If you missed the weekends Ultimate Challenge then make sure you don’t miss the show tonight on Sky Sports 4 at 10pm.
Yep, those are WWBRD photos! Not just a night of fighting but a night of entertainment, Dave O’Donnell and the UCMMA team pulled off an outstanding end to UCMMA 2012 events with 14 cracking fights.
There will be a total of 8 top flight MMA fights featuring classic Knockouts and Submissions in tonights broadcast. A far cry from the 2 or 3 that are usually featured.
Dave O’Donnell – ‘It’s been an amazing 2012, what a way to end the year with UCMMA 31, every fight was at the top of its game, all I can say to the fans is wait for 2013, you will be blown away...’
Checkout the Sky Card below:
Neil Grove Vs Tomasz Czerwinski – Heavyweight Interim title.
Ben Callum Vs Dan Dixon – Middleweight title.
Jody Collins Vs Cory Tait – Bantamweight title.
Paul Kelly Vs Richard Griffin – Welterweight.
Aurelijus Kerpe Vs Nick Chapman – Light Heavyweight.
Jamaine Facey Vs Andy Cona – Lightweight.
Jimmy Millar Vs Joel Reid – Welterweight.
Tautydas Lileikis Vs Khalid Ismail – Weltwerweight.
Hey Hus, hows things, what's new with you? Yeah, good thanks. Just living life to the maximum I can! I've gone back to working a day job whilst training most evenings.
Working and training now? What prompted that move? Has the change in routine meant less training or are you just working twice as hard now? Well I had left my job before to pursue the life of a full-time fighter and realised that I had become slightly lazy with my training, also the money that was coming in was not enough for me to live on anymore so I decided to go back to work again which I think has helped me with my training. I'm not surrounded by the gym scene every moment of the day anymore so while I'm at work I look forward to training more and defiantly train a lot harder as everyone will see at the weekend!
So how have things been going with your training camp? Last time we saw you, you were nursing a hand injury. How's that doing now? Training camp has gone really well in the lead up to this fight and by far, this is the best people will have ever seen me. I was nursing a hand injury from a K1 title fight at 73kg, but it's all good now, back to full strength and it didn't hinder my training at all.
You've wanted to fight Cory for a long time now. In one of our previous interviews you called on Dave to make it happen. What's the motivation to fight Cory? I always wanted to fight him a I believe a lot of people are scared because of all the hype. Yes, he is very talented and skilful but I don't believe he has ever fought anyone like me - as much of a good striker as me!
2011 was a rough year for you, closing out with four losses. Is this a make or break fight for you at this point? Yeah it was a tough year but if you look at the caliber of people I lost to, they where all of a very high standard and generally a lot bigger than me. This fight will be my debut at bantamweight and believe me, I will be announcing myself in this division as a real contender and for people to fear!
How do you see the fight going down and how do you expect to win? I see this fight being a very tactical fight with both of us trying to get the rhythm of the other. I will be putting the pressure on Cory so lets see if he can handle the pressure. As for how I will win, it all depends on the night. If I feel if he tries to stand with me then I will knock him out, if it goes to the ground then I think I will have the upper hand there too.
What do you think about the UK vs Aus TUF? Will you be putting your name forward? I think its gonna be a great TUF season as for me putting forward an application, I have not done so yet and I don't intend on doing anything till after this fight. My main objective to win this fight.
Your team-mate Jamaine is fighting for the welterweight title against Jake Bostwick, how do you see that fight going down? I think this is going to be a great fight for everyone watching and it could go either way. Jamaine has been training his arse off for this and I know he wants to leave that cage with the belt around his waist.
Any other predictions for next Saturday night? My boy Patrick Jalloh is also fighting on the card. I can defiantly see him winning the fight, also I think a few other guys will get wins; Steve May, Sean Carter and Umer Kayani.
Thanks for your time as ever Hus, is there anyone you want to give thanks to? I want to say thanks to all the guys at Bandogs MMA, also my sponsors British Fighter, 7thdaymma, Funky Gums, Multifit Plumbing, Clearlens Photography and 21st Century Tattoo Shop.
We sat down for a chat with Cory Tait to find out a bit more about him, his training methods, his history and most importantly, who's his favorite Tekken character.
WWBRD.com : Hey Cory! First off, we must congratulate you again for capturing the UCMMA featherweight title back in September. You dominated that fight before unleashing one of the most awesome finishes of the year. How does it feel to hold that title and what were your thoughts when you left the cage with that belt around your waist?
Cory : Thanks very much, feels great! I've won titles in kickboxing as a kid but never a title let alone a belt in my MMA career. As a kid it was always trophies and medals so walking away with that belt was a long time coming but inside I knew that this is only the first step, I need to go further and progress as a fighter and champion.
WWBRD.com : You're scheduled to fight in February, give us the lowdown.
Cory : It's for the interim Bantamweight title against Spencer Hewitt.
WWBRD.com : Bloody hell, so you're switching between three weight classes now?
Cory : Haha not exactly! I took my first pro fight at lightweight because at the time we couldn't find anyone to fight me at bantamweight or featherweight, so I stepped up to lightweight. Hardest training camp of my life! My preferred career weight class is bantamweight but featherweight is pretty easy for me to make. My opponents are usually cutting something ridiculous to get to featherweight and all they really try and do is take me down and over-power me which in my opinion, makes the fight kind of boring. So bantamweight is best, feathers cool but I'll probably never fight at lightweight again, haha!
WWBRD.com : Slightly off topic, how did you come by the nickname of Capcom? Do you play a lot of Street-Fighter?
Cory : Yeah man, one of my favourite fighting games of all time was the Marvel vs Capcom series. That and Tekken, but unfortunately Tekken doesn't have the same ring as Capcom as a nickname! Most kids my age at the time used to religiously play football games and so did I, but it was the fighting games I liked. I've been told that the way I fight looks like I'm just playing a game and it always looks so effortless and I take pride in that, 'Capcom Cory' seemed a good fit.
WWBRD.com : Were you gutted when Capcom bought in the TKD fighter Juri-Han for Super Streetfighter IV instead of say, Cory Tait? That would have been pretty sweet right?
Cory : Haha! Yeah, but I understand. She's a lot prettier than some random black kid from Tottenham!
WWBRD.com : So if Tekken is your game, who is your favourite character?
Cory : Hwoarang!
WWBRD.com : Nice choice, back on track, what do you know about Spencer Hewitt and how is this shaping your training camp?
Cory : Well I dont know too much about him but I know he's more of a ground guy (surprise surprise), has decent hands and trains with some good guys. So my training camp is more or less going to be the same as usual really. Make sure I don't get tired and train all areas; My kickboxing, sambo and CSD (Combat Self Defence)
WWBRD.com : Wow you train sambo? That's an unusual style to find in a UK gym isn't it? How long have you been taking after the late great Fedor" target="_blank">Fedor" target="_blank">Fedor" target="_blank">Fedor?
Cory : I used to train it alot more as kid while I was kickboxing. Gintas taught me but now due to MMA, we're trying to develop more of a no-gi style. thats why more of my submission attempts are very unorthodox and not the same as everyone else's. Most people just think ground fighting is BJJ only - which makes me laugh. Don't get me wrong, BJJ is amazing and even I use those techniques but there are different styles of ground fighting and fights can often become boring because both fighters know the next move that's coming and nobody wants to take a risk. But no risk, no reward.
WWBRD.com : Is that why you went for a standing guillotine against Beer? That thing was tight, his legs went to jelly.
Cory : Yeah, I really wanted to submit him. I don't think anyone has before but after sharing the cage with him I can understand why. He's super tough, but I know I have a killer guillotine.
WWBRD.com : Do you have a clear cut game plan when go into fights? Or do you adjust your style as the fight goes on?
Cory : Not really, it's more of a blueprint than it is an actual game plan. You can never plan the fight but you can play with every scenario and make room for the things you didn't expect, which I suppose is what I do. You just have to find a way to win, but it isn't easy when there's a guy trying to smash you at the same time!
WWBRD.com : Game planning seems to be a difficult thing to do in UKMMA. With new fighters popping up all the time and little footage of these guys available, planning too much seems to get people into trouble.
Cory : Exactly, you just have to go in and believe in the skill set you have and work accordingly.
WWBRD.com : So whats the Capcom blue print like? Does it just read 'FINISH HIM!' in huge blue letters?
Cory : Haha! Yeah something like that, the writings in red though (the blood from my last opponents!)
WWBRD.com : I have to ask, how do you see the fight going? Actually, I'm sick of asking that, let's hear who you want to thank instead!
Cory : Great fight no matter what happens, but I'm champion now and even though it's not for my belt, in my head it is, so Spencer will find out Capcom is no game! I want thank you, Gintas Bukauskas and all the guys who I train with at Gintas Combat in Watford. My friends and family who support me and the fans who do too!
WWBRD.com : It's been a blast talking to you Cory, thanks for taking the time to talk to us. Best of luck with your camp and everything in the lead up to your next fight. We are expecting a 16 hit critical combo in the next fight or at the very least, a spinning crane kick just like Lei from Tekken 3.TweetTagged :
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