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Cheesecake Fanatic, MMA Star and Dedicated Coach – That’s Right Danny ‘The Cheesecake Assassin’ Mitchell Is On Fight Life TV!
Danny ‘The Cheesecake Assassin’ Mitchell joins Fight Life TV for another epic segment in the Behind The Fighter series.
“I don’t think I could have a real job, 9 while 5. Nah this is what I was born to do. I was born to fight.”
Fight Life TV has another electrifying segment in the Behind The Fighter series as Danny ‘The Cheesecake Assassin’ Mitchell gives us an insight into his MMA career. In the documentary, Danny opens up about the loss of his father at the pinnacle moment of his career, his enthusiasm for fighting and his dedication to coaching others.
Since his teenage years, Danny has been interested in MMA. He was constantly going to the gym and sparring with his friends at school. He loved it so much that he decided to turn his passion into a career.
Although he didn’t have a permanent coach he used his determination to train himself. An invaluable decision as Danny would later take his knowledge to train others, drawing on his experience inside the cage.
While he enjoys coaching he does admit that it has affected his fighting career. Splitting his time between training and coaching absorbed his time, time he could have used to train himself. Although he knows this Danny still continues to train and push his fighters but he also focuses more on himself, especially when he has an upcoming fight.
“Yeah it’s all about being selfish and giving me the time to train, like go to fight camp and train properly. I want to do myself justice and give it a 100%.”
Even though this means he has to leave for weeks at a time, Danny has a lot of support from his family, his missuses and his two-year-old son who already goes to the gym with his dad. Without their support, he wouldn’t be the fighter that he is today.
Even as a child Danny had unrelenting support from his family, especially his dad who took him to all of his training sessions. His Dad’s support encouraged and motivated him to be a great fighter so much so that by the age of 21 he had reached pro status.
His determination didn’t stop there, after just three fights at pro level Danny won the Nationwide Championship and by 2010 he was an undefeated champion having racked an impressive 8-0-0 fight record.
However, 2010 ended his winning streak as he lost his first fight something which he admits was due to his over confidence.
Now the pressure to win was off, training was excelled and Danny was eager to enter bigger fights and prove his fighting ability. So much so he volunteered to face Gunnar Nelson, a fight that many others had declined.
Determined to win, Danny vigorously trained. He spent 12 weeks at fight camp, pushing his limits and training like he never had before. However, to his devastation, he was defeated in the first round via rear-naked choke.
“Everybody they asked turned down that fight and I was like nobody has asked me. So I got the fight and trained really hard and I was devastated when I lost. I think out of every fight I’ve lost I could avenge myself except for him. He’s my kryptonite.”
Once again Danny came back from the loss and continued to fight all over Europe and the UK. He is an undefeated champion in the majority of European countries including Sweden, the country where he landed his UFC contract.
Danny was just in the right place at the right time. His confidence and execution during his fight caught the eye of a prominent figure in the fighting community, Monty Cox. After exchanging details Danny was soon contacted and given a UFC contract.
This was his big break however it came at a difficult time. His father had just been diagnosed with cancer and as his UFC debut approached his father’s condition began to deteriorate.
To Danny’s relief his father did manage to attend his UFC fight in London but sadly Danny’s father passed not long after his UFC debut.
While the UFC was calling Danny was in the midst of grieving and supporting his mother meaning his training took a back burner. Instead of attending fight camp Danny attempted to train himself. This was not enough and he lost his second UFC fight and was ultimately dropped by UFC.
Yet the Cheesecake Assassin wasn’t defeated. He got back up and focused on fighting, training and coaching. He is working tirelessly to become the fighter that didn’t back down. He wants to be remembered as the fighter who would enter the cage with anyone, regardless of their reputation or fight record.
As for the future, Danny see’s another five to six years of him being a fighter. After that, he plans on coaching full time and gets his fighters even further than himself.
“I’d say I’ve got another five years of good fighting in me then I’ll get fat and laugh. I might keep fighting, maybe once a year but at heavy weight.”
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