RAGED UK MMA September 3rd 2022 Full Results

Saturday, 3rd September 2022, RAGED UK MMA hosted their 15th event back at the MECA, Swindon, where it all began in 2009.


Saturday, 3rd September 2022, RAGED UK MMA hosted their 15th event back at the MECA, Swindon, where it all began in 2009.

Swindon fight fans were in for a great night of beautiful violence with a staggering 20 fights.

As with previous events, RAGED UK MMA held a live PPV on Fightworld TV for all of those who could not attend in person.

RAGED UK MMA had 15 Amateur fights to get the crowd started and, of course, for us [Media] to see the NEW athletes who will be making big statements in the near future. Two of last night’s amateur competitors won THE VACANT AMATEUR SUPER WELTERWEIGHT BELT and THE AMATUER LIGHT FEATHERWEIGHT BELT.

The 5 remaining bouts were The Professional Fights, with the final fight of action for THE VACANT PROFESSIONAL LIGHTWEIGHT BELT.

Complete Raged UK MMA Fight Results

AMATEUR BOUTS

Fight 1: Amateur 3×3 Heavyweight

Sam Marshall def Jordan Everett via TKO (GnP) 00:59 into the 3rd Round.

Fight 2: Amateur 3×3 Catchweight 

Stephen Todman def Jay Kerley via TKO 00:09 into the 1st Round

Fight 3: Amateur 3×3 Middleweight

Ceri Choron def Brad Livingstone via TKO (GnP) 00:50 into the 2nd Round

Fight 4: Amateur 3×3 Catchweight

Dan Bassett def Adam Kahlil via KO 1:53 into the 3rd Round

Fight 5: Amateur 3×3 Catchweight 

Dion Miles def Jon Hadley via TKO (GnP) 1:45 into the 1st Round

Fight 6: Amateur 3×3 Welterweight 

Sam Cooper def Jon Hunt via Submission (Triangle) 02:55 in the 1st Round

Fight 7: Amateur 3×3 Middleweight

Nathan Halton def Joe Wood via Unanimous Decision

Fight 8: Amateur 3×3 Catchweight 

Marian Sandu def Paddy Portsmouth via Submission (RNC) 01:31 in the 2nd Round

Fight 9: Amateur 3×3 Catchweight 

Raheem Joseph def George Birbeck via Submission (Kimura) 01:38 in the 1st Round

Fight 10: Amateur 3×3 Catchweight 

Rich Lukacs def Jacob Phibbs via Split Decision

Fight 11: Amateur 3×3 Welterweight

Charlie Phillips def Richard Nottingham via Doctor Stoppage (Cut to Forehead) 01:16 in the 1st Round

Fight 12: Amateur 3×3 Catchweight

Jordan Walters def Ben Bates via Fighter Injury (Broken Thumb) 01:08 in the 1st Round

Fight 13: Amateur 3×3 Lightweight

Ollie Wilde def Louie Cooke via Split Decision

Fight 14: Amateur 3×3 Vacant Raged Super Welterweight Title Fight 

Tyler James def John Watson via TKO (Punches) 01:21 in the 1st Round 

NEW SUPER WELTERWEIGHT CHAMPION – TYLER JAMES REPPING [EVOLVE, TORQUAY]

Fight 15: Amateur 3×3 Raged Light Featherweight Title Fight

Ieuan Mackenzie def Ruslan Vrabje (c) via Submission (RNC) 02:59 in the 1st Round

#ANDNEW LIGHT FEATHERWEIGHT CHAMPION – IEUAN MACKENZIE REPPING [CELTIC PRIDE MARTIAL ARTS, WALES]

PROFESSIONAL BOUTS

Fight 16: Pro 3×5 Lightweight 

Grant Ogbourne def Finley Mitchell via TKO (GnP) 01:59 in Round 1

Fight 17: Pro 3×5 Heavyweight

Luke Newland def Rob Peters via TKO (GnP) 01:25 in Round 1

Fight 18: Pro 3×5 Middleweight 

Craig Rawlins def Adam Chetnik via TKO (GnP) 01:34 in Round 1

Fight 19: Pro 3×5 Catchweight 

Chris Astley def Tyler Thomas via TKO (GnP) 03:15 in Round 1

Fight 20: Pro 3×5 Vacant Raged Lightweight Title Fight

Oscar Ownsworth def Bernie Gomm via TKO (GnP) 04:48 in the 1st Round

#ANDNEW LIGHTWEIGHT CHAMPION – OSCAR OWNSWORTH REPPING [AVT LEEDS]

RESULTS COMPILED BY GEORGE GOUGH

FOTN/SOTN/KO/TKO – BY GEORGE GOUGH

Please message Mark at Point 5 Photography on FaceBook or his website if you want to purchase a print of tonight’s fights.

I’ve decided to bring backHonorary Fights’ of the night/Sub and KO/TKO

All these picks were by my colleauge George Gough for which I also fully support.

Sub of the Night goes to Raheem Joseph [Sweatbox/Bristol] for a slick Kimura

KO of the night goes to Dan Bassett [Evolve, Torquay] for a great KO

Fight of the Night goes to Nathan Halton Vs Joe Wood [Fightworx Academy, Torquay and [Range, Glos]

Now for a very special mention and this goes to Grant Ogbourne [Bristol], who was having his first professional fight after being an amateur for the last 4 years and having the WHOLE crowd on their feet with the 1969, Neil Diamond classic ‘Sweet Caroline’.

CW 142 results: Creasey, Elliott, and Favero steal the show

Cage Warriors’ return to Wales will be unforgettable with knockouts, submissions and stand out performances throughout the card.


By Kieran Cobley

Cage Warriors’ return to Wales will be unforgettable with knockouts, submissions and stand out performances throughout the card.

The main event saw Sam Creasey create history as he became the first man in the division to retain the flyweight title.

After a tumultuous wait to defend his belt, with his previous opponents, Luke Shanks and Dylan Hazan (who was unable to fight due to medical reasons) missed weight, Creasey finally got the chance to create history against challenger Stipe Brcic.

The 34 year old wasted no time picking up the win, dropping the Croatian in the first minute of the first round with a lead right hook before jumping on his opponent to lock in a high elbow guillotine to force the choke.

Creasey’s immediate future now looks uncertain; at 34 years old, the RGA Bucks fighter might struggle to receive a UFC call up, with Dana White and UFC matchmakers preferring younger talent, while in Cage Warriors, there is no definitive top contender following Aaron Aby’s loss earlier in the night and Dylan Hazan missing weight the last time he tried to get to 125lbs.

In the co-main event, Oban Elliott made sure the Welsh fans at the Ebbw Vale Sports Centre would leave with a smile as he put on the best performance of his career to beat former middleweight champion Matt Bonner.

In round one, Elliott would go straight for the kill, attacking Bonner with calf kicks and forcing him up against the cage, rattling the former middleweight champion with his tight knit boxing and forcing him to shoot for a takedown.

Round two started with Bonner coming out hyper aggressively to try and re-claw the first round, but Elliott weathered the storm and kept his composure.

The second half of round two was a different story. Elliott was rapidly slowing, and Bonner started landing heavier shots and forcing “The Welsh Gangster” into more uncomfortable positions, mainly at the end of his punches.

The question going into round three surrounded Elliott and his gas tank: had the early going taken too much out of him like it had in his two previous losses to Mike Figlak and Madars Fleminas, or could he stick it out?

As it turns out, Elliott could more than stick it out, putting Bonner on his back three times with takedowns and ensuring he landed enough strikes to make it an easy decision for the judges.

Elliott took a decisive win on the score cards, with all three judges scoring it 30-27 to the young welterweight.

Aaron Aby had the feel-good factor coming into CW 142. The Welsh flyweight had won eight of his last nine bouts, with his most recent two wins coming against a former flyweight champion, Samir Faiddine and former bantamweight title challenger, Gerardo Fanny, and not only that,  this was the first time in his career that he would be fighting on home soil.

Michelangelo Lupoli was tasked with ending that story and easily fulfilled that task.

Lupoli was causing Aby major issues with leg kicks on the feet, and when the Welshman could get the fight to the floor, Lupoli stopped any offence Aby had to offer.

In the end, Lupoli would take a unanimous decision win, with the judge’s scorecards reading: 30-27, 29-28 and 30-26.

Stephanie Evans and Jasmine Favero made their pro debuts at CW 142 in a rematch of their IMMAF fight from a couple of years ago in the women’s lightweight division.

Coming into the bout, Favero gave up a lofty six pound weight advantage to the Welsh fighter and looked noticeably smaller in the cage, but showed her opponent’s larger frame was no match for her technical ability.

Favero would judo throw Evans in round one and outclassed her on the feet two before finishing her in round two with some nasty close range boxing against the fence.

Lupoli and Favero could now find themselves looking at a fight on Cage Warriors’ first ever Italian card in Rome on 7th October after such impressive wins.

Luke Riley kept his undefeated record in the min card opener, knocking out Cherif Larossi in round two.

Round one saw Riley preview what was to come in round two, landing hard shots from the clinch and securing a takedown.

In round two, Riley showed his clinch is not somewhere you want to find yourself, rocking Larossi with hard knees to the head before executing a perfect boxing combination, finishing with a left hook to the body to put Larossi away.

On the prelims, Matty Byfield picked up a win in the heavyweight division after a suspect elbow knocked out Szymon Szynkiewicz, with action replays showing the final two elbows landing on the back of Szynkiewicz’s head.

George McManus would take his record to 3-3 after submitting Milton Alfonso Cabral in round one with a rear naked choke. At the same time, Owain Williams and Chris Bungard picked up decision wins in their promotional debuts against Sean McCormac and Erick Da Silva, respectively.

Cage Warriors returns on 23rd September with CW 143 in San Diego before heading back to Europe for CW 144 in Rome in early October.

Cage Warriors 142 Preview


By Kieran Cobley

Cage Warriors returns to Wales for the first time since the Covid-19 pandemic, taking over the Ebbw Vale sports centre with a night of great action.

Flyweight champion Sam Creasey (15-4, 5 KO/TKO, 6 Submissions) tops the bill as he looks to become the first man in Cage Warriors history to successfully defend the 125lbs title.

The champion takes on Stipe Brcic, a formidable Croatian fighter training out of Germany with a 10-2 record and six finishes to his name.

A win here for Creasey could see him take a significant step towards joining the UFC, but it has been a long wait for a title defence. The Bedfordshire fighter should have defended the title against the man he took the belt off, Luke Shanks, in December following a “phantom tap” incident in the first bout. Shanks knocked out Creasey in a rugged fashion but failed to take the strap home due to losing his battle with the scales.

Creasey was scheduled to take on a title defence, this time at Cage Warriors’ 20th Anniversary show in July, but Italian contender, Dylan Hazan, failed to make 125lbs, and Creasey opted to sit the fight out, having already fought opponents over the weight limit in his last two outings.

Expect fireworks in this one as both men look to prove their metal.

If Chris Jericho is the “Man of 1004 moves”, Oban Elliott is the “Man of 1004 nicknames”, and the Welsh hometown hero gets to put on a show in front of his fans against former middleweight champion Matthew Bonner.

“The Welsh Gangster” is taking a considerable step up in competition for this bout, having never faced a former CW champ before. Still, it should also be worth noting that in previous attempts to take a step up, he has been brought down by Mike Figlak and “The Latvian Express” Madars Fleminas.

Bonner was the breakout star of Cage Warriors’ Covid era, going from 6-6 to putting on dominating wins over George Smith, Matt Inman and former champion James Webb before submitting Nathias Frederick in the fourth round of their epic contest in 2021 to win the middleweight title.

Even in defeat, Bonner looked game against Djati Melan, almost stopping the Frenchman but ultimately coming just short, but since shrinking down, he has dominated once again.
Elliott’s boxing has been his strong suit in past fights, but when put against the striking of Matt Bonner, who trains with his brother Daniel (a world Muay Thai champion), “Angel Eyes” could find himself in hot water.

Both men have shown they can grapple with the best of them and possess suffocating top games, but this one will likely be a fist fight for the ages.

In the shark tank that is the Cage Warriors 170 lbs division, it’s unclear whether a win for either man would get them a title shot, with Justin Burlinson, Matt Figlak and Jimmy Wallhead all circling the champion, Rhys McKee.

Can “Evil” beat “The Beast”?

While Cage Warriors president, Graham Boylan, serves as the brains of Europe’s top promotion and matchmaker Ian Dean serves as the heart of CW, there can be no doubt about who embodies the spirit of Cage Warriors, Aaron Aby.

Aby (13-4-1, 1 KO/TKO, 5 Submissions) has overcome a battle with Leukemia and Cystic Fibrosis. This condition can be life shortening in many, to become one of the best 125lbs fighters in Europe.

The Wrexham native is on a run of two wins, with his latest coming in Manchester earlier this year at CW 136, where he forced former bantamweight title challenger and kickboxing ace, Gerardo Fanny, to submit to a Rear Naked Choke.

Michelanglo Lupoli (5-2, 2 KO/TKO) makes his promotional debut against Aby and will be looking to show the Welsh veteran up in front of his home crowd.

Aby’s ground game has been his strong suit, but only time will tell if he can implement his takedown and submission offence in combat with the Italian.

Luke Riley, the latest prospect to come out of the renowned Next Gen gym in Liverpool, will look to extend his unbeaten record to 4-0 on Saturday night.

The featherweight fighter took home the honours of being Cage Warriors’ breakout fighter of the year in 2021 and currently holds a 100% KO rate, partially down to his outstanding striking ability and conditioning.

At CW 136, Riley showed he could overcome adversity after being put on the backfoot against Jack Eglin before striking a KO blow.
Cherif Larossi (1-1, 1 Submission) steps in for Scott Pedersen and will hope to be the first man to blot Riley’s impressive record, but it will be an uphill battle after accepting the bout on short notice.

All the Cage Warriors 142 action will be live on UFC Fight Pass from 5.30 pm BST on Saturday.

Main Card

Sam Creasey vs Stipe Brcic – flyweight title bout

Matt Bonner vs Oban Elliott – welterweight bout

Michelangelo Lupoli vs Aaron Aby – flyweight bout

Luke Riley vs Cherif Larossi – featherweight bout

Jasmine Favero vs Stephanie Evans – lightweight bout

Prelims

Erick Da Silva vs Chris Bungard – 161lbs catchweight bout

Sean McCormac vs Owain Williams – middleweight bout

Milton Cabral vs George McManus – 174lbs catchweight bout

Matty Byfield vs Szymon Szynkiewicz – light heavyweight bout

Chris Duncan: From Adversity to Contender


This Tuesday, August 2nd, 2022, Chris Duncan will take another shot on ‘Dana White’s Contender Series, facing American Charlie “The Cannibal” Campbell.

“The Problem” first appeared on ‘DWCS’ on October 12th, 2021, when he faced Viacheslav Borshchev.

Duncan only started training in MMA 8 years ago at age 21 in Strathyre, Scotland, at MXP Fitness, after his mother would sneak him into boxing classes when he was younger against his grandparents’ wishes. However, his mum spotted early on that her son had a talent for fighting and went all the way out to support him. 

Fast forward eight years, the now 29-year-old athlete always knew that his first-ever job would have instilled a good work ethic within him.  

Working as a Shepard in Glen Lochay, Killin, back in 2013, Duncan’s week would revolve around working almost non-stop for six days, getting drunk on a Saturday night, feeling rough on a Sunday and then beginning the cycle again. Finally, feeling he was going down a slippery slope, Duncan decided to get fully involved with MMA, much to his mother’s joy, who was his biggest fan and cheerleader. 

Speaking with BBC Scotland sport, Duncan said, “When I didn’t have MMA, I needed to find something as I tended to find myself in bad situations; I would be fighting, drinking, doing stupid stuff and putting myself in stupid situations.” 

Duncan’s first amateur fight was booked for April 20th, 2014, for promotion, Scottish Fight Challenge; however, Duncan was informed that his mother Elaine had been murdered on the day of the weigh-in.

Duncan had just heard the most soul-destroying words to come out of someone’s mouth, let alone try to comprehend what they meant to him. But, instead of reacting with grief and fear, Duncan knew he had to carry on with the MMA event for the memory of his mum.

Stating that he had an epiphany about his mother’s death and how friends and relatives would say his mother would want him to keep going, he decided there and then to pursue MMA full time.

With fire in his soul, Duncan won his fight in 56 seconds of round 1 via ground & pound.

From this point on, something changed inside Duncan. “The Problem” had arrived.

Building up an amateur career of 8-1, Duncan chose to go into the paid ranks in 2018.

“Since I started MMA, I have never been in trouble with the police and not even got a speeding fine,” Duncan stated to BBC Scotland Sport.

“This isn’t just for money; this keeps me driven.”

This drive has taken Duncan to become one of Scotland’s top MMA athletes.

Going 3-0 on Scotland’s local circuit, Duncan got the chance to showcase his skills on a much bigger platform.  Bellator 217 Dublin.  Facing Irish prospect Sam Slater, Duncan got to work early and finished in 3 minutes, coming by TKO/KO.

In 2020, with a record of 4-0 and all those wins coming by way of finishes, it was only time Duncan was sought after by promotion Bellator and officially signed a contract with them.

After going 2-0 with Bellator and taking his overall record to 6-0, Duncan and Bellator partied ways amicably due to being unable to secure any fights; after all, we lived in the harshest conditions, and COVID-19 hit the world hard.

Although we were living in a new restrictive world, that didn’t bother Duncan as coming from a tough background, having grit, determination and going through the most challenging thing a person could ever go through, Duncan’s hard work shone through. He got a call to go to Las Vegas and try out for Dana White’s Contender Series.

Originally scheduled to compete on September 28th, that bout was cancelled, and Duncan was left waiting for a new opponent.  Having had two false starts on DWCS and making weight twice that same week, Duncan finally had an opponent and again made weight for the third time in a week and faced Viacheslav Borshchev on October 12th.

The then 7-0 prospect Chris Duncan was highly favoured against the 4-1 Team Alpha Male, Borshchev.

Despite a very competitive first round with both athletes having their fair share of the action, at 28 seconds of round two, Borshchev landed a clean left hook which laid Duncan flat out on the canvas.

And in turn, he handed Duncan his first professional loss and lost out on a lucrative contract with the UFC.

Not one to dwell on the past, the resilient and driven Chris Duncan made his way back home to Scotland to his girlfriend Laura and baby daughter Summer.

Not having to wait long before a new contract was offered to him with European promotion Cage Warriors on November 10th, Duncan didn’t hesitate to sign the contract.

However, Duncan never managed to put on the famous yellow gloves as he received a contract to appear in Dana White’s Contender Series.

Everything happens for a reason. It’s a time-old saying that “The Problem” has been dealt with in his life thus far, knowing that his mum is always with him on fight week, carrying a pendant on a chain with her fingerprint and wedding ring.  

Chris Duncan, now 8-1, is looking forward to showing the world the fighter he can be by firmly cementing his name on Dana White’s lips.

Look out for Chris Duncan’s headlined bout tonight (02/08/22) on UFC Fight pass.

RAGED UK MMA SEPTEMBER 10 2021 FULL RESULTS


Friday, September, 10th 2021, RAGED UK MMA hosted their 13th event back at the MECA, Swindon, where it all began in 2009.

Hosting their first live event since March 2020, due to the Covid pandemic Swindon fight, fans were in for a great night of beautiful violence.

For the first time in RAGED history they also held a live on PPV Fightworld TV for all of those who could not attend in person.

AMATUER CARD FULL RESULTS

Heavyweight – Dean King Def Craig Schmitz Via GnP :31 seconds Round 1

Catchweight – Tyler James Def Ash Oliver Via Gnp :45 Seconds Round 1

Catchweight – Richard Lukacs Def Luke Carroll Via UD

Featherweight – Liam Mackintosh Def Matthew Oliver Via UD

Lightweight – Stas Grucean Def Phil Freeman Via Guillotine 1.00 Round 1

Welterweight – Vladislav Kerchiefon Def JonHunt Via Gnp :57 Round 2

Catchweight – Deakon Thomas Def Rafal Chrzanowski Via GnP 2:35 Round 2

Catchweight – Charmi Sari Def Jacob Tribe Via UD

Middleweight – James Wamsley Def Sam Skidmore Via UD

Middleweight – Adrian Lusiak Def Joe Wood Via UD

Vacant Amateur Light Welterweight Title

Jack Young Def Jamie Wilson Via GnP :38 Seconds Round 1

#NEWAMATUERLIGHTWELTERWEIGHTCHAMPION

Vacant Amateur Welterweight Title

Jordan Little Def Grant Ogborne via UD

#NEWAMATUERWELTERWEIGHTCHAMPION

Pro Card

Welterweight – Jack Dedames Def Will Cairns Via Heel Hook 1:05 Round 1

Welterweight – Rikki “ROCCO” Wyatt Def Craig Allen Via GnP :44 Seconds Round 1

*Vacant Professional Featherweight Title

*Michael “GIP” Cutting vs Stefano “The Ghost” Catacoli

*MIKE CUTTIN WITHDREW FROM THIS BOUT AROUND 30 MINS BEFORE IT WAS SCHEDULED CITING STOMACH PAINS AND WENT TO THE HOSPITAL.

Vacant Professional Heavyweight Title

Romek Sim Def Dante “The Bull” Hawkins Via TKO 1:21 Round 1

#NEWPREOFESSIONAL HEAVYWEIGHTCHAMPION

Official:

Referees: Nathan Webb & Ross Mould

Time Keeper: George Gough

Judges: Dominic Illbury,Gary Patterson & Jason McCauley

MC: Jack Baverstock

Stage Manager: Sean Harper

Medical Team: Gary Eves, Community Paramedics

Analyst: Emma Bramford

Commentary Team: Abdul Patel, Dan Cassell

Cage Checks: Mark Lavington

Front of House Manager: Oz

Promoter: Gary Turland

RAGED UK MMA is back on Friday 10th September 2021


Friday, September, 10th 2021, RAGED UK MMA will be hosting their 13th event back at the MECA, Swindon, where it all began.

Hosting their first live event since March 2020, due to the Covid pandemic Swindon fight, fans are in for a great night of beautiful violence.

For the first time, RAGED UK will also be live on PPV Fightworld TV if you cannot attend the event in person.

Amateur Card

Heavyweight – Craig Schmitz vs Dean King

Catchweight – Ash Oliver vs Tyler James

Catchweight – Richard Lukacs vs Luke Carroll

Featherweight – Matthew Oliver vs Liam Mackintosh

Lightweight – Stas Grucean vs Phil Freeman

Welterweight – Jon Hunt vs Vladislav Kerchief

Catchweight – Deakon Thomas vs Rafal Chrzanowski

Catchweight – Jacob Tribe vs Charmi Sari

Middleweight – James Wamsley vs Sam Skidmore

Middleweight – Adrian Lusiak vs Joe Wood

Vacant Amateur Light Welterweight Title

Jamie Wilson vs Jack Young

Vacant Amateur Welterweight Title

Jordan Little vs Grant Ogborne

Pro Card

Welterweight – Will Cairns vs Jack Dedames

Welterweight – Rikki “ROCCO” Wyatt vs Craig Allen

Vacant Professional Featherweight Title

Michael “GIP” Cutting vs Stefano “The Ghost” Catacoli

Vacant Professional Heavyweight Title

Dante “The Bull” Hawkins vs Romek Sim

*Fightcard/Running order subjet to change at any given time

Doors Open 6pm

“I’m no stepping stone” – Bec Connolly

There is no doubt that at the minute, women’s boxing has taken off, long overdue in my book but then again, I guess women’s boxing is not for everyone; however, on 10 April 2021, that changed and for the better.


There is no doubt that at the minute, women’s boxing has taken off, long overdue in my book but then again, I guess women’s boxing is not for everyone; however, on 10 April 2021, that changed and for the better.

Rewind to 10 years ago, 27-year-old Bec Connolly walked into Paddy Fitzpatrick’s boxing gym in Swindon, Wiltshire, with no prior boxing experience and asked Paddy if he would train her. He did, however, he also took convincing that she was for real and would train hard, as hard as the men; Paddy never gave her any special treatment; in fact, he was harder on her than the men.

After completing her “apprenticeship” in the amateur ranks, Connolly turned pro in September 2017 and “Lady Luck” was born.

You could be forgiven for just looking at Boxrec and seeing the numbers in the Win, Loss and Draw columns, but then again, any pure boxing fan would delve a little deeper into who the opponents were.

Sharing the ring with the likes of Terri Harper, Rachel Ball and Tasha Jonas, to name just a few on Connolly’s resume, regardless of the result, shows just how determined she is to win a boxing title.

“Some may see me as a journeywoman, but that’s not the case. I find that rude. People only look at the record. They don’t look at the quality of the opponents. I am a contender. I’m also not anyone’s stepping stone.”

For the time being, Connolly is concentrating on campaigning for a fight for the vacant Commonwealth title (super bantamweight/featherweight/super featherweight), which the boxing fans also want to see.

“I’ve been asking for the Ebanie Bridges fight since last year, and that’s the fight I’d still like to have.

“It would be an interesting fight because I wouldn’t have to chase her all night as she comes straight forward like I do—a match made in heaven – in boxing terms.  I mean, fans want to see an all-out war in the ring. Bridges bring that, and so do I.”

This brings me back full circle as if you didn’t know 10 April 2021 was the Courtenay vs Bridges fight, which got women’s boxing back on the map, front and centre. 

The Ultimate Fighter Returns! New Episodes Every Week Starting June 1

After a 2 year hiatus The Ultimate Fighter Returns on June 1.


After a 2 year hiatus The Ultimate Fighter Returns on June 1.

The 29th season will feature featherweight champion, Alexander Volkanovski  and top contender, Brian Ortega as opposing coaches on the show. Both men will be responsible for training 16 of the chosen bantamweight and middleweight prospects in their quest for a UFC contract.

TUF was built for up and coming fighters to jumpstart their careers.

Since its start in 2005, the show has produced 11 champions, with two of them currently reigning at the top of their respective weight classes. Currently, Rose Namajunas and Kamaru Usman hold the belts at the top of their division.

Check out the promo ahead of the first episode to get a look into how season 29 fairs with the other seasons of TUF.

UFC ANNOUNCE PARTNERSHIP WITH ‘FREETRAIN’ FOR LEON EDWARDS IN HIS UPCOMING FIGHT WITH NATE DIAZ

British athlete Leon Edwards will be using Freetrain products ahead of his blockbuster fight with Nate Diaz next month, June 12, 2021.

Freetrain, the innovative fitness and running brand, are proud to announce UFC fighter Leon Edwards as their next athlete ambassador.


British athlete Leon Edwards will be using Freetrain products ahead of his blockbuster fight with Nate Diaz next month, June 12, 2021

Freetrain, the innovative fitness and running brand, are proud to announce UFC fighter Leon Edwards as their next athlete ambassador.

As part of a new initiative to work with exciting sporting talent, Edwards has signed a partnership with Freetrain to see him use Freetrain products in his training camp to prepare for his next fight against American Nate Diaz on June 12 at UFC 263 in Arizona.

The fight was initially due on UFC 262 but was moved to UFC 263 on June 12 after Diaz suffered an injury. The contest will be the first five-round non-title co-main event in UFC history.

The current Freetrain product range includes the Freetrain V1 Vest and the Freetrain VR Vest, which offers an innovative alternative to phone holder armbands.

29-year-old Edwards, based in Birmingham, is the number-three ranked fighter in the UFC 170lbs Welterweight division and is currently riding an eight-fight win streak.

Edwards will be seeking a high-profile win to add to his record after being forced out of action for over a year due to the coronavirus pandemic. He was then due to fight Khamzat Chimaev on three different occasions, but the fight was then cancelled due to Chimaev’s COVID-19 issues.

Edwards ended up facing Belal Muhammad as a late-notice replacement in March at UFC Fight Night: Edwards vs Muhammad but an accidental eye poke to Muhammad in the second round ended the fight. The bout was ruled a no contest.

Now Leon “Rocky” Edwards moves on from that fight looking to build on an eight-fight win streak (excluding the no contest), and a win over the 36-year-old American Nate Diaz, who hasn’t fought inside the Octagon in almost 18 months, will put him within touching distance of a shot at the 170lbs title.

James Wren, a co-founder of Freetrain, said: “Being based in Birmingham, we’ve followed Leon’s journey closely over the last few years, and we are extremely excited to be partnering with him and helping him as he prepares for the biggest fight of his career.”

He added: “He is one of the most recognisable names in British MMA and is now within touching distance of a title shot and becoming a UFC champion.”

Edwards said: I’ve been a fan of Freetrain for some time now and have been using the V1 for a while, it’s a pretty simple product, but it does the job for me. Teaming up with the guys seemed like a no brainer, both based in Birmingham, so it was as simple as it gets.”

Last month, Freetrain announced their first athlete partnership with British boxer Conor Benn.

To keep up to date with Leon Edwards and to find out more about http://www.freetrain.co.uk/, visit: http://www.freetrain.co.uk

About Freetrain

The Birmingham based fitness company set up by former Aston Villa youth player Jack Dyer and former Walsall FC goalkeeper James Wren. The pair has created an innovative alternative to phone holder armbands to allow fitness enthusiasts to train smart and train free. Since 2015 when the business launched, they have experienced significant growth, increased their product range, and sold over 150,000 units worldwide in 12 different countries. The product range currently includes the Freetrain V1 Vest and the Freetrain VR Vest, along with other running accessories such as rechargeable illuminate LEDs, water-resistant gloves, reflective gloves and therma hats. To find out more about Freetrain, visit: http://www.freetrain.co.uk/

Bellator MMA announces broadcast deal with the BBC


Bellator MMA announce new broadcast deal ahead of Bellator Paris on Saturday, October 10th, 2020.

LONDON – Bellator MMA have today announced a new broadcast deal that will see live MMA broadcast on the BBC for the very first time.

Eleven fights from Bellator’s upcoming Paris show, which takes place on Saturday 10th October at the Accor Arena, will be available live on BBC iPlayer to viewers across the UK. In another first for Bellator, the Paris event will also make history by being the first major MMA event ever hosted in France.

Fights featuring on the BBC will include the highly anticipated welterweight bout between England’s Michael “Venom” Page (17-1), better known to fans as “MVP,” and the undefeated Scotsman Ross Houston (8-0,1 NC). MVP is one of the biggest names in MMA, known for his exciting fighting style and highlights reel of knockouts. Houston, a former MMA world champion, will be looking to make his mark on his Bellator debut.

David Green, Head of Bellator Europe, said; “We are thrilled that we will be bringing live action from our first ever show in France to fans across the UK on BBC iPlayer. The BBC is unparalleled in its reach with millions of people tuning in to its sports content every week. We therefore look forward to servicing our existing fans better than ever before as well as hoping to attracting new fans who will be able to tune in to this historic event. The card is stacked from top to bottom so those watching are in for a real treat come Saturday night.”

Scott Coker, President of Bellator MMA, said; “This is a really exciting broadcast deal for Bellator MMA as our presence in the European market goes from strength to strength. Having just put on three events in Milan and now heading to Paris to make history there, we are committed to providing fight fans across Europe with regular events, featuring the world’s best fighters, which are easily accessible to them via our first-class broadcast partners. We have signed more big names to our roster this week and are looking forward to an action packed 2021.”

The live broadcast starts on BBC iPlayer at 4.30pm BST on Saturday and will run through until 10pm BST.

A limited number of fans will be allowed in attendance at this history-making show. The event got the go ahead after the government granted permission for it to take place under the supervision of the French Boxing Federation. Bellator Paris will be the fourth event hosted by the promotion in Europe in the space of two weeks, following three shows held behind closed doors at Allianz Cloud in Milan, Italy.

Press release.

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