Jack Mason ‘grateful’ for Bellator opportunity

Bellator 158When Bellator 158 was announced, the rumour mill began turning in earnest as to which UK MMA fighters would get the call to fight at the O2 in London.

The card was to feature Slice vs. Thompson II as well as Daley vs. Koscheck II and both fights brought with them their fair share of controversy. The card, as we all know, has since changed drastically (Kimbo Slice passed away; Koscheck pulled out) and will now feature Paul Daley vs. Douglas Lima in the main event.

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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 FCCMMA.co.uk

AddictedOTR.com 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



Tournaments added to Budo 17

Budo 17

Chris Clarke at his most recent show, Budo 14, in Watford.

A four-man Welterweight tournament has been added to Budo 17, the promotion’s maiden Welsh show in September, with a change of date and venue also announced by Chris Clarke’s promotion.  Continue reading

Shinobi War 8 pro fights announced

Shinobi War 8Coner Hignett vs Darren Castleton and Jay Moogan vs Richie Smullen have been announced as the first ever professional fights for Shinobi War 8 on July 30.

This comes as the previously all-amateur show moves into hosting fights in the paid ranks for the first time at the Liverpool Olympia.

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Shinobi War 7: Results

ShinobiShinobi War 7 took place this evening (Saturday April 30) at the Liverpool Olympia in the promotion’s final all-amateur showcase before it introduces professional matchups in July. Jordan Barton found Manny Akpan’s kryptonite in the evening’s main event, smothering his man with clinch wrestling until the opportunity for a fourth-round TKO presented itself.
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Richard Shore talks CW Wales and Fight Pass deal


Richard Shore with son and IMMAF amateur champion Jack Shore

Just over a month ago on March 15, Cage Warriors CEO Graham Boylan made an announcement via Facebook that turned the head of every member of the UKMMA industry. Continue reading

SnA 22 on reflection: The 5-foot hero rises

13041245_983904818325674_6015529617885013700_oThe journey from my home town on the Isle of Wight to the Mountbatten Centre in Portsmouth for Shock n’ Awe is the cheapest one I can do when I cover a martial arts show. The return trip of a train journey, a passenger ferry, two taxi fares and a late-night bus costs me around about £30. The big difference is using the passenger ferry rather than the car ferry, the car ferry usually strangles my wallet until a £70 return ticket falls out of it. Extortionate, shocking and soul destroying – as holidaymakers and residents of the Isle would describe it. So on the morning of a Shock n’ Awe event you will usually find me upbeat and positive about the trip ahead. I won’t be spending an hour and a half on a car ferry, I won’t be driving for six hours up and down a motorway, I won’t get stung for a crazy parking space, and most of all I won’t have to break the land speed record to catch the midnight car ferry home, with the next one being 3am.

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