Caged Steel 25 is in the books, and now the Doncaster based promotion has no intention of slowing down. Dominic Gibbs and his team have put together an exceptional fight card for Caged Steel 26. Caged Steel 26 goes down from the well known Doncaster Dome on the 21st of August.
The fight card on the night consists of sixteen bouts thus far, from talented amateurs to experienced professionals making that walk to the orange canvas.
One man who competes on the night looks to start his professional career with a bang. Twenty-two-year-old Kai Holmes makes the leap from the amateur scene to the professional ranks after a (10-4) amateur career. I had the pleasure to catch up with the Holmes and fired him twenty random quick-fire questions ahead of his bout vs Brad Evans at Caged Steel 26.
20-Quick-Fire Questions with Kai Holmes
Which do you prefer, grappling or striking?
Kai Holmes – “Both, I like to mix it up.”
Favourite fighter of all time?
Kai Holmes – “GSP because he was good at mixing it all up, he could come out a different fighter each fight.”
If you could make a five-a-side fight team, which fighters would you chose?
Kai Holmes – “Me, my brother, Petr Yan, Alex Volkanovski, Zabit Magomedsharipov. Reason being same/ similar weight classes different styles good for preparation.”
What’s your favourite discipline within MMA?
Kai Holmes – “Wrestling.”
If you couldn’t be a fighter or train in combat. What sport would you play?
Kai Holmes – “I don’t follow other sports, but maybe Football.”
You can only choose one. Would you rather have a good referee or a good judge?
Kai Holmes – “Good judge.”
If you could change one fight result in the entire history of MMA, what would it be?
Kai Holmes – “Joanna Jedrezejczyk vs Weilli Zhang.”
If you had the power to change one rule in MMA, what would you choose?
Kai Holmes – “12-6 elbow.”
Do you agree with open scoring?
Kai Holmes – “Yeah, I agree.”
If you had the champions of one MMA era (any promotions) fight the champions of another, which two era’s would you choose?
Kai Holmes – “Pitbull vs Oliveira.”
What’s the number one food you crave when cutting weight?
Kai Holmes – “Pizza.”
Who is your dream opponent?
Kai Holmes – “Max Holloway.”
Worst injury from MMA that you’ve sustained?
Kai Holmes – “Torn patella.”
What’s your favourite combination/technique to drill?
Kai Holmes – “Dutch kickboxing drills or fireman carry wrestling freestyle drills.”
What’s the best moment of your career?
Kai Holmes – Winning a trilogy or Caged Steel title first time.”
Who’s had the most significant impact on your MMA journey?
Kai Holmes – “My coaches Luke and Terry.”
What would you rather, knockout, submission or fight of the night?
Kai Holmes – “Knockout.”
Favourite post-fight meal?
Kai Holmes – “Pizza.”
Do you have any pre-fight rituals?
Kai Holmes – “No just staying calm and focused.”
Most hated workout/drill in training?
Kai Holmes – “Bad position shark tank rounds and sprints.”
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