No retreat, no surrender for cage fighters
IT HAS been over a year since either Kaela Banney or Ryan Lambert stepped into the mixed martial arts cage, so both Gladstone fighters are chomping at the bit to do so in the Carnage in the Cage event in Mackay tomorrow night.
The Gladstone Martial Arts Academy duo have both had Muay Thai bouts recently, to help prepare for their rendezvous with the cage.
Juggling a hectic training regime with her final year of school, Banney, only 17, will fight a woman well beyond her years in her first A Class level outing.
"I do feel very confident, but if you don't you have lost already," she said. "It is elbows for the first time which is exciting."
For Lambert, there is a lot on the line in his first outing in over 12 months.
The first ever Carnage in the Cage belts will be contested tomorrow night, and Lambert's is a co-headline fight, which could finish with a belt returning to the gym in Gladstone.
"There is one fight after mine but we are a co-main event," Lambert said.
"I have been training for 12 weeks but known about the fight for six."
While Banney is already very close to her fight weight, only needing to drop a couple of kilograms during this week, the slog has been much harder for Lambert, who has had a lot more weight to lose.
"I have dropped between eight and 10 kilos," Lambert said.