Back in March 2013 on a cold night in St Helens up in the North West of England, Liam Dooley exploded into action leaving his opponent and the ACB 5 crowd stunned with what is now being called “The Fastest KO In British Amateur MMA”. As Split Decision MMA UK were also in attendance cage side that night we thought it only right to catch up with Liam and get his thoughts on the fight and also his next one at ACB 6 on the 25th May 2013.
Hi Liam, can you tell Split Decision a little about yourself?
“Hi Dave, first of all thankyou very much for having me. I’m 18 years of age I currently work as a gym instructor at a new gym called “Fit4Less” in Cheadle Hulme, Stockport.”
What is your current MMA record and weight class?
How did you first get into Mixed Martial Arts?
“I first began boxing when I was 13 aiming to follow the footsteps of Ricky Hatton, I decided to get into Mixed Martial Arts when I was 16 after first playing on the Xbox game “UFC Undisputed 2010″”
How much time do you spend training for a fight and how much weight do you cut before it?
“I dont really have a certain time where I begin training for a fight as I like to always train in MMA, I enjoy learning new skills and pushing myself through hard conditioning. The most weight I’ve had to cut weight for before a fight is around 1 stone in the space of a month.”
How do you feel on the day of your fight and that moment when you step into the cage?
“Excitement, Anxiety and Fear are definitely the 3 main feelings I get on the day of a fight and when I step into the cage.”
Last time you fought at Amateur-Cage Battles 5 you left a huge impression with what is being called the “Fastest KO in British Amateur MMA” with a 5 second finish, how does it feel now looking back on that?
“I honestly wasn’t expecting it, but it was definitely the best feeling I’ve ever experienced in my entire life.”
What do you find as the most challenging aspect of MMA and what is your favourite martial art to train?
“Having to diet to make weight for a fight is definitely the most challenging aspect in MMA. Wrestling is definitely the game in MMA I enjoy training in most.”
Who has been your toughest opponent so far, and which fight have you enjoyed the most?
“My toughest opponent was definitely my second opponent, at the time I was fighting out of Ian Bromiley’s gym “Stockport Fighters” my opponent was Mark Lowes who was fighting out of 12 Gauge MMA. The fight I’ve enjoyed the most was my last fight against Chris Green, Short Sweet and Simple ;)”
Your next fight is against David Harrison at Amateur-Cage Battles 6, with it being his debut does that make it harder for you not knowing what to expect from him or do you just focus on yourself?
“Im a replacement for David Harrison in this fight, its definitelty hard not being able to observe his style however apparently his first opponent pulled out after hearing David has a decent Muay Thai background so what I’ve heard. I know he fights out of HAMMA and I’ve seen some great fighters fight out of that gym on Amateur Cage Battles. I will definitely not take David lightly one bit.”
“My idols in MMA are Wanderlei Silva, Chris Leben, Nick Diaz and Thiago Alves I enjoy watching these fighters due to their very own unique style of Fighting.”
Thanks again for taking the time to speak to Split Decision MMA UK. Is there anybody you’d like to give a shout out to?
“Thankyou for interviewing me. I would like to thank my coaches at 12 Gauge MMA Matt Thorpe and Simon Home also to all the guys I train with at 12 Gauge MMA and a thanks to all the guys from Stockport Fighters that I also train with every week.”
See Liam Dooley and many more amazing fighters at “Amateur Cage Battles 6 – All Or Nothing” in The Beacon Centre, St Helens on the 25th May 2013.
Tickets available through fighters on the card or on Tel: 0793 846 8277