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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This past weekend I made the trip down to the Big Smoke, to the proper part of Laaaaandan Taaahn to watch the seventh incarnation of the increasingly popular Warrior Fight Series. After spending the preceding week in regular contact with head honcho Harry Shoebridge, I decided to turn the volume up on my phone whilst driving down, turning on WhatsApp notifications, half expecting a message saying “the event is off”. Let me put that into context, that’s not me saying Harry and his team are quitters, far from it. That’s me acknowledging the absolute shit house week they’d had pre-event.
The team at BAMMA are teasing us. They’re drip feeding awesomeness day by day. It started off with the announcement of McDermott vs Wolf and Hallam vs Bahati on Monday; followed on Tuesday by a raft of zingers, headlined by Brazier vs Gahadza for the Welterweight Lonsdale Title. This has continued throughout the week, culminating in today when they’ve they’ve given the fans yet more revelations for the May 12th card.
Don’t get me wrong, if a fighter has a record of 0-20-0 it is probably safe to say it is down to them having a lack of the required elements that make a successful fighter, rather than bad luck or poor match-ups. The same goes for some undefeated fighters who are legit killers, while others have been fed easy wins to create a perfect record; but that being said what about a fighter who is 31-30-0, 34-29-2, 7-8-0, 5-5-0?
Does it really matter if a referee is male or female?
Is it a conditioned misconception that a woman can’t do the same job as a man? Especially in a male dominated sport that is, let’s face it, as brutal as a sport can be. Assuming women are any more sensitive to violence than men.
With the recent focus on weight cutting, it’s become ever more apparent that alterations to the current system in mixed martial arts need to be made. If you’re a die-hard fight fan, then you’ve probably been affected in some way by the process of cutting weight. Whether your favourite fighter has put their health at risk, whether you’ve seen terrible performances due to poor refueling and rehydration, or whether you haven’t even got to see some of the fights you’ve been looking forward to most, it’s not been the most reliable process, right? It’s no joke, weight cutting in MMA needs to be regulated.
There aren’t many men in the world who’ve traversed the Atlantic Ocean in a submarine, have worked at three Michelin-starred restaurants in France and completed five years of a six-year clinical psychology degree, all before the age of thirty. In fact, Torbjørn Madsen might be the only one. He’s certainly a man of multiple talents and he’s ready to show the world that his fighting skills eclipse all of the others.