It was November 19th 2016 when I first laid eyes on Jordan Bowyer as he made his way to the cage to face Kyle Wilson for the Battle Arena European featherweight title. He walked down the walkway with an air of cockiness that you only see in either the truly talented, or the naïve arrogance of youth. As he was only 19 at the time, I was pretty certain it was the latter. I was soon to find out that it was most definitely the former.
This is Craig Maynard’s show and I had heard good reviews about it. Set in Patchway Sports Centre, Bristol, it wasn’t too far away from me and seeing as Andree Warbrick v Linzi Edwards was the main event I just had to witness these two ladies fighting each other for the World Title as I knew it would be a war; and a war it turned out to be.
First of all, apologies, Battle Arena fans; my review is usually out within 24-36 hours of the event, this one has taken a lot longer to write. I always try to stay objective when writing about MMA. What the athletes (& promoters) put into events deserves nothing but respect and admiration, so I always do my utmost to convey that gratitude in what I write, especially when dealing with amateur fighters who do this for the love of the sport. I haven’t felt that I’ve been able to be objective since Saturday night, when halfway through a fantastic event, a small number of ‘attendees’ (for want of a stronger phrase) didn’t think through their actions. As those who know me can attest to, I’m not a fighter; but my temper was tested more than it has been in a while, so I needed to calm down to make sure that what I write is put down correctly and not purely out of annoyance.
This time last week I was getting ready to pack and finish off my training in Sofia Bulgaria, the country had played excellent host to a marvelous array of men and women from all over the world, from officials to fighters, we all came together with an abundance of respect for this sport we all love and support, MMA. This time I hadn’t come as either Commissioner or writer, I had been picked by Joe Clifford to train, learn and be part of a top team of Cuts people, under the watchful eye of himself and legend Bob Plant. A chance I couldn’t pass up or turn my back on, as Joe knew about the ongoing problems I have with my back, I appreciated the support and understanding Joe had and continues to have in me, during the week we were away.
It’s been a fast turnaround for the the South Coast’s Bryony Tyrell after losing her straw weight BCMMA title against Kate Jackson last February 18th. It was a titanic battle that saw Tyrell lose the strap in the third round after being on the receiving end of some vicious flesh trauma around the eye. It was a battle of opportunity’s that saw both fighters entering the third stanza with a round apiece, Jackson would find the higher ground and relentlessly unleashed fists and elbows into the face of Tyrell who showed her much celebrated spirit, the referee was forced to stop the fight.
On May 19th the SSE Arena Wembley plays host to arguably the best UK fight card of 2017. Headlined by Paul Daley vs Rory McDonald and flanked by Linton Vassell vs Liam McGeary and Michael Page vs Derek Anderson, Bellator 179 is truly the card that fight fans have been waiting for.
Where are you going to be on Saturday night? I’m heading to Edgbaston Cricket Stadium in Birmingham to watch some of the best young prospects in UK MMA progress along the Battle Arena conveyor belt, honing their skills as they prepare for the professional ranks.
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