Welsh sensation Jack ‘The Hammer’ Marshman, has taken the UFC by storm in the last six months- setting Belfast alight with a fight of the night performance in November, and opening the doors to a Welsh invasion of the UFC. So how did this small town paratrooper become one of the biggest prospects in the world of MMA? And how does he stack up against the best fighters in UFC’s middleweight division?
Former Cage warriors champion Jack Marshman (21-5) will return to the the octagon on Sunday night, in what will be his second appearance for the UFC. The heavy handed middleweight from Abertillery will square off against Brazil’s Thiago Santos at UFC Halifax, in what is set to be a brutal encounter.
The proud Welshman made a stunning debut back in November at UFC Belfast, defeating heavily favoured Swede, Magnus Cedenblad by second round TKO. It was a tense affair that saw Marshman pinned to the canvas for most of the first round- unable to get back to his feet and eating hard elbows from the larger Cedenblad- it seemed the fight was already slipping away from the Tillery Combat fighter.
Marshman however had other ideas, proving just how resilient he is, and why he should never be written off. After finding his feet in the second he began slipping shots from the taller Swede, and landing a series of devastating combinations that rendered Cedenblad unconscious. This is the reason they call him the Hammer, and this is the reason everyone is talking about Jack Marshman.
So how does Marshman compare to other fighters at the top of the 185 Ibs division? former WBA Light Welterweight World Champion Gavin Rees believes Marshman has the ability to go all the way to the top of the UFC. In a recent interview Rees said, “He’s 100 percent. He’s here every day and never misses a session. That’s what you need.”
It’s no surprise then with such a strong work ethic, and exciting style of fighting that Marshman has received a number of high profile call outs recently. Most notably from American stand out Sam Alvey, and fellow Welshman John Phillips, who are both looking for a shot at the 28 year old. Though with tough Brazilian Thiago Santos up next on Sunday, both men will have to wait their turn.
When speaking of his latest opponent, Marshman said, “He’s another step up, but a step up I still think I can beat again.” The pair meet in a Middleweight clash, at UFC Halifax on Sunday 19th of February.
By Lewis Smith.