Fabian Edwards – I’m Gonna Knock him out early and go out and meet some Irish Girls!

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It’s often instructive when interviewing a fighter to start with their ring name. Often times it’s gimmicky and bears no resemblence to the man or their ring craft but in the case of Middleweight Fabian ‘The Assassin’ Edwards it bears up to the scrutiny thus far in his career.

‘ I take people out clean and quick like an Assassin. Simple’ he explains

‘ One of the things i’ve been happy about in my career both as an amateur and professional is that my finishes have never been dirty or awkward. Always Quick. Alway Clean.’

Irish Featherweight Andy Murphy had pointed out to me that there is a lot of hype surrounding this kid. I mean he’s very high up the main event card in only his 2nd gig as a professional. Some of this has to do with his meteoric rise through the amateur and paid ranks no doubt but…

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Fabian Edwards – I’m Gonna Knock him out early and go out and meet some Irish Girls!

It’s often instructive when interviewing a fighter to start with their ring name. Often times it’s gimmicky and bears no resemblence to the man or their ring craft but in the case of Middleweight Fabian ‘The Assassin’ Edwards it bears up to the scrutiny thus far in his career.

‘ I take people out clean and quick like an Assassin. Simple’ he explains

‘ One of the things i’ve been happy about in my career both as an amateur and professional is that my finishes have never been dirty or awkward. Always Quick. Alway Clean.’

Irish Featherweight Andy Murphy had pointed out to me that there is a lot of hype surrounding this kid. I mean he’s very high up the main event card in only his 2nd gig as a professional. Some of this has to do with his meteoric rise through the amateur and paid ranks no doubt but also I’m sure it doesn’t hurt that his brother is rising UFC welterweight Leon Edwards.

Fabian is starting to make his own waves in fairness and has a near perfect amateur MMA record. 10 fights 9 Finishes. He is a little over 2 years in the sport from that first day walking into the Ultimate Training centre in Birmingham. In line with his ring name and avatar everything so far has been quick and clean.

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Speaking to Fabian it’s clear he is a fighter in a hurry. That Bellator debut was a little over 5 weeks ago and he plans to fight again quickly after Friday’s night bout.

‘ I have already asked them (BAMMA) for the fucking September Card!. They want me to maybe rest up until November but I don’t see the point in resting if your fit and healthy. 1 Week off and then 8 weeks training camp. Then Fight’

And what of Friday nights opponent Aaron Kennedy? Does he foresee any problems there?

‘To be honest i can’t see it going past the 1st round. He doesn’t show anything i haven’t seen before. He’s average in all areas. He wouldn’t be on my radar at all and i don’t think much of him’

I was asking Fabian if it’s his first time to Dublin

‘ Yeah it’s my first time to Dublin, it’s my first time outside of the U.K. to be honest’

When I was talking to him,  he and his team had just checked into the Green Isle Hotel in Dublin and admitted he was looking forward to hopefully having a look around the city centre today before possibly taking a look at the venue – the 3 Arena.

Fabian admits it will be his 1st time fighting in front of such a huge crowd but says

‘ It doesn’t bother me at all – it will help me focus more. I don’t know if Kennedy will be able to make it out of the dressing rooms though!’

Fabian doesn’t have time for much else in his life at the moment other than training 3 times a day and getting in the ring to Fight.

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‘ Training and fighting is all I’m focused on. I train 3 times a day. I’m a qualified carpenter but I don’t know the last time I picked up something’

Edwards has been dedicated full-time to his career since his 6th amateur fight and is grateful to the support he has received from his sponsors and also his management All Mighty Fight Management.

It’s hard not to like this kid i have to admit. He is very upbeat, quotable and talks a mile a minute. You can tell he is a guy in a hurry to get to the places his brother has already reached. To that end his brother Leon will be his corner man on Friday night along with his Long time friend Keith

‘ Leon brings his experience and it’s great to have him in the corner. If he see’s me doing some thing wrong he’ll be quick to say ‘ What the fuck you doing’. He will be more on my case because he has that bit more passion for me because we’re family’

Finally I cheekily asked had he any female distractions in his life or if he might sample some of Dublin’s famous nightlife and hospitality.

‘ Yeah man. I’m hoping to see a little bit afterwards. I’m gonna knock this guy out early and go out and meet some Irish Girls!

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The Carlow Kid’s – BAMMA30 Predictions and fighter analysis

Andy ‘The Carlow Kid’ Murphy has been forced to pull out of BAMMA30  but ‘The Carlow Kid’ has kindly agreed to do a run down of all the Fights and make some predictions on each bout with MMA Insider. Some great insights on the fighters as well.  There are certainly some Interesting Choices!

Incidentally Andy pulled out due to getting rocked by Vertigo. He is hope to be back light training next week and is provisionally booked to fight in September and will be looking to get back on the Next BAMMA Card.

As he says himself

‘ A setback is just an oppurtunity to make a comeback’


 

Harry Hardwick Vs Blaine O’Driscoll

The Carlow Kid Says:   Blaine O’Driscoll.

The guy is on a tear at the minute. High work rate and cannot see him losing in front of a home crowd.

Steve Owens Vs Maciej Gierszewski

The Carlow Kid Says:  Steve Owens.

If I’m totally honest I don’t know much about Maciej but no doubt he’ll want to make a statement against Steve Owens. Steve is known for his K.O. power and finishing ability. For that reason I’d have to fancy Steve Owens. Will be an interesting fight though!!

Arann Maguire Vs Dylan Logan

The Carlow Kid Says:  Arann Maguire.

A very interesting fight I will certainly be keeping a close eye on. Arann is a game, tough durable guy with a very solid ground game. And Dylan, smack talk aside is a well rounded fighter with rangy striking and a slick ground game too. I’d call it a 50/50 fight but think Arann grinds out a decision win.

Decky Dalton Vs Mick Brennan

The Carlow Kid Says:  Mick Brennan.

This is potential fight of the night! I have to go with My teammate and good friend Mick Brennan for this one. He is in the best shape of his career and looking to make a statement against a guy who is well known and respected on these shores. Decky brings heart, durability and a well rounded game. He also like Mick brings a following so the atmosphere in the 3 arena should be great for this. I see mick winning a 3 round war. Don’t blink!!

Ben Forysth Vs Matthew Clempner

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The Carlow Kid Says: Ben Forsyth.

Again, I don’t have super knowledge on Matthew but have seen Ben fight a few times. Was on the same BAMMA card when he beat Pelu Adetola. Very strong well rounded athletic guy. Again, in front of a home crowd I see the Irishman getting his hand raised.

 Kiefer Crosbie Vs Darius Swierkosz

The Carlow Kid Says: Kiefer Crosbie

Have to say I fancy Kiefer for this. He’s around a long time, has a solid amateur background to go with an impressive start to his pro career. And is fighting in his hometown.

Richie Kiely Vs Daniel OleJniczak

The Carlow Kid Says: Daniel OleJniczak

This is a very interesting fight. Lots of smack talk which has brought eyes on it. Richie is a solid striker and has branded himself the face of BAMMA. I do recall him getting K.O.’d by a young guy at BattleZone a year or two ago at the Regency in Dublin. So he can be beaten on the feet! Saying that, Daniel will have to impose his game-plan and close distance to get this fight where he wants it which I presume would be to the ground. I recall him winning via TKO at BAMMA 28 and I wouldn’t be surprised to see him take Richie out the same way if he can get it there. Should be an interesting match up to say the least.

Ilkin Gasimov vs Philip Mulpeter

The Carlow Kid Says: Philip Mulpeter

I was very much looking forward to seeing Philip fight my teammate Myles. It was a definite stand out fight on the card. Unfortunately Myles was injured and ruled out of this show. Like Myles, Philip is around a long time and doing this sport since before it was the cool thing to do. He is very durable, has lots of heart and always comes to fight. His fights with Richie Gorey and John Donnelly a number of years back always comes to mind. I feel the Honey Badger wins this fight and hopefully we see Myles and Philip do battle in the future.

Ion Pascu Vs Henry Fadipe

The Carlow Kid Says: Ion Pascu

Ion Pascu has finishing power whether it be by submission or K.O. Of his 15 wins 12 have been finished. I’ve not seen much of Henry of late but he is also a veteran of the game and it’s good to see him back on an Irish card. I think Ion may prove too much on this occasion.

Richie Smullen Vs Rhys McKee

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The Carlow Kid Says: Rhys McKee

This is a cracking match up. I’m intrigued by it as I’m sure many are. Richie is as slick as it comes when it comes to the grappling side of the game. There’s no doubt Rhys will have to watch those legs of his because if richie gets a hold either it may be another limb on his mantelpiece. However, if Rhys lands one of those ko blows he’s renowned for then Richie’s chin may be on Rhys mantelpiece!! It could prove to be a QuickDraw match up. Who can get to their high percentage technique first? If pushed, I favour Rhys. But only due to every round starting standing. 2 high level guys.

 

Niklas Stolze Vs Chris Stringer

The Carlow Kid Says:  Chris Stringer

Another quality match up with lots on the line. I feel more so probably for Chris Stringer. He’s coming off the back of a couple of losses but they’re not to any Joe Soaps they are to top level guys. This losing streak has to come to an end at some stage and as they say a loss is only a loss if you don’t learn from it. This may be the fight that gets him back in the win column. It won’t be easy though against a solid Niklas Stolze.

Ryan Curtis Vs Daniel Barez

The Carlow Kid Says: Ryan Curtis

Have to say I fancy Ryan Curtis for this. He’s a hungry young fighter that doesn’t lack in self belief. I can’t see this Spanish guy beating him, especially in Dublin. I see Curtis getting the finish here.

Fabian Edwards Vs Rob Sinclair

The Carlow Kid Says: Fabian Edwards

Fabian Edwards is coming in with a lot of hype behind him and I believe he’ll live up to it on the night. That’s not taking anything away from Aaron he had a solid amateur career also and is now looking to make his mark at pro level. I just feel Fabian’s athleticism and striking ability may prove too much.

 

Paul Redmond Vs Rob Sinclair

The Carlow Kid Says: Paul Redmond

If you are looking for a role model or someone to look up to in this game then look no further than Paul Redmond. The guy epitomizes hard work. I remember making my amateur MMA league debut in Galway with this guy years ago. I was fighting at lightweight and he was trying to cut to middleweight! He is such a well rounded MMA fighter and the scary thing is he is continuing to progress. Not only is he highly skilled he has tons of heart and durability also. He will need that in this fight against rob who is a bit of a powerhouse when it comes to striking. However I feel Redser’s work rate and overall skill-set will prove too much on the night.

Alan Philpott Vs Shay Walsh

The Carlow Kid Says: Alan Philpott

It’s a cracking main event. Philpott although losing to Tom Duquesnoy, looked fantastic in what was a great fight with the former BAMMA champ who is now contracted to the UFC. Shay Walsh is coming in off two solid unanimous decisions wins over Aaron Blackwell and James Mcerlean. I recall Philpott disposing off Blackwell quite easily back at BAMMA 26 also. This makes for an exciting fight, two quality high level guys finishing off a super card. If pushed, I go with Philpott edging out a decision.

 

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Ben Forsyth – I see a 1st round, rear naked choke, face to the canvas , finish in his future

 

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Kieran is probably one of the darkest competitors I’ve ever met – and maybe i need a little of that.

 

The much anticipated BAMMA30 is nearly upon us and with 15 fights it promises to be a great show in the 3 Arena on Friday night (July 7th). There are 10 SBG fighters on the card and this is in no small part due to the continued success and solid foundations laid by John Kavanagh and of course his star pupil Conor Mcgregor.

Light Heavyweight Ben Forsyth is one of those 10 SBG fighters. In a crowded field he’s aiming to give a standout performance and in the process bag a little redemption after a couple of defeats in the Middle East. Speaking to Ben on the phone it is quite obvious he is still smarting from those losses in particular the last one  to German Marco Knoebel in Abu Dhabi.

I’m looking to show i can overcome adversity,  call it Redemption – to show i can overcome these losses and move on to bigger and better things

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His last two fights have come under the Brave Combat Federation Promotion which is funded by none other than the Prince of Bahrain. Before committing to the 3 fight deal he consulted his coach John Kavanagh who as ever offered sage advice

You’ll get more exposure in Ireland but probably a better contract in the Middle- East

Ben is quick to point out that he has been well looked after by the promotion and they even allowed him to jump at the chance to fight on the BAMMA30 card as it didn’t clash with anything they had planned for him over there. Although he definitely feels he has a score to settle in Abu Dhabi, in terms of getting a W under his belt in the last fight of his current contract.

Speaking of that last fight he felt that his striking skills let him down on the night. The 26 year old has spent a lot of his time, since returning to Ireland from Australia in 2013, working on his Jiu-Jitsu , wrestling and grappling to become a more rounded fighter in the Octagon. In fact as a Blue-Belt Jiu-Jitsu practitioner he has recently won the Irish Open. However Ben admits that he may have neglected his striking during this period which he see’s as one of his core strengths along with the kicking he has developed from his Taekwan-do days.

Although the Record books will show he was submitted by a Rear Naked Choke he got nailed by a number of right hands which caused the damage to set up the finish. Suffice to say Ben has lost a lot of sleep over this defeat.

Up to The Brave Combat fights everything had been going pretty much according to plan. His amateur pedigree is very solid and he left the unpaid ranks as an MMA Light Heavyweight European champion. His first two fights as a professional brought two wins culminating in a decision victory over the tough as nails Pelu Adetola at BAMMA26.

Despite those recent setbacks I’m fairly confident he will make short work of his opponent Matthew Clempner on Friday night and more importantly so is Forsyth

I’ll be happy with a first round finish and i think he’ll give me the opportunities. Matthew’s background is Judo and they are used to short bursts of two minute rounds.  I see a rear naked choke, face to the canvas , finish in his future

Of course It would be remiss of me not inquire about Straight Blast Gym’s most famous pupil and he admits that there is a huge buzz around the place with the approaching Mayweather fight. Although Conor is firmly ensconced in a separate, adjacent Gym in preparation for that fight. I often wonder how Kavanagh does it with so many fighters to look after and across so many different promotions

John run’s a tight team but he’s still on the mat with us every single day

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I’m sure it would be easy to get distracted by the bright , reflected light that Conor’s fame has shone on SBG and try to score some cash in Events like BAMMA30 but Ben is interested in laying foundations that will last throughout his career and beyond.

For Example BAMMA allow Fighter’s to sell advertising on their T-shirts and Shorts but as of yet this space remains vacant on Forsyth’s gear as he would prefer backers that want to a build relationship rather ones looking for cheap advertising.

In the same vein he was pretty long standing ties with his support team. He works with nutritionist and sleep expert Tom Coleman who has worked previously with Conor McGregor,  Ben places a big emphasis on Yoga and has separate Fitness and Strength & Conditioning coaches.

One of the big surprises to me was that Ben is also working with former All-Ireland winner and Jiu-Jitsu Purple belt Kieran Mcgeeney. I couldn’t help but pry  – as Mcgeeney is very well known in Irish G.A.A circles. Renowned for his intensity as a player and manager I was interested to know what he brought to the Forsyth table

Kieran is probably one of the darkest competitors I’ve ever met – and maybe i need a little of that.

McGeeney helps him with the mental side of preparation in terms of goal-setting and developing a competitive edge and competitive advantage inside the Octagon.

‘ He should be in my corner on the night with John  – all things going to plan’

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So what does the future hold for Ben Forsyth?  All going well he’ll have another BAMMA W to his name Friday night. What then?

Ben see’s plenty of opportunity in that Bellator Light Heavyweight Division. There are a lot of older guy’s in that division and it is no secret Bellator have some pretty huge financial muscle propelling them forward these days. A good win in the 3 Arena could set him up nicely for a rumored joint Bellator/BAMMA promotion towards the end of the year. With BAMMA a little light on Light Heavyweights at the moment a good performance could put him firmly on the map again.

Forsyth is currently 2 wins and 2 losses in his career and of his goal setting he says

Conor Mcgregor had a couple of set backs early in his career and was 4 and 2 after 6 fights. I’ve got the same goal to be 4 and 2 by the end of the year. Or even better 5 and 2.

Well lets hope what’s good for the goose is good for the gander. Best of Luck Ben!

Conor McGregor takes dead aim at Planet Boxing. Expect no Survivors.

 

All the while Conor McGregor is strapped to a Meteorite headed for Jurassic Park…..

When I first heard that Floyd Mayweather had agreed to take this fight i have to admit – I was shocked. Shocked the here-to-fore best business man in the history of boxing got duped into taking this fight. Imagine going from 49- 0 and immortality to 49 -1 and being the biggest joke on the planet.

Make no mistake about it folks if Conor McGregor smokes him that is exactly what he’ll be. Boxing will finally be revealed for what it has become these last 20 years a game of smoke and mirrors.

Forget all the shit about Floyd being the best defensive boxer in the history of the sport or that Conor McGregor’s boxing record reads 0-0-0. None of that matters. There is only one salient fact and it is this. If these two guys met down a darkened alley and had a fight Conor Mcgregor would kill him. Stone. Dead.

Conor McGregor will do nothing but remind him of this for the next 8 weeks. At every press conference, Interview  and Youtube clip – Floyd will see a guy who is not afraid of him, a guy who is mocking him and his sport for having to abide by ‘a set of rules’ or as he has put it himself

‘ A set of rules designed to keep Floyd alive’

When you look a man in the eyes and know that he has the physical attributes and mental agility to kill you in any number of way’s – it will have a strange effect on you and it will be the first time Floyd has ever faced an opponent who has this over him. Conor doesn’t move like a boxer, any kind of boxer, and his movement is the key to him winning this fight. Floyd is smart, adaptable and will figure out Mcgregor’s rhythm after 4 or 5 rounds. But unfortunately at that stage it will be too late the fight will be over. Aldo style.

The most thing that reeks about this fight is nothing the two fighters or their promoters have been saying but the garbage that is coming out of Pro boxers and boxing Journalists mouths. They seem to be under the illusion that boxing is a superior form of combat to Mixed Martial Arts. They are dead fucking wrong on this one. If you were to take the top 20 MMA fighters and top 20 boxers and look at them as pure athletes MMA wins hands fucking down. No question.

Boxing purists will argue that this matters not a jot. Queensbury Rules and all that jazz.

Listening to Boxing journalists talk about this fight is like watching a bunch of soon to be extinct dinosaurs watching an approaching meteorite – thinking it’s a second Sun coming to warm their leathery Asses.

Professional level boxing has been in terminal decline for over 20 years. Granted Floyd Mayweather has been top of that pile for a long, long time, but make no mistake about it…it’s a pile of shit. And the real beauty of all this is that they will be forced to recognise that by not calling out boxing and boxers for last 20 years Journalists too have contributed to it’s sad demise.

Look at the Heavyweight Division. Anthony Joshua a perfect record 19 wins 19 K.O’s. He is being talked about like he is some sort of god after beating Old man Klitchsko – who even in his prime was an average fighter. You might imagine that there is a world full of Heavyweights awaiting to give Joshua a run for his money………..ehhhhh ….well….not exactly ……..Top of the pile? ….Tyson Fury …who last time i looked on Youtube admitted he wants to fight AJ but first has to lose …wait for it…105 pounds. So currently the second best heavyweight in the world is about 100 pounds overweight. I could go through the different divisions but won’t bore you with the collection of spoofers, chancers and downright criminals that are involved in the sport.

All the while Conor McGregor is strapped to a Meteorite headed for Jurassic Park

MMA Insider’s – Our UFC 211 Big Betting Selections. Get Rich. Get Out

‘If it don’t make business sense…it don’t make no fucking sense at all’

I remember watching an Interview with one of Floyd Mayweather’s business managers years ago just before he was scheduled to fight Ricky Hatton. At the time there was an exciting Mexican Fighter, his name escapes me, who many believed would have been a much better opponent than Hatton. The interviewer said

‘ Wouldn’t it make more sense to fight that guy – it would make for a great and better fight’

to which the esteemed Mayweather manager replied

‘If it don’t make business sense…it don’t make no fucking sense at all’

Ricky Hatton brought his UK following and about 800,000 UK pay per view buys to that fight. Money that went straight in Floyd’s pockets.

If your placing a bet on the upcoming UFC211 fight you would do well to remember the above piece of advice. Does the Bet make sense!.  Remember everytime you make a bet there is a bookmaker or a punter on a betting exchange on the other side of that bet saying

‘ Your wrong you fucking Dummy’

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My number one advice in making a bet selection  –  look outside of the main bet for Value. Let me give you an example.

The Lovely Joanna Jedrzejczyk fights Jessica Andrade as Co-main event on the 211 card. The current odds with Paddypower.com stand at

Jedrzejczyk                                                      8/13     (- 162.5)

Andrade                                                           5/4       ( + 125.0)

For me there isn’t much value in either bet here.  Joanna’s odds are prohibitive and the bookmakers are not giving much value on Andrade. In my opinion Andrade should be priced at 6/4 or 7/4 here. So because of this I must take the business managers advice and walk away from the bet..Because it doesn’t make fucking business sense.

However there are a number of other way’s of betting on this fight and that is where i hope to find some value (and hopefully you will too). Here is where our MMA knowledge can be put to good use.

I happen to think Joanna will win this fight. Probably via points as her last three fight were via decision. I also had planned to place 30 euro on this fight. At the current odds of 8/13 if my selection wins i would get

30 (my original stake) + 18.46 (my winnings) = 48.46 Total Returns

However if you deep dive into the more precise bets for this fight you will see that paddypower.com are offering the following for Joanna Jedrzejczyk

Joanna Jedrzejczyk by KO                                    9/2

Joanna Jedrzejczyk on Points                              6/5

Joanna Jedrzejczyk by Submission                    14/1

Now Joanna has had her last 3 wins in row come via decision so it’s obvious this could happen in this fight. However I’m liking the Joanna for KO/TKO at 9/2. Why. She is 4 inches taller than her opponent and i think her striking is superior to Andrade. Joanna’s two previous fight to that were TKO’s. I think she is on as co-main event and she’ll be looking for the finish.

I think the value bet here is Joanna by TKO at 9/2 or 5/1. Shop around the exchanges and get the best Prices you can. At those kind of odds i feel I am getting value for my money and require much less of an investment of capital than the straight win/lose bet. But the key is getting value for your money.

Now that’s my Free bet for you guys. For more drop me a mail at mmainsider1973@gmail.com