Mike Grundy returns to action on March 19th at UFC London across Makwan Amirkhani with his back against the wall.
In 2019, Grundy had a successful promotional debut defeating Nad Naramani via TKO in the second round. Unfortunately, the following two years were tough. With only one fight each year, he found himself on the wrong side of the scorecards twice.
Reflecting on his most recent bout where he lost via split decision to Lando Vannata, Grundy told The AllStar, ” I’ve watched it back. I took a lot away from that fight…I could have boxed him more, I could have followed up my shots a little bit more.”
In a must-win situation, the Team Kaobon representative has made adjustments in his camp to provide him with a greater likelihood of success. In the past, he was spending nearly four hours or more per day in the car to get to and from his training sessions. For this camp, he has moved closer to the gym.
“I got an apartment and I live right near the gym [in Liverpool],” Grundy revealed. It’s much better.”
With the stakes so high, Grundy was able to secure more one on one pad time with his coach Colin Heron. Grundy explained, “I’ve had the chance to do a lot more pads with Colin this time. Whereas, I didn’t get that chance other times. I think he’s developed my game over this camp. That one-to-one attention from someone like Colin who’s the best in the business in my eyes, is valuable. Very valuable.”
He knows his opponent is also on a losing skid and is likely fighting for his place on the UFC roster. Reflecting on Amirkhani, Grundy noted the inconsistency.
“Sometimes Makwan shows up with great skills,” Grundy said. “It depends which Makwan shows up.
“He gets tired and with my pressure, I think it’s going to be a tough night for him.”
With the move closer to the gym, and more attention from his coach Grundy is carrying new confidence into this fight.
“I don’t feel it’s going to go all three rounds,” Grundy said. “I’m confident I’m going to finish him in the first two.
“I’m there to put on a show. I’m there to make a statement.”
Mike Grundy is a 35 year old male fighter from England with 12 pro wins and 3 losses. Grundy is scheduled to fight Makwan Amirkhani at UFC Fight Night: Volkov vs. Aspinall on Saturday March 19, 2022.
Mike Grundy’s recent form coming into this matchup
Mike Grundy has gone 3-2 in the last 5 professional MMA fights.
- Loss vs Lando Vannata • Decision R3 5:00 • 2021-05-15
- Loss vs Movsar Evloev • Decision R3 5:00 • 2020-07-25
- Win vs Nad Narimani • KO/TKO R2 4:42 • 2019-03-16
- Win vs Fernando Bruno • Decision R3 5:00 • 2017-11-04
- Win vs Michael Tobin • Submission R3 4:38 • 2017-07-22
Mike Grundy’s next opponent: Makwan “Mr. Finland” Amirkhani
Makwan “Mr. Finland” Amirkhani’s recent form coming into this matchup
Makwan “Mr. Finland” Amirkhani is a 33 year old male fighter from Finland with 16 pro wins and 7 losses. Amirkhani is scheduled to fight Mike Grundy at UFC Fight Night: Volkov vs. Aspinall on Saturday March 19, 2022.
Makwan Amirkhani has gone 1-4 in the last 5 professional MMA fights.
- Loss vs Lerone Murphy • KO/TKO R2 0:14 • 2021-10-30
- Loss vs Kamuela Kirk • Decision R3 5:00 • 2021-06-05
- Loss vs Edson Barboza • Decision R3 5:00 • 2020-10-10
- Win vs Danny Henry • Submission R1 3:15 • 2020-07-11
- Loss vs Shane Burgos • KO/TKO R3 4:32 • 2019-11-02
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