Raged UK MMA 4 Returns Saturday, June 4th at Swindon M.E.C.A


Raged UK MMA will be taking place this Saturday,  June 4th at M.E.C.A in Swindon, for their fourth event which will showcase professional and amateur mixed martial arts whilst also having the addition of a professional K1 bout.

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Swindon based promoter Gary Turland and Trainer Michael Osbourne will be bringing mixed martial arts back to the town of Swindon after the success of the first three events over the last year. Also attending the event will be two special guests; former BAMMA athlete Alex Reid, who will be taking part in Bellator’s first UK event on July 16th and former UFC and Cage Warriors athlete Che Mills will also be in attendance.

The event is headlined by Kenton Kauppinen who faces Matt Da Silva for the Heavyweight title and Co-Main event is for the vacant welterweight title between Swindon’s  own Phil Wells who takes on Milton Keynes’ own Warren Kee.

Full Fight Card

Pro Fights

Kenton Kauppinen vs Matt Da Silva – Heavweight Title

Phil Wells vs Warren Kee – Welterweight Title

Nemo Llewellyn vs Michael Piszczek

Kes Mumba vs Chris Ogden

Simon Squires vs Ray Skellern

Sami Salem vs Matthew Williams (Pro K1)

Amateur Fights

Craig Rawlins vs James Prenderville

Tom Enstone vs Tommy Taylor

Dean Hart vs Matthew Ryan

Anthony Neil Williams vs Lusaz Moszeynski

Kane Goldup vs Lewis Hawkins

Robert Kasprazak vs Nikolay Ryzhko

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)

Limited tickets on the door which will be subject to a surplus.

Doors Open: 6.30pm
Venue: MECA Swindon, Regent Circus, Swindon, SN1 1PR

 

‘Iron sharpens Iron’ – Piotr Ptasinski on his UIC 16 K1 Title Fight

Piotr Ptaskinski will be making his return to the octagon this weekend after two years away from the sport at Ultimate Impact Championship 16 this Saturday, November 14th at GL1 Leisure Centre in Gloucester, in a K1 Title fight against Craig White.
The 33-year-old, originally from Poland who now resides in Worcester, Worcestershire has only been competing in professional MMA for the last five years, but I guess realistically you could actually say only three years with his last two years out of the sport due to injury and having no motivation or hunger for the sport during that time.


Piotr Ptaskinski will be making his return to the octagon this weekend after two years away from the sport at Ultimate Impact Championship 16 this Saturday, November 14th at GL1 Leisure Centre in Gloucester, in a K1 Title fight against Craig White.

Iron Piotr Ptasinski with Paul Sutherland and Matt Ewin

The 33-year-old, originally from Poland who now resides in Worcester, Worcestershire has only been competing in professional MMA for the last five years, but I guess realistically you could actually say only three years with his last two years out of the sport due to injury and having no motivation or hunger for the sport during that time.

Before his two-year hiatus, Piotr fought for established European promotion Cage Warriors for which he had a career that consisted of 2 wins and 2 losses which brought his impressive welterweight record to 5-4 inside the octagon for professional MMA.   Now fully healed, full of motivation and more hungrier than ever Piotr has decided to make his comeback in a K1 middleweight title fight.

“I have always liked stand up and although I have been away for two years I have been training in K1, Kickboxing and Muay Thai, so this to me was the perfect option for me to come back to with a great opponent in that of Craig White to showcase both our skills.”

Having watched several of Piotr’s fights myself, I for one know that he never takes a backwards step in the octagon and is always coming forward no matter what is being thrown at him.  I guess this is where his love of the sport definitely comes in and makes him a fan favourite to watch in whatever promotion he his competing in at the time.  Whenever Piotr competes you can usually guarantee there will be ‘beautiful violence’ involved.

Whilst competing for the promotion Cage Warriors I did get given the nickname ‘The Polish Zombie’ after my fight with Moshen Bahari, at one point there was just blood coming out of my eyes but the polish zombie is not my real nickname (infact it is current TUF 22 competitor Marcin Wrzosek nickname) my nickname is ‘Iron’ given to me by Paul Sutherland after my fight with Daniel Brzozowski who knocked me down in the first round, twice, and I came back to finish him in that round in 2 mins via Armbar.  That was when I was given my fight name of ‘Iron’.”

Although you may only recognise Piotr’s name from the MMA scene, you can be forgiven as although K1, Kickboxing and Muay Thai are the disciplines he prefers to compete in and for which he has done so previously in-between his MMA days,  his last competitive K1 fight was in Spain three years ago for which he won and then he promptly carried on with his MMA way of life.

Being blessed in both disciplines of K1 and MMA and seeing now that Piotr’s motivation and clear hunger for the sport had worked its way back to him and having a ‘rebirth’ into this forever evolving sport the question now is what is the ultimate goal for which he would like to achieve within the sport.

“I don’t know at the moment as I don’t look too much into the future. I’m just looking at this Saturday and taking this belt, this is my ultimate goal at the moment.”

Training out of renowned Cheltenham Trojan Free Fighters under the guidance of head coach Paul Sutherland and Conditioning guru Matt Ewin who is known for his crazy hill sprints, Piotr’s level of training just keeps adding more explosive sets of weapons to the ever-growing arsenal of tools that he has already and is forever expanding into his growing tool box.

The secret in Trojans being a really good teaching gym is the head coach, Paul Sutherland.  He is one of the best coaches in the UK and the gym has a great training programme for every person.  Paul Sutherland is the key to Trojans he is the Glue.”

For this specific training camp Piotr has travelled around a few places to get the ‘best of the best’ training and it all started in Poland where he trained at Tomasz Drwal gym who happened to be a pioneer of MMA in Poland and was the first Polish person in the UFC.  Piotr’s next part of his camp was then spent with UIC 15 WW K1 Champion David Willmot at Team Tieu Cheltenham and then finally onto sparring seasons with  former UFC and Cage Warriors athlete Chè Mills,  not forgetting his daily training sessions with Paul Sutherland at Trojans.

“I was over in Poland for ten days training with Tomasz Drwal at his school which was just really good, having around 7/8 sparring partners my size training in boxing and kickboxing, it was a great experience. Training with David Willmot for whom is a multiple K1 champion, well, you couldn’t ask for any better and as for getting to train with Chè Mills he is 6ft tall just like Craig White but I feel Chè’s striking is world-class, in my opinion.  If you want to beat the best you must train with the best.”

They say ‘Iron sharpens Iron’

As we start to talk about Polish fighters with the date being the 14th November when Piotr himself is due to compete, there is also another Polish fighter who goes by the name of Joanna Jedrzejczyk competing on the same night for a title belt defence, it would be rude of me not to at least test the waters on this subject.

“Joanna Jedrzejczyk is such a beast and I have been a watching her since I saw here compete in Cage Warriors.  We polish are very proud.  Although Valerie Letourneau may not be all together an easy fight, Joanna is still a different type of beast, her confidence is great and she will be unstoppable for a long time to come.”

Piotr would like give a shout out to his sponsors:

Poundout Gear and JGS Couriers Ltd

And also wanted to thank everyone who has supported him.  Who has helped him with his preparation, training, motivation and inspiration.

You can follow Piotr on his Social Media Facebook and Twitter @IronPiotr

UIC 16 takes place this Saturday, November 14th at GL1 Leisure Centre, Bruton Way, Gloucester, GL1 1DT

Doors open 5pm first fight around 5.30pm

Tickets will be available on the door and online here 

Photo Credits Main and 1st pic: Piotr Ptasinski Facebook and Cage Warriors

Video Credit: Stu Jotham

CAGE WARRIORS 68 WEIGH-IN RESULTS AND NEW RULINGS


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Cage Warriors 68 comes to The Echo Arena in Liverpool tomorrow night, for what promises to be a night full of action, but as with any professional mixed martial art event the official weigh-ins first had to take place.

Lightweight: Azi Thomas (154lbs) vs. Ellis Hampson (157.6lbs)* Hampson has two hours to cut 1.6lbs**

Bantamweight: Ant Phillips (141.5lbs) vs Adam Ventre (137.5lbs) * Phillips need to cut 5.5lbs & Ventre 1.5lbs

Final weight for Ant Phillips 139lbs & Final weight for Adam Ventre 135.7lbs

Welterweight: Dez Parker (169lbs) vs. Charlie Watts (171lbs) 

Bantamweight: Conrad Hayes  (135lbs) vs. Patrick Pimblett*  (141.7lbs) *** Paddy Pimblett has two hours to cut 5.7 lbs 

Bantamweight: John Cullen  (140.8lbs) vs. Dean Garnett (136.7lbs) * Cullen needs to cut 4.8lb & Garnett 0.7lb they have two hours to cut the remaining lbs 

Middleweight: Leeroy Barnes (183.9lbs) vs. Che Mills (185.6lbs) 

Middleweight: Matt Hallam (184.7lbs) vs. Steve Dinsdale (183.5lbs) 

Welterweight: Matt Inman (170.7lbs) vs. Mauro Chimento (170.3lbs) 

Bantamweight: Marcelo Costa* (140.3lbs) vs Ronnie Mann.  (135.2lbs) ***Marcelo Costa has two hours to cut 4.3lbs 

Welterweight: Jimmy Wallhead (169.3lbs) vs. Danny Roberts  (170.4lbs) 

**Ellis Hampson has elected not to cut any more weight, forfeiting 25% of his purse to his opponent, Azi Thomas 

***Paddy Pimblett has elected not to cut any more weight, forfeiting 40% of his purse to his opponent, Conrad Hayes

Final weight for Paddy Pimblett 141.7lbs

***Marcelo Costa has elected not to cut any more weight, forfeiting 40% of his purse to his opponent, Ronnie Mann 

Final weight for Marcelo Costa 140.3lbs

The bantamweight bout between John Cullen and Dean Garnett will go ahead at an agreed catchweight of 138lbs 

Final weight for John Cullen 138.4lbs

* Did not make weight on first attempt

** Forefited 25% of purse to opponent

*** Fortited 40% of purse to opponent

Seven fighters missed weight at first attempt which raised ‘eyebrows’ amongst the promotions own top brass, resulting in Director of Media and Operations, Paul Dollery to send out several social media tweets amongst them were these two:

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As a highly run, professional organisation it is expected that the fighters make their contractual weight agreement and to be professionals, representing, not only themselves, their club but the Cage Warriors FC brand.

Making a stance on fighters who are not making weight and opting for a purse pay-out option, CEO of Cage Warriors FC, Graham Boylan sent these two tweets out:

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Let’s hope this gets all the fighters attention to comply.