Cameron Hardy: BAMMA’s Young Royal Navy Rising Star

Cameron Hardy
Photo courtesy of Angy Ellis and Made4TheCage.

One of BAMMA’s young faces Cameron Hardy will enter the cage for the second time this month. He will appear on the main card of BAMMA Fight Night London: McKee vs. Brazier. This will make for Hardy’s fourth fight of 2018.

Cameron Hardy: BAMMA’s Young Royal Navy Rising Star

Early Beginnings

“I started Muay Thai at 11 years old with my dad,” Hardy told MMASucka. “At 13 I joined a kickboxing gym then started doing a bit of jiu-jitsu just before I joined the Navy at 18.” Hardy also stated he was a huge fan of watching BAMMA and the UFC growing up. After about two years into joining the Navy, Hardy found Gym01, where he trains with Coach Brian Adams. “Brian Adams made it all happen for me and took me to the next level,” Hardy stated.

Hardy trained at a few other gyms before finding his home at Gym01. He started at Hanuman Gym with Craig Willis. Willis is a three time British champion in Muay Thai and the owner of Hanuman Gym. Hardy’s next step in his evolution of training brought him to Evolution Martial Arts under James Cockill and Luke Randell.

Cockill is a certified instructor in multiple disciplines as well as being a former karate fighter. He traveled all over the United Kingdom representing England. Randell is also versed in multiple combat disciplines as well as possessing a Bachelor’s of Sports Science degree from the University of Central Lancashire.

Professional Career

The big debut would come at BAMMA 29: McDermott vs. Wolf in May 2017. It was a huge deal for Hardy to make his professional debut in BAMMA. Though Hardy would suffer the first loss of his MMA career (3-0 amateur record) against Daniel Rutkowski, he would take the experience and re-tool to improve for his next outing. Hardy would be sent to the Falklands for the next six months but would return to action shortly thereafter.

Hardy returned to action at Killacam Fight Night 13: Obsessed in the co-main event against Mohamed Kadiake. He would get that long-awaited professional victory by first-round knockout in February 2018, about nine months after his debut. He would again co-main event another event, Unity Fighting Championship, just about six weeks later and walk away with another first-round knockout. This time the victim was French fighter Geoffroy Puigvert.

A Busy June 2018

Already with two fights under his belt for 2018, Hardy would take a much tougher test in Bailey Gilbert at M4TC 27: Vendetta on June 09, 2018. Hardy walked away with the unanimous decision and a nasty facial cut. “I have a bad cut but it’s healing well and a few knocks but I should be fine,” Hardy said to MMASucka.

Hardy is set to make his BAMMA return against Kingsley Crawford on the BAMMA Fight Night London card. It will be just 19 days after his decision win over Gilbert. “I am over the moon. I have put a lot of effort in since coming back from the six months in the Falklands at the end of last year. You are going to see that effort in my fight at BAMMA.”


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