(Video) Kiefer Crosbie Calls For A World Title Shot Following His War With Josh Plant At BAMMA 35
There was no shortage of MMA this past weekend but if you caught the co-main event at BAMMA 35 between Kiefer Crosbie and Josh Plant you would’ve watched one of the best fights of the weekend.
Crosbie and Plant put it all on the line in a one round war where both men gave as good as they got. Crosbie, bloodied with a deep cut next to his right eye, eventually got the finish at the three minutes 47-seconds mark, but it was breathless contest from start to finish.
The Irishman didn’t get an opportunity to speak with the press after the fight, but earlier today he reflected on the bout with MMANytt.com.
“I think I showed a different side of me,” Crosbie said. “Usually I’m very slick, very defensively switched. I don’t play it safe, but I’m very technical when I go into fights and I don’t really get hit that much.
“The other night I just felt like, you what? I just want a knock and I just went in there to fight. I just in the mood to bite down and have a knock in front of my people and do good for them in the co-main event.
“I knew a lot of people were watching so I just had that f*** mentality and I was just like, let’s go, you know what I mean? As soon as I hit him and he was still there, I was like, Ok, here we go, he’s still here then. I just had to fight and that’s what we did. We dug deep the both of us and we had a bit of a war.”
Watching cageside on Saturday, Crosbie’s teammates Conor McGregor, James Gallagher and Richard Kiely were all shouting instructions. With John Kavanagh, Lee Hammond and Cian Cowley also in his corner, the SBG Ireland man had no shortage of people by his side and he revealed how McGregor had been with him in back both before and after the fight giving him advice.
“Conor texted me earlier in the day and he came to the fight and he wanted to see me and support me,” Crosbie said. “He’s a good friend of mine and I’m very glad he did to. It was great to have him there. I was talking with him backstage as I loosened out and he came and stood with me and he watching me move round and warm up. He gave me some really good advice and stood with me until I walked out the ramp to walk out.
“He stood beside the cage and I could hear his voice and he was shouting in there to me. Underhooks, yeah actually I did here that. Some advice before was to stay calm. The jab wasn’t there, but you know, as I said I’m only 4-0 as professional so I’m still finding my feet and getting more comfortable in there. Give me a few more fights and I’ll be even more comfortable and more dangerous.”
Crosbie’s quickly put a run of three wins together in the BAMMA welterweight division and is now one of the main contenders for a BAMMA world title shot. He believes that a crack at the 170-pounds should be next for him and that his performances and support speak for itself.
“World title always man,” Crosbie said. “I’m a world champion in my mind and being a world champion is a mindset. I live like a world champion and I am a world champion so I want a shot at that belt 100-percent.
“At the end of the day, I just think we should let the fans decide who they want to see fight for the belt next. The champion Terry Brazier is talking about moving down to lightweight and all that, but I think that’s nonsense. If you’re going to move down then move down. I think it’s a bit of a waste of time and I think it will be a big struggle for very little reward.
“Who made the biggest money the other night? Who has the biggest numbers? Who has the biggest following in Irish MMA, He keeps chatting about he wants a serious challenger? You’re talking to him right now. Make it in Dublin and talk about a mental event. That’s the mental event.”
Listen to the full interview with Kiefer here: