No blogging for a while can only mean one thing….


…….a “ROUND UP” post!

NICE ONE MARK ADAMS!
Mark Adams put a clinic on BJJ Brown Belt Simon Gill finishing him with a guillotine choke in the semi-final of the Ultimate Challenge featherweight grand-prix. He now advances to the final where he will face off against an overmatched (in my opinion) John Kelly. Get your money on Mark to win this!!

TEAM UK BOW OUT OF M1-CHALLENGE
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The UK M1 Global Challenge team met a fierce challenge in the shape of the Russian Legion for their Semi-final clash. Unfortunately it wasn’t to be their night and after doing the whole UK MMA community proud by getting this far on their first foray into this competition, they bowed out with a 4-1 loss. The team can hold their heads high though because despite injuries, team changes, visa issues and a slightly concerning lack-of-support from the UKMMA fraternity – they did brilliantly.
I’d personally like to congratulate the team and their coaches and look forward to the next M1 Challenge where hopefully we will see Team UK go all the way!

The full results were:
Lightweight (154 lbs./-70 kg): Yura Ivlev (Russia Legion/9-3) def. Scott Hewitt (England/2-1) via TKO (strikes) at 0:54 of round 1
Welterweight (167.2 lbs./-76 kg): Magomed Shikshabekov (Russia Legion/10-0) def. Simon Phillips (England/10-4) via submission (reverse heel hook) at 0:15 of round 1
Middleweight (184.8 lbs./-84 kg): Ansar Chalangov (Russia Legion/13-4) def. Matt Thorpe (England/13-8.) via submission (reverse heel hook) at 0:41 of round 1
Light Heavyweight (204.8 lbs./-93 kg): Besiki Gerenava (9-1-1) def. Lee Austin (4-5) by unanimous decision
Heavyweight (+204.8 lbs./+93 kg): Rob Broughton (England/10-4-1) def. Akhmed Sultanov (Russia Leagion/3-4) via submission (keylock) at 4:31 of round 1

SASS WINS AGAIN – TAKES OMMAC LIGHTWEIGHT TITLE
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The second Olympians MMA Championships (formerly Cage Gladiators) was held at the weekend and the headline fight saw a much anticipated fight between Paul Sass and the reigning champ Rob Sinclair. Both these fighters are top-of-the-food-chain Lightweights domestically, with those UK fighters ranked above them all signed to major promotions like the UFC. Sass holds the record for the most consecutive victories by Triangle in MMA and Sinclair is a game fighter and wanted to keep his belt, so this was always going to be a war. The fight lived up to the hype and Sass walked away with his undefeated record intact and the belt after taking a split-decision win.
On current form Sass could be the next UK fighter to make it into the ranks of the UFC following the successful fighters from last season of TUF. Sinclair has other ideas however and is calling for an instant rematch!
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UK UFC Welterweights step up!
daleykampmannIn a strange twist of MMA fate team-mates, friends and top UK Welterweights Dan Hardy and Paul Daley have ended up facing off against each of the fighters previously touted as being up for a number one contender spot and a shot at GSP. A number one contender match was made for UFC 103 between Mike Swick and Martin Kampmann. Swick had to drop out and Daley was drafted in as a last minute replacement on his UFC debut, promptly smashing Kampmann to pieces in the first round with his vicious left hook power shot.
Now a match has been made between Swick and Hardy for UFC 105 as Hardy’s original opponent Dong Hyung Kim has had to drop out due to injury. Bizarrely Swick has decided to start smack-talking Daley ahead of the match up, maybe as a little bit of sour grapes because Daley came in last minute and did what everyone knows Swick wouldn’t have been able to do and KTFO’d Kampmann in the first round. In return Daley has said that he will be at UFC 105 rooting for Dan to put a severe hurting on Swick.
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A win for Hardy puts him very much in the title picture and with Daley calling out Matt Hughes, if he gets that fight and wins he will also be right in the mix. Interesting times ahead for these Uk welterweights as they climb the UFC ladder. I still have a niggling feeling that the UFC will try to make a match between these two at some point!!

LAST BUT NOT LEAST – FATTY FIGHTS RUUUULE!!
UKMMA Veteran and owner of ZT FiteSkool Sol Gilbert, recently announced that he would be organising a one-night, 8-man heavyweight tournament with the winner taking a £15k prize. This is massive news not just because of the prize on offer (which has to be one of the biggest purses for a domestic non-ufc fight) but because it will really shake up the Heavyweight scene and we will be left in no doubt who is the best.

Confirmed at the moment are:

  • Rob Broughton – Cage Rage and M-1 Veteran who was undefeated in the 2009 M-1 Challenge Series.
  • James Thompson – Although he is on a four-fight losing streak, the Rochdale-born fighter has fought in Pride, Sengoku and Cage Rage and holds notable wins over Dan Severn, Giant Silva, Don Frye and Hidehiko Yoshida.
  • Damian Grabowski – ‘The Polish Pitbull’ is undefeated in MMA (10-0) with all of his wins coming by stoppage and only two of his opponents making it into the second round.
  • Dave Keeley – Keeley is also undefeated at 3-0 and notched an impressive win in the M-1 Challenge this season.
  • Oli Thompson – Former Strongman competitor and Britain’s Strongest Man, Oli Thompson ahs turned his hand to MMA and has started to make waves, using his newfound skills as well as unrivalled strength.
  • Karlos Vermola – Vermola is another undefeated prospect. He has fought all of his seven bouts on CFC and is the heavyweight champion there

This also has repurcussions for the other divisions because if this format is successful (and it should be, everyone loves a good old fashioned MMA tourney!) then surely it will be repeated with the other weight categories. I don’t wanna blow my wad too soon, but IF this comes off (and I pray that it does) then this could be the big event we’ve been waiting for to replace the BFC. All the best to Sol and the ZT team.

ps: watch this space and UKMMANEWS in the very near future!!

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