Mixed Martial Arts has made a big impact in recent years with big names such as Anderson Silva, George St.Pierre, Ronda Rousey, Conor Mcgregor among many more. MMA is a hybrid full contact sport that allows both striking and grappling either standing or on the ground, using a combination of many different types of martial art. MMA fighters need to have fantastic Balance, Power, Speed and endurance to sustain these very high intensity fights.
We had a chance to talk with Alex after his recent successful fight, read the full article below
What/who made you want to get into MMA fighting?
When i was younger i was always an overweight child, all the way up to 18 year old. I was nearly 19 stone and got fed up being fat. I had a friend who was a black belt in kickboxing and he kept telling me to come and train with him. I put it off for 6 months by saying i was going lose weight before i started with him and he laughed at me and told me to use kickboxing as the way to lose weight. I finally went down to a class and was instantly addicted and realised i was doing something fun as a method of exercise and went on to lose 5 stone in 5 months. From there, we started transitioning from kickboxing over to MMA with the help of a local coach and i fought on a small unknown show 8 months later.
Where do you train and how do they help you?
I am currently training at Predators MMA in Manchester. I am surrounded by some of the most knowledgeable coaches and fighters in the UK who i get to train with and learn from on a daily basis. The gym is a very friendly and welcoming, team environment compared to other gyms i have been in the past and i have found i am learning so much more because of this.
What is your record and how have your fights gone?
My official record is 2-0-0. My debut fight went absolutely perfect, i finished the fight via rear naked choke in the first round. In my second fight, my original opponent pulled out and the only other guy they had for me was a very good fighter who was 3-0. I did my research and knew he would be a good test for me so i took the fight. In the first round he tested me with 19 horrible knees to the body and i went down. I managed to turn it around and end the round on top in the last ten seconds. In rounds 2 & 3 i managed to find my range a bit better and used my striking and wrestling to control the fight and snatch the win by decision. Although i took the win, this was one of the toughest situations i’ve had to fight through including sparring.
If you could recommend any thing to anybody wanting to get into MMA?
My only recommendation to anybody wanting to get into MMA is to just do it. Don’t think about it, just give it a go. A lot of people are scared because they have never done it before but that is where everyone starts. Every person i have ever taken to their first class or have trained with has absolutely loved it.
What is your next step?
My next step is to heal up from my last fight and get back in the cage as soon as possible. I will be looking to bulk up a little bit between my next fight because i feel i am a little bit too small for welterweight and hopefully that will increase my power for next time.
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