This coming weekend the first ever Caged Predators takes place in Blackburn with a night of amateur MMA, and cage boxing, action, live from Audley sports centre.
Competing on the night is Blackburn Predators Tarro Grogan, who faces Carl Ward for the vacant 84kg Caged Predators championship in a clash which is sure to raise the atmosphere.
Since beginning in the sport, MMA fans in Lancashire have seen Tarro continually be involved in great fights and he is someone who will never give in.
In anticipation of the fight, I caught up with Tarro to get his thoughts on the match up and to learn a little bit more about his MMA development.
Thanks for your time Tarro. I wanted to start by asking about your MMA development so far. What was it that first got you interested in the sport of MMA and made you consider starting training?
“To be honest I used to get in to a lot of trouble on the streets and I needed something to control my aggression, so taking up MMA has got to be one of the best decisions I ever made”.
Looking back on your time training so far, was it always your intention to compete and what is it about the sport, in your opinion, that is so addictive?
“As soon as I started doing MMA I knew then that I wanted to compete in competitions. It’s accomplishing challenges that makes the sport so addictive”.
The last time I saw you compete was ECC BANNED I, when you were involved in one of the fights of the night and got the unanimous decision victory. Looking back on that fight, how did you feel you performed?
“My last fight at ECC Banned 1 was a bit hectic for me really as I had only just made it in to the venue from traveling and I was told I had to go straight on. I didn’t really get chance to warm up, not to mention the support of my family and friends hadn’t arrived and my head was a bit frazzled. Looking back on my fight I am not happy with my performance I feel I could of done a lot better”.
How good was it to get the victory over a tough opponent on the night and was there anything which surprised you?
“It felt good getting my victory and I was impressed by the arm bar escape as it was on very tight but surprisingly I got out of it with the hitch hike escape”.
MMA returns to a place we are both familiar with in Blackburn. How good is it to know that Blackburn will have an MMA show but also one that is close to home for you and you wont have to worry about travel etc?
“I am privileged to be performing in front of my home crowd and I’m aiming to put on a good show for them”.
Next up you compete for the 84kg championship on the first caged predators show. How much would it mean to you to win the belt?
“Fighting at 84kg is the perfect weight for me, as I feel I can still move fast and feel I also have strength and power to go along with it. Winning the middle weight belt will be a good achievement and I’m looking to defend it to up coming competitors”.
Your opponent on the night is Carl Ward. How much do you know about Carl and the challenges he will provide you?
“Yes I’m up against Carl Ward and I’ve not been able to find any video footage of any of he’s fights, but I’ve done a little bit of research and feel I know enough about his strengths and weaknesses 🙂 “.
Where are you hoping to be stronger on the night and what type of fight are you expecting?
“All I can say is I expect him to be strong so I know what to expect and I’m looking to defend my self well against his stand up and ground work”.
Are you hoping to have a lot of support on the night and how much does it mean to you to have them cheering you on?
“I will have a lot of support from family and friends and my Mum is coming down from Scotland. She hasn’t been to any of my previous fights so I’m really pleased she can make it”.
You train with a fantastic team in Blackburn Predators. Who have been some of the bigger influences on your development there and is there anybody you would like to thank in particular?
“I am really grateful for the team we have down at predators. I wouldn’t be the person I am with out them, so I would like to thank the people I train with they know who they are and I really appreciate their help 🙂 . Rob freedman believed in me and had me fighting straight in to the amateur A category so this gave me confidence and I’m aiming to have pro fights in the future, so I would like to say a big thank you to him”.