Mark Connor looks ahead to his Cage Warriors 53 battle

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Mark Connor is on a good win streak at the moment and gets a second opportunity to fight for Cage Warriors, in Glasgow, on 13th April 2013. He took some time out to talk his fight and all things MMA.


Hi Mark, thanks for taking the time to do this. Can you tell people a little about yourself?

“My name is Mark Connor, I’m 7/8/1 pro MMA and I have 5 cats”.

You are fighting experienced Joe Laurence at Cage Warriors. How much do you know about him?

“He’s left handed like the devil and that’s all that matters”.
What do you see as your best skills in this fight?

“My outside crescent kick is second to none”.
This is your second fight with cage warriors. How did you find the experience last time out?

“It was great and terrible. It’s a fantastic promotion but I screwed myself up by eating twice as much as I should have post weigh-in, which resulted in me feeling very, very bad during the fight. Not what you want when fighting a really tough guy like Andy young”.
How is your training going? Is there anything you’ve had to change for this fight?

“Training is always good, as I train at The Griphouse gym. I have so many great team mates it’s unreal. I’ve not had to change much”.
You are on a two fight win streak. How much confidence does that give you?

“None at all . My confidence comes from the guys and gals I train with”.
You have a lot more experience than your opponent. How much of a difference do you think that will provide?

“Experience is very important. I have a terrible record partly because I’m experienced. I’ve made lots of mistakes and had the chance to learn from them, but it’s not everything as anything can happen in MMA”.
Fighting in your home city must be great! How much are you looking forward to it?

“It mainly means I get to sleep in my own bed, which is nice. Traveling is great too, but there’s no place like home. I’ll also get less boos whilst walking to the cage”.
I will never experience getting into the cage and fighting. And for that I have so much respect for everyone who does it. What’s the feeling like when the cage door is shut and it’s just you and your opponent?

“Usually I think “holy shit he looks a lot bigger than he did yesterday!” But really at that point there’s no time for anything, but being completely focused on the task at hand”.

What is the best thing about fighting and what motivates you to fight?

“I like winning, but also experiencing something that most people will never experience. I mean most folk would go out of their way to avoid it! There’s no better way to get to really know someone, than fighting them. It really is an experience above most others”.
How far do you want to go in MMA?

“As far as is possible, all the way – martial arts is a lifetime thing for me, I’m not just concerned with competition, my aspirations are infinite”.
And finally. is their anybody you’d like to thank?

“Thanks to The Griphouse gym and Dinky Ninja Fight Team for giving me a reason to get out of bed in the mornings. Big thanks to Primal Legion Training Gear who can be found on Facebook, Funkygums for my gold teeth, suite f.a. Printing, and London fightstore – this could really go on all day – also thanks to CageWarriors for having me back, and to you for thinking I was important enough to interview”.

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