Iain Feenan: “The reality is I train with tougher guys so whatever he has to offer I’ve already seen”

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FirstFighting Championship returns this Saturday with a bumper card of amateur and professional MMA match up’s and making his appearance on the pro section is Iain Feenan. 

Iain made his professional debut at SFC 8 earlier this year and came away with a first round submission victory and showed just how skillful he is. 

Training with some of the best in Scotland, at headhunters, Iain will come into the fight very well prepared and won’t make it an easy night for his opponent. 

Ahead of the evening in Scotland, Iain kindly took some time out to answer my questions and look ahead to his welterweight match up with Frankie Murray. 

Thanks again for your time Iain. I wanted to begin by looking back on your last fight at SFC, which saw you come away with a first round submission victory in just under a minute. Could the fight of gone any better for you?

“SFC is a great show to be part of. For me getting the win was good and in terms of my record the most important thing, however, I actually feel like I started a bit slow out the blocks. That fights gone now, I’ve evaluated it and learned from it. I’m now a better fighter because of it”.

There are differing opinions from people in the sport, where some people want to go a few rounds to get ‘Cage time’, where as some want to just get in there and get the victory. With the fight being just under a minute, do you wish you could have been in there longer?

“Cage time is important, however, anything can happen in there. I had the opportunity to win the fight and I took it. For me to do anything else but take that opportunity would be a mistake”.

Next up for yourself is FFC, another of Scotland’s top shows. How much do you know about them and the opportunities they are offering to competitors of all levels?

“FFC is a show that I have, up until now, been unable to fight on. As one of the fastest growing and biggest shows in Scotland they are providing an exciting platform for both amateur and pro fighters to perform on and showcase their skills. A number of my training partners have competed at FFC and all rave at how professionally the show is run”.

On the night you meet Frankie Murray. Have you had the opportunity to find much out about him and what challenges are you expecting from him?

“I don’t know too much about him to be honest. I’ve seen a short clip of him and he looks like he’s game. But I focus more on myself than my opponent. I do, however, expect it to be a tough fight. The reality is I train with tougher guys so whatever he has to offer I’ve already seen. This is why I know I’ll win”.

From my research on him, I can see that as an amateur he had a couple of TKO/KO victories. Does this have any effect on your approach to the fight and with your Judo background, do you feel this will give you the advantage.

“This makes no difference to how I’ve trained or how I’ll fight him. Let’s not forget, as an amateur I had a few TKO wins myself. I do feel that I will have the advantage going into this fight. My striking will be better than Frankie’s. I also know my grappling and ground game will be too much for him”.

Frankie is heading up from England, so the old rivalry will come into play. Do you think this could make for quite a special atmosphere?

“I’m sure the Scottish fans will let him know he’s a long way from home and I expect the show we put on for the fans will only increase the atmosphere”.

People approach fights in different ways, with some having game plans, while others take a fight as it comes, because it’s MMA and anything can happen. How do you like to approach your match ups?

“I approach the fight the same way each time. I’m fairly relaxed about the whole situation. I’ve been competing in combat sports for a long time now. All I do is focus on my training and the things I’ve worked on in the gym.

As for a game plan I don’t think too much on these. I have an idea of what I’d like to do but anything can happen in there. So I prefer to adapt what I do as the fight progresses”.

One thing which is sometimes overlooked is the mental aspect of the sport. You can have all the talent in the world, but if you’re not focused it doesn’t mean anything. How do you keep motivated to keep pushing through training and how much do you feel a mental game is just as important?

“I don’t like losing. This is my biggest motivation and it’s something I focus on when training gets tough. It helps that I enjoy the training as well. I know it’s going to be hard but at the end of the day it’s enjoyable and ultimately worth it.

The mental side is one of the biggest aspects to success. It takes a certain mental strength to put yourself through the hours of training and also the fight. Things like having the ability to keep going when you want to give up, visualisation of how the fight will go and getting the win. These things are what make the difference. So yeh the mental game is very important”.

Thank you again for your time. As always is there anyone you would like to thank/give a shout out to?

“Thank you. I would like to thank, first and foremost, all the training partners that have helped me through this camp. I would also like to thank my sponsors MXP, EZ sports and finally my management team at Scottish Fighters Management”.

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