Muhammad Mokaev in action at the IMMAF World Championships
MMA / 1 June 2020

Youngest in charge: Amateur champion Muhammad Mokaev eyeing UFC titles

Twenty-four hours after his phone call with the UFC’s head of talent relations, I sat down with the world champion to discuss his ambitions to become one of the promotion’s greatest ever fighters.

Hello!

I’m a sports journalist with a focus on long-form interviews and human interest stories, and have a keen interest in MMA and football.

My writing has featured in The Non-League Paper and Sky Sports News, and I have produced content for Manchester United and Preston North End.

I recently graduated from the University of Central Lancashire with First Class Honours in Sports Journalism and now study Digital Marketing Communications at postgraduate level. I am currently seeking freelance opportunities.

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Hello!

I’m a sports journalist with a focus on long-form interviews and human interest stories, and have a keen interest in MMA and football. My writing has featured in The Non-League Paper and Sky Sports News, and I have produced content for Manchester United and Preston North End.

I recently graduated from the University of Central Lancashire with First Class Honours in Sports Journalism and now study Digital Marketing Communications at postgraduate level. I am currently seeking freelance opportunities.

Cornerstone Content

A selection of my personal favourites from across the range of sports and content I have produced.

NFL / 20 May 2020

How can Tua Tagovailoa fit into the Miami Dolphins?

An editorial piece on how the 2020 NFL First Round pick could flourish in a Miami Dolphins team in need of long-term major reconstruction.

MMA / 1 May 2020

Shaun Lomas: The MMA journeyman with a love for hamster racing

As part of Octagon Magazine, I met with UKMMA cult hero Shaun Lomas to discuss his new found hobby and spirited Bellator ambitions.

Morakinyo Williams warming-up for the Surrey Scorchers
BASKETBALL / 22 June 2019

Morakinyo Williams: Around the world in the name of hoop

I spoke to the globetrotting baller about his NBA regrets, domestic future and dating on TV for the inaugural Swingman Magazine cover story.

FOOTBALL / 4 August 2015

Giuliano Maiorana: I went to play football, not join the army

The former Manchester United prodigy opened up in a refreshingly honest interview that few ever associated with the club would dare to give.

Published By

I have seven years of experience producing content for regional and national publications, as well as professional sports clubs. This includes written content, graphic, web and print design, social media management and photography.

Mixed Martial Arts

As one of my main interests in sports journalism, my MMA coverage is largely focused on producing long-form content on British fighters. I have an active interest in both international and domestic promotions, including the UFC, Bellator, Brave, ONE FC, Cage Warriors and UKFC.

Fabian Edwards poses for a Bellator promotional photoshoot
MMA / 23 May 2020

Fabian Edwards craving world domination alongside his brother

The unbeaten Bellator favourite revealed his ambitions to become concurrent champion alongside UFC-fighting brother Leon Edwards by 2021.

Alex Lohoré celebrates a win
MMA / 22 May 2020

From Paris with love: Alex Lohoré eyeing first-ever hometown fight

After signing with the PFL, the middleweight discussed risking it all to move to South London and the possibility of a UFC debut in his native France.

MMA / 5 May 2020

Ten British and Irish fighters who could step up to the UFC

An in-depth look at some of the biggest prospects in the UKMMA scene who could be snapped up by Dana White’s talent spotters in the near future.

A woman gets her hands wrapped ahead of combat training
MMA / 3 May 2020

The calamitous world of Fame MMA UK and celebrity fighting

I exclusively spoke to fighters and staff from Fame MMA UK’s botched event, where they revealed they’re still awaiting payment six months later.

Football

My first passion in sports journalism, I have produced football content for both clubs and external publications. I have experience covering a range of leagues, including the Premier League, MLS, Canadian Premier League, Women’s Super League and the non-league pyramid.

The Holmesdale Road Stand at Selhurst Park
FOOTBALL / 26 June 2020

Five Crystal Palace youngsters who can step up for Project Restart

A look at some of the leading Under-23 figures who could be forced into the first-team due to rule changes ahead of the Premier League’s return.

The Whitehorse Land stand at Selhurst Park
FOOTBALL / 20 June 2020

Football Manager predicts: The future of Crystal Palace's youth

I simulate twenty years into the future in a video game to see how the Premier League side’s best young prospects fare at Selhurst Park or beyond.

FOOTBALL / 12 June 2018

Editorial: York9 FC will be ready for kick-off despite premature panic

As one of the leading reporters on the Canadian Premier League’s early developments, I explained how York9 FC weren’t struggling as much as believed.

Cyrus Rollocks celebrates scoring a goal for the Canadian national youth team
FOOTBALL / 9 March 2018

Eleven players we could see in the Canadian Premier League

In a weekly series for The CanPL Hub, I analysed homegrown players likely to be in consideration for Canada’s newly founded domestic league.

Other Sports

I also enjoy covering a variety of other sports, most notably basketball and American Football. I have developed a passion for finding hyperlocal stories in lesser-known or unique sports, especially those from a typically North American background that compete in England.

Todd Gurley in training for the LA Rams
NFL / 10 April 2020

The rise and fall of Todd Gurley: How did it go so wrong, so quickly

The LA Rams running back was the reason I began watching the NFL, so when he was suddenly released I explored his injury woes and abrupt demise.

The Typhoons RUFC squad warming-up ahead of a match
RUGBY UNION / 8 October 2019

Five stories behind the players of Preston's LGBT rugby club

In a university piece picked up by LancsLive, I met with an inclusive rugby team to find out how the club has helped players in a way much bigger than sport.

BASKETBALL / 18 May 2019

London's britball battle: This city ain't big enough for both of us

Following the all-London BBL Trophy Final, I explored how the battle of two teams in the capital city could end adversely. It did just eight months later.

Players at a weekly training session for Preston Curling Club
CURLING / 10 February 2019

Preston Curling Club hope unique venue can inspire future Olympians

With Preston home to one of only two dedicated curling rinks in the country, the club have lofty ambitions to develop Team GB’s next winter sensation.

Video Package

I also have experience in scripting, filming and editing video packages for broadcast and digital platforms, and am proficient in Adobe Premiere Pro, Avid Media Composer and Final Cut Pro.

Play Video
BASEBALL / 15 May 2019

Manchester's unknown derby in England's forgotten sport

A broadcast package localising the MLB London Series for the North West region. I travelled to one of the countries oldest clubs as their two teams played in a unique match-up against each other. The limited accessibility of baseball in England means opponents are sparse and a rivalry unlike any other is formed in Wythenshawe.

Freelance Services

The below is a selection of works from across the range of content that I have produced. For further examples, please browse through topic-based pages on the site.

NFL / 10 April 2020

Digital Content

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RUGBY UNION / 8 October 2019

Event Coverage

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BASKETBALL / 18 May 2019

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CURLING / 10 February 2019

Photography

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