Season One.. Episode seven..Jorge ‘Michelan’ Bezerra

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With his BAMMA World Middleweight Title fight against Scott Askham being tomorrow night (September 14th), I managed to catch up with Jorge ‘Michelan’ Bezerra at London Fight Factory for a brief chat about it.

Everyone knows that my greatest weapon is my jiu jitsu I can now show the true value of jiu jitsu ,what I learned from the Master Leo Vieira’

EB: You’re managed by U I Management who manage a whole host of predominantly UK-based fighter’s such as Che Mills, Mark Godbeer and Matt Ewin who are a little more ‘known’ to us here, how did UI Management and yourself first become involved?

JB: A friend of mine, Mauro Chimento who is also managed by U I Management who are affiliated with Checkmat BJJ here where I train in Sao Paulo, mentioned it to me so to cut a long story short I am now managed by U I Management. It is a great pleasure and I am very happy to represent them. It is the start of a great working relationship together.

EB: Growing up in Brazil was not easy for you, yet alone trying to gain a MMA career for yourself. How does it feel for you to be fighting in Europe and gaining more recognition?

JB: Growing up in Brazil I come from a humble family and my childhood was as normal as it could be, with thanks to God as a saviour. I started Jiu jitsu and Karate at a young age then I was introduced to MMA, for which I have never looked back on. It is really good to see that I am finally making my way and name over here in Europe.

EB: You began your professional fighting career as a Welterweight fighter and went to Middleweight in April 2012. What made you decide to move up a weight division?

JB: In Brazil I have fought in almost, all of the divisions, but now I have found the correct division for me that suit’s me a lot better, to my natural height and build. I feel this is the right move for me in this division.

EB: You hold a Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Leo Vieira, an impressive record of 18-9, it’s no wonder you’re fighting on BAMMA 13 against Scott Askham for the Middleweight World Title bout. How much do you know about the unbeaten Scott Askham?

JB: Scott Askham is a very dangerous athlete, he has a very strong striking power with his knees and kicks, also some Jiu Jitsu skills but he is standing out too much here in Europe at the minute and we will make this a good fight. I’m the biggest black belt of all time in jiu jitsu, thank God for all these years, I can now show the true value of jiu jitsu I learned from the Master Leo Vieira, my record speaks for itself and it’s the result of good jiu jitsu I learned.

EB: Having had 27 professional career fights to date, you have only seen the third round six times (last time was back in 2009) most of your wins have come by way of submission, 16 to be exact, is it safe to say that the ground game is second nature to you?

JB: Although predominately, yes I am a BJJ specialist, I train for every aspect in this sport but the ground game is as you would say is second nature to me.

I have trained and workout a lot to be a champion . I have my failures and limitations as do all athletes, but I ‘m trying to evolve in all areas. Everyone knows that the greatest weapon is my jiu jitsu, people avoid falling into my game, so I’m trying to evolve in everything else.

EB: Scott Askham complimented you on your BJJ skills in a recent interview he did and also hinted he would stand and trade with you, this said though, in his last fight with Jack Marshman he also stated he would stand and trade, but this did not happen, do you feel this could just be part of his “Game Plan”?

JB: I am not worried about his Game Plan, I will concentrate on what I have come here to do and that is to put on a great fight for you fans and of course to win the fight by whatever way I can.

EB: How do you feel now that your fight has been moved from the Prelims to the Main Card on BAMMA 13?
JM:I am training for everything for this fight. I am very well prepared and I will embrace the opportunity that BAMMA is giving me to be able to make the main event card, it is a great opportunity, I truly am thankful.

EB: How did you get your nickname ‘Michelan’ and what does it mean?

JB: When I started training with Leo he had some people who loved giving nicknames to people , and I was chubby, so he began to call me by the name ‘Michelan’ I looked the Toy spreading the ‘Michelan’ tyre brand so that nickname stuck with me, and now they call me ‘Michelan’ for more than 10 years.

EB: Being the “away” fighter, what impact if any does that have on you?

JB: I don’t feel it has an impact on me as such, it just makes for a more interesting fight, one person always has to come out to be the not so favourite one I guess.

EB: What can BAMMA fans expect to see on Saturday 14th September?

JB: All the fans, whether they are supporting me or Askham, can expect a very busy, full night of action, I like my fights to be fast paced and ready from the off, I will give a great show come fight night.

EB: Is there anyone you would like to thank?

JB: Yes I would like to thank my many Sponsors, Paul Sutherland and Dan Richards for they’re giving me the greatest strength.

5 Quick fun Questions

If you could change 1 rule in MMA what would it be?
I would have Pride rules back, because those rules do not favour anyone, the time of the pride days was so much better.

Favourite Food?

I love Japanese food, and Italian

Walk Out Music?

I ‘m evangelical, and like to hear praises to Christ.
Favourite UK Fighter?

Paul Daley

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

You may call me crazy, Call God the Creator of the universe and our lives , Jesus Christ, who gave his own life for love , and the Holy Spirit. I would gather all 3 and be very Blessed… Jesus Christ loves you!

Season one.. Episode two..Colin”Freakshow” Fletcher

colin   On August 28th 2013, I managed to grab some one-on-0ne time with Colin ” Freakshow” Fletcher, to speak about his up and comming BAMMA 13 bout; being released by The UFC, but more importantly ‘being himself’ again.

“I can’t wait to get back to old ways and put on a show for everyone”

EB: Hey Colin, it’s great to see you back home to BAMMA;  you looking forward to putting on a show?

CF: Hi Emma, yeah it’s great to be back at BAMMA, I can’t wait to get back to old ways and put on a show for everyone.

EB: Are you looking forward to just being ‘you’ Colin ‘Freakshow’ Fletcher?

CF:100%.  I felt lately I was being directed to be someone else and tone things down a little but I am a weirdo through n through so it’s going come back out…The Freakshow is back.

EB: Who are you going to be bringing with you? The Gimps? The Bicycle or both? or are we in for something completely different this time?

CF: Naa I’m going to mix things up, I never do the same thing twice. I’m working on a few options but I’m keeping them under wraps till September 14th..

EB: You’re facing Tim ‘Super Human’ Newman, who is no stranger to BAMMA himself;  what do you know about your opponent if anything?

CF: I know he is a good guy and an awesome fighter. I am looking forward to mixing it up with him, he is definitely a human but I will be looking forward to seeing if he is ‘super human’ or not (laughs)!

EB: Your time out in Australia for The Smashes, how was this for you on a personal level, being away from your family for that amount of time; did it play tricks in your head on an emotional level or was it a case of focus, focus, focus, you are there for a much bigger reason, get on with it, train, train, train?

CF: No I am slightly crazy anyway so I just had to deal with the normal voices (laughs). It was awful being away from our lass and the kids for so long though I had a few cheeky cries on the sly but over all I had a good experience and people got to see what I’m really like.

EB: The Smashes made great viewing for everyone, but we only got to see 1 hr a week, in reality what was your daily routine like?

CF: It was pretty boring really we got up, ate, trained, ate, trained, ate then went to sleep so in the gaps we did loads of weird things to fill up the day about 80% of the best funny moments never even got shown.

EB: You have a good friendship with Ross Pearson, is that anything to do with the fact you’re both from the North East of England?

CF: Sort of and also the fact that were distantly related! I’ve known Ross since we were small kids, he is a top guy.

EB: How was it for you to have finally reached your goal of gaining a spot in the UFC?  Was it everything you had thought it would be?

CF: Yeah it was weird, I felt a lot of pressure, before then I did not really see myself as a good fighter, I just loved to compete and with that in my mind I think I was a better fighter, but then all of a sudden everything’s results based and it is like you have got to win, you got to be better, you got behave a certain way and I don’t think it really suited me. I thought everything would be the same. I think some people are more suited to dealing with that kind of thing but I am a bit, well, strange really!

EB: The Mike Ricci fight in Canada, you weren’t feeling too well, can you tell me more?

CF: I just felt awful really, I’m not sure if it was a bad weight cut, maybe jet lag; as I got there on the Wednesday night of the week of the fight but, I have never felt so flat and lifeless in a fight, it was strange, I just couldn’t push my body to perform half as much as I normally do.

EB: Overall would you change your experience you have had in the UFC at all?

CF: No not at all, I am massively grateful for the opportunity the UFC gave me, it was an honour to fight for them and I would love to again one day, I would be better equipped to deal with things having been though them before, I’m 100% sure if I had been given a little more time I would of adjusted and got back on track but at the end of the day as long as I am fighting I’m happy no matter who it’s for, as long as people enjoy watching me fight I will continue to find.

EB: And now we are lucky to see you back at BAMMA on September 14th against Tim ‘Super Human’ Newman; as they say everything happens for a reason – would you agree?

CF: Yeah true I’m going to enjoy this one.

EB: Anyone you would like to thank?

CF: Mostly my fantastic wife and kids then my coaches Nick Hands, Warren Olliver, Nigel Scope, Paul Hubber and Barry Gibson.

Random Questions

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

CF: Have 1, 15 min round no break

EB Favourite International Fighter?

CF: The Ultimate Warrior

EB Favourite Food?

CF: Caaaaaaaaaaake

EB: Walk Out Music?

CF: Undecided

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

CF: Elvis Presley because he is the King babyGene Wilder as he is the funniest person ever and my wife.

Thank you for your time Colin.

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