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· Danny Mitchell ~ Ready For Nelson; Cage Contender 6 Main Event

· Article author: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Posted on 08/25 at 06:32 AM

With less than a week to go before the Cage Contender promotion returns with another great card, Martin Smith of MMA Spot caught up with one half of the main event to talk about a fight that is being touted as one of the biggest in Europe this year.

Danny Mitchell versus Gunnar Nelson is a fight that would not look out of place on any card throughout the world. Mitchell, currently sitting on a record of 8-1, is a brown belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu and is the Ultimate Force European champion, a two-time Prizefighter boxing British champion and a two-time Total Combat British champion. His opponent this weekend is Icelandic star Gunnar Nelson, who famously defeated heavyweight Jeff Monson in a grappling match, despite giving up over 100 pounds to the American. Nelson also holds two gold medals from the IBJJF Pan American Championships in 2009 and is a BJJ black belt under Renzo Gracie. The fight is expected to be a cracker.

Mitchell, who trains at The Asylum, and Manvers Fight Factory, with the likes of Ian Jones, Wayne Murrie and Neil Wain, is keen to admit that he is in the best condition of his life. That is due to a strict strength program that has seen him smash several of his personal bests for weight lifting while improving his cardio.

“I’ve had a full twelve weeks to prepare for this fight so it’s probably been the best preparation I’ve had for any fight. I’m coming into this fight at 100 percent” says Mitchell. “I feel good, it’s a bit of a confidence boost that I’ve had the full twelve weeks to train.”

The fight this weekend is one that could elevate either man in to the world spotlight and Mitchell is very much aware of the test his opponent will bring to the cage when the fight gets under way on Saturday.

Mitchell broke down his opponet's strengths, “His strong point is his jiu-jitsu. I mean, he’s a black belt under Renzo (Gracie)” he says. “On his feet, he’s got kind of that weird style that he wins fights on his feet as well, he’s got the power to knock people out and he’s done it before."

“It’s going to be an exciting fight definitely. I’m looking forward to a good fight and seeing what he’s got” Mitchell added.

A quick look over Danny Mitchell’s record and you will see a host of U.K. names who have provided big tests for the Yorkshire lad. A win over experienced U.K. veteran Leslee Ojugbana, was followed by wins over Cage Rage veterans Jordan James and Sami Berik. All three were stopped by rear-naked choke.

He then defeated M-1 Challenge Team England representative Simon Phillips by TKO, before suffering a first career defeat to undefeated prospect Eugene Fadiora. Facing several well established opponents has never fazed the fighter, who admits that he would rather fight the best guys in Europe than sit on his win streak and rack up wins against lesser opponents in the U.K.

“The thing with me is that I’m from Doncaster and I’ll (expletive) fight anyone” he laughed. “You look at a lot of guys pro-records and they’re fighting people—I mean, they might get eight, nine, ten fights and they’ve not really fought anybody who is ranked, and then they start fighting these ranked people. I hold my record in higher regard than a lot of other welterweights.

“I just want to fight the best people. I’m not bothered about winning titles and stuff like that anymore. When I started, I was like, I want this belt and that belt, but I’m not really bothered what belts I’ve got. I just want to beat good people and if that’s what is going to get you somewhere, it doesn’t matter what belts you’ve got, if you can beat the guys at the top in Europe, the U.K. or whatever—that’s going to get you further.”

Another interesting story leading up to the fight is the betting odds from BoyleSports, who have Mitchell the favorite over the undefeated Nelson to take home the win. It was something that came as a surprise to The Asylum owner, who believes that he is the underdog going into the fight.

“I don’t know how they’ve come up with them odds—it did surprise me. I consider myself the underdog in this fight definitely, but I put myself better in that position anyway.”

“I mean, he’s had a lot of experience, obviously, at grappling and he’s had pretty much the same pro-MMA experience as me fight wise. I’ve had a couple more, but there’s not much difference really. He’s a black belt under Renzo Gracie, he’s trained with GSP, Eddie Bravo, all these top guys that he’s trained with, so I see him on that elite level” he admited.

With the year rapidly coming to an end, “The Cheesecake Assasin” is looking forward to a holiday, possibly in Thailand, and admits that he has turned down several other fights while he prepares for the Nelson bout. With the fight now just around the corner, Mitchell is completely focused on picking up this win, and hopes to live up to his nickname by celebrating with a nice piece of cheesecake.

“I just like Cheesecake—I mean, I’ve always had a sweet tooth” he laughed. “The big start was when I fought Leslee Ojugbana in Sunderland. I know he struggled to cut weight and I made weight fine. So when I got there and he was running round with a sauna suit on, I thought it would be funny to get a cheesecake from the garage and sit there and eat it, just to piss him off really.

“It just went from there. Now when a lot of guys come and support me, they buy me a massive cheesecake. It’s become a bit of a joke like, but I do like it”.

In closing, Mitchell thanks Brendan Chaplin at Athletes Unlimited. FightKit.com, Abzolute-supplements.com, Manvers Fight Factory, The Asylum, and itsturbotime.co.uk for all their help and support in the build-up to the fight.

The fight is expected to be one of the best in Europe and tickets are still available now at cagecontender.net.


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