June 1st, 2013 – One Paul “Redser” Redmond beats Marc Allen in the second round, by way of a toe-hold. This was not just Redmond’s fifth consecutive victory for the Cage Warriors promotion, but his fifth consecutive finish inside the distance. “Redser” was aboard an express train towards a shot at the Cage Warriors lightweight strap, formerly owned by Conor McGregor, now held by Ivan Buchinger.
Fast forward to New Year’s Eve 2013, and Redmond’s train was momentarily derailed, being submitted inside two rounds against arguably the toughest opponent of his career, Mateusz Teodorczuk (11-2). It would be Redmond’s first defeat since March of 2012, and one in which he is fully aware of where he went wrong.
“I was just trying to push the finish too quick rather than just let it flow like I normally do,” explained the 27 year old. “I pride myself in not biting down on the gum shield and coming out swinging but my god did I come out and try to take his head off in the second round and it’s something I never do, I never get careless. When I found myself underneath him, I just paused for a split second, and that level you just cannot pause.”
For many fighters, the last fight, especially one that was a defeat, would greatly influence how they approached training going into their next fight. “Should I change this? Maybe if I trained more on this aspect and put that on the back burner for a while..?”. This is most certainly not the case for Paul Redmond and the ethos at Team Ryano.
“[Training’s] going great,” he proclaimed. “The last fight was one of them stupid losses I just wanted to get out of my head. Literally the next day on New Year’s Day I had a big feed that day and straight back into the gym on the Thursday. I just wanted to get back training again. I had no injuries coming out of that fight, it was more my pride than anything.
“I wouldn’t change a thing. I don’t think there’s a need to change a thing.”
This mantra is one shared between both Team Ryano and SBG Ireland, one where the training is focused on the fighter, and not their opponent. With both teams spearheading the MMA revolution in Ireland, Redmond remarked on how far it’s all come inside just two years.
“With Conor [McGregor] where he is, and other guys doing well for themselves; Chris Fields won a world title, Cathal Pendred won a world title. The Irish lads aren’t just there to make up the numbers,” said an emphatic Redmond. “There are good fighters here. They’re all knocking on the UFC – Cathal [Pendred], Chris [Fields], Ais Daly. With Conor in, it’s already bringing a big spotlight on us.”
The spotlight has been quite focused on Team Ryano as of late it must be said, and for all positive reasons. First off, they recently opened up a new facility in Finglas, which is being run by Neil Seery and John Donnelly. Redmond is clearly excited by the idea of both Andy Ryan and John Kavanagh being more or less forced into expanding due to demand.
“We were just talking about this tonight actually,” Redmond went on. “We usually have the boxing class on a Tuesday. You could not move on the mat. Just new faces, new bodies. Everyone down. Really good. For John Kavanagh to HAVE TO open up a super-gym (SBG Concorde), that’s great news for guys. He needs a gym to accommodate people coming in so obviously the numbers are there and Andy’s opening up a second gym in Finglas.”
Redmond went on to remark on the positive vibes inside the Team Ryano walls, describing the atmosphere and pointing out some of the recent successes not just in MMA.
“The atmosphere down here is great. Even the lads not training for fights. Everyone gets a bit of stick. It’s great, just a good atmosphere and everybody’s doing really well for themselves. Neil won the world title, Karl Roache won the gold medal in the Absolute Brown Belt (Brazilian jiu-jitsu) in Portugal and got a gold medal in the Euros as well. There’s people winning all over the place.”
Adding to that, Team Ryano recently added another Redmond to their ranks, John Redmond, who opted to leave Paul Cowzer’s team at Rush Fight Academy to focus more on advancing his own fight career.
“John’s always trained. Paul Cowzer’s always been affiliated with Andy,” Redmond explained. “John has always been more than welcome to come up if he has a fight coming up, it benefits everybody from sparring with each other.
“I don’t know the reasoning behind it, I was talking to him there earlier. There’s no animosity there. Andy’s a black belt though, and you just can’t get that level of training elsewhere. It’s just one of them things.”
It’s fair to say that Paul Redmond would rather speak about his training partners and their achievements rather than his own, but Redmond’s is a name that has been mentioned in passing as one that might be involved should the UFC return in September. “Redser” doesn’t see it that way though.
“I don’t think that far ahead. I wouldn’t put myself in that category, not yet. Of course if you put me in there I’d fight any of them, no problem, but I just don’t think I’m on the UFC’s radar the way that Neil [Seery] is or Cathal is. Cathal’s after beating Che Mills. Neil’s after dropping down to flyweight and run through four of his last five opponents. He lost to your man Sitenkov, but he just comes for the kneebar, and if he doesn’t get it he packs up after the first round but fair play, he got it. Then Neil stopped Marin with a kick to the liver, nobody had stopped him and nobody has since you know? Even if the UFC came there’s names ahead of me so far.
“I’d like to win the Cage Warriors lightweight title first. I’d like to get around two more wins and get a crack at that.”
The journey continues in less than two weeks at Cage Warriors 65 in Dublin, when Redmond takes on Damien Brown.
Team Ryano’s newest facility is located on the Jamestown Road Business Park in Finglas. For all times and classes check out their Facebook page at Team RYANO Finglas.
Photo Credit – Dolly Crew / Cage Warriors