EXCLUSIVE: Budo 19 – The return to Wales

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Time waits for no man, and Budo Fighting Championships CEO Chris Clarke seems to be in a big hurry to go places. After this week’s seismic announcement that Budo FC would be introducing full medicals, including MRI’s to their events, fully funded by Budo; they’ve now exclusively revealed to Addicted OTR that they’re stepping up the game in their second foray to Wales.

The promotion returns Swansea on March 11th 2017 with a new belt format. For the first time in the show’s history, this event will be headlined by a World Championship bout when ‘The White Mike Tyson’ John Phillips (21-6-0-1NC) faces off with Frenchman Gregory Babene (17-11-0-1NC) for the middleweight crown.

Knockout sensation Phillips is a huge fan favourite; not just in his native Wales, but nationwide. With 18 of his 21 wins coming by way of KO/TKO, you can see why. Having graced the top of both BAMMA and Cage Warriors cards, his pedigree is evident. Couple that with the fact that he’s riding a four-fight win streak, a confident Phillips is a danger to any man.

A veteran of M-1 Challenge, KSW and currently Bellator, Gregory ‘Blade’ Babene could arguably give Phillips his toughest challenge to date. A well rounded fighter, the Snakes Team athlete has 6 KO/TKOs, 8 submissions and 2 decisions (with 1 ‘other’, on a Hungarian fight card early in his career). Babene features on Bellator 166 in Oklahoma on December 2nd, so tune in to get a sneak preview of what to expect in March.

The co-main event is Budo’s first European Championship, as Marley Swindells (7-4-1) takes on Konmon Deh (6-3-0). Swindells is currently 4-1 in his last five outings, so comes into this bout confident of securing some silverware. Now training out of Phuket Top Team, by way of Chris Rees Academy, his grappling prowess will be of clear concern to Deh. Frenchman Deh returns to Budo after securing a victory in his last promotional outing against Rikki Fortuna. Having picked up four consecutive wins in his last four outings, Deh will be looking to silence the home crowd and take the strap back to Paris.

Clarke has two other confirmed bouts on the card so far. UK MMA veteran David ‘One More’ Round (15-19-0) will be looking to get back to winning ways against Dan James (5-6-0) in a welterweight clash. Then, Liam Bennett (6-8-0) takes on James Lilley (1-2-0) at featherweight.

The show will also feature Budo Welsh Champion Jordan James in his first title defence, Welsh favourite Rikki Fortuna and many, many more.

Stick with Addicted OTR for further updates.