Having been around combat sport for over two decades, my passion for MMA just grows and grows. I am a columnist for MMA UnCaged Magazine and have contributed to many leading MMA sites in the past but the time for my own is here, whilst still maintaining contributing articles to other MMA sites.
LFA 6 came live from the Cowboys Dancehall in San Antonio, Texas last night where Rivaldo Junior took on Ray Rodriguez in the headline bout.
Brazilian Jui-Jitsu specialist Mackenzie Dern was making her third pro outing in her Mixed Martial Arts career. Dern could not make the contracted weight for 115lbs, so the bout was changed to a Catchweight of 120lbs just before she took to the scales and weighed in on target on the second attempt. Her opponent Katherine Roy will receive 20% of her fight purse.
Ray Rodriguez def Rivaldo Junior via split decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Eryk Anders def Jon Kirk via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 1:35
Mackenzie Dern def Katherine Roy via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Richard Odoms def Willian Hoffman via TKO (strikes) – Round 2, 1:25
Gleidson Cutis def Dimitre Ivy via submission (grapevine leg lock) – Round 1, 2:38
Anthony Ivy def Arthur Ashton via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 2:04
Prelim Card – Amateur Bouts
Damian Alfaro def William Walker via submission (triangle choke) – Round 1
Jonathan Gomez def Patrick Ferguson via submission (D’Arce choke) – Round 3
Marcell Mickens def Tomas Suarez via TKO (strikes) – Round 2
Cage Warriors Academy Wales came live from The Newport Centre, Wales tonight March 4th.
Boasting a fight card with 18 fights, including twelve amateur undercard fights and six professional main card fights, it was the fans who were in for a treat this evening.
Main Card Professional Results
Aaron Khalid defeated Phil Wells via Submission (Guillotine Choke) :56 round 2
Jack Shore defeated Alexandros Gerolimatos via Submission (Rear-naked Choke) 2:03 round 1
Richard Williams defeated Gracjan Bak via KO :59 round 1
Damo Weeden defeated Joe Orrey via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) :39 round 1
Josh Ellis defeated Daniel Hodor via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) 4:05 round 2
Ethan Charlesworth defeated Nathan Ford via Submission (Triangle) 1:53 round 1
Undercard – Amateur MMA
Josh Hudson defeated Jack Tucker via Unanimous Decision
Michael Corston defeated Christopher Radcliffe via Majority Decision
Pedro Cardosa defeated Tom Karpinski via Unanimous Decision
Rob Bennett defeated Marcus Stevens via Split Decision
James Amos defeated Sami Hashim via Unanimous Decision
Christian Duncan defeated James McClean via TKO 1:25 round 1
Chris Smith defeated Keiron Bennet via Submission (Rear-naked Choke) 2:50 round 2
Oban Elliot defeated Callum Hanman via KO (head kick) :46 round 1
Ben Ellis defeated Franco Tenaglia via TKO 2:05 round 3
Jamie Boyle defeated Ragine White via Submission (head and arm choke) :58 round 2
Alun Yhnell defeated Karl Redding via KO :59 of round 1
Joel Collins defeated Chris Mardon via Split Decision
Bellator 174 took place Friday, March 3 at Winstar World Casino in Thackerville, Okla. The main card aired on Spike TV.
Headlining the event was former Strikeforce champion, Marloes Coenen facing Julia Budd for the inaugural women’s featherweight title. It was, however, to be Julia Budd’s night after stopping Coenen in the fourth round to become the new featherweight champion.
Coenen then took the time to thank Scott Coker and Bellator before announcing her retirement from the sport.
“I have dreamt about this moment forever. When I was 21 and first started kickboxing, I dreamt about being a champion, and I didn’t make it, I lost.” Budd said. “So, this is my dream come true. The moment I signed with Bellator, I saw all the champions up there on the banners, and I said to myself that I want to be up there with them some day. Now it feels like everything has come together.”
“There’s only one message that I want to give out to all the fighters out there, and that is, please listen to your body. I am very proud of all the women in MMA, and I am very grateful for Bellator,” Coenen said. “This company picked me up when I was in a dark place, and Scott Coker has given me so many opportunities throughout my career. Bellator MMA will always be my home.”
Julia Budd (10-2) defeated Marloes Coenen (23-8) via TKO (punches) at 2:42 of round four to become the new inaugural women’s featherweight champion.
ACB 54 is live from Manchester, England tonight where it will be a European Middleweight showdown as Luke Barnatt takes on Mamed Khalidov in the main event.
With 23 fights to get through, the action started at 5 pm (BST) with the main event around 10.30pm (BST).
For the live stream of the event, click on the above live link.
Mamed Khalidov def. Luke Barnett – KO : 21 R1 Brendan Loughnane def. Mike Wilkinson – KO 2:30 R1
Asambek Saidov def. Ion Pascu – unanimous decision (30-27, 30-28, 29-28) Aurel Pirtea def. Saul Rogers – Sub (guillotine) 0:53 R2 Ali Bagov def. Bubba Jenkins – Sub (Triangle choke) 4:01 R2 Joshua Aveles def. Amirkhan Adaev– Split decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-29) Batraz Agnaev def. Max Nunes – KO 2:57 R1 Rakhman Dzhanaev def. Adam Zajac – TKO (Dr Stoppage) 2:15 R2 Andrew DeVent def. Danny Mitchell – KO :31 R1 Murad Kalamov def. Niko Gjoka – Sub (Triangle Choke):50 R2 Kane Mousah def. Lewis Monarch – unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28) Dean Garnett def. Michael Tobin – TKO (strikes) :31 R2 Ibrahim Chuzhigaev def. David Mitchell – TKO :55 R3 Rob Whiteford def. Nam Phan FW – Sub :21 (Guillotine Choke) R1 Mukhumat Vakhaev def. Tanner Boser – Split decision (29-28, 30-29, 28-29) Shoaib Yousaf def. Javonne Morrison – TKO 3:24 R1 Ashley Reece def. James Lewis – TKO 2:43 (Punches) R2 Chris Bungard def. Iain Feenan – Sub 2:41 (Triangle-choke) R1 Azi Thomas def. Eden Newton – TKO 4:46 (Punches) R1 Aaron Aby def. Coner Hignet – split decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-29) Gaz Corran def. Shaun Hampton – unanimous decision Jenaid Ebanks def. Marcin Prostko – Sub 1:22 (Rear-naked choke) R2 Cal Ellenor def. Declan Williams – Sub 4:16 (Rear-naked choke) R2
On December 16th at the 3Arena in Dublin, Jai Herbert [4-0] will be looking to become the new BAMMA Lonsdale lightweight champion and will also be looking to maintain his unbeaten professional record when he competes against Rhys McKee [4-0], for a night of MMA when BAMMA and Bellator join forces for a special fight night.
The 28-year-old full time scaffolder who lives in Wolverhampton, has only been competing competitively in Mixed Martial Arts for the past 4 years and has already won the amateur Combat Challenge British welterweight belt and the amateur BCMMA lightweight belt before he turned professional in March 2015.
Having fallen in love with MMA after watching UFC on cable channel BRAVO, Jai noticed a new gym that had opened down the road from where he lived (IKON Martial Arts) who were advertising MMA classes and decided to give it ago.
“I have always been a fan of UFC having watched it regularly on television” Jai recalls “when a new gym opened down the road from where I lived and advertised MMA classes I decided to give it ago. That was 7 years ago, and I have not looked back since.”
Training out of Wolfpack MMA under the guidance of John Ashley since he has started out in his MMA journey, Jai fits his training schedule around his full-time job.
“I’m up at 6am and back home for 5pm working a physically demanding job. I manage a quick coffee before heading out to the gym for 2/3 hours every day. My main gym I train out of is Wolfpack MMA where I do majority of my training with John Ashley including my strength and conditioning. I also train at Firewalker Martial Arts on a Thursday and on a Friday I go to Kaobon in Cannock and get some sparring in. My days are long and tiring and the plan is to train full time soon and knock work on the head so I can reach my full potential.”
Competing most of his amateur career in the welterweight division for which Jai racked up an impressive record of 9-1. He then decided that once he turned pro he would drop down to the lightweight division.
“At amateur I fought all bar one of my fights at welterweight and never had to cut weight, I didn’t see the point at amateur of putting my body through the strain. Going into pro I cut down to lightweight and have a pro record of 4-0 at the minute.”
Currently on a 12-fight winning streak with his only loss coming in his first amateur bout, Jai has yet to see the third round of competition in his professional career thus far. Having won all 4 bouts in the 2nd round. Maintaining a winning fight streak would usually put pressure on anyone but not Jai, he is concentrating on self-improvement.
“I have the will to win and finish every fight. I’m aggressive but calm and calculated, I take my time. I like it when I hit someone and can feel and see that I have broken their spirit to the point where they don’t want it anymore, then I just take my time and break them down from there. I don’t feel any pressure to keep my win streak going. I don’t think about the win streak. I think about getting in the best shape I can, keep improving and putting on a better performance than I did the last time. I’ve improved in every fight, I’m more focused on self-improvement then anything or anybody else.”
Having fought his last two bouts under the BAMMA banner and getting the opportunity to compete for the Lonsdale lightweight title at the 3Arena in Dublin, Jai is looking forward to the future with the promotion.
“I knew I would get a shot at the title, maybe in one more fights time, but I got it now which I’m glad about because it’s just speeding up the process of me getting to the top, which, without a doubt I will. I’ve felt sometimes in the past that I have been overlooked as I don’t bring attention to myself or bad mouth anyone so I’m glad to be getting the recognition from BAMMA which I deserve.”
As with his previous bouts, Jai knows that preparation is key in getting to know what kind of opponent Rhys McKee is before he has stepped foot into the cage before fight night.
“When I got sent the name Rhys McKee I watched his two fights on BAMMA to see who he was and what his style is like. He is tall, rangy and likes to box which is nothing I haven’t dealt with before. He hasn’t fought no one with my striking so we will see how he deals with that. I’m looking forward to the fight and being the new Lonsdale champ.”
Jai would like to thank the following people:
“I’d like to thank my coach John, my training partners, sponsors and my girlfriend Jaye, this victory will be for all of them. Also, a shout out to A.C Electricals in Wolverhampton and my old man (Dave the rave) for helping me out with the financial costs for my medicals/scans in preparation for this fight.”
You can keep up to date with Jai’s journey on the following social media platforms:
Raged UK MMA will be taking place this Saturday, December 3rd at M.E.C.A in Swindon, for their fifth event which will showcase professional and amateur mixed martial arts.
Swindon based promoter Gary Turland and match maker/trainer Michael Osbourne will be bringing mixed martial arts back to the town of Swindon after the success of the first four events over the last 18 months.
The event is headlined by Kenton Kauppinen who makes his first defence of the Heavyweight title against Krystian Gowik. Also on the card is Welsh welterweight Lew ‘The Foot’ Long who takes on Kes Mamba.
Full fight card
Pro fights 3 x 5 mins
(C) Kenton Kauppinen vs Krystian Gowik Heavyweight Title
Kes Mamba vs Lew Long
Luke Morton vs Dante Hawkins
Jamie Reynolds vs Antanas Jazbutis
Wesley O’Neil vs Lawrence Jordan Tracey
Amateur fights 3 x 3 mins
Daniel Hunter vs Craig Rawlins
Ben Robsen vs Dale Thompson
Chris Stirling vs Dean Hart
Lee Harvey vs Robert Kasprzak
Nomi Baig vs Tom Enstone
Dan Richards vs Bernie Gomm
Russell Mason vs Jack Chinnery
Aaron Blakemore vs Nikolay Ryzhkov
TBC vs Cameron Clarke
Standard Tickets £20 & VIP tickets £45 available from all of the fighters or alternatively you can buy online at www.swindontickets.co.uk (booking fee applies).
Children may attend as long as they are accompanied by an adult over 18 years old.