Heart and mind right for a fight
WARWICK fighter Michael McDaniel will step into the cage tonight at Bowen Hills, as the co-main event in the growing Aftershock.
McDaniel, who is preparing for tournaments in Brazil and the next UCU (unarmed combat unleashed) in early February at Emerald, is elated he is regularly able to fight and get experience among the best in Australian amateur MMA.
He got the call up last week for this fight, once again as Mick De LaWarr's original opponent had to pull out due to injury.
"I never allow myself to get out of condition because you just never know when you can get a fight," McDaniel said.
"Plus I'm training to go overseas for competition in December and January."
McDaniel, who measures in at 195cm, will be sizing up as a light-heavyweight against Brisbane's extremely talented Mick De LaWarr, who stands at 198cm.
De LaWarr fights out of Fightcross MMA club based in Brisbane and is the favourite. He is undefeated and has a vicious stand, with a considerable ground game, which has seen his past three MMA bouts end in two submissions and one decision on a TKO.
McDaniel said De LaWarr, who this year beat heavy-handed knock-out artist Jamie Lyndquist in a split decision, was someone he looked forward to fighting.
"I have found that fighting is something that allows me to freely express myself," McDaniel said.
"My last fight against Simon Osborne, although I lost, just gave me heaps of confidence.
"If I can stand and mix it with someone as formidable as Osborne, then I have a good chance at shocking the whole arena on Saturday night.
"I believe in myself and I finally have the right people in my life - in all aspects of my life - so I'm good in my heart and once again have a complete warrior spirit.
"I've changed my diet, attitude and exercise regime and also acquired sponsors that afford me personal trainers for each discipline of MMA, including boxing, wrestling, jiu jitsu and grappling.
"My heart is right. I'm not worried about anything and I'm finally happy. That's when I'm at my most dangerous."
Doors open at 4pm on Saturday and the fights will begin at 5pm at the HaMMA , 3 Hudd St, Bowen Hills. Tickets can be purchased for standing room only at the door.