Long standing North West Mixed Martial Arts promotion Budo Fighting Championships has been a breeding ground for some of the region’s top talent for a number of years. Now promoter Chris Clarke has expanded his team as well as his plans as he told AddictedOTR.com
“Why do you do what you do?” I asked Mehrdad Janzemini. “I fight to challenge myself, but I get hotties on the side, of course” he replied. What did I realistically expect from the infamous sex pest of UKMMA?
I first met Mehrdad in June. He was cornering team mate Dan Vinni at an event I was part of. He was quietly spoken, but had a devious devilment in his eyes. I’d seen the YouTube of his pro debut where he took apart his opponent on Fury 15 only a month earlier, so knew the kid had potential. However, I’d not yet been treated to the full savageness of his social media onslaught. Fast forward six months and I was sat in a coffee shop in West London with the man himself as he was telling me about his recent trips abroad to train, interspersed with tales of various intimate encounters, much to the clear embarrassment of the ‘soccer mom’ type on the table next to us. This is the world of Mehrdad. Striking, grappling and hitting it from the back. Every young man’s dream. Continue reading →
One thing that separates top promotions with the run-of-the-mill crowd is the ability to deal with a tough situation and come out of it in a stronger position. This week Warrior Fight Series have done just that. Loud, brash and infamous UK middleweight Leeroy Barnes’ bout on WFS 5 had been put in doubt when he correctly predicted that his initial opponent wouldn’t make the cage walk with him. Rather than lose the fight or offer an inferior challenge, promoter Harry Shoebridge has proved his talent yet again by not only pulling a rabbit out of the hat, he’s gone and snared a tiger. In an exclusive chat with On The Road with Addicted, Shoebridge revealed that he’s booked Andy Manzolo (9-3) to step into the breach and challenge the rejuvenated Barnes.
Though we’re a disparate group of contributors; at On The Road with Addicted, we often chat about fighters across the spectrum of the mixed martial arts world. Of course, the McGregor hype train has been talked about at length; but equally, as we all attend regional and national events we regularly discuss the new breed of athlete coming up through the ranks. The men and women littering our UK amateur scene.
As MMA is hindered by the inconsiderate Christmas and New Year break, rather than our usual ‘Addicted Picks’ piece, we’ve each chosen an amateur fighter who we think will make waves in 2016. Keep your eyes open for these guys.
Whether during an international pay-per-view, or whilst sat in a local sports hall watching a couple of mismatched amateurs tentatively move around the cage ; as discerning MMA fans, every one of us has sat there and thought “why would you make that fight?”
Having had the pleasure/fortune/misfortune (delete as applicable) of witnessing firsthand the sheer difficulty in threading together a fight card when I watched my good friends Wad Alameddine and James Lutman work on Macto in June, my sympathy for promoters and match makers has multiplied exponentially. Fight fans often forget the human element involved. The fighters themselves. Are they fit? Are they available? Does this fight suit them? Is it right for their career at the moment? There are a plethora of variables which the rest of us fail to consider when asking the initial question. You often need the perfect storm of circumstance to be able to create the fight of your dreams.
Now I sit firmly on the other side of the fence, I can put aside all of these issues. The joy of journalism is that you can weave fantasy with reality; so tonight, I’ve donned my match maker’s hat and thought “what would I like to see in 2016?” Here’s a few fights I would definitely pay to watch:
Cameron Else has kept himself busy this year, as well as a successful BAMMA debut last month he has also been diligently building his Killacam promotion on the side. Many may ask what would a domestic promotion on the East coast of England have to offer the UK’s MMA scene? Those people are yet to attend a Killacam show, because this is a show that has stood up on its own two feet and is sending out the message that it is here to stay.
2015 has been a great year for Tillery Combats Jack Shore, as well as winning three fights taking his unbeaten amateur record to 8-0, Jack then entered the IMMAF European Open Championship in November and blitzed his way through four opponents to become the European Amateur Champion.
It’s an incredible accomplishment and record for the young Welsh man who has had to share his time between University and training at Tillery Combat, and at only 20 years of age it seems he has the world at his feet.
It goes without saying that the world’s largest MMA organisation has taken centre stage this week and a fair chunk of all other stages with three Las Vegas events in three days. The UK and EIRE are well represented on that stage but there’s a lot of great fights at home too. Continue reading →
This weekend young Titan fighter Charlie-Boy Howard faces his greatest challenge to date, when he takes on undefeated Lions Den’s Killacam Amateur Champion Ben Manuwa. Through-out 2015 Charlie-Boy has made numerous appearances at shows calling out the top fighters in his division looking for tougher challenges for himself, this Saturday in Margate, Kent he will get his wish, and it won’t get any tougher than Ben Manuwa.