Ultimate Fighting Championship fighter Brett Johns is set to stand on the other side of the cage in a new S4C series which covers MMA and boxing in Wales.
Brett, from Pontarddulais, will join presenter Rhys ap Wiliam and commentator Gareth Roberts as part of the presentation team for Y Ffeit, providing expert analysis on the MMA fights.
The series will alternate between boxing and MMA each week, with the first MMA programme on Wednesday, April 5 showing highlights from an evening of mixed martial arts bouts taking place at the Furnace Theatre, in Llanelli.
The second MMA show, on April 19, will be hosted from the Pavilion Theatre in Rhyl, with the Grand Theatre in Swansea the venue for the third and final MMA programme on May 3.
“I like talking about MMA,” said 25-year-old Brett.
“I love the sport. It’s my day job but I still enjoy watching other fights. I’ve won two world titles and I’ve fought in the UFC, so I know a lot about the sport. It’ll be nice to sit on the other side of the cage and discuss the fights.
“John Phillips, from Swansea, has now joined the UFC, with myself and Jack Marshman, so Wales is starting to make a name for itself in the sport. I’m looking forward to playing my part in Y Ffeit, and seeing how the upcoming fighters get on.”
S4C recently showed a film profile of bantamweight fighter Brett who has amassed a record of 13 wins and no losses, including a victory in his only UFC fight to date.
The S4C film profile was meant to be part of the build-up for his most recent fight in the UFC, but his opponent Ian Entwhistle pulled out just hours before the bout, much to the frustration of Brett and his team.
“The weekend of the fight was great,” added Brett.
“Entwhistle was three pounds over the limit at the weigh-in, but that didn’t bother me. But the next day, I got the call saying that he was pulling out. I knew that he could fight, but he took the easy option and pulled out.
“I wasn’t happy at all, and he was lucky that I didn’t see him during that evening, or I would’ve gone straight through him. In this sport, you have to be a fighter – not someone who thinks he’s a fighter, like Ian Entwhistle.
“I’ve called someone out, a good fighter from Mexico called Henry Briones. He says he’s happy to fight me. I don’t want to go through the same thing as last time. Hery Briones is a fighter, 100 per cent. So hopefully we can arrange this fight for Stockholm in May.”
Y Ffeit will be shown on S4C at 9.30pm.