I woke up nice and early and drove up to Active Fitness in Holmes Chapel to teach a circuit training class that was all kinds of fun.
Drove home, went shopping, went for something to eat, walked home in the sun and then fell asleep under a Hello Kitty blanket.
This sleepiness and general good feeling was bought on by another great mma show that it was my pleasure to work on the night before.
Shock and Awe 10 was another great show by the south coast promotion and like last time, I was blown away with how many amazing fighters there were representing the lower weight categories and the professionalism and hospitality of the outfit.
My official report of the evening is here but, in true North Star fashion, it's all about a bullet point breakdown of my unofficial take on the event.
- Niko Gjoka is an absolute monster. It's not often you see someone take those kind of shots and keep fighting through it to take the win. Owen Gayle looked a savage at flyweight, props to both guys. My fight of the night.
- I saw someone get elbowed clean in the forehead about a foot away from the commentary table and the guy didn't even bat an eyelid. Seriously. What's up with you people?
- Hospitality was, as always, fantastic and I was made to feel very welcome by the team down in Portsmouth in a great venue.
- I get bled on a lot it seems. 3 times in nearly so many events. I only hope Simon Belmont isn't reading this. I'm not game for someone going Castlevania on me.
- The drive was nice and it's a sign that Alison and I are getting good at the mma road trip as she'd prepared sandwiches and all kinds of goodness. I do however, need a travel cup. That was sadly overlooked in this trip.
Also one of the funniest bits of commentary in a while came from my good friend Lloyd Clarkson.
Ben: I'm impressed with this level of transitional grappling. Every submission attempt used to set up superior positions and techniques.
Lloyd: Certainly at this level it's a lot like Chess but with tattoos, punches in the face, blood, submission holds, slams and ground and pound.
Ben: So not at all like Chess then.
Lloyd: No not really.
Why Smash TV?
Simply because I've never seen anyone get hit as many times in the face as James Caird and not quit. One of the most intriguing displays of toughness I've seen in a very long time. A smash up, in every sense of the word.
Cage Warriors on Friday.
Off to Dubai I go.