With only a few weeks to go until Cage Warriors 100, the Cage Warriors Academy Grand Prix Finals are nearly upon us. One man competing in the finals is undefeated Welsh fighter Oban Elliott.
“This is a massive fight for me, European Grand Prix final in the Ice Arena Wales. I feel truly blessed with the opportunity to show what I can do in such a prestigious setting.”
He has a record of 6-0 and will fight at Cage Warriors 100 for the chance to turn pro with Cage Warriors and win the welterweight Grand Prix.
“This fight is huge but I treat every fight I go in to as if it’s my last so the preparation and the mindset going in will be exactly the same, I will be leaving no stone unturned in camp and will enter that cage ready for absolutely anything.”
Oban has made himself one to watch on the amateur scene by finishing all of his fights with strikes including one first-round head kick. Despite this ability to finish fights, Elliott does not rush in for his chances. “The finish has presented itself every time because I’m not in there to score points I’m in there to fight.”
His opponent in the finals at 170 pounds is Ivan Blanita. Blanita is an Irish fighter with a record of 5-1-1. He is the 11th ranked amateur fighter in the UK and Ireland at welterweight. Elliott on the other hand is the 3rd ranked 170 amateur though he pays little attention to this. “I go in with the mindset of being the underdog every fight. I keep myself grounded and I train with killers everyday so I’ll never go in feeling like “a favourite” as such.”
Though Elliott refuses to look past his opponents, he has been keeping an eye on Blanita since he won his semi-final match up back in September. “My focus was solely on my last fight but now he is next he will have my full attention. My coaches will game plan against him and I will be focusing on the best fighter I can be.”
“This will be an incredible test for me but it will also be an incredible test for him. However, if his chin holds up his mind won’t. I prepare to finish fights and I will finish this fight decisively”
Oban Elliott has made his intentions very clear. He aims to put on a clinic in every aspect of his next fight, finish his opponent and make a statement. “They will remember the name because they see a young man who goes in that cage and looks to finish every single time. At Cage Warriors 100 you will see my best performance to date. I’m just getting started.”
“When I win the Grand Prix I’ll look to rise through the professional ranks in either the welterweight or lightweight division and rocket myself to a title shot.”
For more from Oban Elliott, check out this interview with MMA UK.
— MMA UK 🇬🇧 (@WeAreMMAUK) September 29, 2018
The Cage Warriors Academy Grand Prix finals, including Oban Elliott vs Ivan Blanita, take place on December 8th at the Ice Arena in Cardiff, Wales.
All words by Kyle Dimond.