From start to finish, this Budo was an interesting one. With some exciting match ups and fights, these shows in Swansea get better and better. This was the second one in the LC Swansea, a perfect venue for a fight night. Marc Moggridge, Addicted photographer extraordinaire, and I had arrived early, ready to start soaking in the atmosphere, and after some nice food with Budo boss, Chris Clarke, and a catch up with promoter Dino Gambatesa, Marc and I settled into our seats, as the crowd started arriving, ready to cheer and support their fighters. Once again, the room started filling with standing only on one side and a plethora of VIP tables on the other, it always seems to work well on this promotion.
I haven’t been taking my medication lately. I’m not going to lie, it is taking its toll on me. On Saturday morning I awoke at 10am, did a work out that would kill most normal human beings, put my make up on, said goodbye to several of my wives and made that incredible journey to Portsmouth that uses a train, a boat and a taxi. It is 5 miles away after all. On route I picked up my assistant Ben Farrelly. He would be taking some images for me as photography is below me, I haven’t got much time for him, but `needs must’ as they say. He gets on my nerves but at least he is a handsome prick, and although he wouldn’t take anywhere near enough photographs, some is better than none.
Leo Alderman has had his hands full recently in the run up to his latest Lion Fighting Championship showing at the Casino Rooms in Kent. Numerous pull outs and injuries have made the usual rocky road of a promoters day more of a rocky mine field, but against all odds, Alderman has produced a fantastic card with plenty of exciting talking points. This Sunday 12th down in Rochester, Kent, there will be some wars, there will also be the long awaited return of a fighter they call Godzilla.
The time had come again for me to don my Addicted.Otr hat and set off to this fight card that boasted an array of Amateur and Pro goodness from the hills, valleys and dales. Once again Richard Shore had conjured up a matchmaking delight, making the fights a total pleasure to watch, with non-stop action and some surprises, this event showed once again the wealth of local talent on display.
Sadly the highly anticipated K1 heavyweight bout between Kerone “The Monster” Davis and Dayman “Godzilla” Lake took a blow this morning when Davis was forced to withdraw through injury. But Lion Fighting Championship promoter and match-maker Leo Alderman didn’t rest on his laurels and fantastic replacement has already been sourced.
After his successful trip South last December, promoter Raj Singh has been keen for FightStar Championship to make a return visit to the Brentford Fountain Leisure Centre, in West London. It will be a night very difficult to compete with for entertainment and match-making, but the signs are there already that Singh has no intention of the follow up show being second best. After the initial announcement from The Sprawl MMA media site that Adam Boussif would face Alfie Davis in what should be an aggressive entertaining fight, Addicted OTR followed up with the rematch release between Alan Procter and Bjark Thor Palsson, the previous showing ending in a controversial finish.
Now its time for the headline announcement, and Singh has pulled out all the stops to give his London audience an ending to the evening that all martial arts fans can look forward to.
In my written adventures, I usually know exactly who I want to write about next, so this time I asked the very astute guys at Addicted if they had any of their own suggestions, as I do try to cover all areas of MMA. The lovely Chris Emmanuel came up with a 21 year old female amateur that had slipped under my radar, and when I started my interview with Alice, I could see immediately why her name had come up as a very strong, hardworking, solid young lady replied to my questions, and I found this interview a pleasure to write.
As if Dayman Lake Vs Kerone Davis in a K1 match up wasn’t big enough, Lion Fighting Championship promoter Leo Alderman is still matching up the big kids, his latest addition to the card being 6ft 5″ Luke Trainer, in a battle with another tall drink of water, Mathew Nicholson. Let’s just hope the LFC cage has been modified with a few reinforcement safety measures.
Who has woken me from my eternal slumber? Why wont you leave me alone? They put me in the soil, they said my work was done, they said I didn’t have to do this anymore, they put a stake through my heart for gods sake, do you have any idea how violating that is? I’m struggling to express myself now. I just want to sleep and all I can hear is an alarm ringing, the morning chorus of birds, church bells, just leave me alone, South Coast MMA is dead isn’t it? Please tell me its dead………. Oh! .. Shock n Awe is back with its 24th show is it? Maybe I can do this one more time, I just have to break out of this tomb and dig my way through 12 feet of soil.
The hype might have all been about an American legend’s first appearance on British soil, and the event might have taken place in Manchester, but it was the port city of Liverpool on the map last night at Tanko Fighting Championships 3.
Lawrence Fitzpatrick – a fighter raised in Scouseland – stunned Victoria Warehouse with a first round victory on Saturday evening, choking infamous MMA icon Charles “Felony” Bennett into submission after just 4 minutes and 32 seconds.