Morgan Lennon may be a name you aren’t familiar with, but he’s hoping to change that at Cage Warriors 142 on Saturday. The Newport-born fighter is making a return to MMA after a couple of years out in front of a home Welsh crowd.
He will feature on the amateur portion of card in what will be his biggest card to date.
Fighting at CW142
Lennon is currently 1-2 in MMA and is also an active jiu-jitsu competitor. His last fight came in March of 2020 when he was defeated at Raged UK 12.
Now he is ready for return and believes he is as motivated as ever. “Yes, being my first time fighting on a Cage Warriors card is exciting.
“I’m excited, not only as a competitor, but a teammate and a fan. A lot of the bouts are featuring my fellow teammates, so the spectacle will be all the more intriguing.”
The fight is scheduled to take place at light heavyweight, a weight above Lennon’s previous scraps.
Two Years Out of MMA
“It’s true, I haven’t fought since just before lockdown began. Being a few years removed could affect a lot of people. But, I have been training all the way through to help maintain my skills.
“I have been pursuing photography whilst outside of the cage as a hobby, which I really enjoy and will continue. Nature and combat sports are a beautiful thing, capturing both is quite some fun!”
On his desire to return to fighting, he stated, “I don’t know what I could say drives me other than the love for the sport. Throughout my life before BJJ and MMA, I had never competed in any other sports and wasn’t interested in any.
“As I found martial arts, it was almost like something clicked. It was something so difficult, yet I loved to do.”
Training with Shore Mixed Martial Arts
Since announcing his return, he has been working with the guys at Shore MMA, to ensure he is ready for a triumphant return.
“Training at SMMA has been a transformative experience for me as an individual. I get to see and train with highly skilled fighters and coaches.
“Every session is well structured and there is no room for lacking. It’s all or nothing, which is the kind of coaching and sparring that I need. To say it’s been a benefit to my game would be a gross understatement.”
Several of Lennon’s teammates are set to make the walk Saturday night also. Oban Elliot, Josh Reed, Steph Evans, Owain Williams will all feature on the professional card. Roan Crocker and Kane Darcy will also feature with the amateurs.
“In regard to having multiple teammates on the card, I much prefer the energy. We’re all training and peaking at the same time and working for a common goal, and being that a lot of the lads there are my size, it makes my life a lot easier to get these high level partners pushing me and ourselves for the same event.”
An Interesting Opponent
Morgan Lennon is set to take on Luke Havard, however, what is interesting about this opponent, is the lack of information on him.
“I had tried to find some stuff on the lad, alongside my coach but without the biggest online presence, it has proven a fruitless task. Aside from one Ultra MMA bout that I believe to be him.
“Apparently he is more of a boxer, but in all honesty I’m preparing for the best version of myself and I’m going to let my skills take lead of the dance. I’m not training for a specific style, just to control and finish.”
Now speaking about the fight itself, the Welshman said: “I have trained harder and smarter for this fight than any others previously.
“I see me dominating this man. Obviously I’m under no illusion that I’m going into a fight with another man who wants to do exactly what I want to do to him. But, I believe my grappling will be superior and will be the key to victory.
“Don’t get it twisted, I’m not going to make our time on the feet easy for him. You can expect a statement to be made and I do not want to go the distance, I am going to finish it.”
Does Morgan Lennon get the win in his return? Stay tuned for all the news from the event.