Shaoib Yousaf beat a late replacement in Callum McDonald to clinch the Budo Featherweight Title and extend his unbeaten record to 6-0 at Budo 13 today. Budo Fighting Championships’s 13th show was unlucky for some, perhaps, as recent IMMAF Team UK selection Beau Gavin was unable to compete against Yousaf.
McDonald was originally scheduled to face HAMMA’s Gray Donnelly but instead stood in on short notice in hostile territory against “The Assassin” who had brought a crowd. McDonald started strong but a straight right urged him to go for the takedown. As the action continued against the cage there was a brief pause as the ref checked the legality of a knee. The fight moved to the ground and Yousaf looked super aggressive with his strikes from the top. As the crowd reached fever pitch the undefeated Predators fighter upped the strike rate, forcing the stoppage before the first round was in the books and taking with it the interim featherweight title.
Elsewhere on the card, as three belts were contested, fans were treated to a back and fourth war which displayed exactly why the amateur scene in the UK is thriving, particularly in the North West. Liam Gittins (3-1) fighting out of Team Elite, took on Liverpool Vale Tudo‘s 3-0 prospect Scott Johnson. Nineteen year old Gittins got the better of the stand up in the first and as his confidence grew, he began to relax until Johnson scored a huge scoop takedown. Gittins recovered position and eventually scoring a takedown of his own. Johnson threw up a tight armbar but was dropped on his head for his troubles.
As the fight wore on Scott Johnson looked like he was fading but time and time again he pushed forward, shooting for takedowns with varying success. Once the fight reached the championship rounds Johnson had it all to do, and he very nearly did. Several very close submission attempts, including a rear naked choke at the end of the 4th could have sent the belt to Liverpool Vale Tudo. Gittins gritted his teeth and survived everything that was thrown at him.
Each time Gittins found himself in top postion, he rained down vicous strikes and when the action returned to standing, he picked apart the body, wearing his man down. At the end of 5 gruelling rounds it was a split decision that saw Liam Gittins leave with the title but it was a champions performance from both young men.
A fight that most would have tipped for fight of the night also delivered. Belt collectors Connor Hitchens and Danny Stirk clashed at 135lb for the latter’s Budo strap. Giving up a little height to his opponent, Stirk took the centre and looked to find openings with his striking. Hitchens movement and stand up was exceptional, time and again finding a home with swift one-two combinations.
Stirk never wavered and kept moving forward but each time the fight went to the ground, Hitchens was able to drop a series of savage blows. Hitchens closed the first two rounds with a flurry at the bell and in round three it was too much for the champion. Massive strikes from top position forced Stirk to give up his back and submit to the rear naked choke in round 3.
Swansea native Scott Pederson (6-2) put on a grappling clinic against a very game Alan Hunt. The 19 year old from Chris Rees Academy stuck to his 33 year old foe like glue throughout without being able to finish the fight. Hunt showed great promise himself but once Pederson had settled in on the ground, he couldn’t be shifted by the Team Elite fighter. Pederson looked superb in victory and will only continue to improve under the guidance of Chris Rees and Brett Johns.
HAMMA’s Gray Donnelly made short work of stand in Wes O’Neill after his original opponent moved up to the main event. He dispatched his opponent following a failed guillotine in little over a minute to move to 4-0.
Cameron Chamberlain and Aaron Fyfield promised great things but it was over before it really got going as Fyfield transitioned beautifully into an armbar in under 60 seconds.
A string of well matched amateur bouts really shone the spotlight on the regions up and coming talent and for promoter Chris Clarke it was testament to his hard work. A small number of fans caused the evening to end abruptly following the main event but it didn’t sour the evening.
Focus shifts to Budo’s first show in the south of England which takes place in Watford on May 21 but the promotion seems to be going from strength to strength. You can find the full results for Budo 13 below.
Callum McDonald vs Shoaib Yousaf
(Interim Featherweight Amateur Title)
Shoaib Yousef Def. Callum McDonald via TKO (Strikes) Round 1
Kevin Fryer vs Tomek Gujski
Kevin Fryer Def. Tomek Gujski via Technical Submission (Strikes) at 0.46 of Round 1
Adrian Rusek vs Rob Beech
Rob Beech Def. Adrian Rusek via Submission (Strikes) at 0.45 of Round 1
Connor Hitchens vs Danny Stirk
(Amateur Bantamweight Championship)
Connor Hitchens Def. Danny Stirk via Submission (RNC) at 2.09 of Round 3
Liam Gittins vs Scott Johnson
(Amateur Flyweight Championship)
Liam Gittins Def. Scott Johnson via Split Decision (48-47, 48-47, 48-47)
Will Cairns vs Saqib Khan
Saqib Khan Def. Will Cairns via TKO (Strikes) 1.09 of Round 1
Paul Evans vs Harveer Singh
Paul Evans Def. Harveer Singh via TKO (Doctor Stoppage) after Round 2
Andrej Bochorz vs Gary Cooper
(Amateur Light Heavyweight)
Gary Cooper Def. Andrej Bochorz via Submission (Side Choke) at 1.06 of Round 1
Scottie Pederson vs Alan Hunt
Scott Pederson Def. Alan Hunt via Unanimous Decision
Karol Nazar vs Charlie Leary
Charlie Leary Def. Karol Nazar via Tapout (Strikes) 1.10 of Round 1
Gray Donnelly vs Wes O’Neill
Gray Donnelly Def. Wes O’Neill via TKO (strikes) at 1.03 of Round 1
Cameron Chamberlain vs Aaron Fyfield
Aaron Fyfield Def. Cameron Chamberlain via Submission (Armbar) at 0.43 of Round 1
Sam Patterson vs Jake Barton
Sam Patterson Def. Jake Barton via Technial Submission (Armbar) at 1.23 of Round 1
Dan Lucas vs David Dillon
Dan Lucas Def David Dillon via Submission (Side choke) at 2:59 of Round 2
Reece Street vs Naveed Yakub
Naveed Yakub Def. Reece Street via Submission (Strikes) at 1.11 of Round 1