Cage fighting May 5, 2012

Cage fighting high beats cricket - Hollioake

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Adam Hollioake, the former England one-day captain, is unsure whether he will continue his cage-fighting career after his professional debut ended in a draw on Saturday.

Hollioake, who played four Tests and 35 ODIs, was buzzing after his three-round mixed martial arts bout in Australia, claiming the high was greater than any moment in his 17-year cricket journey.

However, he was left wishing he was fitter after running out of stamina towards the end of the nine-minute contest with Queensland's Joel Miller.

"In hindsight I would have taken a bit longer to prepare for this," he said. "I made a silly mistake in the first round and that cost me. I won the second round and the third round was a non-event really."

The next combat steps depend on Hollioake's wife Sherryn, who had a cage-side seat and wasn't comfortable with the spectacle.

"I'll do what she says," he said when asked if he'll fight again.

In the main report: "The real issue is not whether cricket is more exciting than cage-fighting. It's why a 40-year-old who spent so long involved in the genteel game - most of it as a captain who had to fit within the establishment's constraints - has joined the growing craze of mixed martial artists, whose objective is to paint and pummel opponents using pretty much any method they want. Inside the six-sided wire cage it's a bloodsport, a self-preservation village of the van Dammed."

Click here for Peter English's brilliant study of why an England captain has taken to cage fighting.

Peter English is former Australasia editor of ESPNcricinfo

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  • on May 8, 2012, 8:31 GMT

    well of course it should be more interesting than a really mediocre cricket career, that had one highlight: a qudrangular win as skipper in Sharjah 1997. I think the only one England ever won in asia.

  • RandyOZ on May 7, 2012, 11:52 GMT

    Mustve been a slow news day in cricinfo world - who cares.

  • unregisteredalien on May 6, 2012, 14:12 GMT

    @David Hopps, hear hear! And may I say I appreciate your willingness to chime in in the comments section from time to time - it definitely lifts the quality of debate and I'd love to see more writers display the courage to get stuck in to it with the masses.

  • on May 6, 2012, 9:01 GMT

    @ Neal-Lohse. Three answers. Firstly because a former England cricket captain taking up cage fighting in middle age is in our view intrinsically interesting. Second, because Pete English's main piece is brilliant - and highly recommended. And finally because readership figures suggest that cricinfo readers have relished the chance to read about it. But, as ever, cricinfo seeks to offer something for everybody.

  • Meety on May 6, 2012, 8:54 GMT

    @SAMRI_Chris - I'd back Punters hook over Bell's drive - LOL!

  • on May 6, 2012, 7:28 GMT

    a typical new zealous convert

  • Neal-Lohse on May 6, 2012, 6:25 GMT

    ...and please tell me: How is this of interest to cricket fans? Should it really be

  • SAMRI_Chris on May 6, 2012, 6:12 GMT

    What I would like to see: Two batsmen I hate. I choose Ponting and Bell. Put them in a cage in full batting gear, pad, helmet, bat etc. -and make them FIGHT! Left hook shot! Right hook shot! Defensive jab! FIGHT!

  • Pathiyal on May 6, 2012, 4:57 GMT

    this adam hollioke is a very interesting character! wish he had more time for some cricketing action rather than getting punches :-) used to like him v much as english captain. he showed cricket can be played only with brains. wish he will take care of it inside the cages.

  • on May 6, 2012, 4:53 GMT

    Actually MMA is competing with wwe. So it is no were near a sport like cricket.

  • on May 8, 2012, 8:31 GMT

    well of course it should be more interesting than a really mediocre cricket career, that had one highlight: a qudrangular win as skipper in Sharjah 1997. I think the only one England ever won in asia.

  • RandyOZ on May 7, 2012, 11:52 GMT

    Mustve been a slow news day in cricinfo world - who cares.

  • unregisteredalien on May 6, 2012, 14:12 GMT

    @David Hopps, hear hear! And may I say I appreciate your willingness to chime in in the comments section from time to time - it definitely lifts the quality of debate and I'd love to see more writers display the courage to get stuck in to it with the masses.

  • on May 6, 2012, 9:01 GMT

    @ Neal-Lohse. Three answers. Firstly because a former England cricket captain taking up cage fighting in middle age is in our view intrinsically interesting. Second, because Pete English's main piece is brilliant - and highly recommended. And finally because readership figures suggest that cricinfo readers have relished the chance to read about it. But, as ever, cricinfo seeks to offer something for everybody.

  • Meety on May 6, 2012, 8:54 GMT

    @SAMRI_Chris - I'd back Punters hook over Bell's drive - LOL!

  • on May 6, 2012, 7:28 GMT

    a typical new zealous convert

  • Neal-Lohse on May 6, 2012, 6:25 GMT

    ...and please tell me: How is this of interest to cricket fans? Should it really be

  • SAMRI_Chris on May 6, 2012, 6:12 GMT

    What I would like to see: Two batsmen I hate. I choose Ponting and Bell. Put them in a cage in full batting gear, pad, helmet, bat etc. -and make them FIGHT! Left hook shot! Right hook shot! Defensive jab! FIGHT!

  • Pathiyal on May 6, 2012, 4:57 GMT

    this adam hollioke is a very interesting character! wish he had more time for some cricketing action rather than getting punches :-) used to like him v much as english captain. he showed cricket can be played only with brains. wish he will take care of it inside the cages.

  • on May 6, 2012, 4:53 GMT

    Actually MMA is competing with wwe. So it is no were near a sport like cricket.

  • Behind_the_bowlers_arm on May 6, 2012, 4:18 GMT

    Of course he is on a high. A draw away in Australia is far more than he ever achieved in his cricket career. His contemporaries Stewart, Atherton, Gough etc will be very jealous and presumably keen to go down the same route.

  • unregisteredalien on May 6, 2012, 4:18 GMT

    @AndyZaltzmannsHair, them's fightin' words...

  • yorkslanka on May 5, 2012, 22:05 GMT

    sounds like he has had a few too many blows to the head if he thinks cage fighting is better than cricket..its not even anywhere near as good as boxing !!

  • AdrianVanDenStael on May 5, 2012, 19:50 GMT

    Interesting change of career for this Australian-based cricketing personality. Perhaps Ed Cowan should consider doing the same thing; such a move by Mr. Cowan would certainly make some vocal Australian cricket fans very happy.

  • AndyZaltzmannsHair on May 5, 2012, 19:18 GMT

    Cage fighting cricketers.... preposterous poppycock.

  • ElBeeDubya on May 5, 2012, 18:13 GMT

    "I'll do what [my wife] says," Adam Hollioake said when asked if he'll fight again.

    That is what every wife likes to hear - especially when fighting with a spouse! ;-P

  • danishsyed88 on May 5, 2012, 17:11 GMT

    Cricketer turned cage-fighter. Now that's new. All the best for him

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  • danishsyed88 on May 5, 2012, 17:11 GMT

    Cricketer turned cage-fighter. Now that's new. All the best for him

  • ElBeeDubya on May 5, 2012, 18:13 GMT

    "I'll do what [my wife] says," Adam Hollioake said when asked if he'll fight again.

    That is what every wife likes to hear - especially when fighting with a spouse! ;-P

  • AndyZaltzmannsHair on May 5, 2012, 19:18 GMT

    Cage fighting cricketers.... preposterous poppycock.

  • AdrianVanDenStael on May 5, 2012, 19:50 GMT

    Interesting change of career for this Australian-based cricketing personality. Perhaps Ed Cowan should consider doing the same thing; such a move by Mr. Cowan would certainly make some vocal Australian cricket fans very happy.

  • yorkslanka on May 5, 2012, 22:05 GMT

    sounds like he has had a few too many blows to the head if he thinks cage fighting is better than cricket..its not even anywhere near as good as boxing !!

  • unregisteredalien on May 6, 2012, 4:18 GMT

    @AndyZaltzmannsHair, them's fightin' words...

  • Behind_the_bowlers_arm on May 6, 2012, 4:18 GMT

    Of course he is on a high. A draw away in Australia is far more than he ever achieved in his cricket career. His contemporaries Stewart, Atherton, Gough etc will be very jealous and presumably keen to go down the same route.

  • on May 6, 2012, 4:53 GMT

    Actually MMA is competing with wwe. So it is no were near a sport like cricket.

  • Pathiyal on May 6, 2012, 4:57 GMT

    this adam hollioke is a very interesting character! wish he had more time for some cricketing action rather than getting punches :-) used to like him v much as english captain. he showed cricket can be played only with brains. wish he will take care of it inside the cages.

  • SAMRI_Chris on May 6, 2012, 6:12 GMT

    What I would like to see: Two batsmen I hate. I choose Ponting and Bell. Put them in a cage in full batting gear, pad, helmet, bat etc. -and make them FIGHT! Left hook shot! Right hook shot! Defensive jab! FIGHT!