Andy ‘Taz’ Young 11-13-0 is an English professional Mixed Martial Artist currently competing in the Flyweight division, representing Next Generation. He has competed for Chaos Fighting Championships, Clan Wars MMA, Cage Contender, Too Much Talent MMA, Underdog Xtreme Championships, M-1 Global, UCMMA, FCC, BAMMA, WWFC, Fight Nights, Brave CF and Cage Warriors.
I’d like to start this off by thanking you for taking the time to speak to me today Andy and also to congratulate you on your upcoming inclusion in the highly anticipated CW140 Belfast Card.
“Thank you for having me and appreciate it, it is great to finally return and to do it on Europe’s top show!”
I hope training camp has been going well in the build-up to your scheduled return to the cage?
“Training is going fantastic, I’m so happy and grateful to be doing what I love with the focus of simply enjoying the process and being there! I lost sight of that in previous fights.”
As you set your sights on your second outing for the London based organisation, what has been your main focus while you sharpen your tools for combat on June 25th?
“The focus has been on getting my mindset to the right place, mainly fighting for me & the joy of it, rather than obligation/pressure. It’s a nice feeling.”
Looking back on your phenomenal journey, will there always be a night of pure unadulterated organised violence that will forever hold a special place in your mind?
“My first world title with Rany Saadeh was a barn burner. I remember being covered in blood, smiling and waving him on for more. I loved it! The thrill of the fight is hard to beat!”
Since the beginning of your journey back in 2011, you have given UK MMA fans some of the most exciting and explosive memories. All paths led to being included on the roster of Europe’s biggest stages of them all back in 2019 at CW102. Taking on Sam Creasy on your debut for Graham Boylan’s CW, a highly decorated combatant, you fell short to a unanimous decision.
Now the proverbial dust has settled and you’ve had time to reflect on your debut, what did you take from your 15-minute showdown at the Indigo at the O2?
“Fight for the right reasons, let go off imagined pressure. Make sure I’m smiling in there. This sport is 99% mental and I need the mindset in the right place! Other than that, focus on my game, not his!”
Your bout with Scott Malone has been tipped to be one of the most explosive bouts on what is due to be a night MMA fans are not likely to forget.
Previously set to face off against each other at Cage Conflict 4 at the tail end of 2021, when getting the call with the notion of taking on Scott a chance you just couldn’t refuse?
“I loved the matchup! So I was ecstatic to get it again. Fate definitely wants us to fight and put on a show!”
CW140 is one of the most talked-about fight cards of the year so far, gifted prospects, highly decorated Warriors and a new Welterweight champion to be crowned. It’s hard to pick which outing will be the one to watch out for. Other than your inclusion on the night are there any matchups in particular that you’re looking forward to witnessing?
“Matthew Elliot, my teammates Glenn, Jordan & of course Rhys! All set to be amazing matches.”
I wish you all the best for June 25th Andy and I hope the rest of your camp goes smoothly for you, 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?
“Thanks for all the support and I promise to be my best!”
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