So low and behold after all the shit talking, all the chest puffing, all the ‘this is number 1 bullshit’, Russia’s No1 export since Fedor, pulls yet again and not only does he pull it is for the third time we been promised Khabib vs Tony (f+cking hell he is going to go into an embarrassing media rant overdrive) Ferguson and not got it for some reason!
The Freeman name is legendary in MMA. Everyone knows who Ian “The Machine” Freeman is, what he has accomplished, and how he worked damned hard for it; but what some people may not know is there is now a female ‘Machine’ in the shape of his daughter Kennedy. She’s a fighter in her own right. She’s slowly making hard waves on the female fight scene. She is a fighter I have had my eye on for some time and really enjoy watching, and with a pedigree like hers there is no doubt that this young lady is going to rock her division in style. I was lucky enough to get some time with the very talented Kennedy Freeman.
MMA fans local to Leeds, you’re in for a treat this weekend, as the team who’ve brought you three Almighty Fighting Championships this year bring you Almighty Fight Night 1. The event takes place in a new venue to the team, Brain and Brawn Fitness, Morley, Leeds.
The weekend is over and the dust has settled on standout amateur promotion MMA Battle Arena’s 42nd show. This was the one that they said was their ‘big show of the year’, so the pressure was on. We were in attendance to see if they succeeded.
MMA Battle Arena returns to action this weekend with what will arguably be the biggest night of amateur MMA in the UK this year. Featuring no less than seven title fights, this mega event is split into three separate sections, covering off every wish and desire of the fight fans in attendance.
Dan Vinni, the martial artist formerly known as Dan Edwards is the MMA version of The Littlest Hobo. Sporting a Sherdog record of 13 wins and 14 defeats across seven different countries, Vinni himself estimates that the 27 noted on the fight site is probably closer to half the number of real number of bouts he’s had.
On Monday London based promotion Warrior Fight Series broke the news of their impending return, confirming that they’ll be again taking up residence in their historic York Hall home on March 25th 2017. After six action-packed shows, the team took a sabbatical as CEO/Owner Harry Shoebridge and his fiancée added to their young family in the summer. However, with new baby George safely delivered the main man is back in the saddle and bringing us more top notch MMA to enjoy.
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.
The simmering row between two of the UK’s top featherweights has taken another turn today, as Paddy Pimblett has spoken to AddictedOTR to clarify a few points that have been banded around in the past week or so.
Fabian Edwards (8-0) is the younger brother of current UFC Welterweight Athlete Leon “Rocky” Edwards (12-3). Fabian is looking to start his own journey & follow in his older brothers footsteps. One of the most exciting Amateur prospects in both the UK & Irish MMA scene, the heavy handed Middleweight possesses some of the most gruesome finishing power in the Amateur Middleweight division. A top #5 ranked fighter, Fabian has seven first round finishes out of his eight outings. Fighting out of UTC Birmingham which is home to some of the highly regarded professional athlete’s including Leon Edwards, Vaughan Lee, Tom Breese, Tim Wilde, Tobias Reid, Joe Cummins amongst many other exciting prospects, Fabian brims with confidence & has no doubt he has the technical brilliance to become a world champion one day.
Fabian Edwards vs. Wojciech Zuchnik at MMAC 1 for the Amateur Middleweight Title