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-Pontarddulais near Swansea.
-At one time,
-it was a busy industrial town.
-Nowadays, there's very little
-to keep the young people here.
-Many follow the path out of town.
-It isn't an easy journey either.
-One lad from Pontarddulais
-is determined of succeeding.
-He's literally fighting his way out.
-His dream is
-to be the first Welshman...
-..to reach the top of cage fighting.
-He's fighting in the UFC.
-MMA or cage fighting is a sport
-that's growing in popularity.
-The Ultimate Fighting Championship
-or UFC is the peak.
-This is where the worldwide
-attention is and the big money.
-The ferocity of the octagon
-isn't for the faint of heart.
-But this is the stage and ambition
-of every fighter.
-The path to the UFC isn't easy.
-A young fighter needs
-to win several championships...
-..and make a name for themselves
-before even being considered.
-No Welshman has succeeded
-to reach the UFC.
-Brett Johns, a young fighter
-..is determined to gain his place as
-the first Welshman to get there.
-I started when I was four...
-..I did judo with my stepdad
-at Pontarddulais Judo Club.
-I love judo.
-My goal was the 2012 Olympics
-To be honest,
-that was an unrealistic goal.
-I then started going
-to the gym at Fforest-fach...
-..that's only down the road for me.
-I saw one session of MMA
-and I loved it.
-When I was 13-14, I asked my mother
-when I could fight.
-When can I go in the cage?
-She said "No, you can't go
-into a cage until you're 18."
-I had four years of asking
-my mother if I could go and fight.
-Four years later,
-Brett got his wish.
-He stepped in to the octagon
-for the first time.
-In my first fight,
-I was quite nervous if I'm honest.
-It was at a sports centre
-It was under a different set
-of rules, semi pro.
-I'd won it within a minute
-and a half of the first round.
-I was crying after the fight.
-All the emotion had built up.
-I had my second fight
-a week and a half later.
-Brett, the quiet, gentle lad
-..got a taste of a new world.
-A very different world to that
-of his upbringing in Pontarddulais.
-I lived in a house
-with my mother and stepdad.
-I lived with my two other brothers
-We didn't speak Welsh
-with each other.
-I didn't start speaking Welsh
-until I went to school.
-A lot of people in Pontarddulais say
-they can't wait to get out of there.
-It's my home,
-my family and friends are here.
-There isn't much in Pontarddulais
-but it is my home.
-Despite being shy...
-..Brett was determined
-to develop his fighting skills.
-He started training
-with Chris Rees in Swansea.
-First impressions of Brett...
-..it's funny, he's such a normal,
-quiet, humble guy initially.
-He's always humble.
-He gets a little louder
-the more you know him.
-When I saw him step on the mats
-and start training...
-..his work ethic and hunger even
-from the first lesson...
-..I thought if this kid wants to be
-something special, it could happen.
-Within no time, Brett went on
-to win several professional fights.
-He took the Welsh
-and British Championships.
-His next challenge was to compete
-for a World Championship.
-It's the first step
-to realizing his dream.
-He's a grafter.
-So, if you have to pick someone...
-..who's going to have to do
-six or seven rounds in a night...
-..Brett's your man.
-Even though Chris was confident
-that Brett was ready...
-..Brett was expected to fight
-in a tournament this time.
-This meant more than one fight.
-If he won the first...
-..he'd get a chance to fight
-for the World Championship.
-There was a guy there
-called David Haggstrom.
-He was one of the best
-in Europe at that time.
-He was a favourite
-to win the tournament.
-Winning against David Haggstrom
-was enough for me.
-But, I had to fight him,
-three five-minute rounds.
-An hour and a half after that
-I had to fight a fresh guy...
-..for the World title
-for five 5-minute rounds.
-There are four ways to win a fight.
-You can win on points,
-knock out your opponent...
-..force your opponent
-..or if the opponent
-has no way to defend himself.
-"And now, the CWFC Bantamweight
-Champion Of The World...
-..Brett "The Pikey" Johns.
-Brett pushed his body to the limit
-and was now a World Champion.
-I never want to do a tournament
-again after that night.
-Winning my first World belt is
-something I'll remember until I die.
-Months later, Brett got the chance
-to defend his World Championship.
-He fought James Brum in Swansea.
-Cage Wars had never
-come to Swansea before.
-I was happy the fight was back home.
-The octagon isn't the only arena
-where fighters go into battle.
-Brett fights as a bantamweight.
-It's one of the lightest.
-It's a constant battle
-to make sure he's within the weight.
-Unfortunately, part of fighting MMA
-is making weight.
-Things didn't go to plan
-the day before.
-We pushed him right to the limit
-and he just missed weight.
-That meant he had to lose
-the belt on the scales.
-He had to continue to fight and win
-the fight but lose the title.
-I was gutted, humiliated
-and just devastated.
-one of the guys helping me out..
-..Steven, he'd helped me out.
-He said "It's done now.
-You can't cry about it, it's done."
-You have to focus on tomorrow.
-Get straight into that cage
-and you have to win.
-the World Championship...
-..Brett had started to cause a stir.
-He still hadn't lost a fight.
-People within the sport
-had taken notice.
-An offer came to fight for a World
-Title in three fights in America.
-It would be under the
-Titan Fighting Championships.
-It's one stage lower than the UFC.
-I'm one of the first guys to go out
-there and fight for a World Title.
-It's a big deal for me. It's huge.
-MMA in Europe is massive.
-There's some very talented guys.
-The States are still the Mecca
-of MMA so to speak.
-Going out there and showing
-what he can do...
-..is going to be a huge step for us.
-One important part of training
-before the trip to Alabama...
-for the time difference.
-I get up now at 3.00pm.
-When 9.00pm comes around,
-it's actually my midday session.
-I train through the night
-and then go to bed at 6.00am.
-That's the time in Alabama
-in the US.
-I want to get out there.
-I can't wait to fight now.
-Brett is a home bird.
-He still lives at home
-with his family.
-Over the last few years...
-..their support has been
-very important to him.
-We've all helped, although, I did
-initially give him a time limit.
-That he needs
-to put a time limit on it...
-..so if he doesn't get to where
-he wants to be by a certain age...
-..he needs to look into
-doing something else.
-It's his dream.
-I just hope he gets
-to where he wants to go.
-They sink the drinks.
-And they go home.
-In the week
-leading up to the fight...
-..where he loses weight
-for the weight cut, Brett changes.
-He's like a different person.
-He's, well, stressed really.
-So, he has to prepare for the fight.
-He watches a lot
-of fights on YouTube.
-The weight cut is very intense.
-He has to stop carbs, fat and sugar.
-I'm here when he wants to talk
-but I do step back really.
-The whole family
-have a role to play.
-It's my job
-to look after his mindset.
-That's what I look for.
-I'm not bothered about training,
-he has Chris.
-Our stepdad does judo.
-They know what they're doing.
-I try to keep Brett's mindset
-I just want to make sure his head's
-in the right place...
-..before he enters the cage.
-Brett's stepdad, Andrew,
-has been with him on the journey.
-He was also a part
-of his early training.
-Brett's going to hate me for this.
-If Brett had put the effort in
-to Judo that he has into MMA...
-..he would have gone a very long
-way, possibly Olympics.
-He saw the MMA, he went for it.
-I'm a purist,
-I didn't like it at the time.
-The more I watch it,
-the more I'm getting to enjoy it.
-At the time, I didn't think
-it was a good idea. I'll be honest.
-Brett's too nice. I didn't want
-to see the boy getting upset.
-He proved me wrong.
-Completely and utterly.
-He's such a genuine, genuine,
-Everybody I know likes Brett.
-Not before he was
-World Champion etc...
-..everybody, his schoolteachers,
-they all loved him, and still do.
-His baby minder when
-he was little loves him.
-Everyone who knows Brett or comes in
-contact with him really likes him.
-He is a nice guy.
-Everyone in my family
-has a job to help me.
-Sometimes, when I have bad days...
-..I sometimes take it out on them,
-but they know that's what happens.
-With the day
-of the battle getting closer...
-..the trip to Alabama
-was on everyone's mind.
-I'm used to seeing him compete.
-Since he was small in judo.
-Once he started competing
-when he got old enough.
-I'm used to him fighting.
-I'm not frightened
-of him getting hurt.
-I don't want him
-or the other boy to get hurt.
-I'm just frightened of him losing.
-I'm a bit nervous about him going,
-You don't like to travel much,
-yourself. I know how he is.
-His brother and Kyle are going out.
-He's got Chris there.
-I don't think I'd want to go
-even if I could, to be honest.
-I don't think I could stand it.
-This would be the first time
-Brett fought on foreign soil.
-It was a big step...
-..considering no Welsh fighter
-had ever won a title in America.
-A victory would be
-a big step toward the summit.
-A loss could possibly signal
-an end to the journey.
-Brett Johns's dream
-is to be the first Welshman...
-..to reach the top in cage fighting.
-To keep that dream alive,
-Brett had to create history...
-..and become the first Welshman
-to win a World Title in America.
-I've had 15 fights,
-five amateur and ten professional.
-To be honest, they've all been
-within 50 miles of my house.
-So, to be in Alabama,
-I think it's 4,300 miles away.
-It's out of the way.
-To be honest,
-I like coming to the hotels.
-I watch all the other fighters come.
-It's a big deal out here.
-Everyone's very nice.
-Anyone I see on the street
-That's quite cool.
-I don't see that back in Wales.
-When I got over here, I was like,
-"Hi", I wasn't sure what to say.
-The coverage I'm getting
-just for this fight is huge.
-My Twitter is going crazy
-at the moment.
-I already love fighting
-in the States.
-I haven't fought yet.
-I'm looking forward to getting
-the show out of the way...
-..get my new belt
-and I'll be happy then.
-I think I've got
-seven or eight pounds to go.
-that I'll do well in this cut.
-Brett's big fight was held
-in Mobile in the state of Alabama.
-It's a part of the Mobile AeroFest
-It raises money
-for military veterans.
-It's a cause that's close
-to Brett's heart.
-It's massive for the soldiers.
-A lot of my family are soldiers.
-If I wasn't fighting,
-I'd be a soldier.
-That's what I would have done.
-I would have joined the army.
-It's an honour, really
-to fight in front of everyone.
-Being within the bantamweight...
-..of nine stone and nine pounds
-is a fight in itself.
-to hit the nail on its head.
-135 dead on.
-This is the first time Brett's come
-face to face with his opponent.
-As his name suggests...
-..Walel "The Gazelle" Watson
-is much bigger than Brett.
-Watson is the favourite.
-He's a former UFC fighter.
-This will be a good test
-for the boy from Pontarddulais.
-Walel Watson has beaten
-a lot of people.
-A lot of good people.
-To beat him
-would be a major step in my career.
-We've both got tons of cardio,
-tons of energy, tons of technique.
-Me and him in the cage together
-is making out for a great fight.
-A victory would be a huge step
-towards his dream.
-A loss would
-turn it all into a nightmare.
-Only one person from the UK has won
-a World Title...
-..in an American based organization.
-I'm proud to be from Wales.
-This fight isn't just for me.
-It's for Wales.
-Ladies and gentlemen,
-fighting out of Swansea, Wales...
-..Brett "The Pikey" Johns.
-I'm ready now to go out there
-and do what I was born to do.
-I'm a fighter, it's what I do.
-Brett starts the contest
-full of confidence.
-It looks good
-and he's ahead on points.
-The blood is flowing
-but Watson is still dangerous.
-Brett wins the first round.
-At the start of the second round,
-Brett starts to control the fight.
-He manages to grab hold of Watson
-and begin to choke him.
-for him to escape...
-..and the all important
-Brett is World Champion.
-The winner by tap out,
-by way of rear naked choke...
-..and new Titan FC Bantamweight
-Champion, Brett "The Pikey" Johns.
-I don't have any words, really.
-I'm happy. I'm very happy.
-I can't describe what's going
-through my head at the moment.
-I'm very emotional at the moment.
-I've just put too much work
-into this belt.
-Chris Rees and my Dad
-have given me everything.
-I just can't say thanks enough.
-I'm just so happy
-to be going home with a new belt.
-I've beaten a former UFC fighter.
-I can't really say anything else.
-That's all it is, but for me,
-it's the best thing in the world.
-I just want to go home now
-and celebrate at home.
-Following success on foreign land
-Brett's happy to be home.
-the importance of his victory.
-Just going back to Cage Warriors
-and winning the first World Title.
-It was the main event at the
-Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff.
-I didn't think it could get better
-than that to be honest.
-A few months later,
-I was in the LC2 in my home town.
-We sold a lot of tickets there.
-A few months later, I was fighting
-against a UFC veteran in the US.
-Nobody's done that from Wales.
-I was fighting on the Friday.
-I was back in the gym on the
-I was back and working hard.
-I was back in the gym
-doing five 5-minute rounds.
-It's back to a normal regime now.
-I have to train as hard as I can.
-I am the champion. I know that
-but I train like I'm a challenger.
-I've got to keep this belt
-to get a chance to go to the UFC.
-There's no time for a fighter
-to catch his breath.
-There's another fight
-on the horizon.
-We were waiting to get the next
-fight confirmed we're very happy...
-..we'll be flying out to defend
-the belt in Kansas City in July.
-To be the Champion,
-you've got to defend the belt.
-That's what we intend on doing.
-Being a professional MMA fighter
-is a full-time job for Brett.
-That doesn't leave a lot of time
-for anything else.
-I stress a lot
-and I don't switch off very well.
-I don't sleep well
-when a fight's coming up.
-I think a lot about the fight.
-One of my weaknesses is
-that I don't have any other focus.
-I think it's important for fighters
-to have something else.
-that isn't connected to fighting.
-When I'm fighting a guy,
-in the lead up...
-..I'm thinking about the fight about
-300 times a day at home.
-I need to switch off
-when I'm at home.
-It can be a struggle to be honest.
-As I say, every night when I go
-to bed, I struggle to fall asleep.
-I'm always thinking about the fight.
-I'm always thinking about the fight.
-He's never been in trouble.
-He's never tried a cigarette
-in his life. I smoke.
-But he's never tried that.
-The only thing is...
-..I think it's alienated him a bit
-from his old friends.
-They're still his friends...
-..but his friends
-that he's had for years...
-..they work all week, they go out
-on the weekend, they enjoy.
-Brett's not doing that
-because he can't afford it...
-..and he's committed to training.
-He used to have a group
-of tight friends.
-They were out a lot.
-They'd get drunk a lot, etc.
-As young teenage men would
-which is fine.
-Since he's taken this career path,
-he doesn't do it anymore.
-When you're training that hard,
-His enjoyment comes
-when he steps in that cage.
-That's where he gets that enjoyment,
-that's his social life.
-Kansas is the next step
-of the journey.
-to defend his title...
-..against Anthony "Sharkbait"
-Gutierrez from the USA.
-The journey yesterday was long.
-To be honest, it was less
-travelling than Alabama...
-..but it was still rather long.
-We reached the hotel and did
-a bit of a workout out in the sun.
-It's quite hot here.
-I'm looking forward
-to the next few days.
-I'm hoping the weight will be OK.
-Hopefully Saturday's fight
-will be on.
-After a long journey...
-..it's important Brett
-looks after his weight immediately.
-Not making weight could mean losing
-the title without throwing a punch.
-This part is very difficult.
-This part is harder
-than the actual fight.
-I think I've got about 6 pounds
-to go, maybe less than that now.
-I went to the toilet this morning.
-Hopefully we lose that final six
-We're on point after that.
-I'm looking forward to weighing in
-and then drinking something.
-Roll on four o'clock, I think.
-to caring for his diet...
-..Brett spends hours
-in the sauna to lose weight.
-Six pounds, here we go.
-First one done, three to go.
-Brett is under pressure
-to make the weight.
-He's also starting to feel ill.
-This is the side
-that people don't see.
-They see the walk out and the music
-and signing autographs and photos.
-This is the graft.
-Anyone who thinks he doesn't work
-for a living, watch this.
-It's the day of the weigh-in.
-The worry of making weight is heavy.
-To make things worse,
-Brett is suffering with a virus.
-Brett hasn't reached the weight.
-He'll get one more chance.
-He has an hour to lose weight.
-The hour doesn't make a difference.
-There's now a genuine concern
-for Brett's health.
-As he's lost weight so quickly
-and as he has a virus...
-..he's at risk of organ failure.
-Let me know,
-whatever you guys decide.
-But is he clear?
-Yeah, he's clear.
-Get a drink in you.
-Do you want to put him
-on the scales again?
-Despite Brett's condition...
-..the next day, the medical team
-say he's fit to fight.
-He has to surrender the title.
-..Brett must win the bout
-to retain his undefeated record.
-Reaching the top is difficult
-for every professional fighter.
-Brett Johns is in Kansas to defend
-his title as World Champion.
-There are problems.
-He's been hit by a virus
-and has failed to make the weight.
-He has to surrender the title.
-and despite being weak...
-..he has to fight and try to keep
-his unbeaten record in the least.
-I've got a bit of a bug.
-My stomach is inflamed.
-That wasn't written in the script. I
-didn't know it was going to happen.
-I'm a bit gutted with that.
-It's not my fault
-or anyone's fault.
-It's just the wrong time.
-That's the point,
-I was looking good.
-I know after the fight...
-...when news of the trouble I've had
-..I'll be given a bit more slack.
-At the moment on Twitter, I'm being
-called unprofessional, blah blah.
-Nobody knows what's happened.
-Only the people close to me know.
-I was feeling good this morning.
-I still have
-a slight stomach upset.
-I know I'm OK to fight tonight.
-I'm quite nervous now.
-I'm in the zone.
-I just want to fight now.
-That's what I want to do.
-I'm going to go out there tonight
-and make a statement.
-In the blue corner, from Missouri,
-This guy is good.
-He wouldn't be fighting for a World
-Title if he wasn't good.
-He's good but I'm better.
-Against all logic, Brett will have
-to win to keep his dream alive.
-From Swansea, Wales, Brett Johns!
-You feel like the world
-is watching you.
-Most of the world is doing something
-other than watching the fight.
-I just want to hear the MC saying
-Brett Johns and not another name.
-When he says your name, you know
-the last six months of crying...
-..blood, sweat and tears basically.
-It overcomes it, you know.
-Back in Pontarddulais,
-the family are watching.
-Watching Brett suffer
-is too much for them.
-Don't let it, Brett, come on.
-It isn't going well.
-Brett has a leg injury,
-Chris wants to throw in the towel.
-Like every fighter worth his salt,
-Brett insists on carrying on.
-I think he's got it here.
-There's nothing to separate them,
-the judges will decide.
-Judge Jackson Harper,
-48-47 for Johns.
-Judge Henry Gueary scores it 49-46
-for your winner by split decision...
-..and still undefeated...
-How many things can go wrong in
-two days, do you know what I mean?
-He twisted awkwardly,
-we thought he'd hurt his knee.
-He could barely walk.
-He was in a bad way.
-Between the third and the fourth...
-..I said we're going to quit,
-we're going to pull this.
-He said "No, you've got to let me
-get beat up."
-I could never quit with my family
-and coaches having helped me.
-I've taken a few knees
-to the face in the fifth round.
-He was hitting me, I thought "You're
-not taking this away from me."
-I thought "I have to win this,
-there's no other option."
-"I can't do nothing else."
-We've just seen the doctor.
-He tore his hamstring.
-He tore his hamstring,
-I'm relieved that it's not the knee.
-Who knows. We'll get the hamstring
-checked out when we get back.
-The kid had stomach pain
-for like 24 hours.
-It left him with cramps
-and he tore his hamstring...
-..halfway through a five rounder.
-He changed game plan, he did
-what he needed to do and he won.
-There's no doubt
-that keeping his unbeaten record...
-..is a great achievement for Brett.
-Will the emotional and physical
-torture of Kansas...
-..take its toll on him?
-An injury lay off is a frustrating
-time for every fighter.
-It's a period
-without the adrenalin of the fight.
-It's also a period without pay.
-It's very hard.
-People think, "He's a world MMA
-Champion. He's on big money."
-No, the money I get from fights like
-that doesn't even pay my coaches.
-It doesn't pay for my management...
-..or the food I've eaten
-for the last six weeks...
-..or the rent I owe my mother.
-After the Brum fight, there was a
-year and I had to live on 2,000.
-I had to sell my car.
-For a week or two,
-I slept in the gym.
-It was hard.
-That's why as a person and as Brett
-Johns the fighter...
-..I'm steps ahead of everyone else.
-I've sacrificed a lot more.
-I sold my car for 100
-just to live that month.
-After that, I came here to the gym,
-slept at the gym...
-..I got up at 6.00am to train.
-but in my mind I've done that now.
-Now, it's just a straight road
-to reach the top...
-..and make a lot more money.
-I know now that
-I've got this far on my own.
-I've had help from a few friends.
-I will pull them to the top with me.
-Every fighter's body
-After recovering from a leg injury,
-another problem appears.
-A shoulder problem.
-Training's been, well it hasn't been
-good to be honest.
-I've got shoulder problems.
-It keeps dislocating
-You lose your motivation
-when you get injured.
-I just need to carry on training.
-I might have a good or bad session.
-That's the game.
-It's going to happen.
-I've just got to forget it
-and carry on.
-The pain in his shoulder gets worse.
-Brett has arranged to see
-I think he's called Mr Pritchard.
-I've heard good things about him.
-It'll be good just to know
-what's going on, to be honest.
-It's been hurting
-for about three weeks.
-it really hurt quite badly.
-Now, it's time to go and see.
-A week has gone by.
-I haven't done anything on the floor
-during training at the gym.
-Nothing on the floor, no boxing or
-kick boxing or anything like that.
-But, I'm just gutted to be honest.
-Maybe they'll say it's nothing...
-..maybe they'll say
-I need some surgery.
-I don't know yet.
-As I say, we'll know in the next ten
-minutes what's going to happen.
-The news isn't good.
-He needs an operation on his
-shoulder at a cost of 7,000.
-It also means Brett will be unable
-to fight for at least five months.
-I feel disappointed.
-I'm just gutted.
-A lot of things are going
-through my head at the moment.
-I want to go home now and think
-about the next five months.
-What's going to happen
-and how I'm going to recover.
-It's a blow and a threat
-to his career as a fighter.
-So far, Brett's career
-has been a series of highs and lows.
-He's won every fight
-as a professional fighter.
-His dream of being the first
-..to reach the UFC's main ring
-still burns brightly.
-After the shoulder surgery,
-the top is still very far away.
-I've come back from the op. It was
-a success, everything went well.
-The shoulder's stronger
-than it was before.
-Once the bone fused and everything
-went back into place...
-..it was just a case
-of putting him back...
-..into a rehabilitation programme.
-It was difficult mentally.
-I couldn't do what I wanted.
-I had a shoulder support
-for six weeks.
-It was frustrating.
-That's a bit of an understatement.
-Emotionally, he was very down.
-He put a little weight on
-because he was eating.
-All normal responses...
-..things which don't actually matter
-to the average person.
-But if you're an elite-level
-athlete, it's a big knock.
-And it was for him.
-The last few months without fighting
-have taken their toll on Brett.
-A mental, physical
-and financial toll.
-It's not a secret.
-The op cost me a lot of money.
-It's put me in a place
-where I'm struggling to be honest.
-I can't live without money.
-I put an exhibition on
-in Gorseinon and Swansea.
-I'm going to put myself in the
-exhibition to get some money in.
-I'll also fight.
-It's a warm-up fight
-to getting back into the game.
-The road of life can turn
-on the flip of a coin.
-The next call would change
-the young fighter's life forever.
-Skype call with Brian Butler,
-Brett, what's going on?
-We're recording this for prosperity
-because welcome to the UFC.
-Brett Johns from Pontarddulais, the
-first Welshman to fight in the UFC.
-All the emotion of the last seven
-years comes out.
-All the bad days and the good days
-was all for that.
-I want to go through my life
-with my memories, not with money.
-I've got the chance to do both now.
-It's a win-win situation.
-Thank you so much, Bri.
-It's awesome, man!
-Thank you so much, like.
-You don't understand what it means.
-He always cries. So, yeah.
-It doesn't matter what's happened.
-He picked up a Diet Pepsi once
-Brett's signed a contract
-for four fights with the UFC.
-The first of those will be
-in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
-It's the first thing on my mind
-..and the last thing before I sleep.
-For him to get the call
-is just a real special moment.
-To see him achieve
-the first part of his dream.
-We're not done yet.
-As I say, I say it every time,
-it's a dream come true.
-Good luck to you.
-Good luck to you.
-The only thing
-I have to do now is fight.
-Despite Brett focusing
-on his fight in Belfast...
-..he doesn't forget
-about his home patch.
-He shows his support for
-Celtic Fight Night in Gorseinon.
-It's also a chance for everyone...
-..to give the local hero their best
-wishes for his big fight in the UFC.
-Belfast, a city that's been
-the background to several battles.
-Before he steps in to the UFC's
-octagon for the first time.
-Brett has to ensure no problems
-with his weight this time.
-I've just weighed in
-at 136 lbs on the scales.
-I can have something to drink now.
-I'm so happy to make the weight.
-On the UFC stage, failing to make
-the weight would mean no fight...
-..and losing 20% of his pay.
-I'm in the UFC now, so I'd like
-to get as much money as I can.
-It's a lot of money,
-20% is a hefty portion of the deal.
-As I say, it wasn't the case today.
-I'm grateful to my team
-Sam, Ashley and Chris...
-..for being there to help me
-every step of the way.
-It was easier today,
-it really was easier today.
-I think I've found
-the right way of doing the cut now.
-It's great, I feel good
-and I'm ready for tomorrow now.
-Rehydration and a meal later.
-Roll on 6 o'clock
-and the public weigh-ins.
-There's a fight tomorrow night.
-Knowing he's succeeded
-in reaching the weight...
-..Brett can look forward
-to the public weigh-in...
-..where the press
-will be in attendance.
-Brett clearly enjoys the attention
-that comes from fighting in the UFC.
-He's got plenty
-of support in Belfast.
-A lot of the boys have come out.
-I've been talking
-to Brett on Facebook.
-He looks good and he feels good.
-He thinks he's the best in the World
-and in my opinion, he is.
-The weigh-in was brill.
-It's the first time in my life that
-I've got a six-pack! That's great!
-I can't wait. I really can't wait.
-To be honest, I'm not nervous now.
-But I will be nervous tomorrow
-when I get up.
-Yes, it's quite a nerve-racking
-experience to be honest.
-I am confident.
-I am confident.
-Can we go get drunk
-and eat food now?
-It's as if Pontarddulais
-has moved to Belfast.
-The support means everything
-It's nice to see someone
-I've grown up with on the mat.
-Brett is one of the hardest-working
-guys I have ever seen.
-I'm lucky enough to share a mat
-with him every day.
-I can't wait to see
-what he does in the UFC.
-He's in a great place, physically,
-better than ever.
-Mentally, better than ever.
-We couldn't ask for any more.
-You're going to see something
-special come Saturday night.
-It's the day of the big fight.
-Brett's opponent is Kwan Ho Kwak
-from South Korea.
-It's a huge show.
-I'm not sure if it's a huge show
-for the UFC but it is for me.
-This is the chance Brett has been
-working toward through his career.
-The social media has gone bonkers
-to be honest. It's been crazy.
-Every time I turn my phone on...
-..I've got another
-fifty notifications on my phone.
-It's like I've got OCD,
-I have to say thanks to everyone.
-It's been great.
-I know Wales is behind me.
-That's all I wanted.
-It's quite emotional to be honest.
-Everyone wants to see me do well.
-I appreciate that people
-have come to watch me.
-My first fight was at a leisure
-centre in Aberdare.
-Now I'm in Belfast
-in the main arena.
-It's a dream come true.
-I say it all the time but it is.
-I can't say it any other way.
-It's what I think.
-I've got a chance
-to fight a guy from South Korea.
-I need to show what I can do.
-He's a two-time World Champion.
-I'm also a two-time World Champion.
-It's a good fight.
-It'll be a hard fight. I'm ready.
-Here we go.
-It really is a hard fight.
-Every fight in the UFC is hard now.
-It's just the beginning.
-I hope, well, he hasn't lost,
-I haven't lost.
-Someone has to lose tonight.
-I hope it isn't me.
-For the lad from Pontarddulais...
-..tonight's the night,
-maybe I can do it tonight.
-Maybe I can achieve that dream.
-It could be
-a dream come true tonight.
-Extremely nervous, I must be honest.
-I'm extremely nervous.
-Probably because it's the event,
-it's UFC. It's his first one.
-He's had 17 fights and he's won
-them all. Why expect any different?
-Titan FC, Bantamweight Champion,
-Brett "The Pikey" Johns.
-The octagon is no place
-for the faint-hearted.
-This is the biggest stage.
-Only one thing matters here,
-That's what Brett succeeds in doing,
-winning his first UFC fight.
-He won all three rounds.
-The UFC had to give me a chance.
-They put me up against
-a good fighter.
-I took that chance and I won.
-I won well.
-This guy was the best I've fought.
-He was undefeated.
-He's never lost and he's a two-time
-I was like "yeah, that's the guy I
-want." He's got status.
-That's what I've taken from him.
-His nine wins, they go in my basket.
-Three rounds to nothing.
-One of the best guys in the world.
-Three rounds to nothing.
-looked his dream in the eye.
-Through blood, sweat and tears
-he realized his dream.
-The first Welshman
-to compete in the UFC.
-The goal and highest stage
-for all fighters.
-The stage for Brett Johns
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