Training out of Potential Unlimited Mixed Martial Arts in Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia, Reece “Lightning” McLaren, 27, is one of the two fighters representing Australia at “ONE: Dawn of Heroes” on August 2, 2019. Days before the ONE Championship event, I asked him something not directly related to MMA, his love life.
“We see in your social media posts that you seem to be happily in love,” I asked McLaren. “Did this affect your training regimen at all?”
“Yeah, I’m training so much better and harder,” replied McLaren, who is in a relationship with Sarah Cahill. “I’ve found more of my reason why.”
I was not able to ask McLaren whether or not Cahill will watch his “ONE: Dawn of Heroes” fight live at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines. Also representing Australia in the event is reigning ONE Featherweight World Championship Martin “The Situ-Asian” Nguyen, 30, who is also representing Vietnam.
Nguyen is training out of Hardknocks 365 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States. He will defend his belt as the ONE Featherweight World Champion from Koyomi “Moushigo” Matsushima, 26, of Japan in the main event of “ONE: Dawn of Heroes.”
On the other hand, McLaren will compete in the ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix semi-finals at “ONE: Dawn of Heroes.” He will face Danny “The King” Kingad, 23, of the Philippines.
Originally, McLaren was set to fight Yuya “Little Piranha” Wakamatsu, 24, Japan at “ONE: Dawn of Heroes” while Kingad’s opponent on the same card was Kairat “The Kazakh” Akhmetov, 31, of Kazakhstan. However, the Kazakh contender withdrew from the tournament due to injury so he was replaced by McLaren.
Since McLaren’s “ONE: Dawn of Heroes” opponent was changed, I assumed there would be changes in his training. However, the Potential Unlimited Mixed Martial Arts fighter said nothing has changed since Wakamatsu and Kingad’s fighting styles are similar.
A Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt, McLaren made his professional MMA debut in 2010 and joined ONE Championship in 2015. Get to know more about the Australian MMA fighter here: