This weekend see’s Caged Predators present its first ever show, live from Audley Sports Centre in Blackburn, and competing on the night is Corey Fry.
Corey trains out of Blackburn Predators, who have helped push him on his development and he is looking forward to stepping out in front of a home crowd to test himself on the night.
On the night he takes on Dave Turner and I caught up with him to get his thoughts on the match up and his progression in the sport so far.
Thanks for your time Corey. 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?
“I didn’t really know about MMA until I was on my way back from the gym and walked past it and thought I’d have a look and was just naturally good at it, so Rob asked me to keep coming down”.
Looking back on your time training so far, was it always your intention to compete and what are some of the things which have you kept you wanting to learn?
“At first I just loved the fact of submissions, learning techniques and sparring but now I’m in love with sport. I never wanted too compete at first but as I watched myself improve it just made me more confident”.
How have you found competing so far and what are some of the bigger lessons you have taken from those match ups?
“I haven’t got a good record but I enjoyed the fight and the experience and I learned everybody has to lose, not everybody can win. You lose some and you win some”.
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?
“Travel has never bothered me, but I love the fact that’s it’s in our home ground, in a way, and in our town people with chanting for us”.
Your opponent on the night is Dave Turner. How much have you managed to find out about Dave and the challenges he poses you?
“I don’t really know much about him really, I just know he’s my weight and that’s all that matters really”.
Where are you hoping to be stronger on the night and what type of fight are you expecting?
“I’m expecting a brawl but I’m just gonna see what he does first and I wanna be strong all around”.
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?
“It gives you that adrenaline burst knowing everyone is supporting you and I hope plenty of people turn up. It’s gonna be a good night”.
People approach fights in different ways, but with MMA things can change quite drastically. Do you go into your match ups with a set game plan or do you look to feel out your opponent on the night and work from there?
“I like to just see how they react really and see if they wanna take it to the ground or keep it stood up”.
You train with a fantastic team. Who have been some of the bigger influences on your development there?
“Everyone really, as everyone is awesome in there own way and I’ve got some great lads to train with: Kev hart because of his work ethic, Joe Naz with his knockout power, Kris Leeson with his wrestling and I’ve been with John James a lot recently work submission and stuff like that and obviously our brilliant coach Rob Freedman; couldn’t ask for a better team”.
And finally, is there anybody you would like to thank/give a shout out to?
“Like to say a big thanks to Rob Freedman, really couldn’t ask for a better coach but in general everyone everyone pushes you in the gym; It’s a great team”.
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