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Facey up for New Year fight

BUSY YEAR AHEAD: MMA’S Facey has a lot to look forward to

ON NEW Year’s eve Jamaine Facey was doing a seven kilometre run in preparation for his Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fight on February 7.

While most people were raising a glass or three with their mates at midnight the welterweight was tucked up in bed dreaming about MMA glory.

“My new year started when I signed the contract to fight on February 7,” Facey told the Voice of Sport.

“I’ve partied, raved and done all of those things at new year’s throughout my career but this time around I took time out, I’ve been very disciplined with my approach to the next fight. It’s serious for me.

“Obviously I was meant to fight Makunga Bunduku in November last year but he didn’t turn up for the fight. That was disappointing but then this opportunity came around and it’s just the type of thing I love, a real challenge.

“The opponent and UCMMA welterweight title holder Bill Beamont is a good all-round fighter, trains out of Titan gym and the few fights I have seen of him shows he knows how to handle himself.

“I’ve seen a few weaknesses, areas I can expose and that’s what I am aiming to do. It will be tough though.”

Facey, 33, is a seasoned MMA fighter with a record of won ten, lost nine. Having flirted with other weight divisions in 2014 ‘Mr Pain’ as his fans refer to him, is eagerly anticipating future success back at his preferred 77kg.

“When I fought at welterweight before I used to do last minute cuts, I didn’t diet right, I used do it all in the week before the fight,” Facey admitted.

“But fighting at 70kg I had to really understand how to lose weight and put it back on safely.

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“It’s crazy because I have been fighting for so long and its only now I am understanding the science behind cutting weight properly. I had to go and study.

“Its all part of me taking this part of my career seriously. I’ve given a lot to others throughout my career, its time for me to be a bit more selfish and see over the next couple of years what I can really do in this sport.”

In terms of how the sport is run, Facey believes as long as the UK MMA scene is as fragmented at the top as it remains today, with big show organisers all battling for number one status, the growth of the sport will continue to grind to a halt.

As such he sees a future where fighters will continually look to other sources of financial income in order to support their love affair with MMA.
“The money in this game for the fighters is poor, you can’t live off of it.

Considering the time and money spent preparing for fights and devoting yourself to training, travelling, eating right, it doesn’t add up. You have to love it,” he said.

“When I first started in the sport I had a very different view of where I saw it going. It would be nice to see some unity from the top organisations, but I doubt it will happen.

“The thing is though, who is waving the flag for the UK out of any of them, really waving the flag? Something is needed to get things going again but I am not sure what.”

While the debate on the health of MMA goes on Facey still holds faith in the future of the sport and while he has breath, he will fight.

“There are things in this game that I do wish I understood a lot earlier but that’s that, for now I am focused on Mr Pain and what I can do.
“It all kicks off at the Troxy in east London on February 7.”

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