‘If I remember right he said he had “perfect stand-up” – Alex Brunnen


RAGED UK MMA takes place this Saturday, March 7th at MECA in Swindon which promises to be an action packed night of amateur and professional MMA.

I managed to catch up with one of the co-main event headliner’s, 23-year-old,  Alex Brunnen, who in his own unique words discusses with me his up-coming fight with Julian Kerr, fighting back in his hometown since his amateur career, training at The MMA Lab with Benson Henderson and Joe Murphy plus his coach/mentor and good friend Oz.

Alex Brunnen

You’re going to be making your home town debut on March 7th at RAGED UK in a co-main event.  How does it feel to be finally not only fighting in your home town but to be also co-main event?

Whatever the running order of the fights, it doesn’t matter to me. I’m looking to put on a performance whether I was fighting first or last. 

You train out of SVT in Swindon under your mentor, coach and good friend Michael ‘Oz’ Osbourne. Can you talk me through what it’s been like for you having such a good friend guide you through your career thus far?

Haha Yeah!  Me and Oz are close. When I was just getting into this sport at 16 years old, Oz was like a god to me  Ahaha!  He is a real fighter.  He’s down!  I mean,  I remember this one time, after a fight some guy threw some beer in the ring at me and Ozzy jumped straight out of the ring and started ‘throwing down’ into a packed crowd; beast!      

You went 3-0 as an amateur before turning pro with a current record of 2-2.  Personally I feel people do not give you the credit you’re due; Having fought Joe Orrey in your first pro fight who is the current Painpit Bantamweight Champion for which you won; Nad Narimani who is now at Cage Warriors which resulted in a second round loss. You’re a guy who will rise to the challenge of a tough fight and not back away, why?

I know I haven’t fought as much as my teammates over the last few years due to personal reasons.  I finally feel I’m at a stage now,  where I can go to other MMA gyms and not feel completely out of my depth.  Back then when I was younger, I suppose I used to think of myself as a kid and perhaps I felt as if I didn’t belong with these guys but that’s changed now.

Looking back I feel I rushed the start of my career and should have had at least double the amount of amateur fights that I had; ultimately it doesn’t really matter now though.

Alex Brunnen

I’ve heard you’ve been over to The MMA Lab in Arizona to do some training.  Firstly how was the whole experience; secondly did you get the chance to train and roll with Benson Henderson; thirdly tell me more about trainer/fighter Joe Murphy.

Yeah I spent 4 months in 2014 over at the MMA Lab in Glendale, Arizona. It’s a great place. That gym is a martial artists dream. I THINK it has the most UFC fighters training in a single room anywhere in the world. The amount of lightweights and featherweights there is, is unreal! Everyone trains hard as fuck and there isn’t anything that someone wouldn’t be real good at.  In my opinion it is the very best MMA gym in the world.  John Crouch is a 2nd degree BJJ Blackbelt under Royce I BELIEVE and he is a wicked coach.

Yeah I’ve rolled with Benson. It was not nice (in a good way), that guy is a physical specimen.  He really is something different and I’ve yet to see an athlete that’s close to his calibre.

Joe Murphy is a cool guy! Real good BJJ and he’s also a big fella for the MMA weight he fights at.  He caught me in some funky omoplata shit when we were rolling one time and I was thinking “what the fuckkkk”.

For those people who do not know you or who have never met you, how would you describe yourself as a person then as a fighter?

As a person?  hmmm…  That would be a bit biased hearing an opinion on myself.

 I’d like to say fucking legendary but I’m sure someone will disagree somewhere haha!

Would you say that there are any similarities between you and a young ‘Nick Diaz’ at all, as in his fighting mentality, his confidence – which more than often is misconstrued into being more cocky and arrogant than what it really is and that of his ingenious fighting style?

Nah there’s no similarities that guy is insane!

Do you think the key to a successful fighter is self belief in being mentally prepared  as much as physically being prepared, if not more so?

The fight game is 90% mental I’ve come to realise that if you’re not in it mentally as much as you can be, you aren’t in it at all!

Alex Brunnen
Alex Brunnen

You’re facing Julian Kerr this Saturday March 7th at MECA, Swindon. Do you know much about your opponent or the challenges he could pose on the night?

If I remember right he said he had “perfect standup”  We’ll see!

At the Pre-fight press conference I noted one of your quick-witted responses “You can be an inch taller but six feet under is quite low” looking back on that, what are your thoughts?

Haha I was having fun. I was chilling!

What can we expect to see from you on the night when you face Julian Kerr at RAGED UK?

A war.

As you’re the home town fighter, do you feel for once having a big home crowd will play a big part into the atmosphere and how you feel once those cage doors shut on Saturday night?

I’m hoping to draw the energy from the crowd and fire it into Julian through combat.  It will be nice not be booed in my home town for once!

Lastly is there any sponsors or anyone you would like to thank?

Shout out to my team SVT, we train hard, we’ve really grown as a team lately too and there’s a good vibe. Shout out to Oz, and my kickboxing coach Daniel Hughes out of Scorpion kickboxing gym.

Thank you for your time Alex it’s appreciated.

You can keep up to date on Alex on his Facebook page here.

RAGED UK takes place this Saturday, 7th March at Swindon MECA.

Tickets are £20 and £40 VIP available from all fighters, The Forum, The Khyber; alternatively  you can buy online at  www.swindontickets.co.uk or  click on their social media pages Facebook/Twitter.

Tickets will be available on the door (subject to availability)

RAGED UK EVENT POSTER
RAGED UK EVENT POSTER

 

Photo Credits: Alex Brunnen/Tear-up/Knuckle-up

 

 

 

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UFC FIGHT NIGHT BROOMFIELD – POST FIGHT PRESS CONFERENCE


UFC Fight Night Broomfield  Full Video Post Fight Press

 

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UFC FIGHT NIGHT BROOMFIELD FULL RESULTS – HENDERSON VS THATCH


The night was finally here, UFC Fight Night Broomfield or UFC Fight Night 60. Either one will do, they are both the same event where former Lightweight Champion Benson Henderson took on Welterweight Brandon Thatch  [who has not been out of the first round in his last 10 fights, or over 2 minutes, for which he has finished every single fight].

Also on the Card, was up-and-coming Max Holloway who took on the veteran in Cole Miller in the Co-Main Event.

Here are the Full complete Results from UFC Broomfield:

Benson Henderson showing The MMA Lab love
Benson Henderson showing The MMA Lab love

Main Card

Welterweight: Benson Henderson Def Brandon Thatch Via RNC 3 mins 58 secs Rnd 4

Benson Henderson Win UK Broomfield
Benson Henderson Win UK Broomfield
It's on tight RNC Win for Benson Henderson against Brandon Thatch UFC Broomfield
It’s on tight RNC Win for Benson Henderson against Brandon Thatch UFC Broomfield
Benson Henderson with the RNC on Brandon Thatch UFC Broomfield
Benson Henderson with the RNC on Brandon Thatch UFC Broomfield

 

 

Featherweight: Max Holloway Def Cole Miller Via UD   29-28, 29-28, 30-27

Max Holloway Win UFC Broomfield
Max Holloway Win UFC Broomfield
Max Holloway and 'Team Blessed' Win UFC Broomfield
Max Holloway and ‘Team Blessed’ Win UFC Broomfield

Welterweight: Neil Magny  Def Kiichi Kunimoto Via RNC 1 min 22 Secs Rnd 3

Neil Magny Win UFC Broomfield
Neil Magny Win UFC Broomfield

Middleweight: Daniel Kelly Def Patrick Walsh Via UD   29-28, 29-28, 30-27

Daniel Kelly UFC Broomfield
Daniel Kelly UFC Broomfield

Lightweight: Kevin Lee Def Michel Prazeres Via UD 30-27, 29-28, 30-27

Kevin Lee Win UFC Broomfield
Kevin Lee Win UFC Broomfield

Flyweight: Ray Borg Def Chris Kelades Via Kimura 2 min 56 secs Rnd 3

Ray Borg Win UFC Broomfield
Ray Borg Win UFC Broomfield

Preliminary Card

Lightweight: Efrain Escudero Def Rodrigo De Lima Via UD 30-27, 30-27, 30-27

Efrain Escudero Win UFC Broomfield
Efrain Escudero Win UFC Broomfield

Featherweight: Chas Skelly Def Jim Alers Via TKO 4 min 59 secs Rnd 2

Chas Skelly celebrating Win UFC Broomfield
Chas Skelly celebrating Win UFC Broomfield
Chas Skelly Win UFC Broomfield
Chas Skelly Win UFC Broomfield

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fly weight: Zach Makovsky Def Elliott Via UD 29-28, 29-28, 29-28

Zach Makovsky Win UK Broomfield
Zach Makovsky Win UK Broomfield

Lightweight: James Moontasri Def Cody Pfister Via RNC 1 min 49 secs Rnd 2

James Moontasri Win  UFC Broomfield

James Moontasri Win UFC Broomfield

 

BONUSES

FIGHT OF THE NIGHT

Benson Henderson and Brandon Thatch    $50,000 each 

PERFORMANCE OF THE NIGHT

Ray Borg    $50,000

Neil Magny    $50,000

 

Benson Henderson Discusses “Non Permanent” Move to Welterweight


 

INSIDE MMA correspondent Ron Kruck sits down with former UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson to discuss his transition to welterweight for his upcoming match at UFC Fight Night 60 versus Brandon Thatch February 14.

 

Video Credit: AXS TV Fights

 

BENSON HENDERSON ‘STOPPING AND SMELLING THE ROSES’ UFC FIGHT NIGHT BROOMFIELD


Fight Night Broomfield: Benson Henderson Tests Welterweight Division

 

Benson Henderson asked for a welterweight fight and UFC matchmaker Joe Silva obliged. Benson Henderson reflect’s on the opportunity, how it will help him grow, and how he plans to use his speed and athleticism to beat Brandon Thatch.

 

UFC FIGHT NIGHT BROOMFIELD: HENDERSON VS THATCH WEIGH-IN RESULTS


The UFC is back in Broomfield, Colorado, for the first time since 2010 and it may not have been an easy road to get here, but Saturday night’s main event will now feature Benson Henderson who is moving up a weight division to face deadly striker Brandon Thatch.

The Co-Main event features the ever exciting featherweight Max Holloway who goes up against Cole Miller.

Before we get to the all important fights it is of course the all important weigh-ins.

Main Card 3am GMT BT Sports 2/FS1, 10 PM ET/7 PM PT

Benson Henderson Vs Brandon Thatch UFC Broomfield Face Off
Benson Henderson Vs Brandon Thatch UFC Broomfield Face Off

Benson Henderson (169lbs) vs. Brandon Thatch (170 lbs)

Benson Henderson UFC Broomfield Weigh-In
Benson Henderson UFC Broomfield Weigh-In
Brandon Thatch UFC Broomfield Weigh-In
Brandon Thatch UFC Broomfield Weigh-In

Max Holloway (145.25 lbs) vs. Cole Miller (145 lbs)

Max Holloway Vs Cole Miller UFC Broomfield Face Off
Max Holloway Vs Cole Miller UFC Broomfield Face Off
Max Holloway UFC Broomfield Weigh-In
Max Holloway UFC Broomfield Weigh-In
Cole Miller UFC Broomfield Weigh-In
Cole Miller UFC Broomfield Weigh-In

Neil Magny (170.5 lbs) vs. Kiichi Kunimoto (170 lbs)

Neil Magny UFC Broomfield Weigh-In
Neil Magny UFC Broomfield Weigh-In
Neil Magny Vs Kiichi Kunimoto Face Off
Neil Magny Vs Kiichi Kunimoto Face Off

Daniel Kelly (185.5 lbs) vs. Patrick Walsh* (191.5 lbs)

Daniel Kelly Vs Patrick Walsh UFC Broomfield Face Off
Daniel Kelly Vs Patrick Walsh UFC Broomfield Face Off

Michel Prazeres  (156) with towel vs Kevin Lee (155.25 lbs)

Michel Prazeres Vs Kevin Lee UFC Broomfield Face Off
Michel Prazeres Vs Kevin Lee UFC Broomfield Face Off
Kevin Lee UFC Broomfield Weigh-In
Kevin Lee UFC Broomfield Weigh-In
Michel Prazeres UFC Broomfield Weigh-In
Michel Prazeres UFC Broomfield Weigh-In

Ray Borg (125.75 lbs) vs. Chris Kelades* (127 lbs) with towel

Ray Borg Vs Chris Kelades UFC Broomfield Face Off
Ray Borg Vs Chris Kelades UFC Broomfield Face Off

Preliminary Card 1am GMT BT Sports 2/FS1, 8 PM ET/5 PM PT

Efrain Escudero (156 lbs) vs. Rodrigo Lima (154.5 lbs)

Efrain Escudero Vs Rodrigo Lima UFC Broomfield - Face Off
Efrain Escudero Vs Rodrigo Lima UFC Broomfield – Face Off

Chas Skelly (145.75 lbs ) vs. Jim Alers (145 lbs)

Chas Skelly Vs Jim Alers UFC Broomfield Face Off
Chas Skelly Vs Jim Alers UFC Broomfield Face Off
Jim Alers UFC Broomfield Weigh-In
Jim Alers UFC Broomfield Weigh-In
Chas Skelly UFC Broomfield Weigh-In
Chas Skelly UFC Broomfield Weigh-In

Zach Makovsky (125.5 lbs) vs. Tim Elliott (125 lbs)

Zach Makovsky Vs Tim Elliott UFC Broomfield Face Off
Zach Makovsky Vs Tim Elliott UFC Broomfield Face Off
Zach Makovsky UFC Broomfield Weigh-In
Zach Makovsky UFC Broomfield Weigh-In

James Moontasri* (158 lbs) vs. Cody Pfister (156 lbs)

James Moontasri Vs Cody Pfister UFC Broomfield Face Off
James Moontasri Vs Cody Pfister UFC Broomfield Face Off

*Nik Lentz/Levan Makashvili was cancelled before the weigh-ins due to Nik being ill.

**Fighters have 2 hours to make weight before fines issued

‘SUPERSTITIONS’ FROM UFC FIGHT NIGHT BROOMFIELD FIGHTERS


 

Fight Night Broomfield: MMA Mindset – Friday the 13th Superstitions!

The stars of Fight Night Broomfield talk about the superstitions they have and employ going into each fight. Don’t miss Fight Night Broomfield this Saturday, February 14th.

 

 

OPEN WORKOUT HIGHLIGHTS – UFC FIGHT NIGHT BROOMFIELD


 

UFC stars Benson Henderson, Brandon Thatch and Neil Magny take part in open workouts before their big night inside the Octagon this Saturday at UFC Fight Night Broomfield.

 

Video Credit: UFC

BRANDON THATCH – ‘IT’S MY HOUSE’


UFC welterweight Brandon Thatch discusses what it means to fight in his home state of Colorado against Benson Henderson.

 

Video Credit: UFC

 

 

 

FIGHT NIGHT BROOMFIELD: ACTION AND REACTION – BENSON HENDERSON


Former WEC and UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson has been one of the best fighters in the world over the past decade. Here are some highlights from his career while UFC commentators provide some insight on his technical skill.

 

 

Video Credit: UFC