Kristoff ‘The Apprentice’ Grambow 4-0-0 is a Gibraltarian amateur Mixed Martial Artist currently competing in the Flyweight, representing Reps MMA. He has competed solely for Preston based organisation UKFC over his amateur career.
I’d like to kick things off by thanking you for taking the time to speak to me today Kristoff and also to congratulate you on your recent fight announcement for the UKFC19 Card on May 14th.
“Thanks Aaron, I appreciate the opportunity.”
I hope training over at Reps MMA has been going well in the build-up to your highly anticipated return to Preston?
“Training has been going well as always, the energy in the gym is high. I have a great team and coaches who are all dedicated to achieving success.”
UKFC17 back in November was the last time fight fans got to witness you in action, taking on Jacob Buckley, a warrior you’ll be sharing the card with when the UKFC returns to the Riva Showbar on May 14th. Securing your 4th victory to add to your unblemished record thus far.
How does it feel to once again take the walk to the iconic Union Jack cage with your peers?
“There is something special about UKFC, I’m proud to have had all my fights under the promotion and I’m sure there will be plenty more. Having my teammates perform alongside me on the same night is great too, the energy in the gym is always high and we all feed off each other during camps.”
In just under 2 weeks, you go head to head with one of the hardest to match fighters to come out of Knuckleheads MMA in Diogo Ramos. A fighter, like yourself who has only competed for the Preston based organisation. What do you make of Diogo in the build-up to your scheduled meeting?
“UKFC matchmaking is up there with the best in the amateur scene at the moment. I’ve seen him perform a few times, the guy is keen and I respect the attitude he brings. As for on the night, I’m going in there to do business as usual and secure the W.”
Ste Nightingale and his phenomenal regional organisation has played host to many warriors within combat sports and has been the home of your fighting career over all 4 of your amateur outings thus far. What does it mean to you to be part of the UKFC?
“Ste and the rest of the UKFC team put their all into the promotion and it’s really shown these last few events, great matchups and great fights all-round. Easily considered one of the best regional promotions around which I’m proud to be a part of.”
As previously stated, your journey has yet to hold a defeat and you are on track to no undoubtedly being put in the mix for amateur gold.
Looking back to the first competitive bout and victory over Jamie-lee Baldwin back in 2019 at UKFC9, did you ever imagine 3 years down the line you’d be in a position to reach for the ultimate prize in your division?
“The hard work never stops and despite any setbacks along the way achieving gold is going to be inevitable. Persistence is key, I’m blessed to have a team with the same mindset and aspirations.”
Each and every athlete in the fight game has a story to tell on how they entered combat sports. To give the fans a bit of insight leading up to May the 14th, what first attracted you to the brutal yet exhilarating world of mixed martial arts?
“Starting MMA taught me the value of learning, discipline and challenging yourself physically and mentally. “The Apprentice” nickname came from working closely with Jordan Chester, and it captures my attitude towards learning and developing my abilities week in and week out.”
Yet another explosive night of pure unadulterated organised violence is set to take place for the stacked UKFC19 Card. Many of your teammates/training partners will be taking centre stage at the Riva Showbar that fateful night.
Other than your inclusion are there any matchups in particular that you’re looking forward to witnessing?
“I’m looking forward to watching all my teammates go out and perform and showcase their skills.”
I wish you all the best for May 14th Kristoff and I look forward to witnessing you out there.
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?
“Huge thank you to my friends, family and team who support me back from Preston and Gibraltar. Shout-out to all my sponsors who support me throughout these camps and keep me going:
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