The chosen show takes place this coming Sunday for their first show of 2015 and stepping into the cage is Viper MMA’s Keiran Russell.
On the night he takes on Gareth Wright and is somebody he isn’t taking lightly, but has belief in his own skills and cannot wait to showcase all he has been working on.
Ahead of the show Keiran took the time out to answer my questions and give fans the chance to learn a little more about him.
Thanks for your time Keiran. I wanted to start by asking about your MMA development so far. What is it that first attracted you to the sport?
“I was always interested in MMA and martial Arts when growing up and I never dreamed I would actually make an appearance in the cage. But looking back on my first session a couple years ago I feel I have accomplished a lot already”.
What is it that first made you think you would like to go from training to possibly competing?
“After a commitment to training things started falling into place, starting as an amateur fighter was a great way to get in the cage”.
You train with a really good team in Viper MMA. Who have been some of the big influences on your development there.
“My coach Mark and the rest of the guys there are all brilliant, everybody I have trained with I cant thank enough. I went to Mark after some training but he helped me get ready for the cage”.
Next up is The Chosen, in association with EIKO, who are known for putting on good shows. How much do you know about the show?
“I know Eiko is a reputable show and do put on great events and I feel privileged to be on the card”.
On the show you take on debutant Gareth Wright. With him making his debut does it make it harder to prepare for him as you wont know what to expect from him?
“I have a small understanding of Gareth, but I am training myself working more on my striking. I always have respect for any opponent who I am coming up against but getting in the cage for the first time can be a daunting thing”.
How much are you looking forward to getting in there and showcasing your skills?
“I always enjoy getting in the cage it is a brilliant feeling as all I want to do is get in there and give it my all”.
MMA is all about developing and obviously Gareth wont know about your training in the build up to this. Do you think you will surprise him on the night?
“I am going to go out and give it everything I have got and I am hoping my experience can work in my favour and with this being my fourth appearance I am ready for what comes in the cage”.
Are you hoping to have a bit of support on the night and how much does that support mean to you?
“I will have close friends and family there along with some gym members and my coaches. They have all helped me push to win previously and can do it again”.
Do you have any specific aims for MMA in 2015?
“I am going to try and take things up a gear in 2015 and if possible try to get another fight lined up for the summer”.
And finally, is there anybody you would like to thank/give a shout out to?
“Thanks to all the guys who I train with and have given there time to work with me at Viper MMA , especially Mark and Rob who have been in my corner at each bout and also a thank you to the guys at Bishop Auckland amateur boxing gym especially my good friend Steffan Robinson who has helped me work on my striking these past few weeks. One last thank you to the guys at my previous gym who got me going at North east top team in Bishop Auckland as that is where it all started”.