Fight Academy Ireland

James Hughes

Weight Division: Super Lightweight

  • Cage Conflict Amateur Champion

James Hughes

  1. What inspired you to pursue a career in mixed martial arts and join Fight Academy Ireland?

Always had an interest in fighting watching it as a fan boxing/MMA and was thinking about starting for a long time then finally started 1-1 sessions with Kyle McClurkin and he brought me on so much which gave me the confidence to join FAI and haven’t looked back since.

  1. How has training at Fight Academy Ireland helped shape you as a fighter and contributed to your growth in the sport?

It transformed me as a fighter. The level of coaching is unmatched and the amount of high-level fighters is crazy. Being in that environment every day and getting the rounds with the lads has made me grow in the sport.

  1. Who are your role models or sources of inspiration in the world of MMA?

McGregors come up was my first inspiration like a lot of young fighters but now I look at the fighters in FAI who came before me and their success is a big inspiration to me.

  1. What is the most challenging aspect of being a professional fighter, and how do you overcome those challenges?

One of my biggest challenges is staying disciplined to the dieting I love my grub to much lol but with every fight camp the diet gets easier learning more about your own body every time.

  1. How do you balance your training schedule with other aspects of your life, such as work or family?

When I first started, I was working every day to 5pm then straight up to the gym. I left my job around a year ago to train full time. This allowed me to get a lot more training in plus have more times for family.

  1. Are there any rituals or superstitions you follow before a fight?


  2. How do you stay motivated and driven during tough times or setbacks in your career?

In my short career so far, I’ve had a few setbacks with injuries, but I always work around them I think the key to staying motivated is continuing to train around it. Because once the injury is fully healed you’ve stayed in shape, so it shortens the amount of time being out.

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