Ronnie Mann recently caught up with MMAMount as he prepares for the upcoming Cage Warriors 57 event in the Echo Arena in Liverpool.
Ronnie Mann is a 26 year old MMA veteran from Gloucestershire, with a professional record of 21 wins -6 losses with 1 draw. His career has taken him all over the world to fight in some of the biggest promotions in the world. July 20th sees the return of Ronnie ‘Iron’ Mann to the UK for the first time since 2008 and Ronnie recently took time out of his hectic training schedule to answer a few questions for MMAMount’s James Capper.
“I can’t wait to fight in Liverpool, and to be back in the UK again after so long fighting abroad. I think we have some of the best fans in the world, in the UK”
“They love MMA, and I’m looking forward to having some home-support. It’s been a while!”
Ronnie has signed a 5 fight exclusive deal with Cage Warriors after negotiations with US promotion Bellator allowed him to be released
“I feel, for a long time I haven’t been as active as I would have liked. I like to compete regularly, and I don’t like having long breaks out. Also, fighting back at home was a big factor for me”
Cage Warriors CEO Graham Boylan was obviously very keen to bring the 26 year back to Europe in negotiating his release and putting him straight in on the strongest Cage Warriors card in what has been an incredible year so far for the promotion, Something Ronnie Mann is grateful of
“I’m so grateful for what Graham and the CWFC team for what have done for me. At CWFC they are all about the fighters, and I’m glad to be fighting for a promotion that wants to keep me as active as possible.”
In his Debut at CWFC 57 he faces Jose Luis Zapater, Himself an MMA veteran with a pro career spanning 10 years, during which time he has amassed a record of 17-9.
Ronnie expects a good fight, with both guys looking to right 2 fight skids
“I’ve watched some of his fights. He’s a very experienced fighter, and so am I. It’s going to be a good fight”
Mann’s last outing was a Bellator tournament qualifier at 135lbs, a decision loss to Rodrigo Lima, a last minute decision but a weight he feels comfortable at
“My last fight was the bantamweight tournament qualifier, and this was added at the last minute so it was some-what unexpected”
“Aside from that I feel really strong at 135lbs, I’ve done quite a few test cuts now so I know I can make the weight fine, at 145lbs I was fighting guys much bigger than me and I was always at a disadvantage being the smaller, lighter guy.”
He is confident that a win in Liverpool at 135lbs will get him back to winning ways to make a run at the 135lb Cage Warriors title
“The move to 135lbs is definite. I’d like to get back to my winning ways and hopefully secure a title shot with CWFC in the future”
The Cage Warriors Bantamweight Title is Currently Vacant, being vacated by Paul McVeigh when he moved to flyweight. A mouth watering 135lb tournament is set for Cardiff in September at CWFC 59. Some very good competition in the weight class in a format Ronnie is familiar with, he’s not concerning himself too much with who might take the belt
“All four of the guys are talented. I know how tough tournaments can be. It’s all about being the best man on the day. Whoever wins deserves the belt.”
For his Cage Warriors debut showdown he has been mixing his camp between home and abroad
“For this camp I did three weeks in the UK with my technical coaches. At the moment, I’m over in America training at Team Curran. It’s great for me to come here and train with different people and get some really good sparring in. Jeff and the guys here are so professional, and have made me feel really at home. I know if I want to be the best, I need to train with the best”
His opponent has notched up 11 finishes in his 17 Victories, with both fighters looking to get back in the ‘W’ column, it could be a cautious affair or it could see both men look to finish. Ronnie is confident he is prepared for either eventuality.
“I’m always ready for a fight to go the distance. However, I’m obviously going to be looking to finish the fight. I’m always at the peak of my fitness going into a fight. I have the best, most technical coaches around me, who always get me to my physical best”
Asked if there is any particular aspects of his game he has worked on Ronnie assures us he is always looking to improve.
“My training is going really well for this fight. I’m always looking to improve myself as a fighter, in every aspect. I don’t think you can ever become lazy and think you have one area covered. You always need to be refining skills and learning, and that’s what I love doing”
Ronnie would like to thank the following ahead of what promises to be a truly blockbuster card for UK MMA.
“I’d like to thank all my coaches in the UK and USA. Norbi and the Gracie Barra team, Andy O’Kane at Paddy Johns Boxing, Tony Myers, Tommy Rutter, my Iron Mann MMA teammates, Jeff Curran, and all at team Curran for taking me on board and making me feel at home. I’d also like to thank all my sponsors who help me out and make it possible for me to have great camps. Cheers guys!”
We would like to thank Ronnie and his team for taking the time to speak to us ahead of a huge fight.
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You can see how Ronnie Mann performs on his return to UK MMA July 20th at the Echo Arena in Liverpool or streamed live on Premier Sports in the UK (online or on SKY TV)
Ticket information and full Fight card details available here: http://www.cagewarriors.com/events-and-tickets/article/cage_warriors_57
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