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 1: When did you start training as an MMA fighter?

I started training in Mixed Martial Arts in June 2013, but started training to fight in January 2014.


2: How long have you been training with Tom Blackledge? 

I started training with Tom in October 2015 2 mornings a week, but May 2016 i decided to train full time at Blackledge MMA.


3: What has been you most memorable fight to date?

My last fight against Ross Pope, I lost the fight, but to seeing how much I had improved since my first challenge inside the cage was encouraging for me as i could see i am heading in the right direction. I didn't see my loss as a negative, although no-one wants to lose, but looking at it in a positive light i could see how much i have improved and where i needed to improve.


4: What's a day in the life of Joe Kennedy like?

The day in the life for me is pretty similar Monday-Friday, up at 4.45am to work a 6am till 2.30pm shift, home and cook all my meals for the next day, walk the dog, then it's normally time to head up to the gym for training, complete the session and then it's straight home to bed for around 10.30... same again the following day, work-train-sleep!


5: What are your aspirations for your future in MMA?

My aspirations for my future in Mixed Martial Arts is to keep working hard every day for the next couple of years hoping to clock a good amateur record after my slow start. I take each step at a time, eventually when I turn professional I want to sustain a winning streak and believe in the guidance of Tom Blackledge, my destiny is all down to me and what effort i put in so let's just see how far I can go.


6: Who inspires you in the world of MMA and why?

I don't just have one specific fighter, but I like watching fighters who are very humble and not afraid to make mistakes. The fighters who start with nothing and end up achieving there dream is a journey I could watch and aspire to be like all day long, someone at the moment like Conor Mcgregor





Blackledge MMA
7a Tower Enterprise Park
Great George Street


07939 764663



Based in Wigan, Blackledge MMA is run by world renowned and very respected MMA Champion Tom Blackledge.

BMMA welcomes all levels of ability to our facilities. We are friendly professional Mixed Martial Artists with a wealth of experience and look forward to meeting and training with you, don't be shy, we don't bite. Come down and train with some of the best MMA fighters in the UK, healthy body, healthy mind!