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BOXING...with Mike Jefferson

Ian 'The Machine' Freeman (second left), a former British MMA champion and UFC fighter, was in Portadown last weekend for a coaching seminar organised by Michael Jefferson (centre, Enzo's Gym). Also included are, from left to right, Gareth Rowland, Lisa Doherty and Philip Doherty.INPT13-668

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Ian 'The Machine' Freeman (second left), a former British MMA champion and UFC fighter, was in Portadown last weekend for a coaching seminar organised by Michael Jefferson (centre, Enzo's Gym). Also included are, from left to right, Gareth Rowland, Lisa Doherty and Philip Doherty.INPT13-668 PTBOXING12

“THIS week’s question - asked by Willy Matchett - is as follows:

“What would be the result if the best MMA fighter took on the best boxer of the same weight and the fight was under the traditional rules of boxing AND same question but held under the traditional rules of MMA?

“The boxer would typically dominate the MMA fighter on boxing rules and vice-versa due to the variations in styles and codes.

“In MMA, you have to square your body up more to prep for leg kicks and you can’t have all of the head movement, bobbing and weaving associated with boxing because that leaves you vulnerable to a takedown as you end up heavy on the feet.

“Therefore, the best boxer against even an average MMA fighter would end up on a takedown under MMA rules I feel unless a BIG punch managed to connect.

“Overall, each fighter would ultimately win in his sport.

“However, I must say it is like comparing football and rugby in many respects due to the differences within each discipline.

“We had a visit in Portadown last weekend from Ian ‘The Machine’ Freeman, a guy who knows a thing or two about MMA.

“The former UFC favourite and ex-British champion arrived for a special seminar.

“He actually feels MMA would come out on top every time and that the sport will eventually outgrow the popularity of boxing.

“My view is both have supporters along with a number floaters so both sports will thrive.

“Ian trained in many disciplines of fighting and spent 10 years as a boxer before moving into MMA when a fellow doorman offered him advice on a restraining hold which would help with that particular job.

“Anyone looking for extra information should Google Ian’s book or his Wikipedia page as it is fascinating stuff.

“The seminar on Saturday was enjoyed by all and we have additional sessions planned down the line with some coaching experts.

“Ian’s passion for the sport continues to such a degree that, at 45 years old, he has issued a challenge via his Facebook page to any boxer in his weight category across the world to a charity bout.”

For further information contact Mike ‘Enzo’ Jefferson on 07754914778 or e-mail mike@bluecollarboxingni.com.

 
 
 

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