#UFCLondon Jack Shore: The British InvasionTweet
Coming from one of the best leagues in the MMA regional scene, the Whales’ Jack Shore is taking the UFC’s bantamweight division by storm. The prospect entered the promotion from Cage Warriors at 11-0 and won his debut via rear naked choke. Now Shore makes his second trip to the octagon against Geraldo de Freitas, the Brazilian brawler who is known for his tough fights and exciting style. UFC London is still on the table with the coronavirus outbreak so we interviewed Jack Shore and talked to him about his start in mixed martial arts, his upcoming fight and more!
Shore has been involved in martial arts for a long time. His father was a gym owner and he has been involved pretty much his whole life. He is bread for the UFC and his quick rise there shows it.
“I started off in kickboxing at age 6 as a hobby,” says Shore. “My father opened his own gym, Tillery Combat, then when I was 12 and I’ve never looked back.” Shore continues to be a teacher there, teaching jiu jitsu for the gym.
Here is an awesome documentary on Cage Warriors’ YouTube page about Jack Shore called “Jack Shore’s on Fire.”
His fight with de Freitas is one of the better matchmaking examples on UFC London’s card. The two fighters have a bunch of experience and always goes out to fight a real fight. His preparation for Geraldo de Feritas will have to incorporate de Freitas’ x-factor of being able to make something happen at any time.
“He’s a bit wild of a fighter,” says Jack Shore. He continues, “Preparation has been great! My training hasn’t varied to much other than using sparring partners that emulate his style. The vets Kris Edwards, Josh Reed and Brett Johns have been fantastic in giving me similar looks to Geraldo in sparring, so I’m more than ready for the wildness he brings!”
Those are some fantastic names to have in your back pocket as training partners. Edwards is a long time Cage Warriors veteran who is no stranger to a tough fight. Josh Reed is on his way to the UFC and Brett Johns is already there.
Shore knows the work isn’t finished yet. He knows that just because he’s made it to the UFC doesn’t mean his work is done. He believes that his team at Shore MMA is the best place in his country to train, period.
“[I’m] just making sure I’m constantly training and improving. I honestly believe that SMMA is the best gym in UK and has been he best stable of fighters. Being around my coaches and teammates day in day out means there’s no way that I can’t keep improving.”
Jack Shore: Remembering His Roots
As mentioned earlier, Cage Warriors is where Shore cut his teeth on the regional scene. Having such talent come out of there, like Michael Bisping and Conor McGregor, Cage Warriors puts out some of the best talent to the UFC. It’s a great place for young fighters to fight some actual talent and make there way through a tough roster of fighters. Jack Shore knows where he comes from and knows the fortune he’s had fighting in such a promotion.
“Cage Warriors is undoubtably the best promotion in Europe and arguably further afield outside of the UFC. Anyone from Europe who’s serious about getting to the UFC needs to be fighting under their banner!”
As for Shore’s first fight inside the octagon, he’s happy with his rear naked choke in round three. But Shore feels like there’s so much he still has to show for the fans. “Without a doubt, my debut was a great performance however there’s still a lot more that I didn’t get to show that night.”
As for the future, Shore looks to be known as amongst the elites in the UFC’s bantamweight division this time next year. “If all goes to plan, still undefeated and pushing for a place in the top 10 or 15!”
Predicting UFC 249
UFC 249 is all anyone can think about at this point in time. With the main event being between Khabib Nurmagomedov, the undefeated champion, and Tony Ferguson on a 12 fight win streak, the whole world is anxiously waiting, hoping the fight isn’t canceled for a fifth time. Shore weighed in on the fight and gave his insight!
“I’m a huge fan of both these guys and have been waiting a long time for the fight to finally happen! It’ll be chaos and violent from start to finish but I’m going with a Khabib decision!”
Jack Shore is sure to make waves in the bantamweight division. As he rises up, we will cover him and the sport, seeing how his career progresses. Be sure to follow Jack Shore on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook to follow his fight journey through the UFC’s stacked bantamweight division!