MMA Battle Arena return to Northampton, where it all began, to celebrate their 40th show. The team at the UK’s longest running purely amateur show have put together a strong fight card, with three intriguing title fights.
Here’s the card:
77kg – Adrian Glyk (10th Planet) vs Lionel Alexis (Rising Crane MMA)
56kg – Magdelina Giec (Unique Fitness & MMA) vs Molly Lyndsey (5 Elements)
84kg – Andre Cranston (Black Dragon MMA) vs Jay Tovee (Wuji MMA)
77kg – Lukasz Ksionek (Shudan MMA) vs Corey Beldon (Toe-2-Toe)
66kg – Jaye John (Combat & Exercise) vs Craig Rumming (Rumming Complete Combat)
77kg – Sam Webb (CSW Coventry) vs Billy Fenech (5 Elements)
84kg – Atilla Hanzel (SBJ MMA) vs Vasile Cucic (Unique Fitness & MMA)
59kg – Dinesh Desuali (Beat Box MMA) vs Joe Young (London Shoot Fighters)
100kg – Michael Garbac (Shudan MMA) vs Rhino Daley (UTC)
81kg – Artur Schweinoch (Unique Fitness & MMA) vs Norbert Novenyi (London Shoot Fighters)
66kg – Kyle Wilson (Combat & Exercise) vs Conran Kehoe (Rising Crane MMA)
57kg – Kieron Pepper (SBG Cork) vs Farid Achikzai (London Shoot Fighters)
70kg – Matheiu James vs Jonathan Patrick (Combat Gym)
63kg – Michael Handakas (SBG) vs Farid Basharat (London Shoot Fighters)
93kg – *Guyla Bus (REM MMA) vs Mark Hodgeson (Kaobon)*
57kg – *David McCallum (Hybrid Academy) vs Alan Thomas (McLeods Gym)*
120kg – *Ryan Spillaine (SBG Cork) vs Thorasgard Joaquim Carvahal (Rumming Complete Combat)*
* = Title fight
The strength of relationships with top level gyms is evident with a strong showing from London Shoot Fighters; one of the premier teams in the UK. Keep an eye on young Farid Basharat. Currently sitting 2-0 as an amateur, he was last seen on Brad Pickett’s Rise of Champions show on the same card as his older brother, undefeated professional athlete Javid Basharat, involved in arguably the fight of the night. Expect more fireworks from Basharat Junior.
Last time out, Vasile Cucic put on a striking clinic, forcing the referee to call a halt to proceedings between the first and second round, declaring his opponent unfit to continue. Should he display similar aggression and accuracy tomorrow night in his bout with Atilla Hanzel then the crowd should be in for a treat.
One of the title fights has a bit of heat to it. Fans of MMA Battle Arena will remember that Guyla Bus and Mark Hodgeson met in the cage earlier this year, with Hodgeson taking the victory by referee stoppage in somewhat controversial fashion. Fighter safety is always paramount, especially in amateur MMA; however, Bus believed that the fight was stopped too early, so has earned another shot at the Kaobon man. Expect Bus to be hungry to avenge the negative on his record as both man compete for some silverware.
All in all patrons will be treated to seventeen bouts throughout the night. Who will steal the show? If you’re in the East Midlands tomorrow, make sure you’re at Northampton County Cricket Ground to catch the action. A small number of tickets are still available at the venue on the day. Doors open at 3:00pm. See the MMA Battle Arena Facebook page for pre-event drinks and further details.