Barbadians Renaldo Stuart and Calvin Ifill are ready to fight.
Stuart, the current welterweight champion and Ifill, a member of Universal Kenpo Karate, told journalists at this morning’s Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) press conference held at Bubba’s Sports Bar and Restaurant that preparation for the upcoming fight had been going well and they would be ready to face off
against their respective opponents come Massacre 6 on August 23 at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre.
“Preparation for the fight is mostly a lot of cardio, a lot of weight-training, a lot of sparring, a lot of technique drill and so far it has been going great. As far as I know my opponent is a very good fighter but I will be the one coming out on top,” Stuart said.
The former middleweight champion who won the title back in 2012 against Martinique’s Harold Lejuste added that for him nothing beats experience and with his experience in fighting overseas for the past six years that should give him some sort of advantage.
Ifill said: “In terms of preparation it is a lot of cardio and in terms of my opponent he is basically like me, being new to the sport, so I will just play it by air in the ring and try my best not to get too anxious and just fight at my normal pace.”
A sturdily built Ifill would be going after his first lightweight title and advised other local fighters to get involved in the MMA.
“I would say to anyone who wants to get involved in mix martial arts to have some sort of background in any of the arts and take it in stages whether it is judo, boxing and then work your way up in order to get to that level of the MMA that you want to get,” Ifill said.
The upcoming regional MMA title card will feature eight bouts which include three of the main events on the night and they are the welterweight title involving Stuart who weighs 170 pounds and will be going up against Sylvian Gondet of France; for the lightweight title Oneal “All Bajan Boy” Chase at 225 pounds will face off against Joel Guilliame of Guadeloupe. In the women’s bout the showdown will be between home girl Isha Dottin and Latoya Joseph out of Trinidad and Tobago.
Also on the card but not yet confirmed is Guadeloupe’s golden boy David Rochemont who will take on Miami-based fighter Sergio Noyola in the middleweight division.
Alleyne told those present at the conference that MMA was a big sport in the French islands and America and they were looking forward to the day it became a household name in Barbados.