Ethan Ridler 1-3-0 is a Welsh amateur Mixed Martial Artist currently competing in the Flyweight Division. An amateur competitor since 2019. He has competed for UKFC, Celtic Gladiator And Full Contact Contender.
I’d like to start this off by thanking you for taking the time to speak to me today Ethan and also to congratulate you on your upcoming return to the cage at FCC 28.
I hope training camp has gone well in the build-up to your highly anticipated return to the cage?
“Thanks Aaron. Training has gone really well. Feel as though I’ve put a large amount of time focusing on the areas that I wanted to improve and see myself as a much more well-rounded fighter than I already was going into this bout.”
The last we saw you in action was back in 2021 at Almighty Fighting Championship 19. Taking on Dan Farrell, Despite a valiant effort throughout each and every round, the night was not yours. What did you take from that bout back in September?
“The fight with Danny taught me a lot of things. My style has changed a lot in the 6 months since this fight, and I’m eager to show the world how much I’ve improved next week. Dan has since been someone I’ve trained with down at Aspire and I’m looking forward to seeing how he progresses. The big thing I took from the fight was to always be myself, as when I do I know I can defeat anyone in this division.”
Your inclusion on March 5th will see you take on Connor Walsh for the FCC amateur Flyweight Title. What do you make of your opponent for FCC’s 28th card to date?
“Connor has captivated many of the UK MMA community and certainly has an exciting future ahead of him. He’s been dominant in pretty much every round of every fight he’s had thus far. Fights like this give me an extra kick up the arse, to push myself beyond any limitation. He’s someone I have massive respect for and look forward to sharing the cage with.”
Without giving too much away what steps have you been taking to make sure you walk out on the night with your arm raised in Bolton?
“As I mentioned before, always being myself and improving areas in my game I feel I wanted to hone. On the 5th of March, and beyond, an on-form and focused Ethan Ridler causes massive problems for anyone in this division.”
Pure unadulterated organised violence is set to take place at the Bolton Arena when FCC returns to what’s bound to be a full house. Other than your inclusion on the night are there any matchups in particular that you’re looking forward to witnessing?
“The inclusion of my training partner Lee Quinn is something that gets the juices flowing. A hard-hitting and exciting fighter, who’s helped me tweak a few things in my game over the past couple of months. If you don’t know who he is, you will once the event has seen its end.”
Your support to your teammates at the gym and in their corner has not gone unnoticed. Most recently at Almighty Fighting Championship 23. Cornering Ayoub Dahech in his phenomenal performance and W on the night. Many fighters have the opportunity to train, coach and corner throughout their careers. What does it mean to you to be able to be there for your teammates along their fighting paths?
“Ayoub Dahech is someone I’ve known since before making my debut. From meeting him around 4 years ago at Mike Egan’s Immortals, to now under Azi Thomas, he’s been a great friend. He’s extremely underrated, and I think this highlight performance on almighty has given him some deserved notoriety. In this game, and life we help each other to progress. Hermetics. As above, so below. Help your peers, they will help you, and I certainly feel a lot of support from everyone I train with right now. This sport is truly amazing.”
Last but not least do you have a message for the fans that will be in attendance and anybody you’d like to give a shout-out to?
“I’d just like to say a massive thank you to everyone back home in Llandudno. My family, specifically my mum, her sisters and my grandmother who have always been my rock. My friends that are coming to support me in Bolton and those who can’t make it, who send messages of support. My training partners and coaches at Hamma and aspire respectively.”