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.
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.
Looking to follow on from the success of last Decembers first foray into London, Fighstar promoter Raj Singh has been busy building an exciting roster of fights of International talent to once again wow the audience at the Brentford Fountain Leisure Centre.
Fighters from Belgium and Iceland to name a couple will be competing on the show this April 29th, and they will be met by some of the UK’s most exciting up and comers, from some of the UK’s top stables.
Photographs provided by the fabulous Vicky Moggridge *
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.
Leo Alderman’s LFC promotion held its eleventh show this past weekend at the Casino Rooms in Kent, after two weeks of turmoil with fighter pull outs due to injuries and many other things. Alderman had to dig deep into his list of contacts and still produced on paper an exciting card, but on the evening it would be the fighters who lit the venue up with explosive and determined performances.
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.