One of the most frustrating, yet uncontrollable events that can happen in the sport of MMA is a cancelled flight. Weather down to injuries, the recent restrictions due to the pandemic. Throughout your amateur MMA journey, this has been an unforeseen factor. Most recently at Caged Steel 27, your initial opponent “Kate Bacik” had to pull out of your bout. What was going through your mind when you were told your camp was not in vain and a stand-in had been found for December 4th?
“For me, this is the most frustrating thing and it always seems to happen to me. I was matched with Charlie Burke originally who had to pull out the fight and Kate was the replacement. I then found out on the Monday before the scheduled fight that Kate had pulled out due to injury. I was gutted, I’d been working so hard and I’ve always said I would prefer a challenging fight which definitely would have been with Kate but to be honest I was just happy to still be fighting as it’s been 2 years since my last. I was so eager to get back in.”
Despite the many obstacles that have been in the way, this did not deter you from sheer determination to succeed on the night. Taking your record to 2-1-0 in outstanding fashion via armbar submission. Not only sealing the victory but getting it all done in the very first round. Was this all part of a well-oiled plan going into this one?
“We have been working on all areas but I did want to keep it up on the feet and showcase my skills. There had been some issues on the day of the fight so I ended up fighting at 11 pm rather than the scheduled 6.30 pm. I do feel like the adrenaline of the whole day and evening had got to be a little and didn’t get to showcase myself how I wanted to. But I do love an armbar so I was happy with the finish.”
Without giving too much away what steps did you take with The Unit MMA to make sure you walked out of the Cage with the victory?
“As a team, we all worked so hard, everybody showed up to help us get ready for the fights. I trained up to 2hrs a night on top of holding down a full-time job. But the support from my coaches and teammates at The Unit is unbelievable! The steps Connor Halliday has taken to make the team the best it can be and also bringing in coaches Danny Mitchell and Jack Holt to help, it’s the best place to be.”
The amateur division is the foundation Throughout your MMA journey, the path to the professional circuit. Cage Steel has proven time and time again they are one of the best platforms for amateurs to grow and develop within the cage. With two of your three outings being with the Doncaster based organisation, do you see yourself making it a hat-trick of appearances?
“Yeah I want to get as many fights as possible next year and I’m sure Caged Steel will host a few of them.”
With the popularity of MMA growing every day, no doubt 2022 will see a huge influx of fighters take their first step into the cage. What advice would you give to someone starting on their amateur journey?
“The main advice I would give to any up and coming fighters is to just enjoy what you do and do it for you.”
Last but not least do you have a message for the fans that will be in attendance and anybody you’d like to shout out to?
“I’d like to thank all my family and friends for always showing me support and helping every step of the way! I really couldn’t do it without them.”