Steve “Diddy Kong” Aimable makes his 14th appearance in Cage Warriors on Saturday night, taking on the Italian Walter Cogliandro. Aimable was previously in the cage in June, where he showed his experience and class to overcome Cage Warriors debutant Edward Walls via unanimous decision.
We saw Aimable back to his best at Cage Warriors 118, where he showed his wrath against Tom Mearns to earn the ninth finish of his career. The win over Mearns was a long time coming after he faced a couple of controversial decisions from the judges previously.
Aimable was shocked, just like everyone else when the judges gave Perry-Andre Goodwin the victory at Cage Warriors 113. In his next fight, he lost via split decision to the now featherweight champion Jordan Vucenic, which was an extremely close call.
The three-fight losing streak hasn’t phased him though, and he’s bounced back with two wins recently. A win on Saturday will edge him closer to the featherweight title shot he’s worked so hard for. I had the pleasure of speaking with Aimable ahead of Cage Warriors 129.
The Interview – “He Is in for a Rough Night”
So, Steve, you’re heading into the 25th fight of your professional career, did you always expect to reach that number?
Steve Aimable – I honestly never thought I would have this many or even be good enough when I first started out. I just did it because I loved the sport and the feelings you get competing. Who knows how many I’ll have by the time I hang my gloves up.
Since your amateur days, you’ve been competing since 2009, how did you find an interest in MMA?
Steve Aimable – I started MMA when I was 21 without any background experience in any martial art. I basically just loved watching it on tv and when a local gym opened I just assumed as I liked watching it I might as well give it a go.
You’ve explored several promotions in the UK, has it ever been in your mind to fight abroad, or has the opportunity ever been there?
Steve Aimable – I have only fought once abroad for Cage Warriors and I loved the atmosphere. Since then the opportunity has not come around for any promotion. I would like to fight abroad again whether it’s for Cage Warriors or another promotion.
After a torrid three-fight losing streak at the end of 2019, early 2020. How did you pick yourself to get back out there and compete once more?
Steve Aimable – I feel and so do the majority of people that I only lost to Mads. The loss to Goodwin was laughable and the one to Jordan was razor close but I feel I done enough. I was putting too much pressure on myself in those fights. I love to compete and I’m very stubborn so just wanted to get back in there.
You bounced back with the first-round KO over Tom Mearns, how did that feel?
Steve Aimable – Apart from the broken forearm it felt great because I proved to myself that I’ve still got it.
What were your thoughts on your decision victory over Edward Walls in the previous trilogy?
Steve Aimable – It was a great technical performance, I showed my experience & maturity for a 24 fight pro. I wish I put some more work in to finish him.
What do you feel a win will do for you next week, is it your number one goal to be fighting for the featherweight title?
Steve Aimable – Another win has to put me next for a title shot. I feel I’m on a 4 fight win streak and apart from Mads no one has beaten me as such. They are scraping poor decision wins. I don’t feel I represented myself in the Mads fight with everything that happened and want to prove that. The title is not my no1 goal, my goal is to be the best I can be and have no regrets.
Finally, what are your thoughts on Walter Cogliandro, and do you have any predictions for the bout?
Steve Aimable – He has a good record but it means nothing. He is not on my level, he has fought once in almost 2 years and they were terrible fights, he is in for a rough night.
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