Interview: UFC co-creator Campbell McLaren

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

Friday, 22 May 2015

VIDEO: Kingdom MMA talk to Brad Pickett about his time at Flyweight and his next fight at UFC 189 aganst Thomas Almeida

by Thomas Young @ThomBomb17


Kingdom MMA recently caught up with one of the UK's most exciting fighters, Brad "One Punch" Pickett where he was commentating at Fury MMA. We spoke about what he has been up to since we last saw him in the Octagon, his return to Bantamweight to fight Thomas Almeida on what could be the event of the year UFC 189 in July. Pickett also reflects on his time at Flyweight and how that division differs from Bantamweight. Finally, he gives his thoughts on who will win the main event of UFC 189 between Conor McGregor and Jose Aldo. Check it out below...

VIDEO: Brad Scott UFC Fight Night Adelaide Post Fight Interview

by Ben Heather @benheather


Kingdom MMA recently caught up with Brad Scott to discuss his victorious return to the Octagon against Dylan Andrews after over a year out through injury. We spoke about what he had to go through during the recovery process to heal his shoulder, how his camp went for this fight and then the fight itself. Also, we look to the future to see what is next for Scott.



Thursday, 21 May 2015

MACTO Championships gets new headliner in Osipczak vs Redfearn, June 27th

by @Kingdom MMA




MACTO Championships have today announced that Kyle Redfearn has stepped in to face the returning Nick Osipczak in an exciting welterweight fight that will headline the stacked card of MACTO Championships’ inaugural event on June 27 at the Arena: MK in Milton Keynes.

Fighting out of Ferryhill, Co Durham, and under the guidance of coaches Davey Grant, Curt Warburton, Carl Fawcett and Terry Fahy, Kyle Redfearn steps in to the main event having been victorious in three of his last four outings.

With a background in boxing, the 24-year-old joins MACTO with an 8-6 record that promises an action packed encounter with each of his career victories coming in the very first round; 6 via knockout/TKO and 2 by way of submission.

30-year-old Nick ‘Slick’ Osipczak faces a stern test for his first endeavour back in mixed martial arts. The UFC veteran approaches his eagerly anticipated return to competition following a 5 year hiatus from the sport.

Osipczak will be best known by MMA fans for his destruction of Matt Riddle at UFC 105 in 2009, followed by a series of close decision losses, including two split decisions against standout UFC veterans Rick Story and Duane Ludwig. Since then, Osipczak has travelled throughout Malaysia and beyond, adding to his extensive knowledge of martial arts, and he feels MACTO is the perfect platform to make a big statement on his journey back to the top.

Fighting as a specialist in Tai Chi Chuan and BJJ, and with a 5-3 record featuring 4 first round stoppages, 3 submissions and 2 TKOs, Osipczak is coached by the likes of Master Bill, Gracie Jiu Jitsu Black Belt - Professor Eddie Kone, and Dean ‘Renegade’ Amasinger who will also be in action at MACTO Championships on June 27.

MACTO Championships’ debut showcase will be headlined by British UFC veteran Nick Osipczak making his eagerly anticipated return to MMA competition against Kyle Redfearn, and fearsome knockout artists Alex Montagnani and David Round will collide in the co-main event.

MACTO Championships June 27 card so far:

Main event: ‘Slick’ Nick Osipczak vs. Kyle Redfearn - Welterweight

Co-main event: Alex ’Mean’ Montagnani vs. David ‘One More’ Round - Welterweight

Denniston ‘Mad Max’ Sutherland vs. Avi Jack – Middleweight

Sam ‘The Hobbit’ Creasey vs. Mark ‘The Beast’ Sainci – Flyweight

Oli ‘The Spartan’ Thompson vs. Kamil ‘Vanderlei’ Bazelak – Heavyweight

Dean ‘Renegade’ Amasinger vs. Dan Vinni – Middleweight

K-1 bout: Fraser ‘The Omen’ Opie vs. Louis ‘KO’ King – 90kg catchweight

More fights are soon to be announced. For tickets and further information visit www.mactochampionships.com

Make sure you like and follow MACTO Championships on Facebook: www.facebook.com/mactochampionships, Twitter: @MactoChamps and Instagram: @mactochampionships

Liam James Relentless in Pursuit of fight with Graham Turner

by Chris Marzella @ChrisMarzella

Photo Copyright: Dolly Clew | Cage Warriors

A TASTY domestic dust up could be on the cards as a spat broke out via social media.

Popular featherweights Graham 'Afterburner' Turner (24-9) and Liam 'Bad Intentions' James (9-6) have made no secret about their desire to step up against each other.

Scotland's Turner has been on the hunt for fresh opponents as he attempts to get back on the winning track following his surprising loss to Spaniard, Joel Alvarez Gonzalez (3-1) at Rage in the Cage 3 back in March.

Struggling to find a suitable opponent, James has reached out over Twitter to try and coax the Scot in to a fight.

Geordie, James hasn't been in action since November 2014. He took to his Twitter account to make a challenge. Claiming that he has been interested in the fight for the past two months. He Tweeted on April 30: “I hear @AfterburnerDNFT looking for an opponent ??? I asked for this fight 2 weeks ago and it wasn't the right time? #LetsDoIt”

Over two weeks later and no reply James followed up with: “Mate why you duckin me?”



After many, many, many Tweets badgering Turner James finally got a response.

Turner took to Twitter on May 20 to finally reply to James' accusations of him ducking him.

Turner Tweeted: “I'm not blanking, I'm just not rising to a petty Twitter row I have better things to do with my time.

“The offer has been made... 

“You went on a rant the other night so here's your opportunity, what more do you want?”

Kingdom MMA understands that James was offered a match up with Turner at On Top in Fife, Scotland on June 6, but that offer was refused as it would not leave him with enough time to make weight.

What is a potential fireworks bout now in the works, it seems only a matter of time until both men's schedule sync up and we are treated to a highly anticipated domestic showdown.

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Desborough vs Ventre & plus more added to FCC 13

By Alex Dillon @ADillon__



Full Contact Contender (FCC), has today announced a string of Cage Warriors veterans for it's June 20th fight card. Chief amongst today’s announcements is a featherweight bout between ‘Handsome’ Jordan Desborough and Adam Ventre.

Desborough (8-4) is a former CWFC world title challenger at 135lbs, fighting to a nail-biting five round split decision against Brett Johns at the culmination of a thrilling one-night tournament. The SBG Mainline project last competed for Cage Warriors in late 2014, earning a points victory over Kris Edwards. Desborough, whose brother Josh Jarvis is a former FCC amateur featherweight champion, returns to FCC for the first time since defeating Conrad Hayes via decision; a win which earned him a slot on the CWFC roster.

Ventre (4-1) takes to the FCC cage for the second time this year. The Next Generation prospect is coming off a victory against Brent Crawley at FCC 12, a contest that was steeped in bad blood. A grappler fighter by trade, Ventre has earned all four of his professional victories by way of submission.

Promoter Adam Teh said, “I’m thrilled to have both Adam and Jordan back on FCC, even more so because they’re fighting each other! Neither man knows how to be in a boring fight, and both have abilities way beyond their age and experience. This bout will have serious implications for both as they look to take the next step from prospect to contender. Whether this one lasts a minute or the full fifteen, it has value for money written all over it!”

Elsewhere on the professional portion of the card, fellow CWFC veteran Azi ‘One Bomb’ Thomas returns to FCC to face France’s Chaoki Hannachi. The MK Legion fighter is coming off a strong showing against Cyril di Betta, TKO’ing his opponent in under two minutes despite a massive weight disadvantage. Thomas returns to FCC for the first time since his professional debut. The SBG Mainline fighter was notably handed his first loss in 2014 following a bizarre illegal upkick KO, only to bounce back with a legitimate upkick KO this February.

Also on the card, Carl ‘The Bomber’ Booth looks to bounce back from his first professional loss. Following a stellar amateur career,  Booth made his professional debut in the middle east, knocking out CWFC favourite Jarah Al-Silawi in front of a partisan crowd. The fight will mark Booth’s first outing on home soil as a professional, against a to-be-confirmed opponent.

Finally, Jai Herbert will look to follow up his blistering professional debut when he faces the more experienced Martin Sweeny in lightweight contest.

FCC 13 comes to Bolton’s Macron Stadium on June 20th, 2015, headlined by a European Featherweight title bout pitting champion Paddy ‘The Baddy’ Pimblett against Miguel ‘Santa Muerte’ Haro. More bouts, including an explosive co-main event and three amateur title fights, will be announced shortly.

Sponsorship opportunities are available. Contact Adam Teh (07816659015) for details.

Tommy Quinn promises "punches in bunches" ahead of European title fight with Lew Long at M4TC 17

By Alex Dillon - @ADillon__




This Saturday night showcases a blockbuster fight between two of the highest rated welterweights on the domestic scene as Tommy Quinn and Lew Long face off for the European title at Made 4 The Cage in Newcastle.

Quinn (6-1) returns after a long injury lay off and will be looking to show everyone why he was so well regarded prior to the injury.

It's been a tough year and a half for the Irish native but one things for sure, he's relishing the return.

"I picked up a real bad injury which prevented me from competing" Said Quinn.  "Part of it was my fault due to not giving myself enough rest time but I feel guilty not being there for my training partners, I can't expect them to be there for me if I'm not there for them

I'll be glad to get in there and have a tear up as last year was a bit of a disaster, this is the beginning of a new year for me and I'm looking forward to getting another win"

It hasn't been all doom and gloom for the welterweight though, as he tells Kingdom MMA he enjoyed a bit of travelling due to team mate (UFC lightweight Ross Pearson) fighting in Australia  "I've also been fortunate enough to do bits and pieces of travelling.  I was back out in Oz last year when Ross was fighting, the result wasn't what we wanted but the experience was tremendous.  To be behind the scenes of the big show and see how it operates was fantastic"

With Quinn being a Cage Warriors fighter and the promotion looking defunct, it has left an air of uncertainty amongst him and many other competitors, but for Quinn, he has an opportunity to headline an event in a city that he moved to over eight years ago whilst also sharing the card with team mates and fighters he has admired from day one.

"It's pretty cool that I've moved over here almost 8 years ago and I'm headlining the biggest event in the North East, I'm basically Newcastle's adopted son now." Said the Irishman.

"I've been main even before many a moon ago when I was 19, fighting Shaun Lomas.  One of the things that has added to the highlight of being main event is that I get to watch two bellator vets fight in Andrew Fisher and Ronnie Mann.  Watching Fisher will be nerve racking as he is a training partner and more importantly a good friend, but watching Ronnie Mann again will be insane as I remember when I was starting, reading and watching Ronnie and he was literally the Man and watching hitting pads and training with Shaun Tompkins online and now it's mad that we are fighting on the same card"

His opponent at Made 4 The Cage, Lew Long, comes into the fight off the back of his biggest win yet which saw him submit UK MMA veteran Matt Inman in emphatic fashion at Cage Warriors 74. Quinn knows his foe is dangerous yet holds plenty of respect for the Welshman Long as ultimately, he believes that their styles will create a cracker of a fight.

"Lew seems like a real good kid.  Bit like myself, likes a bit of a tear up and does it for the craic.  He's a good grappler and a decent striker.  I think he will be slightly stronger on the floor than I and I will be stronger on the feet, that's why it makes a good fight.  Regardless I'm ready to fight and I know he will be to.  I'm pretty sure there will be a few biting down on the gumshield moments during the fight and a few "oooooohhhh's" from the crowd"

Quinn's fighting style evidently rubs off onto his personality as he tells us "I started this fighting for the craic and will continue to take it as a bit of craic, I want people to want to watch me and I want to be hearing the old wife's tales when I'm older sitting old and fragile in a pub somewhere, "see Quinn over there, I heard one time he lost his leg in a fight, picked it up and battered some kid with it, I'm telling ye"

When pressed on his future in the sport and in particular Cage Warriors and Made 4 The Cage, "The Roly Poly Kid" simply answers "I just want to become the next M4TC European Champ"

And whilst he maintains plenty of respect for his adversary Long, make no mistake about it, he's coming to fight and promises to bring "Punches in bunches" when fight night arrives this Saturday and quite frankly, we wouldn't expect any less from such an exciting fighter.

Tommy Quinn would like to thank the following in the build up to the fight:

"I'd like to thank all my NEVT training partners who have helped with the camp, Andrew Fisher, Ross Pearson, Kye Waters, Colin Fletcher etc. iron sharpens iron as they say.  All my sponsors, Bad Boy, Hawkers co. , little & large clothing range, Bear Beats clothing range, Vitality Chiropractor Practice, Dale from M4TC for matching the fight, Lew Long for accepting and everyone who is coming to support the Roly Poly Kid"


Dean Amasinger returns to face Dan Vinni at MACTO Championships on June 27

 

MACTO Championships, the UK’s newest MMA promotion, have today announced yet another exciting bout to their inaugural event on June 27th at the Arena: MK in Milton Keynes. A middleweight contest between Dean ‘Renegade’ Amasinger and Dan Vinni gets added to what is going to be a stacked card.

World renowned MMA coach and The Ultimate Fighter: USA vs UK competitor Dean Amasinger makes his highly anticipated return to competition with MACTO Championships after a three year absence.

With a 9-6 record as a pro fighter, historically representing Nottingham’s iconic Team Rough House gym, now fighting out of NFM, Windsor; Amasinger last competed in 2012, but the 31-year-old has since undergone a tremendous career development having played a pivotal coaching role for many of Britain’s top fighters, and we are set to witness a greatly evolved fighter in Milton Keynes on June 27th.

Amasinger’s ability as one of the UK’s leading MMA coaches was harnessed by UFC veteran Ross Pearson in 2012 when Amasinger was brought in to coach Team UK against their Australian counterparts on The Ultimate Fighter: The Smashes.
 
The newly evolved Amasinger feels the time is right for a return to action, he stated:

“The time is right to make my return to MMA. I’ve grown as a fighter, athlete and man, and I’m excited to compete again and fight beyond my potential.”

Upon his long awaited return, Amasinger will face a stern test in the form of 27-year-old Dan Vinni (12-13), an experienced BJJ specialist with rounded abilities that have seen him achieve seven submission victories with five wins by way of KO/TKO.

Fighting out of London’s Urban Kings Gym, Vinni looks to hit winning ways with his first fight of 2015, and the opportunity to ruin the high profile return of Amasinger will no doubt provide intense motivation.

Vinni stated: “I’m really excited to be fighting on such a big stage like MACTO, which is looking like it’s doing all the right things to be a success. I’m also very grateful to fighting such a respected veteran like Dean. I’ve been under the radar for a long time, mixed with having some bad luck and bad decisions but this is my time to make a statement. ‘Tell your friends, tell your neighbours, tell Randy Gonzalez…I’m coming!"

MACTO Championships’ debut showcase will be headlined by British UFC veteran Nick Osipczak making his eagerly anticipated return to MMA competition, and fearsome knockout artists Alex Montagnani and David Round will collide in the co-main event.

MACTO Championships June 27 card so far:

Main event: Nick ‘Slick’ Osipczak vs. TBC - Welterweight
Co-main event: Alex ’Mean’ Montagnani vs. David ‘One More’ Round - Welterweight
Denniston ‘Mad Max’ Sutherland vs. Avi Jack – Middleweight
Sam ‘The Hobbit’ Creasey vs. Mark ‘The Beast’ Sainci – Flyweight
Oli ‘The Spartan’ Thompson vs. Kamil ‘Vanderlei’ Bazelak – Heavyweight
Dean ‘Renegade’ Amasinger vs. Dan Vinni – Middleweight

K-1 bout: Fraser ‘The Omen’ Opie vs. Louis ‘KO’ King – 90kg catchweight

More fights are soon to be announced. For tickets and further information visit www.mactochampionships.com