number. I will be in the UFC by the end of the year”

Born and raised in Bridgwater, Somerset but now residing in Trowbridge, Wiltshire, the nightclub manager first started out in the world of Martial Arts at the tender age of 5.

My dad would get me and my brother to throw punches and box train with him. He would show us how to twist our hips with the punches and lead with a jab” Clist recalls of his fond childhood memories. After briefly flirting with Karate, Clist settled on Kickboxing where he would start his Martial Arts career and held British titles in kickboxing and full contact Tae kwon do.

Clist was first introduced to Mixed Martial Arts by a colleague whilst he was working in Swindon as a barman at the age of 19. A doorman he knew lent him 3 video’s called “UFC” and after watching them decided he wanted to give MMA a try.

After watching the ‘UFC’ video’s I attended my first MMA class which was also run by the same doorman who gave me the video’s.  ‘Oz’, Michael Osbourne at ‘SVT’ Swindon Vale Tudo.  Although I really enjoyed the class due to my working schedule at the time I couldn’t commit to it.”

After spending some time training in different Martial Arts and balancing a full time job, Clist found classes run by Tony Childs who was teaching San Shou, JKD, Combat Submission Wrestling and Escrima to add to his Kickboxing and Tae kwon do background.

Finally, after experiencing success in teaching kickboxing, Clist decided it was time to open up his own gym.  In March 2008 The Revolution Gym in Trowbridge was born, all the while still competing as an amateur mixed martial artist himself from 2006 – 2009. In 2010 Clist turned pro finishing his first five opponents within two rounds. Although picking up his first pro MMA loss in 2013 to Dan Rushworth, that fight earned him fight of the night honours. Winning his next fight Clist then entered an 8-man tournament.

“I had no emotion in the lead up to the event and was spending a large amount of time teaching instead of focusing on my own training. Ali Maclean tapped my out with a north and south choke 4:34 seconds into the first round. It was the only time I had been stopped as a pro fighter. I was gutted.”

“It was after this fight that I realised I needed to focus on my own training so I shut down my gym and moved over to Dragonslair MMA in Melksham home to UFC athlete Bradley Scott.”

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Now [10-2] as a pro and with the help and guidance of Head Coach Stu Pike at Dragonslair MMA, Clist is currently on a three fight win streak after winning his last fight against Brad Wheeler at Cage Warriors 75 where he was very much the underdog on that card.

“I kept the fight standing for a while and me and Brad traded some shots until I threw a kick and he caught it. Brad got the takedown but I managed to get back to my feet only for brad to get a deep double leg and take me down again, his ju jitsu is sleek and he managed to get my back and sink in the body lock quickly. I went into autopilot and 2 on 1 defence. I had done this so many times in the gym that I was never really worried about getting tapped, I just had to get the lock off. I tried putting pressure on Brad’s ankle but that didn’t work so I had to defend and try to turn into him but like I said Brad’s BJJ is something else and trying to get someone as good as he is off you is not the easiest thing.

“After a few mins spent on the defensive I felt the lock loosen so I stepped over his leg to avoid him getting it locked back in, I turned quickly and we got back to our feet.

“I threw a good uppercut to the body and Brad backed off. I saw my opportunity and threw the head kick followed by the right hook.

I saw brad fall and started throwing down some serious ground and pound. I could hear his corner shouting “10 seconds, hold on Brad”. I kept throwing punches thinking the ref has got to stop it but he didn’t and the buzzer sounded for the end of the round. Brad’s corner retired him in between rounds which gave me a TKO win coming at 5 mins of round one.”

The fight Clist had with Wheeler was originally scheduled for a lightweight bout but got changed to a catch weight bout a few days before. So will we be seeing Clist again in the lightweight division?

“I would like to fight against top 10 opponents. A fight with Chris Fishgold would be interesting and a fight against Andre Ward would make for a great fight. I aim to Keep growing as a fighter and I am in the right place and working with the right people to do that and keep winning. I want to be a successful UFC fighter.  I don’t just want to make it into the UFC, I will make it into the UFC and get some good wins.”

With a nickname ‘The Priest’ I did however wonder how it came about.

“My first sponsor gave me that name.   I told him he could pick my ring name.  He had just watched The Davinci Code on dvd and decided I looked like the psycho killer from the film (blonde hair, white skin) so he said it was great to call me The Priest. I kept it because it caught on after my first fight.”

As with any interview, I ask if Scott has anyone he would like to thank.

“Firstly, my wife and daughter as they put up with me missing time spent with them, being tired from training and weight cutting etc. I would like to thank my coaches Stu Pike, Bradley Scott for making me a better fighter. My boxing and s+c coaches Mark Kent and Smudger at contender gym. My teammates who let me learn and let me be part of their learning. Stu Mourant for making a massive difference and opening doors. My sponsors for helping me with fuelling my body, BadBoy Supplements (kalv Singh) and financially Nacho Cheese, Richard Henley (Heating and plumbing), Darryl Moore (Carpentry) and a massive thank you goes out to all my friends and supporters”.

You can follow Scott Clist’s journey on the following media sites.

https://www.facebook.com/scott.clist

Twitter

@scottThePriestclist

By Emma Bramford

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Conor McGregor: The story so far…


On Saturday, August 20, UFC® featherweight champion “The Notorious” Conor McGregor will headline what is set to be one of the biggest events in UFC history, as he meets Nate Diaz in a five-round welterweight rematch inside the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Ahead of UFC 202®: DIAZ vs. McGREGOR 2, we look back at McGregor’s career so far and re-live some of the Irishman’s most memorable moments.

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The early days

McGregor began boxing at the age of 12. Training at Crumlin Boxing Gym, he won a variety of amateur boxing titles. At the age of 18, McGregor’s long-time friend, Tom Egan – the first Irish athlete ever to sign with UFC – brought McGregor along to a mixed martial arts class at Straight Blast Gym (SBG) in Dublin. It didn’t take long for SBG owner and head coach, John Kavanagh, to recognise the stopping power that the young Dubliner boasted.

The amateur scene

February 2007 saw McGregor contest his first amateur MMA bout. Finishing his opponent Ciaran Campbell with a striking showcase in the first round, McGregor’s spirited celebration post-fight pointed to the showman he would later go on to become.

Notorious rising 

McGregor quickly earned a name for himself as a knockout artist on the professional scene. In March 2008 he made his professional MMA debut in the Cage of Truth organisation. He faced fellow Irishman Gary Morris, who succumbed to strikes from McGregor in the second round.

 

The Point Depot

McGregor’s second pro bout in May 2008 lasted just one round, as he defeated Mo Taylor via TKO at Cage Rage: Contenders – Ireland vs. Belgium. This would be McGregor’s first outing in The Point Depot (now the 3Arena) in Dublin, which would go on to host all three of UFC’s trips to the Irish capital.

A stumbling block

In June 2008, a loss to Lithuanian Artemj Sitenkov proved to be a serious stumbling block for McGregor. Although he later bounced back with a win over Stephen Bailey six months later, the young Dubliner drifted away from the sport. In response, McGregor’s mother, Mags, took it upon herself to call John Kavanagh to seek his help in encouraging her son to return to the gym. Kavanagh later visited McGregor in his Lucan home and encouraged him to commit to his fighting career.

A new found dedication

In November 2010, and with another win under his belt, McGregor moved up to lightweight to take on fellow surging Irish prospect Joe Duffy. When McGregor was submitted in little more than 30 seconds, many feared that the defeat would trigger another exodus from the sport. But, on the Monday after the loss, McGregor was back in the gym with a new found dedication to training.

A winning streak

The loss to Duffy would trigger a phenomenal 15-fight win streak for McGregor. After defeating Hugh Brady in one round in February 2011, McGregor’s outings against Mike Wood and Paddy Doherty lasted a combined 20 seconds, as he scored two devastatingly fast knockouts.

 

A warrior in the cage

In June 2011, a second round win over Artur Sowinski saw McGregor signed by the European promotion Cage Warriors, a key moment in the young fighter’s career. He quickly proved to be a stellar addition to the roster.

Falling to featherweight

After a lightweight bout with Aaron Jahnsen was stopped inside one round in September 2011, McGregor announced his intentions for the featherweight division. McGregor elbowed his way to another first-round victory over Steven O’Keefe, which positioned him perfectly for a title shot.

Tears and a title shot

Jiu-jitsu ace Dave Hill was McGregor’s opponent for the vacant Cage Warriors title bout in June 2012. The event took place in The Helix, a venue located inside Dublin City University Campus. The intensity that McGregor displayed at the event’s weigh-in had such an impact on his English opponent that fans claimed Hill began to cry after going nose to nose with ‘The Notorious’.

The lightweight title

McGregor’s popularity spread to new heights following his win over Hill. Cage Warriors wasted no time in booking a New Year’s Eve show, where ‘The Notorious’ was initially slated to defend his title against American Jim Alers. He instead went on to face Ivan Buchinger for the lightweight title on December 31st, 2012. A crisp left hook ended the show in the first round and sent McGregor’s star on the ascent.

The hype train

When UFC President Dana White visited Trinity College in Dublin to be presented with a gold medal for Honorary Patronage by the Philosophical Society in February 2013, he was inundated with requests from fans for him to sign a young fighter named Conor McGregor.

The world stage

It was revealed that McGregor would face The Ultimate Fighter alumnus Marcus Brimage in his UFC debut on April 6, 2013, in Stockholm, Sweden. A stunning left uppercut separated Brimage from his senses and, with that, a star was born. McGregor’s now infamous call for a bonus after the fight, “Hey Dana, 50 G’s baby!” – endeared him to the sport’s international fan base.

Sitting on the sidelines

In August 2013 McGregor suffered an injury to his knee midway through his bout with young featherweight Max Holloway. Holloway became the only man to last the distance with McGregor. Post-fight, a scan revealed that McGregor had suffered a torn ACL, which would mean eleven months before he could take to the Octagon once again.

A night to remember

UFC’s return to Dublin in July 2014 coincided with McGregor’s return to action, and his first main event slot. McGregor’s first-round KO of Brazil’s Diego Brandao finished a perfect 6-0 night for the Irish contingent, at an event which broke viewing records for UFC’s streaming platform, UFC FIGHT PASS.

The toughest of tests

Having been sidelined for almost a year, McGregor went on to face two of his toughest tests to date in Dustin Poirier and Dennis Siver. A first round TKO over Poirier in September 2014 was followed by a second round TKO win over Germany’s Siver in January 2015, as Boston turned green for McGregor’s second trip to the TD Garden. A sold-out crowd erupted with the win, and McGregor made a beeline for champion Jose Aldo, who sat Octagonside.

 

The World Tour

In March 2015, McGregor joined Aldo for UFC’s very first world press tour. The tour spanned eight cities in five countries, over the course of 12 days in order to promote UFC 189: Aldo vs. McGregor. But, just 12 days out from the event, Aldo was forced to withdraw from the fight citing a rib injury, and McGregor instead went on to defeat late replacement Chad Mendes to secure the interim UFC featherweight title.

Unification

On December 12th, 2015, McGregor ended the 10-year undefeated reign of champion Jose Aldo within just 13 seconds. UFC 194: Aldo vs. McGregor broke UFC gate and attendance records at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. McGregor, meanwhile, underlined his status as one of the biggest draws in the history of UFC.

155lbs

McGregor immediately announced his intention to move up to lightweight. But when an injury ruled out a scheduled bout with lightweight champion Rafael Dos Anjos in February 2016, a polarizing opponent stepped up to the mark.

A whole different ball game

In the absence of his usual relentless weight cut, McGregor was jovial and energized throughout the week leading up to UFC 196, as he prepared to meet Nate Diaz at welterweight. On March 5th, 2016, the pair faced off in one of the most highly anticipated match-ups in UFC history. Caught on the end of a jab-cross combination by Diaz, McGregor looked for the takedown and was pounced on by the jiu-jitsu black belt. A rear-naked choke from Diaz followed to bring McGregor’s 15-fight win streak to an end.

Losing the battle, winning the war?

On August 20, 2016, Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz will meet once again, as McGregor vows to return to greatness and prove to the world that he is, indeed, the greatest of all time.

Watch UFC 202®: DIAZ vs. McGREGOR 2 live on BT Sport from 1am BST on the morning of Sunday, August 21st and catch the Early Prelims from 11:30pm on Saturday 20th, live on UFC FIGHT PASS.

UFC Press Release

 

 

 

FURY MMA – The Uprising Returns to Studio 338 on May 17th


FURY – The Uprising, returns on May 17th at Studio 338, headlined by Bill Beaumont who faces Dan Edwards in a Pro Welterweight showdown and Krzysztof Wegrynyowski who faces Domanic Dillon in a Featherweight Title Fight showdown.

FURY MMA - The Uprising May 17th, Studio 338, London
FURY MMA – The Uprising May 17th, Studio 338, London

UFC fighter BRAD ‘One punch’ PICKETT will be calling the fights alongside CHRIS ‘ the guru’ HOEKSTRA once again. Doors open at 2pm, fights commence at 3.30pm!

Chris Hoekstra and Brad Pickett commentating at FURY MMA
Chris Hoekstra and Brad Pickett commentating at FURY MMA

FURY MMA THE UPRISING

BILL BEAUMONT vs. DAN EDWARDS WW MMA

KRZYSZTOF WEGRYNYOWSKI vs. DOMANIC DILLON FW TITLE FIGHT

DENZIL DUNCANN vs. ANDRE THALICK WW MMA

KARLOS KAMINSKAS vs. SEAN FLYNN WW Semi Pro TITLE

ABDUL SALEH vs. CAMERON ELISE BW MMA

MEHRDAD JAZMANI vs. JAMIE RICHARDSON WW MMA

LUKE LENDRUM vs. DANNY SHERLOCK MW MMA

CHRIS HAY vs. ADAM AMAASINGHE BW MMA

JOEL SALTER vs. JOE ANDERSON FW MMA

LEE DAVIS vs. SENOL KASIM LHW MMA

DAN LANSBURY vs. PADDY SEDGWICK FW K1

FLAVIO FONSECA vs. DEAN FORREST-HOLDEN 73KG MMA

MATT PARSON vs. JAY TOVEE MW MMA

RYAN ZUPPINGER vs. TONY DRISCOLL HW MMA

RICKEL REID vs. JAMES NUTBROWN LHW BOXING

GARETH INGHAM vs. JAMES ALBERTA BW MMA

CRAIG COHEN vs. ANDREW PRESSCOD FW BOXING

HARRY CHURCH vs. RICHARD KEELER WW K1

VINNY CHURCH vs. MATEUSZ PIORKOWSKI LW K1

Fight card subject to change

Tickets are available by going online: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/fury-mma-the-uprising-ticket

David Haye Joins the BAMMA Presenting Team on April 25th Live on SPIKE TV


BAMMA, leaders in MMA sports entertainment and the home of European MMA, is proud to announce former World Heavyweight Boxing Champion David “Hayemaker” Haye as the newest addition to the BAMMA presenting team. 
David Haye Joins BAMMA presenting Team.
David Haye Joins BAMMA presenting Team.
 
Joining the team on a long-term basis, Haye’s first action will be for the live broadcast of BAMMA 20 – airing on Spike TV and across the globe on Saturday April 25th. No stranger to the big fight nights, Haye will help guide viewers through all the adrenaline fuelled action at the Barclaycard Arena in Birmingham, as BAMMA delivers one of its biggest and best events to date.

The former world Heavyweight champion, who has fought some of the world’s best boxers including Wladimir Klitschko, Nikolai Valuev & Dereck Chisora, will bring his own unique insight and perspective on the sport of MMA to BAMMA fans worldwide.

BAMMA CEO David Green said:

“We’re delighted to have ‘The Hayemaker’ on board. He is one of the biggest and best known names in the combat sport world, and having David as part of the team guarantees even more entertainment and excitement for BAMMA fans.”

Talking of his crossover into MMA, Haye had the following to say:

“I’ve been a fan of Martial Arts since I could walk, as my father was a Karate instructor. I’ve followed the growth of MMA since Royce Gracie broke into the scene. It’s a pleasure to be part of the growth of BAMMA and MMA, as it’s a fantastic sport. I hope my years of fight experience at the highest level translates into solid commentary for these amazing MMA events.”
 
​You can follow David Haye on Twitter @MrDavidHaye​ and of course BAMMA @BAMMA
BAMMA 20 - No More Talk
BAMMA 20 – No More Talk
Here is the Fight card as it stands so far for Saturday, April 25th.

MAIN EVENT

BAMMA Light Heavyweight Title

Brett “The Spartan” McDermott Vs. Marcin “Bane” Lazarz

Colin “The Freakshow” Fletcher Vs. Andre Winner

BAMMA Bantamweight Title

Ed Arthur Vs. Alan “The Apprentice” Philpott

BAMMA Flyweight Title

Rany Saadeh (c) Vs. Chris Miah

Regis “The First” Sugden Vs. Ant “Submission Magician” Phillips

Jefferson “Shadow Demon Blaximus” George Vs. Rick Selvarajah

Jack Grant Vs. Warren “Relentless” Kee

“Dirty” Harry Marple vs. Chris Astley

Aiden Lee Vs. Adam Jahovic

Tickets on sale now: Click here

BOXING SUPERSTAR MANNY PACQUIAO BECOMES A SHAREHOLDER IN MMA PROMOTION ONEFC


Victor Cui [CEO of OneFC] and Manny Pacquiao
Victor Cui [CEO of OneFC] and Manny Pacquiao
Boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao has become a shareholder in Asian-based Mixed Martial Art Company One Fighting Championship, [OneFC], it has been reported earlier today.

The eight division world champion boxer, [in which he has ten world titles] already owns several gyms in Asia all equipped to offer  MMA classes and training areas, so the next step for the ‘newbie’ in the sport was to become a shareholder.

You can read here where the official story broke and all of it contents in detail.

BAMMA 15 CARD TAKING SHAPE NICELY


Thompson vs Selmani BAMMA15 April 5th
 
BAMMA 15 FIGHT CARD SO FAR 
WITH MORE FIGHTS TO BE ANNOUNCED
 
HEAVYWEIGHT BOUT
OLI THOMPSON VS. GRIZM SELMANI
 
LIGHTWEIGHT BOUT
COLIN FLETCHER VS. TONY HERVEY
BAMMA LONSDALE BRITISH WELTERWEIGHT TITLE BOUT
WAYNE MURRIE VS. LEON EDWARDS
 
WELTERWEIGHT BOUT
RYAN SCOPE VS. ALI ARISH
 
FLYWEIGHT BOUT
RANY SAADEH VS. MAHMOOD BESHARATE
 
LIGHTWEIGHT BOUT
DYSON ROBERTS VS. JEFFERSON GEORGE
Tickets are on sale from £25 at http://www.kililive.com/artists/Bamma

BAMMA IS BROADCAST ON 5* IN THE UK, AXS-TV IN THE US, KIX IN ASIA, ABU DHABI TV IN THE MIDDLE EAST,THE FIGHT NETWORK IN CANADA, EXTREME SPORTS CHANNEL IN EUROPE, SETANTA IN AFRICA, SONY IN RUSSIA & TRANSYLVANIA MEDIA IN ROMANIA.

 

BAMMA is brought to you in Association with:

Lonsdale & Sports Direct – The Official Equipment Partners of BAMMA

Safe MMA – Independent British Medical Organisation

 

Season One..Episode Three… Bryony Tyrell MMA Fighter and mum of two


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Back in July 2013 I caught up with Bryony Tyrell, a 34 year old married mum of two from Southampton, you may also be thinking who? But after this reading this interview, this is one person who will be firmly on the Tip of your Tongue.

EB. Hi Bryony thank you for your time today, I know that you’re a very busy person.

BT. Thank you very much for asking me.

EB. You’re a Nurse, working in Cardiac Intensive care at Southampton General Hospital, and you also do Clinical Research as your job, how do you cope with this really stressful job?

BT. Yes, that’s right I work 30 hours a week, not quite full time, although sometimes it feels like it! It can be stressful but I’m very lucky to work in a fantastic team who help and support each other.

EB. You also hold a Master Degree in Nursing and a Degree in Molecular Cell Biology, do you want to study further and gain more knowledge in this area, or is this enough studying for you?

BT. I’ve only just finished my Masters so I definitely need a break from studying. I would like to do a Phd one day, probably when I’m too old to compete in MMA. I don’t think I could manage doing both.

EB. You have 2 lovely children aged 5 and 2 who live at home with you and your husband in Southampton. What do your family think of your new added career in MMA?

BT. Well my son is too young to understand at the moment, but my daughter is starting to follow in my footsteps, which is great. My husband has mixed feelings I think. We met doing Jiu Jitsu so he understands the martial arts side of it but he can’t get his head round wanting to step into a cage and fight for your life (laughs). He is incredibly supportive though!

EB. I also hear you’re a bit of an adrenalin junkie?

BT. Yeah, I love extreme sports! Although, I broke my leg BASE jumping a few years ago, which was a bit of a wake-up call. I’d be devastated if I got injured and couldn’t do Martial Arts. Also, having children makes you a bit more aware of you mortality, not to mention having less money (laughs).

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EB. You’re not a stranger to the world of Martial Arts, I hear you hold several belts, in several different Arts can you tell me what belts in which Martial Arts you have, and also how long you have been training in them for?

BT. I’ve been involved in martial arts for 13 years now. I’ve trained in Kickboxing and Kung Fu for 12 years, Japanese Jiu Jitsu for 2 years and Krav Maga for 2 years. I hold a black belt in Kickboxing, second degree black belt in Kung Fu, an orange belt in Jiu Jitsu and I’ve just passed my P3 in Krav Maga. Since starting MMA I have added Wrestling, Muay Thai and BJJ to the mix. Jack of all trades, master of none springs to mind (laughs).

EB. What is the difference between Japanese Jiu Jitsu and what people more commonly associate in MMA Brazilian  Jiu Jitsu?

BT. I wouldn’t like to generalise because there are so many different styles of Jiu Jitsu but in my experience, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu predominantly involves groundwork. In the Japanese style we practiced a lot more throws and other stand up techniques such as escaping from grab holds, evading strikes and weapon training. Both are brilliant to learn but for MMA I think the BJJ is more beneficial.

EB. What is it about Martial Arts that interested you in the sport?

Martial arts are my passion in life. I love the contrast that they can be beautiful and deadly at the same time. Anyone that practices a martial art to a high level knows that it involves incredible dedication and discipline and also pushes your body and mind to the limits of endurance.

EB. What do you remember about your first ever training session, especially with the move into MMA?

BT. I remember my first MMA lesson very clearly, I’m afraid I was a bit foolhardy and turned up to one of the top MMA gyms in the country thinking I was a bit special because I’d done martial arts. I said I didn’t need a beginner’s lesson and inadvertently ended up in one of the fighter’s sessions, as I walked in I was greeted by the head instructor of the gym who said to me in no uncertain terms….”you’re going to die”, I made it through the lesson (much to his surprise I think) but, realised that I could probably do with going back to the basics (Laughs).  We live and learn!

EB. Where are you training now? And what gym do you train out of? 

BT. I now train out of Exile Gym in Southampton. Without a doubt the friendliest most fantastic gym I have ever been to. I cannot thank them enough for the incredible support and encouragement they’ve given me over the past year.

EB. You made the decision to go into MMA just over a year ago, how did this come about?

BT. I think the only way to truly know how good you are at fighting is to compete, and that’s where the MMA comes in. Being locked in a cage with another trained fighter who can use pretty much any style or technique against you (with full power) is the ultimate test. I’d always liked the idea of MMA but I wasn’t sure if I was tough enough for it, it wasn’t until I started Krav Maga that I thought I should go for it, Krav Maga is also a form of mixed martial arts but there are no competitions because it is purely based on self defence, MMA is the closest thing to it and also compliments it very well.

EB. You’re part of UFC fighter Rosi Sexton’s mentorship scheme can you tell me what this is about? And how it all came about for you?

BT. Yes, I’m very privileged to be on a mentorship scheme with Rosi, I can’t believe it really. I happened to be following her on facebook and she put up a post about starting the scheme and I applied straight away! She’s given me help and advice with regard to training, nutrition, competing etc… She set up the 2 fights I’ve had so far and I’ve also been lucky enough to train with her on a couple of occasions.

EB. You were due to fight Rebecca Davies on July 20th, at Merthyr Mayhem in Wales, this would have been your 3rd fight, was you approached for this fight?

BT. Yes, surprisingly I have been approached for all the fights and I’ve even had to turn some down due to other commitments. I thought it was going to be hard to get match ups but not at all so far.

EB. Your fighting weight is at 55kg, as a female in the sport I personally know how hard it is 1. to train with females, 2. to find females in the sport, 3. find a female in your own weight division, 4. with the same experience as yourself; how did you feel when you knew there was someone who had personally ‘asked’ to fight you?

BT. I must admit I didn’t know that anyone had personally asked to fight me. I’m not sure if that’s a good thing or not (Laughs) I don’t really mind who I fight, at this stage I just want the experience.

EB. Did you know at the time, that your opponent, who had asked to fight you, was not anywhere near your scheduled fight weight;  although bearing in mind, you were 12 weeks out from the set fight date, which in all honesty is before professional athletes start their fight camp?

BT. Yes I did know and I think she took on a huge challenge to try and loose that much weight, it was perhaps a little naive to think she could drop to that weight. Although, I read in an interview she had done, it did state that she fights at 55-60kgs so perhaps that’s her normal weight, I don’t know.

EB. The fight was agreed at 55kg to start with, but it got changed to u60kg, this is not your normal fighting weight. I can see by you accepting this, you really wanted the fight to go ahead as long as Rebecca could weigh in u60kg on the day, but that was not to be, Rebecca came in over weight and the fight rightly so did not go ahead; how was you feeling at the time?

BT. Yes I did really want to fight because I’d trained hard and I need the experience. The first MMA fight I did was u60kgs as well. After having done that I realised that a few kgs, although it doesn’t sound much, can actually make quite a lot of difference. I was disappointed not to fight but not altogether surprised to be honest. Rebecca has since apologised to me which meant a lot. She’d also had a very difficult time for personal reasons and I admire her for carrying on training under those circumstances. She’s a brave and determined lady.

EB. Had you known how much weight there was for Rebecca to cut, in hindsight would you of still agreed to the fight? having gone through a big training camp yourself, dedication of your training, having your full time job, being a mum, weight cutting yourself and everything else that comes with preparing for a fight?

BT. Yes, I would have agreed to the fight. I love training and I’d like to stay fighting fit as much as possible. I’m lucky I’ve not needed to cut weight yet. If anything I should have been putting weight on. Also, David Nicholas is a great promoter to work with, I would gladly go on the show if he was to invite me back again.

EB. This goes to show, how much females will do to go and still fight, even if their opponent does not make weight as you still wanted the fight to go ahead, are you glad your corner said No to the fight?

BT. I totally stand by my corner’s decision it was quite nice to have the decision taken out of your hands because no fighter wants to turn down a fight they’ve trained for. She was 7 kgs heavier and with rehydration that would have been closer to 10. It wouldn’t have been safe.

EB. What, if anything, have you learned through this experience? Will it make you more wary of more opponents in the future?

BT. Yes, I will be a lot more wary in the future. It wouldn’t matter so much if it was just down the road but at the moment I’m having to travel pretty long distances which involves organisation and expense not just for me but for whoever comes to corner and support me.

EB. It’s just been announced by Cage Warriors that they have around 40 females to sign up, with around 18 of them being confirmed, in a new 4 weight division, which in my opinion is a long time coming; Although you are still an amateur, do you see yourself moving to the pro ranks anytime soon, especially with a organisation like Cage Warriors leading the way forward, who will offer female’s the chance to get regular fights and be evenly matched?

BT. Yes that’s very exciting news! I would love to move up the ranks at some point if I’m good enough. Being signed to Cage Warriors would be a dream come true and I love having a goal like that to work towards.

EB. What is next for you? Do you have another fight lined up at all?

BT. I have 2 Muay Thai interclub fights lined up this month. I’ve also been asked to fight on Extreme Cage Championships in Blackpool next month which is very exciting but not as yet confirmed.

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EB. Your fellow team mates Arthur Frost and Benny Carr were both fighting July 27th on the ShockNAwe card, which both whom won; were you there? If so how was that seeing them in true winning style? 

BT. Yes, I couldn’t miss that! They both did fantastically, we were all so proud to be there supporting them. Benny’s fight was deservedly the fight of the night, they’re both superb athletes and destined for great things.

EB. Is there anyone you would like to thank?

BT. First and foremost I’d like to thank all my fantastic instructors, training partners and team mates at Exile Gym and Essential Krav Maga. I’d also like to thank Rosi Sexton for her invaluable insight and help, also my husband for putting up with my ridiculous training schedule and last but not least my amazing brother, Vaughan and sister in law, Lisa, for their unwavering support and for traipsing around the country after me .

5 Quick Questions

What is your fighting Nickname?

At Exile they call me the “Gazelle” because I bounce around and have a silly run apparently (Laughs)

Favourite  Fighter ?

I’m going to have to say Rosi Sexton and Joanne Calderwood because they both have such unique skills.

Favourite  Film ?

Argh that’s tough I think it’s got to be ‘Last of the Mohicans’.

Favourite  Food ?

Definitely cake! Don’t mind what type just any cake.

If you were to hold a dinner party, which 3 guests past or present would you invite and why?

I would invite Gordon Ramsey so he can cook (because I really can’t!), Bruce Lee so he can teach me the one inch punch and Will Ferrell just because he’s brilliant!

After this Interview Bryony Competed in the following events:

August  17th  Muay Thai + K1 Interclub

October 12th   ECC Banned I   Amateur MMA – Won Decision

October 26th   Charity Boxing Match  – Won

November 16th  Mens Health Survival of the Fittest 10k run 30 obstacles – Just for fun!

November 23rd   Muay Thai World Series –  Lost in a close decision

December 7th    Fight Night  in aid of Womens Breast Cancer – Amateur MMA – Won RNC Rnd 1

December 8th Grappling Showdown –  NoGI BJJ – Gold (Own Weight Division)  + Silver  (Absolute Division)

I for one know this young lady will be going very far in this sport, watch out for her in 2014 🙂

Photo Credits: Mark Watson, P4P Photography, Muay Thai World Series and Bryony Tyrell

Still fighting to catch up with my own back log!!!


May 23rd saw my 2nd Interview published for Front Row MMA on Alexei Roberts, if you missed it you can read it here:

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http://frontrowmma.com/news/2013/5/23/alexi-roberts-if-i-make-my-fans-enjoy-the-fight-then-that-excited-me-to-do-it-again

June 1st I was off to Newport for Pain Pit which is a event that I always look forward to attending, and this one was no different, they just keep getting better each time, if you missed my event review you can catch that here:

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http://frontrowmma.com/event-reports/2013/6/4/painpit-collision-saturday-1st-june-newport-centre

Neilson Promotions Heavyweight Prizefighter Boxing Tournament 30th March


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Neilson Promotions was set up in June 2008 by Eddie, Tony and Mark Neilson, with the intention of providing White Collar Boxing / Semi-Professional boxing Events in the Swindon Area.  

In the past Neilson Promotions have put on a couple of local shows purely in aid of charity. Now they have stepped up the game to make each show as close to a professional show as they possibly can, as you will have seen from their last few events; in doing so their last event made it into Wikipedia

On 13 October 2012, Neilson Promotions, a Swindon-based white collar boxing promoter, put on the largest show of its kind to date. A venue verified attendance of 1398 watched ten contests at the Oasis Leisure Centre in Swindon with the main event seeing Dave ‘Bam Bam’ Gregory retain his NP Heavyweight title against Rich ‘The Tank’ Loveday over three rounds.

On Saturday March 30th Neilson Promotions will hold a Heavyweight Prizefighter Tournament, the first of its kind on the White Collar Scene in Swindon involving 8 Men battling it out for a grand cash prize of £2000 plus a £200 cash bonus for every KO on the night.

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The eight warriors taking part in the tournament include former Walcot amateur boxer Scott Cadder and Stewart Johnson also a former amateur of Walcot ABC both of whom were trained under Harold Scott.

Next we have ‘Big’ Phil Williams who used to box for Penhill RBL several years ago.

‘Irish’ Danny Martin put on a great display at Neilson Promotions last event and will be looking to showcase his talents again in this tournament.

Nick Tuckett is more known for his MMA, being a former British and European Jiu Jitsu champion, he has however had a few White Collar boxing Matches. Nick trains out of Dragons Lair Gym in Melksham which also happens to be home to UFC fighter Bradley ‘Bear’ Scott.

Rich ‘The Tank’ Loveday also comes from a MMA background, and is yet to be stopped in his White Collar boxing career.

Mark White who is originally a kickboxer, can now be seen as a regular sparring partner for other Heavyweights around town, and training out of Ringside Gym. Mark although being the oldest competitor in this tournament at the age of 40, his age should not fool you.

Last and by not least is current Neilson Promotions Heavyweight Champion Dave ‘Bam Bam’ Gregory, who also started his career out on the MMA scene. Gregory is a crowd pleasing Warrior with a great heart who has a NEVER GIVE UP attitude.

The Draw for the Heavyweight Prizefighter Event took part at the Oasis Leisure Centre on Saturday 16th March by Main Sponsor CEO Kevin Metcalfe of Verelogic Group and Trophy Supplier Vince Ayris.

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The Names were drawn out of the black satin bag in the following order:

 Danny Martin will face Phil Willams

Nick Tuckett will face Dave Gregory

Mark White will face Scott Cadder

Rich Loveday will face Stewart Johnson

And  the Semi-Finals are as follows:

Winner QF1 v Winner QF4


Winner QF2 v Winner QF3

On the Under-Card of this Awesome Heavyweight Prizefighter Tournament is:

Karl Paul (Ringside Gym) v Kane Sherwood

Paul Payne v Jacob Sheppard

Carl McCulloch (Ringside Gym) v Joe Carpenter

James Lawrence (Spartan Gym) v Ross Alexander

Tickets are still available ( although some limited ) and are priced at £60 each or £550 for Ringside Tables,which seats 10  ( include a three course meal, waitress service), therefore a Black Tie/Dark Suit Dress Code is in place on Ringside Table Tickets Only, £40 for Ringside Seats and VIP bar access, £20 standing/limited seated. There is also a disabled access and viewing stage as with all Neilson Promotions Events.

Doors open at 6:30 and the first fight is scheduled for 7:30.

For tickets or more information email

mark@neilsonpromotions.co.uk

Tony@neilsonpromotions.co.uk

http://www.neilsonpromotions.co.uk

or call 01793 833468.

Neilsons Boxing Gym is the new home of the ‘TEAM NEILSON’  White Collar Boxers, who will be fighting at various prestigious venues throughout the year.

There are White Collar Boxing Training classes now running at Neilson’s gym on Monday, Wednesday and Friday evenings (by invitation only) with Head Coach Eddie Neilson.

If you’ve not experienced any of The Neilson Promotions Boxing Events that have happend over the last few years over Swindon, then I can only say you really do not know what you are missing out on, I have had the pleasure of being at many of The Neilson Promotions Events and rest assured if its Quality, Professionalism with a Great Atmosphere you are looking for from start to finish then you must attend this Saturday’s event, I know I will be.

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For those of you who do not know what White Collar Boxing is, then here goes…..

White-collar boxing is a form of boxing in which men and women in white collar professions train to fight at special events. Most have had no prior boxing experience.

White Collar Boxing originated in the legendary Gleason’s gym in New York in 1988. The first contest was held between Dr. Richard Novak an attorney and Dr. David Lawrence who held a Phd. in English Literature.

After the contest the two Gentlemen went to dinner to celebrate the birth of a new sport. Since then White Collar Boxing has been the fastest growing corporate contact sport in the world.

John Rooney Jr. then owner and operator of the Gleason’s Gym UK franchise introduced White Collar Boxing to the City of London in 2003.

My First Ever WordPress Blog… MMA/BOXING/TRAINING….So Bare With Me


This is My First Ever WordPress Blog, well Blog in General, it has been a good 8 months in the making – yeah I know one of these does not take that long to set up, but since it was my good friends Idea for me to do a Blog between his work schedule and my own, getting the right mix of the things I wanted and how I wanted it too look has been lets just say trying, and as I still get to grips with this Blog I will be adding more features & designs, so please bare with me.

Since this is my first ever Blog it is really only a Tester blog as such to see where I need to move things around, add things etc but also a good time to make everyone know that My Blog is now live.

Primarily set up as I was attending so many MMA and Boxing events my friend thought I should write about them, but aswell as having my views on the events I have attended, My Blog will also consist of all things MMA related, Boxing  since Froch v Kessler has now revived the long dead scene in my eyes! General views on Daily Life and Martial Training, Dealing With The Kids, but more importantly I think, I will be #KeepingItReal throughout, Saying it how it is, #HardHitting, These are all my own views and any of you that know me or have spoken to me on Twitter or Facebook know that I Say It How It is…. You Wont Like Wot I Have To Say More Than Likely Most Of  The Time, but to be honest  i’m only saying what most people are thinking and just dont wont admit to it….

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