Part 2 of 'Operation February' was a little closer to home in London. With 1 week to prepare however, that week was fraught. Amateur, semi pro or professional, I will always try my best to research each individual as they are just that. Everyone makes a sacrifice to fight so I make it my responsibility to learn about it and try to portray it in the commentary or show opener. That make for about 30 fighters to connect with as well as watching fights, writing the script for the top of the show and also the script for all the VTs that are broadcast for the main card. I'll make no secret that I check out the Big Shows in the US and get an idea of tempo and content to help write these. At about 10pm after the weigh ins we set up in the corner of the MMA Clinic where we recorded them.
I always love the London show. It gives me the chance to invite some friends along and I normally get to commentate a team mates fight. This time Shah Hussain was up against the MMA Clinic's Jacek Toczydlowski. Shah never takes an easy fight and it was tough night for him as Jacek out wrestled him and took a points victory.
I wasn't feeling great before this show...a huge argument with the wife and no bow tie around my neck wasn't the best preparation and it wasn't my finest hour. The show however, was again, excellent. It had knock outs, high level submissions and text book wrestling...what more could you ask for?!
I was really pleased I dropped into the after party where I had a drink with the SBG guys following Conor McGregor's win and also some of the finest UKMMA people, where I was advised about the game, some of the people and the pitfalls of the sport- and to that person i am grateful.