Fightstar Championship 23 is just 3 weeks away, and in true Fightstar fashion, another barn burner of a bout has been announced to the violent festivities in the capital on November 19th in Kate Bacik vs Jenny Line.
I took a trip to Great Britain Top Team today to speak to one half of this epic encounter Kate Bacik, who will be making her return to the promotion this time at professional level.
Kate ‘Queen of the South’ Bacik (0-1-0) is an English professional Mixed Martial Artist currently competing in the Flyweight division, representing GB Top Team. She has competed for Hexagone MMA and makes her second walk on her professional journey at Fightstar Championship on November 19th.
I’d like to kick things off by thanking you for taking the time to speak with me again today Katez and also to congratulate you on your upcoming inclusion to the Fightstar Championship 23 card.
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“Hey, thank you for having me, it’s a pleasure speaking with you again.”
From what I’ve seen upon my many visits here, as well as today, training has been going exceptionally well as you prepare for your 2nd step on your professional journey.
“Yeah that’s true, I’ve made some necessary adjustments. I’ve changed my camp and I’m really happy with how my training is going, I think it’s been a step in the right direction.”
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That’s great to hear mate.
What has been your main focus as you prepare for war on November 19th?
“Probably just getting in sync with each other, so everything is nice and fluid. It doesn’t have the same kind of pressure as the last one, so it gives me a lot of freedom to explore my style the best I can. Also to experiment with things I didn’t really have, or had room for before. You’re gonna see some highlight reel shit hahaha.”
I’m eager to see what you’ve added to your game definitely.
GB Top Team is lucky enough to have one of three biggest female squads of warriors, spanning across many World renowned organisations. It must be an amazing feeling to have such outstanding teammates to train with, learn from and be under such world renowned coaches in Brad Pickett, Ashley Grinshaw and Barry Healy?
“Yeah, I’m definitely really happy with my move here, and I’ve never trained with women in my MMA career before. It’s nice to have so many female bodies to work with, no matter what session I walk into I always have really good bodies to train with. And that’s something I’ve been really missing, so I’m definitely really happy with. And when it comes to coaching with people like Brad, Ash Barry and all the high level coaches here really helps as well. They’re watching our training the entire time, so when they see something in our approach, they are always trying to improve it. I’m really enjoying the little bits of improvements I’ve made for sure.”
They really are a dedicated team here, I have to agree.
When receiving the call from Fightstar, was it too good of an opportunity to miss to be able to showcase your skills once again as you venture forth on your professional journey?
“I had quite the task on my pro debut last time out, as well as last month in Dubai. Mechel was a very high level opponent, I had to gear up alot in a very short space of time seeing as my camp was only 4 weeks long. Buy straight after the fight I pretty much knew I was gonna fight on Fightstar, initially I thought I was gonna have a different opponent which probably would have been slightly more challenging. Whereas this opponent gives me more freedom because I feel whatever I decide to do against her, I will be better. It gives me that 100 percent confidence in whatever I decide to do I’ll hit, there’s just loads of flexibility on developing that individual style type thing. I really can’t wait to show all the people the little improvements I’ve been working on, and just go in there with absolutely no pressure, and to perform and entertain the fans that come to watch me.”
I for one am definitely looking forward to witnessing you out there again.
What do you make of Jenny in the build-up to your scheduled meeting?
“I’m happy Fightstar put me on the card, because if it wasn’t for me and Jenny’s fight the card would be a sausage fest hahaha, so it’s nice that they made space for the female fighters. Jenny was the only person to have taken the fight so respect to her, and thanks for taking the fight. But I don’t see her being a massive challenge to me, obviously it’s MMA and anything can happen, but all I see is my hand being raised at the end of the night one way or another.”
As a fan of you both, I think it’s a great fight for the fans that will be in attendance, definitely. And I completely agree there should be more females on the card.
“I know right, they don’t even do title bouts for women and I don’t know why haha.”
Raj if you’re reading this, we need more women on the next card haha.
What can fans in the capital expect from you when that cage door closes?
“It will be pure violence, skilled violence and good looking violence hahaha.”
As previously stated, Raj Singh and his team have worked day and night to make sure Fightstar Championship 23 out does their previous cards.
Other than your inclusion on the night are there any matchups in particular that you’re looking forward to witnessing?
“Yeah definitely, there’s a lot of my friends from GB Top Team and from other gyms that I’ve previously trained at and am friendly with on the card. So I know there’s a lot of really good fights coming up, I’m looking forward to seeing all of them for sure. It’s nice to be back on the card that is so local and right around the corner in South London. I love that feeling when loads of people come to support, as well as others that come to support just because you’re from London. I can’t wait to feel that same vibe and energy like at the last Fightstar and all the others before, it’ll definitely be a great night full of great fights.”
I completely agree, having been to many of their events it’s always a great atmosphere in the sports centre.
It has been an absolute pleasure speaking with you again today Kate, I wish you all the best for the remainder of your training, and I look forward to witnessing you out there once again.
“Thank you so much, we’ll probably catch up after I win this fight hahaha.”
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?
“Don’t blink that’s for sure hahaha. I’d like to shout-out to everyone at GB Top Team and everyone at Daniel Sam’s fight team, London Grapple, Eryxgear, Alpha Talent Management and all my other sponsors. If anyone wants to jump on board as a sponsor, the books are open.”
Catch Kate and many more phenomenal warriors take centre stage at what’s shaping up to be an incredible fight card on November 19th at the Crystal Palace National Sports Centre in London. Tickets will be made available from the fighters as well as via the Fightstar Championship Website here.
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