Interview: UFC co-creator Campbell McLaren

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Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Jimi Manuwa Out With a Broken Foot. Ovince St. Preux will now Step in to Fight Shogun Rua

Jimi Manuwa out with a broken foot. Ovince St. Preux will now step in to fight Shogun Rua

by Chris Houten - @mrhouts


Jimi Manuwa is out of UFC Fight 56 with a broken foot. Ovince St. Preux, who had been scheduled to take on Francimar Barroso in the co-main event will now step in on a weeks notice to replace the injured Brit in next weeks main event taking on Shogun Rua. UFC president Dana White announced the injury and subsequent replacement via twitter earlier today:

UFC Fight Night 56 takes place Nov. 8 at Ginasio Municipal Tancredo Nevas in Uberlandia, Minas Gerais, Brazil. The event will broadcast live on BT Sports in the UK and Fox Sports in US following Fight Pass prelims.

Looking to bounce back from the first loss of his career, when he was defeated by Alexander Gustafsson at UFC Fight Night 37 in March, Manuwa was set to fight for the first time outside of the UK, taking on Pride legend Shogun Rua in the main event at UFC Fight Night 56. The British striker will now have to wait longer for a chance to get back in the win column with it not yet know how long the former UCMMA champion will be out of action.

His opponent Rua, himself looking to bounce back for a loss in his last fight, where he was knocked out in brutal fashion by Dan Henderson will now face former Strikeforce challenger Ovince St. Preux, who was expected to face Francimar Barroso in evenings co-main event.

Former UFC Light-Heavyweight champion Rua, represent a huge step up in class for Preux from his original opponent Barroso, as he looks to return to winning ways following a loss in his last fight to Ryan Bader. Prior to the loss to Bader, St. Preux was on a 4 fight win streak in the UFC including finishes over Ryan Jimmo, Nikkita, Krylov, and Cody Donovan. It is not yet know if Fancimar Barroso will still feature on the card.

With the addition of Rua vs St. Preux, UFC Fight 56 now features:

Main Card
Mauricio Rua vs. Ovince St. Preux
TBA vs. Francimar Barroso
Ian McCall vs. John Lineker
Warlley Alves vs. Alan Jouban
Juliana Lima vs. Nina Ansaroff

Preliminary Card
Diego Rivas vs. Rodolfo Rubio
Cláudio Silva vs. Leon Edwards
Caio Magalhães vs. Trevor Smith
Dhiego Lima vs. Pawel Pawlak
Leandro Silva vs. Charlie Brenneman

Fight Pass Card
Thomas Almeida vs. Tim Gorman
Wagner Silva vs. Colby Covington

Stay tuned to kingdomMMA.co.uk for all the last UK MMA news and interviews.

Video: Mike Neun Vs Lloyd Clarkson - WFS 1 Light-Heavyweight Title

Video: Mike Neun Vs Lloyd Clarkson - WFS 1 Light-Heavyweight Title

Crowed favourite Mike 'The Nightmare' Neun takes on ranked 14th in the UK, Lloyd Clarkson at the WFS debut event. The Light-Heavyweight championship was on the line but due to Neun missing weight by 0.8lbs only Lloyd Clarkson could take the silverware.


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Cage Warriors 73 Media Roundtable

by Andreas Georgiou - @AGeorgiouMMA

Cage Warriors
This weekend's Cage Warriors 73 is arguably set to be the biggest North East UKMMA show ever. With two world title fights, as well as numerous undercard fights which could headline an event in their own right, the Newcastle fans will be in for a treat on November 1. Steven Ray defends his lightweight belt against Curt Warburton in a trilogy fight, and Alex Enlund clashes with Nad Narimani for the vacant featherweight title.

We asked three of Kingdom MMA's finest for their opinions on the event:

In what way does the home field advantage help Curt Warburton against Steven Ray?
Ben Heather: Having the home support will be crucial for Curt on Saturday. I do expect a lot of Scots to make the trip though so I can't see it being a totally one sided crowd. The other thing to factor in is that the first time they fought, when Curt won it was in the same arena and that may also come into play for Curt Warburton.

Chris Houten: I have never personally had the pleasure of attending a fight in Newcastle, however I have meet several Geordies in my time and I expect the fans up there to be on point by the time Ray vs Wartburton rolls around.

Having spoken to a lot of fighters in my time, many often speak about how they don't even notice the crowd when they get in there, and from what I've seen the ones that do are usually the ones who get encouraged into wild exchanges.

Warburton and Ray are both professionals and I genuinely don't think the crowd will have much of an effect on the fight - a positive effect for Warburton and an adverse effect for Ray. I was in attendance for their last fight too and if the amount of Scots in London were anything to go by, I don't think the home field advantage will even be that great.

Alex Dillon: I'd have to say not an awful lot! I imagine Ray will take a good following down from Scotland seeing as it's not too far away from Newcastle, it's not like he's fighting a guy in a different country for me.

Will it be Alex Enlund or Nad Narimani who becomes the first English Cage Warriors champion in three years?
Ben: Yes, obviously what ever happens we will end up with our first English Cage Warriors champion since Danny Batten (Featherweight), but I think Alex has the better game at this stage in his career and I believe that he will finish Nad in Newcastle.

Chris: I think the fact that Cage Warriors has not had an English champion in three years shows just how international the promotion has become.

Alex Enlund enters the fight on Saturday and with good reason having finished all 10 of his opponents to date, which includes an impressive run of three first round submissions on route to his title shot with Narimani. Enlund is a star. His jiu-jitsu wizardary might be too much for anyone in the 145lb at this point.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not automatically ruling Nad Narimani out, Narimani is coming off an impressive run of two first round submissions himself. I’ just making the point that it certainly feels like this is Alex Enlund’s fight to lose.

Alex: Yeah I think Enlund takes it, he's been on a tear.

Haque vs Rooney or Casswell vs Lasota, which two fighters will advance to face off for the belt next year?
Ben: I really can't pick who will win the Haque vs Rooney fight, it's such a great match-up and either man could end the night with their arm raised but if I have to pick one it would be Haque. I think Casswell will win the other fight. He has such a high level judo game which will cause a lot of problems for most fighters in the division.

Chris: I have great regard for Brett Caswell, he comes from a ridiculous high level judo background and if he can get his hands right he could be easily be the best prospect the UK has at 125lb. He's a guy all UK MMA fans should be excited about. That said Lasota is no easy task with great wrestling and a solid ground. Listening to Connor Hutton's interview Caswell earlier in the week though, I genuinely feel this he should be able to control the fight, take Lasota down at will, and grind out a clear-cut decision.

Haque vs Rooney is a great fight with either man able to win. Haque has shown he has solid wrestling throughout his Cage Warriors career but also showed in his last fight with Martin McDonough that he he can stand with a good striker and has the ability to really push the pace for 15 minutes. His opponent Rooney has shown he has a solid ground game picking up a number of impressive submissions in his career and definitely have the ability to catch Haque, at any stage, where Haque has struggled to finished fights thus far in his career.

I like Haque to winning potentially setting up a title fight with Caswell in the new year, but I wouldn’t count Rooney out either.

Alex: Rooney and Caswell, I actually put Rooney in my top five Irish fighters the UFC could sign within the next year and i'll stick with that, he's an exceptional finisher and probably the best in the division for me.

Is it game over for Leeroy Barnes if he loses to Kyle Redfearn?
Ben: I expected Cage Warriors and Leeroy to have parted company after his last loss. That being said, to be fair to Leeroy that loss was against by far the hardest opponent he has faced since joining Cage Warriors and he showed great heart to carry on for so long in the state he was. So based on that last fight I think he deserves one last shot. A loss to Redfearn will make it 0-5 for Cage Warriors and surely will be the end for his time with the promotion, and maybe even his career in MMA.

Chris: Leeroy Barnes is a promoter's dream, he's got a loud mouth, a huge social media presence, he's not a bad looking lad, and to his credit he will fight anyone. I genuinely believe if Leeroy Barnes was a better fighter he has the total package to be a huge star.

If Barnes was to loss on Saturday to Redfearn, I personally would want to see him fighting for Cage Warriors again under his current run of form. He certainly wouldn't be game over for Barnes if he were to loss to Redfearn with the likes of Made 4 the Cage, and FCC providing an excellent stage for Barnes to continue his career and build back up toward the big stage, a stage his personality justifies, it's just his skills in the cage that let him down.

Alex: He's lost his last four fights (all on CW) 3 of which were finishes so really if he doesn't turn it around against Kyle Redfearn surely its the end for him. I know he signed a new deal recently but something has to give. In fairness I've always thought he belongs at welterweight and not middleweight anyway.

Now you have heard what we all think, let us know your thoughts below.

Jody Collins vs Gaz Pilot bantamweight contest added to BAMMA 17 prelims on December 6

by Andreas Georgiou - @AGeorgiouMMA


BAMMA have announced the edition of a bantamweight tussle between Jody Collins and Ggaz "Spitfire" Pilot to take place at BAMMA 17 at the Victoria Warehouse, Manchester on Dec. 6.

Collins (7-3) makes his return to BAMMA after an unsuccessful attempt at the Flyweight strap against Rany Saadeh at Fight Night: Pascu vs. Chadwick. However, the Essex, Team Titan fighter looks to make a more successful run at bantamweight.

Collins recently signed a long term deal with the promotion and this will mark his second fight with BAMMA: "[I'm] Looking forward to fighting on BAMMA against a good opponent in Gaz Pilot."

Uunbeaten Pilot (5-0-1) will make his promotional debut and fights out of the highly touted Predators Gym in Manchester, training with the likes of Brendan Loughnane, Mike Berry and former BAMMA Lightweight Champion Rob "C4" Sinclair.

Pilot said: "I'm exited to continue my journey in MMA with BAMMA and look forward to getting back on it December 6th."

The preliminary will again be shown via the Lonsdale official Facebook page.

BAMMA 17 MAIN CARD (More fights TBA)

LIGHTWEIGHT MAIN EVENT
Colin Fletcher vs. Michael Brightmon

WELTERWEIGHT CO-MAIN EVENT
Walter Gahadza vs. Mickael Lebout

LIGHTWEIGHT BOUT
Martin Stapleton vs. Jeremy Petley

LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT BOUT
Oli Thompson vs. Brett McDermott

PRELIMS

FEATHERWEIGHT BOUT
Andy Craven vs. Greg Severs

MIDDLEWEIGHT BOUT
Lee Chadwick Vs. Conor Cooke

BANTAMWEIGHT BOUT
Jody Collins Vs. Gaz Pilot

LIGHTWEIGHT BOUT
Mark Diakiese vs. Kane Mousah

FEATHERWEIGHT BOUT
Zi Shah Vs. Brendan Loughnane

LIGHTWEIGHT BOUT
Jack McGann Vs. Kayvan Fallah

FEATHERWEIGHT BOUT
Khalad Radman Vs. Paul Douglas

BANTAMWEIGHT BOUT
Regis Sugden Vs. Ben Dearden

FLYWEIGHT BOUT
Michael Cutting vs. Mike Grundy

FLYWEIGHT BOUT
Sam Creasey vs. Mick Gerrard

Finalised details for Cage Warriors 73 this weekend

by Andreas Georgiou - @AGeorgiouMMA


Cage Warriors is set to take over Newcastle this Saturday Nov. 1, as Curt Warburton and Stevie Ray headline the event in the rubber match of their lightweight trilogy.

Each card will be headlined by a world title bout, as Cage Warriors returns to Newcastle for CWFC 73, the promotion’s twelfth event of 2014.

The first card (headlined by Alex Enlund and Nad Narimani in a scrap for the vacant featherweight title) kicks off at 6pm local time.

The second stanza (Warburton vs Ray 3) begins at 9pm.

An undercard of five amateur contests will get proceedings underway at 5:00pm, with two further unaired professional bouts also on the bill.

All the viewing details you need for Cage Warriors 73 internationally are available right here:

LIVE STREAMING

MMAjunkie.com | USA and Canada only
Viaplay | Scandinavia only
Mail Online | Rest of the world (excluding France)

LIVE TV

Premier Sports | United Kingdom
Setanta Sports 1 | Ireland
The Fight Network | USA, Canada, Portugal, Belgium, Middle East
TV 10 | Sweden
Viasat Sport | Norway
Fight Klub | Poland
Fight Club | Russia
FOX Sports | Turkey, Greece, Cyprus, Malta
FOX Sports 2 | Africa

PART ONE | 6pm local time GMT (2pm ET, 11am PT)

Alex Enlund vs. Nad Narimani - vacant CWFC featherweight world title bout
Moktar Benkaci vs. Ronnie Mann
Leeroy Barnes vs. Kyle Redfearn
Liam James vs. Dean Trueman
Ellis Hampson vs. Lewis Monarch
Mark Connor vs. Ian Malone

UNAIRED BOUTS | 8:15pm local time GMT (4:15pm ET, 1:15pm PT)

Michael Abbott vs. Danny Suter
Irene Cabello vs. Vanessa Reinsch

PART TWO | 9pm local time GMT (5pm ET, 2pm PT)

Stevie Ray (c) vs. Curt Warburton - CWFC lightweight world title bout
Juan Manuel Suarez vs. Jimmy Wallhead
Shaj Haque vs. Damien Rooney
Matt Inman vs. Lewis Long
Brett Caswell vs. Marcin Lasota
Stephen Martin vs. Paddy Pimblett

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Regis Sugden signs for BAMMA, debuts against Ben Dearden at BAMMA 17

By Alex Dillon @ADillon_


Credit: BAMMA/Richard Blackburn

BAMMA have announced the signing of K1 standout Regis "The First" Sugden on a long term deal.  He faces Ben "The Handyman" Dearden in a Bantamweight bout at the BAMMA 17 prelims at the Victoria Warehouse, Manchester on 6th December. Both fighters will be making their pro debuts.

Tickets are available here


Regis "The First" Sugden Vs. Ben "The Handyman" Dearden (Bantamweight)

Regis "The First" Sugden is already known as one of the country’s most explosive stand up fighters, with a 50 per cent knock out record as a professional K-1 kickboxer.  Regis has been honing his MMA skills alongside some of the best in the business, such as World No Gi Jiu-Jitsu Bronze medallist Ranjeet Bara and Suggy’s Gym-based international wrestling coach Krzysiek Adamczyk.

After his latest victory, in Newark earlier this month, he was described by BAMMA commentator Malcolm Martin as possibly the most exciting prospect in what has become the fast growing sport in the last decade.

Regis himself had the following to say:

"Signing with BAMMA the UK's biggest MMA promotion is amazing I cant wait to showcase my skills on the big stage."

Ben "The Handyman" Dearden is also making his pro debut at BAMMA 17.  Previously Ben has competed on BAMMA Fight Night: Pascu Vs. Chadwick, where he submitted James Reece via 2nd round armbar.  Fighting out of the HAMMA in St. Helens, Merseyside.  Ben had the following to say:

"I'm going to drag him into deep water and see if he can swim!  Diversity is the tool of Champions"

Jude Samuel BAMMA Matchmaker commented:

"I’m extremely excited by BAMMA's acquisition of Regis Sugden. The Sugden family has a deep history in combat sports and, with Regis heading into the world of MMA, there are exciting times ahead for UK Mixed Martial Arts.  We know that he will make a massive impact in the sport, as his brother Chad has in the world of K1.  These are exciting times for BAMMA.  However that being said Ben Dearden brings a big test for the debutant and is hungry for the challenge that lays ahead on BAMMA."


BAMMA 17 Fightcard (With more additions to come)


BAMMA 17 MAIN CARD


LIGHTWEIGHT MAIN EVENT
Colin Fletcher vs. Michael Brightmon

WELTERWEIGHT CO-MAIN EVENT
Walter Gahadza vs. Mickael Lebout

LIGHTWEIGHT BOUT
Martin Stapleton vs. Jeremy Petley

LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT BOUT
Oli Thompson vs. Brett McDermott

BAMMA 17 PRELIMS


FEATHERWEIGHT BOUT
Andy Craven vs. Greg Severs

MIDDLEWEIGHT BOUT
Lee Chadwick Vs. Conor Cooke

LIGHTWEIGHT BOUT
Mark Diakiese vs. Kane Mousah

FEATHERWEIGHT BOUT
Zi Shah Vs. Brendan Loughnane

LIGHTWEIGHT BOUT
Jack McGann Vs. Kayvan Fallah

FEATHERWEIGHT BOUT
Khalad Radman Vs. Paul Douglas

BANTAMWEIGHT BOUT
Regis Sugden Vs. Ben Dearden

FLYWEIGHT BOUT
Michael Cutting vs. Mike Grundy

FLYWEIGHT BOUT
Sam Creasey vs. Mick Gerrard

Audio: Jimmy Wallhead eager to rebound against Juan Manuel Suarez at Cage Warriors 73

By Connor Hutton - @ConnorHutton94

Copyright: Cage Warriors | Dolly Clew (www.dollyclew.com)
Jimmy Wallhead (25-9) feels he is in a good place as he prepares to make a run at the Welterweight belt, his first stepping stone to glory comes against Juan Manuel Suarez (15-6) at Cage Warriors 73, which takes place November 1st at the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle.

Wallhead's Cage Warriors comeback provided a rather disappointing shock when he was finished by Danny Roberts at CWFC 68, something that hadn't happened for nearly eight years, however he is fully aware that MMA is based on short-term memory, Wallhead said: "It's not the greatest start to my Cage Warriors comeback but I know if I put a few more wins together it will soon be forgotten, it is what it is.

"I've used it to make myself work harder and get better, it's in the past now and i'll just move forward."

Following a lot of early success in his career, 'Judo' Jimmy believes he has ran into some bad luck over the past few years, but now is the time to move forward, he stated: "I think I've just been unlucky, I plateaued a little bit for a few years, but I feel like right now that I'm back at the beginning of my career.

"After 10 years fighting as a pro I genuinely feel like this a kickstart, I'm happy to be in the gym again, maybe I lost the hunger and weren't being pushed, but I've found that again now."

You can listen to the entire interview right here, Wallhead talks more about the difficulties throughout his career, his upcoming fight with Suarez and his hopes of a Welterweight championship bout.