- Brendan Fevola was beaten up in his first MMA fight
- The footy legend took on Tony ‘The Tradie’ Ciccone
- He said he needs to improve his fitness
Brendan Fevola was taught a mixed martial arts lesson in his cagefighting debut over the weekend.
But the footy cult hero smiled through all of the pain.
While the fight technically ended in a draw, Carlton legend Fevola learned plenty from experienced rival Tony ‘The Tradie’ Ciccone at Melbourne’s Festival Hall on Saturday night.
The number one takeaway, he revealed, was that he needed to train more for the contest.
‘It was actually really fun. I might do it again, but I will train this time,’ Fevola said after the event.
Brendan Fevola smiled through all of the pain during his first ever MMA fight
The Carlton stat was beaten up by his seasoned opponent on Saturday night
Fevola was unaware he would be fighting in the cage, having been the victim of a prank played on him by his radio show colleagues on Fox FM.
He arrived at the arena expecting to be competing in a traditional boxing fight, only to be told he would be taking part in a mixed martial arts contest.
‘Considering I thought it was a boxing fight when I signed up – and I asked for headgear and they said ‘all you need is shin pads’, and I said ‘why?’ – I think I did OK,’ Fevola said.
‘I don’t think it was a draw, though … congratulations Tony.’
Despite being dominated during the fight, Fevola smiled and winked throughout while his daughter, Mia Fevola, watched on cageside.
She later posted images from the night to Instagram with the caption ‘terrifying’.
Other famous faces were in attendance, including Collingwood stars Jack Crisp and Brody Mihocek, North Melbourne legend Brent Harvey, former Carlton star Ben Silvagni and Australian boxer Michael Zerafa.
“He was 17kg heavier than me,” Fevola said.
Fevola’s daughter Mia was supporting her father from cageside in Melbourne
“I was 115kg this morning and he was 132kg. He was too hard to get off me once he got on top of me,” Fevola said.
“Just my lungs hurt. I don’t think he hit me much. I got him a heap. I don’t feel like I have been hit.
“He tried to break my arm at one stage. I was like, ‘aargh’.
“Then I saw my mate Nate Myles and I smiled at him, that’s when my mouthguard fell out.
“Then I saw Jack Crisp from Collingwood when I was on the ground and I winked at him and he was like, ‘hey’, and I was like ‘what am I doing?’.”
He entered the ring to the Culture Club classic Do You Really Want to Hurt Me.