The Secret Blogger: Judges are pr*cks!


Written by ‘Steven Johns’ *

I’m going to keep this short because it is clear that in this beautiful, surprising, wondrous world we live in that there are far more important things to be upset about; but what the f*ck is wrong with MMA judges?

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The Secret Blogger: Points are for pussies

Written by ‘Steven Johns’ *

In recent times there has been a growing trend in submission grappling for ‘submission only’ tournaments. Due to the ever growing popularity of EBI (Eddie Bravo Invitational), the rule set is being used by more and more events resulting in mixed reactions. 

Why anybody would object to ‘sub only’ is beyond baffling. I guess it would be the same people who derive satisfaction from ‘points wins’ and the same people who claim ‘world title’ victories via ‘advantage points’ or technicalities like being the only competitor in the division. 

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Ref’s eye view: AJ Jeffrey


Earlier this year we ran a feature on some of the unspoken heroes of the cage; the men and women without whom no show could go on; the referees. We’ve resurrected this theme and have spoken to one of the new kids on the block, AJ Jeffrey. If you’ve not met AJ in the past, you will undoubtedly do so soon as he is one of the true up-and-comers in the profession. Ladies and gents, here’s AJ:

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Review: MMA Battle Arena 42


The weekend is over and the dust has settled on standout amateur promotion MMA Battle Arena’s 42nd show. This was the one that they said was their ‘big show of the year’, so the pressure was on. We were in attendance to see if they succeeded.

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Tankō 2 – Full Professional card including Brendan Loughnane, Kane Mousah & Muay Thai specialist Panicos Yusuf’s debut

After a successful campaign for the Northern powerhouse at the Victoria Warehouse in Manchester with Saul Rogers, Andre Winner, Brendan Loughnane & Eden Newton seemingly taking center stage for the Main & Co-Main Events back in August. Tankō 2 is set to be another driving force on December 3rd as the second event returns to the Victoria Warehouse & continue their journey deep into the realms of UK MMA, stamping their authority as a leading mixed martial arts organisation.

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EXCLUSIVE: Commonwealth bronze medallist Mike Grundy headlines Shinobi War 9 against Fouad Mesdari



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Wasting no time in getting the submission victory in the first round over the Spanish athlete Daniel Vasquez (0-2) at ICE 18. The Team Kaobon fighter has flourished at the opportunity to step into the cage once more just four weeks after his last contest against an eager Fouad Mesdari (10-7) who will be looking to write a new chapter in his career after a difficult few years.

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‘The Reapers’ are coming


In life there are two types of people, those who do and those who don’t. At the tender age of nineteen, James Pullan discovered that he was one of those that do, and as a result of that, nearly eight years on, the UK MMA scene is reaping (excuse the poor pun) the rewards of his vision and guts. This vision is Elite Training Centre in Leighton Buzzard, housing a team with one of the fastest growing reputations in MMA, The Reapers.

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WSOF Global’s Bootsy Harris “We are in awe of the consistent activity ICE FC provides the WSOF Global brand.”

Heading into their eighteenth event on Friday 28th October at the Macron Stadium, Bolton, ICE FC are continuing it’s consistency of both growth & expansion when the news broke that International Combat Elite & WSOF Global had joined forces back in early April 2016, we spoke with WSOF Global’s Affiliate Coordinator Bootsy Harris to give everyone an update of the progression of both ICE FC & WSOF Global as a brand.

“The goal is and always has been to show the unique flavour that every country brings to MMA, and allow the world to enjoy them. Since MMA began, fans in UK had only a concept of the American & Japanese styles of MMA. Now with the advent of the Global brand, an MMA fan in UK can see how a Filipino, Indian, South African, or Argentinian MMA event looks, feels, and sounds like. And the fans from those regions now have a chance to engage in UK MMA courtesy of ICE FC and the Global platform.”

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