Young Aussie trains with Urijah Faber, Team Alpha Male
Young Aussie trains with Urijah Faber, Team Alpha Male

Young Aussie trains with Urijah Faber, Team Alpha Male

Young Aussie trains with Urijah Faber and Team Alpha Male.

Aussie fighter Reece 'Lightening' McLaren has just returned to Australia following a month long training program at Team Alpha Male in the United States.

In a bid to progress his MMA career and move towards a UFC contact, McLaren spent time training with the likes of UFC stars Urijah Faber and Paige VanZant.

“Imagine sharing the mats with UFC fighters, most ranked in the top 10, and a UFC champion every day for a month,” said McLaren.

“It was absolutely unreal. I consider myself super lucky. I got to mix it up with the guys - Urijah Faber asked me to roll with him after practice a few times which was such an incredible opportunity, he is and will always be one of my favourite guys in the fight game. To be able to roll and just grace the mats with him was a dream come true.”

McLaren even got to got to Faber’s on personal gym saying, “Urijah invited me out to his secret personal gym, which was a three and a half hour drive west.”

“That was unreal, almost like a Samurai house, bunk beds, training mats, heavy bags, a steam room and one of the most awesome drives I have ever been on. The roads up and around the coast were breathtaking.”

McLaren has a belt defence coming up, but he also has his eyes set on UFC’s Melbourne card in November of this year.

“I will hopefully defend my Eternal belt on May 30, then I will be making the drop to flyweight,” said McLaren.

“I'm not working at the moment. I am trying to find balance in my in my life and training, but most of all I am keeping my eye on the prize. I would love to win a fight at Flyweight and then hopefully make my international debut for UFC Melbourne - that would be a dream come true. I am training my butt off and won't waste this opportunity.”

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