Conner Dearn speaks about his victory at UKFC 16, injury setbacks and his title aspirations

Connor Dearn (4-0-0) is an English amateur Mixed Martial Artist currently competing in the Welterweight/Lightweight Division, representing Atherton Submission Wrestling. An amateur competitor since 2017. He has competed for Preston based organisation UKFC.


I’d like to start this off by thanking you for taking the time to speak to me today Connor and to congratulate you on your recent win at UKFC 16.


Your inclusion to what was a stacked card at the Imperial was one of many stand out fights of the evening. Walking away with the W must have made all that training worthwhile. How did your training go before the showdown on October 9th? 


“Training went really well, was possibly the best camp I’ve personally had, weight cut was the easiest I’ve done also so it was a very nice easy ride until the fight.”


How did it feel to finally get back in there after your last confirmed bout was cancelled back in 2019 at UKFC11? 


“It felt amazing, after being off with 3 injuries and finally getting back in there injury free makes all the hard work worthwhile.”


Last we saw Connor was back at UKFC6, taking on and defeating Nathan Lambert 3-1-0 via unanimous decision. His long-awaited return was like he never left with the bout only lasting 43 seconds Submitting Dec Dean 4-5-0 via Guillotine choke.


This being your first outing at Lightweight with the Preston based organisation, how did the weight change feel there? 


‘Fighting at Lightweight felt a lot better for me, I felt sharper and fitter leading up to the fight.”


Your rise through the amateurs has been one hell of a ride, in all four of your amateur outings and including your recent submission of Dec Dean, you now move to 4-0-0. Is an amateur title something you have on your radar with UKFC? 


“Yeah, a title fight would be nice after all the hard work me and my team put in”


With four out of four sublime wins in his amazing amateur career, an amateur title opportunity seems to be not far from his grasp.


Last but not least do you have a message for your fans reading this today and anybody you’d like to give a shout out to?


“Thanks to everyone for the continued support over my career.”

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