NOW I’VE moved from Newcastle to Birmingham for training purposes – I really feel like I am part of a family.
We all help each other with training and not one person is bigger than the other in here – we’re all treated the same.
I think people assume I’m some kind of arrogant f****ing w*****, but I’m not.
When I come into the gym and someone asks us to hold the pads, I’m not better than anyone else, if they want pads holding of course I’ll do it.
I’ll always try and help people too, I’m new to the sport but I’m working with a good boxing coach, so if I can show people the things I’m being taught, then that’s what we do.
This is a team, since I’ve come here I feel more accepted, we’re all out here trying to do the same thing – be the best fighters that we can be.
If that means staying back after training and helping people, then that’s what we do.
When I first came here, UFC welterweight Leon Edwards put me in sparring with an unbelievable striker.
In this game it’s tough love, and it’s the same in sparring – you can’t muck around in sparring, and get hit lightly.
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Because when you get cracked in the cage you’re going to have a shock. In sparring we’re not striking at 100 percent, but you’re getting touched up, hurt, dropped with body shots.
It’s been like that from the beginning, because it has to be.
When I first moved down here, these lads didn’t give a s*** about Geordie Shore, they just said he’s here to train, you’re put in there as another fighter.
Geordie Shore didn’t matter to them down here – whereas in Newcastle I could literally say I don’t want to train anymore, I could do what I wanted.
Down here it was get in there, be there for sparring, and that was how I was treated.
I’ll never be accepted in MMA, but I think those people who say this and that, if they came down here for a Monday morning wrestling session, they’d never come back.
People don’t realise the work you have to put in – you have to do your jiu-jitsu, wrestling, boxing, Thai boxing, strength and condition, runs.
You have to cover this all on a weekly basis, you have to do all these things and it’s hard work.
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