FightStar Championship 5 takes place on Saturday 11th Arpil, in Coventry, and competing on the night is Ashlee Eales.
Ashlee meets Jaz Singh in a lightweight match up on the night and is looking forward to challenging himself on a well respected show.
The bout will offer both the chance to showcase their ever developing skills and I caught up with Ashlee to get his thoughts ahead of the nights action.
Hi Ashlee, thanks for taking the time to answer my questions. I wanted to start by looking ahead to fightstar championship 5. How much do you know about the promotion?
“I first seen the promotion on Facebook and that’s where I decided to fight on the show as they were looking for fighters at my weight. I know it’s the fifth even they’ve put on and I’ve watched all the fights on YouTube. I know the rule set and I know they only use refs from the utc”.
On the night you take on Jaz Singh. Have you had the chance to see his last fight and what are you expecting from him?
“I have seen Jaz’s fight I don’t want to give to much away but I can see he’s quite confident on the ground. I’ve been training according to what I think will be most challenging and I’m just really looking forward to the night”.
Jaz lost his debut, where as you won. Do you feel this gives you a slight advantage as he may try too hard to win and over commit?
“Yeah I did win my first fight but to be fair to Jaz, mine was a white collar event that I stepped in for a drop out and Jaz has already fought at this level. I’ll be treating this as my debut and hopefully this will be a good test for me”.
Looking back on the white collar event, what did you take from your performance?
“Obviously it was a great confidence boost to win my first fight but looking back it was clear I hadn’t had much training in MMA at the time. Since then I have been training very hard for this and I’m a completely different fighter now”.
Are you hoping to have a lot of support on the night and how much does that support mean to you?
“My close friends and family will definitely be at the fight and that’s all that’s important. If any of my other friends can come to watch obviously that’ll be great but it doesn’t really make a difference. I’m ready and have everyone there that I need and that’s all that really matters”.
Do you have a message for anyone coming to watch you?
“I’d like to say thanks for coming to watch me and I can’t wait to get in the ring and show you what I’m about and how hard I’ve been training”.
One part of the sport which some people don’t utilize is the psychology and mental game. How do you prepare yourself mentally for a fight?
“This is something I’ve done, from a young age I’ve grown up training with my dad and I come from quite a rough area so the fighting doesn’t phase me. I won’t be over confident in my fight as that wouldn’t be a good thing to do but I’m 100% ready and feeling better than I ever have”.
You train with a fantastic team. Who are some of the bigger influences at the gym, who have helped you so far in your career?
“Everyone I train with influences me in a big way as they’ve all helped me get to where I am now, but mainly by coach John Dewis has made me feel I’m ready for this and trainers such as John Free and Yusuf Vorajee have helped me out a lot to get where I am now. Also the achievements of my cousin John Robinson have made me want this a lot more and I hope to one day be as big as him and more”.
And finally, is there anybody you would like to thank/give a shout out to?
“I’d like to thank everyone down the gym for all the hard work they’ve put me through lol if it wasn’t for them I wouldn’t be no where near where I am today. Also Id like to thank all my friends family and people that have supported me through out my training”.