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Thursday, 31 October 2013

Cage Warriors 62 Adds Jordan Desborough vs Cory Tait


Cage Warriors 62 Adds Jordan Desborough vs Cory Tait
by Chris Houten - @mrhouts

Cory Tait (Photo: Fight Agents)
An intriguing Bantamweight battle between Jordan Desborough and Cory Tait has been added to Cage Warriors 62.

Fighting out of SBG Manchester, 21-year-old Jordan Desborough (7-3) who joined Cage Warriors on an exclusive 5 fight deal earlier in the year, is widely considered one of the finest young talents on the UK MMA scene.

With 4 finishes in 7 career victories, Desborough narrowly missed out on the Cage Warriors Bantamweight title by split decision when he stepped into to Septembers 4 man Bantamweight final as a replacement for James Pennington, who had injured himself in the previous round.

Cory Tait (7-2), A former UCMMA Featherweight and Bantamweight title holder, enters the bout with Desborough on the heals of a huge TKO victory over Spencer Hewitt.

A formidable striker who holds a black belt in Tae Kwon Do, Tait, who recently signed a 5 fight exclusive contract with Cage Warriors also, has taken all of his 7 wins by stoppage, drawing comparisons to Anderson Silva along the way thanks to highlight real finishes over Nathan Beer, and Dino Gambatesa by spin back first and crescent kick respectively.
 
Cage Warriors 62 takes place on the 7th of December at the Metro Arena in Newcastle and features a Flyweight title fight in the main event, where newly crowned champion Neil Seery will defend his title against former UFC fighter UFC fighter Ulysses Gomez; former Bamma champion Curt Warburton is also on the card. Tickets start from £35 and are on sale now HERE

Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Curt Warburton Signs for Cage Warriors, Makes Debut at Cage Warriors 62


Curt Warburton Signs for Cage Warriors, Makes Debut at Cage Warriors 62
by Chris Houten - @mrhouts

Photo: Little Red Creative
Cage Warriors have today confirmed the addition of former Bamma British Lightweight Champion Curt Warburton, on a five-fight exclusive contract.

A veteran of the European scene, Warburton (12-4) began his professional career in 2007, putting together A 6-1 record in local North East shows including a victory over  TUF 9 winner Ross Pearson, before joining his former opponent in The UFC.

Following an unsuccessful spell in The UFC, where he compiled a 1-2 record, Warburton returned to the UK scene under contract with Bamma where went on to win the promotions British Lightweight Title, earning the belt with a victory over current Cage Warriors Lightweight Champion, Stevie Ray.
“Cage Warriors is growing all the time and joining them is the right move for my career,” said Warburton.

“This deal guarantees me five fights over the next 18 months and the opportunity to fight at home and around the world against some of the best lightweights on the planet. I’d like to thank my management - Elite MMA Agency - and Cage Warriors for making this possible.”
Following his most recent fight against Mansour Barnaoui at Bamma 13, Warburton opted against renewing his contract with the promotion, and according to Cage Warriors CEO Graham Boylan, Waburton instructed his management team to pursue a deal with Cage Warriors:
“I’m very pleased to have Curt Warburton on the Cage Warriors roster." Said Boylan. "He’s shown his ambition by making an upward move like this and I think he’ll be rewarded for that as, in my opinion, his best years are still ahead.”
Curt Warburton will make his Cage Warriors debut at Cage Warriors 62, which takes place December 7th, at the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle, UK. Warburton's opponent is expected to be announced within the next few days.
 

Stevie Ray Defends Belt at Cage Warriors 63 Against Ivan Buchinger


Stevie Ray Defends Belt at Cage Warriors 63 Against Ivan Buchinger
by Chris Houten - @mrhouts

Photo: Dolly Clew | Cage Warriors

Newly crowned Cage Warriors lightweight Champion Stevie Ray will defend his title for the first time against Ivan Buchinger.

Ray (14-4), who trains out of Dinky Ninjas Fight Team in Scotland, captured the title after emerging victorious from CWFC’s four-man lightweight tournament at Cage Warriors 60 in London earlier this month, courtesy of wins over Jason Ball and Sean Carter.

23-year old Ray, who has finished 11 of 14 victory said:
“I’m very excited to be defending my belt on New Year’s Eve at what looks set to be the biggest Cage Warriors event of the year,”
“I wanted Buchinger next as he should have been in the tournament final, so I want to show everybody that the result would have been the same anyway. I respect him but the belt will be coming back to Scotland with me.”
His opponent, Buchinger (24-4) had been due to meet Ray in that Cage Warriors 60 tournament decider but was forced to withdraw after sustaining a rib injury during his semi-final triumph over Mick Sinclair.

The 27-year-old Slovak returns to Dublin on New Year’s Eve following a 3-0 streak this year, as he rebounded impressively from his loss to Conor McGregor on the same date at The Helix in 2012.

Buchinger, who has 20 finishes in 24 victories,  returns to Dublin on New Year’s Eve following a 3-0 streak this year, as he rebounded impressively from his loss to Conor McGregor on the same date at The Helix in 2012. Of Buchinger's 4 career losses, 3 have come to UFC fighter - Akira Corrassani, Anton Kuivanen, and Conor McGregor respectively.
Buchinger said: “I’m glad to be getting the shot at the belt that I earned at Cage Warriors 60 and I’m looking forward to coming back to Dublin to try to make amends for my last fight there.
“Steven Ray is a deserving champion but I am determined to take that belt from him on New Year’s Eve. I’m very excited about the opportunity.”
Cage Warriors 63 takes place on New Years Eve, at The Helix in the Irish capital of Dublin., with the Cage Warriors featherweight title also on the line with Jim Alers defending his belt against Graham Turner.

Rampage Jackson vs Joey Beltran Headlines Bellator 108


Rampage Jackson vs Joey Beltran Headlines Bellator 108



After months of anticipation, MMA icon Quinton “Rampage” Jackson will make his long awaited Bellator debut Friday, November 15th from Atlantic City’s Revel against Joey Beltran live on Spike TV.

The event will broadcast live starting at 9 p.m. EST on Spike TV. The preliminary card will be streamed exclusively live and free on Spike.com starting at 6:30 p.m. EST. Tickets for the event can be purchased at Ticketmaster or by visiting Bellator.com with tickets starting at just $35.
Originally scheduled to face Tito Ortiz on November 2nd, “The People’s Champion” suffered a fractured neck that forced him to withdraw from the fight. Jackson now turns his sights to Beltran, who holds 12 finishes in his 14 professional victories, including 11 knockout wins. Always wanting to entertain the fans and put on a show, Rampage has his sights set on collecting his first victory on November 15th.
“I want to thank Joey Beltran for stepping up for the fight so I can get my first Bellator victory out of the way,” Rampage said. “He’ll have the unfortunate honor of taking the ass whooping I was going to give Tito. My body is in incredible shape right now. I feel like I did in PRIDE, and Joey Beltran is the right guy to put on an exciting fight and showcase what I’ve been working on.”
“This last month has been an absolute roller coaster of emotion,” Beltran said. “I’ve always been a warrior and thank god for my family and my teammates at Alliance MMA for keeping me focused and dedicated. I’ve always known that good things will happen to me if you put in the hard work and keep grinding, and that’s exactly what has happened with this opportunity. I fought for Bellator in 2009 when they were just starting out on ESPN, and I was fairly new on the scene as well. I loved my time there, and I couldn’t be happier to be back.”

“Getting the chance to fight Rampage is just a tremendous opportunity. This is my Rocky Balboa moment. A win against one of the best and well known fighters in the world would be an incredible accomplishment, and I’m not taking it lightly. Rampage better be prepared and ready for this fight. I’m prepared to go through hell during this fight. There will be blood. Someone is going to get hurt. This is my home now, and I don’t want to go anywhere. It’s Rampage first, then a Bellator Light Heavyweight Tournament, and then onto the title.”
“It’s been a long time coming to get Rampage into the Bellator cage, and on November 15th from Revel, we are going to see fireworks between Rampage and Joey Beltran,” Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney said. “Joey showed his warrior spirit by taking this fight on just over 2 weeks notice, and having seen Joey fight many times, and seeing what type of shape Rampage is in, this is a fight I can’t wait to see.”

WSOF Partners with Pancrase, Announces WSOF Japan


WSOF Partners with Pancrase, Announces WSOF Japan


The World Series of Fighting continues to expand its global footprint with the launch of World Series of Fighting Japan (WSOF Japan).

World Series of Fighting launches its new Japanese division in a partnership with the long-running and highly respected Pancrase organization, a Tokyo-based group that has promoted mixed martial arts events since 1993 and is widely considered one of the most historically important organizations in the sport.

"Japan has long been a home of top-level martial arts competitions of all types, and I personally have enjoyed some of the best moments of my fighting career there," World Series of Fighting President Ray Sefo said. "I'm excited to announce this new division with the launch of World Series of Fighting Japan.

"I look forward to working with Pancrase CEO Masakazu Sakai and his team, and together we will produce amazing events for the Japanese fight fans, as well as big opportunities for both Asia-based fighters and MMA fighters around the globe."

The first World Series of Fighting Japan event is expected to take place in early 2014. The relationship will allow fighters from both sides of the Pacific Ocean to be featured in fight cards in both the U.S. and Japan, including recent World Series of Fighting addition Yushin "Thunder" Okami (29-8), one of the world's top-ranked middleweights.

The launch of World Series of Fighting Japan marks the second international branch of the WSOF brand to be announced in the past month alone, as World Series of Fighting Canada is set for a Dec. 7 debut. More details will be announced in the coming weeks.

Gian Villante Replaces Robert Drysdale, Meets Cody Donavan at UFC 167


Gian Villante Replaces Robert Drysdale, Meets Cody Donavan at UFC 167
by Chris Houten - @mrhouts


Cody Donavan has a new opponent at UFC 167 in Gian Villante after his Original opponent, Robert Drysdale was denied a licence to fight by The Nevada State Athletic Department when an out of competition drug test revealed an elevated testosterone-to-epitestosterone (T/E) ratio.

UFC 167 takes place Nov. 16 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, with Donovan and Villante expect to be the opening bout of the evening.

Following a successful UFC debut where he Knocked out Nick Penner, Donovan (8-3 MMA, 1-1 UFC) enters his bout with Villante looking to rebound from his most recent loss to Ovince St. Preux at UFC Fight Night: Shogun vs. Sonnen. A BJJ Blackbelt under Nate Marquardt, Donovan has only gone the distance once in 8 victories, picking up 4 knockouts and 3 submissions along the way.

Meanwhile, Villante (10-4 MMA, 0-1 UFC) takes the fight on short notice seeking his first UFC win.

A former Ring of Combat champion, the 28-year-old New Yorker fought five times under the Strikeforce banner and earned a three-fight winning streak for the promotion with victories over Derrick Mehmen, Trevor Smith and Keith Berry, before joining The UFC. Villante met Ovince St. Preux in his UFC debut in a bout that ended with an "OSP" eye poke just 33 seconds into the final round, resulting in a bizarre finish, and a technical decision loss for the injured Villante.

With the replacement opponent in place, the UFC 167 lineup is again complete. The fight card includes:

MAIN CARD 
Georges St-Pierre vs. Johny Hendricks - For The UFC Welterweight Title
Rashad Evans vs. Chael Sonnen
Robbie Lawler vs. Rory MacDonald
Josh Koscheck vs. Tyron Woodley
Ali Bagautinov vs. Tim Elliott

PRELIMINARY CARD 

Donald Cerrone vs. Evan Dunham
Ed Herman vs. Thales Leites
Brian Ebersole vs. Rick Story
Edwin Figueroa vs. Erik Perez

PRELIMINARY CARD (Facebook)
Jason High vs. Anthony Lapsley
Vaughan Lee vs. Sergio Pettis
Cody Donovan vs. Gian Villante

Stay tuned to KingdomMMA.co.uk for more on UFC 167

Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Curt Warburton Released from Bamma Contract


Curt Warburton Released from Bamma Contract
by Chris Houten - @mrhouts


Former British Lightweight Champion Curt Warburton has been released from his Bamma contract.

A veteran of the European scene, Warburton (12-4) joined Bamma following a stint in The UFC where he complied a record of 1-2 before being released from the promotion.

Debuting at Bamma 8, Warburton defeated Welsh fighter Tim Newman by unanimous decision, which he followed up with another decision victory over Lee Wieczorek at Bamma 10 to earn a shot at the vacant Bamma British Lightweight Title against Stevie Ray - now the current Cage Warriors Lightweight Champion, which he also went on to win by unanimous decision.

Following Rob Sinclair vacating the the Bamma Lightweight world title to join Bellator, Warburton also vacated his British title and agreed to fight French fighter Mansour Barnaoui, at Bamma 13 for the Lightweight World title; Barnaoui defeated Warburton by first round TKO.

Reasons for Warburton's release have been withheld by Bamma however BAMMA’s director, Ashley Bothwell did take time to "wish Curt all the best in his future endeavours " in a press release sent earlier this morning.

Warburton leaves Bamma with 3-1 record under the promotion.

Matt Howard vs Harry McLeman Added to Bamma 14 Prelims


Matt Howard vs Harry McLeman Added to Bamma 14 Prelims
by Chris Houten - @mrhouts


Middleweights Matt Howard, and former army boxer Harry 'Mad Mac' McLeman will meet each other on the preliminary card at Bamma 14.


Coming from a Gysy background, Matt Howard began boxing at the age of 15, where “pretty much everything there was to win”. 9-1 in professional MMA career his only loss has comes to notable British Middleweight Lee Chadwick in the main event at OMMAC 15.

A ferocious power puncher, Team Rough House member Howard earned himself the monicker 'The Wrecking Machine' having defeated 8 of his 9 opponents by knock out in the fist round; 5 of which have came within the first minute.

Having not fought since October 2012 due to injuries, Howard who will be making his debut for the promotion at Bamma 14 said:
“I’m feeling great and looking forward to this fight. My injuries have cleared up and I’m very excited about finally making my debut on BAMMA. Harry is clearly a very good fighter and I respect him after his win over my team mate Matt Hallam (at BAMMA 13), but I see some areas I’m going to exploit in his game. So, be ready for me to have my hand raised at the end of the contest, preferably following a KO in what I hope will be an exciting start to my time with BAMMA.”
Fighting out of Plymouth former Army boxer Harry McLeman (5-2) fights under the Bamma banner for the 3rd time at Bamma 14, having previously lost to current Bamma champion Scott Askham, before bounce back to beat Howard's Rough House teammate Matt Hallam by guillotine choke.

Taking ahead of his upcoming bout with Howard, McLeman said:
“I feel like I’m the better rounded fighter which will make the difference on the night. Fans can expect me to leave it all in the cage as always.”
Bamma 14 takes place on Saturday the 14th of December at the LG Arena in Birmingham, and is headline by Paul Daley taking on Romario Manoel da Silva. Tickets are on Sale Now - HERE

Jim Wallhead vs Florent Betorangal set for Bamma 14


Jim Wallhead vs Florent Betorangal set for Bamma 14
by Chris Houten - @Mrhouts


Judo Jim Wallhead will take on Frenchman Florent Betorangal on the Bamma 14 main card in his first fight since his controversial decision loss to Eddie Ellis for the Bamma Welterweight title at Bamma 13.

Fighting out of Leicester, Team Rough House member Wallhead (24-8) who began his professional career in 2005, earned notable wins against former John Philips, Jason Tan, Che Mills, and current UFC fighter Igor Araujo before joining Bamma where he defeated former UFC title challenger Frank Trigg at Bamma 7 in his debut, followed up by a knockout demolition of Jackson MMA fighter Joey Villasenor at BAMMA 8.

Wallhead returned on an exclusive UK multi-fight deal at Bamma 12 to defeat former UFC contender Matt Veach, to set up a Welterweight title bout with Eddy Ellis at Bamma 13 in fight which Wallhead broke Ellis' jaw, only to lose by controversial judges decision with fans and pundits alike feeling Wallhead did enough to earn the decision.
Seeking redemption, Wallhead said: “I'm looking forward to the fight. I'm focusing hard on fixing my mistakes. I think the opponent has very good style and is coming off a big win. My goals are to keep improving and to put on a better performance next time.”

Fighting out of Parabellum Combat Club in Paris, France, 30 year old Florent Betorangal (14-7) enters the bout on the back of an impressive TKO victory over former UFC fighter Carlos Eduardo Rocha at GMC 4 - Next Level this July in Germany.

A professional since 2007, fighting for some of the largest promotions in Europe including Cage Warriors and M1, Betorangal has taken all but 1 of 14 career victories inside the distance, with 11 coming by submission
"I am happy to fight in one of the best MMA organisations in the world, and certainly in Europe. It is an honour for me to take part in this incredible fight at BAMMA 14." Betorangal said.
"To fight Jim Wallhead, who is one of the top UK fighters of this weight division, is exactly what I want to be doing…fighting top fighters. When I take a fight I am always well prepared mentally and very determined to win. Jim is a tough and well-rounded guy and it won't be an easy fight, but I will go hard for sure."
Bamma 14 takes place on Saturday the 14th of December at the LG Arena in Birmingham, and is headline by Paul Daley taking on Romario Manoel da Silva. Tickets are on Sale Now - HERE

Friday, 25 October 2013

Phil Harris chats to Kingdom MMA about UFC Fight Night 30 "I'm here to win no matter what"

Kingdom MMA catch up with Phil Harris before he meets John Lineker at UFC Manchester on Saturday night

by Ben Heather @benheather


Saturday night marks the UFC's return to the UK, unfortunately the original main event which was Michael Bisping's return to the UK was cancelled when he was forced to pull out due to recurrence of his detached retina injury. But the replacement main event was a fitting replacement as the UK will see Lyoto Machida make his middleweight debut. However the main card kicks off with a flyweight battle in which the UK's own Phil Harris takes on John Lineker. Originally this fight was due to take place in Brazil but Harris got injured and so Manchester will now host the fight and today we got chance to catch up with Phil Harris.

Ben: Hi Phil, Thanks for your time, how has the camp gone for this fight and where have you been preparing for this fight?
Harris: The camp has gone really well I've done all of my camp at gym01 in Portsmouth we have lots of great fighters in the lighter weights to make sure I'm ready also the likes of Vaughan Lee, Mark Handley and Joe Lawerence have been down to help with some sparring.

Ben: How excited are you to get back in the octagon after a spell on the sides due to injury?
Harris: It's not been that long about 6 months but I'm itching to get back in there this is what I love to do.

Ben: This is your first main card slot with the UFC. Does that give you extra motivation to grab people's attention whilst the spotlight is on you?
Harris: It certainly will get me noticed more being on the main card, but it really doesn't affect me to much, I'm here to win no matter what.

Ben: You have pretty much had two full camps preparing for this fight, how motivated are you to get the win?
Harris: I'm mega motivated and 100% focused for this fight.

Ben: How much of an advantage do you think the change of location will have for you. Last time you was due to fight in Brazil and now you have the home country advantage.
Harris: It definitely helps, I've no jet lag, I know what the food is like I have the crowd on my side, all these things help in the build up to the fight and in the fight, its nice to have the crowd cheering for you.

Ben: What did you make to his performance last time out at UFC 163 where he beat Jose Maria Tome?
Harris: He looked good, but Jose Maria tome was a late replacement and probably not in the best shape to fight.

Ben: Lineker has a bit of a reputation for missing weight going in to fights, has this thought crossed your mind at all and what is your opinion on fighters constantly missing weight?
Harris: Not at all I'm sure he will make weight this time. It's not professional missing weight but these things can happen.

Ben: We all know John Lineker hits very hard, how do you prepare for that in sparring without getting cut/hurt?
Harris: It's a matter of sparring cleaver I wear big gloves and head protection. Also it's a case of building up conditioning over weeks of a training camp.

Ben: Obviously you have been given the all clear after fracturing your orbital bone before you were scheduled to fight John the first time in Brazil at UFC 163 but has it caused you any issues in training for this fight?
Harris: No I've got a decent head guard and train cleaver not reckless and I didn't start sparring again till I had the all clear to do so.

Ben: A win over John Lineker is a very big deal. Especially when the division is still finding its feet and is short in numbers. Where do you think a win puts you?
Harris: Beating John will push me a step closer to UFC gold that's all that matters. Keep moving forward.

Thank you for your time and good luck on Saturday night, all of the guys from the site will be there cheering you on along with everyone else in the arena.

Wednesday, 23 October 2013

James Doolan: "Whiteford will go after Jimmy Hettes and prove he belongs in the UFC"


James Doolan: "Whiteford will go after Jimmy Hettes and prove he belongs in the UFC" 
by Chris Houten - @mrhouts


On Saturday night Scottish featherweight Robert Whiteford will step into the octagon at UFC Fight Night 30 in Manchester for his promotional debut, marking the first time a Scotman has ever fought in the UFC.

Fighting out of Scotlands leading combat gym Dinky Ninjas, Whiteford (10-1) joins the promotion as a last minute replacement for injured Tuf Smashes contestant Mike Wilkinson, where he will take on the much more experienced Jimmy Hettes (10-1, 2-1 UFC), but the opportunity to fight in the UFC was just too good to turn down:
"It's the realisation of his dream and a lot of hard work and sacrifice. Said Whitefords coach at Dinky Ninjas, James Doolan. "He's very excited about the fight, it's where he's wanted to be since his first day in MMA. I don't think it's quite sunk in for him yet." 
Whiteford began his pro career in 2009 losing his debut by doctor stopage, the Scot has since gone on the win 10 straight - five knockouts and a submission, with notable victories coming over recent Cage Warriors featherweight title challenger Martin Svensson, aswell as journeyman Paul Reed, and Antanas Jazbuitis. He now prepares for the biggest fight of his career against Hettis, on just a weeks notice, but Doolan doesn't expect the short notice to cause any issues:
"His weight's fine, Robert's always training and in the gym like a professional. The cut won't be an issue for him" Said Doolan. "Expect the occasion to bring the best out in him, he will go after Jimmy Hettes and prove he belongs in the UFC."
UFC Fight Night 30 takes place this Saturday at the Phones4U Arena, in Manchester. Whiteford vs Hettis will features on the cards Facebook prelims.

Bellator signs top Brazilian Prospect "Morceguinho"

Bellator signs top Brazilian Prospect "Morceguinho"
by Chris Houten - @mrhouts


Bellator have added top Brazilian prospect Julio Cesar Neves Junior, commonly know as Moreguinho to its roster.

The younger brother of Bellator tournament winner Rafael "Morcego" Silva, 19-year-old Moreguinho came to international attention when he produced a Knock Out of the Year candidate against Dener Chuleta at WOCS 28.

28-0 in his career, featherweight Moreguinho has only gone the distance 3 times in his career, finishing 17 of his opponents by knockout and 8 by submission.

Having fought 18 times int the last 12 months, a date or opponent for Morceguinho Bellator debut is yet to be comfirmed.

Stay tuned to KingdomMMA.co.uk for all the latest Bellator news.

Monday, 21 October 2013

Neil Seery Defends Title Against Former UFC Fighter Ulysses Gomez at Cage Warriors 62


Neil Seery Defends Title Against Former UFC Fighter Ulysses Gomez at Cage Warriors 62
by Chris Houten - @mrhouts

Photo: Dolly Clew | Cage Warriors
Neil Seery will defend his Cage Warriors Flyweight Title at Cage Warriors 62 in December against former UFC fighter and Tachi Palace Fights champion Ulysses Gomez.

Seery (13-9), who made history in his native Dublin back in June, when he submitted Mikael Silander to become CWFC’s first ever flyweight champion, will defend his belt for the first time against Gomez. Prior to becoming champion, the 34-year old Irishman rattled off wins against Mark Platts, Karl Harrison and Paul Marin to secure his shot at the vacant 125lbs title. 
Seery said: “I’m looking forward to defending the belt against Ulysses Gomez in Newcastle. He’s a high-calibre opponent with experience at the top level, but I won’t give up this belt easily.” 
His opponent Gomez (9-4) made his name winning the Tachi Palace Fights Bantamweight Title, where he defeated Cody Gibson by guillotine choke, before joining the UFC as a flyweight, where he lost both of his fights to John Moraga and Phil Harris respectively.

30 year old Gomez, who has not fought since is February lost to Harris at UFC on Fuel 7 in London has takes 7 of 9 victories by way of submission, with his only losses coming to UFC fighters Moraga, Harris, Darrell Montague, and world no.1 strawweight Rambaa Sombet.
“Fighting for the Cage Warriors belt is a huge honour. Becoming Cage Warriors champion will prove that I’m one of the best fighters in the world.” Said Gomez ahead of his fight with Seery.
Cage Warriors 62 takes place at the Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle on the 7th of December, and also see newly crowned Bantamweight champ, Brett Johns defend his title against James Brum. Tickets are expected to go on sale soon.

Sunday, 20 October 2013

Fighter vs Writer: Brendan Loughnane predicts UFC 166 (The Results)

Fighter vs Writer: Brendan Loughnane predicts UFC 166 (The Results)

by Ben Heather @benheather


On Saturday night Brendan Loughnane stepped in to the hot seat to challenge Kingdom MMA in the latest Fighter vs Writer feature.

This week we put forward the one and only, the MMA Ranter himself Tommy Strong. Tommy certainly had his work cut out for him this week facing a very talented competitor but we hoped he could get the win for Kingdom MMA.
Below you will be able to see the results as the fights happened. It was a closely contested battle and Brendan certainly proved he isn't just a good fighter but also great at predicting the fights too and he was a respectable opponent for Tommy.

The Scoring

If you predict the correct winner of the fight you will get one point and if you predict the correct method of victory you will get an extra point. However, if the fight ends in a stoppage and you predict the round as well the method you could earn a third bonus point. If the fight goes the distance you can only earn a maximum of two points.

UFC 166 Results

John Dodson Def. Darrell Montague by KO RD1

  • Brendan Loughnane: Dodson by Decision - Score 1
  • Tommy Strong: Dodson by TKO Rd 2 - Score 2
Score after the 1st fight: Brendan Loughnane - 1 Tommy Strong - 2

Gabriel Gonzaga Def. Shawn Jordan by TKO RD1

  • Brendan Loughnane: Gonzaga by TKO Rd 1 - Score 3
  • Tommy Strong: Jordan by TKO Rd 1 - Score 0
Score after the 2nd fight: Brendan Loughnane - 4 Tommy Strong - 2

Gilbert Melendez Def. Diego Sanchez by Unanimous Decision

  • Brendan Loughnane: Melendez by TKO Rd 3 - Score 1
  • Tommy Strong: Melendez by Unanimous Decision - Score 2
Score after the 3rd fight: Brendan Loughnane - 5 Tommy Strong - 4

Daniel Cormier Def. Roy Nelson by Unanimous Decision

  • Brendan Loughnane: Cormier by Unanimous Decision - Score 2
  • Tommy Strong: Cormier by Unanimous Decision - Score 2
Score after the 4th fight: Brendan Loughnane - 7 Tommy Strong - 6

Cain Velasquez Def. Junior Dos Santos by TKO RD5

  • Brendan Loughnane: Velasquez by TKO Rd 5 - Score 2
  • Tommy Strong: Velasquez by Unanimous Decision - Score 1


FINAL SCORE BRENDAN LOUGHNANE - 9 TOMMY STRONG - 7

Kingdom MMA would like to thank Brendan Loughnane once again for his participation in Fighter vs Writer even if he has become only the second fighter to beat one of our writers. All I can say is the best man won and it's going to be a long time before we put Tommy up to represent the site again.

Brendan proved what many people have been saying for a long time, Tommy is all talk!!

Tim Menzies vs James Samuda Added to Bamma 14 Prelims


Tim Menzies vs James Samuda Added to Bamma 14 Prelims
by Chris Houten - @Mrhouts


A Welterweight bout between Tim Menzies and James Samuda has been added to the Bamma 14 Preliminary Card.

Fighting out of Andy Roberts BJJ, Menzies makes his pro debut at Bamma 14 having previously recorded a 4-1 record as an amateur.

A dangerous striker, Menzies began his fighting career in K1 where he earned a 4-1 record wining 2 out 3 bouts in a one-night tournament in his K1 debut. A Blue Belt in BJJ Menzies, who has previously spent time training in the United States with Matt Hughes at Hughes Intensive Training is reputed on the local MMA scene as a exciting prospect.

His opponent, local lad James Samuda holds a professional MMA record of 1-0-0, and an amateur record of 3-1-1. His Pro debut victory over Max Cotton came via 2nd round Rear Naked Choke in April

Speaking about the fight Samuda who trains at Fearless MMA with undefeated, former Bamma Britsh Welterweight Champion Tom Breese - now with Cage Warriors, said:
"I'm looking forward to showcasing my skills on BAMMA in my home town of Birmingham and representing my team, Fearless MMA. I always go in looking to finish the fight and this fight will be no different."
Bamma 14 takes place on Saturday the 14th of December at the LG Arena in Birmingham, and is headline by Paul Daley taking on Romario Manoel da Silva. Tickets are on Sale Now - HERE

Tim Wilde vs Jefferson George Added to Bamma 14 Prelims


Tim Wilde vs Jefferson George Added to Bamma 14 Prelims
by Chris Houten - @mrhouts


A lightweight bout which sees Tim Wilde take on Jefferson George has been added to the Bamma 14 preliminary card.

Fighting out of UTC Cannock, karate expert Tim 'The Experiment' Wilde fights for the 3rd time in his pro career at Bamma 14 having defeated his first 2 opponents - Dean Williams by Rear Naked Coke at Lion FC 2 and Stephen Martin at Bamma 13 by UD. Prior to turning pro, Wilde earned a 3-0 semi-pro MMA record with 3 first round finishes, and has all competed at world level in karate.

His opponent Jefferson George who fights out of Morefire Icon Jiu Jitsu in Luton also featured on the Bamma 13 where he defeated Marius Marzec by Rear Naked Choke at the close of Round 2.

Fighting for the 5th time in his pro career, having gone 3-1 to date, George who has picked up all 3 of his victories by submission said: 
George said: "I cannot wait to return to BAMMA in December. It's a great promotion and I intend to make it my home for a very long time. I am fighting Tim Wilde who is also making his second appearance on BAMMA. We fought each other in the Amateur leagues, which I won and both of us have progressed a lot since then. There's no way Tim is taking this fight lightly and neither am I. He's a tough guy and I am looking forward to a war. I know the fans are going to really enjoy this one: I'm not sure if it's going to be a stand up or ground war but either way both of us will be ready, I am sure. Roll on December 14th!"
Bamma 14 takes place on Saturday the 14th of December at the LG Arena in Birmingham, and is headline by Paul Daley taking on Romario Manoel da Silva. Tickets are on Sale Now - HERE

Bellator 104 Results


Bellator Results from Iowa’s US Cellular Center 


The final results are in for the Bellator MMA event live from Iowa’s US Cellular Center. The night was headlined by the Bellator Welterweight Tournament Semifinals with Ron Keslar finishing War Machine in the first round and Rick Hawn defeating Brent Weedman to advance to the Bellator Welterweight Tournament Final. Keslar will face Hawn on November 22nd from Sands Casino Event Center in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

Main Card
Rick Hawn defeats Brent Weedman via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) - Bellator Welterweight Tournament Semifinal Bout

Ron Keslar defeats War Machine via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 3:31 - Bellator Welterweight Tournament Semifinal Bout
Kendall Grove defeats Joe Vedepo by unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
Peter Graham defeats Eric Prindle by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)

Preliminary Card
Paul Bradley defeats Karl Amoussou by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Paul Sass defeats Rod Montoya via Submission (toe hold) – Round 1, 2:01
Rob Emerson defeats Jared Downing via Submission (heel hook) – Round1, 1:44
Brandon Girtz defeats Mike Estus via Verbal Submission (armbar) - Round 1, 4:25
Cliff Wright Jr. defeats Derek Loffer via submission (armbar) – Round 2, 4:28
Andre Tieva defeats Christopher Lane via TKO (punches) - Round 1, 2:14

Saturday, 19 October 2013

Fighter vs Writer - UFC 166 - Loughnane vs Strong

Fighter vs Writer: Brendan Loughnane - UFC 166
by Tommy Strong @Strong_tea


Welcome to another Kingdom MMA fighter vs writer challenge.

For this challenge we challenge some of the biggest names from the world of MMA to give us their picks and fight outcomes for specific MMA events. Then they will be challenged by one of our writers, who will make their own predictions. Previously we have challenged the likes of Luke Barnatt, Jim Alers, Mike Wilkison, Phil Harris, Cathal Pendred and Dustin Poirier. Jim Alers still remains the only fighter to beat one of our Kingdom MMA writers.

This weeks opponent was team of Team UK on the UFC's TUF Smashes, unfortunately losing in the Finale of the show to Mike Wilkinson and recently got back to winning ways with a decision victory in the main event of FCC7. He is of course Brendan Loughnane.

The Scoring
If you predict the correct winner of the fight you will get one point and if you predict the correct method of victory you will get an extra point. However, if the fight ends in a stoppage and you predict the round as well the method you could earn a third bonus point. If the fight goes the distance you can only earn a maximum of two points.

The Predictions

Cain Velasquez vs Junior Dos Santos

Brendan: I believe JDS got lucky in the first fight and the second fight was a dominant display by the champ.

Prediction: Cain Velasquez - TKO Round 3 

Strong: The fight everyone has been waiting for! Having one win a piece it will be very interesting if Cain can hold onto his belt, or see JDS once again be the heavyweight champion!

I'm really torn between these two fighters. JDS proved in their first encounter he has the knockout power to stop Cain, and Cain proved in their rematch he can maul and handle JDS if he can get in close!
Both fighters claim they were not totally fit for both fights, I'm hoping no excuses are made and we are in for another great fight.

With the heavyweight division not the strongest within the UFC, I feel this won't be the last we see of them fighting each other!!
Prediction: Cain Velasquez - Unanimous Decision

Daniel Cormier vs Roy Nelson

Brendan: I see this being a very boring fight and Cormier wrestling him to death.

Prediction: Daniel Cormier - Unanimous Decision

Strong: I've been quite vocal about my thoughts on Cormier and I'm not his biggest fan at all. He's overweight and overrated!! If you really look into his record it isn't all that! Having looked awful against Mir I'm hoping Big Country makes it an unpleasant night for him!

Though this will be a test for Roy, if he can keep Cormier from hugging him all night and land one that right hand I think Roy can cause an upset.

My head says Cormier to ground out a very lack luster performance, but my heart is hoping and praying for a Big Country win!
Prediction: Daniel Cormier - Unanimous Decision

Gilbert Melendez vs Diego Sanchez

Brendan: I think Sanchez is past his sell by date and Melendez will maul him.

Prediction: Gilbert Melendez - TKO Round 3

Strong: Really looking forward to this fight! Styles makes fights and I love both of these fighters styles. I'm hoping Sanchez comes in on weight, having missed the lightweight limit of 156lbs, weighing in at 158lbs and being fined 20% of his purse when he went onto a split decision win against Takanori Gomi

Melendez will be looking to bounce back after his very close split decision loss to then UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson.

I think Melendez is the all round better fighter and will put on a display to get himself back into title contention!
Prediction: Gilbert Melendez - Unanimous Decision

Gabriel Gonzaga vs Shawn Jordan

Brendan: I hope that the Gonzaga that fought Cro Cop turns up and we will see a destruction.

Prediction: Gonzaga - TKO Round 1 

Strong: Blink and you might miss this fight!! Jordan is coming into the fight of the back of brilliant display knocking out Pat Barry within the first minute of round one to earn himself knockout of the night!

Gonzaga isn't the easiest fighter to predict, he can either be world class one minute and totally average the next! I have to favour Jordan in this fight, Gonzaga doesn't possess the greatest chin and with Jordan's knockout power this fight could be over very early!
Prediction: Shawn Jordan - KO Round 1

John Dodson vs Darrell Montague

Brendan: I see Dodson moving around and out pointing his opponent.

Prediction: John Dodson  - Unanimous Decision

Strong: I'm really not a fan of the flyweight division. I couldn't care less what Dana says, there just isn't any excitement in the division except for one fighter and that is John Dodson!

He brings excitement every time he fights, has punching power and speed that caused UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson his toughest title defence to date.

Darrell Montague will be making his UFC debut and like Dodson carries punching power and submission skills that will make it an entertaining fight, having only gone the distance in 3 of his 15 fights. Though Dodson has fought and beat better fighters and I fully expect him to come away with the victory!

Prediction: John Dodson - TKO Round 2


So that's our predictions for the fights, we will be live tweeting on Saturday night as always and we will keep you all informed as to how the challenge is going with latest scores throughout the main card.

Thanks again to Brendan for providing us with his picks for this weekends fights and it just leaves me to say.... May the best man win!!

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Jack Mason "I’m training for this fight like this is the best guy in the world I am fighting"


Kingdom MMA talk to Jack Mason ahead of his fight at Cage Warriors Fight Night 9

by Ben Heather @benheather

Photo: Dolly Clew | Cage Warriors

Kingdom MMA caught up with Jack Mason to discuss his next fight for Cage Warriors which is now only a little over a week away. Jack is fighting on the Fight Night 9 card which takes place in Jordan, this will be the second time this year that he has fought on the international Cage Warrior cards and he is proving that he can compete with the top guys in the game. This time out he is taking on the relatively unknown (in the UK) Abusupiyan Magomedov. Also fighting on the card next week are the likes of Che Mills and Ronnie Mann.

Ben: Magomedov has a bit of a reputation on the continent but not so much in the UK. Had you heard of him before this fight was announced?
Mason: To be honest I hadn’t heard about him at all before the fight was offered to me but Ian Dean is the best matchmaker in the business and he has a knowledge of MMA that surpasses anyone else I’ve met. Ian knows all about the talented fighters in countries all over the world and that’s how he’s able to put on such interesting fights. Really looking forward to this match up now and fighting another top international fighter.

Ben: What do you now know of him after the fight announcement was made?
Mason: I’ve done some research and can see he’s originally from Dagestan and is now living and training in Germany, I believe he’s currently ranked the 3rd best Welterweight in Germany. I can see is tall, has long limbs and has good striking, he’s also an experienced wrestler and have watched a number of his wrestling competitions on Youtube. Magomedov is aggressive and very well rounded and this is another tough test that Cage Warriors have put on for me which I am looking forward to passing with flying colours!

Ben: Do you think he is taking a massive step up in competition fighting yourself (a 10 fight CW veteran) in his debut for Cage Warriors? The promotion who many believe to be the number 1 promotion in Europe.
Mason: Cage Warriors is without a doubt the best promotion in Europe and I can see that he’s had lots of experience fighting on big shows in Germany and holds a number of promotional belts already so I don’t think that the thought of fighting on Cage Warriors will phase him. Magomedov has already fought and beat some of the best that Europe has to offer so I see this as a very tough fight for me and I’m training my ass off for it. I’m training for this fight like this is the best guy in the world I am fighting.

Ben: Last time out the result didn't go your way but It's been two months since that night in Liverpool, have you been working on any specifics as a result of that fight?
Mason: It was change of opponent about five days out from the fight where I had already stopped training and was focusing on making weight. I’d done a full camp training specifics to fight Bruno Carvalho and then last minute I got a change of opponent to fight Ali Arish who is completely different stylistically, one of the best wrestlers in Europe and ranked in the Top 10 with no time to prepare.

I accepted this change in opponent so last minute because I didn’t want to waste my fight camp, all the money spent and ruin people’s weekends that were coming up to see me fight. The fight was very close and I think it could’ve gone either way, the main things I took away from the fight were that I now know for a fact that wrestling wise I can live with the best that Europe has to offer, also I need to throw more combinations on my feet.

I now know that accepting a last minute change of opponent of such a high calibre probably isn’t the sensible thing to do at this stage of my career. I was probably on track to fight for the Cage Warriors title pretty soon and this error in judgement has probably set me back a few fights now.

I’ll be looking to make amends and get back into title contention with a big win in Jordan.

Ben: How does it feel to get to travel the world with Cage Warriors having already fought in the UAE this year and now fighting in Amman, Jordan?
Mason: It feels amazing. I feel so privileged to be able to travel and see the world doing what I love. I couldn’t ask for anything more, it’s a dream come true!

Ben: This fight is the day before a big UFC event in the UK where your good friend and training partner Luke Barnatt is fighting. Will you be flying straight back to make it back for his fight?
Mason: I will be flying back from Jordan to watch Luke claim his second UFC win in Manchester for sure, I wouldn’t miss it for the world! I flew out to Vegas earlier this year to see him win on the UFC finale and I’ll be flying half way across the world again to see him fight this time too!

Ben: Luke recently announced that Chael Sonnen will be cornering him in Manchester, do you know if you will get the chance to train with him before your fight?
Mason: I’ve managed to do a couple of training sessions with Chael and his team over in Vegas when Luke fought the first time. This time I think Chael will just be flying in for the weekend to corner Luke and probably won’t have time for training.

One of the guys that was also in the TUF house with Luke called Jimmy Quinlan is over here right now helping Luke with his camp and he’s a phenomenal Division 1 All American wrestler who is also a grappling ace so we’ve both had some great training partners for this camp anyway!

Ben: Thanks for your time Jack and lastly do you have anything you would like to say to your fans about how you the fight will go in 4 weeks?
Mason: Thanks very much for the interview and thanks to everyone for all the support for this fight and my career so far! I’m planning to put on an exciting fight in Jordan and am itching to get back in the cage and get the job done!

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Aaron Wilkinson and Cage Warriors Part Ways


Aaron Wilkinson and Cage Warriors Part Ways
by Chris Houten - @mrhouts

Photo: Dolly Clew | Cage Warriors
Cage warriors have today confirmed that they have parted ways with former TUF vet, Aaron Wilkinson. 

In 2012, Wilkinson (11-6) signed an exclusive deal with Cage Warriors and went on to make a successful debut for the promotion at Cage Warriors 48 in July 2012 when he submitted Leigh Cohoon in the first round. following his debut, Wilkinson has gone 1-1 dropping a decision loss to Alan Johnston last December, only to rebound with a TKO victory over heavily favourite, Bola Omoyele this past Saturday. 

Speaking of the release, Cage Warriors CEO Graham Boylan explained that although there is still 3 months left on his contract, Cage Warriors do not have any plans to offer the 26 year old, Manchester native another fight during this period: 
“Aaron is contractually committed to Cage Warriors until January 2014, but we don’t have any plans for him to compete between now and then,” said Boylan. 

“We’ve got four more big shows scheduled between now and the end of the year but all cards are already stacked, so unfortunately there’s no room for Aaron to fight once more before his contract expires.” 

 “I wish Aaron the very best with his career, which I’m sure will be a success on the back of a big win last weekend.” 

Wilkinson leaves to promotion with a record of 2-1 under cage warriors, and 11 - 6 overall.

Stay tuned to KingdomMMA.co.uk for all the latest Cage Warriors news.

Cheick Kongo v Vincicius Spartan Heavyweight Tournament Final Set for Bellator PPV


Cheick Kongo v Vincicius Spartan Heavyweight Tournament Final Set for Bellator PPV



After knockout victories for both Cheick Kongo and Vinicius Spartan in the Bellator Heavyweight Semifinals, the two giants will meet inside the Bellator cage on November 2nd live on Pay-Per-View from the Long Beach Arena, which is headlined by MMA icons Rampage Jackson and Tito Ortiz.
“To be able to put on a card of this caliber for our first Pay-Per-View is something really special,” Bellator CEO & Chairman Bjorn Rebney said. “Kongo vs. Spartan should be absolute fireworks, and will be a fantastic way to kick off what should be a historic night on November 2nd from the Long Beach Arena.”
Kongo punched his ticket to the semifinals with a devastating combination of strikes and knees that left Mark Godbeer on the mat and advanced Kongo onto the Heavyweight Tournament Finals.  Holding notable victories over “Cro Cop”, Pat Barry and Matt Mitrione, Kongo has his sights set on capturing his first tournament crown.
“I want to fight the best in Bellator so I can be the best,” Kongo said. “When I try to do things as a competitor, I want to be the best. I messed up before because I wasn't focused like I've been from the beginning. But, now … I will be the best. It's my time. I came to Bellator for the opportunity to show the best Cheick Kongo. And that's it.”
Team Nogueira and Chute Boxe’s own Vinicius Spartan wasted no time collecting victory in the semifinals with a lightning-quick knockout over longtime MMA veteran Lavar Johnson. Now just one step away from his rightful title shot, Spartan will leave it all on the line November 2nd.
“Winning a Bellator tournament today is very difficult and actually achieving victory has tremendous value,” Spartan said. “I prefer it to be difficult and I know Cheick is going to be very tough--that is a motivating factor for me and my team.”
The fight card for Bellator MMA’s inaugural Pay-Per-View is below. Additional fights will be announced in the coming weeks.

Pay-Per-View Main Card

Rampage Jackson vs. Tito Ortiz
Michael Chandler vs. Eddie Alvarez For the Bellator Lightweight Title
King Mo Lawal vs. Emanuel Newton For the Bellator Light-Heavyweight Interim Title
Pat Curran vs. Daniel Straus For the Bellator Featherweight Title
Cheick Kongo vs Vinicius Heavyweight Tournament Final


Spike TV Preliminary Fights 

Joe Riggs vs. Mike Bronzoulis Fight Master Season 1 Welterweight Final
Terry Etim vs. Patrick Cenoble

Spike.com Preliminary Fights
Joe Williams vs. Jesse Juarez
Brandon Halsey vs. Hector Ramirez
Mike Guymon vs. Aaron Miller
Joe Camacho vs. Cleber Luciano
Darren Smith vs. Josh Smith

Monday, 14 October 2013

Terry Etim Make Return to Cage at Bellator 106 PPV


Terry Etim Make Return to Cage at Bellator 106 PPV

 

Submission ace Terry Etim will return to the cage on November 2nd as the Liverpool native will make his Bellator debut against Patrick Cenoble. The lightweight affair will be featured on Spike TV leading up to Bellator’s highly anticipated Pay-Per-View, which is headlined by MMA icons Rampage Jackson and Tito Ortiz.

“Rampage vs. Tito” will be held at Southern California’s Long Beach Arena on Saturday, November 2nd, with tickets on sale now. Tickets can be purchased on Bellator.com, Ticketmaster.com, as well as at The Long Beach Arena Box Office.

Only 27, Etim joins Bellator with an impressive 15-5 record to his name including 12 submission finishes in his young career. Etim holds notable victories over Matt Grice, Sam Stout and Brian Cobb and is looking to make his mark inside the Bellator cage.
“I’m excited to get back into the cage and do what I do best, fight,” Etim said. “Bellator has continued to grow and to be part of the organization and be part of the first PPV is a huge honor, and I’m pumped to be able to showcase my skills on such a big stage. November 2nd is going to be a huge night.”
Florida native Patrick Cenoble will look to get back to his winning ways on November 2nd after the quick finisher fought to a draw against veteran Tony Fryklund at Bellator 94. Just 23, Cenoble packs a powerful punch and plans to keep the fight on the feet on November 2nd from the Long Beach Arena.

The fight card for Bellator MMA’s inaugural Pay-Per-View is below. Additional fights will be announced in the coming weeks.

Pay-Per-View Main Card

Rampage Jackson vs. Tito Ortiz
Michael Chandler vs. Eddie Alvarez For the Bellator Lightweight Title
King Mo Lawal vs. Emanuel Newton For the Bellator Light-Heavyweight Interim Title
Pat Curran vs. Daniel Straus For the Bellator Featherweight Title

Spike TV Preliminary Fights 

Joe Riggs vs. Mike Bronzoulis Fight Master Season 1 Welterweight Final
Terry Etim vs. Patrick Cenoble

Spike.com Preliminary Fights
Joe Williams vs. Jesse Juarez
Brandon Halsey vs. Hector Ramirez
Mike Guymon vs. Aaron Miller
Joe Camacho vs. Cleber Luciano
Darren Smith vs. Josh Smith

Thursday, 3 October 2013

Arnold Allen ahead of CW60 "sparring with my dad is not good fun"

Kingdom MMA talk to Arnold Allen ahead of Cage Warriors 60

by Ben Heather @benheather


Today, Kingdom MMA caught up with Arnold Allen who fights out of the BKK Fighters gym and goes in to this weekends Cage Warriors 60 event with his unbeaten record on the line. Currently 4-0 in his professional career Arnold Allen has certainly shown he is a class act and one to look out for in the future. He is still only 19 years old and looks to have a promising career ahead of him. Today we spoke about signing with Cage Warriors, training at BKK and what its like to spar with your dad.

Ben: Hi Arnold, thanks for taking the time ahead of your fight this weekend at CW to speak to us.
Firstly, for those who do not know much about Arnold Allen or haven't seen you fight what can they expect to see on Saturday night in London?
Allen: They can expect an exciting fight from me and Declan, we'll both be looking to finish the fight.

Ben: When did you start training in MMA?
Allen: I started training MMA properly at about 15 or 16 years old.

Ben: Did you have any amateur/ semi pro fights before you turned pro?
Allen: I've had 7 amateur MMA bouts, 5 amateur boxing fights and 3 K1 fights.

Ben: You are now 4-0 in your professional career only going the distance once would you say that being an exciting fighter and finishing fights is important to you?
Allen: Putting on exciting fights is always my aim. MMA is all about entertainment and if the fights don't entertain fans the sport will never grow. I always want to finish we don't get paid overtime!

Ben: How has the camp gone and can we expect to see the best Arnold Allen yet in the cage on Saturday night?
Allen: Trainings been good no injuries or anything so I'm happy! And I hope so haha.

Ben: At just 19 years old you are 10 years younger than your opponent Dec Williams on Saturday, do you feel age will be a factor on Saturday?
Allen: I don't think age is going to be a factor in this fight.

Ben: Where do you feel you have the advantage on Saturday night?
Allen: I feel I'll have the advantage where ever this fight goes.

Ben: How do you expect the fight to go on Saturday night?
Allen: I expect my hand to be raised at the end of it but it won't be easy work.

Ben: I believe your father is also a fighter and is still fighting now, how did he take the news when you told him you wanted to do the same?
Allen: Yeah my Dad is a fighter, I think he's retiring but he can never make his mind up. He was more than happy when I started competing, he took me to BKK fighters a few years back and I haven't looked back since.

Ben: Do you and your dad spar together? If so how does it feel to punch your dad? I know growing up I have thought of doing it many times but would never actually do it.
Allen: I've sparred my dad a few times but he hits pretty hard so it's not good fun. I remember him dropping me with an overhand right haha.

Ben: Only a couple of months ago you signed a five fight exclusive contract to fight for cage warriors. How pleased were you to be offered that contract?
Allen: I was really happy to sign with Cage Warriors I always wanted to fight for them as loads of my favourite fighters have fought for them before there UFC careers and also my head coach Jack Mason fights for Cage Warriors so it's pretty cool to be on the same promotion.

Ben: Training at BKK Fighters you get to train with some of the UK's best fighters, do you think you would be fighting for the top European promotion if you were not training with the guys you do.
Allen: Definitely not the great team we have at BKK is definitely the reason I'm on such a big promotion, there's loads of top level amateurs too who are nearly ready to turn pro so it's awesome down there.

Ben: Would you like to say thanks to anyone or any sponsors?
Allen: Too many to thank individually but thanks everyone for all the help and advice it's really appreciated.
Everyone at Kingdom MMA would like to wish Arnold all the best ahead of his fight this weekend at Cage Warriors 60.

Sean Carter ahead of Cage Warriors 60 "I'm always going for the finish, if you're not you shouldn't be in there"

Kingdom MMA speak to Cage Warriors Sean Carter ahead of CW60 on Saturday night

by Ben Heather @benheather


Kingdom MMA caught up with Sean Carter today ahead of his fight this weekend at Cage Warriors 60 and discussed his fight with Richard Griffin, signing with Cage Warriors and how he changed his life by losing 50kgs. Sean could potentially fight twice on Saturday as his fight is a lightweight title tournament reserve bout and the winner will then step in if needed later on in the night to fight for the title in the unfortunate event that one of the lightweights in the tournament gets injured and can not fight.

Ben: Hi Sean, thank you for agreeing to speak to us ahead of what could be a very big night for your career. Firstly, for those who do not know much about Sean Carter or haven't seen you fight what can they expect to see on Saturday night in London?
Carter: They can expect to see a man with a beard throwing his arms and legs about.

Ben: You have had quite a transformation in your life over the past few years dropping 50kgs in the past 6 years. What inspired you to initially make the drastic change in your life?
Carter: I was 24 and could barely walk the stairs without being out of breath so I thought it was time for a change. Just to get fitter and look better and be more powerful with the chicks. I had always done martial arts as a kid and just got back into it to lose some weight.

Ben: You could be seen as an inspiration to a lot of people out there who would like to change their lifestyle, how did you go about starting to lose the weight?
Carter: I can only say what worked for me but in my experience you have got to change the way you are and be honest with yourself. Some people can eat shit food and get away with it, some people can't there is no point saying its unfair its just the way it is. I was one of them people if I eat bad i get fat. So to start with I would eat clean 6 days a week and eat whatever I wanted 1 day a week.

Exercise wise find something that you can bring yourself to do a few times a week. If you hate everything find the thing you hate the least.

DON'T GIVE UP IT WILL COME OFF

Ben: On Saturday night you have the possibility of fighting twice in one night, as a possible injury replacement for the lightweight title fight have you done anything to prepare for this?
Carter: The Same as always just had to increase the rounds of sparing and did a few extra bicep curls.  

Ben: Have you ever had two fights on the same night before?
Carter: I once had had a TLC match and a hell in the cell match in the same night with my brothers.

Ben: What would it mean to you if you won your fight, then had to fight again and won the cage warriors lightweight title?
Carter: It would be truly wicked and totally radical man

Ben: You are now 6-0 in your professional career and 2-0 fighting for cage warriors. Do you think a win on Saturday night, even if you are not required to take part in the title fight puts you as a front runner for the next lightweight contender?
Carter: I don't know maybe

Ben: How has the camp gone for this fight?
Carter: Really well thanks for asking

Ben: How do you expect the fight to go on Saturday night against Richard Griffin?
Carter: Hes a tough dude but I'm always going for the win and the finish if your not you shouldn't be in there.

Ben: On paper Griffin does not have the best record losing nearly two thirds of his fights. Do you think he is more of a threat than his record suggests?
Carter: yes 100%

Ben: Only a couple of months ago you signed a five fight exclusive contract to fight for cage warriors. How pleased were you to be offered that contract? 
Carter: Really pleased, it felt great to be on board with such a great promotion. 

Ben: Does the hype behind Conor McGregor make you dream about what could happen in your career?
Carter: I just concentrate on one fight at a time at the moment it is all on Cage Worries 60. 

Ben: Would you like to say thanks to anyone or any sponsors?
Carter: Thanks to all my coaches, sponsors and team mates. I would be nowhere without you guys. Thanks to Cage Warriors for having me back and thanks to you for just being you #GetSome

Everyone at Kingdom MMA would like to thank Sean for his time and wish him all the best ahead of his fight this weekend at Cage Warriors 60.