Sam Kelly – “I respect any man that gets in the cage that stands across from me.”

Sam ‘The Mighty Mole’ Kelly 3-1-0 is an English professional Mixed Martial Artist currently competing in the Bantamweight Division, representing Rio Grappling Club England. An amateur competitor since 2017 and professional since June 2021. He has competed for ICE FC, Celtic Gladiator, FCC, MMA Uncaged FC and UKFC.


I’d like to start this off by thanking you for taking the time to speak to me again Sam, and also to congratulate you on your recent inclusion for UKFC19.


I trust training has been going leading up to your scheduled bantamweight banger on May 14th?


“Training has gone great, I’m in a good place mentally and physically. I’m looking forward to the bout.”


On November 27th at UKFC17, you were set to take on Willam Gurgui of Team Varnier Agen. Unfortunately for fans in attendance excited to witness your second step into the iconic Union Jack cage, an unfortunate injury occurred which has left you out of action ever since. A frustrating time but as most in the fight game know, all are part and parcel. While recovering, do you look back on November and think about what could have been?


“I don’t look back at November, I’m very much the attitude of “it is what it is.” if you can’t change what’s happened, what’s the point in letting it consume you.”


Your ambition to fight is truly something to be in awe of. This being your fifth bout since turning professional back in May 2021, speaks absolute volumes for your desire to succeed in the Mixed Martial Arts world. What advice would you give to fighters looking to mirror your approach in the professional scene?


“Yes, I’ve kept very busy and try to stay as active as possible. Obviously, things happen like in November where it’s not possible. my advice would be just make sure you’re in the gym ticking over, even if you haven’t got a fight pencilled in.”


The last we saw you in action was back in October 2021. Debuting on UKFC16. Showing an unbelievable amount of your pure perseverance, unfortunately, the night wasn’t yours. Now the proverbial dust has settled and you’ve had time to reflect on your bout with Daire Toman, what did you take from your 1st defeat in your professional career?


“I’ve definitely shown my heart and that I’m not easy to put away. I have my reasons for why I feel the fight went the way it did and I also think that if it wasn’t for getting caught in a guillotine in the first round the outcome would have been very different but I did get caught in one. so hats off to Toman.”


Your long-awaited return to the cage is set for May 14th, taking on Pretorians Diego Gallardo. Making his debut for the Preston based organisation bringing with him an 11 fight career. What do you make of your opponent at the Riva Showbar?


“I respect any man that gets in the cage that stands across from me. so let’s put on a good fun fight for the fans Diego!”


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 give my sponsors a shout-out!  jpr sports therapy, m24 health, hench supplements and skin lab by Alex. Training wise I’d like to thank all the lads at Rio, Titanium and also SBG Rochdale for the extra training I’ve had with them.

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