Preview: GTFP 4

When looking at a promotion from the outside, the one thing you always want to see is progression. I don’t mean the stratospheric type all too evident in the brief history of UKMMA; I mean the general, sensible type, which demonstrates improvement show-on-show. Right now Golden Ticket are displaying all of the right attributes to fall on the right side of history, and the event they’re hosting on February 25th only goes to confirm that.

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Review: Golden Ticket Fight Promotions 3 – Part Two

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Continued from Part One.

Refreshed from a twenty-minute break in the action, the crowd returned to their positions to enjoy the next instalment of action, starting with a bout featuring one of the best amateurs on the UK scene, Fabien Edwards. Edwards (7-0) faced Jack Chinnery (4-1) in the GTFP amateur middleweight title bout. The guys at UTC are excited about Edwards and you can see why. It took three quick failed takedown attempts from Chinnery for Edwards to find his range, but when he did the bout was over. Chinnery dropped for a single leg, Edwards connected flush to his opponent’s chin, right on the button and out his lights went. There’s not much left for Edwards to prove at amateur level. Any national or international level MMA promotion should be looking very closely at this boy and trying to get him signed up early.

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Review: Golden Ticket Fight Promotions 3 – Part One

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“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.
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Luke Morton: He’ll have to kill me to take that belt up north

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Preview: Golden Ticket Promotions 3

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Saturday September 24th sees the return of Wolverhampton’s Golden Ticket Promotions. With this being their third event, you can rightly say that they’ve progressed from ‘fledgling’ status to ‘established’; with a proposed fight card which solidifies that statement. Promoters Adrian and Dan Cassell, the father/son combo, are treating us to six, yes that’s right, six title fights, with two further title eliminators, as they go about building their own promotional stars and creating the conveyor belt of opportunities for their loyal athletes.

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