25th November 2017
BCMMA21 – 7th April 2018
8 man Flyweight tournament
BCMMA has clarified the official list of participants for next year’s 8-man amateur flyweight tournament. The Grand Prix takes place on April 7, 2018, in Colchester, Essex and features some of the United Kingdom’s most promising amateur MMA prospects.
The eight men who are officially confirmed
to compete on the April 7 event are:
1. Warren Mason (8-10)
2. Leigh Mitchell (6-2)
3. Ashley Kilvington (6-0)
4. Reece McEwan (4-0)
5. Robbie Brown (7-10)
6. Jordan Baxter (9-2)
7. Jack Temple (5-3)
8. Jack Eglin (3-2)
We’re coming to the end of 2017, how would you say the year has been for you both inside and outside the cage?
It’s not been the best year inside the cage obviously losing twice but I feel like they have both made me become a much stronger person mentally and physically so I don’t see them as loses and outside the cage it’s been an awesome year I’ve learned loads and grew as a fighter massively.
Last time out you took on Mokaev in a short notice fight. Looking back on that fight what are your thoughts on the stoppage and would you do anything different if you got the chance to fight him again?
I think the stoppage was deffenitely early but I can’t go back in it the ref done what he thought was right at the time and no I think the way I approached the fight and the way I felt in the fight I know I can beat him with the game plan I had.
You’re back on BCMMA tonight, where do you think BCMMA ranks amongst other shows in the UK?
It’s deffenitely without a doubt one of the best shows I’ve fought on and I think it’s definitely up there with some of the best in the country with out a doubt!
Tonight you are facing off against Ciaran Mulholland, what do you know about him and how do you see the fight going tonight?
He’s a tough durable guy who comes to fight every time but he’s not on my level in any department I think I’m better everywhere and I can see the fight going with me getting my hands raised at the end of it.
You signed up to the 8 man amateur flyweight tournament at BCMMA in April ’18. How excited are you for this tournament and have you changed your training to prepare for this already?
I’m very excited for it it’s going to be an awesome night and some great fights on it and I haven’t changed it yet because I’m focused just on the fight at hand at the minute with Ciaran but I will be going out to America to prepare for it.
Finally do you have any messages for the fans here tonight?
Expect a great fight with me getting my hands raised at the end of it.
It’s been nine months since your last fight, looking back on that night now what are your thoughts on the fight and the result?
I’m really happy with my performance on cagewarriors 81, it was a big step up for me against such a highly ranked opponent, l feel I put on a great show and was unlucky with the decision, but learnt a lot from it.
I would say it was arguably your best performance on the biggest stage you’ve fought. Did fighting in a big arena on the TV give you a massive confidence boost?
It was an amazing experience and I had a fantastic time in Dublin. With regards to it being a big arena and on TV – to be honest it didn’t feel any different to any other show.
Since that night you’ve moved to Wales and started training at a new camp. How have you settled in there?
The move to Wales came a bit closer to my fight than originally planned, but fortunately where I already knew some of the fighters from Tillery combat and have trained there before – I was able to jump straight in to a full fight camp. In addition to this I’ve also managed to fit in lots of extra classes through the day – as I took this camp off work to focus on the fight.
What do you know about your opponent and how do you expect the fight to go?
Samantha Jean-Francois has fought on BCMMA before against one of my previous opponents, I know she’s a tough girl and well rounded -so I expect this to be a very exciting, high paced, fight.
Do you have any messages for the fans ahead of the fight?
I would like to say a big thank you to everybody for their continued support – I really appreciate it.
Since your last fight at BCMMA you’ve tried your hand at boxing. Is this something you’ve been wanting to do for a while and another way of improving your all around mma game?
Yes it was something that I had thought about for a little while. Furthermore the boxing club I train at (Suffolk Punch Boxing Club) were very keen to try and get me to try my hand at boxing. It’s not something I’m going to do all the time but it was certainly something I wanted to have ticked off the list before it’s all said and done. It was a very useful experience and something I can take with me as I move on.
You’re back in the cage this time out against Sigmund Hollerud. What do you know about your opponent and how do you see the fight going tonight?
I know he is from a well established gym in Frontline MMA in Norway. I know his strong suit is his BJJ, that’s where he wants to take the fight. In previous fights I’ve shown that I’m not easy to take down in MMA and if I do get taken down I can get quick or submit them. In addition the striking fundamentals are in my advantage for this fight.
We’re getting close to the end of the year now, looking back on 2017 how would you say the year has gone for you and what are your plans looking ahead to 2018 in mma?
In terms of improvement, this year has been a great year. Although some results haven’t gone my way. I know and people around me know that I am a much improved fighter than what I was 12 months ago. I can’t wait to put it all on display tonight. With regards to next year, I have a trip scheduled to Thailand at the end of March, so I’d like to get a fight in start of the year before the trip.
You’ve followed a similar path to that of Arnold Allen in the teams you train at and coaches you have. Does seeing the heights he has achieved give you extra confidence that you can push on and achieve something similar? Or do you take it one fight at a time and are not looking down the line?
Of course you’re going to take inspiration from what Arnold’s achieved so far but I’m on a very different path to him. I’m older & started MMA a lot later in life than Arnold. I just try and focus on giving it my best each time and see how I progress.
Do you have any messages for your fans in attendance tonight?
Have a great night. There’s going to be some brilliant fights on the card and I’m certainly aiming to be one of them.
20th November 2017
Watch our LIVE Stream…
Get ready for another great night of action as Cage Warriors – The Academy South East puts on a night of World class fights live from Colchester in England.
19th November 2017
So here it is, my first vlog! By Craig Powell
18th August 2017
Exclusive: Amateur MMA starlet Cory McKenna set to make professional debut at BCMMA 20
Undefeated amateur prospect Cory McKenna is set to make her professional mixed martial arts debut under the BCMMA banner in November. The news was exclusively revealed to MMA Plus on Wednesday evening and clarified that after seven wins as an amateur, McKenna will graduate to the pro ranks to face Maria Vittoria Colonna (3-1).
17th August 2017
Viral knockout sensation Johan Segas returns to action at BCMMA 20
You may not know his name (just yet anyway), but you will certainly remember his super knockout. French amateur Johan Segas – who went viral off the back of his head kick stoppage of Joe Harding in February – is set to return to BCMMA later this year.
4th May 2017
We last saw you in action at BCMMA 17 where you finished the IMMAF world silver medalist Aleksandra Rola in the third round. How did it feel to get the strawweight title wrapped around your waist and be declared the BCMMA champion at the end of the fight?
Of course, getting the title felt amazing – it in itself represents all the hard work and effort that my coaches and I have put in – but it isn’t the belts I fight for. Beating a scalp such as Rola, however, was a great indication of the level of competition I should be at – so that was a great relief to see the hard work paying off.
What have you been working on since this fight?