So, the news has broken. Three of the pioneers of MMA in this country have returned and are bringing mixed martial arts back to Berkshire. Back in the early noughties, Andy Sledge, and the James brothers, Paul and Simon, brought us the FX3 promotion; a Reading based company, rivalling Cage Rage as the premier show in the UK. Hosting eleven events from 2005 to 2009, the cards were littered with a who’s-who of not just domestic MMA, but global. To put this into perspective, these guys featured two UFC champions on their cards. In Reading.
2016 has been one hell of a year for Terry ‘The Dominator’ Brazier. From entering the year as a 2-1 pro, the NFM juggernaut has breezed through three opponents, got married, spent time training in Thailand and is now fighting for his first piece of professional silverware as he takes on Shah ‘No Pain’ Hussain for the LFC Interim Welterweight Title on September 25th.
UK MMA fans have been treated to Ed Arthur both in and out of the cage for the past three years. An offensive and aggressive striker and grappler, coupled with his ability to start an argument in an empty room; Ed has gone from amateur prospect to internationally renowned star in a little over 36 months.
Having cruised through his amateur career (6-0) and boasted an identical professional haul, winning the Superior Challenge bantamweight and most notably the BAMMA world bantamweight belts; a victory against Shay Walsh at BAMMA 23 would line up a unification fight with world featherweight incumbent champion, Tom Duquesnoy. Then fifteen short minutes changed the game plan and Arthur was forced to reevaluate as he succumbed to his first reversal, a unanimous decision defeat which meant he had to relinquish his belt. Five months on from that fateful night, I caught up with the 135lb terror as he prepares to reenter the field of battle against war-hardened Cameron Else at BAMMA 25 Night of Champions.