This weekend BCMMA moves to Charter Hall, Colchester, to host its eighth event with a cracking night of MMA match up’s and making her debut on the show is BKK’s Wendy Mckenna.
Wendy has been training in the martial arts for around seven years now and has found herself working her way up towards MMA and now feels she has the skill set required to take on any opponents.
For her debut she takes on Monica Nix, in what I’m sure could be a fight of the night contender and I caught up with Wendy to get her thoughts.
Thanks for your time Wendy, I wanted to start by asking about your time in the world of Martial Arts so far. What is it that first attracted you to begin training?
“I first got into martial Arts about seven years ago when I joined a local karate club, at the time I was looking for a family activity I could do with my children as their dad was in the Army and working away from home a lot”.
What is it that has then led you to become interested in MMA and made you want to compete?
“The club we were at started to introduce Muay Thai and BJJ classes which my Daughter Cory really enjoyed, she then encouraged me to join in with her. After a short period of time we both felt this was the path we wanted to take and start to compete in MMA, but needed a gym where this would be made possible, and that is when we moved to BKK Fighters”.
I see that recently you had a boxing match up in Essex. How did that go for you and what did you take away from the experience?
“My last boxing match was with IBA essex in Colchester, I was really excited to be on such a well organised and established show, and the best bit was been able to compete with so many of my training partners. The boxing match went really well for me resulting in a TKO in the first round. After this I realized I wanted to put all my training together and compete in MMA”.
Next up is BCMMA 8 in Colchester. Training out of BKK I’m sure you will know a fair bit about the show. How good is it to get matched up on the show and how excited are you to compete?
“I am over the moon to have my debut on BCMMA 8 it is a very professional and well organised show run by Christopher Cook and Jack Mason. I have been fortunate to help out on one of the previous shows along with the BKK team. The show is forever growing to the point it has had to move from its previous location to charter hall”.
How much do you know about your opponent on the night and the challenges they may pose?
“My opponent is Monica Nix fighting out of London fight factory which is another well established gym, this will be both of our debut fights so I will be entering the cage with an opened mind”.
Where do you feel you will be the stronger fighter on the night and having the boxing experience, do you believe this could be your key to victory?
“As we have previously mentioned my boxing I have also competed in BJJ. I have been working really hard on my wrestling lately so I am happy where ever the fight goes”.
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?
“With it been a local event my friends and family will be able to come and support me, this will be fantastic as their cheering always helps to keep me motivated, and it will be great to have my daughter in my corner and my son Bryn will be there filming as he is the family camera man”.
You train with a fantastic team. Who have been some of the bigger influences on your development there?
“There are so many influences at BKK Sean Carter and Jason Cooledge for my MMA, Arnold Allen my wrestling, Lee Catling and Steve Wright BJJ, Russ Smith and Shane Steward My boxing coaches, and of cause Jack Mason head MMA coach who has pulled out all the stops to get me this match”.
And finally, is there anybody you would like to thank/give a shout out to?
“I would like to thank all my training partners and coaches for been patient with me. Big thanks to Paula Donnelly and Charlotte Irias for sparing with me and been my biggest cheer leaders. But most of all my husband Gareth who has encouraged and supported me in all my training and competitions”.