Shaun McCabe 0-1-0 is an English amateur Mixed Martial Artist currently competing in the Welterweight division, representing Reps MMA. He has competed for Evolution of Combat and is due to make his debut for Preston based organisation UKFC on May 14th.
I’d like to start this off by thanking you for taking the time to speak to me today Shaun, and also to congratulate you on your recent fight announcement for the UKFC19 Card.
I hope training and preparations have been going well in the build-up for your inclusion on May 14th?
“Firstly, just wanna thank you for getting in touch with me regarding my upcoming bout on UKFC19. Training has been going super well. Coming into Reps my wrestling game was not the best and with the reputation of the gym it has definitely been a main focus of mine to improve on.”
The last we saw you in action was back in 2018 at Evolution of Combat Fight Night 2 in Morecambe. Despite the bout not seeing you take the victory, you put on a valiant effort taking it through to the judges after a hard-fought 3 rounds. What did you take from that bout with John Carr?
“In my first ever MMA bout with John Carr back in 2018 on EoC, I was with a very small club. only 4 guys trained, so I didn’t get a proper feel for a ‘Fight Camp.’ but went out there and enjoyed every minute. However, I felt like I didn’t do myself justice so I always planned to make a return.”
Being part of Reps MMA, you’ve seen many of your training partners go to the proverbial Lion’s den in Preston. How does it feel to finally get the opportunity to join them out there at UKFC19?
“I’ve always known about Reps, how ruthless fighters out of that gym are. So when making a comeback, I always wanted to join them. Sparring with the likes of ‘Chris Morris’, ‘Corey Fry’, ‘Jordan Chester’ and all the other talented guys which I could name, you’re going to see a different fighter out there compared to my fight 4 years ago.”
We are just over a month away from what’s bound to be a sold-out Riva Showbar in Preston. Your second step on your amateur journey is squaring off against Salford MMA’s Callum Mather. Both of you are not too far into your amateur days, and research is short of content. So without giving too much away what steps have you been taking to make sure you walk away from Preston with the W on the night?
“Haven’t really researched him in any way, because we’re both so new on our MMA journey you develop so much in each fight camp. I’ve watched his fights and gone through with my coaches what we think are the best options, but definitely not underestimating anything. He’s a taller guy so just gotta bring the fight to him and get in his face.”
With shows being planned throughout 2022, it’s promised to be a very active year for the UKFC. Do you intend to keep yourself as active as possible and plan at all on upcoming cards?
‘It was never my intention to keep on fighting, I just wanted to do another fight to prove to myself that I could do better. However, if I get the bug for it, you might see me there again and again.”
Other than your inclusion on the night are there any matchups in particular that you’re looking forward to witnessing on the fight card?
“Looking forward to watching all of the Reps guys smash their fights. Hopefully, we’ll all be on the winning side on the night.”
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 like to thank everyone who’s coming to support me on the night or watching online on the PPV link, the support means so much to me!”