The UFC made its return to London, England with a huge main event in that of middleweight contender Michael Bisping, who returned to his home country to take on former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva. It was however to be ‘The Count’ Michael Bisping’s night who scored a unanimous decision win over Anderson Silva in a thrilling five round war.
In the co-main event Gegard Mousasi took an unanimous decision win over Thales Leites and then UK standout Tom Breese won a unanimous decision over Keita Nakamura.
Michael Bisping Def. Anderson Silva Via UD 48-47, 48-47, 48-47
Gegard Mousasi Def Thales Leites Via UD 30-27, 29-28, 30-27
Tom Breese Def Keita Nakamura Via UD 30-27, 30-27, 29-28
Brad Pickett Def. Francisco Rivera Via SD 29-28, 28-29, 29-28
Makwan Amirkhani Def Mike Wilkinson Via UD 29-28, 30-27. 29-28
David Grant Def. Marlon Vera Via UD 30-26, 30-26, 30-26
Scott Askham Def. Chris Dempsey Via KO 4:45 Rnd 1
Arnold Allen Def Yaotzin Meza Via UD 30-27, 30-27, 30-27
Krzysztof Jotko Def. Bradley Scott Via UD 29-28, 30-27, 29-28
Rustam Khabilov Def Norman Parke Via UD 29-28. 29-28. 29-28
Daniel Omielanczuk Def Jarjis Danho Via Majority Technical Decision 29-29, 29-28. 29-28.
Teemu Packalen Def Thibault Gouti Via RNC 0:24 seconds Rnd 1
David Teymur Def Martin Svensson Via TKO 1:26 Rnd 2
The UFC makes its return to London, England with a huge main event in that of middleweight contender Michael Bisping, who returns to his home country and takes on former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva. The co-main event is another middleweight contest between Thales Leites and Gegard Mousasi (who was originally due to take on Michael Bisping).
With a stacked card from top to bottom, the atmosphere at O2 Arena is one not to be missed.
Before we get to the fights ahead we have to make sure they all make weight.
Here are the weigh-in results:
Michael Bisping (185) vs. Anderson Silva (186)
Thales Leites (186) vs. Gegard Mousasi (185)
Tom Breese (171) vs. Keita Nakamura (170)
Brad Pickett (136) vs. Francisco Rivera (136)
Makwan Amirkhani (145) vs. Mike Wilkinson (145)
David Grant (136) vs. Marlon Vera (135)
Scott Askham (185) vs. Chris Dempsey (185)
Arnold Allen (145) vs. Yaotzin Meza (144)
Krzysztof Jotko (184) vs. Bradley Scott (186)
Rustam Khabilov (155) vs. Norman Parke (155)
Jarjis Danho (261) vs. Daniel Omielanczuk (254)
Thibault Gouti (155) vs. Teemu Packalen (156)
Martin Svensson (154) vs. David Teymur (155)
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.
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.
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.
Rise of Champions took place live from the City Pavilion in Romford, London, last night October 17th, to a sell-out crowd with an electrified atmosphere, which literally raised the roof off for UFC Bantamweight Brad Pickett and Titan Team Head Coach Mickey Papas, for their first Fight Night Promotion.
Headlined by Bill Beaumont and David Round, in what promised to be a spectacular affair from the outset leading up to this fight, it did not disappoint, albeit all of 0.23 seconds with Beaumont keeping his perfect record intact.
Here are the full results:
WW Bill Beaumont Def. David Round via KO (Strikes) at :23 of Round 1
FW Daniel Crawford Def. Hermann Grebaba via TKO (Punches and Elbows) at 2:03 of Round 1
WW Carl Booth Def. Alex Lohore via KO (Punches) at :38 of Round 1
HW Ivan Stoyanov Def. Juan Fernandez via Unanimous Decision
FW Joshua Onwordi Def. Mak Mwanza via Unanimous Decision
BW Javid Bashrat Def. Rob Harris via Submission (Guillotine) at :25 of Round 3
FW Diego Barbosa Def. Lucas Reali via Submission (Guillotine) at 2:23 of Round 2
FW Mike Ekundayo Def. Richie Katona via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 2:38 of Round 3
CW 74KG Reece Jones Def. Craig Arnold via TKO (Kick) at 1:01 of Round 1
CW 73KG Tom Mowle Def. Philip Weaire-Gil via Split Decision
AMATEUR PRELIMINARY CARD
BW Ali El-Fouani Def. Oliver Childs via Unanimous Decision
WW Lester Piggot Def. Danny Nash via Split Decision
WW Raymond Asare Def. Mike Dean via Submission (Triangle Choke) at 1:30 of Round 1
BW Jawany Scott Def. Lone’er Kavanagh via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at :58 of Round 2
CW 63KG Andrés Roldan Def. Gabriel Romesi via Submission (Triangle Choke) at :29 of Round 1
FURY MMA – The Uprising, returns on May 17th at Studio 338, headlined by Bill Beaumont who faces Tomas Matuelvicius in a Pro Welterweight showdown and Krzysztof Wegrynyowski who faces Domanic Dillon in a Featherweight Title Fight showdown.
UFC fighter BRAD ‘One punch’ PICKETT will be calling the fights alongside CHRIS ‘ the guru’ HOEKSTRA once again. Doors open at 2pm, fights commence at 3.30pm!
FURY MMA THE UPRISING
BILL BEAUMONT V TOMAS MATUELVICIUS WW PRO MMA
KRZYSZTOF WEGRYNYOWSKI V DOMANIC DILLON FW TITLE FIGHT
MEHRDAD JANZEMINI V JAMIE RICHARDSON WW PRO MMA
DENZIL DUNCANN V ANDRE THALICK WW PRO MMA
KARLOS KAMINSKAS V KOFI BLAQ WW Semi Pro TITLE
TOMMY FLANDERS V JAMIE ANDROAS BOXING
JOEL SALTER V JOE ANDERSON FW MMA
VINNY CHURCH V DARREN LESTON LW K1
FLAVIO FONSECA V DEAN FORREST-HOLDEN 73KG MMA
CHRIS HAY V SAM DIPLOCK BW MMA
LEE DAVIS V MATT GRUNSELL LHW MMA
HARRY CHURCH V KIRK JACKSON WW K1
MATT PARSON V JAY TOVEE MW MMA
RYAN ZUPPINGER V TONY DRISCOLL HW MMA
TARIQ KHAN V VINNY BALDWIN FW MMA
Limited tickets available on the door
SILVER SEATED £45.00*
GOLD VIP SEATED CAGE SIDE £60.00*
*Please note tickets maybe subject to a surcharge on the door
The nearest car parks are at the Odeon cinema/Sainsbury – Bugsby Way, London SE10 0QJ
The O2 car park which is a bit closer to the venue.
FURY – The Uprising, returns on May 17th at Studio 338, headlined by Bill Beaumont who faces Dan Edwards in a Pro Welterweight showdown and Krzysztof Wegrynyowski who faces Domanic Dillon in a Featherweight Title Fight showdown.
UFC fighter BRAD ‘One punch’ PICKETT will be calling the fights alongside CHRIS ‘ the guru’ HOEKSTRA once again. Doors open at 2pm, fights commence at 3.30pm!
FURY MMA THE UPRISING
BILL BEAUMONT vs. DAN EDWARDS WW MMA
KRZYSZTOF WEGRYNYOWSKI vs. DOMANIC DILLON FW TITLE FIGHT
FURY MMA held their fourteenth event on Sunday, March 8th at Studio 338 in London, with an action packed card full of MMA, K1 and Boxing.
With respected UK MMA referee Daniel ‘The Gentleman’ Movahedi, to whom is Co-Owner, Co-Founder & Fight Coordinator alongside Steve Doran, you know FURY MMA events will always bring you a first class experience and this event was no exception.
Flying in especially to corner his ‘Lions Pride Team’ was UFC fighter Jimi Manuwa who had four fighter’s on tonight’s card.
Having had the commentary team in place, for which was the job of Chris Hoekstra and UFC fighter Brad ‘One Punch’ Pickett calling the action tonight, the only thing left to do was to introduce the third man into the octagon for which was the job of Ron ‘Bomber’ Frith and let tonight’s action packed event take place.
Pro MMA 170lbs WW: Simon Wright v Jacek Kaminski
Winner:Jacek Kaminski Via TKO referee stoppage due to GnP Round one0.39 secs
Pro MMA 205lbs LHW: Victor peixoto v Mark Jone
Winner:Victor Peixoto Via guillotine choke Round One0.12 secs
Amateur A Class 145lbs FW: Jordan French v Dylan Edwards
Winner:Jordan French Via TKO referee stoppage due to GnP Round One
Amateur A Class 145lbs FW: Vitor Silva V Josh Onwardi
Winner:Josh onwardi Via triangle choke Round One 2 min 23 secs
Amateur A Class 185lbs MW: Jay Tovee v Luke Lendrum
Winner:Luke Lendrum Via Majority Decision
Amateur A Class 17olbs WW: Korlos Kaminskas v Chris Kemblaku
Winner:Korlos Kaminskas Via Armbar Round One 1 min 48 secs
Pro 170lbs WW: Alex Lohor v Brendan Morgan
Winner:Alex Lohor Via Tko Referee stoppage due to GnP 1 min 22 secs
Amatuer A Class 145lbs FW: Sam Walker v Ayat Lorestani
Winner:Sam Walker Via Split Decision
This fight was awarded #FOTN
Amateur A Class 185lbs WW: Cameron Rice vMathew Nicholson
Winner:Mathew Nicholson Via TKO referee stoppage GnP Round One 1 min 14 secs
Amateur A Class 170lbs WW: Nerijus senavaitis v Arman Rostam
Winner:Arman Rostam Via Bull dog Choke 1 min 24 secs
Amateur A Class 155lbs LW: Hayden Smith v Jessi Kila
Winner: Jessi kila Via: KO Head Kick 0.27 secs
K1 3 x 2 Minute Round
K1 : Darren Leston v Seth Mon 170lbs Welterweight
Winner :Darren Leston Via Majority Decision
K1 : Richard Keeler v Kirk Jackson 170lbs Welterweight
Winner:Richard keeler Via Majority Decision
Boxing 3 x 2 Minute Rounds
Boxing: Rickel Reid v James Nutbrown 205lbs LHW
Winner:Rickel Reid Via Judges decision
The next FURY MMA 15 event – The Uprising, has already started to take shape, which will be held on Sunday May 17th click here for further details.
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Adam Little is a 26 year old amateur fighter from Swindon, who at the weekend will be making his home town debut at local MMA promotion RAGED UK.
Adam who is currently 2-0 and trains out of SVT/Scorpion Gym in Swindon and works full time, decided to push his own career one step further and co-train in London at Titan gym at his own expense to get the best out of his training, it also happens to be the home of UFC fighter Brad Pickett and Joseph Duffy, along with BAMMA fighter Ashleigh Grimshaw.
I got to speak with Adam about his up coming fight this Saturday, where we talk about his boxing, wrestling, Brad Pickett, plus some other exciting stuff…..take a look!
Adam Little and Brad Picket
It’s been a while since I have caught up with you, which was when I last saw you fight at ITC 8 against Wayne Alden where you won in a stunning 0.48 second TKO (GnP) victory. Can you talk me through what you have been doing since then.
Since ITC 8 I felt that my boxing and takedown defence was lacking leading up to that fight so I went away and worked on that area of my training.
I have had a couple of white-collar boxing fights in which I have won, in turn I feel that my stand up game has improved massively.
I now feel confident in myself in the areas that I have been working on, especially my wrestling aspect of my game. I just feel like I have managed to evolve my whole fighting style adding in a lot more technique to my arsenal of weapons, to fully complement what I already had in my skillset.
Working full-time, training here in Swindon at Scorpion Gym/SVT and finally finding another home at Team Titan in London. How do you find enough hours in the week to fit everything in?
It can be an extremely long week but I’m thankful that I have a good employer who lets me take time of when I need to, especially when I am in a fight camp. I also try to fit in my runs, cardio before work in the mornings so I can focus more on technique and actual fight training in the evening.
For you then, this ultimately is a long-term career plan?
For sure, I’m not here just to make up the numbers im here to win fights. I’m looking to get a few more wins under my belt and compete a lot more regularly.
You’re now 2-0 in your amateur MMA career. When do you think it will be a good time for you to turn pro and when do you think that will happen, realistically?
If everything goes to plan and this time next year I’m still doing well then I will speak to my coaches and see where we are all at.
You’re facing Reece Pearson this Saturday, March 7th on RAGED UK at the MECA in your home town Swindon, which will also be your first time fighting in front of a home crowd. How are you feeling?
I’m feeling brilliant leading up to this fight. My training has been the best it ever has been. I can’t wait to get in there and show everyone watching what I can do.
Being the home town fighter, on home soil, how much does it mean to you to have support behind you?
The support is brilliant. My other fights have been out-of-town so it obviously makes it a lot harder for people to attend. This time I will have all my friends and family there and I’m sure they will raise the roof for all of the homes fighters on the card.
Training out of Swindon’s Scorpion Gym and SVT, you get to train with a wealth of combined knowledge in Michael ‘Oz’ Osbourne and Dan Hughes, along with Saturday night’s two main event fighter’s Phil Wells and Alex Brunnen. What is it like training with all that combined knowledge in your local gym?
It’s brilliant training with guys like that. They’re not just coaches they have been there and done it. I’m learning more with every session and I can not thank them enough, as well as the other lads for the time and effort they’ve put into my fight preparation.
You also stated Team Titan is part of your home aswell, which is also home to UFC fighter Brad Pickett, newly signed UFC fighter Joseph Duffy and BAMMA fighter Ashleigh Grimshaw amongst many other elite athletes to say the least; Is it quite fair to say that this training camp for your upcoming fight is going pretty well then?
Yes the training camp is going brilliantly. Everything has gone to plan and the lads in London are all at elite level. Even the amateurs down there are champions and as far as I’m concerned being on the mats with people like them is priceless.
Being mentally prepared for a fight I would say, is as paramount as much as the physical aspect of training, if not, more so. How much do you believe in having a strong mental attitude for your fights?
I think that mental strength and toughness is a massive part of the fight game. With the lads that I train with at both SVT and Titan I don’t think you have any choice but to be mentally tough and ready. Oz and Dan wouldn’t have it any other way.
Do you know much about your opponent Reece Pearson or the challenges he could pose on the night?
I don’t know a great deal about Reece, I leave that up to my team to research him but I do know a lot about myself!
Where do you feel that you will be stronger in this fight and where do you feel it may end up?
I know that I will be stronger and better in any area where ever this fight goes, therefore I know that I will win this fight where ever it ends up!
Lastly, is there any sponsors or anyone you would like to thank?
I’d like to say a massive thanks to Oz and Dan down at Scorpion/SVT, as well as all of the other lads in the gym. Also want to say a big thank you to Brad Pickett for looking after me and making me feel so welcome down at Titan. Dave Pixton, Pat Reeves and Jaime Murkin at Gracie Barra Swindon.
Lastly I want to say a massive thank you to Picture House Tattoo Studio in Chippenham for giving me some great tattoos, Better Option and Platinum Security for helping me out with equipment.
You can keep up to date on Adam on his Facebook page here.
Tonight, at the O2 in Dublin, the UFC returns for the first time in five years, for which we will get to see season 14 winner of TUF, Diego Brandao take on home town fellow Irish man ‘notorious’ Conor McGregor in an epic battle of the Featherweights.
If you missed the highly entertaining, all important weigh-ins you are in luck, you can catch them all here; with the McGregor weigh-in, topping the scales [no pun intended, watch for yourselves] closely followed by Norman Parke, all hyped up and in Naoyuki Kotani’s face, Dana White definitely had his work cut out yesterday.
The fight that is going under the radar on this card I feel, although if you have been following Twitter, you would not have missed any ‘war of the words’ from either side is the Brad Picket v Ian McCall fight, although I’m pleased to say they both behaved themselves when it came to the actual weigh-ins.
Here are the official results with pictures and video clips :
Diego Brandao 145.5 lbs vs. Conor McGregor 146 lbs
Zak Cummings 171 lbs vs. Gunnar Nelson 170.5lbs
Ian McCall 126 lbs vs. Brad Pickett 126lbs
Naoyuki Kotani 155.5 lbs vs. Norman Parke 155.5lbs
Chris Dempsey 204 lbs vs. Ilir Latifi 205lbs
Phil Harris 126 lbs vs. Neil Seery 125.5lbs
Mike King 185.5lbs vs. Cathal Pendred 186lbs
Trevor Smith 185.5 lbs vs. Tor Troeng 185lbs
Cody Donovan 205 lbs vs. Nikita Krylov 205lbs
Josh Sampo** 126.5lbs vs. Patrick Holohan 125.5lbs
**Made weight on 2nd attempt 126 lbs
Watch the whole of the weigh-in’s here :
UFC Dublin will be on #UFCFightPass from 5.30pm also on BTSport 2 in the UK from 7.30pm Live. Check your local cable provider for coverage listings.