A TEAM of mixed martial arts (MMA) fighters from Uttoxeter donated a percentage of ticket sales for a cage fight to a national cancer charity, after a member of the team lost his father to the disease.
Nick Fitzgerald, 24, of Heron Drive joined forces with Jason O’Connor and Scott Mellor for the cage fight, all of whom train at the Doghouse Gym in Bramshall Industrial Estate.
Mr Fitzgerald lost his father to cancer in December and the trio of fighters decided to donate their proceedings to Cancer Research.
He said: “Though I haven’t been successful in getting sponsorship so far, we now have a fight team - Team Doghouse.
“I lost my dad to cancer in December and it’s something that everyone can relate to and has experiences of, and that’s why we chose the charity.
“The future is bright for the team and we have fights most months now.
“We look to put on a good show, we all train four to five days a week. We want to hopefully land some title fights in MMA and kickboxing towards the end of the year.
“Sponsors should get behind us because MMA is still rapidly growing. We are starting to pull bigger and bigger crowds now that word is spreading but these things take time.
“Anyone wanting to watch should definitely come to one of the kickboxing fights as they are more family orientated as they have juniors compete so it’s a great night to take the Mrs and kids to but the MMA is what pulls the big crowds.
“I won my last kickboxing fight whilst my son was there who is six and he loved it.
“Win, lose or draw we are just going to keep doing what we do - the team is like a family and we all support each other.
“The people of Uttoxeter should get behind us because we want to promote exercise and a healthy lifestyle in the community. People shouldn’t just come and watch us but should also get up to the Doghouse and train with us. “Training is brilliant for discipline and self confidence and we as a team would like to give something back.”