Bellator 200: British MMA ace Kevin Fryer was on military exercises when the call-up came and he thought it was over a family death

BELLATOR 200 has parachuted in British paratrooper Kevin Fryer and the middleweight hero was so shocked by the name he thought somebody had died!

When the MMA model was in search of KO energy for his or her landmark present in London on Might 25, they turned to the military to recruit the heavy-handed veteran.

 Kevin Fryer is the British paratrooper making his Bellator debut on May 25

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Kevin Fryer is the British paratrooper making his Bellator debut on Might 25

After 5 excursions of battle-gripped areas in Iraq, Afghanistan and Northern Eire, Fryer must be prepared for something.

However the supply to make his Bellator debut on the similar card as MMA legends Mirko Cro Cop, Roy Nelson and Gegard Mousasi caught him miles off guard.

The ITC health club star informed SunSport: “I was on train and didn’t have my telephone with me, my mates had it.

“My brother textual content my telephone and informed my mates to inform me to ring him, I thought somebody had died! However when I rang him he stated ‘you’ve obtained a battle with Bellator, if you would like it?’ – As if I wouldn’t!

 MMA star Kevin Fryer has been on five tours and says it makes cage fighting a doddle

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MMA star Kevin Fryer has been on 5 excursions and says it makes cage preventing a doddle
 Kevin Fryer will swap his regiment to fight alongside MMA legends Mirko Cro Cop, Roy Nelson and Gegard Mousasi

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Kevin Fryer will swap his regiment to battle alongside MMA legends Mirko Cro Cop, Roy Nelson and Gegard Mousasi

After a profession risking his life in a few of the planet’s most harmful nations, it is surprising to listen to how shut Fryer came to critical damage simply making an attempt to get his MMA profession up and operating.

After profitable too many newbie middleweight fights, home match-ups have been onerous to seek out and promoters might solely supply him welterweight fights.

Towards his higher judgement, Fryer sweated off simply over a stone (6.8kg) – risking lengthy-time period injury to his main organs – and misplaced two of his first three professional fights.

At his lowest level he thought-about quitting – lengthy earlier than he ever actually obtained began – however he’s now on a 5-struggle win streak at 13stone and enhancing with each struggle.

Fryer stated: “In my two losses as an newbie I misplaced to a mild-heavyweight – after shifting up – who was simply too massive and two robust for me and my second was towards a intestine who was simply too good and skilled and I in all probability shouldn’t have been in with.

 British middleweight star Kevin Fryer is on a five-fight win streak

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British middleweight star Kevin Fryer is on a 5-battle win streak

“I gained all my different middleweight fights however that meant when I turned professional I struggled to get fights and had go right down to welterweight to get a match.

“I acquired right down to welterweight however it almost killed me, I simply was not the similar fighter.

“I misplaced two welterweight fights and determined to give up, I assumed I simply wasn’t ok.

“I lastly acquired a struggle at middleweight and I thought I might have one final go to see how I get on and I gained the second spherical and haven’t stopped since.

 Bellator star Kevin Fryer has been on tours to in Iraq, Afghanistan and Northern Ireland

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Bellator star Kevin Fryer has been on excursions to in Iraq, Afghanistan and Northern Eire

“Once I was getting right down to welterweight it was actually dangerous, my physique was shutting down and – in a single battle – I knew I was going to lose.

“I didn’t care, was not even bothered, as a result of I was so drained, dehydrated and exhausted. I had the life sucked out of me and I didn’t care that I was about to lose. It was such a bizarre feeling.”

An opportunity viewing of a Michael Bisping UFC struggle on the lengthy-gone Bravo channel – on a uncommon weekend in for the reformed swigger – sparked his curiosity in MMA.

And an Afghan tour towards future UFC star and fellow third Battalion Parachute Regiment man Jack Marshman satisfied the late began to pursue a fight profession.

 At welterweight Kevin Fryer was suffering worrying defeats but hes on fire in the middleweight division

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At welterweight Kevin Fryer was struggling worrying defeats however hes on hearth in the middleweight division

And now he is on card of considered one of the UK largest each exhibits and can boast of being the hardest man in the regiment now Marshman has left to focus on preventing full-time.

He stated: “I had finished no martial arts in any respect however I was on depart as soon as and – until I went out boozing – I simply used to observe dangerous late-night time TV.

“One night time I was watching that previous cable channel Bravo and that they had the UFC means earlier than it turned fashionable.

“Michael Bisping was on and as a result of he was British I took an curiosity however I was deployed to Afghanistan not lengthy after and by no means adopted it up.

“Then I met Jack Marshman in Afghanistan and did a bit of coaching with him and as soon as I received residence I joined a membership and joined the ITC health club in Blackpool and now Jack has gone I have to be the hardest man in the staff.”

 British MMA legend Michael Bisping inspired Kevin Fryer

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British MMA legend Michael Bisping impressed Kevin Fryer
 UFC star Jack Marshman was a close friend of Kevin Fryer in the army

UFC star Jack Marshman was a shut good friend of Kevin Fryer in the military

Sadly for 32-yr-previous Fryer, his regiment is shipped on depart the day earlier than his struggle so his typical crowd of followers can be dashing again to see their family members as an alternative of taking over Wembley Area.

However he doesn’t appear in determined want of ethical help for his conflict with Dutchman Costello van Steenis, as the stress of the day job makes strolling into the octagon a stroll in the park.

He stated: “The battle falls on a dodgy time as a result of the day I’m preventing is the day all of us get despatched on depart.

“The blokes have been actually busy lately so, there are a few coming, however I feel a lot need to get straight house to their households and I don’t blame them.

 Kevin Fryer feels no pressure heading into Bellator after handling warzones

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Kevin Fryer feels no strain heading into Bellator after dealing with warzones

“I used to assume there was no facet to the sport as a result of I didn’t actually see there was strain.

“What’s the worst that may occur in a struggle – alright I might die, however it’s not very possible, they’re so slim.

“The worst factor is that you simply get knocked out or lose and – though it’s not good – it’s not the finish of the world.

“I don’t need to sound huge headed however – with the issues I’ve needed to do at work and in Afghanistan – that is nothing.”

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Tickets for the occasion can be out there to the common public on Friday, March 2 at The SSE Area, Wembley Field Workplace (0844 815 0815), Ticketmaster.com, ssearena.co.uk and axs.com.

BELLATOR 200 has parachuted in British paratrooper Kevin Fryer and the middleweight hero was so shocked by the name he thought somebody had died!

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