Born and raised in Leicester, England; in 2000 James decided to take the next crucial move in further developing his MMA career by travelling and settling down in Orange Country, California. His first professional fight took place in October 2003; with his big break commencing a little later on the 20th of June 2009 when he beat his opponent DaMarques Johnson by means of Spike TV’s regular series, ‘The Ultimate Fighter’.
How has life changed for you since winning Season 9 of ‘The Ultimate Fighter’?
Winning the show allowed me to open up my own gym, Lightning MMA in Orange County which is great as I really enjoy passing my knowledge onto others.
How did your journey to MMA fighting begin?
My Dad, Gary, got me into Karate at the age of 8. From there I got into Taekwondo, Japanese Jujitsu, Kickboxing, Jeet Kune Do and finally into MMA. It was really just an evolution of seeking out the most realistic Martial Arts out there combined with my competitive nature.
It seems the gym is a fighter’s second home, what motivates you to get up in the morning and stick to such intense routines?
I really like improving both my mind and body. I want to become the best that I can be and the only way to do that is to be consistent.
Behind every fighter is a ring side team and coaches. To what extent do you feel these people aid in moulding a fighter?
These play a huge role. Day to day training, fight strategy and cornering are all big factors in a fight. I think having the right training partners is also key.
What aspect of being a fighter do you least enjoy?
I don’t like long lasting, persistent injuries. Some areas on my body have been hurting for years.
How does it feel to have your own character in the UFC 2010 game?
It is cool but every time I play against my wife, Alicia or her son, Joseph they beat me so I am constantly seeing myself getting knocked out. I am not sure if that is good for me mentally. Just kidding!
How competitive of a person are you?
I am very competitive. I think anyone who fights must be pretty competitive. Why else would they risk getting kicked in the head?
In your opinion, what is the difference between being a great fighter in comparison to being just a good one?
I think it is a combination of things; natural talent, body type, coaches, training partners, training regime, diet and a positive mental attitude.
Who are your favourite MMA fighters?
AJ Matthews, Johnny Cisneros and Mark Vorgeas. These are guys I train with that most people haven’t heard of yet but I know how good they are, they keep improving and I am confident that they have what it takes to be in the big shows.
If you could chose any two fighters regardless of their weight division to fight. Who would you love to see?
Bruce Lee versus Fedor, with groin shots and eye jabs allowed.
As a fighter, what do you feel are your biggest assets?
I think I am well rounded, have a good chin and a strong submission defence.
What advice would you give to aspiring fighters looking to get into the industry?
Find a good gym with pro fighters and be consistent with training. It seems that the people who train consistently beat those with natural talent.
Neelam Atique – July ‘10
I have a feeling many of you will be searching for this song after seeing Mr.Nolan’s Inception.
Here you go 🙂
Edith Piaf – Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien
Neelam Atique – July ’10
My Rating: 5/5
Runtime: 148 Minutes
From the man that brought you The Dark Knight, The Prestige and Memento; all of which turned out to be cinematic gifts. Christopher Nolan now rewards us with another fragment of his mind; that is the sci-fi action thriller Inception. Taking him more than eight years to write, this film is the most ambitious and innovative idea Hollywood has presented to film lovers since The Matrix.
Do you really want to train your brain? I suggest leaving your Nintendo at home and purchasing a ticket to see what can only be described as an intellectually stimulating masterpiece. Inception has been the most anticipated film of the year and quite rightly so. Accept the hype everyone, this film does not fall short of entertaining.
The backbone of this visually mesmerising motion picture consists of; Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ellen Page, Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy, Ken Watanabe, Marion Cotillard, Dileep Rao and Michael Caine. All of whom do not fail in authentically delivering and converting this dream script into a reality for the viewer.
This movie is parallel to the complexity of a nearly impossible to solve puzzle and yet all the pieces fit perfectly together. The narrative keeps you speculating till the very end and forces you to burgle Nolan’s mind whilst he transports us via a voyage full of twist and turns, emotion and drama. He tells the story of Dom Cobb (DiCaprio), a talented thief who specialises in the priceless extraction of ideas buried deep within the subconscious of the mind which are most exposed whilst a subject is dreaming. However, his ability comes with its own price tag; as we later learn Cobb is a fugitive who has lost everything and anything that was once meaningful to him.
Not to worry though as this outstanding facility presents Cobb with a final opportunity to extend a metaphorical road in his life which is presently trapped at a dead end. He is proposed by Saito (Ken Watanabe) to undertake one last job, inception. Saito desires to outrival his most threatening competitor by performing the reverse of stealing an idea; he wishes Cobb to do the outrageous, plant one. The target? Robert Fischer (Cillian Murphy), a young man with an incredibly powerful business empire who in Saito’s opinion ought to be brought to a halt.
The assignment takes Cobb on a mind blowing journey which drowns in numerous successes as well as setbacks and risks for both him and his team. Does Cobb succeed? You will have to find out for yourself. One thing that is accomplished without a doubt is inception of the observer’s mind. You will be left with an idea that infiltrates deep into the cortex, encouraging you to question the sensation of reality.
I know one thing for sure; Nolan has extracted my mind and heart. In which case, what is in actuality the most resilient parasite? Christopher Nolan’s – Inception.
Neelam Atique – July ’10