“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

UK AMATEUR TEAM NAMED FOR THE 2015 IMMAF WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS


 
The United Kingdom Mixed Martial Arts Federation (UKMMAF) is proud to announce the UK team selected to compete in the 2015 IMMAF World Championships of Amateur MMA at UFC® International Fight Week, in Las Vegas from 6th – 11th July.
UKMMAF Team Picture
Hosted by the International Mixed Martial Arts Federation, the Championships are to be held on the renowned Las Vegas Strip as part of the world’s largest one week combat sports festival.
The event finals are to take place at the UFC Fan Expo® at the Sands Expo and Convention Center and the tournament will be broadcast on UFC FIGHT PASS.
The UK team was selected from eligible applicants through an open application process, that included regional tryouts and a final selective squad training weekend.
 
MEET THE 2015 TEAM
Name: Amy Omara  –  Women’s Strawweight: -52.2 kg (115 lbs)
Age: 26
Hometown: Stockport, Cheshire
Gym: 12 Gauge MMA
Verified Amateur MMA Record: 3-0-0
Other combat sports experience/ titles/ belts: kick-boxing, No-Gi grappling
Fighting Style: MMA
 
AMY UKMMAF 2015 UK Team
Name:  Connor Hitchens –  Men’s Flyweight: -56.7 kg (125 lbs)
Fight name: Chopsticks
Age: 18
Hometown: Preston
Gym: Reps MMA
Verified Amateur MMA Record: 9-0-0
Other combat sports experience/ titles/ belts: wrestling, No-Gi grappling, Amateur boxing
Fighting Style: striker/ grappler
Twitter: @ConnorHitchens1
CONNOR UKMMAF 2015 UK Team
Name: Carl Burton –  Bantamweight: -61.2 kg (135 lbs)
Fight name: Honeybadger
Age: 28
Hometown: Macclesfield
Gym: 12 Gauge MMA
Verified Amateur MMA Record: 7-2-0
Other combat sports experience/ titles/ belts: Contestant in the 2014 IMMAF World Championships of Amateur MMA
Fighting Style: grappler
Twitter:  @carl86burt
 Carl  UKMMAF 2015 UK Team
Name: Aidan James –  Men’s Featherweight: -65.8 kg (145 lbs)
Age: 20
Hometown: Swansea, Wales.
Gym: Chris Rees Academy
Verified Amateur MMA Record:  6-1-0
Other combat sports experience/ titles/ belts: Made 4 the Cage Amateur Title (135lbs)
Fighting Style: mixed/ orthodox
Twitter: @AidanJamesMMA
AIDAN UKMMAF 2015 UK Team
Name:  Ross Gallagher   Lightweight: -70.3 kg (155 lbs)
Fight Name: The Boss
Age: 28
Hometown: Corby
Gym: Siam MMA
Verified Amateur MMA Record: 14-5
 ROSS UKMMAF 2015 UK Team
Name: Jake Constantinou  Welterweight: -77.1 kg (170 lbs)
Age: 24
Hometown: Leicester
Gym:  Leicester MMA Academy
Verified Amateur MMA Record: 7-2-0
Other combat sports experience/ titles/ belts:
  • MMA C-Class 12-3, Submission Wrestling, Amateur K1 – 2-0, RINGS UK Team Member (J-MMA)
  • ISKA and Battle Arena English National Lightweight Champion (A Class)
  • ISKA Northern Area Lightweight Champion (A Class)
  • ISKA England Squad member (C Class)
  • 2x ISKA English National Gold Medalist (C Class)
  • Clash UK Gold Medalist (C Class)
  • Submission Wrestling
  • IBJJF International Open Silver Medalist (Blue Belt)
  • Grapple Nation Gold Medalist
  • Ground Control Gold Medalist
  • GoToTheGround Gold Medalist
Fighting Style: submission wrestling and boxing
Twitter:  @JakeTinou
JAKE UKMAAF 2015 UK Team
Name: James Duckett  Middleweight: -83.9 kg (185 lbs)
Age: 24
Hometown: Manchester
Gym: Predators MMA
Verified Amateur MMA Record: 9-­3
Fighting Style: boxing
James UKMMAF 2015 UK Team

Name:  Steve Steward  Light Heavyweight: -93.0 kg (205 lbs)

Age: 33
Hometown: Peterborough
Gym: Fightstar MMA
Verified Amateur MMA Record: 4-2
Twitter:  @Steve_Fightstar
STEVE-S UKMMAF 2015 UK Team
For more information about the IMMAF World Championships visit: http://www.immaf.org/championship-2015/
For more information about the International Mixed Martial Arts Federation visit: http://www.immaf.org/
Follow @UKMMAF on Twitter or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ukmmaf
Main Photo Credits Official Photographer: D.Lowry/ Odin Photography
Photo Credit of James Duckett from his Facebook
 
UKMMAF Team Picture
 
ABOUT THE UKMMAF
 
The United Kingdom Mixed Martial Arts Federation (UKMMAF) is a Non-Profit Organisation registered as a Limited company by guarantee. The purpose of UKMMAF is to further the development and recognition of the sport of mixed martial arts in the UNITED KINGDOM, enabling Amateur National Competitions, education of coaches and officials, supporting affiliated member clubs and regulation of sanctioned events, ensuring the highest safety standards for all those involved in MMA. The current board of directors is an interim board put in place to govern the UKMMAF until the first general assembly  and the UKMMAF will operate as a democratic organisation where its affiliated members will get an equal say through their elected representatives.
 
The UKMMAF has been accepted by the IMMAF as the National Federation for the UK (Observational membership) and under the guidance and support of The National Federation Establishment Committee we are working towards full membership. 
 
The UKMMAF works with Safe MMA as its independent medical subcommittee. For further information see  http://www.ukmmaf.org/Home.html
 
 
ABOUT THE IMMAF
 
The International Mixed Martial Arts Federation is the international democratic governing body for the sport of MMA, representing MMA worldwide towards all stakeholders – athletes, coaches, referees, governments, athletic commissions, sports confederations, international organizations, professional promoters and more. Founded from within the MMAcommunity for the MMA community, the purpose of the IMMAF is to protect and further the development and recognition of the sport of MMA on all levels, enabling international competition through the organization of non-profit, democratic national federations.
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BAMMA 15 WEIGH-IN RESULTS AND PICTURES


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Friday 4th April ,it was time for all PRO BAMMA 15 fighters to weigh in:

HEAVYWEIGHT BOUT

OLI THOMPSON  (236.6) VS. GRIZM SELMANI (257.6)

Thompson on own weigh inthompson face off
LIGHTWEIGHT BOUT

COLIN FLETCHER (156.2)  VS. TONY HERVEY (155)

fletcher on own weigh infletcher face off

BAMMA WORLD FEATHERWEIGHT TITLE BOUT

TOM DUQUESNOY (144.6)  VS. TEDDY VIOLET (145)

violet face offviolet on own weigh in

BAMMA LONSDALE BRITISH WELTERWEIGHT TITLE BOUT

WAYNE MURRIE (168.8)  VS. LEON EDWARDS(170.4) *(169.6) on 2nd attempt

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BAMMA LONSDALE BRITISH MIDDLEWEIGHT TITLE BOUT

HARRY MCLEMAN (184.4) VS. ANDY DE-VENT (184.4)

mclenman own weigh inmclenman face off

WELTERWEIGHT BOUT

RYAN SCOPE  (170.6) VS. ALI ARISH (168.20

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FLYWEIGHT BOUT

RANY SAADEH  (125.8) VS. MAHMOOD BESHARATE (125.8)

rany face off

RICHARD EDWARDS  (145.) VS. ANDY CRAVEN (146.6) ** ON 2ND ATTEMPT A % OF FIGHT PURSE TO BE GIVEN TO HIS OPPONENT WHO HAS ACCEPTED THE FIGHT.

LIGHTWEIGHT BOUT

JACK GRANT (153.) VS. JEFFERSON GEORGE ( 154.8)

jefferson face off

WELTERWEIGHT BOUT

NATHAN JONES  (167.6)  VS. ALEX MONTAGNANI ( 168.4)

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BANTAMWEIGHT BOUT

NATHANIEL WOOD (134.6)  VS. ED ARTHUR (135.5)

WELTERWEIGHT BOUT

BENNY CARR  ( 170.6) VS. JACEK TOCZYDLOWSKI  (170.6)

carr own weigh in carr face off

 

* Leon Edwards made weight on his 2nd attempt.

** Andy Craven failed to make weight, therfore forefits a percentage of his purse to his opponent Richard Edwards and the fight has been agreed to still go ahead.

Here is how to watch TONIGHT LIVE on FACEBOOK Saturday April 5th.

How to watch BAMMA 15:

To watch LIVE like the BAMMA Facebook page HERE

Step 2 – Click LIKE

Step 3 – Click tab named ‘BAMMA 15 Prelims’

Step 4 – Click tab named ‘BAMMA 15 Main Card’

BAMMA 15 Prelims start at 7:00pm with the Main Card following at 9:00pm.

 

You can join the conversation on Twitter at @BAMMAUK

 

 

 

BAMMA 15 STREAMS LIVE WORLDWIDE ON FACEBOOK, NEW DEAL WITH ESPN3 (USA), FULL FIGHT CARD DETAILS, HOW TO WATCH


 

BAMMA 15 Facebook Announcment

BAMMA 15 is to be streamed live from London’s Copper Box Arena this Saturday 5th April, giving both UK and international fans worldwide the opportunity to watch BAMMA live for the first time on Facebook.

The preliminaries stream live globally from 19:00pm GMT; while the main card will be exclusively streamed in the UK and to countries with no current BAMMA TV deal, extending the promotion’s reach into new territories.

The BAMMA 15 main card will broadcast on the following international television channels between 21:00 GMT and 23:00 GMT: ESPN in the US, KIX In Asia, Abu Dhabi TV in the Middle East, The Fight Network in Canada, Extreme Sports Channel in Europe, Setanta in Africa, Sony in Russia and Transylvania Media In Romania. Please check regional TV listings for further information.

How to watch BAMMA 15:

To watch LIVE like the BAMMA Facebook page HERE

Step 2 – Click LIKE

Step 3 – Click tab named ‘BAMMA 15 Prelims’

Step 4 – Click tab named ‘BAMMA 15 Main Card’

BAMMA 15 Prelims start at 7:00pm with the Main Card following at 9:00pm.

You can join the conversation on Twitter at @BAMMAUK

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Europe’s flagship Mixed Martial Arts promotion, BAMMA, is proud to announce a newly inked deal with ESPN3 in the USA and its territories.

BAMMA 15 will be carried live on ESPN3 from the UK’s iconic Copper Box Arena on 5th April, as London’s Olympic Park re-opens to the public.

ESPN3 is ESPN’s live multi-screen sports network available to more than 85 million U.S. homes nationwide at no addition cost to fans who receive their high-speed Internet connection or video subscription from an affiliated service provider. It is accessible online at WatchESPN.com, on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app and streamed on televisions through ESPN on Xbox LIVE to Gold members, Apple TV and Roku. The network is also accessible at no cost to approximately 21 million college students and U.S.-based military personnel via computers, smartphones and tablets connected to on-campus educational and on-base military broadband and Wi-Fi networks.

BAMMA’s Managing Director, Ashley Bothwell, said:

“We’re elated about this deal which sees European MMA’s reach extended on the other side of the Atlantic and we’re honoured to be working with such a leading sports brand as ESPN. There’s so much talent coming up through the ranks in the UK and in Europe, and BAMMA fighters are risk-takers renowned for bringing the fight and leaving it all on the line. BAMMA is all about exciting, entertaining match-ups between dedicated and passionate athletes, and favours colourful personalities. ESPN’s American fight fans will now get to enjoy the very British flavour of MMA that BAMMA brings”

Follow @ESPN3 & @BAMMAUK on Twitter

 

BAMMA 15 IS BROADCAST ON ESPN IN THE US, KIX IN ASIA, ABU DHABI TV IN THE MIDDLE EAST,THE FIGHT NETWORK IN CANADA, EXTREME SPORTS CHANNEL IN EUROPE, SETANTA IN AFRICA, SONY IN RUSSIA & TRANSYLVANIA MEDIA IN ROMANIA.

BAMMA is brought to you in Association with:
Lonsdale & Sports Direct – The Official Equipment Partners of BAMMA
Safe MMA – Independent British Medical Organisation

 

bAMMA15 MAIN LOGO

 

Europe’s flagship Mixed Martial Arts promotion presents BAMMA 15 at London’s Copper Box Arena this Saturday 5th April as the iconic Olympic Park re-opens to the public. Tickets are on sale from £25 at http://www.kililive.com/artists/Bamma

 

See below for the full, finalised BAMMA 15 Fight Card. Click on fights for more information.

 

BAMMA 15 FIGHT CARD

 

HEAVYWEIGHT BOUT

OLI THOMPSON VS. GRIZM SELMANI

LIGHTWEIGHT BOUT

COLIN FLETCHER VS. TONY HERVEY

BAMMA WORLD FEATHERWEIGHT TITLE BOUT

TOM DUQUESNOY VS. TEDDY VIOLET

BAMMA LONSDALE BRITISH WELTERWEIGHT TITLE BOUT

WAYNE MURRIE VS. LEON EDWARDS

BAMMA LONSDALE BRITISH MIDDLEWEIGHT TITLE BOUT

HARRY MCLEMAN VS. ANDY DE-VENT

WELTERWEIGHT BOUT

RYAN SCOPE VS. ALI ARISH

FLYWEIGHT BOUT

RANY SAADEH VS. MAHMOOD BESHARATE

FEATHERWEIGHT BOUT

RICHARD EDWARDS VS. ANDY CRAVEN

LIGHTWEIGHT BOUT

JACK GRANT VS. JEFFERSON GEORGE

WELTERWEIGHT BOUT

NATHAN JONES VS. ALEX MONTAGNANI

BANTAMWEIGHT BOUT

NATHANIEL WOOD VS. ED ARTHUR

WELTERWEIGHT BOUT

BENNY CARR VS. JACEK TOCZYDLOWSKI

 

OLI THOMPSON VS GZIM ‘ALBANIAN PSYCHO’ SELMANI FOR BAMMA 15 (UK)


It was announced yesterday that Europe’s flagship Mixed Martial Arts promotion, BAMMA, is proud to announce that BAMMA 15 will take place at the Copper Box in London on 5th April. Located in London’s Olympic Park in Hackney Wick, the iconic Copper Box Arena is a multi-sport venue which was famously used for the Summer Olympics in 2012. The fight card is to be announced shortly and tickets go on sale this week.

BAMMA’s Director, Ashley Bothwell said:

 “It’s exciting for BAMMA to be holding an event in the Olympic Park at the Copper Box, as it carries a huge sporting legacy.  5th April will see the coming together of months of preparation for the fighters as all their hard work and sacrifice boils down to a few explosive, intense minutes. It is fitting that these crucial minutes should share a home with so many elite and aspirational sporting memories.”

BAMMA IS ALSO PROUD TO ANNOUNCE:

OLI THOMPSON VS GZIM ‘ALBANIAN PSYCHO’ SELMANI
WILL HEADLINE FOR
BAMMA 15
AT THE COPPER BOX ARENA, LONDON (UK)
5TH APRIL 2014

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Europe’s flagship Mixed Martial Arts promotion, BAMMA, is proud to announce Oli Thompson vs Gzim Selmani as the Heavyweight headliner for BAMMA 15 at the Copper Box in London’s Olympic Park on 5th April.

Oli Thompson originally made his name as a strongman, peaking in 2006 when he won the TWI Britain’s Strongest Man contest and reached the finals of the IFSA World Championships, in which he came 8th. Thompson also notably attained 2nd and 3rd places in IFSA British Championship contests. The 34 year old debuted professionally in Mixed Martial Arts in 2009, and went on to become UCMMA’s Heavyweight Champion in 2011, before competing in the UFC then KSW. Training out of 1st Generation in Sussex with a professional record of 12-5, Thompson has gone 3-1 since fighting in the UFC and has won his last two bouts via TKO in the first and second rounds. 50% of Thompson’s wins have come via Submission and 42% via KO or TKO. Thompson weighs 248lbs at 6ft1.

Gzim ‘The Albanian Psycho’ Selmani fights out of Golden Glory and Tatsujin Dojo in the Netherlands with a MMA record of 5-1* and a kickboxing record of 1-0, the victory scored via a flying knee KO. The Kosovo Albanian stands at 6ft 3 and weighs 263 pounds. He started training in Judo at the age of 5, then started kickboxing at the age of 12 before taking up MMA at the age of 15 with his older brother Egzon Selmani. Gzim debuted professionally in MMA at the age of 18.

BAMMA‘s matchmaker, Jude Samuel, said: “Selmani is mainly considered a striker. However at 19 years of age he has not yet had his patterns laid down which makes him unpredictable, dangerous and exciting to watch.”

Indeed, 2 of his MMA victories have come via TKO and 3 via Submission. The ‘Albanian Psycho’ is also the Dutch Heavyweight Grappling Champion 2013, and the Rough Diamonds Kickboxing Champion 2013 in Germany. None of his fights to date have cleared the 2nd round.

Oli Thompson said:

“I have been looking to fight on BAMMA for a long time. The show always has a great look. I am bringing an intensity and athleticism that is not seen in many heavyweights, and I will put my body on the line to get the win at all costs. I want to become the first BAMMA Heavyweight champion”

You can Follow @OliThompson_Fit and @GzimSelmani on Twitter

*Gzim Selmani – MMA Fight Record

1: Gzin Selmani def. Kaan Postaci
KO, 1st RND
July 8th 2012, Shaolin Ryu – Fight Club Den Haag 2012
Video: http://youtu.be/EItC4crmcLs

2: Gzim Selmani def. Jorrit Leemans
Armbar, 2nd RND, 2:32
13th October 2012, Shooto Holland
Video: http://youtu.be/XXgGNs4qrWI

3: Gzim Selmani def. Tolea Ciumac
TKO (Corner stoppage), 2ND RND
24th November 2012, Super Pro Romania: “KLASH – Road to Glory”
Video: http://youtu.be/ZpJywRz3Oyo

4: Ante Delija def. Gzim Selmani
TKO (punches), 1st RND, 3:09
24th May 2013, FFC – Final Fight Championship 5

5: Gzim Selmani vs. Mario Milosavljevic
Guilotine Choke, 1st RND, 0:35
9th November 2013, BFC – Bosnia Fight Championship 1
Video: http://youtu.be/PaRWKXIVYLw

6: Gzim Selmani def. Thomaz Simonic
Arm Triangle Choke, 1st ROUND, 1:54
13th December 2013, FFC – Final Fight Championship 10
Video: http://youtu.be/-Q3w-JeFPsE

Please see below for the BAMMA 15 Teaser Trailer [VIDEO]: ” He is Coming”:

LINK TO VIEW: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8kvxBScOYPU&feature=youtu.be

BAMMA IS BROADCAST ON 5* IN THE UK, AXS-TV IN THE US, KIX IN ASIA, ABU DHABI TV IN THE MIDDLE EAST, THE FIGHT NETWORK IN CANADA, EXTREME SPORTS CHANNEL IN EUROPE, SETANTA IN AFRICA, SONY IN RUSSIA & TRANSYLVANIA MEDIA IN ROMANIA.

BAMMA is brought to you in Association with:
Lonsdale & Sports Direct – The Official Equipment Partners of BAMMA
Safe MMA – Independent British Medical Organisation

Last post for 2013 – A lot of Thank You’s and some pictures :)


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It’s been a challenging year for me but I wouldn’t change it for one second, after all I got to do what so many of you still want to do and I have achieved all of it in the six months that I started this harsh challenge – which fell into my lap purely by coincidence (you will have to refer back to my very first blog read about that one)!

I will however give a big shout out to the person who got me started not only in writing my own blog but who introduced me to what I currently do, and that is Jonathan Millard, for whom I am forever grateful to.

What alot of people, more than likely do not know about me, is that I have been in the ‘combat sport industry’ for just over 20 years now, so I have legitmately worked my way up the ladder  – although, it’s fine for you to believe whatever you choose to believe, I personally don’t give a shit, again those that really know me, know that also!

I got to cover local grass root shows, which to me I have always been a great fan of and will always take time out of my schedule to go cover them as much as I can, I  covered Pain Pit 3 times, Ultimate Impact,  Into The Cage, Neilson Promotions White Collar Boxing then I also covered Cage Warriors, BAMMA and UFC Manchester, not bad even if I do say so myself!

Then a great event happend for UKMMA – The UKMMA Expo in Manchester and I got to be part of the only Media Team that had Access All Areas and when I say that, I truly mean that; not like all the other Media people that came in, the team I was with we were set up in the ‘Green Room’ with all our equipment and at one point their was one great surreal moment that I for one will never ever forget 🙂

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It was a great run event by Darren Sherlock and Paul Crossley and of course Darren’s wife Michelle, all timed perefectly for when Michael Bisping would be in the UK, Manchester as it happens (his own town) and just after being announced he would be facing Mark Munoz, here also in Manchester in October (unfortuntaly due to Michael needing eye surgery he was forced to withdraw from the bout and Lyoto Machida replaced him)!

There were UFC athletes, Guest athletes, Guest speakers, Seminars to train with some of the  Guest athletes and stalls for the MMA community to come together and show there products of to the public; also there was the stall for SAFE MMA – for which I personally went over to Izzy Carnwath and spoke to her to see SAFE MMA  was all about, how promotions could get involved and WHY they should. I had such a better understanding afterwards.

Here is mine and Izzy’s SAFE MMA interview we also talk BAMMA 13

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OBGFMXpvdHE

There was also a big NoGi BJJ competiton on, running throughout the Sunday which was awesome and six females took part amongst the hundreds of men.

At the show I managed to Video Interview (yes that was a very first for me) The Legend Ian ‘The Machine’ Freeman straight after his MMA Seminar – let me tell you know this guy is 100% gentleman when talking to him, Ian made my first video interview effortless (well I thought) 🙂

Here is mine and Ian’s interview:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zLO5WYrGcCM

I would however like to say a very big thank you to all the athlete’s I have worked with (so far)  without you giving up your time I would not of had your stories/journeys to write about and some very memorable moments to say the least, so in list of when  they were interviewed  here they all are:

Leigh Remedios

Alexei Roberts

Mario Saeed

War Machine

‘Rowdy’ Bec Hyatt

Ian ‘The Machine’ Freeman

Hector Lombard

Colin ‘Freakshow’ Fletcher

Bryony Tyrell

Aaron ‘Smackwell’ Blackwell

Jack ‘The Hammer’ Marshman

Lew Long

Jorge ‘Michelan’ Bezerra

Rosi Sexton

Faisel Ghazghazi

Mark ‘The hand of’ Godbeer

Lauren Murphy

And of course it would not be me, if I did not add in afew pictures of me with some of the athletes I had met 🙂

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Have a great New Year.

Emma

PS I’ve kept all my boxing ones out of this one but look out for it next year  🙂