Fighter Analysis: Martin Stapleton

This week it's top UK Lightweight Martin Stapleton's turn to answer the questions.

Having recently won the Fight Stars eight man tournament in Liverpool his stock is rapidly on the rise. A solid 2013 should see the UFC brass sit up and take notice and if all goes to plan Martin should start 2014 as a UFC fighter.


Name: Martin Stapleton
Nickname: .50 Cal!
Age: 29 years young!
Marital Status: Married
Gym: Team Kaobon and Full Contact Performance Centre
MMA Record: 12-1
Twitter Account: @Stapes_50Cal

What is your:

Career High? Winning the Cage Contender: Fight Stars tournament in Dec at the Olympia in Liverpool
Career Low? Putting in a crap performance and letting myself down on TUF, something I WILL put right!
Career Ambition? hah, do you need to ask? I want to be the UFC Lightweight World Champion, as should every serious fighter!
Favourite Ever Fight? Of my own? Probably against Jason Cooledge, every time I hit him he smiled! Even when I caught him with shots that broke my hand. Tough guy!
Favourite way to end a fight? It used to be KO/TKO but lately I'm trying to submit guys. Andy Aspinall is putting a lot of effort into improving my ground game so I'm trying to show him that it's working during my fights.
Favourite ever MMA event? CCFS, obviously (laughs)! There were over 200 guys that came over from Rochdale so it was an amazing atmosphere
Favourite MMA Promotion? It's gotta be the big one UFC!
Favourite Movie? Tombstone or Full Metal Jacket
Favourite Artist/Band? I'm into Old Skool rap, but I'd say Eminem is my favourite throughout the years.
Favourite Food? Curry from The Asia in Rochdale! (Amir you owe me one haha)
Favourite Alcoholic Beverage? Dirty Bomb Pass It On!!!
Favourite Sport (Apart from MMA)? Boxing


Is your favourite fighter of all time? Jose Aldo, B.J. Penn and Rickson Gracie!
Would you most like to fight (any weight and era)? Any of the current UFC Lightweights!
Would you least like to meet in a dark alley? Chuck Norris
Would you want alongside you in a bar fight? Chuck Norris!
Is your favourite MMA Ring Girl? I have never ever looked or glanced at a ring girl, that's my story and I'm sticking with it!


Pick three of your team mates and describe them using only one word?
1. Rob Sinclair - UFC??????????
2. Terry Etim - Painfull
3. Mark Scanlon - Leader

Do you have any superstitions? Yeah, try not to stand on IED's
First thing you eat after weighing in? Whatever my brother passes me, I'm usually too drained to care!!
What is the stupidest thing you have ever done? Called a "Papa Mike" in the gym with about 40 Royal Marines PTI's there! For those who don't know what that means, let me just say it's a LOT more painful that you can probably imagine and it lasts until the lads get bored of beasting you!
What is the worst injury you've ever suffered? No comment.

And Finally....What are you Addicted to? Just MMA, training and my gym!

Please could I thank my Sponsors! and Inner Armour

Photos of Martin by Creative Camera in action at Full Contact Contender 3.

Creative Camera on Facebook:

Full Contact Contender on Facebook:

Published by Steve Wickett - Fri, 11 Jan 2013 21:54

web site by island webservices