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Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White has always said that the UK is an important market in the company's global ambitions, but to date, with only 10 events being staged in the UK since 2007, the UFC and the sport of MMA in general has not penetrated the mainstream.
So the UFC's huge push for world domination rumbles into London, and lands at the 02 Arena, Greenwich, the second biggest indoor arena in the UK and one of the busiest in Europe. It's a great venue, tailor-made for hosting big fights. In what could be a landmark achievement for the promotion, the 15,000 seats sold out in record time for a UK event, and the media hype has been unprecedented...
When I was 21 I had never competed in any kind of martial art. I came across mixed martial arts (MMA) when a former colleague Jack Mason introduced me to the sport and it changed my life.
As the sport of mixed martial arts, and more specifically the Ultimate Fighting Championship, moves into its third decade, I take this opportunity to examine its origins...
Following last weekend's spectacular night of entertainment, the question on everyone's lips was how would UFC Fight Night 30 compare to UFC 166, described by Dana White as 'The greatest card ever in UFC history?'
In September 2013 I did an exclusive interview with UFC star Michael Bisping for Nuts magazine. Unfortunately, days later Bisping suffered a detached retina in training and had to pull out of his scheduled fight with Mark Munoz. As a result, this interview was never published. It would be a shame to waste a great interview, so here you go...
All-in-all, not a good night for British fighters. Perhaps the true level of MMA in this country has been exposed, as three of the four titles went to overseas's fighters. The night belonged to Freakshow, who finally lived up to his potential. Roll on BAMMA 14 on 14th December...
So... here we are again, just over a week until fight night, and I have to admit the nerves are sneaking in a little early. It's good news though, I tell myself, and I always perform best under pressure! Through my mind runs the age-old question - have I done enough? Have I trained sensibly and focused on the correct areas? Is there any more I could have I done?
I'm heading into my last four weeks of training ahead of my next bout against Thale Leites in Brazil, at UFC 163. A physically punishing schedule has been devised for me by my team, but it's mentally where the fight will be won or lost.
Slowly, over the few days after the fight, it all started to sink in and I could at last appreciate what I'd been a part of. The support both before and after the fight from friends and MMA fans here in the UK has been incredible.