When you think of UFC featherweights with great potential and an under-the-radar standing, Andy Ogle may not be the first name that pops in your head. In fact, if you didn’t watch The Ultimate Fighter, you may not be fully aware of who “Little Axe” is.

Well, the British 145-pounder is one of the the UK’s best featherweights and earned his way into the UFC the hard way. That way, of course, was through the TUF house.

Ogle was on the only live season of the long-running reality show. During taping, he went 2-1 on the show. After earning his way into the house with a unanimous decision win over Brandon Waefer, Ogle went on to be the 14th overall pick in the competition, effectively earning a spot on Urijah Faber’s team. From there, he upset Mike Rio, one of the opposing team’s best and most experienced fighters. Unfortunately, Ogle would then be eliminated from the competition by eventual finalist Al Iaquinta.

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“The biggest way I improved as a fighter in the house was dealing with stress,” Ogle told The MMA Corner in an exclusive interview. “When you were stressed out, there was nowhere to go. I was forced to deal with these stresses on my own, which has benefitted me.”

Luckily, he would be given another chance with the company in the form of fellow TUF alum Akira Corassani. The fight was in England, and it ended in a close and questionable split decision loss for the Brit.

“What I learned from the fight with Akira is to not let the fight go to decision” Ogle admitted. “That is for sure.”

With that on his mind, Ogle now has his sights set on this weekend, when he defends his home turf against struggling American Josh Grispi. Grispi is known for having a solid ground game, but has been exposed on the feet by guys such as George Roop. Ogle thinks this fight is his, no matter where the two engage.

Furthermore, Ogle seems to think he can expose a weakness of Grispi when the two step in the cage.

“I think I can exploit his mentality. He is coming off three losses,” Ogle stated. “Coming off those three loses is going to be very important in regards to his mentality in the cage.”

Of course, Ogle has to remember that he may be fighting for his job as well. Ogle failed to win his debut coming out of the TUF house, a loss that usually sends those fighters to the free agent market. That does not seem to faze “Little Axe.”

“Your present fight is always your biggest. I am always sharpening every tool I have constantly, whether it be my grappling, striking, et cetera,” Ogle explained. “I just know that this fight will not be going to the judges.”

So, as Ogle prepares for the biggest fight of his career, it is interesting to see him with everything in perspective. He is not even thinking about what is to happen after this fight, which may make him even more dangerous. Of course, he doesn’t want to overlook Josh Grispi as an opponent, so he said to, “Stay tuned after the fight to see who I want to fight next.”

Top Photo: Andy Ogle (L) (Al Powers/Zuffa, LLC)

About The Author

Riley Kontek
Staff Writer

Riley Kontek is a Chicago-land native that has been an addict of mixed martial arts since the first Chuck Liddell-Tito Ortiz encounter. He has been writing on MMA for the last year and is a Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report MMA. In addition to that, he used to host a weekly radio show on MMA. Though he has no formal training in mixed martial arts, Riley is a master in the art of hockey fighting.