James Hendin dedicates Cage Warriors 160 victory to his father working at sea

With a gladiatorial mindset, instilled through years of training with his dad, James Hendin produced a sensational performance at Cage Warriors 160, worthy of a title shot or a place in the UFC.

In a devastating showing at Bowlers Exhibition Centre in Manchester, the Sunderland-based fighter, rag-dolled Tobias Harila from pillar to post, en route to landing a devastating stoppage victory after slamming ‘Bad Intention’ onto the canvas and breaking his arm in the process.

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James Hendin has a remarkable relationship with his dad

Having proven his credentials on the judo scene, picking up medals with Team England in international competitions, Hendin has the grappling credentials to dismantle whoever dares set foot in the cage with him.

But as good as his skillset is, it’s his mind that really sets him apart from the pack. And he owes it all to his father.

From the age of 12, the athlete would come home to his dad, who would demand he put his gym kit on and start doing circuit training, before going to judo practice later in the evening. And while the youngster didn’t realise it at the time, his father was doing everything in his power to help him achieve his dreams.


With his family at the forefront of his mind, Hendin’s dad works away at sea, doing everything he can to provide for his family. And while his wifi is limited, he tries his utmost to watch his son’s fights, with an almighty sense of happiness over everything his boy has achieved. Therefore, having now scaled the mountain and proven all the sacrifices and training were worthwhile, the pair can look back and smile at the road they’ve taken to get here.

Unsurprisingly, Hendin can’t wait to make enough money to pay him back for all the love he’s shown him over the years.

In an exclusive interview with Sporf, he said: “Unfortunately, he probably wasn’t watching, because he’s in the middle of the ocean on some sh***y f***ing vessel. Bless him, he’s been doing this s**t his whole life, and I just wanna get to a point where I can help my family out so they don’t have to do this bull s**t work no more.”

James Hendin sets his sights on the next chapter following dramatic win at Cage Warriors 160

While many would want to simply bask in the glory of an amazing showing, Hendin showcased his sportsmanship by reaching out an olive branch to his rival.

The 25-year-old said: “He’s a beast. I hope he has a speedy recovery. I hope what’s happened to his arm isn’t too bad. Honestly, I just wish his team and his family all the best for the future.”

In addition, he felt it necessary to give his thanks to the legendary Andrew Fisher and all the lads at Team Fish Tank who’ve whipped him into fighting shape.

He beamed: “Andrew Fisher hates all this sort of s**t. But I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for him. I have a lot of love for him. He has a special place in my heart.”

However, with the dust already settling, Hendin’s prepared for whatever is next, whether that be a shot at the Cage Warriors belt or an opportunity in the UFC.

He concluded: “I’m going to be the best in the world. I’ve worked too hard and put too much time into this. That was just one of many performances that are going to look like that.

“Thank you, Cage Warriors, for hosting another great event.

“Dana White, Sean Shelby. I hope you’re both watching. I’m ready. Let’s go.”

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