Teddy Stringer is one of the most promising Mixed Martial Arts talents in the UK – with an illustrious amateur career which has seen him win titles in both the UK Fighting Championship and Almighty Fighting Championship.
Now, the Chesterfield-born fighter makes his highly anticipated professional debut at Cage Warriors 155 in San Diego on Friday, June 2.
‘Super Ted’ grew up in Wingerworth, near Chesterfield, and said he has supportive friends and family always backing him.
Stringer achieved high grades in a variety of subjects throughout his school years and A-levels, so what made him strive for a career in combat sports?
He said: “I actively searched for adversity and a huge challenge as it was something I was missing in my life, MMA was the perfect fit.
“I have completely fallen in love with the sport which is why I dedicate my life to it daily.”
Stringer’s amateur career is stacked with entertaining bouts and highlights. With a record of 15-8, he has all the experience needed to succeed in the professional game.
Capturing title wins in two different organisations, UK Fighting Championship and Almighty, Stringer knows how to deal with the pressure and responsibilities that success brings.
Stringer has defeated eight opponents inside the first round of action, including his Lightweight title victory in the Almighty Fighting Championship over Jack Dunleavy – who was undefeated prior to the bout.
The commentator roared: “Teddy Stringer is your new Almighty Lightweight Amateur Champion, what a great performance against a game and tough opponent in Damon Donald.”
Stringer stated: “There is no better feeling then getting your hand raised after a victory, especially in a championship fight against tough opposition.”
As well as these title victories, Stringer has another great accolade under his belt as he represented England at the MMA European Championship in 2022. He made it to the semi-finals by defeating challenging opposition from Bulgaria and Germany.
However, he broke his knuckle in the quarter-final which caused him problems for the rest of the tournament.
Despite losing out to Ramazan Gitinov, Iran’s number one lightweight contender, Stringer showed his toughness and determination to take the fight to the distance with an injury many other fighters would have pulled out with.
Stringer will be the strong favourite for his debut against the American Bryant Shell, but Stringer hasn’t take any shortcuts in his training camp.
He said: “I always give 100% into my camps, but I feel as training for this fight has levelled up even more as I know the importance of making a statement to the world.”
With the fight being shown on the UFC fight pass, there will be thousands of eyes on Stringer ready to see what he is capable of.
UFC stars such as Rose Namajunas and the Light-Heavy Weight Champion Jamiah Hall will be in attendance for the event, with Stringer eager to make a positive impression to the whole MMA community.