Polly Beauchamp [1-0] will be stepping into the cage for the second time on Saturday, June 6th at Ultimate Impact 15 in Gloucester, GL1 Leisure Centre where she will be facing Monica Nix [0-1].
The 28-year-old who is originally from a little village called Westwood in Bath but now resides in Melksham, Wiltshire is no stranger to Martial Arts. Having started out in the world of Karate at a very young age before taking a break and re-finding a love for Kickboxing, Polly soon realised she could make more of her abilities. First training out of Revolution Gym in Trowbridge with Owner and professional MMA Scott Clist she began applying her first initial steps into the world of adult combat sports.
“I mainly started for a hobby really and fitness but as soon as fighting became an option I took it more seriously and enjoyed the discipline. Having Scott as a coach meant he knew how hard we had to be pushed and Scott helped me to compete in my first kickboxing fight”.
After racking up an amateur Kickboxing record of 3-0 and an amateur K1 record of 1-0, Polly decided to add in MMA to her already growing arsenal of tools. After already adding renowned and arguably one of the best South West Gyms into her training regime, Trojan Free Fighters in Cheltenham, Polly started making the 130 mile round trip and finally made Trojans her second home.
“I now train at Trojan where the level of training has stepped up. I started training at Trojan when I was still at Revolution as I felt I needed to mix up my training and train with people who pushed me harder as I progressed. I started to train more and more at Trojan and less at Revolution and then when Revolution shut it was right for me to move to Team Trojan full-time as I could see my self progressing and have lots of very good training partners there.
To be honest the 130 mile round trip to the gym has just become part of my lifestyle now! It is draining sometimes and my days are long and can be stressful with work but I absolutely feel it is worth it.”.
With working a 9-5 job as a Manager for Future Publishing in Bath, commuting a 130 mile round trip up to 3-4 times a week and sometimes on the infamous sparring ‘Meat Day’ Sunday, there doesn’t seem to be much down-time for Polly.
“I don’t tend to have much chill or relaxation time as I have to do house chores etc when I’m not working or at the gym so I am always on the go, but I kind of like it! I do get to spend some time with my partner, family and friends so that’s good. I get bored easily so my lifestyle suits me fine currently.”.
On Saturday, June 6th Polly will be making her second outing in MMA, under promotion Ultimate Impact on their fifteenth show at GL1 Leisure Centre in Gloucester and will be competing against Monica Nix who trains out of London Fight Factory who currently holds a record (according to sherdog) [0-1] in amateur MMA. Being trained now by owner and head coach of Trojan Free Fighters Paul Sutherland for whom is an accomplished athlete within his own rights, Paul has a unique way of connecting with all his students to make sure they have a great working partnership especially when it comes to fightcamp and learning all about their up-and-coming opponents.
“I have watched footage of Monica’s fights and know my coach has too but you never know how a fight is going to go so I think you should always be ready for anything! Coming from a stand up background I am comfortable on my feet but I’ve learnt a lot at Trojan and had a good camp where I feel we have covered all the bases well, so we’ll just see what happens on the night!”
This is an unbelievable, committed young lady who in my opinion will go along way in this sport, with her sheer determination and all the natural fighting skills she brings to the table. Polly is not one to have a ‘Ritual’ as such before each fight but she did say ” I always eat and drink the same thing after weigh in but that’s it really”
Polly really does seem to have her feet firmly placed on the floor and the only one piece of TV time she does make time for is none other than The Ultimate Fighter and since we are on the new season TUF21 American Top Team VS Blackzilians which has one of Polly’s favourite female fighters who trains out of ATT Tecia Torres, teammates taking part the obvious thing to do was ask #WhatSideAreYouOn?
“Ah TUF! One of the only things I do watch! Although I feel it is going downhill and I’ve been disappointed with this series. I think the quality of fights so far have been quite poor to be honest. so I’m not fussed either way who wins!”
At the moment it does appear that Polly has not got a fighting nickname, I know they come with time and your coach usually gives them to you; well Polly has been training at Trojans since 2013 (and a few years before that) and I personally think it’s about time for her to get a fighting nickname, she has definitely earned a fight worthy nickname!
Polly would like to say a big Shout Out to the following people:
Everyone at Trojan Free Fighters, particularly Paul!
Clare Wheller my Physio who is just awesome, Maple scaffolding who help me with clothing and always support my fights, Contender Gym who help with extra boxing training, Sci-MX who sponsor the gym and help out the fighters with supplements which are great! Adam my boyfriend who tolerates me lol
Ultimate Impact takes place for their fifteenth event this Saturday night at the GL1 Leisure centre in Gloucester for which promises to be one of their most action packed cards to-date.
With 3 Pro MMA bouts including 1 Title bout, 2 Pro K1 Title bouts, 8 amateur MMA bouts including 1 female amateur MMA bout and a female amateur K1 bout, Ultimate Impact Events keep going from strength to strength.
FULL FIGHT CARD AND RUNNING ORDER
Tommy Cook v Craig White MW Pro MMA Title
Dawid Masel v David Willmot WW Pro K1 Title
Greg Reeves v Jon Spoors BW Pro K1 Title
Danny T Joel v Phil Wells WW Pro MMA
Philip Kite v Jack Shore LW Ammy MMA
Jaiah B Turay v Jake O’Hagan 86kg Catchweight Ammy MMA
Mitchell Head v Mark Finney LW Pro MMA
Andrew Brew v Will Jones LHW Ammy MMA
Lukasz Marcinkowski v Greg Summers MW Ammy MMA
Jessica Mawby v Andree Warbrick 54kg Catchweight Ammy k1
Monica Nix v Polly Beauchamp Strawweight Ammy MMA
Liam Fulford v Ryan Mendez FW Ammy MMA
Marcus Stevens v Jay Garrington LW Ammy MMA
Jesse Wright v Isaak Falzon 86kg Catchweight Ammy MMA
It is also worth noting that Mark Finney is donating all of his Fight Purse and 75% of his ticket sale commission towards the Hollie Garrard Trust whose life was tragically cut short at the hands of her ex-boyfriend. Click here for further details about Hollie and click here to contact Mark for direct ticket sales via his Facebook account.
Also David Willmot is donating his fight purse to The Nelson Trust Drug and alcohol Rehab Centre in Brimscombe, Stroud. You can additionally help by going to David’s ‘Just Giving’ page here and donating whatever you can to help out. Below David left this message on his Facebook page.
So I’m fighting Saturday in Gloucester, the purse I’m donating to the Nelson Trust Drug and Alcohol Rehab Centre in Brimscombe, Stroud to help people beat the demon that is addiction. The more we can raise, the more lives we can save. Addiction destroys lives, families and communities, one person can’t do everything but together we can do something. I’m not fighting for me, I’m fighting to make a difference.
If you have not purchased tickets yet and still need to, you can obtain them from Ultimate Impact Events Online here, any of the fighters mentioned above or there are limited tickets available on the door.
Standard Tickets £25.00
Cageside Tickets: £35.00
V.I.P Single Tickets £45.00
Please note that tickets on the door may be subject to a surcharge.