Matthew Findlay 3-2-0 is an English pr Mixed Martial Artist. An amateur competitor since 2019, representing Great Britain Top Team. He has competed for CWSE, UCMMA, MTK MMA, Contenders and is about to compete for Doncaster based organisation Caged Steel.
I’d like to start this off by thanking you for taking the time to speak to me today Matthew and also to congratulate you on your recent fight announcement with Caged Steel.
A new year brings new wars, points to be proven in the proverbial stage for professionals such as yourself. How has training been going?
“Training camp is always a grind. No other word for it. Breaking down the weeks into segments and phases helps, with reachable targets until fight week. The mental, emotional and physical grind of every, sometimes twice a day, coupled with working full time too.”
The last we saw you in action was back in October 2021 on the explosive card of Contenders31 when you took on Steven Hill. I was lucky enough to have been in attendance that night at the Crystal Palace national sports centre cageside. Unfortunately, the night was not yours now the dust has settled and you’ve had time to reflect, what steps have you taken to make sure that you take home the W at Caged Steel 28?
“The Steven Hill fight was crazy. The build-up, the fight camp, fighting a year and a half after covid. The loss was hard and eye-opener in terms of the big gaping holes in my game and the in-fight decisions I made. Steven Hill is a legit prospect and fighting him was an awesome experience.”
Could we see a rematch at a future date for you guys?
“If I can keep winning I would want to scrap with him again. A few adjustments and technical improvements I could perform better and win.”
March 19th you take your first step into The Caged Steel cage taking on Qendrim Pallata, this being his Second professional bout as well as his second appearance for the Doncaster based organisation. Have you had the opportunity to study your opponent leading up to your scheduled clash?
“Caged Steel is his home, he has fought there his whole amateur and pro career. I have had a chance to study him, he brings a lot of heat and heart and I love fights like that.”
Other than your wars at UCMMA, there seems to be no fixed abode for your fighting career these past 2 years. Does the prospect of fighting for Caged Steel more regularly pique your interest?
“Covid and the Mercenary lifestyle. I want to fight the best guys in the country.
North-South East and West. Sometimes they come to you. Sometimes you go to them. I’m taking this fight in Quendrim’s backyard. Caged Steel is such a professional organisation, and the coloured canvas they have is very very dope.”
Other than your inclusion on the night in Doncaster, are there any matchups in particular that you’re looking forward to witnessing on March 19th?
“Just me. My fight is going to be technical fireworks.”
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?
“Shout out to Great Britain Top Team, Box Sport London, Mike, Pure Grit and Grand Union. We are going to win on Fight Night. To the crowd, you will be entertained.”