Fry looking to make his mark

PUBLISHED: 16:44 15 September 2011

Romford MMA's Mark Fry

Romford MMA's Mark Fry


Romford MMA fighter chases title

Romford MMA’s Mark Fry has every intention of becoming the CFC British featherweight champion at Brentwood next Saturday.

Fry puts his perfect professional record on the line as he takes on Danny Lawson (Terror Squad, 4-3-0), but is in determined mood after a 10-week training programme

“The hard work is done, but this is going to be a war,” said Fry, who boxed for the famous Repton club as a youngster before moving to traditional jiu-jitsu, where he earned a black belt under the renowned Geoff Thompson.

After moving into the world of mixed martial arts, Fry trained under head coach Paul Hines at Pancrase London, and owner Jess Liaudin, a former UFC competitor.

Following a string of amateur and semi-professional bouts there, Fry moved to Team Titan, under Micky Pappas and Brad Pickett, then switched to the New State Academy in Romford, where Fry was asked by Brazilian Ju-Jitsu specialist Mike Russell to help coach, before it became The MMA Clinic.

“Without a doubt I believe we’ve got some of the best coaches in the UK, and the gym grows from strength to strength,” said Fry, who is happy to promote MMA.

He said: “It is a technical sport, with one having to train in multi disciplines - boxing, muay thai, wrestling, jiu-jitsu - plus strength and conditioning whilst incorporating many months of strict dieting.

“There truly is no growth in comfort, but I would not be the fighter and person I am today without the support of my team mates Adam Edwards, Brad Wheeler, Ben Hajir &and Alex Crispin plus the rest of the fighters from Romford and Angle crew, but most of all to my best friend and mentor, my wife Sarah,” added Fry, who also gave thanks to his coaches at The MMA Clinic Paul Hines, Michael Russell and Chris Carley and Bret Sizeland from Concept Fitness, as well as Amir Eslami and Lyubomir for wrestling support and boxing trainer Mark Tibbs.

Romford MMA’s Steve Brand is also in action and coming off a 15-second win in his last outing and anyone interested in tickets can contact Fry on 07816 406850.

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