‘Park is a good kicker, but as soon as I am inside kicking range, he will go to sleep’ Chi Lewis-Parry on GLORY WS Debut


British athlete Chi Lewis-Parry will be making his GLORY World Series debut this Friday, April 3rd in Dubai on the Superfight Series 20 section of the card.

The 6ft 9in, 115 Kg heavyweight, who, is also still actively signed to Asian Mixed Martial Arts company ONE Championship, will be facing Yong-Su Park in his debut performance for GLORY World Series.

I caught up with Chi before he flew out to Dubai and all I can say is, we managed to cover, GLORY WS, Yong-Su Park, ONE Championship, Brandon Vera, Alistair Overeem, and much more, have a read.

Chi Lewis-Parry GLORY 20 DUBAI Photoshoot by James Law
Chi Lewis-Parry GLORY 20 DUBAI Photoshoot by James Law

I know you have had a family vacation in Canada, was there any ‘slipping off’, say to Tri-Star Gym to fit some training in or was it purely a family vacation?

I did think about it and it did cross my mind. I did contact Tri-Star but because I was only in Canada for seven days to see my family as it was my sons 2nd birthday, I would have been there a whole day. As anyone who knows me, family come’s first.

It was announced on 24th February 2015, that you signed to GLORY World Series, congratulations. Can you talk me through how that opportunity presented itself to you?

I got a call from my management (Mogul Fight Management) whilst I was in Canada on vacation, stating that GLORY World Series were interested in me.  I asked my manager to email me over the contract there and then so I could look it over, after going down to concierge to receive it, I signed it practically straight away and emailed back. I was more than excited to showcase my striking skills to the world.

Your opponent for your debut GLORY  bout has now changed and you will now be facing Yong-Su Park instead of Xavier Vigney.  How long ago did you know of the change and what was your initial reaction to the news?

I found out Vigney had pulled out before I had another opponent;  obviously I was disappointed. I’d been struggling to get fights and thought ‘oh no am I cursed’ but it didn’t take them [GLORY] long to get another opponent for me, within a week. It is a testament to GLORY as a promotion for how they got another opponent so quick.  I didn’t think for one second I wouldn’t get a fight, I knew I would get one.

As for Vigney it would have been a one-sided fight if he was still my original opponent,  he would have had nothing to trouble me with. When our paths cross meet again, and they will, he wont trouble me. I also see no problems with Park, ‘he is a good kicker but as soon as I am  inside kicking range he will go to sleep’.  Everyone has got a punchers chance. Every fight starts standing on their feet. I do not see any of these fights lasting [Vigney and Park].  You can read that anyway you want. I am not arrogant  or cocky in that way.  Buy the fight you will see.

Yong-Su Park brings a lot more wealth and experience than your original opponent.  I for one know you will welcome that, having said that, do you feel that there maybe any pressure on yourself now?

There is never any pressure.  I feel pressure to hurry up and get a flight to Canada and go and see my son, watch him grow up. Everyday, is a day lost not watching him grow up.  This is a guy fighting for whatever his reasons are, just like I am. His skillset vs. my skillset although, my skillset is ultimately better.  He is a good kicker for which I am excited about and that is a good scalping for me, coming from a Taekwondo background and saying I knocked you out with my hands, I didn’t kick you, what good were your kicks when you got knocked out?!

MMA fans know you for being signed to Asian Mixed Martial Arts company ONE Championship, now that you are also signed to GLORY World Series can you clear up the confusion between the two organisations and set the record straight?

I’m still very much with ONE Championship. I’m an active fighter within their promotion and I am very happy with them. I will be fighting for the title very soon, I don’t doubt that for a second, they are fully aware that I have signed with GLORY WS and vice versa. They are both totally different promotions one in Kickboxing and one in MMA , ultimately both great promotions. I feel this is the dawn of a new era, not just for fighters, but for british fighters coming out and with that I am saying we can fight on the biggest kickboxing shows and the biggest MMA shows side by side.

You have always stated that you have a great friendship in Alistair Overeem who has been a wealth of support and knowledge to yourself. With you now competing in both MMA and Kickboxing do you see yourself aiming to achieve what Alistair has already achieved in both sports thus far?

Absolutely. That’s exactly what goes through my mind. No one has done it since Alistair. It has come full circle.  Alistair has been my inspiration, from watching him in the sport to becoming my friend and training partner.  I am in the position where I can repeat what Alistair has done for which  there has already been a mapped out plan and it is running its course, that is the penultimate, that is where I want to be. It’s not like it can’t happen, I have to get through some tough guys, guys who are worthy of being champion, but I am not focussing on anybody else, I am just focussing on me.  I’m not even thinking about Park and what he can do, I am thinking about me and what I can do, where I am going and where I am going to be in a year from now.  I’m not doubting that  I can achieve the greatness on the level that Alistair Overeem has previously  shown, that will happen. I will get a shot at Rico Verhoeven [current heavyweight champion] and I will be the ONE Championship Heavyweight champion.

Talking of Alistair Overeem, the performance he gave at UFC 185 was in my opinion reminded me of the old Alistair Overeem and what he is still truly capable of. What were your own thoughts on his performance that night?

Brilliant. I spoke to him after the fight and said “Dude you were a scary man before, but you looked monstrous out there despite you were caught in the third round you looked very elusive”. Being down at Jackson’s MMA you can see he is absorbing a lot of other styles in him, you can see Jon Jones in him a lot, he looked like an animal.

His [Overeem’s] knees are hard, I know having sparred with him plenty of times, now I have to look for new patterns in him!

Being amongst one of the most mentally focussed athletes I have met and interviewed, where do you see yourself going  in the ranks of GLORY World Series and ONE Championship?

In the title mix for GLORY and I will be the champion of ONE Championship. I will earn my stripes for GLORY World Series but I will definitely be in the mix  as a title contender. The promotion is bigger, it will take a bit longer, but I am willing to earn my stripes, but I will be in the mix. ONE Championship it is a lot smaller division and I will be Heavyweight Champion.

In ONE Championship it appears Brandon Vera is hot on your list of opponents for whom you would like to respectfully challenge next, also it appears this is one the fans would also like to see, but he appears to be somewhat maybe, avoiding you?

I’ve had enough trying to be diplomatic about it, he is fat when he fights, he is out of shape when he is not fighting so he is probably super fat and super out of shape, therefore thinks this……This guy is on it, younger than me, he’s hungrier than me, hes game.  Eventually he has 3 options    1) Drop down the division and go to Light Heavyweight, 2) Retire or 3) Face me.   I’m ready to face him.

Chi Lewis-Parry GLORY 20 DUBAI Photoshoot by James Law

Chi Lewis-Parry GLORY 20 DUBAI Photoshoot by James Law

Who would you like to face next at GLORY World Series? Is there anyone that you already have on your ‘respectful achievement list’ so to speak?

I’m happy to earn my stripes. I’m happy to face whoever GLORY World Series put in front of me. I’m sure they a plan for me.

At GLORY ’10’ Nick Diaz’s good friend ‘Joe Schilling’ was taking part (for which he won) and he was quoted on saying “For me this is a little more of a hardcore sport than MMA or Boxing” with that in mind, what are your thoughts on the two different sports; MMA and Kickboxing?

You’re going to come across a different level of striker in GLORY as that is all they do, for a guy to come from a MMA world to go against a 100% striker you will be naive to think you can out strike a guy who does this all the time, everyday.  I have to break my training up, wrestling, jiu jitsu, striking so everything flows, my timing will be impeccable,  so in that respect, yeah you’re just standing there taking a beating, especially if you’re losing, you can’t take the guy down so you better man the fu*k up. Take care of business.

Your legendary training videos with best friend and training partner Danny Brennan; for people who do not know you or have not met you, can you describe the movement and motivation behind them?

I have a great relationship with Danny, we are the best of friends aswell as training partners. I was born a kid, I am still a big kid, I just like to have fun. When you’re in the gym everyday, all day, just battering your body you need to have a bit of a laugh. That is the method behind my goofy antics.

Your training camp for your upcoming GLORY World Series debut, has that solely been based here in the UK or have you managed to train anywhere else at all?

I will eventually move it to the US at the end of the year. All my camps have been here. Nothing is broke. I’ve have not needed to fix anything so I’ve stayed here.

Lastly, is there any sponsors you would like to give a shout out to and anyone you would like to thank at all?

Golds Gym UAE, Hooligans United, JYNutrition, Danny Brennan, Nick Chapman, Ollie Beard at Uniq Physique Gym.

Thank you for your time Chi, as always I appreciate it.

You can keep up to date with Chi’s movements by following his Twitter account here.

Chi’s website page here.

You can help support Chi by heading over to his clothing line here.

GLORY 20 DUBAI and GLORY Superfight Series 20 take place on Friday, April 3 at the Dubai World Trade Centre in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The former airs in the US on Spike TV at 10pm ET while the latter airs via tape-delay on the CBS Sports network on Saturday April 4th. 8pm ET.

Uk viewers follow the link below:

Click here on how to watch GLORY 20 DUBAI from their LIVE stream from around 2.30pm on Friday, April 3rd, for only £6.74 ($9.99).

For the full fight card on GLORY 20 DUBAI click here.

Photo Credits: James Law

‘CHOPPER’ CHI LEWIS-PARRY TALKS ALAIN NGALANI [PART 1]


 

OneFC Title Belt
OneFC Title Belt

On July 11th we got to see Chi Lewis-Parry makes his second apperance for promotion ONEFC. He was tasked with his original opponent ‘Alain Ngalani‘ in a Re-Match after his first bout for the promotion on May 30th ended in a No Contest, after an accidental Low Blow.

I managed to get some time with Chi before this bout, where we discussed many things, one being, The Re-Match.

Chi Lewis-Parry v Alain Ngalani - Face Off
Chi Lewis-Parry v Alain Ngalani – Face Off

Here you can read Part 1 of that interview :

On July 11th we get to see the re-match of Chi and Alain Ngalani in Taipe, Taiwan.

How are you feeling knowing you have the re-match with Ngalani

I wasn’t sure I was going to get the re-match straight away. I thought I might have had to fight someone else before him, but I’m glad I’ve got it, it’s happening, it is still fresh. He is still in there in the air I breathe and I still haven’t got that monkey off my back so to speak.  I need to put this one to bed so I can move on’.

And obviously only sharing the octagon for only 40 seconds with Ngalani in his first meeting. I asked what if anything did he learn about Ngalani

‘I noticed he was very strong, has a very orthodox clinch move’

And will he change any of his game plan going into this re-match at all

‘make sure my knee hits above the belt! He doesn’t know what I’m coming with, I’m still an unknown entity’.

How do you go about preparing for an athlete of Ngalani’s calibre 

you cannot find people like him every single day, he is unique, you can’t find people built like him or move like him, he’s a unique human being, that’s if you can call him human. He looks fantastic, he’s supple, he kicks hard. He is 39. He’s peaking as he gets older, you can’t really emulate him, you can drill something a 1000 times, but when you get to fight, it doesn’t happen. I know what he likes to throw, I know it’s about reading him, I know when he likes to throw it , it is about reading him before he likes to throw it, I picked it up from Alistair, I’m sure Ngalani does not hit as hard as Alistair, I take comfort in knowing I can take a kicking from Alistair’.

Both of you have not gone past the first round in any of your fights [bar your debut MMA fight with Ollie Beard], we were expecting fireworks the first time and got to example a tiny fraction of that, what ‘explosions’ are we going to see this time round

‘I’m not a jump from the gate and start sprinting guy, I’m more composed.  I don’t really have a formula  but quouting conor mcgregor  “it’s a fight what happens happens” it’s a sport, I can work mount escapes for six months and get into the fight and get nothing, work everything, play towards making his strengths his weakness and see how it goes’.

‘You don’t get to predict how the wave is going how to crash when you’re riding it,  you just have to ride it and see how it happens’ 

Being the humble athlete Chi is he does not make predications but he did leave me with this:

I will guarantee a tremendous performance from both of us, one warrior will win, one warrior will lose, both of us will leave as friends’.

Chi Lewis-Parry - Weigh-In
Chi Lewis-Parry – Weigh-In 243 lbs

Thursday July 10th

Chi weighed in at 243 lbs and Alain Ngalani  weighing-in at 231 lbs, everything was now set for Friday’s Main Card action.

Friday July 11th

As the actual event started, Lewis-Parry was getting the better of Ngalani in the stand up and striking. Ngalani went for the takedown by way of  a Judo trip,then gained  full mount against the side of the cage.  From top position, Ngalani hit Lewis-Parry with a series of elbows but that did not seem to faze Lewis-Parry, he returned his own shots, this time, three thunderous bodyshots to Ngalani. With a little bit of a ‘stale mate’ Lewis-Parry then quickly sweeps in an reversal. In side control, Parry struck Ngalani with vicious elbows to the head and followed that up with a couple more, knocking out Ngalani at the 4 minute 11 second mark of the first round.

WINNER VIA KO CHI LEWIS-PARRY [4MIN 11SECS Round 1]

You can catch the onslaught of Lewis-Parry’s vicious elbows here, courtesy of Zombie Prophet :

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Chi Lewis-Parry is now 6-0 and has finished every oppenent in the first round. 

You can follow Chi on Twitter : https://twitter.com/ThebossmanCLP

On Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/chi.lewisparry?fref=ts

On his Website : http://chilewisparry.co.uk/

You can also support ‘Chopper’ Chi Lewis-Parry  in his clothing range here: https://www.etsy.com/people/chopperchi

Chi would like to thank the following people: Absolutely everyone on my Facebook who has taken an interest in me, everyone who has actively supporteted me, my partner and my boy, my mum, Pete Mercer, Danny Brennan, Ollie Beard and Mogul Management.

Check back for Part 2, where Chi talks about his Goals, Aspirations, who he would like as his next opponent, his invitation to train at Jackson’s MMA, his friendship with Alistair Overeem and much more.

Photo Credits: OneFC/ Danny Brennan

 

 

 

 

 

UK MMA Heavyweight Chi Lewis Parry signs to Asia’s ONE FC


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24th March, Singapore, Asia’s largest mixed martial arts organization, signed UK MMA athlete Chi Lewis Parry to ONE FC and will be making his debut later.

Parry is the current UK Heavyweight champion for promotion Dynamite Fight Series and UK K1 Heavyweight Champion for promotion UCMMA.  He has amassed an undefeated record of five wins and no losses.

Parry stands at a huge height of 6ft 10in tall and prior to competing in mixed martial arts, was a professional basketball player in the British Basketball League.

He has one of the longest reaches in the ONE FC Heavyweight division, and, will of course; use that to his advantage, to propel him to victory in the ONE FC cage.

I spoke to Chi to who had this to say.

I’m thrilled to be part of the exciting ONEFC family.  I plan on rapidly taking over the Heavyweight Division, reigning as the ONEFC Heavyweight Champion.  Good times ahead and I can not wait to get started.

 

You can follow Chi on twitter https://twitter.com/ThebossmanCLP

Keep up-to-date on his personal journey through his own website www.chilewisparry.co.uk 

For more updates on ONE FC , follow on INSTAGRAM and TWITTER https://twitter.com/ONEFCMMA also www.facebook.com/ONEFCMMA

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For booking contacts for Chi, contact www.mmgmtv.com  ‘SID’ AT ‘MOGUL MANAGEMENT’

 

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Leigh Remedios Interview and Into The Cage 8 – The Uprising Event Review


I managed to catch up with Leigh Remedios before his up and coming fight with Danny Welsh on May 18th at Into The Cage 8 The Uprising in Andover

First things first, since coming back out of retirement you’ve become a father to a gorgeous little boy Connor, brother to Logan and you’ve also married your long suffering girlfriend Sam, how’s that all going for you?

Everything is great. I had a practise run marriage where I learned a lot and upgraded pretty significantly 😉

How does Sam feel about you being back in competitive action, as back in 2010, I recall you saying America is where you would like your career to be, also to travel and fight in Japan? Having Connor as well as Logan has the career path changed directions for you?

Sam just kinda accepts it.  She doesn’t really care, other than I get more irritable with the pressure of competing and cutting weight. I’m not sure what I want to with fighting at the moment – I have learned a lot from dropping to Bantam and I have to put it all into practise.

What made you decide to go down to Bantamweight back in 2009 after your loss to Robbie Olivier?

I made feather very easily and guys like Ashleigh Grimshaw and Paul Reed were going back in around 74-75kg. It takes a lot of eating and weight training, as well as cutting out cardio, for me to keep my weight that high. I’m about the same size as the bigger bantams anyway.

I’d do feather if the right fight came up.

Your fight with Carl Fawcett was your comeback fight after retiring back in 2011, what were your reasons for retiring and what enticed you back this year?

I don’t want to take anything away from my opponents by making excuses so all I can say is that I didn’t enjoy competing. However, I’m a competitor at heart and I still feel physically able, so I don’t want to have any regrets.

Coming back into competitive MMA, you must have a new game plan, as in where you want to be in this sport now that it is evolving and being more socially accepted?

Not really, I just want to fight and perform to my ability. Once I do, I’ll think more about where I sit in the grand scheme of it all and what direction to follow.

It appears from the many interviews I have read that you’re not in this sport for the money and you like a good scrap, that said what is your motivation for you to keep on fighting?

I like to test myself and my ego means I have to impress myself, hahaha. I won’t do it forever – I’ll stop when I physically lose my edge.

Reflecting back on your last fight at Made For The Cage against Carl Fawcett, the result, including why it didn’t go the way you wanted it to go, can you pin point where it went wrong in and outside the cage? 

Yes I can but I won’t out of respect for Carl. No one likes excuses.

You’re going to be facing Danny Welsh at Into The Cage 8 The Uprising in Andover on May 18th, how did this come about, as in was this a planned/scheduled fight, this is looking to be a busy year for you? Is this how you want your return to the cage to be, busy?

I was looking for a fight to keep busy around end of May/early June and a friend of mine spoke to the promoters on my behalf.

You’ve cornered against Danny, when he faced Paul Reed back in 2011, do you feel this gives you an advantage going into this fight?

Maybe a little. I know a bit about how Danny fights, what his strengths and weaknesses are likely to be and I’ve seen first hand how he reacts under pressure.

Danny Welsh is a very much under estimated fighter, with a lot of cage experience for someone of his age, is there any aspect in his overall game that you will be seeking out?

It’s no secret that he is a dangerous striker with a good clinch but with less experience on the ground. This gives me an advantage standing up because he has to be wary of takedowns, whereas I don’t care if he tries to take me down. But at the end of the day, it’s a fight and a lot of theories and strategies can go out the window once you’re punched in the mouth.

You’re also scheduled to meet James Pennington for the ShockNAwe BantamWeight Title on July 27th in Portsmouth. Pennington has just come of a great win on Cage Warriors 53 against James Doolan (who you also fought back in 2010), did you see that fight? If so what did you think and can you see any weaknesses that you could exploit into your own game plan?

I did not see that fight. However, I’m quite a different opponent than James Doolan. Hopefully, I may match up a little better stylistically.

Is there anything different in your training that you will be doing to make sure you come away with The Belt or is it a case of sticking to what works best for you?

No, I will keep it the same training wise. I have a good team to work with and it’s a case of getting fit and working the game plan.

So far in you fighting career, which fight for you, do you regard as a personal favourite, and why?

I think my rivalry with Jean Silva. They were just fun scraps with someone of a similar level.

Thanks for your time, is there anyone you want to thank?

No worries.  Yeah I’d like to thank my training partners at VTJJ, My sponsors JY Nutrition and Funky Gums and my wife Sam for nagging me less during fight camp, my Management at The Fight Lounge and Emma Bramford for helping sort the Danny Welsh fight.

10 quick questions

  • If you could change 1 rule in MMA what would it be:

Head kicks to a downed opponent

  • Favourite Film:

Thor. Man Of Steel will be superb though and may be better.

  • Biggest Inspiration:

No one. Sorry to be boring.

  • On Top OR On Bottom :

You’d love to find out 😉

  • British Brawler or Bulldog:

LOL who knows, I didn’t come up with either.

  • Favourite International Fighter:

Too many to list, Vitor, Fedor and BJ Penn are up there.

  • Young mums Mansion OR Playboy Mansion:

Don’t want to offend anyone…

…but Playboy Mansion by far 😉

  • Favourite Food:

I’m fickle but seafood is always a good choice. I also eat a lot of fruit.

  • Being Naked OR Wearing Clothes:

Breaking out the Angry Acorn is always hilarious.

  • What size feet are you:

That’s a personal question. You don’t get to ask that until the third date.

For tickets contact Leigh via his Facebook page Leigh Remedios or go to www.IntoTheCage.co.uk for more info, Full Fightcard Info & Prices.

 

Into the cage 8 – The Uprising Event Review 

 

On May 18th Into The Cage held their 8th event in Andover for what promised to be an explosive night of action and I was there Cageside to witness all the action.

 

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The show has 17 scheduled fight’s to take place, which includes 2 grappling matches, 12 semi-pro fights, 3 pro fights which includes 2 title fights, 1 middleweight and 1 bantamweight title fight.

First up is a GRAPPLING contest, which for those of you who are not familiar with the rules is 1 x 5 min round and as many submission’s you can make in those 5 minutes.

Ben Hodgson VS  Chris Heaney

Ben is doing a great job defending, having had his back taken by Chris but has managed to turn into him to get a sweep and land on top. Chris however is managing to sweep Ben every time from side control. Ben’s takedown’s are unstoppable and goes in with conviction. Ben jump’s guard and goes for a guillotine, Chris defends and goes for a North/South Choke, both guys are very technical and kept working hard for the full 5 minutes.

Winner Chris Heaney UD

Next fight we briefly go onto the Semi-Pro fights 3 x 4 min rnds

Marcus Mitchell VS Ben Griffiths
Round 1 – Both guys come out with flying a knee which ended in a collision of willpower, as they both tried to establish their dominance. As they separate Marcus immediately comes back swinging and rocks Ben taking him down to the canvas. Marcus seized the opportunity to get some ground and pound work in, whilst Ben is defending he gives up his back and then has to defend the submission attempts. Coming to a stale mate the ref stands both fighters up. Ben goes for a takedown but his back was bent and going in head first Marcus capitalised and got a standing guillotine.

Winner Marcus Mitchell 1.22 Rnd 1 via Standing Guillotine

Back to GRAPPLING 1 X 5 min Rnd

Matt Whyton VS  Ben Howard


Round 1 – Both fighters came in looking for the takedown but it was Ben who got there first with a takedown against the cage giving him side control. Matt’s guard however was very active and he managed to regain some control forcing Ben to get the pass once more. Getting the pass Ben quickly gains control with knee on belly and working his way into mount however working quickly Matt gets the sweep and ends up in half mount. These boys are pretty active on the ground the fight is captivating as they go back and forth fighting for dominance.

Ben gets a deep half guard and takes mount. From a high mount position Ben is working for an arm to open for a submission attempt however Matt is keeping it tight. Whilst Matt was very active he just couldn’t seem to gain any control and Ben whilst being more dominant he couldn’t find the submission.

Winner Ben Howard UD

Amateur Bout

Josh Lee VS Mark Wade

Round 1 – Both fighters come out of their corners firing off shots to establish each other’s respect. Mark closes the distance to clinch up, landing some significant knees to the body of Josh. Capitalising on his position Mark pushes Josh up against the cage and continued to land knees causing the ref to stop the fight.

Winner Mark Wade 1.12 Rnd 1 Ref Stoppage due to Knees

Now onto the Semi-Pro’s for the next few fights 3 x 4 min rounds

Cray Sams VS Victor Kmec

Round 1 – It’s an exciting start as Victor lands a big double leg takedown and immediately gets mount, however Cray looking the part gets the sweep, but overdoing it slightly Victor capitalises on the momentum and rolls back into mount. Unable to gain control over Cray however ends up in a scramble and Cray gains guard forcing Victor to defend an armbar attempt. During his defence Victor steps over Cray’s head allowing him to go for an attempted reverse triangle which Cray was able to defend and gives Cray the opportunity to take it back to standing. Cray clinched up quickly and lands some excellent knees to the body of Victor as the bell sounds for the end of the round.

Round 2 – Victor lands a big right with which Ben answers with knees; Victor manages to get a takedown giving him mount position. It is very rare you witness a comical moment in a fight however if there was ever a moment this would be it. During Cray’s attempts of protecting himself at all times Victor catches a hold of Cray’s gloves and gets his fingers caught in the glove (although I for one am not falling for that trick in the book as being accidental), well experienced Referee Dan Movahedi seeing this happen a couple of times slaps the forearm of Victor twice and gives him a warning not to do this again. It reminded me of a naughty child being told off by their parent. Then as Victor clearly had dominance of the situation he looks at the ref for the stoppage to which Dan replies, “I’ve not seen anything yet.” Victors only response to this was to hit Cray somewhat significantly harder.

Winner Victor Kmec 1.18 Rnd 2 Ref Stoppage via GnP

Nick Woolridge VS James Lindsey

Okay before I go into this fight, I have been pretty vocal on my opinions regarding the weight difference, Nick weighed in at 67.9kg and James weighed in at 73.6kg. Nick is a Debut fighter and James has had 2 fights already, personally I feel this shouldn’t have gone ahead based on the weigh in results. There’s a 66kg and 70kg division let alone the u74kg this one was apparently scheduled for – that being said I guess the onus has to lie with the fighter’s management team, ensuring fighter’s safety is put first at all times.

Round 1 – Both boys have started the round by landing some significant shots however James is a heavy hitter with some destructive knees. Once clinched up James’ knees seem brutal but Nick manages to hold his own in this battle and is giving James a good fight. James goes for a takedown landing him in mount where he managed to hold on to a warrior of a fighter in Nick and secured a guillotine choke.

Winner James Lindsey 3.55 Rnd 1 Via Guillotine Choke

Amateur bout

Ricky Mitchell VS Kyle Gray
Round 1 – Ricky comes in with a flying kick to the chest from the start and jumps to a standing guard attempting a guillotine which fails big time, Kyle slams Ricky to the canvas and passes his guard. In a scramble Ricky gets to his feet and Kyle gets in another big takedown driving Ricky to the canvas yet again. This is proving to be a battle of a technical game plan (Kyle) vs a Scrappy No game plan (Ricky). In the scramble Kyle gets a reverse triangle.

Winner Kyle Gray 1.35 Rnd 1 via Reverse Triangle #Sub of the Night

Semi-pros

Wayne Alden VS Adam Little

First thing I noted was both fighters are lanky which in my opinion makes for a great fight with having a great range which they should use to their advantage at keeping their opponent at the end of their punches.

Round 1 – Sizing each other up, it is clear both fighters aren’t about to dive into this blindly. Wayne looked like the aggressor but Adam was simply looking for his opening and landed a great side kick. Unable to bring his foot back fast enough Wayne grabs a hold and is looking for the takedown but Adam comes in with a right cross forcing Wayne to let go. Adam seeing his second opening goes for the takedown and lands himself in mount where he quickly finishes with a brutal barrage of head shots causing the ref to stop the fight.

Winner Adam Little 0.48 secs Rnd 1 Via TKO due to GnP

I caught up with Adam after his fight and he had this to say…

“My coaches came up with a game plan, which is what I used and stuck too. It turned out to be effective also I was really happy to finish the fight so quickly and in that fashion. I am looking forward to getting back in there again soon. I would like to say a huge thank you to my g/f Kally,  cornermen, Jamie and Harry, Gracie barra Swindon, friends and family who made the effort to come watch me.”  I awarded this #TKO of the Night

Paul Collings VS Lee Maslin

Round 1 – As with all fights the first few seconds/minutes are spent sizing up your opponent, looking for an opening which Lee found in the form of a takedown. Paul was able to push against the cage to stand back up and coming back into the fight with a big right causing Lee to go down to the canvas to immediately defend himself from the ground however it was clear that he was shaken up. In the scramble Paul sinks in a guillotine.

Winner Paul Collings 1.14 Rnd 1 Via Guillotine

Steve Hurst VS Issac Griffiths

Round 1 – Steve came out his corner with some heavy punches but it was Isaac with the takedown. Steve counteracts with a reversal getting side control – scarf hold on Isaac. From the scarf hold Steve is able to trap Isaac’s near arm between his legs for the armbar.

Winner Steve Hurst 0.38secs Via Armbar (Verbal Sub)

Shey Roberts VS John Edwards

Now it was time what appeared to me to be one of the most arrogant fighters, fight upon us. So I’m hoping for less arrogance and more technical ability then we should have a good fight on our hands, but hey who am I to kid we are dealing with Shey Roberts here and he’s not gonna stop being, cocky or arrogant anytime soon, so here goes……

Round 1 – Shey came out kicking landing three hard kicks to the thigh of John Edwards. Shey then proceeds to punish John with a barrage of punches and solid shots. Not to say John didn’t land any, however Shey was unstoppable. Shey closed the distance at will causing John to defend a guillotine attempt which he survived, however Shey being relentless goes straight back in for the kill and makes a second attempt at the guillotine. Unable to finish Shey uses the position for a reversal sweep, flicking John over and rolling right in mount. Unable to secure complete control John manages to come up to his knees in a scramble but with precision and clarity Shey, now standing, steps around and takes John’s back. Unable to defend this John gets caught out with a Rear Naked Choke.

Just to clarify there is a fine line between being Confident and Arrogant, and this is where Shey falls rather short!

Winner Shey Roberts 1.16 Round 1 Via RNC

Andy Bega VS Ethan Charlesworth

Round 1 – Andy came out driving Ethan to the cage while firing off punches, immediately testing Ethan’s ability to keep it together in the heat of the battle. Clinched up Ethan, reverses against the cage, getting the takedown and lands himself in mount. During the ground and pound, Andy gets low under Ethan’s hips unfortunately giving up an arm. Ethan ceasing the opportunity secures a tight armbar.

Winner Ethan Charlesworth 2.15 Rnd 1 via Armbar

Mike Daguiar VS Ben Harrison

Round 1 – Ben went in for a takedown, however Mike defended and stayed on his feet. While still on his knees, Mike throws punches at Ben, Ben should have stood back up but it was clear he was rocked. Regaining composure, Ben gets a sweep, however now finds himself in Mike’s guard and a tight armbar.

Winner Mike Daguiar 1.03 Rnd 1 via Armbar

Amateur bout

Josh Skinner VS Chris Bucksey

Round 1 – Chris comes out and punches Josh rocking him, giving Chris the takedown he wanted, however Josh regains his guard allowing him to defend Chris’ punches. Chris however is still able to do damage from within Josh’s guard punishing him.
Chris slides into half-mount pulling him free for side control. Round ends with Chris landing punishing blows from side control.

Round 2 – Both guys come out firing punches but Chris gets Josh up against the cage and goes for the takedown. In mount Chris works for an armbar which was well defended by Josh, however Josh is just unable to gain ground. As he’s defending one thing Chris is coming back with ten other problems for Josh to deal with. Being out grappled Josh sees the end of the second round.

Round 3 – Chris comes in with a great combo of a side kick, superman punch closing the distance for a flurry of punches causing Josh to make some bad decisions. Jumping guard in the cage is never a great idea but Josh jumps guard and pulls his opponent to the canvas. Now this was his chance to capitalise on the position but landed in half guard and his guillotine attempt failed giving Chris an arm to work for an armlock.

Winner Chris Bucksey 3.36 rnd 3 via Armlock

Time for the 3 Pro Fights 1 will be 3x5min rnd & 2 will be 5x5min rnds as there Title fights

Leigh Remedios VS Craig Allen

Firstly I would like to say this fight was originally scheduled for Leigh to fight Danny Welsh who pulled out on Early Friday Morning – so to get a late replacement at such short notice is really great that this fight can still go ahead.

Round 1 – Leigh came out ready for this fight and it showed, Leigh got stuck straight in, shot for a single leg and during the takedown wrapped up Craig’s right leg and sat through causing Craig’s knee to twist and pop.

Winner Leigh Remedios 0.23 secs Rnd1 via verbal tap out – ref stoppage

I caught up with Leigh after his fight and this is what he had to say…

“I’m glad I got the “W” but I’m gutted Craig got injured. I appreciate him stepping in on short notice and didn’t want that to happen.”

Next event is for Middleweight Into The Cage Title Belt 5 x 5min Rnds

Wojtek Rudnik vs Danny Brennan

Round 1 – Wojtek comes in with big punches as Danny went in for the takedown rocking Danny he briefly goes to the canvas. Composing himself fast Danny gets to his feet and gets a big take down, unable to clear the legs however he lands in Wojtek’s guard. Unable to work his guard however Danny rains down punches from inside the guard. Danny now on his feet, Wojtek refusing to stand Danny continues landing some big shots and is relentless with these powerfull shots, but it’s clear that Wojtek just isn’t engaging which forced the ref to stand them back up. This gave Danny the opening and it was his turn to rock Wojtek with knees, flooring Wojtek and in the scramble for control, Danny outworking Wojtek all the time, finally Wojtek gives up his back, Danny jumps round to his back to attempt a standing gulliotine , as Wojtek goes to the canvas Danny changes and gets a RNC.

Winner & New ITC Middleweight Champ Danny Brennan 4.32 rnd 1 via RNC

I caught up with Danny after his awesome win, who had this to say to me…

“I was generally pleased with my performance though a touch disappointed that I got dropped in the initial exchange but I managed to compose myself and execute my game plan “  I awarded this fight #FOTN

Last Fight of the night was for the ITC Bantamweight Title Belt
5x5min rounds

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Mike Cutting VS Aaron Blackwell

With very little engagement from Mike Cutting it could be argued that the rule of timidity could come into play however his cockiness and that smug look on his face I was glad that the fight went the full five rounds. For a title fight I must say that I was completely unimpressed with this fighter who clearly believes in his own hype only to lose all five rounds and a well-deserved win to Aaron. While Aaron played a well thought out technical game plan to his advantage, I couldn’t help but get frustrated at Mike’s cockiness and shrugging each time Aaron landed a blowing kick to the head, body or legs. What infuriated me even more was Mike’s total lack of respect for his opponent and took a moment to look and pay attention to Aaron’s corner during the fight giving Aaron yet another opportunity to land a head kick. I think he should have paid more attention to his own corner. You would have thought that all those kicks would have grabbed his attention but unfortunately not. . It seemed that only in the fourth round he finally made an attempt at a takedown but like a bull vs matador, he came in charging and Aaron simply sidestepped steering Mike away from him and towards the cage. If this young man’s game is on the ground then you need to close the distance and get the job done, not stand there making those stupid faces waving your hands in the air not doing a damn thing while your opponent kicks the crap out of you.

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Well done to Aaron for winning the title and belt for a well-executed fight against an opponent who in my opinion wasn’t worthy to get into the cage with you, especially after not being in the cage for two years yourself, you totally dominated the centre of the cage from the start and the pace of the fight and you fought the fight in which you wanted to fight, you stuck to your plan, it worked, you didn’t get dragged into Mike’s games, you kept your cool and won.

Winner Aaron Blackwell 5.00min 5th rnd UD New ITC Bantamweight Title Belt Holder – I awarded Aaron with a Special Award of #FIGHTER OF THE NIGHT

I caught up with Aaron after his win, and this is what he had to say to me

“I’m always trying to improve, I wanted to land my hands more if I’m honest, as I have good boxing skills, but being a strange kinda fighter he didn’t sit in any kind of pocket, you have got to prepare for the kinda un expected for this kinda guy , I take one victory at a time, defend it, one fight at a time, and I don’t look beyond that.”

 

 

Into The Cage 8 The Uprising Results

Grappling 1 x 5 min rnds

Chris Heaney Def Ben Hodgson

Ben Howard Def Matt Matt Whyton

Amateur

Mark Wade Def Josh Lee 1.12 rnd 1 via ref stop due to knees

Kyle Gray Def Ricky Mitchell 1.35 Rnd 1 via Reverse Triangle

Chris Bucksey Def Josh Skinner 3.36 Rnd 1 via Arm Lock

Semi pros  3 x 4 min rnds

Marcus Mitchell Def Ben Griffiths 1.22 rnd 1 via Guillotine

Victor Kmec Def Cray Sams 1.18 Rnd 2 via Ref stop GnP

James Lindsey  Def Nick Woolridge 3.55 Rnd 1 via Guillotine

Adam Little Def Wayne Alden 0.48 secs Rnd 1 via TKO due to GnP

Paul Collings Def Lee Maslin 1.14 Rnd 1 via Guillotine

Steve Hurst Def Issac Griffiths 0.38secs rnd 1 verbal sub Armbar

Shey Roberts Def John Edwards 1.16 Rnd 1 via RNC

Ethan Charleworth Def Andy Bega 2.15 Rnd 1 via Armbar

Mike Daguiar Def Ben Harrison 1.03 Rnd 1 via Armbar

Pros

Leigh Remedios Def Craig Allen 0.23secs Rnd 1 verbal tap due to Injury

Danny Brennan Def Wojtek Rudnik 4.32 Rnd 1 via RNC  Middleweight ITC Title Belt Holder

Aaron Blackwell Def Mike Cutting 5.00 Rnd 5 UD

Bantamweight ITC Title Belt Holder

#FOTN Wojtek Rudnik vs Danny Brennan
#TKO Adam Little
#Submission Kyle Gray

Special Award to Fighter of The Night

#AARON BLACKWELL