Tolly Plested from 1st Generation ready for War!

Having finished his last cardio session with me, I can confirm Tolly Plested is primed and ready for his debut bout at UCMMA this weekend!

The fight takes place at the Troxy, London this Saturday 7th April.

Its been an honour to train Tolly, who is an accomplished fighter and long- time training partner to Oli Thompson. He will be able to showcase his new-found levels of cardio and strength built up over the last few months of hard training.

For updates on Tolly’s progress follow my twitter HERE.

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Oli Thompson- YourMMA Radio: “My conditioning was the best its ever been”

Oli Thompson recently made his UFC debut at UFC On FX 2 in Australia, and the former strongman had a barnstorming encounter with Shawn Jordan. Despite a loss in his Octagon debut, Thompson really endeared himself to the fans in “good old-fashioned slobberknocker”.

Thompson talks with YourMMA Radio about battling the ring rust and training issues, impressing the Zuffa brass and earning some new fans.

You can listen to the radio interview with Oli HERE.

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Team Thompson have a blast at UFC, Sydney!


It’s almost one week on, and it seems like yesterday we where walking out in front of 14 thousand people at the sold out Allphones Arena in Sydney, Australia. This was for Oli’s debut UFC fight against Shawn Jordan from the USA.


As you probably know, Oli was defeated by TKO in the second round after an amazing performance in the octagon. In the first round Oli almost won the fight with a submission, which Jordan managed to slip out of! Both fighters showed great heart and put an amazing show for the packed out arena which was on its feet for most of the fight.

The Kimura which almost won Oli the fight.

Cutman “Stitch” works on Oli’s face.

Despite the loss, Team Thompson (Chistian Vila, Anthony Brown and Oli Thompson) came back with high spirits due to the amazing experiences they had in the days leading up to the fight.

We made some great friends in Penrith who truly looked after us whilst we where there, most notably Tama Tehuna and his family (brother of fellow UFC fighter, Jamie Tehuna), who set up some great sparring for Oli leading up to the fight.

With the fight team at Contender Gym.

Oli works with boxing coach Anthony Brown.

The UFC ran the whole event very smoothly. From the hotel, to the live weigh-ins, from the medicals to the press conference. Everything ran like clockwork and had quality and class within. You can see why Dana White and the UFC are the best in the world at what they do!

Live Weigh-ins.

Live Weigh-ins.


The weather was not kind to us, but we managed to train every day in the week leading up to the fight. From my perspective Oli’s conditioning was spot on. I could not have asked anything more from him. His fitness could never be questioned- he was not even out of breath at the end of the first round.

Boys have some fun in the gym!

Wrestling at the Full Combat Centre with Shane Nix.

With Thiago Alves’ Strength & Conditioning coach- Mike Dolce.

With BJJ Black Belt, Richard Sargeant.

With cutman “Stitch”….awesome dude!

Oli with Cain Velasquez at the Weigh-ins.

The icing on the cake was at the airport on the way home, when UFC President came over to us to congratulate Oli on his great performance. Dana is a big lover of fighters who put their heart in to fights and even tweeted live during the fight:

Oli with UFC President, Dana White.

Pending a 35 day suspension, Team Thompson will resume training soon and await news on the next fight for Oli. Oli is keen to get training as soon as possible.

We say “Bring it On”!

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UFC KAMPMANN vs ALVES Weigh-In LIVE, Sydney Australia

See us come on at 24:00…..

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Team Thompson- official Training kit by JACO!

It’s here! MMA Apparel have supplied Team Thompson with their JACO training kit for their UFC- Sydney training camp!

Featuring the MMA Apparel, Combat Ready Training, and Brighton & Hove Boxing Club logos, the kit will be used extensively in the coming weeks in the warmer climate of Sydney, Australia.

Team Thompson (from left to right)
– Christian Vila: (Strength & Conditioning Coach

– Oli Thompson (the main man!)

– Anthony Brown (Boxing coach)

Missing from the photo are Dani Vlad (Wrestling), Tolly Plested (BJJ) and Monstro (BJJ)

Above: JACO Hybrid Training shorts and JACO Tenacity Performance Bamboo T-shirt.

The team are in high spirits as they enter the final weeks of preparation for Oli’s UFC debut on the 3th March.

They’ve built a solid bond and friendship which has resulted in one of the best most cohesive training camps ever with only one goal: to make the ultimate Heavyweight fighter in the UFC!

The team fly out to Sydney this week to continue their training- subscribe to blog updates and the CRT You Tube channel HERE.

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Team Thompson head to Sydney, Australia for UFC Sydney!

Heavyweight UFC fighter, Oli Thompson will be flying to Sydney Australia next week to complete THE best training camp of his fighting career. We scrutinise and test every aspect of Oli’s fitness, and he is smashing all his records and setting personal bests in strength, power and cardio. Anyone who watches him train comments on how unique Oli is.

“He’s a total freak!” says Boxing coach Anthony Brown, “He moves so fast for his weight, and when he punches you…he HURTS you!”

With only two weeks to go till fight night at Sydney’s Allphones Arena, Team Thompson will be flying out in the coming week to complete the training camp and acclimatise to the new time zone.

Team Thompson flying out will consist of :

– Anthony Brown (Boxing Coach),

-Thiago Monstro (BJJ Coach),

and myself (Christian Vila- S&C coach).

To be kept up to date with the training camp subscribe to the CRT newsletter here:

You can also follow progress via Twitter HERE.
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Oli Thompspn talks to iMMACULATE clothing about his training.

Heavyweight fighter Oli Thompson trains with Christian Vila and answers some questions with Miad Najai of iMMACULATE clothing.

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Christian Vila in Fighting Fit Magazine….

….alongside other experts in this month’s expert panel, alongside JC Santana, Bobby Rimmer and Brian Caldwell.

March 2012 issue, page 23- available nationwide at most newsagents.

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Bulgarian Bags: added to Oli Thompson’s UFC training camp!

Now deep in to his UFC training camp, Oli Thompson will be using the renown Bulgarian Bags courtesy of Wolverson Fitness!

CRT’s Bulgarian Bags.

The Suples Bulgarian Bags are made of the highest quality leather available and filled to exact weight specifications with both wool and sand. The unique shape of the bag created by Ivan Ivanov is designed to acheive both upper and lower body training.

The three different types of handles allow athletes to perform mulitple exercises with different grips, and each bag has color coded straps to quicly and easily identify size and weight. Suples Training bags deliver a total body workout that will bring Oli Thompson’s conditioning to a whole new level!

Expect to see videos/photos of Oli training with the Bulgarian bags soon!

Oli Thompson will be fighting Shawn Jordan at UFC in Sydney on Saturday 3rd March, 2012.

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Oli Thompson vs. Shawn Jordan added to UFC on FX 2!

Finally its official! UFC Heavyweight fighter Oli Thompson will face Shawn Jordan at UFC on FX2!

Training has already begun, with Oli’s arm making a full recovery and strength at near maximum.


UFC on FX 2 has added a pair of octagon newcomers.

Sources close to the event today told that heavyweights Shawn Jordan (12-3 MMA, 0-0 UFC) and Oli Thompson (9-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC) are set to clash in the UFC’s third trip Down Under.

“UFC on FX 2: Kampmann vs. Alves” takes place March 3 at Allphones Arena in Sydney, Australia. The event’s main card airs live on FX while preliminary fights head to FUEL TV.

The UFC first ventured into Australia for UFC 110 and returned one year later for UFC 127. Both shows were quick sellouts.

Jordan, a former fullback at Louisiana State University, arrives in the UFC with a recent submission victory over Lavar Johnson at Strikeforce Challengers 19. The majority of his fights have ended by way of TKO or KO (with eight of them in his favor).

Shawn Jordan

A Bellator veteran, Jordan trains out of Jackson-Winkeljohn MMA in Albuquerque, N.M.

Thompson in July signed with the UFC to face Phil De Fries at UFC 138, but an injury forced him to withdraw from the bout.

From ESPN:

Thompson, a former winner of Britain’s Strongest Man, has won nine of his 11 bouts since taking up the sport in 2009; his two losses came against UFC veterans Rob Broughton and Joe Vedepo.

The Brit was scheduled to face Phil de Fries at UFC 138, but injury scuppered any chance of the bout happening.

Oli Thompson

Jordan’s record stands at 12-3, and he has experience of competing in the Strikeforce promotion. His most recent outing was a creditable victory over the durable Lavar Johnson.

From Headkick Legend:

Fighting out of the Jackson-Winkeljohn camp, Jordan began his professional career with a victory in Bellator in the spring of 2009. He’s since put together a record of 12-3-0, with eleven of his twelve wins coming by way of (T)KO or submission. Jordan split a pair of bouts during his time with Strikeforce, faltering in his promotional with a decision loss to Devin Cole before rebounding with an upset submission win over Lavar Johnson last September.

Jordan will be tasked with Oli Thompson, whose UFC debut was delayed after injury forced him to pull out of a fight with Phil de Fries. Thompson has a career record of 9-2-0, with losses to UFC veterans Joe Vedepo and Rob Broughton. Like Jordan, Thompson has a penchant for the finish, with eight of his victories ending by tapout or TKO.

UFC on FX 2″ will take place in Sydney, Australia and feature a headline bout between welterweights Thiago Alves and Martin Kampmann

The ten-week training camp is well underway, with Team Oli Thompson working together towards the big date on 3rd March.

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