The rise of the ‘Killa Bee’ 2.0 – Bryony Tyrell


Bryony Tyrell  - BELLATOR weigh-in - Credit: Bellator
Bryony Tyrell – Bellator weigh-In Credit: Bellator

 First released 21st June 2019

On Saturday, June 22nd, 2019, Bellator MMA will be making their return to the SSE Arena in London.

Making her debut for the promotion will be U.K’s Bryony Tyrell, and if you had told her six years ago that she would be on one of the world’s largest MMA promotions and competing in front of her home crowd, I’m pretty sure she’d be laughing at just the thought.

Born and raised in Sevenoaks, Kent, Bryony has always enjoyed the thrill and excitement of extreme sports; from BASE jumping, Bungee jumping, and sky diving, to testing herself in mixed martial arts.

Holding a Masters Degree in nursing and a Degree in Molecular Cell Biology, the critical care nurse now based in Southampton has always had a passion for martial arts.

Starting in Kickboxing and Kung Fu 19 years ago, Bryony quickly fell in love with all aspects of martial arts so much, that, she added in Krav Maga, Japanese jiu-jitsu and Muay Thai before finally concentrating on Wrestling and Brazilian Jiujitsu, forming the mixed martial arts career she has today.  “Martial arts are my passion in life.  I love the contrast that they can be beautiful and deadly at the same time” Bryony said. “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.”

Originally part of U.K MMA pioneer (and ex UFC athlete) Rosi Sexton’s mentoring scheme, Bryony went about taking Rosi’s advice on training, nutrition, competing and training with Rosi. “I was very privileged to be on a mentorship scheme with Rosi. I gained invaluable advice at the beginning of my amateur career” said Bryony.

The 18th of May 2013 is a day that Bryony will forever have as a fond memory. It was when she made her amateur debut and found out exactly what she is capable of in the cage. “I think the only way to truly know how good you are at fighting is to compete. Being locked in a cage with another trained fighter who can use pretty much any style or technique against you is the ultimate test”,  Bryony said when recalling the first time she stepped into the cage.

Not only content with competing in amateur MMA bouts, but Bryony also tested her skills by competing in white-collar boxing bouts, Muay Thai bouts, and grappling matches to gain invaluable experience before turning pro in November 2015.

Holding a current professional record of 4 wins 3 losses and 1 draw, with all 3 of those losses coming from title fights with two of those athletes currently competing in the UFC and Bellator, Bryony is no stranger to adversity in the MMA industry.

Having started in her MMA career aged 33, Bryony was considered by some promotions and coaches to be ‘too old’ to be competing in the sport.  Once Bryony turned pro at the age of 35 and started to win, it was only then that she began to believe in herself more and knew that ‘age was just a number’.  At least, to her anyway, and she set about proving just that.

Having gone 4-3-1 in her pro career, taking short notice fights and a title fight in a weight class above her usual weight division, Bryony felt that her current gym, Exile, had let her down. “I felt like the industry had written me off for being too old, and some of the coaches at my gym had said I was too old and slow after I lost the Cage Warriors title fight against Molly McCann.  When they wrote me off because of that loss, I didn’t think that was fair.  It was quite demoralizing for me.  The whole experience was quite demoralizing, and I just stopped the enjoyment of the sport.

On top of that, Cage Warriors wouldn’t give me a fight at strawweight, and I felt I was not valued as a fighter, and not being given significant opportunities.  It just wasn’t worth the sacrifice anymore. So, I decided to retire in July 2018.”

Since retiring from competitive MMA, Bryony thought that she’d feel better because of the less stress involved and would have more time to spend with her husband and two children.  However, she felt like there was a massive hole in her life and felt very down, having nothing to work towards with the Adrenalin rush that she always knew she had.  “Having just a normal life is not good enough for me.  I know it is quite a selfish attitude to have especially the fact that I have got young children and an amazing husband and a stressful job.  I need that buzz to make me happy.”

Looking to replace that ‘buzz’ Bryony decided she would concentrate on achieving the top levels in grappling.  After taking home silver at the IBJFF and silver at the UK ADCC, she didn’t have the same drive for grappling as she did in MMA, stating that “I didn’t put 100% in because I just didn’t have that kind of fear factor that someone is going to smash your face in if you don’t train properly, and it wasn’t dangerous for me.”

On May 30th, 2019 it was officially announced that Bryony had come out of retirement and will be competing on the Bellator London card on June 22nd at the SSE Arena, where she will face the current kickboxing champion Denise Kielholtz in a flyweight MMA bout.  A fight that has been over a year in the making, as Bryony initially accepted a short notice (1 week) fight against Denise back in February 2018 but had to withdraw due to being medically suspended after her fight with Molly McCann.   It was suggested to Bryony that Denise wasn’t matched up for the London card and did she fancy another fight.  It was at that point that Bryony messaged her managers, who then contacted Bellator, and they came back with a yes straight away.

With ten weeks to prepare for the bout, Bryony went to Cross Face gym in Watford, training with head coach Dave Lee and Charlie Leary who is also on the London card. For the final two weeks of her training camp, Bryony flew out to Thailand to train at UFC athlete Johnny Walker and Leo Gosling’s new gym Chokchai Muay Thai. “While Johnny and Leo were here in Southampton, I trained with them, so it made sense for me to go out and spend two weeks over at there new gym in Thailand.  They have a few UFC athletes training there, and Jorge Kanella who is also on the London card.  Being surrounded by world-class coaches and fighters, this fight camp has been on a different level to any other I’ve had.  They treat me as an equal, and I’m keeping up with these guys who are top-level pro fighters, so it’s been a massive confidence boost to come back to fighting after people had written you off.  I’ve got some amazing people around me that believe in me, and I know I can win this fight.”

With the advantage of having 16 MMA fights compared to Denise’s 4 MMA fights, and factoring in that Denise is Bellator’s kickboxing champion and has had numerous kickboxing bouts,  Bryony realises that Denise is a superb striker,  having watched a lot of her fights just purely to learn from her and improve her own striking.  She is also a classy athlete and represents the sport incredibly well.

Feeling that this is a good match-up and an opportunity Bryony had been asking for throughout her MMA career, she now thinks that having dedicated her life to MMA and competing for the last five years, come June 22nd it will have paid off.

With the fact that Denise is a world champion kick-boxer, Bryony knows that it is unrealistic to think she could beat a multiple world champion striker on her feet, and therefore feels Denise will probably think that Bryony will want to get her to the ground as that is where she tends to do best.  “She will be physically stronger than me and be powerful so it will be down to see who can implement their fight game, as always in MMA.

“It’s going to be a fair fight as we both have had a good preparation for this bout.  I think I am probably going in there as the underdog and that’s fine with me as that’s normal, but the nice thing for me is she may well be a top striker in Bellator and the promotion, but we are fighting in London in front of my home crowd,  which is nice for me because it’s rare that I get to fight  in front of a home crowd.  It is going to be amazing to have support there, and I’m also fighting on the same card as good friends of mine, Kate Jackson, Charlie Leary and Jorge Kanella, and Johnny and Leo are also going to be there.  It is going to be amazing.”

Aiming for a submission win, Bryony has one last thing to say.  “Last year my fire went out, this year it’s back with a vengeance! I am incredibly honoured and grateful for this opportunity on the world stage against such an impressive opponent. I got written off as a fighter.  This year, I’m training alongside Bellator and UFC athletes treated as equal. Don’t let anyone crush your dreams if you surround yourself with the right people you will succeed!”

UFC 186 Embedded: Vlog Series – Episode 1


 

On Episode 1 of UFC 186 Embedded, flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson and middleweight contender Michael Bisping are the first to land in Montreal, while Bisping’s opponent CB Dollaway is delayed due to a collegiate Care Bear rumble. Flyweight challenger Kyoji Horiguchi passes time by enjoying the outdoors vicariously. And better late than never, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson makes it to the hotel just 24 hours after having his fight rebooked for the event.

UFC 186 Emdedded Ep 1
UFC 186 Emdedded Ep 1

 

UFC Embedded is an all-access, behind-the-scenes video blog leading up to the flyweight championship at UFC 186: Johnson vs. Horiguchi, taking place Saturday, April 25th.

‘A true Sportsman in every sense of the word’ – Rare video documentary of Brock Lesnar


Brock Lesnar is arguably one of the most entertaining, charismatic, humble, born fighters ever to grace the world of sports.

Having succeeded in becoming a NCAA Champion, a UFC Heavyweight Champion and a WWE Heavyweight Champion (for which he still is), Lesnar also spent some time prior to the UFC in the NFL.

Brock Lesnar NFL Vikings No. 69
Brock Lesnar NFL Vikings No. 69

In a very rare video documentary (for which you can view below), you can see how it all began for Lesnar growing up on a dairy farm in Webster, South Dakota, through his hard work to making the NCAA Wrestling Championships, WWE and up to the point where is about to become the UFC Heavyweight Champion.

Lesnar goes on to win the UFC Heavyweight title by defeating Randy Couture via TKO in the second round.

Brock Lesnar UFC HW Champion
Brock Lesnar UFC HW Champion

Fast forward to present day and Lesnar has now retired from the UFC for good, re-signed his contract with the WWE and will be facing Roman Reigns in tonight’s WrestleMania XXXI.

WrestleMania Brock Lesnar vs. Roman Reigns
WrestleMania Brock Lesnar vs. Roman Reigns

Being a brand of #Eat #Sleep #Conquer #Repeat is truly what Brock Lesnar is all about.

More In-depth news on the Death of Mexican Wrestler Pedro Aguayo Ramírez


On March 20, 2015, Aguayo wrestled a tag match, teaming with Manik against Rey Mysterio Jr. and Xtreme Tiger at a show in Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico. During the match, Mysterio had used a headscissors takedown to propel Aguayo out of the ring, but Aguayo returned to the ring, upon-which Mysterio dropkicked Aguayo in the head to set up for Mysterio’s signature move  the ‘619′ as Aguayo landed on the middle rope. Manik then fell onto the middle rope Aguayo was resting on. At this point, Aguayo appeared to be limp. Mysterio performed the ‘619′ and did not hit any opponent. The match continued, but was eventually finished by Mysterio pinning Manik after a few more spots near Aguayo. Konnan attempted to revive Aguayo at ringside by shaking him. Officials later brought Aguayo out of the ring.

Pedro-Aguayo-Ramirez - RIP
Pedro-Aguayo-Ramirez – RIP

When paramedics arrived, Aguayo was brought to the local Del Prado hospital, where he was pronounced dead around 1:00am on March 21st.

According to the initial announcement from the hospital, Aguayo died from a cervical spine trauma, reportedly as a result of a dropkick by Mysterio Jr. that propelled him forward and caused the ring ropes to snap his neck. The cause of death was later announced as a cardiac arrest, due to a stroke from cervical bleeding. 

At the time of the incident Aguayo was not immediately attended to by a doctor and was actually taken from the ring on a piece of plywood instead of a stretcher, which lead to some criticism of the event organizers. The Tijuana wrestling commission later explained that the doctor was backstage, attending to two other injuries that happened during the show. One of those injuries was a spinal injury and they did not want to remove that wrestler from the stretcher he was on, which was why they used the plywood to move Aguayo from the ring. The doctors worked on resuscitating Aguayo for over an hour before declaring him dead.

On March 21st the attorney general for Baja California announced that they would conduct an investigation into the death of Aguayo and the circumstances surrounding it to determine if there was the possibility of any criminal charges to be filed. 

Pedro Aguayo Ramirez #RIP
Pedro Aguayo Ramirez #RIP

Aguayo Jr. was buried in Guadalajara on March 23rd with Konnan and Rey Mysterio Jr. serving as pallbearers. There was also a ceremony that was held at this weekend’s Lucha Underground taping which may air on this week’s episode of El Rey Network. Sexy Star were reported to have led a 10-bell salute for which the cameras were filming.

 

Rey Mysterio comments on death of Mexican Wrestler Pedro Aguayo Ramirez


Former WWE wrestler, Rey Mysterio has commented on the death of Pedro Aguayo Ramirez, who died following a tragic accident whilst wrestling in the ring before Rey Mysterio had set up his infamous ‘619’ move.

 

Rey Mysterio Tweet
Rey Mysterio Tweet

 

Rey Mysterious comments on the Death of Pedro Aguayo Ramirez
Rey Mysterio comments on the Death of Pedro Aguayo Ramirez

Rey had also sent out this tweet, one day after sending the above comment.

Rey Mysterious recent Tweet

Rey Mysterio recent Tweet

Translation

“Just a friendship of brothers that formed and began years ago . And we should not question God’s plan ”

 

*WARNING VERY DISTRESSING/GRAPHIC* Official Live Footage of Pedro Aguayo Ramirez Before his Death Wrestling Rey Mysterio


 

**WARNING DISTURBING VIEWING OF ACTUAL LIVE FOOTAGE**

The following is actual live footage of what happened to Pedro Aguayo Ramirez before his death, whilst wrestling at a Pro Wrestling event called ‘The Crash’ with former WWE Wrestler Rey Mysterio.

Rey Mysterio had already set up his infamous ‘619’ move when this tragic accident occurred.

Please note that by posting up this video, it is meant in no way, shape or form, as showing any disrespect whatsoever.

The fact that wrestling is ‘fake’, just could off made officials act, quite possibly a little quicker in thinking that there was a major accident, in my opinion, since everyone including the referee thought it was ‘part of the act’!

Pedro-Aguayo-Ramirez - RIP
Pedro Aguayo Ramirez – RIP

Season One..Episode Five.. Jack ‘The Hammer’ Marshman


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On August 31st I sat down with Jack Marshman before he headed off for cornering duties at South Wales prestigious event Pain Pit.

There will be a drop to Welterweight on the cards in the future, not this year more than likely next year I will be looking at doing that.

EB: We recently got to see you fight in Doncaster, unfortunately the decision did not go your way; firstly looking back did you personally feel that was the right decision? And secondly how was it to be fighting in an outside stadium in our unpredictable British weather?

JM:The decision was definitely a right decision; he won the rounds with his wrestling.  I went into the fight thinking he was coming to stand and I was coming to stand, as soon as I landed a straight right on him in the first round and put him down he went for the takedowns for the rest of the rounds, which fair enough he played the game really well I thought, he definitely took the decision, but it’s the type of loss I’d definitely like to avenge because I think my wrestling is much better than I showed.  As for fighting outside, I didn’t know if the fight was going to go ahead, two hours before we was told it was going to rain and I wouldn’t of gone out there in the rain to be honest with you, because there was too much at stake as there was no cover for the cage, so you could imagine what would off happened if it had rained, there was no fighter safety with no cover for the cage so it spoilt the show a little bit for me.

I don’t think I could ever bring myself to sit there and not try and finish a fight, that’s not what I am about, that’s not why I do this game; it’s to fight and to see who is the best fighter, not who can give the best ‘cuddles’!

EB: You’re returning to BAMMA 13 on September 14th to face Ion Pascu, a Romanian fighter who has recently fought on UCMMA 33 and UWC 23, do you know much about Ion?

JM: I know a little bit about him, I know he is from a kickboxing background, he is from Valentino Petrescu gym which is predominantly stand up fighters, I’ve seen a couple of bits of him on video, I’ve not studied him too much, I’m just going to do what I’m going to do, not what he’s going to do, I know his record, he’s got some wins against some guys that are not really rated, and some losses against some really good guys, so a guy like that is hard to judge really, because he’s lost too good guys, but been beaten too good guys, so you don’t really know where he is at level wise, but I’m confident I will be a bit too much for him.

EB: It is safe to say that you are a BAMMA fan favourite, having appeared on BAMMA since show 7 through to 11 and now back at 13, what can the fans expect from you this time around after the great performance at BAMMA 11, how do you top that?

JM: I’ve had a hard time fighting in Birmingham, the Noon fight was Birmingham, I won but I got beat up pretty bad, Watson and Professor X both were real hard fights and I did not come away with those decisions, but I have always had a good scrap there, I have been the distance there, I think you will see the same again but with me definitely coming out on top like it was against Noon.

EB: You train out of arguably one of the best MMA gyms to come out of the valleys in South Wales, Tillery Combat, owned and run by Richard ‘Shaky’ Shore, what do you think makes the gym so respected and having high calibre of fighters such as yourself come out of the gym?

JM: We come from a tough area in Abertillery,  high in drugs crime, general crime and no jobs , it seems that naturally it generates tougher fighters, as you are brought up tougher; like me and Martin McDonough used to be nightmares , we always used to be in trouble with the police and if it was not for Shaky, he was the one that got us out of all of that, same as a lot of the boys, same as all the young ones coming through now, the way people are brought up where we are, are tough, so when they jump up into the gym they’ve been fighting since they were kids, so they just learn how to do it properly.  I think what sells the gym is the way Shaky trains people, he gets you mentally prepared and it’s like a big family at the gym and that’s on a serious note, we all get along so well it’s such a laugh and that’s what I think makes better fighters, we got a good team behind us, it’s not just one individual fighter, it’s a full team every time we go out.

EB: Is it getting any easier for you fitting in your full time day job as a serving paratrooper in the armed forces, and the training needed for a full fight camp when a fight is upon you?

JM: Recently I have moved back to Wales due to my regiment giving me time off, 3 paras give me a lot of time off now, all I have to do is some bits and bobs at work, as long as I’m representing them and I’m heading to where they want me to be I’m keeping them happy, and I’m training full time so I’m in the best place I’ve ever really been because I’m training full time , fighting regular; I’ve had 3 fights in the last 4months, and I’m hoping to get another 2 in before the end of the year, and next year I will fight every month if I can, as far as fitting in with my job for the next 2years at least I’m on to a winner as I’m in the best place I could ever be really.

EB: How do you feel the weight management is going now? Do you feel you got the right mix of the weight cut spot on or is there still some tweaking to make things go a bit more smoothly for you? (In reference to not making weight in Dec 2012 and having a hard weight cut for Askham fight).

JM: I always make the weight cut hard for myself towards the end because I like to cut quite last minute,  but I make Middleweight quite easy really, the only time I ever missed weight was the BAMMA fight, to be honest, the it was to do with logistics involved, I turned up to the pre-weigh in 5mins late, and they would not let me step on the scales, and I thought I was on weight, then I had to go to the actual weigh in, I came in  1lb over, being in Wembley they gave me a postcode of a gym to go to, so I could cut the weight, bearing in mind they only give you 1 hour and the gym was 20 mins away I would not of made it there and back in time to be honest with you, so I pulled the car over and started running round the streets to lose the weight, and that is the only time I have missed weight not through anyone’s fault other than mine, I should have been earlier to check the official scales but I thought I was on weight and I felt comfortable;  so definitely there will be a drop to Welterweight on the cards in the future, not this year more than likely next year I will be looking at doing that.

EB: Is there anything new in this training camp you have been working on, or is it just improving on everything that there is to improve on?

JM: Just improving,  I’ve been working on so much more wrestling, from my takedown defence, if people are going to be happy to take me down and grind out a win and not actually really truly fight me, why shouldn’t I actually do it, so if I look to put someone on their back why shouldn’t I, but to be honest I don’t think I could ever bring myself to sit there and not try and finish a fight, that’s not what I am about, that’s not why I do this game; it’s to fight and to see who is the best fighter, not who can give the best ‘cuddles’!

EB: Anyone you would like to Thank?

JM: All my sponsors, Icon Nutrition, Top Ten, British Military Martial Arts, Vibram, Impact LPA, The Railway Inn, My coaches, Richard Shore, all the boys at Tillery Combat, Martin McDonough, Kris Edwards, Owen Parry, everyone that helps me get ready for my fights.

Quick Questions

If you could change one rule in MMA what would it be?

You could Tickle

Favourite food?

Pizza

If you held a dinner party and invited 3 guests past or present, who would it be and why?

The Banker from Deal or No Deal as he seems like a Top bloke, Gordon Ramsey so he can cook and Frankie Boyle because he is awesome.

Part 2 Introducing …The Inspiring Lauren Murphy


Here is part 2 of the in-depth interview with the Inspiring Lauren Murphy where we talk about finding Jiu Jitsu, MMA, New Addictions, The love of her life, Invicta, UFC and the future….

After taking you right to the beginning in part 1, here in part 2 we start off where Lauren is just about to find a new addiction …

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EB.You didn’t grow up playing any sports bar the odd few Karate lessons. It was often said how much of a natural you are and how strong you are in the sport. How did it feel when people started believing in you?

LM. When I first said I wanted to fight and started going to MMA classes, they really were not that accepting of me. The guys that were there at the time were prima donnas, they didn’t really want to take any time with me. After a few months, my coach Pat Applegate took over the MMA team. He treated everybody as equal. That’s why I’m so ‘ride or die’ with Pat, because he was the first guy to come along and believe in me and make me work hard. He always told me, “If you work hard, you can achieve anything”. It didn’t matter to him that I was a female, he didn’t care if I was any good, he just made sure that I worked hard, and because of that, now I have this great work ethic. At first, the guys would make comments… just girl comments in general, say degrading things, really shitty stuff…. Pat put an end to all of that, he didn’t put up with any of that in his classes at all. He made a really great team out of all new guys. All those assholes left, because they didn’t want to stick around anymore, if they couldn’t be the centre of attention and catered to. Everyone who stuck around with Pat worked real hard, became a team and family.


EB. It was from this point that you started to believe, not only you could be an athlete but an elite athlete also, so training became your new ‘addiction’.   You made your Pro debut on June 9th 2010 against Kloiah Wayland which last 17seconds and you won via TKO (Punches), how did that feel to know all that self-belief  had finally paid off?

LM. It was just a relief as you always want to win your first fight. I didn’t want to be that guy that is 0-1 you know, so when I went out there to fight I remember being so terrified. I really looked up to Cris Cyborg  at the time (and I still do), she was my favourite athlete, so I thought, “I’m just going to do what she does, and start throwing punches and never stop”, and it was so sloppy and of course didn’t look anything like Cyborg (laughs). I was just super out there, mostly, I was a lot bigger than that girl and just frantic, so it was a crappy fight but I was glad to win.

EB. From then on you had another 4 fights, picking up wins via TKO (Punches) including a brutal 1st round TKO (Elbows) against Jennifer Scott on Legacy Fighting Championship 18, that in itself is an impressive CV and none of those fights made it too the 3rd round, how did that feel?

LM. I liked it. I didn’t really realize I had a record like that until after I fought Jennifer Scott, and people were talking about how none of my fights had gone past the 2nd round. I was like, “Oh… I guess they haven’t… uh that’s pretty cool”(smiles),  but to me, I knew I had fought some pretty tough girls but I hadn’t fought anybody known, so I was wondering how I would do against more experienced competition.

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EB. On April 5th you faced the Veteran Katlin Young on 3 weeks short notice for the all-female promotion Invicta FC. This was to be your biggest test to date for yourself; what prompted you to decide to take this opportunity?

LM. I had just gotten home from the Jennifer Scott fight, and Janet Martin had called me saying to stay ready, just in case there were any injuries on that card. I said, “Okay, well I hope there are no injuries because they are all beasts!” (laughs) But there was an injury with Amanda Nunes, so they asked, ‘Do you want to fight Kaitlin Young?’ Of course I was scared, but it was so weird…There was something just telling me to take this fight, it was almost as if someone was sitting right next to me saying in my ear ‘take this fight’. Normally my coaches are very anti-short notice fights, they don’t like them at all, but in this case we just took it. I don’t know why, I just had a feeling it was going to work out. My manager thought it was a good idea. We knew I could win it if I worked real hard and kept my mind clear. I got the call and left the next day. I had a two week training camp. A week before the fight you’re supposed to slow down, but I was in real good shape, it wasn’t like I had just got off the couch, so it was all good.
EB. You won the fight via UD, the first of your career to of gone the distance and a great battle by both, how did it feel getting your hand raised for the first time in that way in your career?

LM. I was kind of relieved because everybody else wondered if my cardio was going to be any good, and I wondered the same thing. What really made that fight memorable for me was that Kaitlin won the 1st round, handily. I mean, she had me mounted, she took my back, she had me in all these positions you know, and nobody had really ever done that to me before. I had never been in such a shitty position before in a fight, and it was nice to know I can fight through that, and I’m not going to mentally break. It was a really good experience for me to lose the first round and come back and win the next two.

EB. Next was Sarah D’Alelio who was #9 in the unified women’s MMA rankings and you won again via UD in another tough challenge for you but you rose to it. How is it working with a great partnership with Invicta FC? Can you tell me what it is like fighting for a great organisation; Shannon Knapp and former Match Maker Janet Martin?

LM. They’re awesome! I have never fought for a promotion that have looked after their fighters so well. Shannon Knapp, you can just tell she has the best interest in the fighters. She loves her athletes, and she treats all of us with so much respect. A lot of times with MMA, people will try and screw you over: Promoters looking out for themselves, managers looking out for themselves, even sponsors try to get free advertising and get you to do stuff for them for free, and then try not to pay you. You always have to watch your back. You don’t really have many friends in MMA unless it’s your own team, but Shannon is not like that at all, she really wants the best for all of us. She wants us to succeed, and she believes in all of us equally. She does not care about making stars, she gives us all challenging fair fights. She’s not trying to necessary to build anyone up, she lets us build ourselves up.

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EB. Tell me about Joe; How Joe proposed to you; The whole story.

LM. Joe and I met at Gracie Barra in Alaska, in 2010. I was getting ready for my second fight, and one of his first days at MMA practice, we ended up sparring together. He had wrestled for a long time, but had very little striking experience, and I had never wrestled once in my life, all I had ever done really was box for a few months and done jiu jitsu. So he was in his wrestler’s stance the whole time we were sparring, and was trying to shoot on me, because our coach wanted me to learn to sprawl, I think. I didn’t know what the hell he was doing, because I’d never seen anyone wrestle before. I ended up poking him in the eye, which gave him a black eye. I felt horrible! We’ve been friends ever since, (Smiling)
We’d hang out a lot with the team and go out after practice with everyone to eat, or out on the weekends. I partied a lot with some of the other guys and Joe would kind of take care of all of us, drive us around, make sure we got home safe, all that. We talked a lot and always had a great time. He’s hilarious and sweet and honest and kind, he was very responsible and kind of the guy everyone looked up to. I just fell in love with him. At some point he started falling for me too, the way soul mates do. I was partying a lot back then, basically drinking my life away, and I knew if I wanted to be with a guy like him, I had to clean up my act. So I did. I changed my evil ways, quit drinking and taking pills, and started to try to take my life seriously. And when I did that, I think that’s when things really took off for us. When he was sent to Florida with the Air Force, I moved with him. I couldn’t imagine living my life without him. So we started this life in Florida together and I think we just knew we were meant for each other.
He proposed to me after Invicta 6, at the post fight presser. It was so surreal. I had Cyborg sitting next to me (she’s always been one of my favourite fighters), Tito Ortiz is there, I had just won a war with the toughest opponent of my fight career, and the man of my dreams is proposing to me, very publicly and very romantically. It was very….Joe. Of course he would propose in a way that made not just me, but pretty much everyone in the room melt. That’s one of the things I love about him so much.
We were married on the beach in a small ceremony. It was pretty spur of the moment. He proposed, we went home, and a day or two later, we both figured, “why wait?” We knew we wanted to be married. And there’s a beach maybe 30 minutes away from our house that we both really love, it’s a great beach with a fun little restaurant nearby. So we went there and just had a few friends and a great time. It was very simple and very perfect. And I am now the happiest woman on the planet.

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EB. Did you consider going for the TUF 18 try outs when you heard they were having females in the 135llb division?

LM. I did for a minute. It sounded very appealing, the kind of insta-fame that comes with doing a show like that. But after talking to my manager and coaches, we decided it wouldn’t be best for me or my career. I love my coaches and my team; we are all very tight knit. I don’t want to go anywhere else or train under anyone else. My team loves me too, and we figured I could make more progress as a fighter much faster if I stayed with my team, than if I went to TUF try outs.

EB. If so, did you discuss this with Shannon Knapp at all and what was her response? or are you contractually obliged by Invicta so you could not go and try out (although Jessamyn Duke tried out) If that was the case how did you personally feel as the UFC is seen as a big opportunity and I would imagine it is where any fighter would want to be especially now that there is a 135lb division?

LM. My manager and I did talk to Shannon and Janet about it. Shannon released a statement saying anyone from Invicta could go try out- Raquel Pennington was also signed to Invicta, I believe, as were a few other girls, Shayna Baszler as well as Jessamyn Duke. Shannon has always been awesome like that- she wants to see us succeed and get a lot of opportunities to further our careers. She would never stand in the way of anyone trying to move on to something huge like the UFC. I think some fighters are so happy in Invicta; they have turned down UFC offers. It doesn’t surprise me at all. Invicta treats us like queens.

EB. How are you feeling about facing Miriam ‘The Queen of Mean’ Nakamoto for the Invicta FC Bantamweight Title?

LM. I am excited about it. Of course I am nervous, but most days I just feel very excited. It’s awesome to compete with one of the best.
It’s amazing, I mean who would of thought, I just took a fight for the fun of it back in 2010 and I wasn’t going to do anything with it, now here I am fighting for one of the biggest organisations in the world for a title shot its crazy, Miriam is a super tough girl, and I’ve never been more afraid of an opponent than I am of her, she is really brining a lot of weapons to this fight that I am going to have to be on my very best A game if I’m to win this fight.

EB. Do you know a lot about your opponent or is it a case that you concentrate on your fight and game plan and your teams does the ‘research work’ on your opponent or are you a fighter that likes to study their opponent themselves?

LM. I do watch tape on my opponent, usually with my coaches. We talk about what we see, and what and why they do what they do, what they’re good at, where they are weak, etc. I watch it mostly so I can visualize what it will be like to fight her, so when I get in the cage, it’s like I’ve already fought her a thousand times. My coaches watch and analyse and then tell me what to do.

EB. How are you expecting this fight to go?

I don’t really care where the fight goes honestly. I just like to fight, go out there have a good time, and hopefully come out with the win. Miriam has some really good training partners, coming from a great camp there isn’t going to be that many holes in her game for me to exploit but I’m just going to have to go out there and see who is better on the night.

EB. Me being a fan of the series ‘Fight Girls back in 2009 I saw Miriam on that TV show back then; did you watch this series which also featured new Invicta signee Felice Herrig at all? If so is this something you would like to do as I recall Shannon Knapp stated that she will be doing her own version of a reality show ‘Invicta behind the scenes, training etc.’?

LM. I haven’t watched that show, but ever since it was agreed that Miriam and I would fight, people keep bringing it up. I would watch it but I don’t really have enough time in camp to watch TV shows. I’d be down for a reality show, depending on what they wanted. I have heard of shows that really screwed over the participants, especially where it concerns females, but I know Shannon Knapp wouldn’t do that.

EB. It is a great opportunity to be fighting for Invicta’s first ever Bantamweight title on December 7th, how much does this mean to you after everything, you, as a person has been through?

LM. It’s an honour, and it’s very humbling. I never thought I would be here. That’s a very surreal feeling. I also think, when people talk about what I’ve been through….well, there are people out there that have been through far worse, and done far more with their lives than I have, so I try to keep all that in perspective.

EB. The future … is that to reach the UFC and fight for the UFC? Is that your ultimate goal now that you know you are good enough and people believe in you?

LM. My ultimate goal is to be the best I can be every day. I do think that would involve taking my fight career as far as I can in the time I have. If that includes the UFC, then that’s great. Mostly I believe really strongly that God has a plan for me, and I really just want to be a part of it. Whatever he has laid out for me, I’m all for it. That may mean the UFC, and it may not. I guess only time will tell.

EB. You went back to school to re-educate yourself, what did you study in? What was your chosen career?

I went to nursing school for a long time. I got kicked out for not showing up, because I was in jail one morning. So that was lame. I eventually decided to go back, but I don’t think nursing appeals to me so much. I want to work with athletes. I love the gym atmosphere and family setting, the close-knit relationships, and the changes you see happen in a gym. So I want to spend my career in a place like that, if possible. So I am back in school now trying to complete a Bachelor’s Degree in exercise science. I chose it because when I transferred my credits from nursing school, it was the degree I was closest to.

EB. How do you feel about the news of Janet Martin, as she was a big part of Invicta and how far WMMA has come today within the promotion Invicta, and females being highlighted in WMMA?

LM. I am sad for Janet. I don’t know the whole story, or what happened, really, so I can’t say too much. I can say that, I have been the person before that has done terrible things to good people, and that I did it because I was sick in my soul and had lost my way. So on a good day I have compassion for people that are just like I was: sick in their souls and doing shitty things to people who don’t deserve it. When people are happy and healthy and able to love, they generally don’t act like that towards others. So I hope Janet finds her way.

This Interview took place before Lauren’s fight with Miriam Nakamoto which was on December 7th 2013.
Lauren defeated Miriam in the 4th round via T.K.O.

Miriam suffered a knee injury late in the 3rd round, as a result of Lauren’s takedown, but continued on and came out for the 4th round before her knee gave out at 0.23 seconds of the 4th round.
Lauren Murphy is now Invicta’s first ever inaugural Bantamweight Title Belt Holder.

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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

Catching up on My Events From May 4th..Cage Warriors #54 oh & I mention Cage Warriors #49 Experience


So again I have failed in my attempt to kept my own blog updated but that’s not due to me being lazy, I’ve actually been real busy as stated in my last brief blog and its got busier, which is all good for me (although I just have to get myself into a routine of updating this site).

On May 4th I got the chance to go and review Cage Warriors #54 who were having there first ever UK Arena Event at The Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff for Front Row MMA whom I do  lot of work for, so having previously been to Cage Warriors #49 in Cardiff which was held at St Davids Hall, I was wondering if the promotion had managed to “fix” its first impression’s it had on me, which to be honest were not of the standard I personally would of thought that one of UK & Europe’s leading promotion should have.

Ok since were on the subject and I didn’t have a blog back in October when I attended Cage Warriors 49, I’m going to address it now, better late than never, after all if you don’t know where your going wrong how are you ever going to try to improve!

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I was really excited at the thought of seeing Rosi Sexton kick Shelia Gaff’s butt up close and in person, but as we all know, that fight did not go ahead and I’m not going to re-hash that one out, Rosi has now rightly moved on to the biggest stage, that being The UFC which is awesome and I cant wait to watch her Debut.

Myself and a couple of friends bought “cageside” seats as we like to be close to the action, and to me “cageside” means floor level, next to the cage – right?  Well we arrived to the venue and found out “cageside” here was not floor level infact  it was as high as the cage is and seated so you could not see  a good metre of action within the cage itself, also our side had no screens what so ever, so for everyone that watches at home know you get the VT footage of every fighter that comes out and a bit about them, well just our side didn’t – the other side though! I will say this and will always say this the fights themselves never disappoint, although I did feel there was lack of respect when the Main Event came on and the venue emptied out, not that this small event was sold out by any stretch, I mean seriously you people missed a great fight and what are you all talking about now PENDRED!!!  LOL

The Motorpoint Arena, Ive been there plenty of times before recently having taking my little boy to WWE Smackdown or was it RAW, I’m not sure but I do know John Cena was fighting so that made me a happy mummy 🙂

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I arrived at the venue for 5pm as requested by a member of Cage Warriors Senior Promotion Team only to be told at the Box Office that I had to walk all the way around the back of the building to Security to see if I could gain access (here we go again, first impressions are already shit and out the window, can it get any worse), so myself and Marie walk around the outside of the arena to gain access to the security hub; Marie is the competition winner who won 2 tickets and the chance to walk out Danny ‘Hot Chocolate’ Roberts who was the Co-Main event, as it happens me and Marie are friends on Twitter, having been a last minute competition no one was available to go with her so she drove to me and in turn I drove us to Cardiff; Were at the security gate explaining who we are, fair enough he’s a nice friendly guy but the person he needs is off site so were stood waiting around (this dose not do anything for my first impressions what so ever), then Danny Roberts comes out – Random -good timing though and takes us in, now he is one nice guy, we go up to ‘make shift’ promotion office which is situated on the balcony seating of the arena, Danny introduces us, names ticked off but wait they’ve run out of wrist bands?!? really?!? “We will come and find you when I can get some more”  Ok , then me and Marie are left to our own devices…so we go having a look around the venue of course I notice Frank Trigg straight away and being SO early as pointed out by yet another member of senior promotional staff I decided to have a photo opportunity – well it was on my own time, and yes Frank is a real lovely person 🙂

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I also had a bit of fun and banter with Marc Goddard and new (well new back then) Cage Warriors signee Tom Breese, hence some photo’s going around on Twitter of me and Tom, he is also such a Sweet, Lovely, but painfully Shy guy – he’s going to have to get used to not being so shy tho which is what I was attempting to do, much to Marc’s enjoyment and encouragement, but it didnt work lol

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Anyway it turned out I had to go and chase my own wrist band up (seemed no one was bothered – altho they would be the first to check when i’m wondering around when the doors are opened to the public), as it happens also they decided to sit “press” up in the balcony where my view was obscured by the lighting rig, so you couldn’t see the nitty gritty of the ground work on the big screen and for sure couldn’t see a thing in the cage, so again Cage Warriors fail big time for all the reasons I have stated, let alone their was no atmosphere where I was sat but then again what do you expect in a half empty arena!

I will never so far fault any of the fights that Cage Warriors put on, they are exactly what the fans want but if you want to be Europes & UK’s No1 leading promotion in my opinion you’ve got to do more than just deliver great fights, if your going to be paying to go to a event, to me its about the whole experience, I’ve been to enough events to know what counts and what makes a great experience for everyone not just who you pick and choose!  yes I can probably see you some of you saying but I didn’t pay to go to this Cage Warriors, then I refer back to when I went back to Cage Warriors #49 as a paying customer, views are exactly the same, and if your not willing to speak up about your own views like I said at the beginning, how are you supposed to learn and grow to improve?

Constructive criticism is just that, Constructive not Personal.

If you didnt see my event review and results you can read it here.

http://frontrowmma.com/event-reports/2013/5/6/cage-warriors-54

So its time for me and Marie to leave but not before we go and get a picture with Danny Roberts who at this point is getting swamped by family and friends, we are also being asked to leave by security altho we really need the toilet and we ask to use them but they say there closed – really, so I actually used my brain for once – yep at the end of a evening too, we just went back upstairs (cos we had our wristbands on) and used the toilets up there, well we had a hr n half drive to my house, it had to be done!

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So were just about to approach the car park and there’s a bunch of people before us at the pay machine, not taking that much notice thinking its probably just a few loud guys, when I do take note its Marc Goddard and Tom Breese with a couple of friends, and Marie wants a picture with them, I have to chuckle to myself, then Marc’s friend says for me to get in the picture (Marc hinting for me to stand next to Tom), its one of those where you had to be there after what was going on earlier in the night, of all the people to randomly bump into  after it had to be those two!

Anyway Tom Breese I will take you up on that offer of a email Interview still at some point and I’m glad my colleagues at Front Row MMA managed to pin you down for a chat on Camera but if any of you missed that here is the link 🙂

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=ZPs1OijxwDk#!

Till next time   …..