It’s been an incredible year for rising star Richard Herbert who, because of his success, could be mistaken for a veteran in MMA.
The 20-year-old has been crowned the Lightweight British MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) Interim Champion this year.
Months later he was officially crowned British Lightweight MMA champion following the ‘Supremacy Show’ in April.
Facing Lee Campbell, Herbert played a strategic game throughout the final fight and his superior Brazilian Jiu Jitsu skills helped him triumph in a fight lasting three, five-minute rounds, which ended in a unanimous judges’ decision.
“Everything went according to plan, I’m delighted with the win and to be a British champion,” the Scawsby fighter told the Free Press.
“You can only plan so far in advance because you never really know how the fight is going to pan out but I was pleased with my performance and really happy with the win.”
Clutching his Supremacy belt proudly, Herbert - a barman at Liberty Bar and Grill in Doncaster’s town centre - also won his latest fight at the Knuckleforce FC show in the North East last month.
Team-mate Dorian Baran was also victorious at the event.
Training with the Charles Martin Martial Arts Academy, Herbert is certainly one to watch on the growing circuit of MMA athletes. His mentor, Charles Martin, has been delighted with Herbert’s progress.
“Richard works very hard and trains as hard as anyone, he’s a pleasure to have around the place,” he said.
“He conducts himself in a very professional manner and that shows in his fights because he is very disciplined and thinks through his bouts with a professional attitude.”
Mixed Martial Arts is a full contact battle of skill, conditioning and fitness and can be witnessed at its best in the UFC - the global fight contest which has propelled MMA as one of the fastest growing sports in the world today.
Martin is also using the Academy, on Beckett Road in Wheatley, to give people more confidence and to help them stay active.
“It’s about promoting health and fitness for people of all ages as well as wellbeing. We’re proud of the fact that we’re doing it in the right way,” he said.
“We’ve helped kids who have been bullied to regain their self-esteem, they’ve got their confidence back through training with the Academy.
“The Academy strikes the perfect balance for training effective martial arts, demanding hard work from students and balancing this with absolute safety and responsibility at all times.”
The Academy hold various training sessions each week. For more, call 07584 426278 or visit www.charlesmartinmartialarts.co.uk.