It’s been a while since I updated my blog, but as you may know, I’ve been adjusting to life after my last ever UFC fight. It’s not like how people picture it, I’m pretty sure of that! I am constantly asked how I’m adjusting to retired life as though I’m sat in my slippers with my feet up, collecting my pension!

In reality, I’m busier than I’ve ever been. I’ve retired as a professional MMA athlete, but I’m still working! I’m back to the grind, back to the hustle; a retired athlete is not put out to pasture! I am carving out a future for myself, with many paths in front of me that all need exploring!

I am making plans for my own gym still – I have a lot of it mapped out already, but I’m still searching for the right premises. Ideally it will be close to my house as I’m going to juggle running the gym full time with spending time with my family so I’d rather not spend hours every day in London traffic. I don’t want to rush too much as the location is so important I want to get it right.

In the mean time, I’ve been doing plenty of coaching elsewhere. Nathaniel Wood fights in a couple of weeks at Cage Warriors in London – and there’s a title on the line. If you’ve not got a ticket yet – you can get one here or tune in on BT Sport/Fight Pass.

I also went out to Japan to corner Kyoji when he fought out there for Rizin. It was a buzz to be out in Japan – somewhere I’ve always wanted to fight myself. The whole culture of fighting out there is fantastic, and the respect they have for the sport is incredible.

I’ve also been keeping busy with some seminars – and I have some availability for more of those over the summer. I’ll write a bit more about them later in the week, but if you want more info, feel free to get in touch with me. I’m heading out to Spain to work with Luke Barnatt and John Maguire on a special “Mind, Body and Sol” course in a couple of weeks – click here for more info and to sign up.

My big news is that I’ll be fighting at Polaris in August. Again, I’ll fill you in on that some more in the next week or two but I’m thrilled to be back competing. It’s very different to MMA but appeals to me because I am a competitive man by nature. Grappling is picking up pace as an exciting sport to watch in this country and Polaris is playing a big part in that.

If you’re interested in seeing me compete there then please come on down, and even better if you buy your tickets through my personal link here! As ever, I’m in it to win it, but you know me… I’ll always put on a show.

I’ll keep you posted a bit more now that I’m settling into post-UFC life. It’s no less hectic, and certainly no less fun! As ever, I’m still incredibly grateful for the interest that people have taken – and continue to take – in me. Thank you for your support!