Combat Vision MMA spoke to Fionn Healy-Magwa after his first round submission victory over Ashley Gibson at Cage Warriors The Academy Northwest on Saturday night. Fionn has now won five of his seven amateur MMA fights.
Congratulations on getting the victory, Fionn. How did it feel to get your hand raised tonight.
“Thank you very much. It felt good to get the win. It was a long enough camp and after a lot of back and forth, I was just grateful to be fighting”
Fight week was very difficult for you. Your opponent Ashley Gibson only signed to fight on the 11th hour. Could you talk us through how you managed to stay mentally and physically ready for this fight.
“Yeah, it was a bit mad alright. I was waiting for the last 3 weeks to get an opponent and Ashley stepped up on Thursday afternoon just before we flew over. I’ve had that before so it was actually familiar. Also, I was already so focused for this, I was ready to show up on championship weight regardless and be ready to fight. So, there was no issue with being prepared”
Why do you think that none of the fighters from the UK/Ireland welterweight division wanted to step up and fight you on Saturday night
“I think people are still very protective of amateur records on the circuit, so people are reluctant to take fights like that on short notice. But, to me that makes no sense because the amateurs are wihere you get that experience. Also, the fastest way to the top is recognising big opportunities and taking them, so I think a lot of guys fucked up not taking this fight”
When you were in the locker room hitting pads and getting ready for the cage walk. What was the strategy that you were forming in your head to approach the fight because you didn’t know much about your opponent in terms of strategy.
“Funny enough, it is literally a year to the day that I fought him before on an FCC show so I had some experience with him before. Since that, he’s put some guys to sleep with some big right hands, so we knew to stay out of that range, stay smart and pick him off.
Obviously, it didn’t pan out exactly like that. But, that’s what it’s about, adapting on the fly and still coming out with the result”
How important was is it for your career to get on the card this evening and to become exposed to what Cage Warriors can provide in terms of their setup and also be performing on a big promotional platform.
“It was huge to be able to fight on a show like this. With people like Graham Boylan watching, It’s all about right place right time with this sport. so you have to make the best impression on the right people. So, for me, I had to stay on this card to keep on track with my goals of where I want to be a year from now”
What does 2017 have in store for Fionn Healy-Magwa.
“2017 is going to be a big year for me as I’ve said a few times. I’ve planned out a lot of goals for this year and beyond. But, the main thing for 2017 is the IMMAF World Championships in Bahrain in November. And to bring a shiny gold medal back to Ireland and taking the next step in my MMA career to where I want to be”
Watch Fionn Healy-Magwa submit Ashley Gibson in round one at FCC 16