This Saturday, MMA Battle Arena hosted their 41st event. Patrons were treated to fifteen bouts, which included one of the best comeback victories of the year and maybe the quickest KO in MMA history. We went along to witness the arrival of some of the stars of tomorrow.
“People seem to forget the Midlands”. When talking about UK MMA, so much of the chatter is centred around either London or the North of the country. Whether that’s just due to luck more than design, many people forget that the region of the country which boasts England’s ‘second city’ has its own fair share of talent rich gyms bursting with prospects desperate to break onto the scene and showcase their skills. The number of shows for the budding athletes to do this on is painfully shallow around here. The amateur scene is well catered for with the superb MMA Battle Arena team giving guys and girls a path for their initial career, but then after that there’s a gaping hole until you reach the upper echelons of the sport and the gateway to the big leagues, where BAMMA have Birmingham pretty much sewn up. Fortunately, the Black Country father and son Cassell-combo have identified the space in the market and sought to fill that gap with Golden Ticket Fight Promotions and boy, have they stepped up to the plate. Continue reading →
MMA Battle Arena returned to its spiritual home of Northampton for its 40th event on Saturday night. Boasting about a card containing three separate title bouts, the pressure was on for the experienced team; and boy, they didn’t fail to deliver. We witnessed seventeen fights all in all and only two of them weren’t complete barn burners; and that was just because the fighters had similar skill sets so nullified each other.
MMA Battle Arena return to Northampton, where it all began, to celebrate their 40th show. The team at the UK’s longest running purely amateur show have put together a strong fight card, with three intriguing title fights.
On saturday night I decided to give Battle Arena a try. I’m Northampton based, so had obviously heard of the show. I’d met the promoter, James Price, a few times and had always liked the guy. I’d heard a real cross section of opinions about them though; all from relatively sane and experienced people in the industry, so I decided to make my own mind up.
Tomorrow sees Battle Arena return to the consciousness of the UK MMA scene for the 39th time as they travel to one of their regular homes of Edgbaston. With over 20 fights lined up, this promises to be another busy night for the amateur specialists. As usual, Battle Arena have reported that they expect a full crowd in attendance to witness four title fights.