It’s been a long time since I blogged, and also a long time since my website was updated. The first one – I’m fixing right now with this post, the second will take a while longer for the overhaul to be complete. Bear with me, it’s a work in progress.
I thought it was about time to start blogging again because there have been quite a lot of changes in my life recently that I want to share with you. Firstly, I recently became a dad! My wonderful wife, Sarah, and I welcomed little Buddy James into our lives at the end of September, and he’s a game changer!
And because I don’t like to make things easy for myself, I decided that three weeks after the birth of my first-born would be a good time to put on my first MMA show! I partnered up with Mickey Papas – the head coach at Team Titan, and one of my best friends – and we created Rise of Champions. Our first event took place on October 17 in Romford and I am so proud of what we achieved.
One of the main aims of Rise of Champions is to showcase up and coming amateur talent – and they didn’t let us down! Matchmaking was much harder than I thought it would be, so I’ve now got another level of respect for the guys that do this all the time. Injuries and pull outs were a nightmare, but in the end we had a card that was genuinely great. I’ll write more about it in another post some time, but for now I just want to give a bit of a shout out to all the guys that fought, the team working with Mickey and I, the officials and everyone else that helped it run without a hitch.
Anyway, back in the real world… I’ve got my eye firmly on that UFC London card in February. It’s been cool to work on other things, but I’m still a fighter – I still think like a fighter, train like a fighter, and I am ready for my next challenge in the Octagon. Hopefully by the time I have something to announce regarding that, the website will be up to date, and I can give you all the info on my next fight. Whoever it’s with – I’m ready.
Thanks for reading, and stay tuned for more updates! I promise I won’t leave it so long next time.