Charlie-Boy Gets New Opponent, plus Full LFC 10 fight Card

14591722_1854672814768647_2044016661640458291_nSunday afternoons are, for the most part spent relaxing. In UK Mixed Martial Arts it’s often time for fighters to be reviewing footage, healing wounds or celebrating wins. Down in the ‘Garden of England” a sleeping beast awakes on Sunday. Lion Fighting Championships 10.

The area is no stranger to top domestic fighters and the LFC 10 is no different, as promoter Leo Aldeman has battled with no less than 30 pull-outs and injuries to salvage some tasty scraps to sink your teeth into.  Continue reading

“Sexy Curls” vs Miller Now Tops BCMMA 17, Hughes’ Title Defence Delayed

14446223_728928160579749_2670118814307001690_nEast Anglia’s premier MMA showcase BCMMA returns to Colchester’s Charter Hall on Saturday December 3rd. It’s a busy night for the domestic scene as fighters and promoters look to close out a busy 2016 with their final fights of the year. Continue reading

SHINOBI WAR 9 : Final Fight Card & Preview

14264872_1195544147133938_1765946788236147181_nLiverpool Olympia plays host to another action-packed night of Mixed Martial Arts this weekend as Shinobi War 9 lights up the famous fighting theatre. Shinobi return to the former home of OMMAC and Cage Gladiators to cement their position as one of the North West’s top places to compete.  Continue reading

McHale Sports: “We Do Things Differently” – A Look at the Latest Fighter Management

Mixed Martial Arts is widely termed “The world’s fastest growing sport” by fans and media alike, whether you agree with that statement or not, there is undeniably a gulf between MMA and more mainstream sports in the way the athletes find the route to their sporting dreams.

Sports like football are filled with scouts, agents and academies eager to snap up the young talent at an early stage as there are great riches promised for all concerned when reaching the upper echelons of the game. MMA does not provide that luxury, instead fighters grind out a living, often working full time and juggling training and ‘Turning pro’ means little more than a change in ruleset.

Recently we are beginning to see fighter management become more prominent on the domestic circuit. While it’s not uncommon for a promoter to feature fighters they also manage (something we don’t see in other sports) fighters are reaping the benefits of proper guidance. Just look at Intensiti Fighter Management who have a string of UFC fighters on their books.

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FCC 16: Fight Card and Preview

fcc16Full Contact Contender returns to it’s home at Bolton’s Macron Stadium June 18. Headlined by a pair of professional title fights at lightweight and flyweight respectively. The vacant 155lb title will be contested by returning Mick Bowman and current BCMMA and Budo champion Charlie Leary. In the co-main event FCC regular Aaron Aby welcomes top ranked UK Flyweight Andy “Taz” Young for a shot at the gold.

Team Crossface’s Charlie Leary brings a three-fight win streak to the North West including a title win in Watford last month at Budo 14.

While Leary has been active, his opponent is looking to reboot his career following a lengthy lay off and mixed fortunes since his return. Mick Bowman is a veteran of the game having been fighting professionally for most of the past decade.

The lightweight fighter tasted fame on TUF and has recently seen former team mate Michael Bisping capture world title glory at 37 years of age. 1-1 in since his return to the cage a domestic title could be just the catalyst for a career resurgence, although Charlie Leary is in peak form of late. The championship will be decided over three rounds, if they’re needed. If they are, both men will need to leave everything in the cage on June 18.

Tim Wilde has vacated his FCC European Title to fight on Cage Warriors

Tim Wilde has vacated his FCC European Title to fight on Cage Warriors

The lightweight title replaces the European and British titles held by Brendan Loughnane and Tim Wilde respectively as they have signed exclusive deals with major promotions.

The vacant flyweight title will be up for grabs in the co-main event. A regular face at FCC, Aaron Aby makes his sixth appearance in Bolton when he faces Andy “Taz” Young for the vacant belt.

Aby takes his opponent for a ride at FCC

Aby takes his opponent for a ride at FCC

This will be Aby’s first shot at a professional title against the current BCMMA flyweight champion. The MMA Academy fighter is always a popular addition to an FCC fight card, not least for his character and heart but also his continuing work to highlight Cystic Fibrosis, a condition that affects his daily life.

Young is set to face another champion at BAMMA 26 in September. Rany Saadeh, who’s only loss came at the hands of Aby’s team mate, and now Bellator fighter, Pietro Menga. To keep the allure of that fight alive, “Taz” will need to put Aby away convincingly, something the young man from Wrexham does not allow easily.

Elsewhere on the card Ashley “The Beast” Reece returns looking to move his professional record to 3-0 following a glittering amateur career. The former amateur lightweight champion moves up to welterweight for undoubtedly his toughest test so far against Martin Hudson (4-1)

Tim Barnett captured Amatuer Lightweight gold at FCC 13

Tim Barnett captured Amateur Lightweight gold at FCC 13

Another product of the FCC amateur ranks and former champion, Tim Barnett returns as a professional to take on Tomasz Wojtyna. Another of Jason Tan’s stand out students to ply his trade on the Bolton showcase, Barnett will look to establish himself as a professional after his pro debut victory came against late stand in Tyler Thomas. Wojtyna came close to amateur gold himself but missed out against another fighter on the same card, Dylan McGloughlin.

McGloughlin takes on Dan Good, a 1-1 welterweight out of Team Mahico on the professional undercard.

A feature bout is set for Next Generation’s Adam Ventre who is scheduled to face Sean Tobin at featherweight. Following a disappointing no contest in his last match up, Ventre will need to take the victory so not to sully the recent announcement of Ventre’s Main Event slot in July. Tobin will look to spoil those plan on June 18

The full FCC 16 as it stands can be found below. Details and tickets are available at will bring you full results and image galleries as always in the coming weeks.

FCC 16 Fight Card (subject to change)
FCC 16 This Saturday – Bolton Macron Stadium Main Event British Lightweight Title: Charlie Leary vs Michael Bowman

Co-Main Event Flyweight Title: Andy Young vs Aaron Aby

Pro Heavyweight: Kamil Bazelak vs Tom Aspinall

Pro Featherweight: Sean Tobin vs Adam Ventre

Pro Welterweight: Martin Hudson vs Ashley Reece

Pro Welterweight: Shaun Lomas vs Kenneth Richardson

Pro Lightweight: Tomasz Wojtyna vs Tim Barnett

Pro Bantamweight: Joe Rice vs Quad Zilla

Amateur Card Main Event –

Am Middleweight Title: Jenaid Andre Ebanks vs Graham Mealand

Co-Main Event: John Byrne vs Harry Mcknight

Am Welterweight Fight: Fionn Healy-Magwa vs Mick Stano Stanton

Am Welterweight Fight: Chris Kennedy vs Morpheus Riordan

Am Welterweight Fight: Mark Fairman vs Loz James

Am Lightweight Fight: Damian Laszmere vs Aaron Pierre

Am Lightweight Fight: Jared Southwell vs Danny Williams

Am Lightweight Fight: Jack Gunning vs Mark Smith

Am Welterweight Fight: Michael Walters vs Matt Rodrigues

Am Welterweight Fight: Lee Kennedy vs Will Cairns

Am Bantamweight Fight: Reece Street vs Martin Boyd



Pro Main Event Headlines Shinobi War 8

ventreShinobi MMA Fighting Championship returns to Liverpool Olympia July 30. This time the promotion will feature professional MMA for the first time. Having built a reputation as one of the top shows for amateurs, Shinobi War VIII features a featherweight Main Event  between Adam Ventre (4-2) of Next Generation, Liverpool Vs Dylan Tuke (2-0) fighting out of SBGi. Continue reading

BCMMA 16 Full Fight Card Announced

13226989_673076262831606_7525948490557411437_nThose of you following our friends over at The Sprawl will have seen the main event announced this week. A string of top female fights prop up the card headlined by Kerry “Rock Steady” Hughes, who faces Stephanie Page for the bantamweight title.

Several top match ups have been added to the undercard of the all-female professional showcase. Eight fighters from Portsmouth’s GYM01 have been matched including fan favourite Molly McCann in the co-main event.  Continue reading