Preview: MMA Battle Arena 42 – Night of Champions


MMA Battle Arena returns to action this weekend with what will arguably be the biggest night of amateur MMA in the UK this year. Featuring no less than seven title fights, this mega event is split into three separate sections, covering off every wish and desire of the fight fans in attendance.

Headlining the event will be the Lightweight World Title fight between incumbent champion David Khalsa and Luke Mulhall. The two athletes have met once before, with Khalsa picking up the victory. Mulhall believes that he’s a very different fighter this time around and will cause the heavy-handed brawler Khalsa a few more concerns this time around.

The co-main event will feature Kyle Wilson and Jordan Bowyer in a European Featherweight Title clash. Wilson will be looking to continue his meteoric rise up the Battle Arena ranks and finish off the year with some silverware for his troubles. This will be his third appearance on the promotion and he’ll be looking to pick up a third consecutive first round finish against the durable Bowyer. Fighting out of SBJ MMA, Bowyer has racked up three straight victories and returns to the cage for the first time since March. Both of these athletes have submission skills that belie their relative inexperience. This will be an intriguing bout, for sure.

The stand out bout of the card, in my opinion, sits on the second section of the night. UFC star Leon ‘Rocky’ Edwards isn’t the only fighter in his family. His younger brother Fabien Edwards has been tearing through the amateur middleweight ranks at a speed of knots and faces off with Romanian Attila Hanzel for the MMA Battle Arena European Middleweight crown. UTC star Edwards currently has an 8-0 record, building himself a highlight reel of knockouts in the process. Hanzel will be a whole new proposition for him though. Looking like he’s cut from pure granite, Hanzel has devastating KO power of his own, coupled with a strong and tricky ground game. Whether this fight is over in 30 seconds or goes the distance; patrons in attendance won’t be disappointed.

Other title fights include:

Matt Byfield vs Martynas Anrikis

Tomasz Ponder vs Marthin Hamlet Neilson

Bradley Owen vs Fred Sjoli

Corey Beldon vs Adrian Glowacki




With 27 fights on the card, make sure you arrive on time. Doors open at 3pm, with the first bout scheduled for 3:30pm. Free parking is available on site and hot food can be purchased within the venue.

I believe a handful of standing tickets will be available on the door. If you’re in Birmingham and you want to see excellence on Saturday night, make sure you’re at the Edgbaston Cricket Stadium, Birmingham for MMA Battle Arena 42, Night of Champions. You won’t be disappointed.