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UFC fighter Jason 'Shotgun' Young visited the training ground of Nottingham Forest last Thursday to test his aim against Forest goalkeeper Lee Camp.
Camp, who also plays internationally for Northern Ireland, took on the London-born fighter in a round of penalties. Out of four attempts Young scored just the one goal, as he came to the decision that he had picked the right sport at a young age.
"I really like to follow football, but I didn't really play much as a kid," said Young. "As everyone has seen, I might be a powerful striker in the Octagon but not on the football pitch."
"Jason actually had a really powerful shot," said Camp, giving the mixed martial artist some praise, "it was just the aim that was slightly off, but the strength was all there."
Young took a break from his own MMA training to watch Forest at their training ground. He noted: "I'm sure I could definitely benefit from training with some of the guys, although our sports are quite different there are always aspects that are similar, such as agility and speed."
Forest made Young an honouree member of the team by giving him his own shirt signed by Camp, while Young signed a pair of UFC gloves for Camp.
"To begin with I was a huge wrestling fan, but I've really started to get into the UFC recently," Camp said. "It is such a fast growing sport and there is so much skill involved.
"I really hope I'll be able to support Jason and see him fight on the 29th."