I’ve already had so many tweets and messages this week from friends and fans who have got tickets to see me fight in March. It’s quite overwhelming – and it’s really starting to sink in now, that this is going to be my last time stepping out as a UFC fighter.
As an MMA fan, I’m looking forward to watching the card – there’s some great match ups on there. I won’t be able to catch any of the action on the night, but I’ll watch it all back afterwards. I’m particularly keen to see how Arnold Allen vs. Makwan Amirkhani plays out. They’re both young and exciting fighters. Amirkhani has a cool fighting style and a fun character, and Arnold is someone I’ve seen at shows for years now.
I’ve trained with Joe Duffy before, so I’m looking forward to his fight. Marc Diakiese is also going to be one to watch on the night – he’s unbeaten, both in the UFC and outside of it. Darren Stewart has been down at Team Titan doing a bit of sparring, and I’ll catch up with Askham and Diakiese out at ATT in a couple of weeks. It’s a pretty solid card, and I know there’s more to come still!
Some fans have been vocal about the amount of British/European fighters on the card but I think it’s a really positive thing for European MMA. It really shows the strength of the talent pool over here. I know some of the “big names” from over in the states would maybe make this more exciting for some people, but I think there’s going to be some explosive bouts on the night!
It means a lot to me to finish my career in London – I couldn’t imagine doing it anywhere else to be honest. I’m also unbeaten in the UFC… in London! Fighting in front of a “home” crowd means a lot to me as it means my friends and family can all be there too. Only a handful of people from the UK make it out when I fight abroad, but there’s going to be a true One Punch army in the O2 in March!
I’ve had some fans follow me from the Cage Rage days – I always say it, but my fans, and especially those long time, hard core fans, mean the world to me!
I’ve had a busy week with a lot of media obligations – so it’s lucky I actually really enjoy them! Early in the week I managed to tweak my quad… kicking a football. Joe.com had challenged me to see how hard I can kick a football, and I managed to give myself a twinge in my leg. It’s nothing serious, and I’ll be good as new in a couple of days. The key things to remember here are:
1. Football is more dangerous than MMA. I’ve sustained more injuries playing football than I have competing in MMA.
2. I can kick a football harder than Gegard Mousassi.
I’ve had Brett Johns staying with me this week and training at Titan. Hopefully he’s going to get on the London card too. He’s another UK fighter who is unbeaten, and definitely one to watch out for. It’s been great having him here, and I can see him going far. Keep an eye on this one.
Before I wrap up – my brand new final fight shirt is up in the shop. It’s on offer until Monday, so get yourself one over the weekend, and be sure to be a part of the One Punch army in March!