the UK fight scene is getting some of the recognition
it deserves, with 4 British Lions competing in the last
UFC and a steady flow of foreign fighters competing and
losing to British Fighters it may be time for the MMA
world to stand up and take notice. As well as current
world class fighters the UK has a healthy crop of up and
comers, the Young Lions series is will be about these,
the future of UK MMA perhaps the leader of this young
group and the most promising is Ross Pettifer.
and raised in Nether edge, an area that produces 95% of
drugs in Sheffield, Ross has been no stranger to fighting
used to get in fights all the time, I found myself facing
a kid with a gun one time" Ross told me, "when I asked
him why he was going to shoot me he said 'because you're
a big white kid.' Theres a lot of different races
around here and I guess some people can't get along with
anyone different." Ross talked his way out of that one
then hit the kid with a rock "It was in a park there were
no bricks about" but it was another violent encounter
that made Ross quit the streets and start training hard.
saw a friend of mine smash a kid with a brick and explode
his face since then I've stopped hanging around and getting
Ross had a tough childhood he's not just another up and
comer who went from fighting a lot to competing in MMA,
he was sure of what he wanted to do from a young age.
"After watching a UFC video one day I told my mom and
Dad that I was going to be UFC champion" That was
5 years ago when Ross was only 12 since then he's made
some headway in reaching that goal.
won my first amateur MMA tournament when I was 15, I competed
in the Heavyweights against men." But that's not all,
Ross has continued to make a name for himself on the UK
grappling and MMA scene. "Did you not hear about my fight
with the big guy at Dale Adams open trials event? I stepped
onto the mat and I was facing this guy that was 6'6"...
I beat him in something like 16 seconds"."
asked Ross if he was scared when he saw this veritable
man mountain "No I went out there and he hit me a few
times then the anger took over" Known as Angry by
training partners and internet forum members alike Ross
explains "Im just kidding about the anger taking
over its just that I don't smile very much unless
I'm with really good friends and my opponents have said
that when fighting I look angry" Add to that Ross's
penchant for threatening people on the internet with bricks
and the nick name seems to fit. "I actually have a pile
of bricks in my garden, they're left from when we had
some work done on the house, I keep them just in case"
not really like that though, I'm actually a relaxed sort
of person, I just don't smile much. I'm an emotional fighter
but I fight like I am angry, but I dont loose my
composure I still know whats going on and let my
technique work. Pat Miletich, Frank Shamrock Vitor Belfort
and Tito Ortiz are all emotional fighters the alternative
is guys like Fred Ettish."
only 17 years old Ross still has a lot of heroes in the
fight world, some of whom are included in his list of
emotional fighters his other heroes include Royce Gracie
and Leigh Remedios "Vitor, Pat M and Frank Shamrock all
make me want to train hard and to be able to fight like
them but with Leigh it's different. Leigh teaches me things.
I've gone down to train with Leigh twice and he lets me
stay in his Girlfriends House. Its great to train
with one of the best in the country, he not only shows
me a lot of fighting but teaches me about the psychological
he's not training with Leigh, Ross trains with Sheffield
shoot and with Wicker Thai camp for Thai boxing. "Theres
a lot of good guys at Sheffield Shoot, no big names but
there's a guy down there who came 10th in the
worlds strongest man, with him you have to use technique,
there's no way you're matching him for strength. Peps
has just come back from training with August Wallen (World
Shootfighting Champion) so he's got a lot of new 'tricks'
theres Nick whos going off to train with Chris
Brennan in the USA for a month, I now also have a four
man training team that I train with 5/6 days a week and
that is crazy its hard as a mother fucker. I owe Greek
Nick, Nick and Peps a lot they push me, and help me out
a lot. You guys are lucky Peps doesnt want
to start competing again, but you are gonna have to deal
with the two Nicks soon!"
takes his Cardio and strength training very seriously
have just this week sorted out my cardio and weights,
I have weights at home and enjoy running alone so I dot
need to go to a gym, I do weights 6 days a week. But working
on a different part of the body like Monday legs, Tuesday
biceps, wed triceps, I work six different parts: biceps,
triceps, upper back, shoulders, legs and chest. My cardio
is getting good I am running this week a 3 mile run for
6 days I do squats sit ups crunches press ups and close
hand press ups everyday next week. I move on to sprints
where I do it 6 days a week 100 metre doubles x 5 then
in two weeks I will do 100 metre doubles x 10 then the
week before a fight I will drop back to 100m doubles x
5. I never used to worry about my Cardio before Ultimate
Combat but I talked to Leigh (Remedios) and he told me
he did sprints instead of long distances so I worked out
how I could use them"
has his plans pretty well set out "I'm studying Sport
Science right now, once I'm finished that I want to go
and train full time with Pat
Miletich or BTT, Then I'm going to be the UFC champion.
Id love to train full time now but I have to get
my education and some money"
88Kgs with an undefeated 9/0 MMA just like some of his
favourite fighters Lee Murray record aswell as numerous
GI Bjj and no GI sub wrestling titles under his belt aged
only 17 Ross is certain that he will be UFC champ', I
27 September 2002
Ross has just signed a 3 fight deal with Dougie Truman's
Cage Warriors promotion.