Conor McGregor: The story so far…


On Saturday, August 20, UFC® featherweight champion “The Notorious” Conor McGregor will headline what is set to be one of the biggest events in UFC history, as he meets Nate Diaz in a five-round welterweight rematch inside the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Ahead of UFC 202®: DIAZ vs. McGREGOR 2, we look back at McGregor’s career so far and re-live some of the Irishman’s most memorable moments.

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The early days

McGregor began boxing at the age of 12. Training at Crumlin Boxing Gym, he won a variety of amateur boxing titles. At the age of 18, McGregor’s long-time friend, Tom Egan – the first Irish athlete ever to sign with UFC – brought McGregor along to a mixed martial arts class at Straight Blast Gym (SBG) in Dublin. It didn’t take long for SBG owner and head coach, John Kavanagh, to recognise the stopping power that the young Dubliner boasted.

The amateur scene

February 2007 saw McGregor contest his first amateur MMA bout. Finishing his opponent Ciaran Campbell with a striking showcase in the first round, McGregor’s spirited celebration post-fight pointed to the showman he would later go on to become.

Notorious rising 

McGregor quickly earned a name for himself as a knockout artist on the professional scene. In March 2008 he made his professional MMA debut in the Cage of Truth organisation. He faced fellow Irishman Gary Morris, who succumbed to strikes from McGregor in the second round.

 

The Point Depot

McGregor’s second pro bout in May 2008 lasted just one round, as he defeated Mo Taylor via TKO at Cage Rage: Contenders – Ireland vs. Belgium. This would be McGregor’s first outing in The Point Depot (now the 3Arena) in Dublin, which would go on to host all three of UFC’s trips to the Irish capital.

A stumbling block

In June 2008, a loss to Lithuanian Artemj Sitenkov proved to be a serious stumbling block for McGregor. Although he later bounced back with a win over Stephen Bailey six months later, the young Dubliner drifted away from the sport. In response, McGregor’s mother, Mags, took it upon herself to call John Kavanagh to seek his help in encouraging her son to return to the gym. Kavanagh later visited McGregor in his Lucan home and encouraged him to commit to his fighting career.

A new found dedication

In November 2010, and with another win under his belt, McGregor moved up to lightweight to take on fellow surging Irish prospect Joe Duffy. When McGregor was submitted in little more than 30 seconds, many feared that the defeat would trigger another exodus from the sport. But, on the Monday after the loss, McGregor was back in the gym with a new found dedication to training.

A winning streak

The loss to Duffy would trigger a phenomenal 15-fight win streak for McGregor. After defeating Hugh Brady in one round in February 2011, McGregor’s outings against Mike Wood and Paddy Doherty lasted a combined 20 seconds, as he scored two devastatingly fast knockouts.

 

A warrior in the cage

In June 2011, a second round win over Artur Sowinski saw McGregor signed by the European promotion Cage Warriors, a key moment in the young fighter’s career. He quickly proved to be a stellar addition to the roster.

Falling to featherweight

After a lightweight bout with Aaron Jahnsen was stopped inside one round in September 2011, McGregor announced his intentions for the featherweight division. McGregor elbowed his way to another first-round victory over Steven O’Keefe, which positioned him perfectly for a title shot.

Tears and a title shot

Jiu-jitsu ace Dave Hill was McGregor’s opponent for the vacant Cage Warriors title bout in June 2012. The event took place in The Helix, a venue located inside Dublin City University Campus. The intensity that McGregor displayed at the event’s weigh-in had such an impact on his English opponent that fans claimed Hill began to cry after going nose to nose with ‘The Notorious’.

The lightweight title

McGregor’s popularity spread to new heights following his win over Hill. Cage Warriors wasted no time in booking a New Year’s Eve show, where ‘The Notorious’ was initially slated to defend his title against American Jim Alers. He instead went on to face Ivan Buchinger for the lightweight title on December 31st, 2012. A crisp left hook ended the show in the first round and sent McGregor’s star on the ascent.

The hype train

When UFC President Dana White visited Trinity College in Dublin to be presented with a gold medal for Honorary Patronage by the Philosophical Society in February 2013, he was inundated with requests from fans for him to sign a young fighter named Conor McGregor.

The world stage

It was revealed that McGregor would face The Ultimate Fighter alumnus Marcus Brimage in his UFC debut on April 6, 2013, in Stockholm, Sweden. A stunning left uppercut separated Brimage from his senses and, with that, a star was born. McGregor’s now infamous call for a bonus after the fight, “Hey Dana, 50 G’s baby!” – endeared him to the sport’s international fan base.

Sitting on the sidelines

In August 2013 McGregor suffered an injury to his knee midway through his bout with young featherweight Max Holloway. Holloway became the only man to last the distance with McGregor. Post-fight, a scan revealed that McGregor had suffered a torn ACL, which would mean eleven months before he could take to the Octagon once again.

A night to remember

UFC’s return to Dublin in July 2014 coincided with McGregor’s return to action, and his first main event slot. McGregor’s first-round KO of Brazil’s Diego Brandao finished a perfect 6-0 night for the Irish contingent, at an event which broke viewing records for UFC’s streaming platform, UFC FIGHT PASS.

The toughest of tests

Having been sidelined for almost a year, McGregor went on to face two of his toughest tests to date in Dustin Poirier and Dennis Siver. A first round TKO over Poirier in September 2014 was followed by a second round TKO win over Germany’s Siver in January 2015, as Boston turned green for McGregor’s second trip to the TD Garden. A sold-out crowd erupted with the win, and McGregor made a beeline for champion Jose Aldo, who sat Octagonside.

 

The World Tour

In March 2015, McGregor joined Aldo for UFC’s very first world press tour. The tour spanned eight cities in five countries, over the course of 12 days in order to promote UFC 189: Aldo vs. McGregor. But, just 12 days out from the event, Aldo was forced to withdraw from the fight citing a rib injury, and McGregor instead went on to defeat late replacement Chad Mendes to secure the interim UFC featherweight title.

Unification

On December 12th, 2015, McGregor ended the 10-year undefeated reign of champion Jose Aldo within just 13 seconds. UFC 194: Aldo vs. McGregor broke UFC gate and attendance records at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. McGregor, meanwhile, underlined his status as one of the biggest draws in the history of UFC.

155lbs

McGregor immediately announced his intention to move up to lightweight. But when an injury ruled out a scheduled bout with lightweight champion Rafael Dos Anjos in February 2016, a polarizing opponent stepped up to the mark.

A whole different ball game

In the absence of his usual relentless weight cut, McGregor was jovial and energized throughout the week leading up to UFC 196, as he prepared to meet Nate Diaz at welterweight. On March 5th, 2016, the pair faced off in one of the most highly anticipated match-ups in UFC history. Caught on the end of a jab-cross combination by Diaz, McGregor looked for the takedown and was pounced on by the jiu-jitsu black belt. A rear-naked choke from Diaz followed to bring McGregor’s 15-fight win streak to an end.

Losing the battle, winning the war?

On August 20, 2016, Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz will meet once again, as McGregor vows to return to greatness and prove to the world that he is, indeed, the greatest of all time.

Watch UFC 202®: DIAZ vs. McGREGOR 2 live on BT Sport from 1am BST on the morning of Sunday, August 21st and catch the Early Prelims from 11:30pm on Saturday 20th, live on UFC FIGHT PASS.

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Best of British MMA On UFC Fight Pass June 4th


 

Saturday, June 4 UFC FIGHT PASS® brings a host of British MMA talent to fans with two incredible events on one day.

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Michael Bisping (29-7; fighting out of Manchester, England) challenges for the UFC® world middleweight title in LA, California, atUFC 199®: ROCKHOLD vs. BISPING 2 while Cage Warriors showcases some of the best upcoming talent in the UK at Cage Warriors 76 from Newport, Wales.

Undefeated Tom Breese (10-0; fighting out of Montreal, Canada) will headline the UFC FIGHT PASS prelims on Saturday June 4 against American Sean Strickland at UFC 199®: ROCKHOLD vs. BISPING 2. The up and coming Birmingham native previously competed for Cage Warriors before moving over to UFC in May 2015. Breese will be looking to show the level of skill honed in the UK as he makes his way up the welterweight rankings.

Closer to home in Newport,Wales headlining Cage Warriors 76 is Welshman Jack “The Hammer” Marshman (18-5), who is on a four fight win streak and will be looking to extend his streak on June 4. Marshman is ranked within the UK’s top 10 middleweights and one of the most dangerous middleweights with 11 knockouts in his professional career.

Also on the main card, Lew Long (12-3) returns to Cage Warriors with momentum on his side following five successive wins as he takes on UFC veteran Andreas Stahl. As one of the top UK ranked welterweights, Long will be establishing his lead in the division.

Jack Shore (1-0) is one of the youngest prospects on the mixed martial arts scene. Having one professional fight under his belt, the Welshman is the 2015 IMMAF Lightweight European Open champion and has 12 amateur wins making him unbeaten in his short career thus far.

UFC 199®: ROCKHOLD vs. BISPING 2 kicks off on UFC FIGHT PASS at 11:15 p.m. BST on Saturday June 4. Ahead of this monumental event, catch all the action from Cage Warriors 76 also LIVE on UFC FIGHT PASS from 9 p.m. BST.

UFC FIGHT PASS is available on personal computers, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Amazon Fire TV, iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, Android, Chromecast, Samsung Smart TV, LG Smart TV and Roku devices.

For more information or current fight news, visit ufc.com. All bouts live and subject to change.

 

 

 

 

Cast members revealed for The Ultimate Fighter 23 including images.


TUF 23 girlsThe upcoming season of The Ultimate Fighter® will once again showcase mixed martial arts’ global expansion, as Polish strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk and No. 1 contender Claudia Gadelha of Brazil lead a group of light heavyweight (men) and strawweight (female) hopefuls.

 

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Thirty-two athletes from countries such as the Netherlands, Algeria, France, Norway, Spain, Canada, Brazil, England and the United States fight for one of 16 spots available in the premiere episode on Thursday, April 21 at 3am BST on BT Sport (repeated at 10pm BST later that same day).

There will be no shortage of intensity and drama with Jedrzejczyk (11-0, fighting out of Olsztyn, Poland) and Gadelha (13-1, fighting out of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) as one of the most intense rivalries in all of mixed martial arts plays out on screen. The two fought in December 2014 with Jedrzejczyk narrowly edging out Gadelha before eventually going on to win the strawweight world title. There will be no love lost between the two as their epic feud plays out leading up to their highly anticipated rematch.

The show will feature 12 episodes, airing on BT Sport. Each episode’s winner will advance in the single-elimination tournament, leading to the season finale on July 8 in Las Vegas as part of International Fight Week. The finale will be headlined by this season’s coaches in a world title bout as Jedrzejczyk collides with Gadelha.

 The Ultimate Fighter 23 competitors:

 

Strawweight Females

 

Light Heavyweight Men

Alyssa Krahn, 3-1,  Age 28, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada

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Abdel Medjedoub, 3-0, Age 30, Mila, Algeria

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Amanda Cooper, 1-1,  Age 24, Bath, Mich.

Amanda Cooper TUF 23

Andrew Sanchez, 7-2, Age 27, Shiloh, Ill.

Andrew Sanchez TUF 23

Amy Montenegro, 7-2,  Age 32, Forks, Wash.

Amy Montenegro TUF 23

Cory Hendricks, 3-0, Age 27, Lynden, Wash

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Ashley Cummins, 3-3, Age 28, St. Louis, Mo.

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Elias Urbina, 3-0, Age 22, Weslaco, Texas

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Ashley Yoder, 4-1,  Age 28, Indianapolis, Ind.

Ashley Yoder TUF 23

Eric Spicely, 8-0, Age 29, Stoughton, Mass.

Eric Spicely TUF 23

Chelsea Bailey, 2-0,  Age 23, Chewelah, Wash.

Chelsea Bailey TUF 23

Jamelle Jones, 6-2, Age 28, Atlantic City, N.J.

Jamelle Jones TUF 23

Helen Harper, 4-1,  Age 28, Farnborough, England

Helen Harper TUF 23

John Paul Elias, 3-0, Age 27, Fresno, Calif.

John Paul Elias TUF 23

Irene Rivera, 6-2,  Age 22, Barcelona, Spain

Irene Rivera TUF 23

Josh Stansbury, 7-2, Age 31, East Liverpool, Ohio

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Jamie Moyle, 3-1,  Age 27, Las Vegas, Nev.

Jamie Moyle TUF 23

Kenneth Bergh, 3-0, Age 26, Oslo, Norway

Kenneth Bergh TUF 23

JJ Aldrich, 2-1, Age 23, Aurora, Colo.

JJ Aldrich TUF 23

Khalil Rountree, 4-0, Age 26, Las Vegas, Nev.

Khalil Rountree TUF 23

Jodie Esquibel, 5-1,  Age 29, Albuquerque, N.M.

Jodie Esquibel TUF 23

Marcel Fortuna, 8-1, Age 30, Tubarao, Brazil

Marcel Fortuna TUF 23

Kate Jackson, 7-2-1, Age 29, Lostwithiel, England

Kate Jackson TUF 23

Muhammed DeReese, 5-0, Age 27, Titusville, Fla.

Muhammed DeReese TUF 23

Kristi Lopez, 2-0, Age 33, Quartz Hill, Calif.

Kirsti Lopez TUF 23

Myron Dennis, 12-4, Age 27, Oklahoma City, Okla.

Myron Dennis TUF 23

Lanchana Green, 2-1, Age 26, Darlington, England

Lanchana Green TUF 23

Norman Paraisy, 15-4-2, 1 NC, Age 30, Paris, France

Norman Paraisy TUF 23

Mellony Geugjes, 0-1, Age 23, Amsterdam, Netherlands

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Phil Hawes, 3-0, Age 27, Little Ferry, N.J.

Phil Hawes TUF 23

Tatiana Suarez, 3-0,  Age 25, Fontana, Calif.

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Trevor Carlson, 10-2, Age 27, Spring Creek, Nev.

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All photo credits to:

UFC, Invicta, Joe Pic Photography, Sherdog, Cage Warriors,Bloody Mayhem, Epic Fighting,  Google Images, Facebook, http://www.kristilopez.com

 

 

 

Scott Askham and Bradley Scott added to UFC London Card February 27th.

London, UK – UFC® – the world’s largest mixed martial arts (MMA) organisation – today announced two more unmissable bouts forUFC FIGHT NIGHT® LONDON, both of which feature British talent.


English middleweights Bradley “Bear” Scott (10-3, fighting out of Melksham, England) and Scott Askham (13-2, fighting out of Doncaster, Yorkshire, England) will both compete in front of home fans on the night, as they take on Krzysztof Jotko (16-1, fighting out of Orneta, Poland) and Chris Dempsey (11-3, fighting out of Lower Burrell, Pennsylvania, USA) respectively.

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West Country fighter Scott first took up martial arts in a bid to get in shape for the Royal Marines, discovering MMA after researching into the world’s toughest sports.  Nicknamed “Bear”, Scott has been fighting in the UFC since December 2012. His record includes two wins by submission, one of which came in his most recent fight against Dylan Andrews in Adelaide, Australia in May.

His opponent, Jotko, meanwhile was inspired by UFC Hall of Famer Tito Ortiz to give up his job as a welder and begin fighting. Like Scott, Jotko is a Muay Thai specialist. He will be looking to silence the London crowd on February 27 by claiming his third consecutive win inside the Octagon®.

Yorkshireman Askham will also step out in front of home fans in London, as he goes up against American Chris Dempsey, Askham’s love of MMA began after watching a close friend compete in his hometown. He went on to fight at an amateur level, enjoying an unbeaten run before turning professional.

Pennsylvania native Dempsey’s last win came over The Ultimate Fighter® winner Eddie Gordon.  After a brief move up to light heavyweight, he’ll now look to make a swift transition back down to 185lbs to meet Askham.

Also set to compete at UFC FIGHT NIGHT® LONDON are British fighters Michael “The Count” Bisping, who takes on Holland’sGegard Mousasi, Birmingham’s Tom Breese, who faces Japan’s Keita Nakamura, Mike Wilkinson who meets Makwan Amirkhani, Londoner Brad Pickett who goes up against Henry Briones and Davey Grant who tackles Marlon Vera.

UFC FIGHT NIGHT® LONDON will be available to watch live on UFC Fight Pass.

For up to date news and information on the event, visit UFC.com or follow @UFC_Europe on Twitter.

 

 

Brad Pickett and Davey Grant added to UFC London Feb 27th

Fan favourite and veteran of the sport Brad “One Punch” Pickett (25-11-0, fighting out of London, England) will compete in front of his home crowd, as he takes on Mexican Henry “Bure” Briones (19-5-1, fighting out of San Diego, CA, USA).


London, UK – UFC® – the world’s largest mixed martial arts (MMA) organisation – has announced two more bouts set to feature on the UFC FIGHT NIGHT® LONDON card.

UFC FIGHT NIGHT® LONDON marks UFC’s return to England after almost two years’ absence. Tickets to the event, which is set to take place at London’s O2 Arena on February 27, sold out in just 27 minutes, demonstrating the overwhelming demand from fans across the UK for live UFC action.

East Londoner Pickett was a keen soccer player in his youth and used to box to keep fit. He later made the decision to switch to MMA in order to experiment with a variety of disciplines, and soon found a natural talent for the martial arts. Pickett has been competing in the UFC since 2011 and, in that time, has picked up no less than five Fight of the Night bonuses.

In March 2014 Pickett secured an unforgettable win over Irishman Neil Seery in front of home fans at the O2 Arena. The Englishman will undoubtedly be looking to replicate that success come February 2016.

Briones, meanwhile, is a veteran of the UFC’s reality TV show The Ultimate Fighter® and joins an impressive crop of talent emerging from Latin America, looking to make their mark. “Bure” was a dedicated hockey player before he made the decision to step into an MMA gym in his hometown of Tijuana, Mexico in 2006.

Britain’s Davey “Dangerous” Grant (8-2-0, fighting out of Bishop Auckland, County Durham, England) will also step out in front of home fans on February 27, as he goes toe-to-toe with Ecuador’s Marlon “Chito” Vera (7-2-1, fighting out of Chone, Ecuador), who is also looking to make a name for himself in the bantamweight division.

Grant first began training in MMA as a way to build up his fitness but, after progressing through his teenage years, he made a bid for a career in the sport.

In 2013, Grant was a standout on The Ultimate Fighter®, where he competed under the direction of coach and former women’s bantamweight champion “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey. Grant was due to fight at UFC FIGHT NIGHT® LONDON in 2013 but was forced to withdraw just days before the fight after sustaining an injury. Fans have been clamoring for the Englishman to return to the Octagon ever since.

Grant faces a young contender in Vera who, at the age of 23, has two UFC bouts under his belt including a win against Roman Salazar, which earned him a Performance of the Night bonus. “Chito” grew up in Ecuador and began training in MMA at 16, with one goal – to fight in the UFC.

Also set to compete at UFC FIGHT NIGHT® LONDON are British fighters Michael “The Count” Bisping, who takes on Holland’s Gegard Mousasi, Birmingham’s Tom Breese, who faces Japan’s Keita Nakamura, and Mike Wilkinson who meets Makwan Amirkhani.

UFC FIGHT NIGHT® LONDON will be available to watch live on UFC Fight Pass.

For up to date news and information on the event, visit UFC.com or follow @UFC_Europe on Twitter.

UFC® RETURNS TO LONDON: MICHAEL BISPING vs. GEGARD MOUSASI


London, UK – UFC® today announced the first three bouts to feature on the UFC FIGHT NIGHT® LONDON card, the organisation’s eagerly awaited return to the capital after a two year absence.

Bisping.jpgNo. 7 middleweight Michael Bisping (27-7, fighting out of Orange County, CA, USA) will return to fight on home soil for the first time since 2010 as he takes on No.8 Gegard Mousasi (37-6 -2, fighting our of Leiden, Holland) at the O2 Arena on February 27.

 

Bisping’s last fight at the iconic O2 Arena saw him walk away not only with a victory but also the Fight of the Night bonus for his performance. “The Count” will be looking for history to repeat itself in London this February. Standing in his way is former Strikeforce light heavyweight champion Gegard Mousasi who will be no easy competitor with notable wins over Dan Henderson and Costas Philippou. One thing that can be guaranteed is there will be fireworks when these two strikers collide.

 

Two rising UFC talents will also battle inside the Octagon® as England’s Mike Wilkinson (9-1, fighting out of Manchester, England) takes on Finland’s Makwan Amirkhani (12-2, fighting out of Stockholm, Sweden).

 

Wilkinson last defeated Niklas Backstrom in devastating fashion within 2 minutes of the first round, earning him the Performance of the Night bonus, before injury forced him out of competition for over a year. Amirkhani also likes to keep his battles short, ending both his UFC victories in the first round.  A win for either athlete will certainly put the featherweight division on notice and show Europe continues to be a hotbed of emerging talent.

 

Tenacious warrior Norman Parke (22-4-1 fighting out of Bushmills, Northern Ireland) will take on a tough test in Russian Rustam Khabilov (17-3, fighting out of Albuquerque, New Mexico). Following a win in Dublin last month over Reza Madadi, Parke will be looking to put on a show stopping performance and climb the lightweight ladder while Khabilov hopes to prove he remains a force at 155 pounds.

 

Tickets for UFC FIGHT NIGHT® LONDON go on sale Friday, December 4 at 12 p.m. GMT and are priced at £40, £50, £75, £100, £125 and £150 (prices do not include any applicable service charges and handling fees). Tickets are available for purchase online at  http://www.ticketmaster.co.uk/event/35004F7ED13483B9 and www.axs.com/uk.

UFC FIGHT CLUB member have the opportunity to purchase tickets early on Wednesday, December 2 at 10 a.m. GMT via www.ufcfightclub.com.

UFC newsletter subscribers will also have priority access starting on Thursday at 10 a.m. GMT, to sign up for the UFC newsletter please visit UFC.com.

 

For a full list of bouts and the latest news, please visit UFC.com

 

IMMAF European Championships Day 3 Official Results


It’s day three at the IMMAF European Championships at Walsall in Birmingham and it promised to be another day stacked full of great competition.

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Team UK had 7 athletes competing today and went 3-4 overall, which will also see both flyweights Jake Bond and Warren Mason face each other in the final.

Here are the official results from day 3.

Day Three #RingOne

155lb Women’s – Leah McCourt (Northern Ireland) def. Sini Koivunen (Finland) via Submission (Armbar) Round 3 – 2:12

155lb Women’s – Mia Isola (Finland) BYE over Aurore Quintin (Frannce) due to missed weight

115lb Women’s – Aleksandra Toncheva (Bulgaria) def. Amy Omara (United Kingdom) via Decision (Unanimous)

115lb Women’s – Raluca Dinescu (Romania) def. Lyudmila Sadirina (Azerbaijan) via Decision (Unanimous)

125lb Women’s – Anja Saxmark (Sweden) def. Inka Auvinen (Finland) via Decision (Unanimous)

125lb Women’s – Sunna Rannveig (Iceland) def. Michaela Dostalova (Czech Republic) via TKO (ground strikes) Round 1 – 2:48

125lb Men’s: Jake Bond (United Kingdom) def. Hussain Haki Mahdi (Bahrain) via Submission (rear naked choke) Round 3 – 1:22

125lb Men’s – Warren Mason (United Kingdom) def. David Forgarty (Ireland) via Decision (Unanimous)

145lb Men’s – Joel Moya Schondorff (Sweden) def. Connor Hitchens (United Kingdom) via Decision (Unanimous)

145lb Men’s: Ross McCorriston (Northern Ireland) def. Ante Ageneby (Sweden) via Decision (Split)

265lb Men’s: Irman Smajic (Sweden) def. Petur Oskarsson (Iceland) via Submission (standing guillotine) Round 1 – 1:56

265lb Men’s: Daniel Galabarov (Bulgaria) def. Ryan Spillane (Ireland) via Submission (Kimura) Round 2 – 1:49

155lb Men’s – Jack Shore (United Kingdom) def. Thomas Martin (Ireland) via Submission (Armbar) Round 1 – 2:15

155lb Men’s – Geir Kare Cemsoylu (Norway) def. Lee Hammond (Ireland) via TKO (Ground strikes) Round 3 – 2:24

Day 3 #RING2

205: Balaze Kiss (Hungary) def. Dillon Murphey (Ireland) via submission (arm-bar), round 2 (0:35).

170: Dorian Dermendzhiev (Bulgaria) def. Jorden Indsetviken (Norway) via submission (Guillotine), round1 (2:16).

170: Bjarki Palsson (Iceland) def. Hardeep Rai (United Kingdom) via TKO, round 2 (1:59)

135: Gabriella Ringblom (Sweden) def. Camilla Mannes (Norway) via unanimous decision.

135:  Varpru Rinne (Finland) def. Eloise Picard (Canada) via unanimous decision

145: Cornelia Holm (Sweden) def. Caline Provost (France) via submission (Americana), round 1 (1:59)

145: Sanna Merta (Finland) def. Julia Dorny (Germany) via submission (arm-bar) round 3 (1:58)

135: Marco Zannetti (Italy) def. Alexis Guilleux (France) via submission (Guillotine Choke), round 1 (2:55)

135: Abdul Hussein (Finland) def. Renato Vidovic (Sweden) via unanimous decision

185: Rostem Akman (Sweden) def. James Duckett (United Kingdom) via unanimous decision

185: Marius Hakonsev (Norway) def. Astenio Lucchesini (Italy) via submission (Triangle Choke), round 3 (2:58)

 

 

Results courtesy of IMMAF 

IMMAF European Championships Day 2 Unofficial Results


It’s day two of the IMMAF European Championships at Walsall in Birmingham, where Team UK are competing against several high level teams to gain the ultimate Gold.

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After yesterdays great start, Team UK carried on the momentum and brought today’s score to a rather impressive 5-3 by the end of the first rounds. With Jack Shore and Hardeep Rai both competing twice today and winning both times also. So you could say 7-3 at the end of the day in total.

Here are the Unofficial results from today:

  1. Toni Lampinen (Finland) def. Franklyn Rodrigues (Portugal) via Decision (Unanimous)
  2. Sam Slater (Ireland) def. Jussi Pirttikangas (Finland) via unanimous decision
  3. Jack Shore (UK) def. Jonny Martin (N. Ireland) via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) (Round 1 – 1:03)
  4. Oska Karlstrom Biller (Sweden) def. Dominik Krueger (Germany) via submission (head-and-arm choke), round 2
  5. Ferdun Osmanov (Bulgaria) def. Cristian Iorga (Romania) via Submission (Armbar) Round 3 – 0:19
  6. Bjarki Omarsson (Iceland) def. Ali-Ebrahim-qasim (Bahrain) via TKO Round 3 – 2:31
  7. Dorian Dermendzhiev def. Juho Kahranaho (Finland) via submission (Guillotine Choke), round 1, (1.24)
  8. Hardeep Rai (United Kingdom) def. Jonathan Kinkead (Northern Ireland) via TKO, round 1 (1.35)
  9. Mark Fairman (Ireland) def. Lupo Ion (Romania) via split-decision
  10. Geir Kare Cemsoylu (Norway) def. Francesco Spinola (Italy) via TKO Round 2 – 2:59
  11. Lee Hammond (Ireland) def. Guillaume Bletio (France) via Submission (Rear naked choke) Round 1 – 2:25
  12. Christophe Choteau (France) def. Christian Stava (Norway) via TKO (cut), round 1 (2:47)
  13. Johan Andersson (Sweden) def. Tomi Borisov (Bulgaria) via Decision (Unanimous)
  14. Bjarki Thor Palsson (Iceland) def. Ehsan Ghandchiller (Italy) via submission (Head-and-Arm Choke), round 2 (1:31)
  15. Aleksandra Toncheva Plamenova (Bulgaria) def. Deborah Osullivan (Ireland) via Submission (RNC) Round 2 – 1:33
  16. Tencho Karaenev (Bulgaria) def. Egill Aydvin Hjordisarson (Iceland) via submission (Guillotine Choke), round 1 (1:32)
  17. Imad Alhowayeck (Lebanon) def. Matthew Findlay (United Kingdom) via split decision
  18. Raluca Dinescu (Romania) def. Polly Beauchamp (UK) via Decision (Split)
  19. Anja Saxmark (Sweden) def. Meagan Oloughlin (Ireland) via Submission (RNC) Round 3 – 2:12
  20. Laurent Bonyus (France) def. Joao Mimoso (Portugal) via DQ (blow to the back of the head), round 1 (2:15)
  21. Inka Auvinen (Finland) def. Sissel Hansen Brynjulfsen (Norway) via Submission (Triangle choke) Round 2 – 1:40
  22. Ben Forsyth (Ireland) def. Inge Paulsen (Norway) via split-decision
  23. Sunna Rannveig (Iceland) def. llaria Norcia (Italy) via Decision (Split)
  24. Michaela Dostalova (Czech Republic) def. Anette A-Sterberg (Finland) via Decision (Split)
  25. Hussain Haki Mahdi (Bahrain) def. Serdar Altas (Sweden) via Submission (Rear naked choke) Round 1 – 2:18
  26. Gabriella Ringblom (Sweden) defeated Morgane Manfredi (France) via unanimous decision
  27. Warren Mason (UK) def. Humberto Correia (France) via Submission (Rear naked choke) Round 2 – 1:39
  28. Varpu Rinne (Finland) def. Ingibjorg Birna Arsaelsdott (Iceland) via Decision (Unanimous)
  29. David Forgarty (Ireland) def. Nikolay Ivaylov (Bulgaria) via Submission (Triangle choke) Round 2 – 1:04
  30. Sanna Merta (Finland) defeated Lindsey Doyle (Ireland) via TKO, round 2
  31. Alexis Guilleux (France) defeated Munfaredi Abdulla (Bahrain) via submission (Anaconda Choke), round 1
  32. Abdul Hussein (Finland) defeats Steliyan Ivaylov (Bulgaria) via submission (Guillotine Choke), round 2 (0:44)
  33. Joel Moya Schondorff (Sweden) def. Ciaran Breslin (N. Ireland) via Decision (Unanimous)
  34. Renato Vidovic (Sweden) defeats Josh Neale (United Kingdom) via TKO, round 1 (0:50)
  35. Connor Hitchens (UK) def. Bjartur Gudlaugsson (Iceland) via Submission (Rear naked choke) Round 3 – 2:53
  36. James Duckett (United Kingdom) def. Adrian Jahre (Norway) via unanimous decision
  37. Rostem Akman (Sweden) def. Kiefer Crosbie (Ireland) via submission (arm-bar), round 1 (2:40)
  38. Ante Ageneby (Sweden) def. Jani Haagg (Finland) via Decision (Unanimous)
  39. Astenio Lucchesini (Italy) def. Sofiane Aissaoui (France) via unanimous decision
  40. Ross McCorriston (N. Ireland) def. Ole Johnny Eriksen (Norway) via Decision (Unanimous)
  41. Petur Oskarsson (Iceland) def. Yordan Ivanov (Bulgaria) via Submission (Straight armbar) Round 1 – 2:34
  42. Marius Hakonsev (Norway) def. Juho Laitinen (Finland) via unanimous decision
  43. Ryan Spillane (Ireland) def. Jack Burton (UK) via Submission (Achilles hold) Round 2 – 1:26
  44. Jorden Indsetviken (Norway) def. Sam Slater (Ireland) via unanimous decision
  45. Thomas Martin (Ireland) def. Toni Lampinen (Finland) via Decision (Unanimous)
  46. Dorian Dermendzhiev (Bulgaria) def. Oska Biller (Sweden) via submission (Guillotine Choke), round 1 (1:22)
  47. Jack Shore (UK) def. Ferdun Osmanov (Bulgaria) via Submission (Triangle choke) Round 1 – 1:46
  48. Hardeep Rai (United Kingdom) def. Mark Fairman (Ireland) via unanimous decision
  49. Geir Kare Cemsoylu (Norway) def. Bjarki Omarsson (Iceland) via Decision (Unanimous)
  50. Lee Hammond (Ireland) def. Johan Andersson (Sweden) via Submission (Rear naked choke) Round 1 – 2:17
  51. Bjarki Palsson (Iceland) def. Christophe Choteau (France) via submission (arm-bar), round 1 (2:46)
  52. Tencho Karaenev (Bulgaria) def. Imad Alhowayeck (Lebanon) via submission (Rear-Naked-Choke), round 2 (2:38)

 

Results Courtesy of Brandon Collings  Team Canada

IMMAF European Open Championships Day 1 Unofficial Results


Today marked the first day at the IMMAF European Open Championships in Walsall, Birmingham.

UKMMAF Team Picture

With Team UK having five athletes competing today they went onto a great start of 3-2.

Here at the Unofficial Results Day 1:

  1. Toni Lampinen (Finland) def. Leos Brichta (Czech Republic) via Guillotine Choke
  2. Sam Slater (Ireland) def. Tom Mowle (UK) via Unanimous Decision.
  3. Oskar Karlstrom Biller (Sweden) def. Chaker Alouni (France) via Submission (standing guillotine) Round 1 – 0:54
  4. Dorian Dermendzhiev Anev (Bulgaria) def. James Hegazy (Canada) via Submission (armbar) Round 1 – 0:44
  5. Jonny Martin (Northern Ireland) def. Martin Richter (Germany) via Guillotine Choke
  6. Christian Iorga (Romania) def. Walid Nezzar (France): Foot injury
  7. Hardeep Rai (UK) def. Carlos Santos (Portugal) via TKO (Strikes) Round 1 – 1:54
  8. Lupu Ion (Romania) def. Tomas Fiala (Czech Republic) via Submission (guillotine) Round 2 – 0:40
  9. Bjarki Omarsson (Iceland) def. Bobby Sheppard (Northern Ireland) via Rear-Naked-choke, round 2
  10. Christophe Choteau (France) def. Axel Karlsson (Sweden) via Unanimous Decision
  11. Geir Kare Cemsoylu Nyland (Norway) def. Niko Kapone (Finland) via Unanimous Decision
  12. Bjarki Thor Palsson (Iceland) def. Lukas Licht (Germany) via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) Round 2 – 0:37
  13. Tomi Borisov Krasimirov (Bulgaria) def. Ryan Barby (United Kingdom) via unanimous decision
  14. Joel Moya Schondorff (Sweden) def. Joel Arolainen (Finland) via Unanimous Decision
  15. Egill Øydvin Hjordisarson (Iceland) def. Robin Kvarda (Czech Republic) via Guillotine Choke
  16. Ciaran Breslin (N. Ireland) def. Isa Mohammed Ameeri (Bahrain) via Submission (guillotine) Round 3 – 2:56
  17. Thomas Martin (Ireland) def. Andreas Syse Wallum (Norway) on the scorecards via a unanimous decision
  18. Bjartur Gudlaugsson (Iceland) def. Michele Martignoni (Italy) via Split Decision.
  19. Balazs Kiss (Hungary) def. Robin Enontekio (Sweden) via unanimous decision
  20. Connor Hitchens (UK) def. Filipe Catanho (Portugal) via Submission (D’arce) Round 1
  21. Dillon Manning (Ireland) def. Brandon Collings (Canada) via TKO, round 3
  22. Ante Agneby (Sweden) def. Aidan James (UK) via Submission (Guillotine) Round 2 – 2:20
  23. Inge Paulsen (Norway) def. Max Westerlund (Finland) via unanimous decision
  24. Ben Forsyth (Ireland) def. Rasul Mislimov (Azerbaijan) via TKO, round 2
  25. Ross McCorriston (N. Ireland) def. Ben Fouladi (Canada) via Unanimous Decision
  26. Ole Johnny Eriksen (Norway) def. Alberto Chiappi (Italy) via Unanimous Decision
  27. Markus Haegland (Norway) def. John Tedeschi (Finland) via split-decision
  28. Adrian Jahre (Norway) def. Ahmed Kaabi (Bahrain) via Submission (Rear naked choke) Round 1 – 1:31
  29. Kiefer Crosbie (Ireland) def. Perparim Salihu (Finland) via Injury (Verbal Tap) Round 1 – 2:49
  30. Paolo Anastasi (Italy) def. Valeri Mariov (Bulgaria) via submission, rear-naked-choke, round 3
  31. Rostem Akman (Sweden) def. Kiril Tsonev (Bulgaria) via TKO (strikes) Round 2 – 2:28
  32. Abdul Hussein (Finland) def. Daniel Moeller (Germany) via TKO, round 2
  33. Asterio Lucchesini (Italy) def. Milton Mateus (Portugal) via Unanimous Decision
  34. Josh Neale (United Kingdom) def. Rama Jegatheesan (Norway) via unanimous decision
  35. Marius Hakonsen (Norway) def. Hrolfur Olafsson (Iceland) via Split Decision
  36. Meagan O’Loughlin (Ireland) def. Wendy McKenna (United Kingdom) via unanimous decision
  37. Hussain Maki Mahdi Ali Abdulla (Bahrain) def. Saku Ronkainen (Finland) via TKO (Corner stoppage)
  38. Jorgen Indsetviken (Norway) def. Ciaran O’Neill (N. Ireland) via Submission (Rear naked choke) Round 1 – 1:34

 

 

Results courtesy of http://brandoncollings.com/results-day-1-championships/

 

UFC FIGHT NIGHT®: POIRIER vs. DUFFY TO AIR FREE ON TV IN UK & IRELAND


The UFC® announced today that UFC FIGHT NIGHT®: POIRIER vs. DUFFY, which sold out in a record-breaking 60 seconds will be airing on free to view channels in Ireland and UK.

With the huge success of last year’s event, the UFC have returned to the 3 Arena in Dublin on October 24th with six Irish stars consisting off Joseph Duffy, Norman Parke, Paddy Holohan, Neil Seery, Cathal Pendred and Aisling Daly.

Official UFC Dublin Poster

Fans in Ireland can catch action from the main card live on free to air channels Setanta Ireland and 3e, while in the UK the event will be broadcast on a delay on Pick TV. It will be broadcast in its entirety live on UFC FIGHT PASS.

“The demand for the UFC’s return to the 3Arena in Dublin has been unprecedented and we wanted to ensure all our fans would have the opportunity to see the action live,” UFC Vice President and General Manager of EMEA James Elliot said: “By providing access across three fantastic platforms, Setanta Sports, 3e and UFC FIGHT PASS, we are ensuring maximum exposure of what will be a unmissable event for fight fans.” 

Programming will start at 8:00 p.m. on 3e with UFC Breakdown followed by all of the action live from 9:00 p.m. on Setanta Ireland and 3e in Ireland and on a delay at 11:00pm on Pick TV in the UK.

3e is available on 5 on Saorview, Sky Channel 105 and UPC 106

Setanta Ireland is available on Sky Channel 423 and Virgin 401

PICK TV is available on Sky Channel 152

Click here for details on UFC Fight Pass and on how to start your free 7-day trial.