Ali Maclean: “I concentrate on me and what I have control over”

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Full Contact Contender returns with it’s 11th installment on Saturday 18th October, live from the Macron Stadium Bolton, with a stacked amateur and professional card. 

The main event see’s Brendan Loughnane put his FCC British Lightweight championship on the line against Team Kaobon’s Ali Maclean, in a fight which has many people talking. 

Ali Maclean comes into the fight with a 13-7-1 record behind him, over twice the amount of fights as his opponent, and is looking forward to testing himself against a tough opponent. 

With the event still over a week away, I caught up with Ali to get his thoughts and look ahead to what will be an explosive main event in Bolton.

Thanks for your time Ali, I wanted to start by looking ahead to FCC 11 which see’s you compete in the main event for the FCC lightweight championship. How much would it mean to you to come away with the FCC gold at the end of the night?

“It means everything to me, FCC is a great show and winning their title will be a big step forward in my career”.

As mentioned you are in the main event. How good is it to be the headline fight on a great promotion that FCC is and how much do you know about the show?

“Headlining a show is always an honour, especially on such a well produced show like FCC who are helping UK MMA a great deal and give up and coming fighters a place to start their career”.

On the night you take on champion Brendan Loughnane. How much have you seen of Brendan and what are you expecting from him on the night?

“I leave watching footage to my coaches and do what they say, I concentrate on me and what I have control over. I expect him to be in shape and ready for a fight”.

His last two performances have seen him in very exciting fights, in particular against Jason Cooledge where he showed very good stand up, mixing in his wrestling as well. Which part of his game do you personally think could prove the biggest challenge and what do you think it will take to stop him?

“I’m not thinking about his game at all, I’m concentrating on mine and when I perform on the night I believe it will be all I need”.

You have had twice the experience as a professional as him, being a professional for much longer. Experience is vital in any sport and do you think this could give you the edge of the night?

“I’ve been learning on the job since 17. On the night I’m sure my experience in fighting and life will help a great deal, I believe in my skill set more importantly however”.

Aside from focusing on him, where do you personally seeing yourself being the stronger on the night?

“I believe In my skills in every area, I am a complete fighter and know how hard I’ve worked to get here”.

Are you hoping to have a lot of support on the night and how much does that support mean to you?

“I will have my coaches in my corner and that all the support I ever need. The people of Belfast however I’m sure will be cheering me on from across the pond”.

You come into this one on the back of your involvement in the AON tournament. Looking back on your fights in that tournament, how do you believe you performed and did you feel you had done enough to beat Artem Lobov?

“I performed well, I started off slow against artem but believe I won the 2nd and 3rd round. I have to take responsibility as I let it go to the judges. Artem is a good fighter and AON was a good show”.

Fighting twice in one night shows the great cardio you have. After doing that, is competing just once on a night that bit easier?

“It’s just a little different, in tournaments it’s more of a grind and you can’t blow your load as you will have more fights on the night. With single fights it’s a better opportunity to have a higher work rate”.

And finally, is there anyone you would like to thank/give a shout out to?

“I would like to thank all my coaches at team kaobon, SA security management solutions, my parents and god”.

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