This Saturday there are some great MMA shows going on around the UK and one of them is BCMMA, who host their eighth installment live from Charter Hall in Colchester.
The main event of the evening features Shane Gunfield who is looking to defeat Jamie Richardson and take home the BCMMA professional welterweight championship.
Gunfield is early into his professional career but is a very, very, talented competitor who trains with some of the best down at BKK fighters and will come into the fight fully prepared and then some.
It is set to be a cracking main event and I caught up with Shane to get his thoughts ahead of the night.
Thanks for your time Shane, I wanted to start by looking back on your last match up on the CWFC 65 card, where you lost a close split decision. Looking back on that fight did you think you had done enough to win the fight?
“After I had watched the fight back I definitely had held back on my boxing combination and could have thrown a lot more in but it’s been something I’ve been working on so won’t be holding back on my next fight apart from that it was a close fight and all was a good experience and learning curve on a big show too”.
Looking on your performance how did you feel you performed and was there anything you would have changed?
“On the night thought I performed well but needed to relax and throw a lot more shots in, which is something I’ve been working on plus my wrestling”.
How special was it to be able to fight on a CWFC card so early on in your pro career and does that give you confidence for your future?
“It was a great experience to fight on CWFC and am aiming to get back on the show beginning of next year once I’ve got a bit more experience behind me all going well”.
Next up you are involved in the headline fight of BCMMA 8. Do you feel it adds more pressure being the main event?
“It does add a little pressure but have been main event on a few shows now and doesn’t really make a difference to me feeling confident”.
Your opponent on the night is Jamie Richardson, who is 2-0. How much have you managed to see of Jamie and what are you expecting from him on the night?
“Have seen a few of his fights and he looks good on his feet and on the ground”.
As an amateur Jamie was very good with his submissions but as a pro he has stopped both opponents by TKO. Would you say he is going to be very well rounded and where do you feel you will have the advantage?
“I would say from what I’ve seen he is a well rounded fighter but would also say I was. so will wait to see aha”
The fight is also for the BCMMA Welterweight title. How much personally would it mean to you to take home that belt?
“It would mean a lot to win the belt. It’s my first pro title fight and wanna bring it back to the bkk gym!”
Are you hoping to bring a fair bit of support, with you being local to the show, and how much does that support mean to you?
“Hoping to bring a crowd with me on the night makes all the difference having the support in your corner, gives you that extra boost”
Looking back on your time within the sport so far, what are some of the biggest lessons you have taken from competing and training?
“It’s all been a big learning curve originally only started the sport to get fitter five years ago, now I’m competing professionally its crazy but love the sport and am always looking to improve and learn”
And finally, all the best on the night, is there anybody you would like to thank/give a shout out to
“Thank you, I would like to thank Jack Mason , Jason Cooledge , Shaun Carter , Arnold Allen , Stuart Barlegs and everyone at bkk fighters who’s helped me train for this fight !! Ossss”