Sports Therapy Scotland is delighted to Sponsor Paul McVeigh, MMA Bantamweight world champion and contestant for The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) trials in New Jersey.
He is in the States at the moment for The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) trials. Below is the report from The Herald Scotland, written by Stef Lach 15/03/2011 TWO of Scotland’s top mixed martial artists will travel to New Jersey to try out for a place on the cast of the UFC’s reality TV show, The Ultimate Fighter.
Paul McVeigh and Graham Turner, both of the Dinky Ninja Fight Team, will fly out to Newark, NJ, for an open casting call in front of UFC president Dana White on Monday, March 21. Season 14 of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) will give 16 bantamweight and featherweight hopefuls the chance to live and train at a purpose-built facility in Las Vegas, Nevada, and fight their way to a six-figure contract with the UFC.
Just making it onto the reality show cast is enough to guarantee contestants at least one fight in the UFC, usually on the TUF season finale broadcast live on Sky Sports. Some feel an impressive record of 19 wins and six losses in his 10-year career, and his status as one of the top bantamweights in Europe, should exempt him from having to go down the TUF route at all.
‘I’m just doing what I can do for myself and if they feel that I’m worth putting on TV, then I’ll be really happy about it.’
McVeigh, born in Northern Ireland but based in Glasgow throughout his MMA career, stands a better chance than most of making it into the TUF house. As well as his incredible arsenal of submission skills, he also possesses a self-effacing sense of humour that wins him fans wherever he fights. ‘I think I’m a lot more funny over the Internet, I’m not sure if it carries over as well in real life but we’ll see what happens,’ he said.
‘At the tryouts they are very injury conscious because you get a bunch of hopped-up, aggressive types going along. I think they just give you a few minutes of grappling to assess you and to weed out guys who don’t have the necessary skills. They are looking for you to be more than just an exciting fighter because we’re bantamweights, you know, and we’re all technically really good at that size. I hope my ability to pull off weird submissions and my ridiculous banter might serve me well.’
Turner, 23 and with a 17-6 record, added: ‘It’s going to be a great experience whatever happens, even just to see the level of fighters out there. “I’m over the moon to be getting this opportunity.’ Stef Lach , Herald Scotland 15/03/2011 News of how the guys got on to follow soon.