Shinobi MMA Fighting Championship returns to Liverpool Olympia July 30. This time the promotion will feature professional MMA for the first time. Having built a reputation as one of the top shows for amateurs, Shinobi War VIII features a featherweight Main Event between Adam Ventre (4-2) of Next Generation, Liverpool Vs Dylan Tuke (2-0) fighting out of SBGi.
Ventre will hope to reignite his career after an unfortunate no contest spoiled his last outing and he dropped a decision back in October 2015. The Next Gen fighter will be a home town favourite as he competes in Liverpool for the first time since 2014.
Unbeaten Irishman Dylan “The Nuke’ Tuke fell victim to the re arranged BAMMA show and will be happy to remain active prior to his September match up. 2-0 Tuke is yet to taste defeat in his young career and a victory over Ventre would see him return to BAMMA a legitimate 3-0 prospect.
Further additions to the card include a featherweight title match up at amateur between Bjarki Omarsson (6-5) from Iceland’s Mjolnir MMA against Rob Zabitis (5-1) of Team Elite. The two will contest the vacant title following Jordan Barton’s move to the paid ranks.
A bantamweight battle between Eddie Johnson (1-1) of HAMMA and Callum McVay (4-3) fighting out of 12 Gauge Mma will play out on the main card along with the former’s HAMMA team mate Mick Stanton (4-5) “Micky Stanno” welcomes Jiu Jitsu whizz Elliott Thomas (3-1) from Chris Rees Academy to Liverpool.
In the lightweight division Mark Smith (1-1) of KC Fightbase will take on undefeated Theophilus Nelson (3-0) from Liverpool Vale Tudo.
Previously announced bouts include Conner Hignett taking on Darren Castleton and a 135 scrap between Sheldon Reid and Paul Jackson. Reid’s last victory went viral with a front kick knock out at Shinobi War 7. This match up will now decide the home of the vacant bantamweight title. Alex O’Sullivan has vacated the title as he looks to move up in weight as a growing young man.
Full details of the fight card will be available via AddictedOTR.com soon and the promotional video can be found below.