Cage fighting

Cage fighting high beats cricket - Hollioake

Peter English

May 5, 2012

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Adam Hollioake (left) with his mixed martial arts coach Stephen Ng, 2012
Adam Hollioake with his cage-fighting coach

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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Posted by   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.

Posted by RandyOZ on (May 7, 2012, 11:52 GMT)

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

Posted by 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.

Posted by   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.

Posted by Meety on (May 6, 2012, 8:54 GMT)

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

Posted by   on (May 6, 2012, 7:28 GMT)

a typical new zealous convert

Posted by 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

Posted by 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!

Posted by 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.

Posted by   on (May 6, 2012, 4:53 GMT)

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

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