With a little under 72 hours left until the fight, we caught up with the elusive Jordan Wright who takes on Jamaine Facey this weekend at UCMMA. Dubbed the Teacher Vs Student battle, this K1 battle will have the crowd roaring.
Let's get into this...
Hello Jordan! Easy one to start, tell us how preparation been going?
Hello! I’ve actually enjoyed this particular training camp a lot. After coming off a KO victory, I’ve tackled the 10 week training camp with more confidence and determination.
Arguably, this is your biggest fight to date. Has the intensity of your training increased as a result?
Yeah, we all give Jamaine his due respect and I have trained very hard as a result. This being a K1 bout, I feel I have the perfect trainers, training partners and the perfect gym to prepare for this kind of fight.
It’s common knowledge now that you used to train with Jamaine at Bandogs MMA, however you then moved to Semtex gym. Can you elaborate on the reasons for the camp switch?
I started at Bandogs as it was a very convenient gym for me. I used to work on London Underground so would often pass the gym. My good friend Huseyin Garabet trained there at the time and I was a fan of Jamaines. He really got me started with MMA and it was a great experience. I made a lot of good friends there. Eventually, the gym moved and getting there became a problem. I always wanted to work on my stand up game by working with the best and it was at this time I had the chance to work with someone widely acknowledged to be the countries best stand up coach, Kieron Keddle. He took me on and started me off on a successful K1 winning spree.
Given you and Jamaine have trained together, do you see any holes in his game and conversely, do you think he see's any in yours?
Not really, Jamaine is a face of UCMMA so he is a very credible opponent, it makes the title seem more legitimate and the win would be great for my record. He has illusive striking and is very rangey but none of that matters. I’ve trained for 10 weeks for what Facey will bring to the table and I have much more than a punchers chance. I have an incredible team behind me and I firmly believe I have the power and skill to win. Facey shouldn’t take me lightly.
Do you have any reluctance to fight Jamaine? Or feel any intimidation given you were a student of his at one stage?
No, a lot has changed in the 2 years since I was with Bandogs. I feel K1 is more my sport than Jamaines. He is certainly more experienced, but I’m a lot younger and a lot hungrier.
Can you give us a prediction for how you see the fight going?
Fight of the night! I'm part of a very talented card and I'm proud of that, I with everyone on the card luck with their respective fights.
We've heard rumours that you are sporting a new nickname for this fight? Is it true?
'Goodnight' will always be my nickname as long as I'm putting people to sleep. However, 'Painkiller' is just for Jamaine.
So what's left for you to do before the fight?
I'm doing my final weight cutting now, only a kilo or so to go, then its fight time.
Thanks so much for your time Jordan, go hit that sauna. Is there anyone you'd like to thank or give a shout out to before you go?
I couldn't do any of this without my friends, family and most of all girlfriend, who has to put up with my pre-fight mood swings! I couldn't do it without Semtex gym, particularly without Kieron Keddle, my brutal little big brother Jake Bostwick and his dad Terry Bostwick, Peter Irving, Steve Gladstone, Charlie 'the boy' Peters and the rest of my sparring partners. Also, Kris Hucket who has made by like 10 times easier by handling all the tickets and phone calls for me. Shout outs to MMA Active gym in Eltham and of course WWBRD.com!TweetTagged :
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.
MMA can receive quite a blow some days. Tabloids, especially in the UK are forever looking to sully it's name by focusing on anything but the sport itself. Unless you are maimed or eaten in the ring or maybe you've been on Big Brother previously, you can pretty much expect that you're fighting escapades won't be hitting print, my friend.
What the people behind the papers so often fail to often pick up on, are the things that professional MMA is doing for the greater good.
Across the globe, organizations both big and small are putting together shows or simply devoting their time to help the local community. Whether it be for schooling, medical or in memory of someone, MMA's people are more than prepared to dedicate their time to help others. Unfortunately, these generous acts are often overlooked and barely reported.
These charitable donations often rely upon the problem being that of a monetary nature. Fundraising events are common and they inject much needed funding into the local area. These types of donations are always welcomed, but when the problem you want to tackle is far deeper than that of money, a more long-term and more dedicated approach must be taken.
Bandogs MMA, headed by well known martial artist Jamaine Facey have been working diligently for the past two years, passing their knowledge onto the younger generations by teaching discipline, self-belief, responsibility, and ultimately helping them to better avoid the lures of Londons gang culture. A culture which has bought forth a prevelant knife and gun crime problem.
They are helping a generation of people that need to be influenced in order for future generations to not be influenced. Doing one thing in this scenario is not nearly enough for an issue that encompasses such a vast number of people.
On 29th of October a Charity fundraising event will take place in the heart of London. The night will be the next step in the Hands Up Guns Down movement and the night aims to help have Hands Up Guns Down as a fully registered charity.
It's only with our help that they can take their commitment to the this cause to the next stage and be in a position to better utilise their skills to help others.
The night will cost you £40 per head, but includes a three-course meal, entertainment, a raffle, an auction and the chance to mingle with numerous celebrities, Jamaine Facey and the rest of the Bandogs MMA team.
This is a black-tie event and will start at 7pm sharp with a champagne reception so you do not want to be late!
There’s only a few days left before the latest action packed card from Cage Rage UK. The anticipation has reached an unprecedented level and, on September 17th, great champions will face their toughest tests to date.
Welterweight champion John Maguire stands at the peak of the division and has soundly defeated any challengers who have stood in his way.
Peter Irving, however, will not stand on ceremony and comes into the biggest fight of his life knowing that a victory would be the greatest possible statement to the watching world.
Heavyweights Darren Towler and Ben Smith both possess phenomenal strength and skills but there can only be one champion.
The vacant title is on the line and the foundations will rumble when Big Ben and the Powerhouse lock horns for the heavyweight belt.
Moving to the featherweights and new champion Nathan Beer is one of the most ferocious and dominant prospects around.
The Welshman has showcased his exceptional skills on many occasions but, against Corey Tait, he’ll be facing one of the most innovative strikers in the sport.
These three tremendous bouts top a stacked card that will also see TUF veteran Ross “The Gladiator” Pointon bring the noise against Jamaine “Mr Pain” Facey.
Cage Rage UK 23 is sure to raise the stakes once again so, whatever you do, make sure you don’t miss what will surely be one of the hardest hitting events of the year.
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Follow us on twitter: @Cagerageuk @cageragedave Click to follow us on Facebook Cage Rage UK 23: Go 4 It Saturday 17th September The Troxy, London Fights, Camera, Action
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 Brendan White vs. Charlie Curtain - LHW - K1 Spencer Morris vs. Florian Calin - FWTweetTagged :
(London, 8th September) MMA Sports Nutrition is proud to announce a new headline sponsorship of Cage Rage UK Presents: UCMMA 23 'Go 4 It', September 17th at Troxy, London.
As the UK's premiere MMA supplement company, MMA Sports Nutrition boasts a range of eight key products developed exclusively with the MMA athlete in mind. From 'Rage Glutamine' through to 'T.K.O Creatine', MMA Sports Nutrition has a supplement catering to every stage of the MMA athlete's training needs at an affordable price point.
Jimmy Caan, Director, MMA Sports Nutrition said:
'Our products are specifically designed to cater to the needs of MMA athletes and this makes us the product of choice for some of the UK's top fighters. We're big supporters of the UKMMA scene and are delighted to come on board with UCMMA for this new sponsorship deal. As one of the UK's top promotions, UCMMA has a great track record of developing talent and hosting exciting events - we're also sponsoring Jamaine Facey and are very much looking forward to his bout against Ross Pointon on September 17th. Dave O'Donnell, Promoter, UCMMA said:
'We are always excited to welcome new sponsors on board for our events and MMA Sports Nutrition are a great brand and we look forward to working alongside them for many future events' MMA Sports Nutrition add sponsorship of UCMMA to their current roster of sponsored fighters and promotions including Leicester based promotion 'Fight UK MMA', Light Heavyweight Fight UK Champion Frazier Opie and UCMMA fighter Jamaine Facey.TweetTagged :
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 :
A furious evening of top flight UK MMA took place last night at the jam packed Troxy in London. The event held a lot of promise with two belts on the line and as we settled down to watch the action unfold it was quickly apparent we weren't going to be left wanting.
Hit the jump to catch our rouned up of all the nights action and some exclusive WWBRD.com photography.TweetTagged :
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