Hello Brendon! Thanks for taking the time to talk to us today. You're a regular on the UCMMA scene, but for those readers who may not know you, introduce yourself for us. I'm Brendon Katz, 28, from jhb South Africa. Decent boxer, decent grappler. Hard head, hairy as f*ck. Unusually handsome. Very modest.
He's certainly hairy.
Haha! We last saw you at UCMMA 28 taking on Danny Lawson, how do you feel after your performance? Satisfied. Glad I got to stand a little bit before my opponent decided to cuddle me. I should have been more aggressive though, which I promise from here on out. No more sitting back waiting for things to happen.
I was still on honey-moon when Dave O'Donnell gave me the fight, so when I got back I had about 14kgs to lose and only 6 weeks to do it. This wasn't really ideal.
Not making an excuse though, just an observation. Next time I will be in better shape.
We were dumbfounded as the result came in. Did you feel the decision was unjust? My job is to fight, not to judge. If the judges feel I didn't do my job, so be it.
Looks like a good job from here.
Do you train exclusively in South Africa? I train here with Danny Beever at Trojans Gym when I'm in the UK, but yeah, 90% of my training is at home. I find that having to avoid vicious predators all day and deadly animals at night has its perks. Everybody knows that's what Africa is like...
I once beat up a bear with my bare hands. Its was a stuffed bear, but it was great for my self-esteem.
Haha! So who do you train with in South Africa and how does it compare to Trojans? Durandts boxing, world champion boxers ranked from 1 - 10 all over the gym. I also train at the Tapout academy with the best jits guys in Africa, all of whom are on par with the guys in Europe.
Danny is super sharp, he has a great understanding of the game and we are very much on the same page, working with him is a pleasure every time and I learn a lot.
I can't really compare. If I do, I might upset somebody and that will mean a royal ass whipping!
What is it like having to travel half way around the world for your fights? It's good. I miss my wife and family of course, but it's worth it. I really enjoy the UK and of course I love to fight. I can't believe how hot it is here though!
It will rain soon enough, it always does. Normality will be resumed shortly. How did you get involved with UCMMA then? A school friend's father brought Tommy Mathews (of optimal life fitness) out to SA and we started chatting. At the time, Danny Beever was based in Tommy's gym so Danny hooked me up with UCMMA.
So what's the MMA scene like in SA? It's growing. There is a lot of politics. The less I say the better.
Eek, moving on, so what's next for you and UCMMA? Not sure at the moment, there's nothing confirmed. Really, it's between UCMMA and my management to decide.
I'd obviously like a rematch with Lawson somewhere down the line, if he'd take it that is.
Given that you are already traveling far and wide for your fights, do you have your sights set anywhere else?
I'm looking at options in Australia and Germany and also talking to another show in the UK. Nothing is confirmed yet but I'm happy fighting for Dave O'Donnell and UCMMA. They've treated me right so far, so we'll see where that takes us. At the end of the day it's a business, and a fighter goes where's best for him.
So what's left in 2012 for you? Any major plans? I'd like to get three or four more fights in. Also, I'd like to upgrade my home PC to play some new video games.
Nice, what games? I'd like to give Diablo 3 a whirl. A lot of my buddies are playing it, and I just read about that new elder scrolls MMO. I usually only play single player games but the elder scrolls are so awesome. All the WoW ninjas seem to have moved to Diablo, too.
Diablo certainly seems to have hit the mark with a lot of people. Fingers crossed for that PC upgrade! Lastly, who would you like to give thanks to?Firstly, my wife and family for putting up with my sh*t, and for the sacrifices they made and make with me. My coaches and teams (Durandts Boxing, Tapout academy and Trojan Gym) and all my sparring partners there. My sponsors, especially Mettle (wearmettle.com) for their help pushing my limits, h4tv and Marcus von Llegend for being a good manager and all round cool guy.
Thanks again for your time Brendon, it's been a pleasure and we look forward to seeing you soon!TweetTagged :
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 :
Leonardo Santos made his debut in the UK on BAMMA 6, out pointing Jason Ball in a thrilling contender spot bout that had the fans eager to see more. The Brazilian, who competes out of the highly respected Nova Uniao team, home to such top fighters as Jose Aldo and Diego Nunes, was happy to oblige – especially as it meant he got to take on one of the UK’s best, Rob Sinclair.
The fact that the bout will contest for the BAMMA lightweight title has Santos even more excited.
Signed up to BAMMA on a three fight deal, Efrain Escudero joins the burgeoning lightweight division to make his first appearance in the UK against Tim Radcliffe.
It is a fight which highlights the promotions progressive attitude toward developing the sport in Britain as well as bringing over some of the best and most exciting competitors. Efrain fits that bill perfectly. A winner of The Ultimate Fighter season 8 and already a veteran of the game at just 25-years old, ‘Hencho en Mexico’ brings an impressive skill set to his bout at BAMMA 7 in Birmingham.
The current BAMMA lightweight champion is having just another hard day: Juggling a full time job as a gas engineer whilst being a responsible father to his daughter, as well as fitting in a training camp is no easy task.
“It is hard work but needs must,” says the champ, adding, “Hopefully it will change soon.”
Having worked hard to compile a professional record of 10-2, undefeated in BAMMA, Sinclair is hoping that his third title defence will bring some of the rewards for all his efforts.
“After I won the belt at BAMMA 2 and then defended it by stopping Daniel Weichel, the number four ranked European lightweight I felt things were going well. But then my manager started finding it difficult to find me fights and opponents.”
After a frustrating wait, Sinclair is now lined up against Leonardo Santos on the main card of BAMMA 7 and he is more than looking forward to showcasing his heavy hands in the cage once again.
“At the end of the day, it is not the belt that is what is important. It is the opponents that I get to face and beat. Right now, I have the target on my back and people are picking me to fight and that is fine with me. I’m happy to take on the big names.”
Splitting his training between Kaobon in Liverpool and Predators Gym in Manchester, Sinclair is putting in the work, as well as the miles in his car, to get a full fight camp in.
“This is actually one of the first times I done and strength and conditioning work. Dave Bell at the Perform Centre is great so I should come into this fight better equipped than before.”
It can’t bode well for any of Sinclair’s opponents if before now he has been training on limited resources. A new and improved lightweight champ is a scary prospect. But, Rob is no fool when it comes to MMA.
“Santos is a great fighter. He’s been a black belt in BJJ longer than I’ve been training but if I hit him once he’ll become a brown belt; if I hit him again he’ll be a purple and then a blue. This is MMA, and anyway, I like to think I’ve got a black belt in submission defence,” says the lightweight with a laugh.
“Honestly, though, I’m going to be ready for anything. Santos has good striking – he showed that against Ball – but I think I have the advantage on the feet. “I only have to clip him; that’s all it takes. I’m confident in my hands. I don’t think anyone can hit as hard as me when it comes to ground and pound. I just need a little bit of space and usually it’s all over.
“He is a long and rangy fighter and he likes to put the jab out but I’m going to put the pressure on him. I respect him 100 percent but the way I look at it, I will beat him because I am the toughest,” explains Sinclair.
It is an indication of the champion’s mindset; all the pressure, all the hard work, comes down to this fight and, unfortunately, it is Santos who will bear the brunt of it. “I did the same thing against Nathan Beer because I was annoyed. If he hits me, I hit him harder. I just went in there and proved I was the tougher fighter.
“I saw some weaknesses in his fight with Ball and I am going to pour it on. I know he’s dangerous but I am going to unleash my full potential that night.
“I’ve worked hard to build my reputation in the sport, however small it might be. If I lose this fight all of it will have been for nothing and I’m not going to let that happen. “Every shot I throw is aimed to hurt. Every kick and punch is aimed to finish the fight,” says a determined Sinclair. “Obviously, if the submission is there, I’ll take it,” he adds with a laugh. “If I need to tickle him to death I’ll do it; anything to win.”
However, the champion’s humour is short lived, replaced by an iron will to win and the desire to retain the title and add another scalp to his collection.
“I’m definitely going for the knockout but I’m ready for 25 minutes. Punch for punch, I’ll prove I’m the toughest.”
On Tuesday we were lucky enough to attend the BAMMA6 Press Conference held at Lilywhites in London. Our previous post BAMMA 6 - Press Conference covered the main details, but we got the chance to sit down with a few of the fighters to ask some all important questions.
Hit the jump to hear how Phillips feels about Tom 'Kong' Watson, how Ivan craved for a gym with class and how Ewin is looking to attack the division.TweetTagged :
Ricco Rodriguez is no stranger to attracting attention to himself. The self confesses 'Suave' man of MMA, Ricco has had his fair share of ups and downs over the years. From being ADCC gold medallist and UFC Heavyweight champion to appearing on VH1's Celebrity Rehab to over-come a drug addiction, Ricco has pretty much been there, done that and got the over-sized t-shirt (just in case).
I'm addicted to boobies... Hit the jump to see a fully-huge interview where Ricco talks about his past, his future and why he believes James McSweeney is a product of self-perpetuated-hype.TweetTagged :
James McSweeney is a polarising figure amongst MMA fans but don’t underestimate his prominence amongst UK followers of the sport.
Eyes up and hands off them titties James. Being a stranger in a foreign land can be a tricky business. It could only be worse if documented and broadcast to millions around the world on a weekly basis. At the mercy of a notoriously fickle editing process, this was exactly the position James McSweeney found himself in during his stint on TUF 10. TweetTagged :
After a simple, innocent question was asked, an infatuation was started. It's a question we've considered for a long time and now its your chance to do just the same. With the latest news, reviews and opinions you can now ask yourself; What Would Bas Rutten Do?
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