“My time is now to become Cage Warriors lightweight champion.” – Jai Herbert


Jai Herbert with Cage Warriors lightweight belt
Jai Herbert with Cage Warriors lightweight belt Credit: Cage Warriors

Originally posted on 5th June 2019

It’s 6 am on a cold winters morning when the alarm clock goes off.  Jai Herbert wearily turns off the alarm, gets out of bed, and heads out to start another day in his physically demanding job as a scaffolder.  Jai has been a scaffolder for the past fourteen years, working all over Britain.

Come 5 pm, Jai is back at home managing a quick cup of coffee before heading out again, this time heading off to the gym for a good 3 to 4-hour session.  Not for a casual workout, but for a full-on training session in Boxing, Kickboxing, Muay Thai, Jiu-jitsu or a cardio session – (depending on what day it is).  You see, Jai Herbert is also an elite professional athlete in mixed martial arts while working a full-time job.

The 31-year-old who lives in Wolverhampton has only been competing in mixed martial arts (MMA) for the past seven years.  Having won the amateur Combat Challenge British welterweight belt, and the BCMMA lightweight belt, Jai racked up an impressive record of 9-1 before deciding to go professional in March 2015.  “At the amateur level, I fought all bar one of my fights at welterweight” Jai explains.  “I never had to cut weight and didn’t see the point of putting my body through the strain at amateur level”.

Jai, who started training out of Wolfpack MMA in Wolverhampton and still does his strength and conditioning with John Ashley, has now made a move over to Renegade JiuJitsu in Birmingham under the tutelage of UFC athlete Tom Breese, to help improve the jiu-jitsu and wrestling aspect of his game. “It’s been a great move to Renegade Jiu-Jitsu. I get to roll and wrestle with Tom [Breese] a lot and with top athletes such as Leon Edwards (UFC) and Fabian Edwards (Bellator).  They have brought my game on leaps and bounds” said Jai.  “I also train at Firewalker Martial Arts where I do my striking such as Kickboxing and Boxing with Joeby Clayton.”

Currently on a four-fight winning streak, with his only loss coming in the way of a KO via Rhys McKee when he fought for the BAMMA lightweight title, Jai is no stranger to hard fights.  His first fight since signing with European promotion Cage Warriors was against hard-hitting Erdi Karatas, where he won via Unanimous Decision, and it is the only fight of his career thus far to have gone the distance. His next opponent was Joe Mccolgan which Jai dispatched of in two minutes of the first round. Then, on March 2nd, 2019, Jai had the task of facing veteran MMA athlete Steve O’Keefe, who resume consists of Artem Lobov, Conor McGregor and Chris Goldfish to name a few who had gone on to compete in the UFC.  Again, Jai dispatched of O’Keefe within 4 minutes of the first round.

It was at this point Jai knew he would be next in turn to compete for the vacant lightweight title. “I knew I was going to get the shot to be honest” recalls Jai “It was the day after I fought with Steve O’Keefe I got a text to say Graham wants you to fight Jack Grant for the title and I was like yeah, sweet, when?” said Jai. “I knew it was going to happen as Jack was next in line to compete for the title, so I knew it would be him and me.”

With the date set as June 29th, 2019 at Eventim Apollo, London, Cage Warriors will be hosting their 106th event billed as “Night of Champions”, where Jai will take on Jack for the vacant lightweight title.  “Jack is a top fighter, he is outstanding on the ground, and he has good stand up too along with being powerful. However, I feel I am the best striker in the division.  It is going to be a great fight; I’m going to get my hand raised, and it won’t be going five rounds.”

With Cage Warrior’s emphasis on fighter safety, all professional athletes must be SAFE medical checked, which includes costly MRI scans along with blood work. To help with these costs, Jai’s dad has helped with some of the medical expenses. However, Jai is still looking for additional sponsors to help him achieve the goal of being able to concentrate on being a full-time professional athlete, rather than only dedicating part of himself to his craft when he can train and wanting to reach his full potential.  Jai would ideally like to give up work and train full time.  If you feel you can help this young, gifted athlete out, please get in touch with him on either of the platforms mentioned below.

Jai would like to thank his current sponsor Animosity Fight Gear UK, all his training partners and his girlfriend Jaye Haynes, who helps him prepare for his fights.

You can reach Jai on the following social media platforms:

Facebook: Jai Herbert MMA

Instagram: @jai_herbert_mma

“Cage Warriors is the show where I’m going to make my comeback and win the welterweight title.” – Tom ‘Kong’ Watson


Originally posted on 8th April 2019

Tom 'Kong' Watson
Tom ‘Kong’ Watson

Born and raised in Southampton, England, Tom Watson first started in combat sports at the age of 16, when he took up boxing.  A three-time ABA Southern Counties Champion and being awarded ‘Amateur boxing standout of the year’ in 2006 was his introduction into mixed martial arts.

Watson made his professional mixed martial arts debut on 19th February 2006 for a local show at the Copthorne Hotel and Resort in London. On ‘ZT Fight Night 1’ where he won via Guillotine choke in 71 seconds, he returned on the show’s second instalment on June 25th the same year where he won via decision.

In 2007, Watson competed in five fights for UK promotion Cage Rage gaining a record of two wins and three losses.  From 2008 – 2012 Watson fought a further twelve times for promotions Cage Rage, AFC, UCMMA (formerly Cage Rage), MFC and BAMMA.  With his sole loss to Jesse Taylor at MFC 26, Watson picked up the inaugural UCMMA middleweight title along with the BAMMA middleweight title when he fought Jack Marshman at BAMMA 9.

With news that Watson has signed to elite European promotion Cage Warriors and will be facing Aaron ‘King’ Khalid at Cage Warriors 104 on April 27th, 2019 in Cardiff, it was only fitting that I should re-introduce ‘Kong’ to the world.

You’d be forgiven if you are not familiar with Tom ‘Kong’ Watson as of late, with his last competitive fight being on August 8th, 2015 for the UFC.  Spending three years with the world’s number one promotion in the UFC, Watson had two wins and five losses (with those losses coming by way of decisions) for the UFC taking his overall record to 17-9.

Watson was not done with competing and was still actively seeking opportunities to fight in the UFC.  Having no success, Watson was released by the UFC and continued to explore roles outside of the UFC, doing some commentary jobs here and there.  It was at this point that promotion BAMMA contacted Watson regarding doing some presenting and commentary jobs for them. They also wanted Watson (who had been with BAMMA since their first event up until he signed to the UFC) to compete again for them. This news was music to Watson’s ears as he had not hung up his gloves and retired as many people thought due to his 3-year absence from the sport.

Unfortunately, due to issues out of Watson’s control, BAMMA was no longer a viable option as a promotion to make his long-awaited come back on. Instead, elite European promotion Cage Warriors signed Watson in the welterweight division (Watson previously competed in the middleweight division) in January of 2019.

Watson trains predominately at his state of the art gym called ‘Analysis’ which is located right next to him in Southampton, and with the occasional odd trip back to California to train. Watson is already preparing hard for his upcoming bout for his Cage Warriors debut.

Deciding to cut down to welterweight was an easy decision for Watson. He stated that “quite a few people had told me that I should have been a welterweight when I competed in the UFC as I never really cut any weight.  When I look back on my career I do wonder if 170lb was the weight, I should have been competing at, so this is an attempt to test out that theory.”

Not content with winning a UCMMA (formally known as Cage Rage) and BAMMA title, Watson has made it very clear that the aim is to win the Cage Warriors welterweight title stating “I’m not coming here to have a bit of fun or have a couple of fights.  I’m coming here to pick up another title to add to the two other titles I have held.  I don’t know if there is anybody that has all of those titles, so that is my goal.”

With his first love being boxing Watson is in the middle of applying of getting his trainers license as he has a few guys who are looking to make their pro boxing debut so he can be in their corner.

/With the legalisation of Bare Knuckle Boxing, Watson has a couple of guys that he trains. Watson stated “it is not something that interests me, I do like the idea of fighting without gloves more than with gloves, I think gloves are probably less safe, and bare-knuckle is safer. It’s a big misconception that people think Bare Knuckle Boxing is more dangerous.  I’d say it is a lot safer as you can’t do much damage as you break your hands more and you don’t have this protection and mould on your fist to keep punching the shots away.  I will say though on bare-knuckle when they wear the wraps; I think it’s like wearing gloves and its worse, so to me, bare-knuckle boxing should be basically without wraps or anything.”

Going back to his time with the UFC, Watson stated “ I competed against the best in the world, and I have never got finished by any of them, only losing by decisions. Quite a few were controversial decisions at best for me.  Fighting is fighting and if you are losing a decision sport contest– well I’ve said it before, in the UFC I don’t really see that as losing, just the system and the setup. For instance, if we changed the UFC fight to a no time limit would of I lost any of those fights? I doubt it.  It is what it is, that’s the rules you play by.  Strategy wise I probably didn’t fight too smart. If you look at the earnings of the people in the UFC, I’m still relatively high up there, and I didn’t win many fights, so, on that basis, well it was smart – possibly.”

For those of you that have followed Watson’s career from the beginning, you will recall Watson enters the cage wearing a gorilla mask, hence why he has the nickname ‘Kong’. As Watson made his last appearance for the UFC in 2015, a new British fighter in the name of Darren ‘The Gorilla’ Till was making his debut for the promotion. “I’m not bothered by Darren Till” Watson states, “I believe Dan Hardy gave him the nickname ‘Gorilla’, it is what it is. I think everyone knows ‘Kong’ more than Darren Till’s ‘The Gorilla’.

“Darren Till is a great fighter, but I don’t think he is synonymous with a Gorilla.”

“Cage Warriors is the show where I’m going to make my comeback and win the welterweight title.”

With his debut for his Cage Warriors bout being dubbed ‘King’ vs ‘Kong’, there will only one way to find out if this is the start of a resurgence for Tom ‘Kong’ Watson by tuning into Cage Warriors 104 on April 27th live on UFC Fight Pass.

Ken Shamrock launches new Bare-Knuckle Promotion – Valor with a four-person Grand Prix tournament.


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Photo Credit: Tracy Lee

The sport of legalised Bare-Knuckle Boxing – British fighter Mark Godbeer is taking part Saturday, 21st, September 2019 live on FITE TV in the UK and PPV in North America.

Born and raised in Bridgwater, Somerset in England, 35-year-old Mark Godbeer had always felt that his ‘hands’ could do the talking – not in the way you’re thinking, but as in a career in combat sports.

Back in 2009, Mark embarked on that career in mixed martial arts.

His first competitive mixed martial arts fight was on a local show in Bath where not only was he the headlined event he won the contest in 2 minutes via TKO.

A year after that fight, Mark got the buzz and had a second fight in which he won again via TKO.

With another four fights that year, Mark won two contests via TKO and two via submission.  The two fights Mark had in 2011 were a mixture where he won one via TKO and lost to a TKO himself, his first loss as a pro.

Having had been signed to now-defunct promotion BAMMA, Mark had more than his fair share of success winning all four of those contests and even winning the prestigious BAMMA World Title Belt.

After his success with BAMMA, Mark got called up to the UFC in 2016, which was an achievement and all hard work had paid off.

It was in the UFC (2017) that Mark had never gone the full three rounds and it was left in the judge’s hand to score the fight – they scored it in favour of Mark winning via unanimous decision.

After amassing a record of 13 wins (9 of those coming by way of TKO) and four losses, Mark decided to hang up his 4oz gloves. However, that retirement was short-lived as Mark signed to ACA – Absolute Championship Akhat (formerly known as ACB – Absolute Championship Berkut), which has also given himself another new goal to reach.

“My MMA contract with ACA is still active, and  I can talk to my management (Duello Sports Management) they respect what I have to say “ stated Mark “They’ve been really good to me as they knew at that in my point in my career that I wanted to get as many fights in as possible and explore different adventures”

March 20th, 2019 will always be a date that Mark fondly recalls, as he was asked by the British Bare Knuckle Company who had been trying to contact him to fight one of their best guys at BKB16 at The O2 in London, which was also his BKB official debut event.

Mark won that contest against Mickey Parker who was 4-1 in BKB at the time and won the British Title, after that the offers came flooded in.

BKFC David Feldman who held the first legal promotion with it being sanctioned and commissioned since 1889 in June 2018 in Cheyenne, Wyoming had so many offers from people that he was inundated with prospects “someone reached out to me to fight in the heavyweight tournament that Valor was running” said Mark “They told me who was competing, and I was like they are all veterans of the sport, and I’m at the point of my career that I’m also a veteran, so yeah I said f**k let’s do this”.

“It has given me back the fire in my belly.  I love to box, and I love the rawness of BKB and the bare-knuckle.”

There is a total miss conception of Bare Knuckle Boxing, and that is where the hands of the fighters get wrapped all around the knuckles, which defeats the object of ‘Bare Knuckle Boxing’, some promotions still use this route; however Mark is keen to put us straight “They are completely bare, the only thing we have wrapped is our wrists so we can punch harder and then say an inch to two inches to your knuckles so that they are complete bare.

“The British version and Valor do not cover knuckles anymore.”

Having decided to have his training camp out in Thailand at Phuket Top Team with Boyd Clarke, for the last five weeks was mainly due to ‘boxing politics’ back in the UK with his very good friend Marley Swindells, Mark felt right at home with Phuket Top Team “I felt that I fitted in straight away with them, having no egos, and I knew most of them from being on the circuit anyway – it was a no brainer.” He said.

“I’ve been out here for five weeks with Marley training my a** off, and now we are here we are all ready to go.”

The event will be the first inaugural promotion promoted by UFC Hall of Famer, four-time Heavyweight World Champion and WWE Legend Ken Shamrock.

“With the four-match tournament it is the first of many I believe on Ken Shamrocks Valor Bare Knuckle show, having selected four big heavyweights, we are all just going to battle it out for two fights all in one night.” Stated Mark “We will have our first fight, then, later on, we find out who we will be matched with for our 2nd fight and see who will become the First Heavyweight Valor Bare Knuckle Champion.”

With Bare Knuckle Boxing taking off all over the world for the past year, or so fans want to see two people go tow to tow in the middle of the ring, once the beer starts flowing, people do like to see a good old fashioned fistfight. Also, mutual respect is shown to each other after they have ‘beaten’ the ‘s**’t’ out of the other fighter after their contest regardless of the result. Two guys/girls have had the b*lls to step into the ring regardless and give their all to their opponent and the fans for a fight they will enjoy.

Lastly, I would like to thank Marley Swindells for helping me get ready for this incredible journey, Phuket Top Team for welcoming me, Booster Fight gear as my sponsor and my management team Duello Sports Management.

BAMMA 35 – Full Results


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BAMMA 35 took place last night, 12th May in Dublin, Ireland at the 3Arena. Headlining the event were welterweight’s Alex Lohore who faced Ion Pascu.

Main Card Results:

Ion Pascu defeated Alex Lohore via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

Kiefer Crosbie defeated Josh Plant via TKO (strikes) 3:47 Round 1

Fabian Edwards defeated Claudio Conti via TKO (Leg Kick) 1.00 Round 1

Preliminary Card  

Blaine O’Driscoll defeated Aaron Robinson via submission (rear-naked choke) 2:52 Round 1

Anthony Taylor defeated Dean Barry via submission (rear-naked choke 0:39 Round 2

Myles Price defeated Phil Raeburn via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Sam Slater defeated Jeanderson Castro via submission (rear-naked choke) 2:36 Round 2

Daniel Olejniczak defeated Steve Owens via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29,28)

Pawel Politylo defeated Nathan Kelly via split decision (29-28, 29-28, 28-29)

Diarmuid O Buachalla defeated Martin Ward via TKO (strikes) 0:31 Round 1

James Sheehan defeated Dillon Manning via submission (rear-naked choke) 2:45 Round 1

Matiss Zaharovs defeated Austin Lynch via TKO (GnP)  2:33 Round 2

Amateur Undercard

Mark Gallivan defeated John Byrne via submission (rear-naked choke) 1:30 Round 3

Swing Bout

Maciek Gierszeewski defeated Karl McCallig via TKO (strikes) 3:16 Round 1

 

BAMMA 25 Champion vs Champion Full Results


 

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BAMMA held their 25th event last night at the Barclaycard Arena in Birmingham; Champion vs Champion.

Here are the quick results:

Main Card

BAMMA Bantamweight title

Tom Duquesnoy def. Shay Walsh (C) via KO (Round 1 – 1:15)

BAMMA Lightweight title

Martin Stapleton (C) def. Damien Lapilus via DQ (illegal knee) (Round 2 – 0:38)

BAMMA Heavyweight Title

Mark Godbeer (C) def. Stuart Austin via KO (Round 2 – 1:24)

Walter Gahadza def. Colin Fletcher via DQ (illegal strikes to back of the head) (Round 1 – 0:12)

BAMMA Lonsdale Lightweight title

Marc Diakiese (C) def. Kane Mousah via KO (Round 1 – 0:36)

BAMMA 25 Prelims

Ronnie Mann def. Graham Turner via KO (Round 1 – 1:18)

Matt Hallam def. Alexander Bergman via TKO (Round 2 – 1:27)

Ed Arthur def. Cameron Else via TKO (strikes) (Round 1 – 4:57)

Brett McDermott def. Jamie Sloane via KO (Round 1 – 3:58)

Terry Brazier def. Francis Buangala via Submission (RNC) (Round 1 – 0:38)

Xavier Sedras def. Chris Bungard via Submission (RNC) (Round 2 – 2:58)

Rick Selvarajah def. Ollie Coyne via Submission (RNC) (Round 1 – 3:52)

Dean Trueman def. Huseyin Garabet via Submission (guillotine) (Round 1 – 4:48)

Mike Grundy def. Marley Swindells via Decision (Unanimous) (30-27, 30-26, 30-27)

Jai Herbert def. Tony Morgan via Submission (RNC) (Round 2 – 2:19)

Łukasz Parobiec def. Tom Aspinall via DQ (illegal elbows) (Round 2 – 3:33)

 

BAMMA 20 Official Full Fight Results April 25th


BAMMA 20 took place Saturday, April 25 from The Barclaycard Arena in Birmingham in which we saw  the crowing of two world champions. Marcin Lazarz defeated Brett McDermott for the light heavyweight title, and Ed Arthur was crowned the bantamweight king with a rear-naked choke win over Alan Philpott.

Results

BAMMA 20 - No More Talk
BAMMA 20 – No More Talk

 

BAMMA World Light-Heavyweight Championship

 Marcin Lazarz def. Brett McDermott via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 30-27)

Lightweight: Andre Winner def. Colin Fletcher via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 29-28)

BAMMA World Bantamweight Championship

Ed Arthur def. Alan Philpott via submission (rear-naked choke)  0:56 seconds  Round 2

Flyweight: Chris Miah def. Daniel Barez via submission (Rear-naked choke) 1 min 46 secs Round 2

Bantamweight: Regis Sugden def. Ant Philips via TKO (punches) 3 mins 51 secs Round 1

Lightweight: Jack Grant def. Warren Kee via KO (punches)  1 min 04 secs Round 1

Lightweight: Rick Selvarajah def. Jefferson George via split decision (29-28, 29-28 28-29)

Lightweight: Chase Morton def. Wayne Drake via TKO (elbows)  4 mins 07 secs Round 1

Welterweight: Harry Marple def. Chris Astley via submission (Japanese neck tie)  1 min 41 secs Round 2

Featherweight: Aiden Lee def. Adam Jahovic via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Amateur: Oliver Paske def. Arthur Jakub via submission (standing guillotine)  2 mins 18 secs Round 1

BAMMA 20 – Official Weigh-In Results


BAMMA 20 takes place Saturday, April 25th at the Barclaycard Arena (NIA) in Birmingham and promises to be one of their best cards to date.

You can watch the official weigh ins here: 

Here are the official weigh-in results:

BAMMA 20 - No More Talk
BAMMA 20 – No More Talk

MAIN EVENT

BAMMA Light Heavyweight Title

Brett “The Spartan” McDermott (204 lbs) Vs. Marcin “Bane” Lazarz (203.8 lbs)

Lightweight Superfight

Colin “The Freakshow” Fletcher (155.6 lbs) Vs. Andre Winner (154.6 lbs)

BAMMA Bantamweight Title

Ed Arthur (133.2 lbs) Vs. Alan “The Apprentice” Philpott (134.4 lbs)

Flyweight Bout

Chris Miah (125 lbs) Vs. Daniel Barez (125.2 lbs)

Bantamweight Bout

Regis “The First” Sugden (142.2 lbs)* Vs. Ant “Submission Magician” Phillips (136 lbs)

Lightweight Bout

Jack Grant (154 lbs) Vs. Warren “Relentless” Kee (155.6 lbs)

Lightweight Bout

Jefferson “Shadow Demon Blaximus” George (156 lbs) Vs. Rick Selvarajah (154.2 lbs)

Lightweight Bout

Chase “E.T.” Morton (153.8 lbs) Vs. Wayne “Silent Assassin” Drake (149 lbs)

Welterweight Bout

“Dirty” Harry Marple (169 lbs) vs. Chris Astley (169.6 lbs)

Featherweight Bout

Aiden Lee (146 lbs) Vs. Adam Jahovic (145.6 lbs)

Welterweight amateur Bout

Oliver Paske Vs. Arthur Jakub (Weigh In held at 9pm)

* Regis Sugden failed to make-weight.  Bout still agreed.

BAMMA 20 will be broadcast LIVE on SPIKE TV UK from 10pm on Saturday 25th April 2015.

BAMMA 20 Streams LIVE and Online from 7pm

Prelims – 7-9pm Lonsdale Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/Lonsdale)

Main Card – 10pm -12am SPIKE TV UK  & Globally.

International viewers please check local listings for TV Broadcast details.

‘With each fight I compete in I keep growing’ – Chris Astley on BAMMA Debut


Chris Astley [2-2] will be making his BAMMA  debut at the Barclaycard Arena in Birmingham on Saturday April 25th facing Harry Marple [1-0].

Chris Astley RNC Win By NJF Photography
Chris Astley photo by  NJF Photography

The 29-year-old from Bristol, who trains out of arguably one of the best gyms in the South West ‘Trojan Free Fighters’, under the tutelage of owner/head coach Paul Sutherland for whom is an accomplished athlete within his own rights (ISKA Kickboxing Title Winner, Cage Warriors Lightweight Title, Ultimate Combat Lightweight Title and of course an Official UFC Judge), has only been training and competing in Mixed Martial Arts for three years and is still learning the trade.

“I used to play quite a lot of football and it is what I did all my life. I then fell out of love with the sport as the game was changing so I found a local MMA club in Bristol at the time (BCL – Bristol Combat Legion) for which I did a bit of boxing just for fitness.  It was then I decided to do an Interclub at Trojan Free Fighters with no headshots. The adrenalin and the buzz from winning out weighed anything the football ever did and I clearly got the bug for the sport. At the end of the football season I hung up my boots and have never looked back.  To this day I have never touched a football and went into MMA.”

Racking up an official amateur record of four wins and one defeat including winning the Throwdown 3 Welterweight Title against Chay Ingram, aptly named: Taste the Pain in June 2013, Chris then decided it was time to venture into the Pro ranks.

Wining his Pro debut he then took a huge step up in opponent, which is a testament to the fighter Chris has become in fighting rising welterweight athlete Adam Boussif [3-2 at the time], it was not to be Chris’s night. This by no means dampened Chris’s spirits or soul as he was straight back into fight camp and competed in two more scheduled fights before taking a long overdue break.

“Having had some time out and not having the pressure of fight camp I have enjoyed training more.  I am now able to play with my technique and open my mind up more than what I was doing whilst in back to back fight camps. I am still in my early days of my fighting career, so with each fight I compete in, I am growing”.

Refreshed from last year, Chris is more than ever ready for his new challenge, which comes in the form of Harry Marple [1-0] for which he will be facing at BAMMA 20 on Saturday, April 25th at The Barclaycard Arena in Birmingham and he is looking forward to welcoming Harry to the Welterweight division.

Harry is stepping up from lightweight to welterweight. He is of similar build to myself, long and rangy. Regardless who you fight, every time you fight someone its a different fight and anything can happen. I respect him, I respect his record, but it’s not something I fear, it’s not something that enters my mindset, if anything, people may think I am the underdog which I am more than happy to accept and I am comfortable with. I am looking forward to Saturday night as I know I am confident wherever the fight goes”

Chris Astley - Team Trojan
Chris Astley – Team Trojan

Family is everything to Chris, literally and figuratively. After all, spending so much time at the gym  it has become a second home, so making sure the gym he trains at is full of motivation, inspiring people to help push him through those hard days when he feels he does not want to be there is a tough ask of anybody. But at Trojan Free Fighters they know how to get the best out of all of their students, especially owner/head coach Paul Sutherland who has a unique way that he can connect to all his athletes on so many different levels and he is able to get the results that show many a time again.

“Paul has everyone’s respect before he even talks to you. He holds that respect within the gym and he looks after everyone, whether you are there to fight or whether it is your first time in the gym. He will hold that respect and in return will expect that respect back. Paul is a straight talking person if you need to work on something or if he is not happy with something he will tell you in the right way, if you’re doing well he will also tell you in a positive way. We have a good vibe in the gym which produces  great attitudes, and a very good work ethic in the gym, and a  great family atmosphere. It is my second home, my home from home. We are a family unit. A team. We are all quite close and look after one another”.

Being a regular on Ultimate Impact Events and also a fan favourite. I’m sure there will be a lot of noise in the Barclaycard Arena for the debut of Chris Astley and for all of his fans watching at home on SPIKE TV in the UK for which BAMMA 20 will be airing from 10pm and the live prelim stream on the Lonsdale Facebook page from 7pm.

Chris Astley UIC by Seth Bates
Chris Astley at UIC by Seth Bates

Chris would like to give an honorable mention to Mario Saeed for whom has been by his side throughout his journey thus far, and been there through thick and thin with him.

And last by no means Chris would like to thank the following sponsors and supporters.

“Everyone at Trojan, All my Sparring partners, All my coaches, SCI-MAX, Marc Allen, Mario Saeed, The Boss – Paul Sutherland, Kate James my nutritionist, All my family and friends and BAMMA for giving me the opportunity to compete on their show”.

Side note: Chris Astley is not related to Rick Astley although he is ‘Never gonna give you up’  🙂

You can keep up-to date with Chris by following him on his Twitter account here and Facebook page here.

Photo Credit: NJF Photography

Photo Credit: Seth Bates Photography

Photo Credit: Steve Dyer

BAMMA 19 RESULTS -Diakiese and DeVent both win Lonsdale British Belts!


BAMMA held their nineteenth event last night, March 28th 2015, at the Blackpool Winter Gardens to a packed out crowd.

In their Main Card line up we saw Martin Stapleton take on Jeremy Petley along with the co-main event for which was for the BAMMA Lonsdale British Lightweight Title, Jack McGann who was facing Marc Diakiese, also, for the BAMMA Lonsdale British Middleweight Title we saw Andy DeVent take on Conor Cooke.

 

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Main Event

Lightweight Main Event

Martin ‘.50 Cal’ Stapleton Def  Jeremy ‘Ninja Petley  Via TKO (Headkick) Round Three

BAMMA Lonsdale British Lightweight Title (Co-Main Event)

Marc ‘Bonecrusher’ Diakiese  Def  Jack McGann Via Unanimous Decision 29-28, 29-28, 30-27 to become BAMMA Lonsdale British Lightweight Champion

BAMMA Lonsdale British Middleweight Title

Andy ‘The Lions Paw’ DeVent  Def  Conor ‘Da Crook’ Cooke Via RNC  2 mins 05 secs Round One to become BAMMA Lonsdale British Middleweight Champion

PRELIMS

Featherweight Bout

Brendan Loughnane  Def  Steve Polifonte  Via Unanimous Decision 30-26, 30-28, 30-27

Heavyweight Bout

Mark ‘The Hand Of’ Godbeer  Def  Thomas Denham Via TKO 1 min 33 secs Round One

Featherweight Bout

Damian Stasiak  Def  Mike Grundy Via Triangle Choke 4 min 18 secs Round Two

Welterweight Bout

Nathan ‘Mr. Bag & Tag’ Jones Def ‘Universal Soldier’ Oskar Somerfeld Via Triangle Choke 1 min 40 secs Round One

Heavyweight Bout

Kamil ‘Vanderlei’ Beselak  Def  Karl ‘The Wrecking Machine’ Etherington Via  TKO 4 mins 13 secs Round One

Lightweight Bout

Damian Frankiewicz Def Paul Douglas Via RNC 4 min 02 Sec Round Three

Heavyweight Bout

Tom Aspinall  Def  Satish ‘The Crazy Indian’ Jamia Via TKO 0.09 secs Round One

Lightweight Bout

Lewis Monarch  Def  David Johnson Via Kimura 2 mins 33 secs Round One

BAMMA announce partnership with SPIKE TV coming to Ch 5 April 15th

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BAMMA 19 WEIGH-IN RESULTS AND FULL FIGHT CARD


BAMMA 19 FINAL FIGHT CARD AND WEIGH IN RESULTS

BAMMA will hold their nineteenth event tonight, March 28th at the Blackpool Winter Garderns. There are two British Title’s up for grab tonight amongst a stacked card.

 

BAMMA 19 Event Poster

BAMMA 19 Event Poster

MAIN CARD

Lightweight Main Event

Martin ‘.50 Cal’ Stapleton (155.4 lbs) Vs. Jeremy ‘Ninja Petley  (155.6 lbs)

BAMMA Lonsdale British Lightweight Title (Co-Main Event)

Jack McGann (154.8 lbs) Vs. Marc ‘Bonecrusher’ Diakiese  (154.6 lbs)

BAMMA Lonsdale British Middleweight Title

Andy ‘The Lions Paw’ DeVent (184.2 lbs) Vs. Conor ‘Da Crook’ Cooke (188.2 lbs)*

PRELIMS

Featherweight Bout

Brendan Loughnane  (145.4 lbs) Vs. Steve Polifonte  (144.4 lbs)

Heavyweight Bout

Mark ‘The Hand Of’ Godbeer  (246 lbs ) vs. Thomas Denham (253.8 lbs)

Featherweight Bout

Mike Grundy (145.8 lbs) Vs. Damian Stasiak (144.6 lbs)

Welterweight Bout

Nathan ‘Mr. Bag & Tag’ Jones (169.6 lbs) Vs. ‘Universal Soldier’ Oskar Somerfeld (170.2 lbs)

Heavyweight Bout

Karl ‘The Wrecking Machine’ Etherington  (255 lbs ) Vs. Kamil ‘Vanderlei’ Beselak (244.4 lbs)

Lightweight Bout

Paul Douglas  (154.4 lbs) Vs. Damian Frankiewicz (154.6 lbs)

Heavyweight Bout

Tom Aspinall  (256.6 lbs) vs. Satish ‘The Crazy Indian’ Jamia (261.2 lbs)

Lightweight Bout

Lewis Monarch  (156 lbs) Vs. David Johnson  (155.6 lbs)

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Sam Creasey (126.8) vs. Bryan Creighton (133.4) has been cancelled from the fight card.  Both fighters failed to make-weight. 

You can view the weigh-ins here:

 

*Failed Weight.  Will be fined percentage of the fight purse.  Fight will still go ahead. However only Andy DeVent can win the Title. If Cooke wins he won’t be crowned champion.

Ashleigh Grimshaw’s replacement  bout has now been cancelled as a suitable opponent could not be found in time.

 

BAMMA 19
BAMMA 19

BAMMA 19 Streams LIVE and Online from 7pm

Prelims – 7-9pm Lonsdale Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/Lonsdale)

Main Card – 9 -10.30pm BAMMA Facebook

(Http://www.facebook.com/BAMMAUK)

International viewers please check local listings for TV Broadcast details.