At Cage Warriors 100, the Academy Grand Prix finals are set to take place with English fighter Jack Eglin looking to put on a great performance in the bantamweight match-up.
Eglin is 7-3, with 2 TKO finishes and 2 submissions. He fights out of Dragons Lair MMA in Wiltshire and is ranked as the 6th best amateur in the UK and Ireland in the 135-pound division.
Despite the profile of the Grand Prix Finals and the opportunities they present, Jack does not see it like this. “For me a fight’s a fight, and I put the same amount of pressure on myself whether it’s a big show like Cage Warriors or is a smaller show.”
His opponent for December 8th is 5-1 Nathan Fletcher who trains out of NXT Generation MMA in Liverpool. Fletcher is ranked 8th in the UK and Ireland meaning, at least in terms of the rankings, Jack Eglin is the favorite going in though he pays little attention to this. “I don’t care about rankings, I think they’re cool but they don’t mean anything when you step in there so I don’t really follow them.”
Elgin is comfortable in all areas of the fight and shows confidence when striking. His opponent used a more grappling based game to win his semi-final match up though Jack believes the fight will be more focused on all aspects of MMA. “I see the fight playing out as a technical battle in all areas and I think it’s going to come down to who’s better in all areas and I think that’s me.”
Though this bout is taking place at 135 pounds, Eglin also had a run at 125 pounds and is ranked there as the 5th best amateur in the UK and Ireland, though he doesn’t think he will return to that weight. “I’m staying at 135 now… I couldn’t make flyweight anymore it’s too much of a cut to get down.”
One opponent Eglin faced on his run at flyweight was Ciaran Mulholland who is fighting in the flyweight final on the same night. Mulholland submitted Eglin via armbar in the first round and Eglin has said he would “definitely” fight him again but it would have to be at bantamweight.
For now, Eglin is focused only on December 8th and expects the fight to be a good one. “People should look out for exciting exchanges and my hands to land on his chin.”
Jack Eglin is a confident fighter and with a talented opponent across from him in the finals, it is sure to be a good, closely contested affair. Despite this Elgin is very sure he will win and promises to “put on a clinic”.
“People should remember my name. I’m going to be a world champion.”
For more previews and profiles in the build-up to the Grand Prix finals and the incredible Cage Warriors 100 card on December 8th, stay tuned to Cage Warriors across all platforms.
All words by Kyle Dimond.