FOR a man undefeated in a new sport - with pundits already hailing him as one of the best in his field - it would be easy for Mike Grundy to get carried away.
Last weekend at Wolverhampton, the Wiganer took to the octagon for his third fight under the British Association of Mixed martial Arts banner, and emerged moments later with his third win.
But with three more fights on his current BAMMA deal, Grundy has a very clear idea of how he wants to achieve success.
“It’s about sticking to the plan,” Grundy, who celebrates his 28th birthday on Sunday said.
“I need to get these fights out of the way and then we can start looking at fighting for the belt - I’m training with the best lads in the country and I have the best coach.”
Grundy’s last opponent, Mamadou Gueye of France, submitted to the wrestling champion in the first round, just like the others before him.
As well as failing to take Grundy past round one, like the rest of his opponents, Gueye was undone by a submission move called the D’arce choke, an intricate manoeuvre where a fighter locks his opponents head and arm.
And despite getting the job done in the BAMMA 18 fight quickly, Grundy, well spoken and modest, admitted it wasn’t as straightforward as some would think.
“He was making it hard for me,” he said in a nod to Gueye, before setting the record straight on how his wrestling experience, including picking up a bronze for England in last year’s Commonwealth Games, has helped him in his new venture.
“I have wrestling experience but this is MMA not wrestling.
“We have striking and submissions involved and I suppose I have picked it up pretty quick.”
Grundy admits to relying on his wrestling experience, a discipline which is rarely seen used extensively in MMA.
But as his finishing move shows, he has had to adapt the skills he has spent years perfecting quickly, having only made his BAMMA debut in September last year.
“It’s always wrestling,” he said about his strategy.
“Then look for the pin and submit him. A lot of people have been saying that my pedigree is unusual in the UK and not many people can deal with it at the moment.”
Grundy is now looking to the next installment of BAMMA which takes place at Blackpool’s Winter Gardens on March 28.
A win would act as another klaxon to the MMA community that Grundy will challenge for the British Lonsdale belt.
Such a task wouldn’t daunt Grundy, who trains out of the Team Kaobon stable, despite other fighters being more experienced in mixed martial arts.
“Whoever I go against I’d be confident I can win,” he said. “BAMMA in my eyes is one of the best in Europe and to get the belt would mean a lot to me.”
Grundy is still looking for sponsorship. Any potential sponsors should contact him on 07871 887 813.