Introducing … The Inspiring Lauren Murphy a true fighter in every sense of the word (Part 1)


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They say ‘two wrongs don’t make a right’ but in this case I beg to differ…..

In an special 2-part Interview, over the last 8 weeks I have been working very closely with  MMA athlete Lauren Murphy (Taylor) on an Exclusive Interview about her life.  Lauren has been very ‘open’ and ‘brutally honest’ on the path that she grew up on and how Drink and Drugs  took a hold of her young life, how a chance meeting with the sport Jiu Jitsu changed everything for her.

The Invicta FC Bantamweight  has her biggest test to date on December 7th (tonight) when she takes on Miriam Nakamoto for the Bantamweight Belt;  but first I take you back to when Lauren was growing up and what shaped her for the ‘Fighter’ she became today…

“I believe fighting can be such selfish work, and MMA can be so selfish, so it’s nice to hear that people can get something out of me fighting. I never get enough of hearing people say that I am inspiring.”   Lauren Murphy 

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You grew up in a small town called Eagle River in Alaska, what was it like growing up there for you?

I hated it! I hated being from a small town. I always wanted to part of all the action in a big city and all the cool stuff that I imagined was going on there: More people, more concerts, more crazy stuff happening; I travelled as a kid with my family, we went places like Hawaii, and San Francisco. I have family in Stockton, California, and we would go there sometimes. We would go to these cities and there would be stores like we did not have in Alaska, the parks were way cooler, there were more activities, a LOT more people… then I would go home to my small little town and I did not like it, I always wanted to be somewhere else, anywhere but in that small town.

How was your childhood, growing up?

There were definitely some times that I went through that I hope my son will never have to go through; but there were really good times too, and I really want to make that clear, we had a lot of good times,  there were some parts of it that were not ‘normal’,  but what is normal? Looking back now that I am older, we had good times, we had bad times. In a lot of ways I was really blessed as a kid, but I could not see that, I don’t know why. Looking back now my parents did the best that they could with what they had, and they really tried their best to raise me right. But they both drank a lot and that can really f**k you up- it just makes you do weird things and sometimes awful things, and sometimes we saw that as kids: we saw our parents do really shitty things to each other and it was scary, it can be terrifying for children to see that kind of stuff. So it definitely shapes the way that I think, and made me who I am for sure, but I need to make it real clear to you that we had some real good times when I was growing up too and my parents gave me what they could.

My dad died when I was 11 and that was pretty terrible. I was a daddy’s girl. Me and my dad were buds, we were best friends. I wanted to be just like him. When he passed away it broke my heart, I mean, it broke my heart.

The lead up to your involvement into drink and drugs at an early age, can you pinpoint as to why or maybe you went down this route?

Even if my upbringing had been perfect, even if my parents had done everything right, I probably would still have an addict like personality. I really believe that no matter what, I was born this way, and if I were to go start drinking right now, I would drink alcoholically, like a maniac. And right now, my life is the best it’s ever been, and I’m really happy with the way things are; So, you see? what goes on outside of me doesn’t make a difference on the way that I drink; it’s the way I process alcohol and drugs even, it is just different from that of a normal person; I’ve met people that can do cocaine like once or twice and be like “eh”, and not really care about it and never do it again because it doesn’t do anything for them. For me, any drug or any substance that makes me feel different makes me want to do it all the time, so maybe the way I grew up may have shaped me a little bit but no matter what I still would have done drugs and drank like crazy.

I think most teenagers come across drink and drugs in their teenage life at some point, you’re just going to experiment with stuff, they are going to try and piss their parents off, do things different, be rebellious. For me though, it wasn’t just good enough to do it a little bit. I loved it, I loved the lifestyle, I loved the way it made me feel. I wanted to do it all the time. To me it was something I was good at, something that made me feel good.

What kind of drugs were you talking about here?

Living in a small town I would do whatever, as it came in waves. I definitely went through periods where I would do cocaine for awhile, like a couple of months, then somebody would have a bunch of acid, so we would take acid for a couple of months, then maybe it was ecstasy for a while. Not every day or anything, just whatever was around. In a small town, stuff comes in waves; everything is not available all the time; in a small town you have to know people, you have to know what’s around and what’s coming in, then get a hold of it while you can, although I started off with cannabis and alcohol in my teenage years.

It appears you became pretty dependant on drugs and alcohol at an impressionable age, how were you managing to fund such an addiction at an early age?

I had some shitty jobs, I worked lame jobs around town and stuff. I don’t think I really stole too much. I would ask mom for money sometimes, and say I needed to go shopping  but then I would go get high;  mostly I think I had a job from about the ages of 14/15. I worked at fast food restaurants, or I would babysit, or anything I could get around town. I would do odd jobs.  I always found a way to make money. Then I started selling cigarettes to the kids at school, and that was the first time ever I started ‘making money’. I also think I had a boyfriend back then and he would go buy a bunch of cigarettes for me and I would go sell them to all the kids at school, I thought I so cool at the time, you know, like you do (laughs).

A ‘way of life’ to you was a ‘criminal type’ later in life to fund the habit that in essence took hold of you; what kind of things did you get up to?

From the ages of 14-17 I didn’t do too much ‘bad’, I went out and earned most of my money, I liked to drink and get high, but we didn’t go out and really hurt anybody. I would shoplift sometimes or it would be stupid ‘petty crimes’, but I would never really hurt anybody. It was when I got older, maybe 17/18/19, I started getting really crazy, breaking into places and such. There was potential for people to get seriously hurt from some of the stuff we were doing, there was potential for ourselves to get hurt also and I think that is when things started kicking in. The older I got, the more daring I got, the more willing I got to do stupid crap with stupid people. We would just go do crazy stuff, mostly I would steal stuff, I stole a lot of stuff in that time period. I can’t even tell you how much it was but later on in life I had to make a lot of amends, I had to make it right in a lot of ways. Back then, I would lie to people, cheat and steal, try and rip people off…that was the way we all kind of lived. When you’re doing drugs, everyone is trying to f**k everyone else; you’re going to sell shitty dope to people; you’re going to take their money and not give them anything for it; you’re going to shoplift all kinds of stuff from stores or out of peoples houses or whatever, sometimes some of the people I was with they would go get money by robbing people or whatever, and I would be okay with it. To me that was okay. It was okay to lie, cheat, and steal, I did all those things, with really no remorse. Looking back on it now, I feel so lucky. The amount of people now who carry guns and shoot people over nothing, you can only imagine if they catch someone who is actually wronging them. I’m really blessed to be alive. I don’t even know how many close calls there were, or even all the times we would get crazy and get into a vehicle and be high or drunk or something, and be driving around. It was just crazy.

Your real ‘addiction’ became when you were left a huge lump sum of monies at the age of 18, can you talk me through this?

I lived at home till I was 16/17 then I moved out. My dad died when I was 11. He was killed in a plane crash and there was a law suit. The company was charged with a wrongful death suit, and there was a settlement. Out of that money I was given a lump sum when I was 18 years old and I just went crazy. That was where a lot of the drugs and alcohol I did came from. I blew this huge sum of money I got. I had no responsibility really. I had my son, but he was just an infant and I was a young dumb kid so, the baby would go stay with my mom a lot. My mom lived right down the road, and she took really good care of him, while I went out and partied my face off. She took care of him more than she should have, but because of it, he gets to have a really cool relationship with his grandma. They have a very special, close relationship.

All the while whilst you were ‘living this lifestyle’ did your mum not suspect any abnormal behaviour? Or were they dealing with their own issues at the time?

My mom knew that I was in a lot of trouble and she knew that I was doing a lot of drugs. Maybe she wasn’t aware the extent of it all, but she knew it wasn’t good. She knew that I was living a shitty lifestyle and that’s part of the reason she took care of my son so much. I think she didn’t want him to be in that environment, for one thing, and for another, she has this belief that- and I think this is true too- you can’t make somebody else straighten up. So she was like, “well, stay safe, and I love you and I’m going to let you do whatever you need to do, then whenever you’re ready to get clean and sober you know where I’m at.” That was always her attitude, she would go to meetings a lot and I would go with her sometimes, I got to know everybody there. I would go introduce myself and stuff and she was always willing to bring me with her and she more led by example, she didn’t really tell me she just showed me that you could live clean and sober and have a good life.

There were more than one occasions where you classed yourself as having  ‘overdosed’ can you tell me about just one of these incidents?

One time we were doing cocaine, in my truck in a parking lot. It was the very last of it, I didn’t have any more drugs and I didn’t have anywhere to go. I was homeless at the time, staying in my truck. I didn’t have any friends left or anything. I was a mess. There was a girl with me (my dealer), we were using needles, shooting it up, and I did the last of what I had and I had a seizure. I remember feeling like I couldn’t really breathe, and I wanted some air so badly, then I don’t remember anything after that. I woke up and I was looking at this girl that was with me, and she was looking at me. I didn’t understand what had happened, I was like, “What was you looking at? Stop!” I was angry for some reason. She said, “You just had a seizure!” I was like, “You’re kidding me, I had a seizure?” I couldn’t believe it. She said, “Yeah, you hit your head on the horn, you made a bunch of noise and everything, are you ok?” I said, “I guess so”. She said I needed to drive her home, so I drove her home, about 30 miles away. Looking back now, that is just crazy. I was scared, so I went to a friend’s house, and I sat down with them and said “Look, I had a seizure this afternoon and I ‘overdosed’ and I don’t really know what to do.” They said I needed to go to the hospital, and they called an ambulance and my mom. My mom met me at the hospital, and she was crying, she had seen stuff like this before when she was drinking and using. She met me at the hospital and I was just laying in this hospital bed, I was dirty, I was tired, I was detoxing, I didn’t have anywhere to go. I had some friends there, but the nurses and the doctors didn’t want anything to do with me, I was just dirty, trashy; It was pathetic. I was pathetic. I said a little prayer, “God, if you get me out of this sane and alive I will never, ever, ever, use drugs again, ever.” And I meant it so much! I was discharged from the hospital that night and I went to my mom’s house and stayed the night there, then got up the next day and I just started getting high again. I could not stop.

After each time, was there a cycle of promising yourself that if you managed to find your way out you wouldn’t touch a drop of alcohol or do drugs again?

I always said, “I will stop tomorrow”, “I will quit tomorrow”…and then tomorrow would come, and then I would say, “Okay just this once”… then I would be off to the races again. I would make lists and write them down, like, tomorrow I’m going to get a job, I’m going to wake up early, I’m going to be a responsible mom, a better friend, I’m going to do all this stuff… and then I would wake up the next day and I would go get high. I didn’t have an excuse or a reason. I knew I shouldn’t, but every day I was going to “quit tomorrow”, for like five years.

At the age of 17 you became a mum to your beautiful son Max, how did you cope becoming a mum so young and dealing with your addictions?

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The way I dealt with it was I dropped him off at my mom’s house and she took care of him a lot. When I was 17 I thought I knew everything. I thought I was such an adult, I had life all figured out, and nobody could tell me different. I thought I was so grown up. Looking back of course (I’m now 30), I know I was such an idiot, but I did not know that at the time. I thought I knew everything, so if you had asked me when I was 17, to me there was no problem. I thought I had everything under control.

Having a child, some may say, may of gave them the clarity they needed to become clean and sober, was this the case for yourself?

No. I mean, I regret to say that, because people do, but here’s the thing: It should have been enough. Drinking and using like that is such a selfish state of mind, it does not matter who loves you or who you love more than anything on the planet. That was just where I was at that point in time, I knew I needed to get sober at some point but I just didn’t think it was then. When things did get really bad my son stayed with my mom. She really took care of him when things were really out of control, so he wasn’t exposed to that very much. I think also because he was with her so often I almost felt like I didn’t have a child to get sober for. He wasn’t there in front of me so I could just let loose.

When did you and Max reunite as a family?

Well, I had gotten sober at the age of 21. I went to rehab a couple of times. I was in and out of rehab for about a year before I actually got sober. Eventually, I had just had enough of whatever it was, that misery, and I was sick and tired of being sick and tired. I thought “If I don’t stop doing this I am going to die”. I think because I had ‘overdosed’ a couple of times and things had gotten so shitty, a lot of my friends did not want to be around me anymore. I was out of money. I didn’t have anything to my name. I felt like I was too young for this sh*t, I’m f**king 21 years old, I want a life!

So I started going to meetings. Slowly piece by piece I started building my life up again. I got a shitty job, then another shitty job, then I got a pretty good job, I then started going back to school. I started meeting a lot of sober people, and made a lot of friends who were sober.

Max came to live with me when I was 22. I had been sober for around a year at that point I think. It was a learning experience to start with. I was figuring out how to be a mom and Max was of course confused as he was living with my mom, then he came to live with me, and that’s a big change for a kid. We moved around for a little bit from house to house. He’s a good kid and really resilient, thank God. We had a lot of good times and we had some crazy times too as we were trying to get used one another again. He would push the boundaries, try and figure out what was okay and what was not. All kids do, right?

I stayed sober for like 5 years. Max lived with me, and after he started going to school I started drinking again. It never got as bad as it was when I was a kid but it did get pretty bad, and I had to get sober again. So I was sober from 21-25/26 then I was drinking from 26-28.

Do you feel you had a Brother/Sister connection more than a Mother/Son?

I did at first but now I don’t, now I feel like his mom. I think maybe like the first six months or something it was really hard for us both to adjust back to having a mom and son relationship; he didn’t want to listen to me and I didn’t know what to tell him or what to do. I didn’t know what was okay. Now we definitely have a clear idea of what the boundaries are. He is also older now, it’s easier for a 12 year old to understand than a 6year old. He currently lives with his father in Alaska.

In 2009 you enrolled Max (aged 8) in Martial Arts. What prompted you to think of Martial Arts for Max?

I always wished I knew Karate. I wished I had a black belt. There was a girl I went to elementary school with and she was a Taekwondo black belt at a really young age, like by the time we were in 6th grade (11years Old). She had been doing Taekwondo all through school the whole years I had known her. For show and tell she would bring in different coloured belts, she would do all these different presentations, and I thought she was the coolest person ever. I had wished I had done that. So here I am 26 years old, my son is with me, and I’ve got this idea: If I wasn’t able to do martial arts, I’m going to make sure you have an opportunity to. I wanted him to have something better and have a chance but I didn’t know anything. I thought, “Maybe we should do Judo, Taekwondo or Karate.” I didn’t even know what the differences were between any of them, so I just chose one at random and it happened to be a Gracie Barra where they did Jiu Jitsu. I took him there, bought the GI, put him out on the mat and watched him.

When you were younger, you took Karate lessons and enjoyed them, what was the reason for you not going anymore?

I remember going to karate, and we would have to get rides with people. Our neighbours would have to give us rides, as it was too far to walk or take the bus, and we were too young for that anyway. We couldn’t get there ourselves, and a lot of times our parents just wouldn’t take us. They would be drunk, so they couldn’t drive us anywhere. Or we would be at my dad’s house, or in between houses, it was just too difficult. I remember the instructor pulling me aside and saying, “If you don’t show up for more classes I can’t give you your yellow belt”, and I literally burst in to tears. I was so heartbroken because it’s wasn’t my fault, I really wanted to be there. She wouldn’t pass me and I’m not sure, maybe I just perceived her as being super mean about it, but to me I was so humiliated. Looking back I now, it’s pretty easy for a kid to get a yellow belt in karate. They don’t have to do too much, so I don’t know if we were really that lame or if the teacher was being that mean. I wasn’t going long, only maybe a month or so, but I loved going. If I had kept going, who knows, maybe I would have been twice the fighter I am now (laughs).

After you enrolled  Max in Jiu jitsu, how did he take to it?

He didn’t, he thought it was too invasive, too much in your personal space.

You decided to enrol in Jiu Jitsu to try and help Max engage more, with you knowing nothing of the sport, how was this for you?

I thought, “If he’s going to do it, I might as well do it. I may be too old now to go anywhere with it, but at least I will give it a shot.” I loved it, I immediately fell in love with it.

I often think about how funny it is; It wasn’t a big deal but it was a life changing decision.

I’m adding in Lauren’s Thank You’s which are in the second part of this interview which will be up after her fight.

I’d like to thank my husband Joe, I love him so much it hurts. He changed my life and I don’t think I’d be here today without him. I’d also like to thank my family, especially my mum and my son, they have been with me and loved me through thick and thin.

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I have some great sponsors in American Knockout Wear, they help me through my fight camps and have supported me a ton, please go check them out at www.akowear.com and buy yourself a Lauren Murphy T-Shirt. Part of the proceeds go to a really cool charity that supports a program called KIPP (Knowledge Is Power Program). My manager, Paul Stockler for looking out for me and my career, and to my team at Gracie Barra Katy. They are so good to me, especially my coaches Pat, Alex, Pena, and Ted. Thanks also to the guys at Westchase and Draculino’s. 🙂

In part 2 we talk about finding Jiu Jitsu, MMA, New Addictions, Invicta, the love of her life, UFC and the future……

Photo Credits: Lauren Murphy, Brian McNulty-American Knockout Wear

Special Thanks to Lauren Murphy for her generous time given to myself to allow me to do this interview and all that goes with it 🙂

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INVICTA 7 WEIGH-IN RESULTS AND HOW TO VIEW


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Invicta 7 takes places at the Ameristar Casino Hotel, Kansas City on December 7th , where three, yes thats right three title fights takes place along side a full supporting card as you would expexct from the all – female promotion Invicta.

First up though we had the weigh-ins, for which, lets face it, we all look forward to itself.

First up was :

Nina Anasroff  126 3/4 Lb  (who has 2 hours to lose 3/4 Lb)  VS  Munah Holland n  128  Lb (who also has 2 hours to lose the 2 Llbs) to make the 126 Lb weight limit

Next up was :

Tonya Evinger  135  3/4Lb   VS  Sarah  D’alelio  135  1/2Lb

Next was :

Charmaine Tweet  145 Llb  VS  Julia Budd  145 1/2 Lb

Next was :

Katja Kankaanpaa 114 3/4Lb  VS  Joanne Calderwood  115 1/2 Lb

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Next was :

Tecia Torres 114 1/4 Lb  VS  Felice Herrig  114 1/2 Lb

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Next was the title fights :

Miriam Nakamoto 134 3/4 LB  VS  Lauren Murphy 134 Lb

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Next was :

Claudia Gadelha 114Lb  VS (C) Carla Espara 114 Lb

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Last up was :

Leslie Smith 124 3/4 Lb  VS  Barb Honchak  124 1/4 Lb

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Shannon Knapp has been doing alot of work behind the scenes in securing a bigger and better future for the viewing public in gaining more access for us to view this awesome event if you are unable to make the trip to Kansas City in person, ( I for one, living the other side of the pond will  unfortuantly not be able to attend), so the next best thing is to be tunning into Invicta Fighting Championships on FB which will have details on how you can watch 2 FREE Prelim fights before you WILL have to buy the PAY-PER-VIEW which is $14.95  you can also watch for FREE the POST FIGHT MEDIA afterwards on INVICTA’S Facebook page for FREE.

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Catch up Season One…. Commence…..Hector Lombard


As of late I have neglated my own wordsite, where in reality all the ‘interviews’ I gain should really be on here first then onto the appropriate site I am working with at that moment in time, and I feel it is now time to change the ‘ball game’ so to speak back to me having control of the ball, and it will resume in this way, from now!  But firstly before I jump ahead of the ‘season’ I will indulduge you in re-visiting all my previous work I have done in my short six months of writing, gaining exclusive access to exclusive interviews of UFC fighters, Bellator Fighters, Cage Warriors Fighters, Bamma Fighters, Invicta Fighters and Fighters on the Grass roots scene; Plus some of the events I had been  invited too,  as press for their event so they get the full coverage of the  promotion and a full write up of the nights action.

I’m going to start with the ‘Exclusive Hector Lombard’ Interview I did with him [Hector] earlier this year, when I first heard he was ‘made’ to  drop down in weight to Welterweight, so I reached out to him and we set up a telephone Interview and here is the final outcome;

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“Although I’m currently at Welterweight Bisping is NOT out of the question”

In the run up to Hector Lombard’s return to the Octagon where he meets the heavy hitting Nate Marquardt on October 19th at UFC 166 in Houston, Texas I spoke with Hector in this exclusive interview.

EB: Your move down to Welterweight, how did this come about? Was it you who suggested it or did Joe Silva speak with you about this?

HL: Joe Silva wanted me to fight at welterweight, it was a decision for both parties.

EB: Do you feel it came out of the blue?

HL: It came out of the blue for me, not for him, they run the business, you got to do what the boss wants you to do.

EB: What are your personal thoughts on being, I guess, kind of ‘told’ to move down to Welterweight, when you yourself are happy at Middleweight?

HL: It was a long decision to make, it wasn’t made overnight, I thought long and hard about it. But now I am making the move it is going well.

EB: What do you think the logic is behind the move as your only other two losses prior to the UFC came when you were at Welterweight?

HL: That for me is hard to answer as they are the bosses and they say to me what to do.

EB: Are you feeling any pressure to impress Dana White, considering how vocal he has been about your performances since being with the UFC?

HL: There is always a pressure no matter what where you are going to be fighting, if you don’t perform there going to cut you no matter what weight you are fighting at, it’s part of the game, we are here to perform and we are here to entertain the fans, If you don’t do that, the fans don’t want to see you anymore, it goes with part of the territory.

EB: Are you finding that you have to drop muscle mass for the new weight division or is it just a change in diet or both?

HL: I have to drop muscle mass, remember I used to be all muscle before, I didn’t have any fat, I’ve learned that when you change your diet, your muscles begin eating up anyway regardless. I used to eat a lot of protein before, a lot of steak and stuff like that which will build your muscles, now I don’t eat steak or any red meat, so my muscles can stay smaller.

EB: I read that you maybe enlisting the help of Mike Dolce, is this true?

HL: I would of liked to have worked with Mike, but he is a very busy person so that has not happened, at the moment I am just gaining advice from my Team Mates and also Freshmealplan.com for helping me a lot with my healthy eating.

EB: Usually it is you that is doing the ‘calling out’ for your fights, how did you feel when Nate Marquardt ‘called’ you out?

HL: To be honest I was pretty happy with that, I have always wanted to fight Nate all my life, I’m glad that he actually reached out to me and called me out. I wish that Michael Bisping and the rest of the other fighters would do the same thing it would be a lot easier.

EB: There’s a bit of history with you and Nate Marquardt, you were due to fight on another promotion a few years ago, what was the story behind this?

HL: We were supposed to fight 2 years ago, I was calling him a ‘cheat’ and stuff like that, and he got upset, it did not happen, and I was very disappointed at the time, but 2 years on here we are!

EB: Are you worried that you will lose any of your explosive power, quickness or cardio going down to Welterweight?

HL: No my cardio will increase, usually when people lose weight you don’t have to carry an initial 20lbs that you had to carry before, I already feel I am a lot faster and a lot quicker and have a lot more strength, he (Nate) thinks that I am weak, that is why he has just challenged me, but I will prove him wrong.

EB: What can we expect from the new you, in the Welterweight division?

HL: I have to go back to my old days, just go back and rush in, knock people out, be the old Hector, they know I have the knock out power so there running away from me, its straight in and try to be crazy. It won’t be a technical fight, that won’t happen, they will run away, try to score points, and take the fight by decision, I don’t want to take it to the Judges, Judges don’t like me, probably because of the way I look

EB:Now that you’re in the Welterweight division are you disappointed that you won’t get to face Michael Bisping at all; as you were scheduled to meet him on your first outing for UFC for which Tim Boetsch replaced and you did later call out Bisping after your fight with Okami?

HL: Well look what has just happened, I was supposed to fight Nate Marquardt 2 years ago and were fighting in the UFC, anything can happen in the future and I’m sure that if its meant to happen, me and him will sort out all the bad things he has been saying, disappointed No, it will happen one day hopefully.

EB: On paper you and Nate are very similar, you both have fought Phalares and Okami; how do you see this fight for you being played out?

HL: Firstly my stand up is better, I believe I am a better fighter than him, but I have to prove it, come October 19th you will get to see my knock out power.

EB: Anyone you would like to thank?

HL: American Top Team, http://www.freshmealplan.com for helping me with my diet, my fans for keeping the faith and keeping me strong and The Lord Jesus Christ.

FAN QUESTIONS

As a fighter what would your normal walk around weight be?

2yrs ago I would walk around at about 205lbs but after my last fight I was walking around at 225lb!

During your training camp what weight would you get down too before your final weight cut?

Around 20lbs.

How much Kgs of water weight do you cut when in training for a fight?
Each fight is different my last fight was difficult and was 15lbs, so I won’t be doing that again!

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

My Family, they are everything to me.

‘I’m going to be punching her in the face really hard’ – ‘Rowdy’ Bec Hyatt


On Tuesday July 9th 2013, I finally managed to get a Skype Interview with one of the most talked about female mixed martial artists to make an impact on the scene  ‘Rowdy’ Bec Rawlings; I personally had been following Bec since 2011, but to everyone else I guess the turning point in ‘Rowdy’s’ career would have been January 5th 2013 when she fought Carla Esparza for The Strawweight Title for female promotion Invicta FC.

Bec is now due to take on Japan’s Mizuki Inoue in her 3rd fight for Invicta FC Promotion on Saturday July 13th.

 

(c) Esther Lin for Invicta
(c) Esther Lin for Invicta

 

Thank you for your time in this interview only days away from your fight.  How’s your training been going for this fight camp?

It was flawless, I started 8 weeks out like I always do, everything went to plan, I travelled a lot for this training camp as I went to some different academy’s.  I trained with Danny Galvan on The Gold Coast, Ricky Budgen at Empire Martial Arts, Gamebred Crew at Gamebred Combat Club and my usual gym Impact MMA. We have a good little fight team going on, also a few midgets my size so was a very good camp.

Is there anything different you’ve implemented into your training game this time?

Yes we’ve brought in swimming, it works hard on the body and good for the cardio, also a real challenge for me as I’m hopeless at swimming. (laughs)

So you’ve learnt how to swim now then?

I could float (laughs).  I could survive if I fell out of a boat, but I wasn’t very good at competitive swimming, but I’ve definitely improved in that area.

What would you say is the best thing about fight camp?

Sparring, I enjoy sparring, I enjoy punching people in the face (laughs) MMA rounds are the best.

What would you say is the worst thing about fight camp?

No Nutella, No Cup Cakes.

Can you tell me about a typical day for you, from the time you wake up to the time you go back to bed?

I wake up at 6am, depending if the kids want to sleep in or not, I will get them organised, get them breakfast, showered, dressed, depending if they have school or not, if they have school then I will be dropping them off at school, if not then I will be taking them along to my morning session which will be either strength training or conditioning such as hill sprints, stair sprints so I usually drive them along with me, then we usually head home.

I will get them organised with lunch things like that, then I will eat myself, whatever I can eat, normally chicken and broccoli (Laughs) I then try to chill out with the kids till my next session that night and depending if I can get a babysitter or not I might take them to the night session, which is BJJ, wrestling or striking which is pretty hectic if I bring them, as I have to get them organised before I go, get them in their pyjamas, make sure they’ve had their dinner etc.

Once I get home that gives me some time to myself to eat, shower, sit down but it’s not the end I then get all my media and all my sponsor requirements out the way , so night times are kind of chilled as the kids are sleeping but it is  also still work as I do all my media requirements etc.

Bec and her kids at the gym

 

 

Mizuki Inoue has a kickboxing record of 4-1 and MMA record of 5-1, what can the fans expect to see from you this time?

They can expect to see what they normally see.  I’m going to be punching her in the face really, really hard (laughs) and then we will go from there.

I never have a game plan, I just go in there and fight, just do what I do, just train to cover all bases. I will just be going out there, listening to my corner, doing what their telling me to do.

My head coach (Malcolm “The Big Croc” Vanderrar) just playing it by ear, we never go out with a strict game plan, normally if I do have a game plan it is to punch them really hard, make them not want to be there anymore.

Bec Hyatt Poster fight

 

Being such a young fighter, do you think Mizuki will come into the fight with no fear approach? Also on that flip slide, some fighters fear being knocked out; you got that out the way in your first fight, so do you feel you have the upper hand, so to speak since you have experienced what that feels like and have a no fear attitude?

Yeah definitely, being a 18 yr old you are fearless, but she is fighting in a whole different country, she’s really young, she’s coming to a different country, she’s fighting a tattooed, blue haired freak, (laughs lots).  I definitely think I have the upper part with experience wise in America and the fact I have been knocked out.  I go into the fights knowing what it feels like to be knocked out and I’m completely okay with that; as long as I go out there doing what I want to do and putting it all on the line, I don’t care of the outcome.

I don’t care if I get knocked out  or choked out unconscious, I’m going out there, I’m going to punch her in the face and I’m going to have fun doing it.

You’ve also fought in America (which will now be your 3rd time), do you feel, this plays to your advantage? I read in an interview that Mizuki had done, that in her fights the crowd don’t make any sound at all; firstly I could never imagine that; secondly, well we know Americans are a very ‘Rowdy’ bunch (see what I did there – lol) do you feel that this also plays to your advantage being as much an entertainer and a fighter?

Yeah definitely it’s going to be a huge culture shock, like in Japan there very different culturally when they are watching the sport, there very quiet and respectful. It might be a bit of a shock to her but also she may enjoy it.  I love the crowd, I love hearing the cheers and stuff, she may enjoy it, it may help her to fight better or to push harder so I don’t think it’s a advantage or disadvantage, it just depends on how she takes to it and how she reacts to it.

Speaking of your 3rd time, if I recall correctly, it was a 3 fight deal with Invicta you signed too, if so, now that this is your 3rd fight, what is next for you? Have you re-signed with Invicta? If so can you tell me what deal you have signed too?

Yes I originally signed a 3 fight deal, which this is my 3rd fight, and today I have just signed a new 6 fight deal again with Invicta, so you will be seeing a lot more of my face around, you will not be getting rid of me anytime soon.(smiles).

Who would you like to face next at Invicta? Would Joanne Calderwood still be an option for you?

Yeah definitely, I’m keen to fight Jo Jo, I think she is not so keen. I think, she thinks, she is better than me and above me so I’m looking to prove her wrong.

Since gaining your 2 yr visa for the USA will we see a move to the states for you at all?

I’m pretty happy in Australia, that’s where my family is and my huge support base, but anything could happen.  Invicta might want me to move over you never know, so you will have to wait and see, it’s not definitely out of the picture. I’m looking to come over to the states for training at different gyms and stuff but Australia is my home, it’s where my family is, so I reckon I will stay in Australia, but I will be coming back to America for a few weeks or even a month, we will just have to wait and see.

Going back to Carla Esparza fight, at the time what were your own personal reasons for stepping up in that fight?

I’ve never turned down a fight so of course I’m going to take it (laughs). It was a huge opportunity, win, lose or draw, I knew it was going to do good things for my career, which, is my number one priority to put food on the table for my two little boys, so it was definitely a huge step in my career; it was the right choice.

Going back to Jasminka Cive fight, was it hard going into that fight with a lot of genuine hate for her and controlling your emotions?

No not really, I’ve learnt to be humbled a lot in this sport.  I know to go out there and fight with no emotion, the only thing that was going through my head was to go out there, go do my job and prove to Jasminka I am better than her, and my 24 hr Facebook training is still going to kick your ass (laughs). It was definitely a fun fight, a good camp, a good lead up to all the media, all the interest on that fight was amazing. I had good fun with it; it was definitely an awesome fight and we squashed the beef in the end after I proved my point well and truly.

I’ve noticed you’re sporting a new hair colour – bubblegum blue, is this anything to do with The Smurfs at all?

Just random, I walked into the hairdressing warehouse picked out a colour I like and walk out with it.

As MMA is now starting to gain a lot of recognition on the big stage over in Australia, are there any female’s that we should be keeping an eye out for?

Yeah there not very active at the moment, there still trying to get fights at their weight, but I’d definitely be looking out for Shauna “Little Thunder” Carew who I train with at Impact MMA, she fights in the Atomweight division, and I know Claire Fryer who was quite active a few years back has come back into it, so she maybe one to keep an eye out for coming back in to the sport again.

You have so many tattoo’s, what age did you get your first one and what was it?

I was 16 years old and it was a Tramp Stamp on my back, which I now have covered over  (really laughs) it was like tribal with a dragon head, so I had that covered over with Roses and a Grenade which really suits my personality because if you pull that pin and I will explode!

3 FUN QUESTIONS

If you could change 1 rule in MMA what would it be?

Lay and Pray

Ice lolly or Ice Cream?

Ice Cream

If catering came in and you hosted a dinner party, which 3 guests, dead or alive would you invite and why?

My Little Pony, Mini Mouse and Conan the Barbarian, as things would get messy.

Finally, who would you like to Thank?

Americana mma, Alchemist management, Impact MMA, Gamebred Combat Club, Empire Martial Arts, Mal Van, all my training partners, my friends and family for looking after my babies while I’m away.

(C) ALCHEMIST MANAGEMENT
(C) ALCHEMIST MANAGEMENT

 

You can keep up-to-date and follow Bec on her Twitter @RowdyBec

To order Invicta 6 log onto www.invictafc.com all details are there on how to purchase on either U Stream or if you’re lucky enough to be in America or Canada selected Satellite/Cable companies are showing this event and being part of History in the Making #WMMA

 

June 3rd 2013 ‘Words from The War Machine’


In the early hours of June 3rd I got a message back of Jonathan Koppenhaver aka War Machine, who I had been previously speaking too, on and off since his release from Jail; although it had never crossed my mind to do an Interview with him, I did one day just randomly ask that question,  me being me, having no game plan, nothing at all wrote down, I did know on what angle I wanted to do the interview, I don’t think War Machine got my concept on where I was coming from though, I personally was pleased with it, it did however, turn out to be written in a blog/style format with some Q&A, if you didn’t catch it, I made sure it was published a few days his Bellator fight with Blas Avena and you can read it here:

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In the early hours of June 3rd I finally managed to get a Skype Interview, well more of a chat with War Machine aka Jonathan Koppenhaver, who is making his return to the octagon on June 19th against Blas Avena after being re-signed to Bellator, and if you know anything about War Machine then you will know that this wasn’t going to be any ordinary conversation.  He is one of the very few, I feel brutally honest people out there, who says how it is and doesn’t believe in sugar-coating anything.  You either like this guy or you don’t it’s as simple as that, but then again I too believe in saying it how it is, to me this was a match made in heaven.

Ok so I’ve done a little bit of research on War Machine purely for my own reasons, if you catch my drift, after all you’ve got to get know the person you’re about to talk to – right?  And this is one person whose public perception I feel really needs changing for the better, but that’s just my opinion.

On December 7, 2011 it was announced that War Machine was re-signed to an exclusive deal with Bellator Fighting Championships and would be competing in their Season 6 Welterweight Tournament. War Machine was expected to fight Karl Amoussou in the opening round of the welterweight tournament at Bellator 63. However, War Machine was sentenced to a year in prison for the prior assault in Las Vegas, Nevada from December 2009 and was forced out of the bout and the tournament.  It was a little after this I personally became interested in War Machine, when I found an online blog called “War Machine’s Prison Diaries” which detailed everyday he spent in prison for the 2nd time.  He also documented his first time which is also available to read online.  To me there was something about him that I could relate too on so many different levels (and before anyone thinks it – No I’ve not been in prison), so that’s where my research on War Machine began.

War Machine was set to make his Bellator Debut on January 17, 2013 against UK’s Paul Daley, in a fight which was put to the fans vote which would open up the first of the Welterweight Tournament. War Machine however he tore his ACL which forced him out of the fight.  After all he had previously been through, this was a big blow to him and thought karma once again had dealt him a bad hand.

Fast forward 5 months to current day and…..

War Machine (12-4) will face Blas Avena (8-6) at Bellator 96 on June 19, 2013.

I’ve just logged into Skype for the first time yep, I’ve not actually done this before, so it’s going to be very random because that is me all over, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Besides in the initial “Hey” the first thing War Machine asks me is “Where is the Nandos at”? Yep, when he came over here to fight on BAMMA 3 against Zach Light back in May 2010 he couldn’t get enough of Nandos.

You’re finally getting your debut fight for Bellator on June 19th, which is great as UK fans who can also finally get to watch Bellator for the first time on TV (Channel VIVA), what are your thoughts on Blas Avena?

My only thought is that I’m gonna smash him.  I got better stand up, better wrestling, I’m stronger, tougher, all he has is a Black Belt in Jiu Jitsu.  What’s he gonna do lie on his back and submit me?  Like fat chance, you know it’s not gonna happen.  He’s tough, but he’s not tougher than me.  He’s not got enough tools to beat me, I’m gonna smash him.

Would you say you have any “Cage Rust” going into this fight, having not fought, since beating Roger Huerta on 26th November 2011?

No, I fight in the gym everyday so my “cage rust” has already gone.  I had Cage Rust when I first came out of Jail and first went to practice, but I’ve been training every day and fighting my team mates, now I’m back to normal.

How is your knee holding up after tearing your ACL?

I had a partial tear in my ACL, I didn’t get surgery and I just let it heal up and rested up.  It’ s like 90%, feels pretty good, once in a while it bugs me nothing crazy, its good, I’m good.

I read on your Twitter that you don’t get your Medical bills paid by Bellator or anyone; surely if you fight for an organisation they should pay your Medical bills?

Bellator only have insurance when you get hurt in the cage during an actual contracted fight.  I got hurt when I was training for my fight, I don’t have my own insurance.

I briefly touch on the subject of me wanting to know more about him and his past, that makes him the person he is today. However, I am also a bit reluctant to do so but I say it to him straight in my own words of course – (well it is me we’re talking about and I don’t do a soft approach), I don’t want to piss you off or get a pissed off you but I’m intrigued by you, your “Prison Diaries” and that side to you.”  War Machine replies, I won’t Piss him off or get him pissed off.  Hhmm that’s great I’m thinking I will return to that subject further down the line I think.

“You have to do something really dumb to get me real mad”

Ok so as soon as I mention “Love Life looking up” I get a cheeky laugh with a cheeky grin.  I ask is it “Christy” (as in Christy Mack) to which he confirms it is.  If you guys don’t know who Christy Mack is then I suggest you may just want to google her! Tip! Just make sure your other half is nowhere to be seen and clear the cache/search engine of your internet browser after doing so. He also states Christy as his Girlfriend; if anyone knows War Machine he doesn’t have Girlfriends and certainly doesn’t publically announce them.  This makes this information big news in War Machine’s life.  If you have read his “prison diaries” you will know exactly where I am coming from.  With the break up in his marriage, how hard it was for him to deal with it, and saying he “was never going have another Girlfriend,” I for one am glad to see that War Machine is starting to believe again in that side of things.

“Shit happens it’s like you get drunk and you get a hangover and say you’re not ever gonna get drunk again and you drink again”

War Machine on Christy Mack

“She’s cool, she’s really smart, that’s the best part about her.  Christy is one of the smartest girls I have ever met seriously, if not, the most, smartest.  Most porn girls are stupid.”

Then I ask a dumb question for which I really knew the answer deep down, but you know when you just get lost in the conversation and it all goes out the window, yep I had that moment and anyone that really knows me, knows this is truly the real me.  Thankfully however it still flowed really well for me.

What came first, the fighting or making the porn movies?

The Fighting (yeah it was obvious, but you can see why I got carried away in our conversation)!

How did you end up in the porn industry?

After I started fighting, I then got famous, so these porn girls wanted to f**k me, and they said you should do porn, so one day I said f**k it and I did it.

Did you make good money from it?

Yeah, when I was doing it

At this point as we’re casually talking and it’s not like an interview whatsoever.   I say Ok most of this is what has intrigued me so far by the way, but I know the UK fans will be so I won’t put all of this in the interview.”  War Machine replies, I don’t care because what interests you will interest other people.”  Finally someone who gets it!  Music to my ears! Just to let you all know, I haven’t held a single thing back that me and War Machine have talked about.

War Machine views on the Paul Daley situation, his visa issue and Bellator.

“He’s lucky he only got his visa suspended. I got put in Jail for a year for a bloody lip.  He’s lucky he’s English; I would have paid $100,000 for a visa problem. Hell yeah Bellator will keep him on, we’re fighter’s, this is what we do.  Who cares if we get in one little street fight”.

Did you learn anything in going to Jail?

No it didn’t teach me shit.

It didn’t rehabilitate you whatsoever?

No it’s just got me angrier, pissed off and worse.  Jails a big waste of time and space of life but I don’t wanna go back there. Now I’m just  like a Hermit, I don’t go out, I don’t do stuff, I don’t wanna risk getting into trouble,  but I’m still the same guy, f**k them.  I didn’t do anything wrong in the first place.  I don’t think it should be against the law to fight, I mean it’s like a natural fun thing.

So are you saying the system does not work?

No it’s stupid

When I first started reading War Machine’s Prison Diaries I remember him saying in the very early days, that it’s not the actual person who is doing the so-called “Time” in prison that it affects.  It’s the people who are left behind.  Now we all know of someone who has been in prison, but it’s not until it’s a close family member/friend that you can personally relate to what War Machine has stated and I would say not a truer word has been said.

War Machine says I’m a sucky interviewer, that maybe true, but only because I had no set question’s laid out, but that’s just my style.  I’d rather  have a “conversation” based interview over a Q&A interview any day but again that’s just me.

How has it been adjusting since coming out of prison?

The first couple of days sucked real bad, slowly you get used to it, but it’s hard.  You go to jail, you lose your car, you lose your credit, your money, you lose everything you have.  You got to come out and start all over again.  It’s tough but what can you do?  You got to keep going forward.

Your probation deal sounds pretty harsh from your twitter feeds, how does that work?

They don’t come to my house that much, (part of War Machine’s probation is random house checks) but when they do come its annoying as hell.

How often do you see your probation worker?

Once a month

That’s not too bad really, have you changed to a male one yet?

Yeah he’s way better than the female, she was a f**king c**t!

Ok I have to clear this up now; do you actually have an issue with females in authority?

(War Machine said nothing I asked was going to piss him off, unless it was really dumb and I personally did not class this as dumb, it was a fair question)

I have a problem with anyone in authority; no one should be in authority.  No one should be the boss of me.  I don’t respect any authority; it takes more than just your title or position for me to respect you.  There has to be a reason for me to respect you.  I’m not going to respect you just because you’re  wearing a badge or you happen to be in this spot in office.  I couldn’t give a f**k.  I respect you for reasons I respect you for, you know, I don’t care if it’s a girl or a guy I’m not going to respect you just because you got a badge on.  That does not mean shit to me, I have a problem with all authority.

Respect is basically earned?

Yeah I’m not gonna give it just because!

So what is next after Blas Avena?

The Bellator tournament in September, for which I will win; I’ll win $100k. Fight the champion that fluffy head little bitch Ben Askren, I’m going beat his ass.

I asked about the fight deal Bellator made with War Machine, as I always believed Fighters were contracted to a certain amount of fights i.e a 3 or 5 fight deal.  Then the contract to be renewed or not as in some cases, but this is not the case. This is how War Machine described it too me.

“If I won the tournament, the belt and became Bellator Champ, well UFC gonna try to sign me, but Bellator has the last say.  I can only leave if the UFC are offering more money than Bellator, so Bellator gets the last say.  So if  Bellator matches that I can’t leave, Bellator always have the last say”

Would you, if Dana came back to you, go back to the UFC?

I don’t really give a shit, I don’t.  NO; period!  I’ve already been there, I’ve seen all these guys go there that suck, it isn’t that special anymore.  I just wanna fight and make money; do you know what I mean?  I’m happy with Bellator because they don’t whine and cry when I say something.  The UFC are like NAZIS, you say one thing and they suspend you or fire you, I like Bellator because I can say what I wanna say, Bellator lets me be me still.

With your current probation situation would it stop you being able to come to the UK?

I would need to go to the court to ask permission. I love the UK, I love fighting there, I love how they say C**t and F**k off.  If I go there, I hope the Queen grants me a full pardon so I can stay there forever, America sucks.

Since Paul Daley has visa issues and the fans voted for you both to fight in the last Bellator Welterweight Tournament; of which you had to pull out due an ACL tear, would you be up for fighting Paul Daley in the UK?

I would love to go to the UK and fight Paul Daley.  That’s a tough fight, I like Paul Daley, he’s kinda like me but he’s black.  I like him, but I like to beat him up too.  I’d love to go to England, eat some Nandos, I love England I’d have so much fun there.

It appears my interview/chat has gone full circle.  War Machine started with Nandos and we appeared to have ended randomly with Nandos and no I’ve not even changed the opening and ending questions around, it has just played out that way.  For someone who hadn’t planned a single part of this interview/chat and even got called a sucky interviewer, I personally don’t think I’ve done too bad but hey that’s just my opinion.

Since doing this Interview/Chat with War Machine he had taken to his Twitter account on June 6th by quoting the following: (there is relevance why I’ve added it in here).

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Here’s a big F**k YOU to all you cheap a** MMA sponsors out there, kill yourselves, we bust our asses in that cage for PENNIES, f**k you. You f**king clothing companies, promoters & managers get rich off of OUR pain and suffering ya’ll and have the nerve to nickel & dime us? In 2008 Sprawl paid me like $1200 (maybe more, I forget) to wear their shorts on a NON-televised fight, now they offer $500? JOKE! All of you dumb f— fighters need to start telling these companies to F**k OFF! Don’t accept their low ball offers, make them pay us fair!”

I’ll wear a BLANK shirt, a BLANK hat and BLANK shorts-no they won’t be blank, they’ll say, “MMA SPONSORS ARE CHEAP F**S” on them all! EVERYONE in MMA is making money EXCEPT the f**-ing fighters! I bet Arianny Celeste makes more f**king money holding up a f**king ring card! And ALL of you MMA fighters who are seeing my f**king posts and AREN’T RT’ing them have no f**king balls! You know I speak the truth”

I’d rather sit here and promote the few good companies for FREE, than to promote a company who wants to pay me PENNIES to wear their shit

Just after these tweets (with some others in between) War Machine announced Bellator will be televised on UK TV on channel VIVA, you would think that sponsor’s would be lining up at this HUGE opportunity?

June 7th War Machine Tweets

“See what happens when you have BALLS and stand your ground!!! REAL sponsor in the works, an MMA company trying to do shit RIGHT! Stand by.”.

“All you COWARD ass “fighters” out there need to take notes from DADDY and grow a pair of balls so that you can get the $ you deserve too”.

“I want to send a big THANK YOU to my new sponsor @TheSaintApparel , I look forward to working with you guys, thanks for backing me up!”

It took one whole day for War Machine to get a Sponsorship deal, and not just any sponsorship deal with just any company; you may not have heard of The Saint Apparel, but be prepared to in a BIG way; as always I do my homework (much to contrary belief) so I checked them out.

This is their “about them page”

Stay Humble.

Saint Apparel Canada

Saint Apparel is a Canadian made brand for the people who are motivated by success. We represent the core behind what drives people to do well; to prevail over hardship and overcome difficulty.

We come from humble beginnings. We have been considered underdogs. We fight for success and will not stop until we reach our destination.

Everyone fights for something. What do you fight for?

I contacted The Saint Apparel originally to ask permission to use their photograph of War Machine to go with my Interview (for which I had seen an associate of The Saint Apparel, tweet to Jon) whilst we corresponded over e-mail I asked for a Statement as to why they chose to sponsor War Machine, this is what they had to say:

“We chose War Machine because he has always been known as an honest guy.

The word “Humble” may not be the first thing that comes to mind in relation to him, but I think he is incredibly humble deep down in his heart.

There always seems to be something going on with War as well. People love to watch him and listen to what he has to say.

He is an incredibly underrated fighter, and we think he could be a force to be reckoned with in the near future.

On top of all of these things, I personally used to idolize this guy when I was in high school.

He speaks his mind, he can fight, and the girls love him!”

Josh Rose

Owner and Founder

The Saint Apparel

 

War Machine trains out of Und1sputed Gym in San Diego, you can follow him on Twitter (if you don’t already I don’t know where you have been) @WarMachine170, for his new sponsor  head over tohttp://www.thesaintapparel.com @TheSaintApparel  and for nutrition his other sponsor  http://www.gardenoflife.com, @gardenofliferaw

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

Leigh Remedios Interview and Into The Cage 8 – The Uprising Event Review


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.

For tickets contact Leigh via his Facebook page Leigh Remedios or go to www.IntoTheCage.co.uk for more info, Full Fightcard Info & Prices.

 

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.

 

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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 Hodgson VS  Chris Heaney

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

Amateur Bout

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

Amateur bout

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

Semi-pros

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

Amateur bout

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
5x5min rounds

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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.

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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

Amateur

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

Pros

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

#AARON BLACKWELL

 

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   …..

It’s been awhile……Quick Update


It’s been awhile since I’ve updated this site but I’ve been far from quiet (not that I know how to be quiet).

I’ve been working with several different people, all of whom I will get around to putting into my blog, once I figure out where to start, knowing me not the beginning, it will just be random as that is just me all over, plus its more fun that way.

Just to name a few I attended Neilson’s Heavyweight Boxing Tournament, Gained a couple of Sponsorship deals for a Female MMA Fighter that Made the GB Team for Fighters Source/ Battle Arena, Played a Major role in adding a Great UK Veteran of MMA to a Upcoming Fight Card,Getting a Interview with Leigh Remedios, Working with Front Row MMA, Working with Into The Cage and Event Reporting at Cage Warriors 54 in Cardiff!

It may not sound much, there is a lot of work that goes on behind the scenes lets say, but hey since when did I start to worry about what others ‘Think’ and ‘Say’ about me, If your talking about me then I’m doing something right 🙂

Till next time…..

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.