It was November 19th 2016 when I first laid eyes on Jordan Bowyer as he made his way to the cage to face Kyle Wilson for the Battle Arena European featherweight title. He walked down the walkway with an air of cockiness that you only see in either the truly talented, or the naïve arrogance of youth. As he was only 19 at the time, I was pretty certain it was the latter. I was soon to find out that it was most definitely the former.
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.
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.
They’re baaaaaack! The UK’s purely amateur promotion, MMA Battle Arena are returning for their 43rd instalment, and this time they’re taking the city of Oxford by storm. What treats have they got in store for you this time? You may ask. Well, let me give you a run down.
“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.