UIC 8: Sean May "Train Hard, Fight Easy"
Our first interview for UIC 8 gets inside welterweight Sean May's head, and finds out how he is feeling and what he expects from the dangerous Mario Saeed come fight night. Sean made his MMA debut on the February 2012 UIC card after just two weeks of training. Despite suffering defeat that night, Sean has gone on to win his last two bouts and now stands at 2-1. Will it be 3-1 come August 5th? Only time will tell....
AddictedMMA: Aug 4th is less than a month away now and your fight against Mario (Saeed) is fast approaching. How is training down at Combat going mate?
Sean: Hi mate yeah training is great as always. Everyone is doing really well and coming on leaps and bounds, most of us have fights coming up so we're all training hard. As a wise man says; "train hard, fight easy".
AddictedMMA: Mario is known for his slick ground game, he's secured great submissions on both UIC 6 and UIC 7. Have you been putting in extra sessions with your BJJ coach Mark Tucker in preparation?
Sean: I roll with Mark as much as I can; he is a great coach and pushes me to my limits. I always give it my best and work my ass off. With Mark's help my game has progressed a lot since I started training back in January of this year, and I would like to think that Mark and my team mates would agree.
AddictedMMA: What areas of your game do you see winning you this fight come fight night?
Sean: I know Mario has a good stand up game as well as a very good ground game so stand up would probably work in my favour, however I also feel comfortable on the ground as you may well have noticed from my last two fights, so if I can beat him on the ground that would be a big bonus for me knowing how good he is.
AddictedMMA: I have noticed improvements in your game with each and every fight mate.
Mario has a very "in your face" approach to his fights, right from the weigh-ins until the final bell of the fight. How are you planning on dealing with that?
Sean: After watching him at UIC 7 I know he likes to get in your face but I am not one to be intimidated. It really doesn't bother me at all, I go to an event to get into the cage, fight and come out on top with the big "W".
AddictedMMA: Your last appearance on a UIC card was your debut after just two weeks of training. I've asked you before if you were mental taking it with just two weeks training under your belt and you laughed! So come on spill the beans; why did you take it?
Sean: Originally I started training for fitness, but then after my first week Mark (Tucker) approached me asking me if I would like to take on a fight after someone had pulled out. It was only an amateur bout so I wasn't going to get hurt and I thought what was the worst that could happen?
Mostly I did it for the experience; I have seen a few shows in the past and wondered what it was like to step into the cage so I went for it.
AddictedMMA: UIC 8 is stacked with some insanely good looking fights which is a testament to Paul Sutherland's matchmaking abilities. Apart from your own which fight are you looking forward to the most?
Sean: There are a few guys from Combat Athletics Academy fighting that night so they will be one's to watch, but there is one fight in particular I can't wait to see the outcome and that's Chris Leavers vs. Mark Percival.
AddictedMMA: The main event is a fight I'm itching to see. The trilogy fight between Ben Constantine and Lee Caers, I've a feeling I know what's coming but how do you see that fight going?
Sean: After watching the last fight at UIC 7 I can see an all-out war between these guys, and not expecting a short fight I can see it getting to the final round but I'm Caers all the way.
AddictedMMA: Is there anyone you'd like to thank or send a shout out to?
Sean: Firstly I would like to say a big thank you to Mark Tucker for pushing me to always do my best and getting me into the cage in the first place. Also Allen Willows, Bob Broadhurst and the rest of the guys down at the gym.
A massive thanks to my partner Kelly, she puts up with so much from me training all the time and working, so she deals with the kids most nights while I'm at the gym. She has been amazing and all the support she has given me too, so thanks babe.
AddictedMMA: And now it's time....for our signature question! Aside from MMA what is Sean May Addicted to?
Sean: I am Addicted to my two sons Conrad and Kaleb and my partner Kelly, they are the most important things in my life without them I am nothing.... oh and fishing (Laughs).
AddictedMMA: Thanks for your time Sean and all the best for August 4th.
Sean: It's been a pleasure Steve as always; and a massive thanks to you for your well worded reviews and continued support.
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Full UIC 8 Fight Card: http://www.addictedmma.com/story-Cards_7348_Ultimate-Impact-Cagefighting-8:-Caers-vs.-Constantine.php
UIC Relocates to Cheltenham for UIC 8: http://www.addictedmma.com/story-News_7846_Ultimate-Impact-Cagefighting-Relocates-To-Cheltenh.php
UIC Ring Girl Competition: http://www.ultimateimpactevents.com/index.php/cagegirl-competition/ring-girl-entries
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Picture One: Courtesy of Renee-Lea Thackham (Combat Athletics Academy)
Picture Two: Sean sporting the new AddictedMMA T-Shirt
Picture Three: Sean May & Mario Saeed
Published by Steve Wickett - Fri, 6 Jul 2012 21:23