Blakie pumped to perform in cage
ADRENALINE, excitement and unpredictability.
Mixed martial artist Brett Blakie gets it all from inside the cage and he wants punters to do the same tomorrow for underground fight-night at the Lismore Workers Club.
A 34-year-old born and bred in Alstonville, Blakie is fully tuned and ready to rip when he hits the canvas for what will be just his second MMA bout.
Blakie’s debut in Toowoomba last month went strictly to plan – his opponent submitted to an arm-bar less than two minutes into the fight – but that doesn’t mean he will be going into this bout with any premeditated thoughts.
“You can have a fight plan in this game, but you have to be careful not to throw all your eggs in the one basket because anything can happen once you are in the cage,” Blakie said.
“You need to have Plan A, Plan B and Plan C.”
The local fighter will enter the cage to take on Brisbane-based Nate Thompson, who trains with Blakie’s former coach Danny Higgins, but the cagey warrior says he hasn’t paid much attention to his opponent.
“I am focused on fighting how I want to fight and not what my opponent does,” Blakie said.
“Obviously I don’t want to reveal too much as any insight into tactics can give an opponent a real advantage.”
The former kickboxer has been on holiday right up until the day before the fight – a practice which he feels is paramount to performance.
“Getting your mind and body relaxed in the lead-up is very important,” he said.
And once the mind and body is relaxed Blakie can unleash the carnage.
“There will be plenty going on inside the cage once we get under way,” he said.
The often-maligned cage gives the sport a gladiatorial feel which plays in to the hands of promoters.
Blakie thinks the cage is a key to drawing the crowds.
“Stick two fighters in a cage and people get excited,” he said.
And the positives don’t stop there.
“Personally, I prefer fighting in a cage to a ring,” he said.
“In the ring you can go through or over the ropes and end up on the hard ground outside; with the cage all the action is contained to the inside.”
Interestingly, Blakie’s fiancée can’t stand the sight of blood – cage fighting isn’t for her.
She won’t be at the event tomorrow night, but she isn’t going to protest against it.