Andy Ogle sends message to Josh Grispi: 'I'm from the UK, welcome to my back garden'

James Reader talks to The Ultimate Fighter: Live contestant and Team Kaobon product ahead of his showdown with fellow featherweight Josh Grispi at UFC on Fuel TV 7 in London on 16 February

13 December 2012    |    0 Comments

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How were you introduced to the world of martial arts?
When I was younger I did it more for self-defence. Where I lived people used to come in numbers and it was never a one-on-one fight. I really feared the thought of two or three people on one so I tried to keep away from fights, give people respect and be a nice person. I did judo and a bit of kickboxing when I was about 14-15, after two years of doing that I seriously injured my hand with tendon damage - when I was 16-17 I got into a situation where I had to defend myself - and I was out for some time, but I picked it back up when I was 18 and then I found mixed martial arts. The rules were simpler and it seemed more realistic, a bigger challenge and more fulfilling. When I came back I was more focussed; maybe it wasn't the right time for me when I was younger. When I was 18 that was also when The Ultimate Fighter was finishing on TV and that got my interest.

How was Urijah Faber's style of coaching on The Ultimate Fighter: Live different to how you train at Team Kaobon?
Americans are based more around wrestling and wrestling drills; stand-up over here is tougher and we tried to develop that more. I think it's a 60 to 40 split over here for stand-up to wrestling whereas over there it would be 60 to 40 for wrestling to stand-up, so their priority is more wrestling. They were saying Division I wrestling wasn't about the actual takedown, it's about the scrambling situation afterwards. It was very beneficial and it was nice to see their perspective and their ideas. There are a few little things about head positioning with the defending and the attacking of the takedowns, and their jiu-jitsu is more wrestling-based, thinking more about the second, third and forth attack. It was generally just a great experience; to actually roll with Urijah Faber and to know that he's not superman, he’s just a normal guy but very well-rounded and works very hard.

Was there anything you struggled with during your time on The Ultimate Fighter: Live?
For me the biggest thing was having a camera in my face. I like to have my own space and I like to be by myself and think about stuff. There was nowhere to go and nowhere to think without someone being there. If I wanted to walk off into the distance and have my own space somebody on the camera team would come over to me and say, 'You've got to go back there, you're not allowed to go around there.' There were certain parts right at the bottom of the garden where you weren't allowed to go by yourself. There was actually a really nice koi pond down there so it was a little bit upsetting because it was nice and relaxed but it was out of the way of the cameras.

What is your hardest training session at Team Kaobon?
Tuesday morning I would say is the toughest session of the whole week. It's sparring and putting a lot of the drills into practise and into live play, doing a lot of bad positions, basically pushing it to the extreme with lots of rounds, being very active, being very live and doing stuff from terrible positions that you just don't want to be caught in. To welcome Paul Taylor back last year we did 20 five-minute rounds spread out over the session, so we did five fives, a lot of fast-paced technical drilling, another five fives, a lot more technical drilling, another five fives. A session is generally two hours long or two and half depending on what we're doing and how tough it can be.

What do you enjoy doing outside of training and competing?
I like tattoos but I'm going to run out of space. After the [Akira] Corassani fight I got my knees done and it was the worst. Usually the pain goes away half an hour after the tattoo, but I couldn't sleep and I was walking like a zombie.

How did your loss to Akira Corassani in your UFC debut affect you mentally?
I put my debut on a pedestal. I totally understand what they mean by UFC jitters; I'm looking to solve that, I'm looking for redemption, I'm looking to redeem myself, be happy with myself and be proud. I don't feel as if I did what I could do against Corassani, but at the same time I didn't get knocked out, I didn't get subbed, we had a good fight and people were happy with the show. I wasn't happy with my performance and it's something I've had to deal with for quite a while.

What do you think of your next opponent Josh Grispi?
If he gets time to think it could be a horrible night for him. You get a lot of time to think about your next match-up. Josh is now 0-3 in his last three. I respect where he came from in the WEC, he made a good impression and did very well for himself, but since coming to the UFC he's been on a bit of a slippery slope. If he loses one more I can see him being cut. If that's in the back of his mind it's not going to go well for him in the fight or in his training camp. If in the fight he starts getting taken into deep water, it gets tough and he’s lost his last three in a row, how’s that going to affect him on the night? Then again, it can be the opposite. It can be the fuel to his fire. I could end up getting it because he knows it's his last chance. I don't mind either way, I look forward to it. It's going to be a good fight and he's coming back on my terms on my ground. I'm from the UK, welcome to my back garden. I'm not leaving it in the hands of the judges. I've shed my tears, I've had my loss, I'm not losing to Josh, he's going to have to taste defeat one more time. I ain't losing; I can't lose this next one, fuck that. This bout is on my birthday and I'm going to get the best birthday present ever, I'm going to get the win.

Andy Ogle will be fighting Josh Grispi at UFC on Fuel TV 7 at Wembley Arena on 16 February. Tickets can be purchased from www.ticketmaster.co.uk or www.ufc.com.

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