“My time is now to become Cage Warriors lightweight champion.” – Jai Herbert


Jai Herbert with Cage Warriors lightweight belt
Jai Herbert with Cage Warriors lightweight belt Credit: Cage Warriors

Originally posted on 5th June 2019

It’s 6 am on a cold winters morning when the alarm clock goes off.  Jai Herbert wearily turns off the alarm, gets out of bed, and heads out to start another day in his physically demanding job as a scaffolder.  Jai has been a scaffolder for the past fourteen years, working all over Britain.

Come 5 pm, Jai is back at home managing a quick cup of coffee before heading out again, this time heading off to the gym for a good 3 to 4-hour session.  Not for a casual workout, but for a full-on training session in Boxing, Kickboxing, Muay Thai, Jiu-jitsu or a cardio session – (depending on what day it is).  You see, Jai Herbert is also an elite professional athlete in mixed martial arts while working a full-time job.

The 31-year-old who lives in Wolverhampton has only been competing in mixed martial arts (MMA) for the past seven years.  Having won the amateur Combat Challenge British welterweight belt, and the BCMMA lightweight belt, Jai racked up an impressive record of 9-1 before deciding to go professional in March 2015.  “At the amateur level, I fought all bar one of my fights at welterweight” Jai explains.  “I never had to cut weight and didn’t see the point of putting my body through the strain at amateur level”.

Jai, who started training out of Wolfpack MMA in Wolverhampton and still does his strength and conditioning with John Ashley, has now made a move over to Renegade JiuJitsu in Birmingham under the tutelage of UFC athlete Tom Breese, to help improve the jiu-jitsu and wrestling aspect of his game. “It’s been a great move to Renegade Jiu-Jitsu. I get to roll and wrestle with Tom [Breese] a lot and with top athletes such as Leon Edwards (UFC) and Fabian Edwards (Bellator).  They have brought my game on leaps and bounds” said Jai.  “I also train at Firewalker Martial Arts where I do my striking such as Kickboxing and Boxing with Joeby Clayton.”

Currently on a four-fight winning streak, with his only loss coming in the way of a KO via Rhys McKee when he fought for the BAMMA lightweight title, Jai is no stranger to hard fights.  His first fight since signing with European promotion Cage Warriors was against hard-hitting Erdi Karatas, where he won via Unanimous Decision, and it is the only fight of his career thus far to have gone the distance. His next opponent was Joe Mccolgan which Jai dispatched of in two minutes of the first round. Then, on March 2nd, 2019, Jai had the task of facing veteran MMA athlete Steve O’Keefe, who resume consists of Artem Lobov, Conor McGregor and Chris Goldfish to name a few who had gone on to compete in the UFC.  Again, Jai dispatched of O’Keefe within 4 minutes of the first round.

It was at this point Jai knew he would be next in turn to compete for the vacant lightweight title. “I knew I was going to get the shot to be honest” recalls Jai “It was the day after I fought with Steve O’Keefe I got a text to say Graham wants you to fight Jack Grant for the title and I was like yeah, sweet, when?” said Jai. “I knew it was going to happen as Jack was next in line to compete for the title, so I knew it would be him and me.”

With the date set as June 29th, 2019 at Eventim Apollo, London, Cage Warriors will be hosting their 106th event billed as “Night of Champions”, where Jai will take on Jack for the vacant lightweight title.  “Jack is a top fighter, he is outstanding on the ground, and he has good stand up too along with being powerful. However, I feel I am the best striker in the division.  It is going to be a great fight; I’m going to get my hand raised, and it won’t be going five rounds.”

With Cage Warrior’s emphasis on fighter safety, all professional athletes must be SAFE medical checked, which includes costly MRI scans along with blood work. To help with these costs, Jai’s dad has helped with some of the medical expenses. However, Jai is still looking for additional sponsors to help him achieve the goal of being able to concentrate on being a full-time professional athlete, rather than only dedicating part of himself to his craft when he can train and wanting to reach his full potential.  Jai would ideally like to give up work and train full time.  If you feel you can help this young, gifted athlete out, please get in touch with him on either of the platforms mentioned below.

Jai would like to thank his current sponsor Animosity Fight Gear UK, all his training partners and his girlfriend Jaye Haynes, who helps him prepare for his fights.

You can reach Jai on the following social media platforms:

Facebook: Jai Herbert MMA

Instagram: @jai_herbert_mma

Titan FC 33 Full Results: Four New Champions including welsh fighter Brett Johns


Titan Fighting Championships held their thirty-third event last night (or early hours of the morning if you were watching in the UK), in Alabama, for their biggest event to date; whilst I would guarantee the majority of fans would have been looking at the Main Card event, for which had 3 Title fights by the way of former Bellator featherweight contender and Titan FC featherweight champion Desmond Green against Strikeforce vet and one-time UFC competitor Kurt Holobaugh, Pat Healy faced Kurt Kinser for the lightweight belt and Jon Madsen faced Chase Gormley for the heavyweight title belt.

I can assure you, it would be the UK fans who were more interested in the  welsh super star Brett ‘The Pikey’ Johns, who was facing Walel Watson for the Vacant Bantamweight Title which was taking place on the aired portion of the Prelim Card.

Brett Johns and his Team after winning The Bantamweight Championship Belt at Titan FC 33
Brett Johns and his Team after winning The Bantamweight Championship Belt at Titan FC 33

The non-title matchup that opened up the main card was TUF 18’s Cody Bollinger against New York prospect Andre Harrison in the featherweight division.

Here are the Results:

 Main Card 

Kurt Holobaugh Def Desmond Green Via Split Decision 49-46, 47-48, 48-47  to become #TheNEW #Featherweight #Champion

Pat Healy Def  Kurt Kinser  Via Split Decision 47-48, 49-46, 49-46 to become #TheNEW  #Lightweight #Champion

Chase Gormley Def Jon Madsen Via Unanimous Decision 48-47, 48-47, 49-46 to become #TheNEW #Heavyweight #Champion

Andre Harrison Def Cody Bollinger Via Unanimous Decision 30-27, 30-27, 30-27

Preliminary Card 

Brett 'The Pikey' John's NEW Bantamweight Champion
Brett ‘The Pikey’ Johns is the NEW Bantamweight Champion

Brett Johns Def Walel Watson Via  RNC  3 mins 06 secs Round Two  to become #TheNew #Bantamweight #Champion 

Brett 'The Pikey' Johns wins via awesome RNC at TITAN FC 33 NEW Bantamweight Champion
Brett ‘The Pikey’ Johns wins via awesome RNC at TITAN FC 33 NEW Bantamweight Champion

Anthony Gutierrez Def Austin Lyons Via KO (head kick and Punches)  3 mins 28 secs Round Three

Belal Muhammad Def Keith Johnson Via Unanimous Decision 30-27, 30-27, 30-27
Brian Davidson Def Estevan Payan Via Unanimous Decision 30-27, 30-27, 29-28
Marcus Edwards Def Adam Nijem Via RNC (Technical Submission) 1 min 20 secs Round One

Unaired Preliminary Card 

Andy Uhrich Def Bobby Cooper Via Split Decision 29-27, 29-28, 28-29

Photo Credits: Ricky Wright Facebook Page

UFC 185 Embedded: Ep 5 The fight to be number 1 is literally on!


 

On episode No.5 of UFC 185 Embedded, Powered by Alienware, things get tense between strawweight champion Carla “Cookie Monster” Esparza and salty challenger Joanna Jedrzejczyk, culminating in a media day staredown.

Lightweight champion Anthony Pettis and his brother, flyweight Sergio, make-weight while dreaming of snacks. Then both Pettises and Esparza sneak in one final training session.

UFC Embedded is an all-access, behind-the-scenes video blog leading up to the championship double-header at  UFC 185, taking place this Saturday, March 14th.

Rafael Dos Anjos and Carla Esparza Talk UFC 185


UFC lightweight title contender Rafael Dos Anjos and UFC women’s strawweight Champion Carla Esparza, both of whom are scheduled for fights at UFC 185 this Saturday, March 14th, dropped by the INSIDE MMA studio for interviews with series hosts Kenny Rice and Bas Rutten.

In this clip, Rafael Dos Anjos shares his journey to his first ever title shot whom he faces UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis on Saturday March 14th, while Carla Esparza discusses preparing for her first title defense against challenger Joanna Jedrzejczyk for this Saturday’s up-coming UFC 185 card.

 

 

Find AXS TV HERE: http://bit.ly/WtTUDr

Video Credit: AXS TV

UFC 185 Embedded:Ep 4 – “I’m due a Knock-out” – Anthony Pettis


 

On episode No.4 of UFC 185 Embedded, it’s open workout day in Dallas.

Lightweight champion Anthony Pettis trains and stretches outside of the spotlight, while strawweight champion Carla Esparza gets some upscale room service.

Strawweight challenger Joanna Jedrzejczyk takes in an evening workout, and lightweight challenger Rafael Dos Anjos predicts a new champion come Saturday.

UFC Embedded is an all-access, behind-the-scenes video blog leading up to the championship double-header at UFC 185, taking place this Saturday, March 14th.

UFC 185 FREE FIGHT; Anthony Pettis vs. Joe Lauzon


 

Former WEC Lightweight champion Anthony ‘Showtime’ Pettis takes on the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu artist from Massachusetts, Joe Lauzon.

Watch the UFC lightweight champ in his upcoming fight against Rafael dos Anjos this Saturday, March 14th at UFC 185.

UFC 185 FREE FIGHT; Rafael dos Anjos vs. Donald Cerrone


 

In this co-main event,  Rafael dos Anjos and Donald Cerrone battle for the top contender spot in the lightweight division.

Dos Anjos takes on the champ Anthony “Showtime” Pettis this Saturday, March 14th at UFC 185 in Dallas, Texas.