Interview with Corey Fry ahead of his upcoming bout against Cesar Valencia at UKFC18

Corey Fry 2-0-0 is an English Professional Mixed Martial Artist. An amateur competitor since 2013 and a Professional competitor since 2021, representing Combat Performance Blackburn and Reps MMA. He has competed for Caged Predators Fighting Championship, ICE FC, Cage Warriors and Preston based organisation UKFC.

 

I’d like to start this off by thanking you for taking the time to speak to me today Corey. And also to congratulate you on your recent fight announcement on the UKFC18 card.

 

How has training camp been going in the build-up to your highly anticipated return to the iconic Union Jack cage in Preston?

 

“Thanks for having me on for this interview for a start. Yes, training has been going well feeling, strong going into this one. Still got a few weeks of camp left but so far all going good, injury-free learning and developing every day.”

 

On March 12th you take on Cesar Valencia 0-2-0, in the place you have called home for most of your amateur and professional career. Have you done anything in the way of research on your opponent?

 

“As for research, there’s nothing to go off of. Not much of his stuff is online so we’re going into this one blind but we will do what we do in every camp. get me in the best shape physically and mentally and go out and put on a show.”

 

Many fans as well as fighters that are going to be in attendance are looking forward to your upcoming return to Preston, you as well as your brother Zach have built quite the reputation with the many wars fought for the UKFC. Many professionals such as yourself take fights as they come but sticking to an organisation is a commendable attribute, when joining up to the roster did you think this would be the place of the many bouts you have taken part in over your career?

 

“I had my first fight in UKFC some years ago now but after the first show, I knew I wanted to compete for this organisation as much as possible. The way the team worked with the fighters was second to none, also the stage we fought on was probably the best stage outside of Cage Warriors in the country so who wouldn’t want to fight on that.”

 

As previously stated, your brother also fights alongside you on the phenomenal stacked card of UKFC18. The cage holds many brotherhoods of warriors, the Figlack Brothers of Cage Warriors, Nate and Nick Diaz of the UFC, Anatoly and Vladimir Tokov of Bellator just to name a few. It must be an amazing feeling to work alongside your brother?

 

“Yes, working alongside my brother is always special. We motivate and push each other every day, we do pretty much everything together so yeah it’s pretty cool. But saying that, all my teammates at Combat Performance Blackburn and Reps MMA are all like my brothers. I’m massively emotionally invested in their fights too. But it is different with my little brother.”

 

As well as yourself and Zack’s bouts, there are many being made day by day in the amateur as well as the professional lineup for March 12th, other than your inclusion are there any matchups in particular that you’re looking forward to witnessing?

 

“I’m looking forward to my brother’s fight but outside of our fights, I’d say all my teammate’s fights. Declan Fisher vs Stef Murray (I’ve fought Stef and got a lot of respect for the guy and hope he does well in this bout). Also looking forward to the Connor Dearn fight, this guy brings it like me, win, lose or draw we come to entertain. I’ve always respected that about Dearn.”

 

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?

 

“Message to my fans, thanks for all your support. I’ll put on the best show possible for you guys and thanks to all my teammates.”

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