Interview: UFC co-creator Campbell McLaren

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

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

VIDEO- UFC 189: McGregor vs Mendes Live Conference Call

Listen in to the LIVE media conference call set for 10pm UK time which features featherweights Conor McGregor & Chad Mendes and Welterweight champion Robbie Lawler & contender Rory MacDonald.

Sunday, 28 June 2015

MACTO Championships Review: Osipczak submits Redfearn & Amasinger dispatches Vinni on return

By Thomas Young

Boy oh boy did Macto Championships impress. For their first show, Macto really did pull it out of the bag. The set-up was similar to being at a mini-UFC and it certainly gave that authentic feel which seems amiss in the UKMMA scene. There are plenty of great shows up and down the country but Macto just feels… fresh. The walkouts, the huge monitor above the cage, the pyrotechnics and the pacing of the show were all factors in what proved a marquee event in the UKMMA scene in 2015.

In our fight of the night, 19-year old Ben Hodgson came from behind to defeat Joe Pavey via TKO in the 2nd round. Pavey rocked Hodgson early in the 1st round however, Hodgson weathered the storm and made an impressive comeback in the 2nd round.

In an intriguing Amateur Flyweight bout, Tom Creasey proved too much for John Shink to handle. Creasey was the stronger opponent and held Shink down to the floor. However hard Shink managed to get to his feet, Creasey would take him down again and again which earned him a 30-27 on all three judges scorecards. Even after knowing he lost at the end of the fight, Shink returned to his feet with his smile still intact.

Ffion Davies impressed in her professional debut dismantling Fruzsina Nagy after propelling into full mount and getting the TKO win in 74 seconds. I think the big question now for Davies is, who is next? Davies is certainly a bright star for the future having finished all four of her fights (three amateur and one professional) in a combined time of 6 minutes and 40 seconds.

With a huge support from the likes of Dan Hardy, Paul Daley and Brad Scott, Dean Amasinger made a comeback to the fight game taking on Dan Edwards. Nine seconds into the 2nd round, Edwards gestured to the ref he was poked in the eye in which Amasinger followed up with a hook with the referee stepping in. Confusion ensued but the referee had in fact waved the fight off.

In what many were expecting to be fight of the night, David Round took on Alex Montagnani in a welterweight contest in the co-main event. It started to look like we were in for a great back and forth scrap until Round landed a huge takedown. The referee stopped the fight 54 seconds into the 1st round, with Round celebrating wildly in the cage. Montagnani had tore his hamstring in which the referee was quick to stop the action noticing the pain Montagnani was in.

After a well-paced event with the majority of fans still interested in the action, it was time for the main event. Nick Osipczak Vs Kyle Redfearn. Osipczak milked his entrance for all it was worth with his fans going absolutely crazy for his return. The fight got underway and Redfearn landed a huge shot merely seconds into the fight. It looked bad however the referee stopped the fight to take a look at a bad laceration just below the eye of Osipczak. The fight resumed and Osipczak lands a beautiful throw in which he takes the back of Redfearn. He tries for a rear-naked choke but could not quite get it. Redfearn gets to his feet with Osipczak still on his back and that is when the gap opens for Osipczak who slides
his arm under the chin of Redfearn to finish the fight with a standing rear-naked choke 2:04 of the 1st round.

All in all, from production to fights, Macto's inaugural show was an excellent showpiece and really highlighted how much potential the promotion really has going forward. They are here to be the best without a doubt. Make sure you make it to the next one which is scheduled for 5th September.

Monday, 22 June 2015

McGann vs Grant added to BAMMA 22 in Dublin,Ireland

By Alex Dillon- @ADillon__

With BAMMA 22: Duquesnoy Vs. Loughnane fight announcements coming thick and fast, another huge Lightweight matchup has been announced today.

Jack Grant Vs. Jack 'The Pilgrim' McGann is a bout that McGann has been calling for since his win at BAMMA 21 against Aziz Stringer. The 8-1 fighter from Liverpool, spends a lot of his time training at Primal MMA with Head Coach Owen Roddy.  With his family all living in Dundalk, Ireland, McGann may have the home town support in his corner come fight night.  The devastating striker has taken all his wins in the first round, with all but one via T/KO.

Jack Grant made an impact with his last appearance at BAMMA 20 when he delivered a devastating KO to Warren 'Relentless' Kee in the first round of their bout in Birmingham.  Now training alongside Lonsdale Champion Marc 'Bonecrusher' Diakiese, the only man to have ever beaten McGann.  He will look to extend his winning streak and make a run at the BAMMA Title currently held by Mansour 'Tarzan' Barnaoui, but first he has the juggernaut that is "The Pilgrim" awaiting him at the 3 Arena, Dublin on the 19th September.

BAMMA 22: Duquesnoy Vs. Loughnane tickets are on sale NOW

Thursday, 18 June 2015

VIDEO: UFC Middleweight Brad Scott UFC Fight Night: Jedrzejczyk Vs Penne Predictions (EXCLUSIVE)

VIDEO: UFC Middleweight Brad Scott UFC Fight Night: Jedrzejczyk Vs Penne Predictions (EXCLUSIVE)

UFC Middleweight Brad Scott breaks down some of the biggest fights at UFC Fight Night: Jedrzejczyk Vs Penne Predictions in this exclusive Kingdom MMA video.

Monday, 15 June 2015

Arnold Allen talks to Kingdom MMA after signing with the UFC to fight Alan Omer at UFC Berlin

by Ben Heather @benheather

copyright: Dolly Clew | Cage Warriors

Kingdom MMA this evening spoke to the UFC's latest signing, 21 year old Arnold Allen (9-1). Allen will step up on a weeks notice to face Alan Omer (18-4 MMA 0-1 UFC) at this weekends UFC Berlin event however before that he caught up with us to discuss how the deal came about for him to sign with the UFC, if he has been preparing for this fight hoping he may be called up and what the fans can expect on Saturday night.


Arnold Allen signs with the UFC, meets Alan Omer at UFC Berlin

by Ben Heather @benheather

copyright Dolly Clew | Cage Warriors

It has today been announced that Arnold Allen (9-1) has signed with the UFC and will replace Mike Wilkinson at UFC Berlin against Alan Omer (18-4).

Omer's last outing came well over a year ago where he lost a tough fight facing Jim Alers in April last year. Prior to that loss, the Iraqi had 9 wins out of 10 outings and presents a solid task for the UFC's latest British recruit.

A hot prospect from the UK, BKK's Allen finally makes the jump to the big league whilst impressing under Made 4 the Cage where he won the promotions lightweight title and Cage Warriors where he became one of the UK's rising stars at featherweight. On short notice, it's an incredibly difficult fight for the young starlet but one that he will thrive off and look to impress UFC brass.

Friday, 12 June 2015

BCMMA 11 Cooledge vs Malone Weigh in Results

by Ben Heather @benheather

Todays BCMMA 11 weigh ins have been and gone but not everybody managed to make the contracted weight. In tomorrow nights main event Jason Cooledge and Kieran Malone will square off. However, at todays weigh ins the champion Cooledge missed weight by 10lbs. Due to this Cooledge has been stripped of his title and even if he was to win tomorrow night will no longer be the BCMMA Lightweight champion. On the other hand Malone is still eligible to win the belt with a victory tomorrow night as he came in under the 155lb limit.

Below you will find the full official weigh in results

Pro Main Card

Main Event for the BCMMA Lightweight Pro Title
Kieran Malone (155 lbs) vs Jason Cooledge (165 lbs)*

Co-Main Event for the BCMMA Featherweight Pro Title
Theo Michailidis (145 lbs) vs Steve Aimable (144.8 lbs)

BCMMA Middleweight Pro Title Fight
Tye Palmer (185 lbs) vs Paul Byrne (183.6 lbs)

165lb Catchweight Pro Bout
Tommy Maguire (165.4 lbs) vs Oriol Gaset (164.6 lbs)

130lb Catchweight Pro Bout
Luiz Gonzalez (129.2 lbs) vs Fredrik Jostelius (131 lbs)

175lb Catchweight Pro Bout
Matt Robinson (176 lbs) vs Thomas Robertsen (175 lbs)

145lb Pro Bout
Stephen Martin (145.1 lbs) vs Robin Gidlov (145.2 lbs)

Amateur Undercard

205lb Amateur Title
Rafal Cejrowski (203.8 lbs) vs George Neague (204.8 lbs)

115lb Amateur Title
Bryony Tyrell (113.8 lbs) vs Wendy Mckenna (112.8 lbs)

145lb Amateur Title
Craig Rooney (144 lbs) vs Niayl Jones (145 lbs)

155lb Amateur Title
Mitchell Head (on the day weigh in) vs Mark Marshman (154 lbs)

115lb Amateur Bout
Monica Nix (115.7 lbs) vs Naomi Harvey (114.6 lbs)

170lb Amateur Bout
Quinten DeVreught (169.2 lbs) vs Tom Mowles (169.6 lbs)

155lb Amateur Bout
Adil Rajal Hussain (155 lbs) vs Joakim Helgesen (152 lbs)

125lb Amateur Bout
Anton Larsson (124.5 lbs) vs Leigh Mitchell (124.6 lbs)

170lb Amateur Bout
Barrie Russell (179.4 lbs)** vs Craig Edwards (169.4 lbs)

165lb Amateur Bout
Anton Bray (168 lbs)*** vs Damian Fisher (163.2 lbs)

150lb Amateur Bout
Olly Dunne (149.6 lbs) vs Matt Hughes (151 lbs)

145lb Amateur Bout
Tommy Asabre (146 lbs) vs Rob Silverton (144.1 lbs)

155lb Amateur Bout
Danny Joel (on the day weigh in) vs Joe Harding (155 lbs)

135lb Amateur Bout
Sam Diplock (135 lbs) vs Chaz Marshall (134.5 lbs)

185lb Amateur Bout
Henrik Lie (185.1 lbs) vs Espen Espenes (185 lbs)

170lb Amateur Bout
Josh Crisp (166 lbs) vs Daniel Shepherd (169.2 lbs)

155lb Amateur Bout
Craig Benjamin (154 lbs) vs Abdi Farah (On the day weigh in)

145lb Amateur Bout
Eddie Cook (142.4 lbs) vs Barry Mouncey-Jaggers (143.6 lbs)

* Jason Cooledge forced to relinquish his title by default and is fined 50% of his purse. Malone has agreed to still fight and if he wins will become the new lightweight champion.
** Barrie Russell misses weight but Craig Edwards agrees the fight at a catchweight of 179.4lbs
*** Anton Bray misses weight but Damian Fisher agrees the fight at a catchweight of 168lbs