Dichotomy – (noun) a division or contrast between two things that are or are represented as being opposed or entirely different.
I don’t think there’s a more apt term to use when describing the latest product fresh off of the New Wave Academy production line. On July 14th Louise Hiller was graduating from university, having successfully gained a first class degree in Applied Social Science; on July 23rd she was beating the brakes off of Meagan O’Loughlin to win the interim BCMMA amateur women’s bantamweight title; then went straight to the airport, flew to Bulgaria and competed for the SFC title against Anita Doganova only seven days later, dropping a contentious decision loss to the hometown fighter having had her arm break in the second and elbow dislocated in the third from landing punches. Yet somehow, she continued until the bell. An eventful month by anyone’s standards.
“Why do you do what you do?” I asked Mehrdad Janzemini. “I fight to challenge myself, but I get hotties on the side, of course” he replied. What did I realistically expect from the infamous sex pest of UKMMA?
I first met Mehrdad in June. He was cornering team mate Dan Vinni at an event I was part of. He was quietly spoken, but had a devious devilment in his eyes. I’d seen the YouTube of his pro debut where he took apart his opponent on Fury 15 only a month earlier, so knew the kid had potential. However, I’d not yet been treated to the full savageness of his social media onslaught. Fast forward six months and I was sat in a coffee shop in West London with the man himself as he was telling me about his recent trips abroad to train, interspersed with tales of various intimate encounters, much to the clear embarrassment of the ‘soccer mom’ type on the table next to us. This is the world of Mehrdad. Striking, grappling and hitting it from the back. Every young man’s dream. Continue reading →
Earlier this week I got to pop my public prediction cherry. I had the opportunity to look through a number of talent rich cards on offer this weekend, to select a fight which whetted my appetite for visual violence. I chose one of the early professional bouts on BAMMA 23, featuring NWA’s Daniel Chopper Crawford vs SBG Ireland’s Francisco Albano Barrio. Continue reading →