The UFC returns to Glasgow on Sunday 16th July with UFC FIGHT NIGHT: NELSON VS. PONZINIBBIO. Here, we reveal some interesting facts about ten of the names set to feature on this stacked fight card.
Nelson is known for his methodical, patient approach to mixed martial arts. But, if you can’t find the Icelandic welterweight honing his skills in the gym, you’ll most likely find him on the sofa…“I love playing video games. My favourite is Call of Duty. Not many people know that. It’s fast, it’s competitive and I just love it. I play it all the time – before training, in between training, whenever I can.”
For Scottish sweetheart Calderwood, life in the slow lane has never been an option: “I was once a stunt double in a Scottish TV sitcom called Lip Service. It was about two years ago and I had to fall over on roller blades because the actress couldn’t fall properly.”
American strawweight Calvillo is a relative newcomer to the UFC, with just two Octagon bouts under her belt. She first discovered that she would be making her UFC debut against Amanda Cooper at UFC 209 while she was in the middle of a work shift at The Cheesecake Factory….on Valentine’s Day.
Scotland’s Ray remains one of the most explosive lightweights ever to step foot inside the UFC Octagon. Outside of it, though, he’s far more concerned with wands, wizards and Whomping Willows….“I think people expect that, as an MMA fighter, I would like gang and action films but really my favourite films to watch are Harry Potter. I would be in Gryffindor obviously.”
Before moving into MMA, Paul Felder was a critically-acclaimed stage actor, having taken up performing at the age of 16. He studied at the University of the Arts and started working for theatre groups in Philadelphia, starring in a number of productions.
Welsh middleweight Marshman balances life as a professional fighter with a career in the armed forces: “People think that I am an ex-soldier but actually I am still serving. I have been serving for the last 10 years in the 3rd Battalion, Parachute Regiment.”
In 2015, prior to signing with UFC, Scottish light heavyweight Craig spent a month in Africa doing missionary work. “While I was there I contracted Dengue Fever, a mosquito-borne tropical disease which can be life threatening. I recovered and a few months later won the BAMMA world titles, which led to me being signed by UFC.”
Flyweight Seery, at 5ft 4, is one of the smallest fighters set to take the stage on July 16, weighing in at just 125lbs. Being small and light, Seery claims, brings about a number of benefits inside the Octagon. But size wasn’t always something that worked to the Irishman’s advantage: “I actually used to be a jockey up until the age of 14…when I got too big for the horse!”
It turns out the best way to spread Christmas cheer is not singing loud for all to hear, but showing your passion all through the year….“I love Christmas so much that I wear Christmas socks all year round.”
Welshman Johns is a diehard football fan and follows the Wales national football team wherever and whenever he can. He went to four games at last summer’s European Championships in France, where Wales reached the semi-finals. He also travelled to Austria last October for a World Cup Qualifier. “I have a different nickname when I’m away for the football though. My friends call me the “pigeon” because of my sense of direction”.
Watch UFC FIGHT NIGHT: NELSON vs. PONZINIBBIO live on BT Sport 2 from 6:00 p.m. BST on Sunday, July 16. Catch the early prelims on UFC FIGHT PASS from 4:30 p.m BST.