Harvey Roberts (5-2-0) is an English amateur Mixed Martial Artist currently competing in the Featherweight division, representing The MMA Academy Liverpool. He has competed for Budo Fighting Championship, UKFC, Almighty Fighting Championship and Full Contact Contender.
I’d like to take this opportunity to thank you for taking the time to speak with me today Harvey, and also to congratulate you on your upcoming inclusion to the FCC 32 card.
“Nice one mate, boss that.”
I trust training has been going well in the build-up to your scheduled return to the cage?
“Yeah training’s been going really well, we’re working on a few little things. Camps not been to intense at the minute, as it’s a while off yet but yeah, camps going well, fires going well and weights fine so yeah, ready to rumble”
That’s good to hear about the weight going well, as many know it’s one of the most stressful things for you guys to have to go through.
This will be your 2nd outing with Adam Teh’s Full Contact Contender this year, previously taking the walk to the FCC cage back in September at FCC 30. What does it mean to you to once again be a part of the show?
“Oh it means a lot, it’s a boss show. Previously fighting there as you just said, I loved everything about it. Loved the walk to the cage, loved the arena and fighting in the cage on such a big stage as well, that does a lot. To go out there a second time, I’m gonna make a statement as I did last time, with a dominant win in 3 rounds, this tokes gonna be even more impressive.”
I caught your unanimous victory over Michael Walters, you did exceptionally well. I have to agree, FCC is a phenomenal show to be a part of definitely.
As the MMA calendar for 2022 approaches an end, fight fans have had the opportunity to witness what’s soon to be three outings from yourself spread over two phenomenal organisations in Ray Thompson’s Almighty Fighting Championships and Adam Teh’s Full Contact Contender.
What goals have you set out for yourself as we edge closer to another violent 2023 of Mixed Martial Arts action?
“To keep the performances coming, every single time I walk into the cage I’ll always do my best, smashing heads in. Next year hopefully working on as many title fights as I can to get that experience, get them five rounds in. Fighting on other shows as well, I love FCC and Almighty and the UKFC, hopefully make a return for them too. I love getting the feel of different crowds, different places. Obviously, the more I go around the country, the more competition I’m gonna come up against. That’s what I’m looking forward to, the tougher competition to be honest.”
There’s quite a few good shows in London, have you ever thought about fighting down here?
“Oh yeah definitely, one hundred percent. As well as a good few shows, there’s a good few names in London as well that I’d like to take on and see how I do against them. Obviously I know I’m gonna win against them, see how 2023 goes. Obviously as I’ve just said, as many title fights as I can, many belts on the shelf is the goal haha.”
Looking forward, you are set to take on Jordan Lavelle in a Featherweight bout no one in attendance will want to blink for. What do you make of Jordan as you edge closer to your scheduled meeting on December 17th?
“Yeah he looks good, I’m excited for the match to be honest. I’ve had a little look at his last few fights, he looks decent. From the looks of it, he’s not fought anyone too decent, I’m gonna try to capitalise on that, I feel like I’ve got a bit more experience than him, I’m gonna use that to my full advantage. Go out there, put on another dominant performance and the rest will be history.”
I’m definitely looking forward to it too, it is a great compliment to the matchmaking on FCC’s part.
What can fans in attendance at the Bolton Arena expect from you once that cage door closes?
“Another world class display of violence, another display of absolute domination. I’m gonna dominate him from start to finish, whether it goes 3 rounds or lasts 3 minutes. I’m going there to punch a hole in his face, get the finish, get the submission, get the knockout, whatever way, I’m gonna win. I’ve had enough of going the distance now I want to finish.”
The FCC has played host to some of the most exciting names in the fight game. As well as some of the most memorable bouts on the UK fight scene, December 17th will be no exception.
Other than your inclusion on the night are there any matchups in particular that you’re looking forward to witnessing?
“Yeah of course, obviously my teammate Mike Thompson, lefty as we call him in the gym. He’ll be fighting Shem Rock, we know he’s gonna smoke Shem, he’s coming home with the belt. Kurtis Campbell’s making his pro debut, well see how he does in that one, I’ve got full confidence in Kurtis as well. Also the title fight, Jake McHugh vs Sami Hoque. I fought Sami last year and lost via a close decision there, which I felt like I could have won, just didn’t pull the trigger on the day. Looking back on his last fight, I one hundred percent believe I can beat him. Same with Jake to be honest, Jakes a really good opponent, I’ve had my eye on Jake for the last year. Really good, really tough but again, one hundred percent believe I can go out there and smoke him inside three rounds.”
Definitely two great potential bouts right there.
It’s been great speaking with you today Harvey, and I look forward to witnessing you out there once again.
“Nice one mate, great talking with you.”
Any time mate.
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?
“Can’t wait to put on a show for the fans at the FCC. Big shout-out to my sponsors Perception Heat, Perception Promo’s, Benno Box for sorting me out throughout camp, they’ve been a big help. Hid Clothing, Designerwear UK. All of them have been a great help through all my camps, so massive thank you to all of them. Also, my teammates and my coaches and everyone at the MMA Academy for helping me with camps. Without them none of this would be possible, I wouldn’t be in the position I am today, so a massive thank you to all of them.”
Tickets will be made available from the fighters as well the FCC website here, make sure to grab your place to witness Harvey and a whole host of exceptional warriors for the FCC 32 card on December 17th.