MMA In 6 Seconds – CWFN 8 – Part 2

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[ten_columns] Part 1 of this post covering the weigh-in day is here: MMA In 6 Seconds – CWFN 8 – Part 1

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[/ten_columns] [ten_columns] Ordinarily the day of the event is a bit frantic for me but on this occasion I’d taken care of all of my notes and scripts prior. I’d also spoken to all the fighters I needed some extra info from: how on earth to pronounce ‘Chmieilewski’ for instance! Left me with a little time to kill.

Most of the crew and fighters/teams were catching a couple of hours by the pool so I went up to say hello and stay as far out of the sun as I could! As an aside: after sun does not work, though I appreciate Tommy Lakes lending me some.
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Typically we all assemble in the lobby about 3pm and head to the venue for a rules meeting at 4pm. Business as usual though the venue was a little bit of a drive away.

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The first thing the fighters tend to do after rules meetings and getting venue passes, gloves etc is to go and test the feel of the cage…

Getting my setup ready cage side…

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From here on out it’s a case of rehearsing the opening of the show and doing last minute checks and changes to notes/scripts. I typically hand write the majority of my notes as statistically there’s a higher percentage of recall that way. I also print out the Sherdog records of all the fighters should I need to make it sound like I have an eidetic memory.

The promotion has a seriously crack team of lighting/sound guys who rig up the venue in the days before the event. It’s always wicked to see what they’ve come up with when it comes to the pre-show light and sound testing. This is done by simply enacting two fighters walking out and beginning a match.

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At the end of last year we started pre-recording the opener that the audience sees at the start of the main 9pm TV card. We used to do these live which is a reall stress for all involved. There have been times when prelims have run long and we’ve had to immediately get setup and go within 30 seconds! Plus there’s the added pressure of only getting a single take…though in fairness we never actually screwed one up!

Here’s the pre-record for CWFN 8…

Never let anyone who sits cage side for events say they don’t have a cool view…complete with replay monitor. I tend to watch the monitor probably 40-50% of the time depending on where in the cage the fight is. It’s the best angle after all. When you’re absorbed in the fights it can actually be tough to remember to look back at the real thing!

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Say hello to a few more team members…

We always have some very good amateur rules fights on the un-televised under cards. The fight night shows tend to have five or six and feature guys from all over the middle east. A lot of the guys are now appearing regularly and we’ve gotten to see them mature over the course of a few fights. It’s possibly fair to say also that as MMA is still advancing more in this area of the world we still get to see the occasional old-school style vs style match which can be a lot of fun.

Yazan Janeb from Source MMA in Jordan has fought on nearly every single Fight Night card that Cage Warriors have put on. He picked up another good win.

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Image Credit: Dolly Clew / Cage Warriors

The promotion was invited to the Emirate by H.H Hamad bin Mohammed Al Sharqi so it was very cool when just prior to the main card the official delegation turned up, the crowd stood and the national anthem (at least I assume that’s what it was!) was played.

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Remember I said I should’ve had a greater appreciation for the power behind a 36 degrees C sun? This is why…

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There were some fantastic fights on the main card not least of all what I’d hoped may be fight of the night: Martin Buschkamp Vs Matteus Lahdesmaki. Buschkamp emerged victorious from a frantically paced match which saw some insanely fast stand-up and ground scrambles for a full fifteen minutes. Wait till CW release the video and you’ll see what I mean! He was so happy he did a little dance…

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Image Credit: Dolly Clew / Cage Warriors

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Image Credit: Dolly Clew / Cage Warriors

[/ten_columns] [five_columns] Co-main saw Faycal Hucin take on strong Polish judoka Antoni Chmielewski with Hucin winning by unexpected triangle early in the first. It was quite nice to see the crowd get behind him and start chanting as he exited the cage!
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A lot of people assume that there’s always some crazy after party we all have to see the rest of the night away. What actually happens is we all retire to the bar in the hotel to relax and unwind. It can be surprisingly tiring talking for over five hours straight so this suits me just fine!

We then all tend to get out of Dodge as quickly as possible – on this occasion 5:30am the following morning…

Bit of a trek back to the airport to be greeted with a three hour delay for the flight home – no big deal. It’s hard to spoil a great fight weekend. Even leaving my car/house keys in Glasgow after Cage Warriors 53 in April didn’t do it!

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So we end where we began – back at Heathrow airport in London.

Ready to head home, recharge and start prepping for Cage Warriors 55 in Dublin on June 1st. Have you seen that card?! Seriously: go and look here. It’s immense and I for one, can’t wait.

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Image Credit: James Quigley
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