in McLeod's guard from EB3
of Birth : 15/04/82
5'8" 63kg OF THROBBING MAN BEAST
DinkyNinja Competition team/Cagewarriors
: John Kavanagh, John Nicolson, Thaison, Sean Wright and Doug MacMaster
MMA Record: 4-2
Name : Maccavelli
Bio - Droc got me started. I entered an mma competition not knowing what
I was doing, I was a trad jits guy with no real skills apart from being able to
armbar from the guard, which I did a couple of times that day I saw Droc's SFUK
hoodie and talked to him for a while he convinced me to join the Forum
. From there I developed an interest in the sport and have met the people
who have made me the semi descent fighter I am now.
used to be pretty lazy with regards to training, if i could get away with doing
less I would. Fighting was a way of motivating myself to train harder, because
if i didnt i would get bashed. The thought of fighting Chin, Leigh, Neil McLeod,
Dave Mc or Ian Butlin is a good way of making you train more intensively.
training program - . For my last few fights I've been training 3 times a day
as I haven't had much uni stuff to do. I do hill sprints twice a weekand do 15
reps 1 for every minute of the fight. as well as that I do one session of takus
interval training programme and another sprint programme around a football pitch.
jog to the gym we train at which adds a 45min run a couple of times a week as
well. I go to the uni circuit training class 3 times a week I grapple and work
my clinch every day for about 1-2hrs.
the week I also do thai maybe 3 times, mainly padwork and sparring, and ground
and pound 4 times a week hitting people and bags for about an hour.
To be honest i have been overtraining for my last two scheduled fights. Mainly
because I was disgusted with my cardio against Neil McLeod. last week I went from
being the fittest I've ever been in my life to having the lung capacity of a 3
year old chain smoker and had to pull out of CWN. Im taking time off for a while
as I feel a little burnt out and havent been spending enough time with my girlfriend.
That and uni are riding my ass about my project that I havent been doing.
: First of all, I want to say that you (with perhaps, Dave Roche - someone else
Droc had been on about forever) have been the most impressive new fighters I've
seen. It's like you arrived on the scene 'fully formed' if you know what I mean,
and had the quality to mix it at the top level here in the UK. You have, quite
rightly got a reputation of not being scared to fight anyone by forgoing the usual
start-at-the-bottom-work-up career path of a fighter, and jumping right in a the
deep end. What's your thinking behind that then?
: I did have a pretty extensive amateur career back in Ireland fighting in shows
put on by guys like Davy Patterson and Paddy Mooney. Those sorts of events are
great when you are starting ourt as you can easily get 3 or 4 fights in one day.
I got a lot of experience quickly that way.
watched a lot of tapes of the uk shows and I reckoned i could hang with most of
the guys competing, so why wait to make the transition from semi pro to pro. Dougie
(Truman) has helped me a lot with my motivation, there were times when I didn't
think I was ready to fight Leigh Remedios or Neil
McLeod. He gave me the "he's only human speech" (although with Neil I'm not actually
convinced of that I reckon hes some sort of cyborg killing machine from hell)
and it helped me out. Fighting guys with big names doesnt bother me now as I've
sorta learnt that nearly everyone (including myself) is overrated if you pay attention
to net talk to much.
:Rewinding a bit - were you in the same Trad JJ club as Droc then?
:Nah he was from Dirty
Dub and i was from up North
: Who's been you toughest opponent so far and why?
: Neil McLeod easily, mainly
because I had shit cardio for that fight and he's such an athlete, hes really
fit and powerful and he weighed in lighter than me, thats why I reckon hes a cyborg.
the guys I grapple with had exams during the time i was training for that fight,
so all I could do was thaiboxing. I had really good stand up cardio, but no grappling
cardio. On the day someone told me he was an ex pro boxer so I thought "feck standing
up with that guy". It turned into a grappling match and I got tired and sloppy
and didn't preform very well. I was getting my ass kicked in that fight apart
from the flying triangle at the start and maybe the last round. But I took away
the positives from that fight I managed to catch the best guy in my weight class
despite being knackered after the first round.
think I owe it to Neil and myself to do that one again.
:You've must have had a rapid and steep learning curve with each fight, how did
each fight effect your training?
: Each fight is like
a revelation, theres always that D'oh moment when you realise you should have
been working on something else. In my first fight i had no ground and pound or
top game, actually all I really had was an ok guard and leg locks and got smashed
by Ash Grimshaw. From that one I learnt I needed to work on my top game and stop
being so submission mad and actually try and control posistion bit.
think I showed those skills in my next fight against Chin (Weerasinghe) , but
he showed me that my stand up was pish and i needed to work on that.
Leigh taught me that I could compete with an athlete of his level and to stay
in my own fecking weight class.
Didn't show any stand up against McLeod as i thought my best bet was grappling,
that fight showed me that being able to do 6 5min rds on thai pads doesnt mean
your fit to do MMA and that I needed to work on my ground and pound.
Mc was a good fight for me as I got to work all the stuff I'd been training
over the past year and even landed a punch standing which is a novelty for me.
He was one of the guys I'd watch when I was only training part time. He was the
first guy I was a fan of in the UKMMA scene. It was an honour to fight him.
:How would you describe yourself as a fighter?
:Dunno, my strongest
area is my ground game and it all comes from BJJ, but i think the fact that I
have better than average clinch and takedown skills is one of the reasons I'm
doing ok at the minute. A lot of guys in the UK seem to neglect clinch work which
I reckon is the most important range in fighting as thats were you decide where
the fight takes place. Id also like to think im exciting as ive had a few good
fights, but thats also due to getting the chance to fight aggressive guys like
neil mc leod and chin.
:How much training to do get with JK? So who does your submissions training when
you're not in Ireland?
:I bring JK over to
Glasgow every 3 months and he gives me stuff to work on and corrects my mistakes.
I also try and get over to his gym every time im in Ireland. Its a great atmosphere
for training theres no ego's everyones just bashing each other and hes got some
scary good guys over there and not just grapplers. Jk is the best coach I've ever
had the chance to train with.
Glasgow we have sum really good grappler but they don't fight much. The Dinky
Ninjas are the illest if i can stop someone like John Nicolson or Daddy Sweg from
bashing me I know I've got a good chance against anyone my weight. Its a really
tough club I used to not like getting hit before training there now I kinda like
and James Thaison Doolan are two of the best kept secrets up here and I probably
train with them the most. James has savagely assulted a few guys now in MMA and
will be a big name in the future. Doug on the other hand is a rampaging homosexual
who despite having gnarly groundwork and being a unis champion boxer doesnt want
to fight. I belive this would be due to him not being able to control himself
around men in hot pants.
get great guys like Ross and the Butlins staying up here from time to time who
have taught me a lot. Ross taught me that it is possible to eat 98 clemintines
in a 12hr period.
: Do you do that Crazy
Monkey stuff that JK now teaches? If so, what the hell is it? LOL
: Nope know idea what
it is ask me in Two weeks thats when Kav is coming over next, if you would like
to attend this course on the 22nd and 23rd of nov let me know on email@example.com.
SFUK : LOL, Good plug. What's the MMA scene like in Scotland now?
:Pretty good, I get
e mails from people all the time asking about training. There's a few shows every
year run by Duncan James that are very successful. They're tonnes of fun cause
the Ninja competition team usually bashes everyone. Thaison managed to knock his
opponent out twice in the last show while spraying the judges with blood.
:Is it true that Widge Milward
wants to fight you after he's fought Marios Demetriades? ;+)
: Widge has been talking
about fighting me forever, I know hes got a bunch of injurys but hopefully we
can get something sorted. Preferably before he fights Marios as he wouldn't be
surviving that one. I'm heading down to Ian
Butlin's gym soon so maybe we can have a spar then and when I give him a taste
of Mac Jitsu maybe then he won't shout at me everytime I win a fight :)
a cool guy and i hope he shows his potential, I reckon he's gonna do John Waite
:You're already in the top handful of fighters in your weight category in the
UK - do you have any ambitions beyond the domestic scene?
:Yeah I've always said
I wanted to do Shooto in japan, I really like the culture there. I think I'm too
small to fight in big US shows like UFC and KOTC, But in Shooto I could be a weightcutter
which would be a novelty. I think its an achievable goal but I guess time will
:You've mentioned that you were a fan of Dave McLaughlin - are you a fan of any
other UK fighters? Which fighters have had the most influence on you?
:There are tonnes of fighters in the uk who are great to watch. I like watching
different fighters to see different things.. For striking Adrain Degorski, Sol
Gilbert and the Butlins are fun to watch, in clinch guys like Ross,
Leigh, Tengiz and that Abdul
guy are very impressive. On the mat ive been really impressed by JK, Jean
Silva, Dave Elliot. Jenkins
and Cooper are great fighters too with silly amounts of heart, and any show that
has them fighting will benefit from it.
:Give us McVeigh's tips for the top. Who do you think will dominate UK MMA in
:The Butlins- we already know about there great standup skills (well we know about
Andy and Dave's), but from there boxing backgrounds they are experts in dieting
and weight cutting this is a huge part of the game. Theyre getting their BJJ honed
by Roberto and they've just got
a wrestler guy teaching at the new gym so they pretty much have everything covered.
Roche - amazing fighter easily the best ground and pound I've seen close up, complete
fighter and a great guy.
Doolan and Sean Wight- both monster stand up fighters with great ground skills,
both are around my weight and i think id shite myself if someone told me i had
to fight them.
Mohammad - when he gets some submissions or effective ground and pound hes gonna
tonnes of other guys out there that have really impressed me but thats all I can
think off at the minute. I can see who are good at weight cutting, wrestling and
ground and pound being the future of UKMMA because very few people are doing any
:That's it. Thanks Paul. Is there anything else you'd like to leave SFUKers with?
:Spending 3 hrs a day
on internet forums messes you up, go train youll be happier.
:You mean only only spend 3 hours a day on forums? LOL. Thanks again for the interview
and good luck for the future.
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