On 3rd October at the Charter Hall in Colchester, Essex, I will be competing amateur Mixed Martial Arts on BCMMA 12. The fight card includes six professional MMA bouts with a full amateur card consisting of some great MMA talent in this country and beyond. So during my preparation for the fight, I will be giving you a slight insight into how I am getting ready for the contest on the 3rd.
Generally my training does not differ too much from when I have a fight coming or not. The only things that change is the sparring is more intense and I add some cardio sessions just to get my weight down. During the week I train at NG Fight Sports/Dynamo Muay Thai in Felixstowe, headed by Mark Nixon and BJJ black belt Eduardo Goncalves. Mark has a wealth of knowledge at both the stand up and the ground game. He competed in the 90's in professional Muay Thai (record 9-1) and nowadays he competes as a brown belt in BJJ where he often collects a medal when ever he competes at grappling competitions. Like Mark, Eduardo is also an active competing black belt and has picked up medals this year at British Nationals Nogi, Europeon Nogi Championships and Stockholm Open Nogi.
At the weekends (normally a Saturday depending on my work shifts) I head over to BKK Fighters in Colchester to predominantly work on my wrestling and all round MMA game. BKK plays host to some of the best MMA fighters in the UK including UFC Featherweight Arnold Allen, veteran of over 40 pro fights Jack Mason & UK top 10 lightweight Sean Carter. In addition to a host of other up and coming pro and amateur fighters.
With less than 3 weeks to go I am right in the thick of hard training which is obviously physically and mentally taxing especially when I am also balancing work also. I'll continue the hard training until maybe 1 week before which is where the training will taper down before. At that point the only real concern is making the weight of 155lbs as all the hard training has been completed.
I am very much looking forward to October 3rd, as it gives me an opportunity to test myself and see how much I have improved since my last contest in March. That night I won via unanimous decision and although there were a few things I was happy with, there was also a lot of thing I felt I could have done better. Since then I haven't stopped training and competed in a few grappling competitions to stay active. So I'm eager to see my training put to the test.