Friday, March 30, 2007


By Mick Hammond

Kevin “Bad Boy” English is just one of those types of fighters that people love to root for.

He’s a hard working, determined fighter, who has taken on the sport as his full-time job. More importantly, he’s a dedicated family man just trying to earn a living, keep food on the table, clothes on the backs and a roof over his family’s heads.

After years of fighting on small, local shows, with occasional trips to other states, English will be getting the biggest opportunity of his career as he steps up into an IFL superfight on their April 7th card in Moline, Illinois. There he will face MMA veteran standout Jeff “The Frog” Curran.

“The opportunity itself is outstanding,” exclaimed Kevin of his chance to headline an IFL show. “This is what I’ve been working for, a big fight with a good payday, with a big headline to help me move along in MMA.”

Moving along, continuing to work hard towards bettering himself as a fighter is something that English has been doing for quite a while. Even though he comes from a high pedigree background, he knows that to succeed in MMA, he has to become a complete fighter and he pushes himself constantly to do so.

“I started as a wrestler, just wrestling, and I actually trained with the US Olympic program in Northern Michigan when I was around 19,” said Kevin. “It was a Greco Roman program geared towards young athletes that were geared towards making the Olympics. I left there and ended up coming home, coaching, [and] doing a little bit of MMA just for fun.”

English continued, “So I started as a wrestler and evolved into a more well-rounded fighter, doing Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu [as well].”

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