A chance meeting that turned into a career and changed his life…

It was while on a night out that Rhys Gray, 20, found himself pestering the head doorman of a nightclub about Mixed Martial Arts and how much he had always wanted to try it. A week later he gave his first class a go at SBG, South Shields, and the rest is history.

Now, Rhys is not only an MMA competitor-he is also a teacher, coaching kids the sport he loves. He said: “I have now been training out of SBG for three years under head coach Alex Enlund, and it’s been the best decision of my life. My current record is 4-2 and I can’t wait to show everyone what I can really do as I progress through the ranks.”

Rhys first heard about CBD Life UK through a friend. He said: “The products were recommended to me for use as part of my post-workout regime. I use the CBD Life UK oil, the spray under my tongue and the vape pen as well as I think they really help with my recovery after training.”

As well ensuring he is taking the utmost care of himself by using CBD products, Rhys also believes surrounding himself with positive people is the key to success. He said: “The guys from SBG, South Shields help me both in and out of the gym-we’re more than just a team we are a family too.”

Rhys has now had six amateur fights and been involved in many grappling competitions. He said: “I feel like my last fight went perfectly. Getting the win, as well as totally finishing my opponent- it just felt like everything paid off”

“I’ve also had the chance to travel and train down at SBG Manchester twice a week, with their elite athletes and coaches down there which I feel has excelled my game loads. Such an honour so early into my MMA journey.”

Rhys believes his career is still very much in it’s early days. He said: “My dream I just beginning, I’m so excited for the future and the best is yet to come.”

So, what’s next for this rising star? Rhys was due to compete in the British Open Championships this month however, it was cancelled and he is currently waiting on a new date to be set. Watch this space.