One of the UK’s top shows, Made4TheCage, is back in just over two weeks time and on the night Kieran Lister looks to extend his unbeaten record and also pick up the unified amateur lightweight championship. On the night Kieran takes on Mikey Hogarth and he is expecting a tough test, but the more he competes the more he is developing. We caught up with Kieran to talk about his advancing MMA career and everything Made4TheCage related.
Hi Kieran, thanks for taking the time to answer some questions. Firstly can you tell us a little about yourself?
“No problem, my name is Kieran Lister, I’m 21 years old and live in Teeside”.
How did you first become aware of MMA and what was it about the sport that made you want to train?
“It started mainly when I was leaving school, I was always into keeping strong and fit but wasn’t into the popular sports like football etc. Then I went to a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu class out of genuine interest and really enjoyed it”.
When did you first think that MMA was something you wanted to compete in and what was the feeling like the first time you got in the cage?
“After I had competed in a couple of BJJ tournaments my confidence grew and when I started learning the different martial arts I enjoyed them too, so I thought why not try MMA. My first time I was really nervous but I knew that was normal”.
How much has your team helped you since you have started competing and who have been some of the most influential figures in your career so far?
“All the team members at the dungeon are great and we support each other 100% and that’s why the gym is producing such a high level of fighters. The most influential people would have to be my coaches Sean Colfer, Aaron Naisbett Trevor Mitchell and Mick Sudron”.
Next up you are fighting on M4TC, I show I know you have fought on a few times. From a fans perspective the show is one of the top in the UK, but what is it like for you when you are competing on the show? And what do you think makes them stand out as a promotion?
“The show is very well organised and the fighters are looked after, so I enjoy competing on the show. I think they are standing out because it seems to be getting bigger and better every time, showing all the hard work that is put into it”.
At the next M4TC you are fighting for the lightweight title. How much does it mean for you to get a shot at the belt and how much would it mean for you to take the belt home?
“This fight means a lot to me, I have put the extra effort in training wise because I know these opportunities are rare. For me to win the title would be amazing but I’m expecting a tough fight to get there”.
On the night you take on Mikey Hogarth. How much do you know about Mikey and what type of fight are you preparing for?
” I know Mikey is an all round experienced fighter and will be a good test for me. I always expect a hard fight when I step in the cage and anything else is a bonus”.
Will you have a lot of support on the night and how much does that support motivate you when you get into the cage?
“Yeah my friends and family will be there to support me as always, it definitely helps especially when the fights getting tough and they are there to spur you on”.
Even though you are only five fights into your amateur career, how much have you learnt from competing?
“Competing is totally different from any training/sparring session. You have to cope with nerves/adrenaline etc and I respect anyone who fights MMA because it is not easy. I think the most important thing I have learnt is not to underestimate anyone”.
And finally, is there anybody you would like to thank/give a shout out to?
“Thanks to all my coaches, training partners from the gym and my friends and family for the support!”
Photo Credits: Kieran Lister and Made4TheCage