Lewis McGrillen 3-0-0 is an English professional Mixed Martial Artist currently competing in the Flyweight division, representing Manchester Top Team. He has competed for MMA Uncaged, Celtic Gladiator, Vida Fight Championships and is making his debut for Full Contact Contender on June 25th.
I’d like to kick things off by thanking you for taking the time to speak to me today Lewis, and also to congratulate you on your upcoming inclusion to the FCC 29 card.
I hope training camp has been going well in the build-up to your scheduled return to the cage?
“Training camp has been going mint! My improvement has exploded massively, I’ve got some tricks up my sleeve for this one.”
What does it mean to you to call the home of your training camp’s to be one of the UK’s most notarized Gyms at Manchester Top Team?
“It’s an absolute privilege to be with this team. Everyone’s a savage and we push each other to the best we can, I’m glad I got Top Team by my side.”
Your professional journey as well as your amateur has had so many significant stand out moments. Capturing two titles on the amateur scene, and a hat-trick of victories since joining the professional circuit. Even mentioned by the UFC‘s Darren Till as being one of the UK’s top prospects. These being but a glimpse of your impact on the UK MMA scene since starting out back in 2017, a perfect complement to your willingness to succeed in the brutal yet exhilarating world of Mixed Martial Arts.
Looking back on your explosive impact so far, is there a particular moment that will always stand out for you?
“I have a few moments, obviously winning my first title was a major accomplishment for me. then capturing the UKFC title and showing I was the cock of the division at Amateur haha. But the best moment for me was when I headlined my hometown of Wythenshawe, an absolute dream came true and the way I did it was like something out of a movie.”
Your debut for the FCC was put on hold back in March when you were set to take on Carlos Eduardo de Azevedo 19-29-0 on the FCC’s 28th card to date. Was this collision with a fighter with such a vast record something that you’d still like to happen in the not too distant future?
“Erm, I’m not really arsed about him, if he wants it he can get it. They all can get it if they want it. I think Jamie Kelly is a better fighter than him so this is what I am focused on.”
What does it mean to you to fight for an organisation that has played host to some of the most explosive competitors the Mixed Martial Arts world has seen?
“I’m buzzing to be fighting for the FCC. Been to this show a few times and wanted to fight there and got the opportunity to. Following the path of my boy Lerone and even Brendan Loughnane who are both killing it on their journeys so far.”
As you enter the final stage of sharpening the proverbial tools for June 25th. Your attention nears the Bolton Arena. And the man that stands in the way of making it a quad of victories in the win column in Jamie Kelly, have you managed to do anything in the way of research on your opponent in the build-up to FCC 29?
“Yes, of course. I’ve known Jamie on the regional circuit for some time. I’ve been watching him for a while and have wanted this fight since 2019 when we were gonna fight at the amateurs.”
Your inclusion has caught many eyes leading up to one of the biggest cards on the calendar year, without giving too much away what steps have you been taking to make sure it’s yet another moment in the cage fight fans will not soon forget?
“Everyone knows what I bring to the table. I come to fight and you’re gonna see another clinical performance.”
Many exceptional bouts are now set in stone for a night of pure unadulterated organised violence in Bolton, other than your inclusion on the night are there any matchups in particular that you’re looking forward to witnessing?
“I’m looking forward to all my teammates’ bouts, we’re all going to war together.”
I wish you all the best for June 25th Lewis and I look forward to witnessing your professional journey unfold.
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?
“Yes, big thank you to everyone who supports me and has been there since day 1. See you all at the fight, it’s going to be madness again.”