Madars Fleminas: I promise Fight of the Night at Caged Steel 20!
Bateman MMA standout Madars Fleminas put an emphatic finish on an already successful 2017 when he was victorious in his professional debut at Caged Steel 19 inside the Doncaster Dome.
Although it wasn’t the hard-fought victory he had wanted, “The Latvian Express” was happy to get off the mark in familiar territory on Yorkshire’s top MMA show.
“I like Caged Steel, I started my win streak there, so it was nice make my pro debut there. I know Doncaster loves me and it’s close for my fans, friends and family to travel there as well.”
He picked up other accolades off the back of the victory, including a Latvian athlete of the year vote, and it sets him in good stead to continue building his name in 2018. Owning a 10-fight win streak with 9 finishes, he’s a highly touted prospect in the pro ranks and gets a stern test which brings a lot of anticipation for Caged Steel 20 on March 17th.
He will meet Rochdale-based athlete Lukasz Pilch of Full Contact Performance Centre, and Pilch brings a 2-1 pro record to the cage, as well as an outstanding amateur resume. This is exactly the kind of test Fleminas wanted.
“I love to fight because it’s that feeling when you don’t know what’s going to happen,” he said of opting for a tough opponent at Caged Steel 20. “When you’re scared and at the same time feel confident.”
“It’s defintely a test for me,” he continued. “Heavy handed guy, small gloves. I did not get hit in my last 10 fights, and there will be guy who can put you to sleep with one shot.
“Just one thing, I did not get hit for a reason. The question is, can he can land some power shot on me? Or can I take the hard punches and keep moving forward? I know the answers, but you will find out on the 17th of March.”
With Pilch a champion amateur like Fleminas, both guys entered professional MMA with big expectations. So far they have done well, but this bout could determine who goes on to the next level.
“The Latvian Express” doesn’t want to make predictions for the fight against so tough an adversary, but he knows it has all the makings of an epic battle on the night – exactly the kind of fight he wants for himself and the fans.
“I promise fight of the night for sure,” he said.
Fleminas has big plans for 2018 as he aims for 4 fights and a 5-0 record by the end of the year, but he says he couldn’t do it without his long time coach and friend, James Bateman.
“There would not be a Latvian Express if it wasn’t for my coach James Bateman. He put a lot of work in to me, and we both just keep working. There is ups and downs but we just keep moving, there is a lot more to come!”