Interview: UFC co-creator Campbell McLaren

Campbell McLaren talks to Kingdom MMA 'I would have never sold the UFC'

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Shinobi War 3 review

by Tom Young @ThomBomb17

For the third week in a row I was attending a UKMMA event after previously heading down to Shock N Awe in Portsmouth and Cage Warriors 72 in Newport. This past weekend it was time for Shinobi War 3 in Deeside. The way Shinobi turned their venue into a night of quality amateur MMA amazed me. The set-up is wonderful. Colourful lighting assisted with a fog machine, you wouldn’t have known you were in a Leisure centre.

Main event: Shinobi MMA Fighting Championships Lightweight Title Fight
Thor Palsson vs Anthony O’Connor
The Main event featured Thor Palsson and Anthony O’Connor for the Shinobi Lightweight Title Fight. The fight began with a fast back and forth pace but both men made it to the second round where Palsson locked in a guillotine choke to secure the Lightweight title.

Thor Palsson def. Anthony O’Connor via Submission (Guillotine)

John Shink vs Dominic Wooding
The Co-Main event consisted of two very hot prospects as John Shink took on Dominic Wooding for the Shinobi Flyweight Title. Wooding rocked Shink in the first round but Shink held on and regained his composure. As the fight went on, Shink looked more in control and Wooding seemed a beaten man. This fight will be a great step for both men in their development as fighters and a lot can be taken from this fight.

John Shink def. Dominic Wooding via Unanimous Decision (50-45, 49-46, 49-46)

Earlier in the night, the prelims resulted in all the fights finishing in the first round. A quick start to say the least and the fans got what they wanted. After a short break, the show moved onto the undercard which involved a mixture of slick submissions, a brutal finish from Connor Robinson and two non-stop fights between Faisal Malik Vs Otis London and Birgir Tomasson Vs Bobby Pallett.

Official Results

Main Card
Thor Palsson def. Anthony O’Connor via submission (Guillotine. Round 2) For the Lightweight Title
John Shink def. Dominic Wooding via Unanimous Decision (50-45, 49-46, 49-46) For the Flyweight Title
James Duckett def. Tomaz Wojtyna via Unanimous Decision in a Welterweight Title Eliminator
Gav Hughes def. Aaron McDonnell via Submission (Guillotine) 2:46 Round 1
Amadeusz Arczewski def. Diego Valencia via Unanimous Decision

Birgir Tomasson def. Bobby Pallett via KO Round 3
Adam Wilson def. Pepe Malone via Submission (Triangle Choke) 1:44 Round 1
Connor Robinson def. Wayne Hughes via KO Round 1
Josh Roberts def. Tom White via Submission (RNC) 1:17 Round 1
Dan Tasker def. Nathan Edwards via Submission (RNC) 1:03 Round 1
Faisal Malik def. Otis London via Unanimous Decision

Nathan Rigby def. Richard Lowe via Submission (Ground and Pound) 1:16 Round 1
Jordan Barton def. Daz Lucas via TKO 0:35 Round 1
Dave Barnes def. James Darkes via Submission (RNC) 1:34 Round 1
Colin Rigby def. Sam Barker via TKO 0:27 Round 1
Chris Pieroni def. Reece Phillips via Submission (Armbar) 1:53 Round 1

Friday, 19 September 2014

Tom Breese Returns After Long Layoff to Face Philip Mulpeter at Cage Warriors 74

Tom Breese Returns After Long Layoff to Face Philip Mulpeter at Cage Warriors 74

Tom Breese will make his highly-anticipated Cage Warriors Fighting Championship debut when he faces the sizeable task of taking on Philip Mulpeter on Saturday, November 15, 2014.

The pair will clash on the main card at Cage Warriors 74, which will take place at the Copper Box Arena in the Olympic Park in London, England.

Having taken the UK’s domestic circuit by storm, Breese (6-0) signed an exclusive CWFC deal in April 2013, but his promotional debut was put on hold due to a long-term knee injury.

However, having undergone surgery and an extensive period of rehabilitation, the 22-year-old Englishman is finally ready to get his first taste of Cage Warriors action.

Breese, who has taken all six of his professional wins via stoppage - five by way of submission - is currently preparing for his CWFC debut at the renowned Tristar Gym in Montreal, Canada.

He said: “Philip Mulpeter is a solid opponent from a good team and he has improved a lot recently, but I’m looking to make a statement in my first Cage Warriors fight and show a much-improved Tom Breese.

“I’m currently in training camp with my team at Tristar Gym, and I’ll be prepared to put on a big performance come fight night.”

Mulpeter (7-4), an SBG Ireland team-mate of former CWFC champions Conor McGregor, Cathal Pendred and Chris Fields, has carved out a reputation as one of the most durable fighters in the CWFC welterweight division since signing for the promotion in 2012.

A 25-year-old Irishman, Mulpeter’s progress has been somewhat hampered by a number of opponent withdrawals in the last twelve months, most recently when his bout against Jake Bostwick at CWFC 70 last month fell through due to Bostwick’s failure to make weight.

Having looked impressive in his two CWFC wins to date, which saw him defeat Warren Kee and Aldric Cassata via TKO, Mulpeter will be aiming to claim his biggest scalp yet on November 15.

“I’m looking forward to getting back in there and putting another ‘W’ on my record,” Mulpeter said. “After my last fight didn’t go ahead, I’m really excited about this one.”

Cage Warriors 74 will be headlined by the CWFC welterweight world title meeting of defending champion Nicolas Dalby and challenger Mohsen Bahari, with many more exciting fights still to be revealed.

Anthony Rumble Johnson Suspended from the UFC indefinately

Anthony Rumble Johnson Suspended from the UFC indefinitely

by Chris Houten - @mrhouts

In a crazy evening at the UFC offices which has seen Thiago Silva released from the promotion again, The UFC have announced they have also indefinitely suspended fellow Blackzillian Light-Heavyweight Anthony Rumble Johnson.

The suspension comes following allegations for the mother of Johnson's children that he physically assaulted her in 2012, knocking out 2 of her teeth. Brent Brookhouse of was the first to reported the depth of the allegations, with the UFC since releasing the following statement:
"We are aware of the situation involving Anthony Johnson. As a result, we are suspending him indefinitely. We are using a third-party law firm to conduct a formal investigation and once we have more information, we’ll determine whether further course of action is necessary."
Winner of 8 straight fights including victories over Phil Davis and Antonio Rogerio Nogueria since re-joining the UFC earlier this year, Anthony Johnson was expect to fight top contender Alexander Gustaffson in his next outing in a bout that would have been considered a title eliminator match. Johnson has yet to elaborate on this issue but did release the following statment on Facebook:
The shit ppl will say and the lengths ppl will go just to tell a Fucking lie is ridiculous.
That's all I'm going to say and thank you all for the support and positive feedback that I'm getting.

Thiago Silva Released for the UFC Again

Thiago Silva Released for the UFC Again

by Chris Houten - @mrhouts

Just 2 weeks after having his UFC contract reinstated, the promotion have once again released Thiago Silva.

Silva was originally released from the promotion in February after being arrested following a showdown at Pablo Popovitch Mixed Martial Arts Academy in Oakland Park, Florida. Silva was said to have threatened his then wife and Popovich with a gun after accusing the two of having an affair. Silva was given his old job back with the UFC after charges against the fighter wear dropped when his wife was deemed "uncooperative" after fleeing the USA.

Silva is now once again out of a job after his ex-wife, Thaysa Kamiji, posted a series of videos on YouTube, purportedly showing the Silva threatening Kamiji with a gun, whilst being under the influence of an illegal substance. The UFC released the following statement regarding the release:
Thiago Silva was released from his UFC contract on Feb. 7 due to his arrest by police in South Florida. The charges against Silva were dropped by the Broward County District Attorney’s office and Silva was re-signed to the UFC earlier this month. Based on new information received today in the form of video and audio evidence, Silva has been terminated from his UFC contract.
Silva leaves the promotion with a 7-3 record with 2 no contests - both both due to failed drug tests, and a 16-3, 2 NC record overall. 

UFC Fight Night 52 Betting Guide

UFC Fight Night 52 Betting Guide

by Will Martin - @BIGBILBAR7MMA

So the UFC returns to the land of the rising sun for UFC Fight Night 52 with an event headlined by two of the hardest hitting and popular Heavyweights there are in Mark "the Super Samoan" Hunt and Roy "Big Country" Nelson. Personally I love the card, there's so many interesting match ups but betting wise it's not the best. Here are three bets that I love for Saturday's card.

Bet 1

Miesha Tate 1/3
Kiichi Kunimoto 4/9
Alex Caceres  4/9
Sam Sicilia  5/4
Michinori Tanaka 8/15

So here is my Parlay for this weekend, a really nice looking bet with only 1 underdog and 4 pretty definitive favourites. So lets start with the underdog, Sam Sicilia. He faces off against the always awkward Katsunori Kikuno. The reason I really like this match up and Sicilia is because he is an extremely aggressive fighter with big power in his hands and Kikuno although landing some good shots on previous opponent Tony Ferguson ended up running away from him after he felt his power and I can see the same here. However, Sicilia needs to watch out for Kikuno's hands and his aggressive takedown attempts if he does this a win should be on the cards for the former TUF veteran.

Caceres and Kunimoto are great additions to the parlay as both have very favourable match ups and should come out with the W. Tanaka is a guy I have watched on the Japanese MMA scene for the past few years and he is going to go a long way in the sport. He has a tough match up with fellow grappler Kyung Ho Kang but I think he has the better top game and ground game and I can see Tanaka finishing this fight via Submission.

Last choice in this bet is the former Strikeforce champion Miesha Tate who faces off against the undefeated yet virtually unknown Rin Nakai this should be easy for Tate but in her last performance against Liz Carmouche she looked sluggish and jaded and was very lucky to get the decision but I'm going to stick with Miesha here. The usual £5 stake returns just under £50 which is a nice little return, all the best if you take this bet forward.

Bet 2

Johnny Case 5/4
Maximo Blanco 4/7
Roy Nelson 11/10

Treble time now and I have chosen a couple of underdogs with an unpredictable favourite. First up is UFC newcomer Johnny Case, a 18-4 record in the regional circuits got him his call to the big leagues. Case is a strong all around striker with heavy hands which makes him a very dangerous guy on the feet but Case also has a decent wrestling background and he will need it here as his opponent Kazuki Tokudome will most certainly look to get the fight to the ground. In the end i think Case will have more than enough to get the decision victory.

Up next, Maximo Blanco who may come from Venezuela but has trained for many years out of the Yoshida Dojo. Blanco is extremely unpredictable on the feet and on a occasions in the past has had trouble keeping within this side of the rules but he is always exciting to watch. Blanco faces off against the New Zealander Daniel Hooker who is coming off a great stoppage in his homeland back in June. Hooker, who has pretty terrible takedown defence will most likely be taken down by Maximo but down there he has vicious elbows and strikes due to his long limbs and he cannot be underestimated but i like Blanco by decision here.

Last but no means least is one half of the fabulous main event we have in store. Now I'm not going go into this match because we all no what the game plans will be, but this is as close a 50/50 as you have today in the UFC . I personally like Roy Nelson, but there is no real clear favourite in this match up. I can see Roy eventually trying to take this fight to the ground as he has the clear advantage here but Hunt's recent improvement in his takedown defence may stop that. Either way we are in for a treat with this match up and a £5 stake gets you a return of £40, so its a pretty nice treble...Good Luck!

Bet 3

This is my underdog pick of this card and could actually have been any one of three i liked but i have decided i am going to go with returning TUF 7 champion Amir Sadollah who also faces a guy coming off a long return in Japanese showmen Yoshiro Akiyama. This is a particularly even match up, but i just think Sadollah will want it more and with a better wrestling game i could see him taking this to the ground and staying heavy and taking the decision victory. At 6/4 thats not bad odds.

So, that's my advice providing you with some of the bets i like this week. Also, before the event starts always check the method of victory as you can get some great prices in there if you do any of these bets. Good luck and come join me next time as i try to win you some money at my pick for card of the year next week, UFC 178!

Nicolas Dalby vs Mohsen Bahari and Tom Breese vs Philip Mulpeter official for Cage Warriors 74 on November 15

Cage Warriors will make their debut at the London Copper Box Arena

Andreas Georgiou - @AGeorgiouMMA

Credit Cage Warriors
Reigning champion Nicolas Dalby will defend his CWFC welterweight world title against Mohsen Bahari in the main event at Cage Warriors 74.

CWFC 74, which is scheduled for Saturday, November 15, 2014, will take place at the iconic Copper Box Arena in the Queen Elizabeth II Olympic Park in London, England.
Nicolas Dalby (12-0) was due to  defend his title vs Gael Grimaud at CWFC 72 who was forced to withdraw due to a back injury.

The title shot was then set to pass to the new number one contender, Danny Roberts, but the 27-year-old Englishman is currently sidelined with an injury and unable to compete as soon as November 15.

Dalby said: “Bahari is an exciting fighter who leaves it all in the cage, so I think he’ll make for a really tough opponent. He seems like a cool guy but it’s going to be action-packed when we lock horns at the Copper Box on November 15.

Mohsen Bahari (8-1), has scored two of his most significant wins of his career earlier this year, overcoming BJJ black belt Bruno Carvalho and three-time UFC veteran Benny Alloway.

Meanwhile, Tom Breese is set to make his return to CWFC against the sizeable task of Philip Mulpeter.

Tristar Gym's Breese (6-0) signed an exclusive CWFC deal in April 2013, and will now make his debut having undergone surgery and an extensive period of rehabilitation, long-term knee injury.

He said: “Philip Mulpeter is a solid opponent from a good team and he has improved a lot recently, but I’m looking to make a statement in my first Cage Warriors fight and show a much-improved Tom Breese.

Mulpeter (7-4), fighting out of SBG Ireland, has carved out a reputation as one of the most durable fighters in the welterweight division since signing for the promotion in 2012.

Having looked impressive in his two CWFC wins to date, which saw him defeat Warren Kee and Aldric Cassata via TKO, Mulpeter will be aiming to claim his biggest scalp yet on November 15.

“I’m looking forward to getting back in there and putting another ‘W’ on my record,” Mulpeter said.

Cage Warriors 74 (more bouts to be announced)

Nicolas Dalby vs. Mohsen Bahari
Pannie Kianzad vs. Agnieszka Niedzwiedz
Tom Breese vs. Philip Mulpeter
John Maguire vs. Brad Wheeler

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Video: Contender Promotions announce main card for November 8 event

Daniel Sam battles Tarik Khbabez in the main event of the evening

by Andreas Georgiou - @AGeorgiouMMA

Contender Promotions are set for a huge event on November 8th at the Eston Sports Academy in Middlesbrough.

The main event is to crown Contender Promotions' first Super-Heavyweight champion, as Enfusion Heavyweight champion Daniel "The Warrior" Sam, takes on the winner of Contender Promotion's Ducth Fight Star Hunt, Tarik Khbabez, who will also be competing in Superkombat's Heavyweight grand prix on September 27th.

In the co-main event of the evening, England's Thomas Daniels faces off with another Fight Star Hunt winner, Holland's Luciano Winter.

Also for the first time in the promotion's history, a 4-man 70kg World Grand Prix tournament fought under Contender Promotions Pro K-1 rules. Ian Robinson (England),  Adam Brindley (England), Augin Masoud (Holland), and Reinaldo Santos (Angola).

The event is expected to be the best Garry Bell and his team have put on to date, and is unmissable for all kickboxing fans in the UK.

UPDATE: You can watch the promo for the event below.

Tickets are charged at £25 each and VIP tables available at £500 seating 10 people close to the action with waitress service. Purchase at