Published by Liam James on August 13th, 2013
Featherweight Liam James from Newcastle blogs for Your MMA ahead of his Cage Warriors 58 bout with Akhad Mammadov. Follow him on Twitter: @BadIntentions84.
So this week I’m going to talk about the early days of my career when I first started on this journey! As I said in Part I, I was fresh out of prison having dodged a bullet, and was keen to never be back there. I figured my life was worth so much more than sitting in a 12×6 room with some junkie scum bag rattling for his “meds” and asking for the dumps out my ashtray (when I don’t smoke) for the rest of my life!
So there I was, straight out of HMP; no prospects, never had a goal or something I’d ever really been passionate about except the usual money, women, partying and all the things that came along with that. But I’d decided I’d like to give MMA a go, or “cage fighting” as I referred to it back then, being the ignorant imbecile I was at that time!
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Published by Jimbo Jitsu on January 14th, 2013
Well hello again! Since my last blog post, a lot has changed. Strikeforce is gone, JDS is no longer invincible and women are even in the UFC! However, some things will always stay the same. Such as my insatiable desire to eat rubbish. Yep, after all my promises after my last fight not to let my weight get out of control again, it got higher than ever, peaking at an embarrassing/depressing/sickening 88kg after an all inclusive holiday in Portugal. The Jumbo Slice jokes returned. The calls of “come on Fatty” during comps returned. The post-training tub of Ben & Jerrys returned! Below you can see just how fat I got! Chubby shiny cheeks!
Published by Jimbo Jitsu on September 7th, 2012
This past Saturday was, in many ways, a normal Saturday for me. My grandma texted me in the morning asking how my week had been, all of my football bets failed miserably and at night I watched some fights. However, whilst some things always stay the same, this past Saturday was undoubtedly one of the most unique and memorable nights of my life.
I, of course, fought on the fantastic Vision FC 4 card at the Kelvin Hall in Glasgow. Last time I wrote about my camp in the build up to this fight and in this blog I’ll talk about what the final days before the fight were like, the actual fight itself and how it’s been since. (more…)
Published by Jimbo Jitsu on August 28th, 2012
Before I ask you to take an interest in a blog about my fight camp, I best introduce myself.
I’m Jimbo, and if you don’t follow Scottish Grappling Competitions, then chances are you will have no idea who I am. I am a massive MMA fan and a blue belt in BJJ. I have always been very active in the competition scene up here in Scotland, managing to do reasonably well. In March of this year I took my first Semi Pro MMA fight at the Art of Combat 4, and won a grappling based decision in what was described on the Cage Warriors forum as “the most boring fight in Scottish MMA history”! With an endorsement like that, I’ll bet you can’t wait to see my next fight. Well, luckily for you fans of “lay and pray”, my next fight is less than a week away at Vision 4 at the Kelvin Hall in Glasgow. (more…)
Published by Mike Leng on July 23rd, 2012
Hey Guys and Gals,
Just thought I would post a quick update on where I’m at and whats going on.
Things are pretty much the same as they were before really. I still have to wait to be cleared by the doc on the second of August. Till then I’m stuck wit running and mobility work. On the plus side my endurance is improving and so is my flexibility. My weight is holding pretty steady and at this point I have no desire to lose any more at this point. Namely because I know a positive body composition change will occur when I start training again. Couple of quick thoughts to finish up. (more…)
Published by Mike Leng on June 21st, 2012
Really quick update as there isn’t much to report.
Been back to the Docs and everything is well past where it’s supposed to be. No sling, no physio, no pain of any sort. However the Doc still won’t let me back training for 6 weeks. I’m sensing that this is just a standard response but then again, I’m not a Doctor so I’ll go with what the dude in the white coat says. (more…)
Published by Mike Leng on June 11th, 2012
Ok so I’ve had the X rays and a few exams since I last posted. Thankfully it’s all great news. The sling is off and there is a very strong chance that I won’t need physio on it at all! I put this down to trying to keep as much muscle as possible (though not all) and having my diet really high in nutrients that will help the re growth of connective tissues.
So at the moment I’m focusing on increasing my shoulder mobility and starting a small amount of cardio. This will be nothing major, I’m talking 3 low intensity sessions plus stretching and mobility every day plus foam rolling. I don’t want to rush anything as it is still possible the plate can break or crack leading to it having to be replaced. (more…)
Published by Mike Leng on June 6th, 2012
I realise it’s been a bit since I checked in so I though I would whack up a quick update on where things are at. Nothing much has happened really apart from just waiting and healing. Got an appointment with the specalist Tomorrow to see how things are healing and to find out if I can get this damn sling off and start physio. So whole I’m waiting for that I thought I would whack up some random thoughts about shizzle. (more…)
Published by Mike Leng on May 25th, 2012
So I was at the hospital for a check up yesterday to see if my super human experiment was working!
Firstly the good news is that both the wounds have completely healed (no scabs, nothing) and my range of movement is far beyond what it should be at this moment. Strength as far as grip goes is excellent as well. (more…)
Published by Mike Leng on May 10th, 2012
So here I am a couple of days after the opp. Everything went well and I feel like I’m slowly on the mend. For the last two days all I’ve done is sleep which is good thing as it means my body is putting itself back together.
Over the next week I plan to rest as much as possible and take in the right amount of nutrients that will help my body keep muscle and help grow the connecting tissue that it needs. (more…)