Preview: Hybrid Fight 8

If you’re in the Midlands this weekend and you’re a fan of fast paced, striking-based combat sports, then you’d be hard pressed to beat a night at the Greene King Stadium in Hinckley, the venue of Hybrid Fight 8.

This is a show like no other. Where other mixed martial arts promotions align with a similar rule set, Hybrid deliberately set themselves apart from the crowd, incorporating traditional San Shou rules with a modern twist. Punches, kicks, clinch, knees and takedowns are all fair game. Ground fighting, however, is not; so, there are no submissions at Hybrid (other than verbal). This guarantees that the average fan can enjoy a night of combat without needing an understanding of the complexities of submissions.

This Saturday, Hybrid have lined up ten intriguing bouts for fan’s viewing pleasure:

1) Dominic Parton (Independent) vs Hussein Taieb (Leicester Kombat Academy) Bantamweight -61kg 3x2mins

2) Kamiil Kedzior (Impact Combat & Fitness) vs Phil Gerrard (Pure Arts Loughborough) Catchweight -74kg 3x2mins

3) Matthew Bowater (Southside MMA) vs Modestas Ruckus (Scorpion MMA) LightHeavyweight -93kg 3x2mins

4) Luke Gifford (Gorilla Muay Thai) vs Krzysztof Wisneiwski (Lions Gym) Cruiserweight -105kg 3x2mins

5) Joe Woodward (Team Kaobon) vs Chris Dyer (Scorpion MMA) Middleweight -84kg 3x2mins

6) Sean Watson (Reps MMA) vs Ashleigh Bray (Full Impact Thai) Lightweight -70kg 3x2mkins

7) Mark Hodgson (Team Kaobon) vs Luke Morton (Dark Circle Martial Arts) Heavyweight Title -120kg 5x2mins

8) Jamie Molyneaux (Leicester Shootfighters) vs Matthew Murrell (Full Impact Thai) Featherweight -65kg 3x2mins

9) Brett Reeve (Team Kaobon) vs Corey Beldon (Warriors Den) Welterweight Title -77kg 5x2mins

10) Geoff Ogendo (Notts MMA) vs Antonio Louca (EWF Martial Arts) Lightweight Title 5x2mins

There are a few standout fights on the card. Firstly, the Heavyweight Title showdown between Mark Hodgson and Luke Morton. Hodgson always brings the thunder with an aggressive, all action style from the opening bell; which, so far in his career, has overwhelmed his opponents, making him an exciting prospect to watch. Six months ago Morton was riding a 3-0 professional MMA record. Three straight defeats, including high controversy in his last outing against Dante Hawkins, have put paid to that early promise, with this looking like it might be a real make-or-break performance from the heavy-handed Wolverhamptonian.

The next ‘one to watch’ is the final bout of the night, Geoff Ogendo vs Antonio Louca. Hybrid fan-favourite Louca is featuring in his third successive Hybrid Fight event. Known for his incessant forward movement, Louca will have to be at his best to deal with the cardio-king Ogendo. The Nottingham MMA man is a dynamic striker, who could breeze through 5×5 minute rounds barely breaking a sweat, so 5×2 minute ones will be a walk in the park.

And finally, if you need one reason to go to Hybrid, I can tell you in two simple words. Corey Beldon. I could toss out superlative after superlative, but you need to see to believe. With slick, quick and precision striking, the Hybrid format is made for Beldon, which is why he’s the reigning welterweight champion. His opponent, Brett Reeve is a seasoned amateur on the scene, but with a grappling-heavy style, will have to be at his absolute best to wrestle the belt from the Warriors Den stand out.

There are a few tickets left to buy on the door, which opens at 3:00pm. Further details are available from www.hybridfight.com.