‘YOU CAN NEVER PREDICT A FIGHT; YOU’RE ALWAYS LEARNING AND DEVELOPING’ – ‘THE BEAST’ LAURA HANDY


 

 

 

 

'The Beast' Laura Handy

‘The Beast’ Laura Handy

Hey Laura Thank you for your time today.

You’re currently undefeated in the UIC cage [under K1] and the current flyweight K1 champion [Congratulations]. Why the change now to compete on the show in MMA when you are clearly having a great career in the K1 scene?

I’ve always wanted to compete in MMA, my strongest point was striking so I used K1 to gain experience in the cage. I’ve had 6 k1 fights now so I just feel the time is right to make the step to MMA.

Does this mean that you will not be competing in K1 for the time being and the focus is more on MMA or will you do both [K1 and MMA] side by side?

The plan is to see how this first fight goes. I know I have a lot of work to do with regards to my ground game and the last few months have been a big learning curve. I’ll still fight k1 to keep my striking strong and hopefully do both side by side.

How has the transition been going in learning all aspects of MMA? 

It’s been a tough couple of months trying to bring everything together but I’ve been having 1-1’s with my coach Ryan Norwood and working with people like Wayne Drake and Chris Hipkiss to help pull it all together.

Have you had any ‘taster’ tournaments such as any ‘interclubs’ or ‘BJJ’ tournaments to gauge yourself how you feel you are progressing or are you leaving it all in your capable coaches hands?

No I haven’t done any interclubs etc but it is something I want to do after this fight just to gain more experience.

I know from when we first spoke in your first interview with me that it has always been your aim to evolve into the MMA scene. Can you tell me what it is about the sport in whole that appeals to you and why?

MMA is appealing to me basically because you can never predict a fight, you’re always learning and developing.

Have you got a new ‘training’ addiction? [Last time we spoke it was weight training].

I’m still a big fan of weight training and have added in lots of Hiit and circuit training to this camp too.

You’re going to be fighting Ffion Davies who trains out if Chris Rees Academy in Wales at UIC 14 on February 21st. Do you know much about Ffion?

I know that Ffion fought last year and won via submission, and I know she’s coming in to the cage with a high level grappling game but I haven’t watched any videos.

This is a classic ‘Striker Vs Grappler’ fight. It’s fair to say with Ffion being a BJJ champion and yourself a K1 champion, to the fan this is a great match up made by Paul Sutherland. Where do you see the fight going yourself?

Yeah it’s a great match up, albeit a tough one. I know Ffion will want the fight on the ground; without giving too much away I’ve been working on all areas so I have to just stick to what we have been working on.

Laura Handy just after her winning her K1 Flyweight Title Fight
Laura Handy just after her winning her K1 Flyweight Title Fight

How do you think you will adjust to the time of the rounds in MMA being longer than K1?

In all my fights I tend to feel more comfortable as the rounds go on so I think the longer rounds will suit me better and give me time to adjust to my opponent.

With each fight is the nerves getting any better? If so how are you dealing with them now?

No, I’m still a bag of nerves on the day lol! It’s just something I have to deal with and once we’re in the cage the nerves just have to go!

Has this training camp been a lot harder in trying to manage the quality time you still spend with your daughter Ayva and of course absorbing all the new training techniques?

To be honest it’s ok, most of my training is at night-time and most nights Ayva is usually in bed by the time I set out for the gym. I have two days off work in the week which I spend doing things with her!

After this fight on February 21st will you be indulging in Ayva’s ‘Chocolate Freddo Bars’ with her?

Yes I will be eating my body weight in chocolate and ice cream lol!

You’re known for bringing a crowd with you, how much does the noise of your own supporters help you when you’re in the cage?

It helps a lot to hear everyone shouting! During the last fight against Linzi Edwards our supporters were having a shout off which was quite funny! But yeah it does help to keep me going and keep me focused and I’m grateful that they want to come and support me.

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

Yes big thanks to Warrior Fightwear for all my training and fight gear! And thanks to Ryan Norwood and everyone else at FuryMMA for helping me through this fight camp and helping with my ground work!

Thank you for your time Laura.

You can keep up-to-date on everything Laura is doing on her athlete Facebook page or her Twitter page.

Laura Handy 'Fight Page' Banner Credit: Mack
Laura Handy ‘Fight Page’ Banner Credit: Mack

If you have not done so yet, you can purchase tickets to see Laura make her MMA debut at UIC 14, GL1, Gloucester on February 21st here, or contact any of the fighters to see of they still any.

 

Ultimate Impact 14 Event Poster
Ultimate Impact 14 Event Poster

Date: 21st February 2015

Venue: GL1 Leisure Centre, Gloucester, GL1 1DT

Fightcard:

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  1. SHANE RILEY V ADAM BOUSIFF 77.2kg Welterweight Title
  2. MARC ALLEN V TERRY DOYLE 70.4kg Lightweight Title
  3. STEVE SMITH V DAVE CONLON 78kg Catchweight k1
  4. IAN DALBY V LEE RUSSELL 56.8kg Flyweight pro
  5. LAURA HANDY V FFION DAVIES 61.3kg Bantamweight ammy
  6. PAULINA MALINA V AMY O’MARA 52.2kg Strawweight ammy
  7. HARRY DAVIS V OLLY MYERS 77.2kg Welterweight ammy
  8. JEMMA JACQUES V BRYONY TYRELL 56.8kg Flyweight ammy
  9. ANDREE WARBRICK V ASHLEIGH JOHNSON 54kg Catchweight k1 ammy
  10. POLLY BEAUCHAMP V CHARLOTTE FREEMAN 52.2kg Strawweight ammy
  11. JORDAN PATEY V WILL JONES 90kg Catchweight ammy
  12. MACK STEVENS V JOSH OZANE 74kg Catchweight ammy
  13. BARTOSZ RUSIECKI V LAURENCE COATES 72kg Catchweight k1 ammy
  14. DAVE TIBBETS V PAT BENSON 90KG Catchweight ammy

 

 

 

 

 

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ULTIMATE IMPACT FIGHT NIGHT 2 EVENT REVIEW #UIFN2


Gloucester, Saturday, April 26th and Ultimate Impact were holding ULTIMATE IMPACT FIGHT NIGHT 2 at Liquid Nightclub.  A card full of eleven fights consisting of six amateur MMA, three k1 and two Pro MMA fights, with a packed club, full of buzzing atmosphere it was time to get the event underway.

MC Darren Rees was holding down the centre of the cage, whilst the third men in the cage for all of the action tonight were Ron ’Bomber’ Frith on duty for the MMA action and David Willmot for the K1 action.

In the words of Darren Rees……”It’s time for War” as the first fight of the night is announced.

UNIFIED AMATEUR 3X3 MINS

BRAD WELLAWAY    MAD DOGS    2-2        JACK BRYANT    TROJAN    1-0 

Rnd 1 Jack Bryant is straight out and in for the TD, Wellaway gets an attempt at a guillotine and Bryant is trying to fight to get himself out for which he succeeds, he then procedes to lands headshots on Wellaway, all the while Wellway is looking for a sub but to no avail. Bryant on top maintaining control, adding in some GnP but Wellaway is working well of his back and looking to set up an armbar in the dying few seconds of this opening round only to run out of time.

Rnd 2 Jack Bryant straight out and in with jabs, then shoots in and gets TD, Wellway manages to roll out of position and gain top mount briefly only for Bryant to be back on top and in control, being very dominant on top using short sharp shots.

Rnd 3 Jack Bryant shoots straight in leaving his neck exposed for which Wellaway sees and attempts a guillotine but to no avail. Bryant is landing shots on Wellaway and both young guys are giving it their all, Wellaway attempts to go for an armbar near to the close of the round for Bryant to get out of. This had been one awesome opening fight from two seventeen year old lads who futures are very bright.   WINNER JACK BRYANT VIA UD 29-28

LEWIS CLAPHAM  M.M.A.A    3-0        MATT FIGLAK   TROJAN  3-0-1

Rnd 1 Matt Figlak comes out and a gets TD, Clapham has wrist control and Figlak is struggling to break free, he does so then proceeds to dominate in top position although not a lot of movement or action in this opening round.

Rnd 2 Matt Figlak is straight out with a one, two then takes Clapham down, Clapham gets back to his feet although not for long as Figlak is back in top position landing body shots when he can, Clapham holding down Figlak trying to gain control.

Rnd 3 Matt Figlak straight in and Clapham clinches up with both guys trying for a TD, after a brief struggle it was Figlak who got the TD in the end landing in side control.  Clapham is working hard up against the cage, even nearly having an armbar, but using his toes in the cage as leverage referee Ron Frith warns Clapham and with a slight tap on his arm to get his toes out of the cage, he loses the armbar, Figlak capalizes on this raining down blows but Clapham weathers the storm only for Figlak to see an opportunity and grab Claphams back to sink in a RNC.

WINNER MATT FIGLAK 1MIN 47SEC RND 3 VIA RNC

K1  3X2 MINS

BEN HARRIS   W.A.K.T.   2-1     CJ ABDULAFUR GLOUCESTER MARTIAL ARTS TEAM XTREME DEBUT

Rnd 1 Both guys are straight out but it’s CJ who is landing first, in what appears to be an all-out war from both guys. CJ drops Harris who gets a standing count from referee David Willmot, Harris comes back with full intent along with a very game CJ in this full on opening round.

Rnd 2 Ben Harris opens up with kicks and moves nicely onto knees as CJ comes in with punches, it appears that Harris is getting the better of CJ in the opening part of this second round, pinning CJ against the cage.  CJ moves away off the cage and goes down (appears to be from back pain), referee David Willmot checks CJ is okay, the fight carries on, Harris is straight in with a full on jab catching CJ clean in the face just before the end of the round.

During the end of the second round it was clear CJ was in pain from the earlier back injury, therefore he could not continue into the third round.

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WINNER BEN HARRIS VIA TKO RND 2 

UNIFIED AMATEUR MMA 3X3MINS

WILL STEPHENSON TROJAN WORCESTER 0-1   ADAM GREENE TOJAN FREE FIGHTERS  1-0

RND 1 Adam Greene comes out first landing punches and tags Stephenson who goes down, Greene capitalizes on this and has Stephenson up against the cage and goes for his neck in attempting to gain a submission but to no avail. Stephenson gets back to his feet briefly as Greene lifts Stephenson with a big slam TD, Greene landing big shots on Stephenson as he looks up to the ref, Greene still working hard on Stephenson even taking his back in the final 15 seconds of the round, but a gallant Stephenson hangs on in there to see the round out.

Round 2 Adam Greene is straight out with a one, two combination and gains Stephenson’s back, taking him down, continuing on his back raining down blows. Stephenson reverses the situation after weathering the storm, in gaining Greene’s back and sinking in a tight RNC.

WINNER 2MIN 04 SEC RND 2 VIA RNC WILL STEPHENSON

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TALASI MAY  MAD DOGS COMBAT  4-0    JOHNNY BRYANT  TROJAN FREE FIGHTERS  DEBUT

Round 1 Johnny Bryant  Comes out and gets the TD, both guys are grappling for top control for which Bryant gets in the end, in doing so May has left his neck exposed, Bryant see’s this and attempts an guillotine for which May escapes, Bryant grabs May’s arm whilst seeking to escape the prior guillotine attempt and attempts an armbar for which May answers back in raining down blows and grabs Bryant’s back, Bryant transitions out and gets mount briefly only for May to gain top position in this awesome display of grappling from both guys in the opening round.

Round 2 Talasi May is out gains mount, Bryant  is trying to buck off May as he is landing punches, all the while gaining himself back to his own corner from his opponents corner to hear instructions from his own corner.  Bryant slowly gets back to his feet but all the while under pressure from May in this second round. (Bryant managed to get from one side of the cage to the other with May in full mount raining blows so he could get instructions from his own corner  – a well-educated, cage aware young man).

Round 3 Both guys are out and straight up against the cage, fighting for dominance, Bryant gets a TD and lands in top position, both guys are working hard in this final round but its Bryant that is the more dominant one being in top position and controlling May. It goes to the judges for a decision.

WINNER VIA UD 29-28 JOHNNY BRYANT

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K1 3X2 MINS

JAMES HALL SILVERBACK MMA DEBUT     MATT  KAUFMAN  TROJAN WORCESTER 2-1

Round 1 James Hall  Is landing the cleaner of the kicks and appears to do more damage. Attempting an occasional spinning move but it is clearly not working. Kaufman in with teeps trying to keep Hall at distance but Hall is persistence and keeping the pressure on Kaufman.

Round 2 Matt Kaufman  comes out fired up straight away in the opening of this round, Hall still putting on pressure and doing the ‘odd’ spinning movement which does not result into anything. Kaufman now finding his range and rhythm, getting his movement going a lot more in the last thirty seconds, using the clinch several times.

Round 3 Hall  Putting on the pressure as soon as this final round is under way, unloading shots, referee David Willmot steps in and gives Kaufman an eight count then waves the fight off as Kaufman was in no position to continue.

WINNER JAMES HALL  RND 3  0.40SECS  VIA TKO

UNIFIED AMATUER MMA 3 X3 MIN

MARTY WOLF  ELITE TRAINING CENTRE  1-2-1   MICHAEL FIGLAK TROJAN FREE FIGHTERS 4-0

Round 1 Marty Wolf  is straight in first and both guys are battling it out for dominance, Wolf using knees and drops Figlak slightly as the action goes to the ground. Wolf attempts for a triangle, which looks pretty tights from where I am sitting but Figlak weathers the storm and holds out until the end of the round.

Round 2 Michael Figlak  comes out of this opening second round with a lot more fire, Figlak gets a TD landing in top position, Wolf trying to work a submission of his back, both guys keeping it busy throughout the second round but its Figlak in the more dominant position.

Round 3 Both guys keeping it standing for the first thirty seconds of this final round, Figlak shoots in for the TD and gets it, Wolf attempts another triangle and throwing in odd punches to try to soften up Figlak but to no avail. It goes to the judges for a decision.

WINNER  MICHAEL FIGLAK  30-27

AHREN FOSTER  COMBAT ATHLETICS  0-1      CARL  SWABY   TROJAN FREE FIGHTERS  1-0

Round 1 Carl Swaby straight in from the off is all over Foster. Swaby catches Foster coming forward with what looks like a throw but one thing is clear Foster goes down and does not get back up, it’s all over.

WINNER  VIA KO 0.44 SECS  RND 1 CARL SWABY

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K1 3X 2MINS

THEO ARTHUR  SILVERBACK MMA  DEBUT    STEVE SMITH  GLOUCESTER MARTIAL ARTS TEAM XTREME 3-0

Round 1 Theo Arthur using his kicks to start then pressuring with punches, Smith is pushing forward, pressuring Arthur with his own punches, finding his range and rhythm towards the end of the round with his own kicks.

Round 2 Steve Smith opens the round coming in with teeps then punches, Arthur giving back the same. Smith starts working in the clinch, Arthur catches Smith with a nice right hook, which does not faze him and Smith is setting up his teeps followed up by punches straight afterwards. Arthur is coming in with jumping push kicks, which he is telegraphing and rushing in as doing so, but as a debut fighter, he is holding his own.

Round 3 Steve Smith straight in opening up with kicks, Arthur in with his jumping kicks, Smith is now landing knees and both guys are very game in this final third round. Smith lands a nice straight right on Arthur and both give it there all. (For a debut fighter Theo Arthur has a great set of tools to go far).

WINNER VIA UD 30-27 STEVE SMITH

PRO MMA 3X5 MINS

MICHAEL OLIVER  INDEPENDENT FIGHTER  0-3    CHRIS ASTLEY TROJAN FREE FIGHTERS   1-1

Round 1 Chris Astley  comes out and gains the TD landing in side control, Oliver had Astley’s leg trapped, Astley landing knees into Olivers side which breaks his leg grip.  Astley moves into full mount, raining punches and Elbows with intent, referee Ron Frith steps in and stops the fight.

WINNER 1MIN 37SEC RND 1 VIA TKO CHRIS ASTLEY

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SHANE RILEY  BROTHERHOOD MMA  2-3    CHRIS HIPKISS  FURY MMA  6-5

Round 1 Chris Hipkiss comes straight in with a great punch to Riley, both struggle for dominance then Riley gets Hipkiss against the cage and throws some hard knees and foot stomps, Riley takes the action to the ground. Hipkiss gets out and lands in side control then moves to mount landing some shots all the while Riley is well aware of Hipkiss’s arm as he is looking for an armbar for which he gets and succeeds.

WINNER 3MIN 59SEC RND 1 VIA ARMBAR  SHANE RILEY

#FOTN THEO ARTHUR AND STEVE SMITH

# SOTN SHANE RILEY – ARMBAR

# KOTN CARL SWABY

Next event is ULTIMIATE IMPACT  CAGEFIGHTING 12 on June 28th at GL1 LEISURE CENTRE GLOUCESTER  –  INCLUDING 3 TITLE FIGHTS

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FIGHT CARD VERBALLY AGREED AS IT STANDS NOW: ***CAN BE SUBJECT TO CHANGE***

Phil Wells v Adam Boussif ww pro title 
Laura Handy v Cheryl Flynn flw k1 title 
Wayne Drake v Terry Doyle Lw pro title
Craig White v Jon Williamson mw pro 
Mark Finney v Rhys Parker 68kg catchweight pro
Chris Astley v Toby Hartman ww pro 
Bryony Tyrell v Paulina Malina 53kg Ammy 
Jack Shore v Piotr Egert Lw Ammy 
Carl Swaby v Aerion Orme 68kg Ammy 
Matt ‘George’ Hartill v Bryn cooper Lw k1 
Cadre Abdulafur v Duane Barnes 73kg k1 
Greg artis v Thomas Karpinski fw b-class Ammy 
Mason Carter v Nathan Powell 58kg b-class Ammy 
Raymond nelmes v dan reeves ww k1 Ammy 
Camille Sch v Sophie Tidey 55kg k1 Ammy 
Jacob Davies v paul Livingston fw b-class Ammy 
Lawrence Coates v jack price 72kg k1 Ammy 

 

For more info on tickets  http://www.ultimateimpactevents.com/index.php/shop/tickets

PHOTO CREDITS: SETH BATES www.facebook.com/SethBatesPhotographyDesign

ULTIMATE IMPACT FIGHT NIGHT 2 FULL FIGHT CARD APRIL 26TH GLOUCESTER


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Tomorrow night, Saturday 26th April, Liquid Nightclub in Gloucester will host Ultimate Impact Fight Night 2.

A night of Professional, amateur MMA and K1 is on the cards.

Full fight card

Shane Riley v Chris Hipkiss WW PRO

Chris Astley v Michael Oliver 81kg Catchweight PRO

Theo Aarthur v Steve Smith 80kg k1

Ahren Foster v Carl Swaby 68kg Ammy

Marty Wolf v Michal Figlak 68kg Ammy

James Hall v Matt Kaufman 77kg k1

Talasi May v Johnny Bryant BW Ammy

Will Stephenson v Adam Greene MW Ammy

Ben Harris v Cadre Abdulafur 75kg k1

Lewis Clapham v Matt Figlak 72kg Ammy

Brad Wellaway v Jack Bryant 58kg Ammy

Tickets will be available on the door. Standard £25 and VIP £30

Doors open at 5pm first fight at  5.30pm.