Grappling stand-out Amateur Muhammed Mokaev (2-0) has been on the tip of everyones tongue since his dominant display at Full Contact Contender 17, after the Dagestani born fighter defeated Ash McCracken (0-2) in a Unanimous Decision victory.
Play-by-play results live from UK Fighting Championships 2 at Guild Hall, Preston.
Mixed Martial Arts is widely termed “The world’s fastest growing sport” by fans and media alike, whether you agree with that statement or not, there is undeniably a gulf between MMA and more mainstream sports in the way the athletes find the route to their sporting dreams.
Sports like football are filled with scouts, agents and academies eager to snap up the young talent at an early stage as there are great riches promised for all concerned when reaching the upper echelons of the game. MMA does not provide that luxury, instead fighters grind out a living, often working full time and juggling training and ‘Turning pro’ means little more than a change in ruleset.
Recently we are beginning to see fighter management become more prominent on the domestic circuit. While it’s not uncommon for a promoter to feature fighters they also manage (something we don’t see in other sports) fighters are reaping the benefits of proper guidance. Just look at Intensiti Fighter Management who have a string of UFC fighters on their books.
Heading into their eighteenth event on Friday 28th October at the Macron Stadium, Bolton, ICE FC are continuing it’s consistency of both growth & expansion when the news broke that International Combat Elite & WSOF Global had joined forces back in early April 2016, we spoke with WSOF Global’s Affiliate Coordinator Bootsy Harris to give everyone an update of the progression of both ICE FC & WSOF Global as a brand.
“The goal is and always has been to show the unique flavour that every country brings to MMA, and allow the world to enjoy them. Since MMA began, fans in UK had only a concept of the American & Japanese styles of MMA. Now with the advent of the Global brand, an MMA fan in UK can see how a Filipino, Indian, South African, or Argentinian MMA event looks, feels, and sounds like. And the fans from those regions now have a chance to engage in UK MMA courtesy of ICE FC and the Global platform.”
Affan `Carnage’ Khan has been forced to withdraw from his English title fight against Dorchester’s Ryan Neilson this week on Southampton’s Fast and Furious combat promotion.
But not to worry, a solid opponent has been sourced.
Two battle hardened veterans of the cage will meet up for a show down at the York Hall when the Celtic Gladiator promotion starts its World Tour, starting in London this November 4th. There will be a strong International flavour as fighters from all over the world are set to compete.
It looks like something may be brewing between Irishman Peter Queally and Welsh fighter Lewis Long judging by a tweet that went out from the Welshman, so we decided to investigate by asking Lewis Long what on earth is going on?
By Beccy Davies
Saturday 15th October, and it was that time again. Cage Warriors Wales had crept up on us like a Welsh ninja; poised for the takedowns, armbars and rear naked chokes that were to become popular finishes on a Saturday night in Newport. The amateurs and pros came together on a fight card that had a few change-arounds; with Lew Long and Che Mills out and Jack Marshman signed to the UFC. However, all were still in attendance, cornering their team mates and protégés.
The simmering row between two of the UK’s top featherweights has taken another turn today, as Paddy Pimblett has spoken to AddictedOTR to clarify a few points that have been banded around in the past week or so.
After a successful first event on May 7th at the Guild Hall, Preston, with a total of twenty-seven fights, UK Fighting Championships will begin it’s second event; once again, at the Guild Hall, Preston on October 22nd.