Raged UK MMA held their tenth event on Saturday, May 25th 2019, at the Oasis Leisure Centre in Swindon.
Raged UK MMA held their tenth event on Saturday, May 25th 2019, at the Oasis Leisure Centre in Swindon to a sell-out crowd. With six title fights on the card, the Swindon crowd were in for a night of full out action from start to finish.
It has to be said that promoter Gary Turland pulled it out of the bag for this event, with last minute changes to some of the opponents, just so the show could go on and the athletes that had trained hard to compete did just that, compete.
RAGED X – Full Results
Amateur (3 x 3 minutes)
Jack Bryant DEF Rich Lukacs via standing guillotine 1:05 rnd 1
Steve Ridgway DEF Matthew Thorn via TKO (Gnp) 1:16 rnd 1
Maro Roznovjak DEF Rikki Wyatt via TKO (GnP) 1:10 rnd 1
Christopher Whitfield DEF Jesse Mccann via RNC 2:42 rnd 1
Gary Trevett DEF Rio Joseph via RNC 1:00 rnd 1
Grant Ogborne DEF Adam Ay via UD
Kirk Heely DEF Dean Hart via UD to become Amateur Featherweight Champion
Tom Enstone DEF Chris Connolly via UD to become Amateur Welterweight Champion
Professional (3 x 5 minutes)
Daryl Grant DEF Constantin Radoi via TKO (GnP) 3:44 rnd 2
Luckas Marcinkowski (c) DEF Tommy Cook via RNC 4:08 rnd 1 to retain the Middleweight Title
Craig Rawlins DEF Matthew Thomas via RNC 1:18 rnd 1
Ben Rees DEF Paul Reed via TKO (medical stoppage) 5:00 end of rnd 1 to become the Super Featherweight Champion
Bernie Gomm (c) DEF Terry Doyle via RNC 3:07 rnd 1 to become retain the Lightweight Champion
Wes Murch DEF Lawrence Jordan Tracey via KO 2:41 rnd 1 to become the Welterweight Champion
Saturday 5th October 2013 will probably be a date most hardcore fight fans now have ingrained on their brain, after all, it was the debut of the ‘Fight Club’ hosted event ‘Caged’, a taster event with a mixture of White-Collar boxing, K1 and MMA being held in Swindon.
The brainchild of former ‘Fight Club’ promoter Gary Turland and fight matchmaker Michael “OZ” Osborne of Swindon Vale Tudo/Scorpion Gym. Also, one of Swindon’s first athletes to compete in a mixed martial art event back in the ’90s decided the town needed a fight scene.
It was safe to say that the taster event went down as a massive success having had two white collar boxing bouts, one K1 bout, three amateur MMA bouts and two pro-MMA bouts; in total eight fights to the delight of the Swindon crowd.
On Saturday, March 7th, 2015 ‘Raged UK MMA’ put on their first official mixed martial arts show after their first taster event back in 2013, with a host of amateur and professional bouts on the card.
Fast forward to Saturday, May 25th and ‘Raged UK MMA’ will be hosting their tenth event at their new venue, The Oasis Leisure Centre in Swindon.
Firmly putting Swindon on the map as a ‘fight town’ the promotion has gone from strength to strength with athletes competing from all over the UK. Not only content with being one of the South West’s most prominent MMA events but also implementing two new weight divisions as fighter safety is paramount. The promotion has added in a light welterweight division at 73kg and a super featherweight division at 68.5kg.
“Adding new weight divisions opens up a wider range of fights for matchmaking, however, more importantly is fighter safety” said promoter Gary Turland adding “I’ve seen a few injuries along with fighters becoming dehydrated after cutting a lot of weight so as a promotion we are trying to make things a bit safer”.
‘Raged X’ takes place this Saturday, May 25th at The Oasis Leisure Centre in Swindon.
Limited tickets are still available from www.raged.uk or at the venue itself which will incur a surcharge of £5 each for paying on the door. (cash is accepted on the door).
Ticket prices: Standard £25 (£5 extra on the door)
Ringside £35 (£5 extra on the door)
Doors open 6.30pm first fight 6.45pm
Under 18’s must be accompanied by a guardian
Please note the venue is CARD PAYMENTS ONLY at the bar
RAGED X FIGHT CARD*
Ricky Norman vs Lukasz Pierscinski
Rich Lukacs vs Jack Bryant
Matthew Thorn vs Steve Ridgway
Rikki Wyatt vs Maro Roznovjak
Christopher Whitfield vs Jesse Mccann
Rio Joseph vs Gary Trevett
Ben Ay vs Grant Ogborne
Vacant Featherweight title – Kirk Heely vs Dean Hart
James Prenderville vs Stephen Todman
Vacant Welterweight title – Chris Connolly vs Tom Enstone
Daryl Grant vs Constatini Radoi
MIDDLEWEIGHT TITLE – Tommy Cook vs Luckas Marcinkowski (c)
Matthew Thomas vs Craig Rawlins
VACANT SUPER FEATHERWEIGHT TITLE – Ben Rees vs Paul Reed
VACANT LIGHTWEIGHT TITLE – Terry Doyle vs Bernie Gomm
VACANT WELTERWEIGHT TITLE – Wes Murch vs Lawrence Jordan Tracey
RAGED UK MMA, held their first event (under their new promotion name) last night [March 7th] at MECA Swindon to a new breed of sports fan in the town.
The event which was billed to showcase local, amateur and professional fighters, was also to highlight the growing sport of MMA in Swindon.
With local gym Swindon Vale Tudo/Scorpion Kickboxing Gym being the host club, having five fighters compete on the night; which was meant to be six but 20 mins before Craig Rawlins was due to go out, his opponent Mathew Thorn, withdrew, citing a shoulder injury during warming-up the host club did not let the home fans down, securing five out of five wins.
The night was a huge success for everyone and Promoter Gary Turland really did pull out all the stops for his second show, so much so, RAGED 2 is now already starting to be matched for their summer show.
Below is my play-by-play account of all the action that happened on the night.
Disclaimer: Although every effort is given to give a clear and precise account of actual events, due to the nature of where I am seated, it is at times difficult to view every aspect of every fight through everyone’s angle, therefore this play-by-play is my account from my view.
Tommy Taylor vs Jake Oliver Amateur 89kg 3×3 mins
Round 1 Jake Oliver open ups the round straight on the attack and straight in with punches, Tommy Taylor comes back with leg kicks and a spinning leg kick. Oliver goes in and clinches up with Taylor, Taylor trying to avoid this leaves his neck out and Oliver tries for a standing guillotine to no avail. (referee Nathan Webb stops action briefly as the standing guillotine was curving on Taylor’s spine which is not allowed), action continues for which both men are landing with their own shots, back and forth in some great exchanges. Oliver manages to get the takedown and is angling for a submission but Taylor is no easy feat as he himself is trying to get a submission and attempts an Armbar just as the round closes out.
Round 2 Tommy Taylor playing it smart and keeping Oliver on the end of his punches, Oliver does a spinning kick and follows through with a superman punch. Taylor gains ground control and he is on his back as Oliver is dishing out punches to Taylor’s face, he let’s Taylor stand back up and both guys once again exchange shots back and forth in this exciting fight. After a scramble the action is back on the canvas as Oliver attempts an Armbar in the final few seconds in this second round but he gives up on the submission to end the round off on top of Taylor dishing out some GnP.
Round 3 Tommy Taylor is straight out with a sense of urgency and manages to get Oliver towards the cage fence and is kneeing Oliver. Oliver is holding his own as Taylor is now trying for a single leg but the attempt fails for which Oliver returns with a great kick followed by a one, two punch combination. Taylor manages to get Oliver to the canvas but Oliver lands on top in top position and starts dishing out some GnP, Taylor rolls to his side to try to evade Oliver’s shots and ends up trying to turtle with Oliver still firmly attached to Taylor as Oliver has him in a figure four body lock, all the while still raining blows anyway he can on Taylor. Taylor manages to reverse out of the body lock position in the final few seconds of this third round to end up in top position, on top of Oliver.
Winner Jake Oliver Def Tommy Taylor Via UD
Wes Thomas vs Dean Hart Amateur 64kg 3×3 mins
Round 1 Dean Hart is straight out and is straight in with vicious leg kicks to Wes Thomas. Thomas tries to grab Hart’s leg to take him down for which he succeeds briefly as Hart pops straight back up. Hart lands another vicious leg kick which buckles Thomas who goes to the ground and referee Nathan Webb stops the fight.
Winner Dean Hart Def Wes Thomas Via Strikes (Leg) 0.54 seconds Round one
Jay Thomas vs Guy Lewis PRO 73kg 3×5 mins
Round 1 Jay Thomas comes out and tries to get Guy Lewis against the cage, both guys scramble with some great reversals from both and ultimately Thomas ends up on bottom in a side position, all the while punching and using short elbows, trying to gain top postion on Lewis. Thomas rolls onto his back, with Lewis in a dominant position he is pummeling on shots. Thomas is in no position to defend himself as Lewis is raining down shots and referee Nathan Webb calls a halt to the action.
Winner Guy Lewis Def Jay Thomas Via Strikes (GnP) 2 mins 31 secs Round One
Jim Lane vs Tom Enstone Amateur 77kg 3×3 mins
Round 1 Tom Enstone is straight out first with fierce leg kicks, he then manages to take Jim Lane down leaving his neck exposed for which Lane capitalizes on and catches Enstone in a Guillotine. Enstone is trying hard to get out of the guillotine by walking round on his side which eventually pays off as he manages to escape Lane’s hold and gain’s top position, once out Enstone is not holding back as he throws down furious and vicious punches and hammer fists, he then attempts an Armbar for which is not fully locked in at first attempt so he slightly adjusts himself and then finds Jim Lane tapping to his awesome Armbar.
Winner Tom Enstone Def Jim Lane Via Armbar 2 mins 28secs Round One
Terry Webster vs Dave ‘Nemo’ Llewellyn PRO HW 3×5 mins
Round 1 Terry Webster comes out fast and so does Nemo but its Webster who knocks Nemo down, Nemo is down straight away and for a brief moment Webster manages to throw some leather, but Nemo gains top position, he losses position briefly but regains it, then Nemo starts to unleash his brutal Elbows, throwing punches which opens up a huge cut above Webster’s eye with vicious GnP. Referee Nathan Webb calls a halt to the action.
Winner Dave ‘Nemo’ Llewellyn Def Terry Webster Via TKO (GnP) 1 min 03 secs Round One
Reece Pearson vs Adam Little Amateur 66kg 3×3 mins
Round 1 Adam Little is straight out with a hard leg kick to the thigh of Reece Pearson followed by a straight jab, a few more leg kicks follows by a kick to Pearson’s head, who then instantly falls face first into the canvas, Little does go off for a premature celebration and to his and everyone around’s astonishment Pearson gets back up of the floor and stands up, Referee Nathan Webb says continue and from that moment, Little is like a Bull in a China shop. He rushes over to where Pearson has just stood up, straight in with ferocious punches hoping, this time to finish the job off. Pearson attempts to grab at Little’s leg for a takedown but leaves his neck out and Little capitalizes on this and sinks in a Standing Guillotine for which Pearson has no time to ‘Tap’ too as he goes to ‘Sleep’.
WINNER Adam Little Def Reece Pearson Via Standing guillotine 0.45 secs Round One – This was my #FOTN
Tyler John Thomas vs Alex Brunnen PRO 73kgs 3×5 mins
Round 1 Tyler Thomas comes in and fakes a low kick, looks to take Alex Brunnen down, pushing him up against the cage. Brunnen gains underhooks and pushes Thomas back off. Brunnen lands a front kick for which lands on Thomas’s head who again is in the middle of an attempt for another takedown of Brunnen, pushing towards the cage, Brunnen has a great position of Thomas to his left side, placing himself seated on the canvas with his left arm still positioned firmly around Thomas’s right side, all the while he is landing the odd shot with his right fist. There is a scramble as Thomas is pushing Brunnen a lot more against the cage but both fighters mange to get back to their feet. Brunnen in again with a front kick followed by a few punches, Thomas looks for yet another takedown but Brunnen is wise to his game. Both fighter’s exchange a few more punches before Thomas once again comes in, this time charging, with an attempt at another takedown for which Brunnen is pushed across the octagon and up against the cage; with his wide defence stance and tight grip of Thomas, Brunnen again seats himself onto the canvas, adjusting his position, after sensing that Thomas has left his neck out (just like he did on the last takedown attempt), rolls him slightly to his right to gain the victory via Power Guillotine.
Winner Alex Brunnen Def Tyler John Thomas Via Power Guillotine 1 min 32 Secs Round One
Jesse Jarvis vs Phil Wells PRO 77kg 3×5 mins
Round 1 Jesse Jarvis is first out and boy he is like what a red rag is to a bull, he comes rushing out at Phil Wells, rushing him against the cage, throwing wild punches for which a few land, he attempts a standing guillotine but Wells is far to slick and the attempt fails. Wells then picks up Jarvis and slams him to the canvas for which the crowd erupt into a chant of ” Wellsy, Wellsy, Wellsy”, Wells is then in top position for where he lands vicious Ground and Pound with his elbows cutting open Jarvis. Wells carries on the onslaught of pounding and pounding, viciously until referee Nathan Webb had finally saw enough of the action and called a stop to the fight.
Winner Phil Wells Def Jesse Jarvis Via GnP 2 mins 39 secs Round One
RAGED UK MMA, held their first event last night at MECA Swindon to a new breed of sports fan in the town.
The event which was billed to showcase local, amateur and professional fighters and also to highlight the growing sport of MMA in Swindon.
The night was a huge success for everyone and Promoter Gary Turland really did pull out all the stops for his debut show, so much so, RAGED 2 is now already starting to be matched for their summer show.
Here are the Official Results with a full event report to follow shortly:
Amateur 89kg Jake Oliver Def Tommy Taylor Via UD
Amateur 64kg Dean Hart Def Wes Thomas Via Strikes (leg) 0.54 secs Round One
PRO 73kg Guy Lewis Def Jay Thomas Via Strikes (GnP) 2 mins 31 secs Round One
Amateur 77kg Tom Enstone Def Jim Lane Via Armbar 2 mins 28 secs Round One
PRO HW Dave ‘Nemo’ Llewellyn Def Terry Webster Via TKO (GnP) 1 min 03 secs Round One
Amateur 66kg Adam Little Def Reece Pearson Via Standing Guillotine 0.45 secs Round One
PRO 73kg Alex Brunnen Def Tyler Thomas Via Power Guillotine 1 min 32 secs Round One
PRO 77kg Phil Wells Def Jesse Jarvis Via TKO (GnP) 2 mins 39 secs Round One
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.
Swindon based promoter Gary Turland and Trainer Michael ‘Oz’ Osbourne are bringing Professional and Amateur MMA back to the town of Swindon.
After a long absence of the highly rated sport and to fill the gap in the market to showcase homegrown up and coming talent, RAGED UK is happening on March 7th at MECA, Swindon which will host a fight card of amateur MMA, along with professional MMA headlined by Swindon’s Phil Wells and Alex Brunnen.
Full Fight Card
Tommy Taylor vs Jake Oliver Amateur MMA 89k
Wes Thomas vs Dean Hart Amateur MMA 64k
Jay Thomas vs Guy Lewis PRO MMA 73k
Tyler John Thomas vs Shane Mansfield PRO MMA 75k
Jim Lane vs Tom Enstone Amateur MMA 77k
Terry Webster vs Dave ‘Nemo’ Llewellyn PRO MMA HW
Matthew D Thorn vs Craig Rawlins Amateur MMA 80k
Reece Pearson vs Adam Little Amateur MMA 66k
Julian Kerr vs Alex Brunnen PRO MMA 73k
Jesse Jarvis vs Phil Wells PRO MMA 77k
Tickets are £20 and £40 VIP available from all fighters, The Forum, The Khyber; alternatively you can buy online at www.swindontickets.co.uk or click on their social media pages Facebook/Twitter.
Tickets will be available on the door (subject to availability)