My top 3 highlights to date are:
– Winning the European championships this year (Jan 2016), I went out to Lisbon with high hopes and had trained hard on the lead up. My preparation was great and I was hitting form at the right time and I knew that I had what it took to win but it would all depend on if it was my day on the day. As it turned out it was, I just took each of my 5 fights one by one only focusing on the fight in hand, never looking passed the guy in front of me. And before I knew it I had reached the final. I managed to win the final on a points decision! I’m still over the moon about it.
– Winning the English Open in 2015. For this competition my preparation wasn’t great, work was tough and I wasn’t able to manage my weight properly. It was fluctuating from 86 kg to 90 kg, so I decided not to worry about my weight so I could focus on work and stepped up to the heavy weight decision. I was so confident I would be comfortably in that weight category I didn’t check my self on the scales until the day of the comp. I was 86.6 kg in the gi. After the initial shock that I would be giving 8kg away to some guys, I decided I’d just go in and fight hard and see what happened. I managed to win the comp after 3 hard energy sapping fights. I could feel the weight difference. And this made this feel such an achievement to me.
– Winning the English championships as a white belt in 2013. Looking back at this comp, I was very fresh to the sport, despite my competition experience in MMA semi professionally. Nothing prepared me for it. After 5 fights I took gold. But the highlight for me was the support I had from fellow team mates and coaches, I can remember our head coach Wilson putting me in side control after winning the final and telling me what I had done wrong (this felt worse than any of the fights I had just had). It was a great day and set me on my path in the sport.