After attending the most entertaining UK MMA event of 2011 in which John Maguire solidified himself as the Cage Rage UK Welterweight champion after a hard fought battle with Peter Irving. We caught up with John “The One” Maguire as he turns up the heat in the Welterweight division going, 16-3-0.
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Hey John, firstly congratulations are in order for an impressive win on the weekend, it was an extremely close fight and could have gone either way, that just shows how class an opponent you fought in Peter Irving.
Thanks very much!
Saturday was your 1 year anniversary to winning the Welterweight Title, you’re the second longest serving Title holder at Cage Rage UK now, with Jimi Manuwa being number 1. How does this feel?
I'm very proud of myself, it’s a huge achievement that takes a lot of hard work and preparation not just from myself but my whole team who put them self out to help get behind me for ALL my fights, I would also like to mention I am the longest active champion at Cage Rage UK.
Peter Irving being a BJJ Black belt, was you surprised at his Muay Thai skills and stand up abilities?
I wasn’t surprised one bit, I know his got a great stand up skills and great ground work, neither of us wanted to go to ground, both looked to show off our boxing abilities, it was a great fight, Irving is a warrior and me defeating him just showed how good my game is.
You have now clearly dominated the Welterweight division, have you considered going back up to Middleweight?
I have been there and done that, fought at MW a lot already, fighting at Welterweight is my comfort zone, I love this division and I am staying put.
Who is next on the “The Ones” Hit List?
I WILL FIGHT ANYONE WHO DAVE PUTS IN FRONT OF ME!
LIVE on screen at his own event, Dave urged UFC President Dana White to come and sign you up. This is a first time for any promoter on any organization to ask to sign a fighter of theirs, this must have shown how much respect he has for you.
Dave O’Donnell is the man, he isn’t Just in UK MMA for himself or for Cage Rage UK he really knows how to look after his fighters, who else in this sport would want their own fighters to grow and go on to bigger shows? Dave is a genuine guy who puts on genuine shows, best in the UK.
Finally John, its been great talking to you, go ahead and give your shout outs.
Thank you, I would like to star by thanking all my boys from Pro-Am fight centre, Tsunami Gym & of course the boys from Gypsy Jit Su, haha. My brother Tommy Maguire & Jack Mason who may I add, are fighting next month, Robbie the Flame my sponsors, British fighter clothing, QNT UK, all friends, family and followers for your continued support, Peter Irving for bringing his best and making the fight a war and Dave O’Donnell and everyone at Cage Rage UK HQ for making the events possible. Much Love
Don’t forget to follow me, John “The one” Maguire V2.0 on twitter: @maguiretheone
We caught up with Welterweight icon; Jamaine Facey who has is signed to fight Cage Rage and TUF veteran, Ross Pointon at Cage Rage UK 23 – September 17th.
Hi Jamaine, you are coming off a 2 fight losing streak, how has this set your mind and training leading up to your bout with Pointon this September?
Losing my last 2 fights has hurt and has gave me so much inspiration to want to win more and has spurred me on to go all the way to take control of this fight and get the most important thing which is the big “W”.
We saw you at Cage Rage UK 21, what did you think of Ross Pointon’s performance against Amasinger?
Worst ever, I have never seen Pointon in a boring fight until then, I guess the long layoff has give him a lot of ring rust, I was not impressed one bit, if he comes to the cage against me like that his going to lose yet again.
Ross Pointon is a dangerous striker, is your game plan to take Pointon down or you happy to stand with him?
MMA is Mixed Martial Arts which means we must train in ALL areas, I hate the “Lay and Prey” Fighters, I am more than happy to fight where ever the fight goes so yeah I’m happy to stand with him, will he be happy to stand with me?
Have you done anything special in preparation?
Nothing special, just training harder than normal, cardio work has gone through the roof, I am ready to go 5 rounds, plan to finish in the 1st round.
You have been training with good friend & Light-Heavyweight Champion, Jimi Manuwa at his new gym, Lions Pride MMA, what techniques have you been working on?
Keeping my hands up ha-ha it was a lazy day and I picked the wrong day, got a lot of punches to the head, Jimi is a great athlete and pleasure to train with.
You love winning in style so what are you predicting for your fight?
Never predicted normally but predict I will win this via GnP in round 1
Win or lose who would you like to fight next?
I don’t like to call people out and I don’t want to look beyond Ross Pointon.
Can you tell us a little bit about your “Hands up, Guns down” Campaign and what you are trying to achieve?
I am trying to raise £5,000 to kick start my charity/organization; “Hands up, Guns down”. My fight purse and cash sponsors will be added to the organization to try kick start the campaign.
I am trying to help get not just adults but kids into martial arts, male and female, I wan't to be a part of stopping/lowering knife crime, people need discipline and goals, without these people have nothing to work for and what with the 2012 Olympics coming to London I believe this will be good for youths to go from a nobody to a somebody.
Okay thanks for speaking with us and finally who would you like to thank?
I would like to thank the main man behind UK MMA, Dave O’Donnell, without him UK MMA wouldn’t be where it is today, all my Bandogs that help me prepare for each and every fight, my family, friends and most importantly the fans and followers that give their continued support for my fights and my “Hands Up, Guns Down” movement, if anyone would like to sponsor or donate to the organization please mail me Jamaine.Facey@sky.com “OUUUSSS”
Just 2 weeks to go and the countdown is already on to the next Cage Rage UK card which will see the sternest test of all for two most respected champions in the UK and of course the 2 huge Heavyweights, who go head to head for the vacant title.
John “The One” Maguire has looked unstoppable since claiming the belt last September and has met every challenge to his crown with tempestuous fury. On September 17th, John Maguire will step into the cage to defend his title against a ferocious adversary in the always dangerous Peter Irving.
With Oli Thompson joining the UFC, The Heavyweight Title now becomes vacant, but not for long, as the we have got the 2 biggest Heavyweights in the country going head to head for the Cage Rage UK Heavyweight Title, this September 17th.
Darren "Powerhouse" Towler is taking on "Big" Ben Smith after his recent victory over Polish Monster, Tomasz Czerwinski at CRUK22, Smith has already beat Towler back in June 2010 where he defended the title.
"I was impressed with Darren's perform ance against big Tomasz, I thought he was much more composed than when he fought me. He's definitely improved his game" Dave O'Donnell added:
"This will be an absolute war and believe this will come down to the survival of the fittest" John Maguire, however, will not be the only champion defending his belt at the Troxy as featherweight kingpin Nathan Beer looks to avoid the slick kick kid, Cory Tait. Tait brings a high level of stand up and this will undoubtedly be the toughest test of Beer’s career todate.
Maguire’s title is on the line but the welterweight war between Jamaine Facey and Ross Pointon may well present him with his next challenger.
Both Facey and Pointon have dangerous knockout power and this fight has all the makings of a breakneck battle, Facey coming off a 2 fight losing streak, to Dean Amasinger and the current champion John Maguire is looking to set his career back on track with a win over TUF Season 3 star, Ross Pointon.
Mean while Ross Pointon also recently losing to Dean Amasinger on a Decision at Cage Rage UK 21 is looking to climb up to the Title contender spot and he said:
"Jamaine Facey will be at the wrong place at the wrong time, this is the most important fight of my career, Facey stands between me and that title shot and I won’t be letting him stay in the way for long" Check out the fight card for what is set to be an explosive night of MMA action. Fight Card Subject to change!
Preliminary card: Peter Waterhouse Vs Afakasi Sione - LW Jimmy Millar Vs Tony Giles - WW K1 Louie Coco Vs Dominic Taylor - WW Ricky Campball Vs Brett Cole - LHW Steve Freeman Vs Rory Beackon - LHW Jason Coolidge Vs Matt Robinson - WW Brendan White Vs Charlie Curtain - LHW - K1 Salih Kulucan Vs Florian Calin - FWTweetTagged :
We caught up with Welterweight Champion, John Maguire who defends his silver wear for the 3rd time against at Cage Rage UK, Challenged by Peter Irving this September 17th, Live from London’s, Troxy Arena.
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