Interview: UFC co-creator Campbell McLaren

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

Wednesday, 2 September 2015

TICKETS Now ON SALE for the 2015 IMMAF EUROPEAN OPEN CHAMPIONSHIPS of AMATEUR MMA

 

Tickets are now on sale for the 2015 IMMAF European Open Championships of Amateur MMA, taking place November 19 -22 in Birmingham, United Kingdom.

The venue for the International Mixed Martial Arts Federation (IMMAF) tournament will be the Walsall Sports Centre at the University of Wolverhampton. Participants will be accommodated in Birmingham city centre. Situated in the heart of the British Midlands, Birmingham is a lively cultural hotspot at the hub of England’s rail and motorway networks. The city has its own international airport, Birmingham Airport.

The open championship showcases amateur talent from across member countries worldwide, and participation will count towards individual and team participation in the IMMAF World Amateur MMA Rankings. See rankings: http://www.immaf.org/immaf-world-amateur-mma-rankings/

Commissioned by the United Kingdom Mixed Martial Arts Federation (UKMMAF), the IMMAF European Open Championships will feature on UFC FIGHT PASS and international television, post-event.

Ticket Prices:
1 day pass - £15
2 day weekend pass - £25
4 day tournament pass - £40

Tickets can be purchased here: http://www.immaf.org/buy-immaf-tickets/
For further event information please visit http://www.immaf.org/2015-immaf-european-open-championships/

Book discounted IMMAF hotel accommodation here: www.immaf.org/hiltonhotel

For information about IMMAF visit www.immaf.org and follow on Twitter @IMMAFed

Chris Bungard talks to Kingdom MMA ahead of FFC: Evolve

by Chris Marzella @ChrisMarzella


THERE has been no shortage of drama for one Scottish lightweight who has faced an uncertain fight week. First Fighting Championship returns this Friday and, not for the first time, the promotion has been forced to replace its main event. FFC: Evolve takes place on Friday night from the Alona Hotel in Motherwell, Scotland.

The show is set to be headlined by Chris 'The Bad Guy' Bungard (4-1). Bungard was originally set to face Andy Elliot. That bout has now been scrapped on fight week after Elliot suffered an injury.

Instead, Bungard will now take on Nathan Lavery as a late replacement in the main event.
Scottish Hit Squad member, Bungard was last in action when he was out pointed by tough Kieran Malone at FFC:Full Force in February. Now the lightweght is just happy to finally be back in action.
Speaking to Kingdom MMA, Bungard said: “I can't wait. I've basically had three fight camps back to back after opponents pulled out late on the Headhunters and On Top shows on me so will be great to actually get the chance to show my skills.”

Bungard is now looking to make amends for his last outing. He added: “I felt I wasn't composed during the fight. I rushed in twice which cost me the fight to be honest.

“That won't happen again I'm learning from every fight I have and improving in between. This will be my 19th MMA fight in five years so I take a lot from every fight weather it be positives or things to improve on.”

It will be Bungards fifth outing for FFC in his sixth pro fight. On fighting for FFC, he said: “What's not to like about FFC they have great venues, great fights with great atmosphere. The shows don't sell out for nothing.”

Taking short notice fights can be fraught with danger but Bungard is adamant that the outcome will be the same.

He said: “All I know is his name is Nathan Laverly and he took it on three days notice. He's fought boxing and K1 fights and he's a southpaw.

“Nothing changes really he will go down in the first round no matter where the fight goes.”
He added: You can always expect a relentless violent finish. I will 100 per cent finish the fight and you can expect blood when I excellently execute my game plan in a crazy atmosphere.”

BRAD PICKETT launches Rise of Champions organisation; unveils initial event details



UFC bantamweight fighter, Brad Pickett, has unveiled his plans for the debut event by his new fight organisation, RISE OF CHAMPIONS under the banner of One Punch Promotions.

The event, which will feature both amateur and professional bouts, will take place at City Pavilion, Romford, UK on October 17 2015. Pickett has joined forces with Team Titan head coach, Mickey Papas to organise the event, and is currently putting the finishing touches to their first ever fight card. The inaugural event will feature fighters from BKK Fighters, The MMA Clinic, Team Titan, plus other renowned UK gyms.

Pickett's motivation for launching RISE OF CHAMPIONS is rooted in seeking out new talent and nurturing fighters as they progress in their career. He explains:

"When I was starting out in this sport, it wasn't really a long term viable career option but things have changed considerably now - and it's something that young fighters aspire to do as a job, not just a hobby. I want to help those hungry young fighters get experience and support them as they take the first steps towards that. It can be a rough path to follow, and I hope that my experience will help guide them along a bit."

Pickett has today announced a number of bouts for the first event including a professional welterweight match up between David 'One More' Round and Bill Beaumont, plus a handful of amateur fights - with more announcements to follow in the coming weeks.
  
RISE OF CHAMPIONS #1 - FIGHT CARD

Professional Main Card

David Round  vs.  Bill Beaumont (Welterweight)

Amateur Undercard

Philip Weaire-Gil  vs.  Tom Mowle (Lightweight)

Lester Piggot  vs.  Danny Nash (Welterweight)

Stelios Theocharous  vs.  Mickey Millar (Lightweight)

Mike Ekundayo  vs.  Raheel Khan (Featherweight)
Mak Mwnza  vs.  Joshua Onwordi (Light-Heavyweight)
 
Tickets for RISE OF CHAMPIONS are currently on sale, with both table packages, and individual seating or standing tickets available, starting at £30. Click HERE for more details.  

Tom Watson Amongst Others Cut From the UFC




British Middleweight Tom Kong Watson is amongst 13 to be released from the UFC today including 4 Europeans according to http://ufcfightersinfo.herokuapp.com.

http://ufcfightersinfo.herokuapp.com is a ruby script which has been designed to search UFC.com for any changes to the promotions roster including changes in weight class, fighters added and deleted, which in the case of Watson, the script picked up he has been deleted from the site. Although no official announcement has been made from the UFC or from Watson, the site is historically accurate at picking up on fighters who have been cut from the promotion. 

Having defeated the likes of Jack Marshman, Murilo Rua, Denniston Sutherland, John Maguire and more, Southampton born Watson signed for the UFC in 2012 after 3 successful defences of his BAMMA World title. His UFC debut came in a losing effort to Brad Tavares at UFC on Fuel: Struve vs Miocic where he was out struck for 3 rounds. Watson's finest UFC moment came in his second fight at UFC on Fuel: Barao vs McDonald where he scrapped with Bulgarian, Stanislav Nedkov in a fight of the year candidate to earn both Knockout of the Night and Fight of the Night honours netting Watson $100,000.

Unfortunately for Watson and British MMA fans alike, Watson's remaining time in the UFC was disappointing sandwiching a decision victory over Sam Alvey between loses to Thales Leites and Nick Catone, and Rafael Natal & Chris Camozzi. 

At 2-5 in the UFC Watson's release won't come as a surprise to anyone. He will now be left to find another promotion to fight in, as will: 

Light Heavyweight: Hans Stringer
Middleweight: Dan Miller, Ildemar Alcantara,
Welterweight: Andrew Craig, Igor Araujo 
Lightweight: Anthony Christodoulou, Yosdenis Cedeno
Featherweight: Niklas Backstrom, Aaron Phillips 
Bantamweight: Cody Gibson, Royston Wee
Flyweight: Darrell Montague

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Shinobi War 5 Finalises Card




It was announced today per AddictedOTR that the card for Shinobi War 5 has been finalised. 18 fights are expected to take place Saturday night with three Title fights on the line. 


MAIN CARD

Shinobi MMA FC Lightweight Title
Tim Barnett vs Jack Flynn

Shinobi MMA FC Featherweight Title
Manny Akpan vs Ben Royle

Shinobi MMA FC Welterweight Title
Tomasz Wojtyna vs Dylan McLoughlin

Shinobi MMA FC Lightweight Title Eliminator
Bobby Pallett vs Steven Hooper

Lightweight 
Beau Gavin vs Aaron McDonnell

UNDERCARD

Bantamweight
Chris Pieroni vs Danny Randolph

Lightweight
Harry McKnight vs Dan Tasker

Bantamweight
Julio Calcina vs Damian Firth

Featherweight
Jordan Barton vs Ayat Loresanti

Light Heavyweight
Joe Kennedy vs Ross Pope

Heavyweight
Bryn Edwards vs Jack Burton

Welterweight
James Doolan vs Fionn Healy-Magwa

PRELIMINARY CARD

Welterweight
Kyle Heathcote vs Ricardo Lima

Lightweight
Dave Morrison vs Simon Durose

Flyweight
Callum Pridding vs Liam Gittins

Featherweight
Liam Burston vs Callum Brown

Heavyweight
Dave Lyons vs Darrel Carrington

Lightweight

Ben Stokes vs Nathan Lately

Tickets for the event can be bought here - https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/date/185340

Monday, 31 August 2015

The Ultimate Fighter McGregor vs Faber full cast revealed

by Ben Heather @benheather


The cast members for the latest series of 'The Ultimate Fighter' have today been revealed with 32 competitors, 16 from across Europe and 16 from the USA fighting for the opportunity to earn a contract with the UFC.

The coaches of this season need no introduction as Urijah Faber coaches Team USA while the UFC Interim Featherweight champion Conor McGregor coaches Team Europe. This will be the second time Faber has coached TUF after coaching TUF live against Dominick Cruz in 2012.

McGregor will be coaching this season ahead of his camp to unify the title as he fights Jose Aldo at UFC 194 in December after coaching on the newest season of the reality show.

Here are the names of the 32 fighters who will compete on 'The Ultimate Fighter'

Europe:

Artem Lobov (11-10-1-1) from Dublin, Ireland

Abner Lloveras (19-7-1) from Barcelona, Spain

David Teymur (3-1) from Stockholm, Sweden

Djamil Chan (19-2) from Amsterdam, Netherlands
Frantz Frank Slioa (4-0) from Stockholm, Sweden

Marcin Wrzosek (10-2) from Bydgoszcz, Poland

Martin Delaney (10-1) from Bathgate, Scotland

Martin Svensson (14-5) from Malmo, Sweden

Mehdi Baghdad (11-3) from Toulon, France

Mohamed Grabinski (10-1) from Dusseldorf, Germany

Paulo Boer (10-1-1) from Holland

Sascha Sharma (8-2) from Stuttgart, Germany

Saul Rogers (10-1) from Bolton, England

Sean Carter (10-1) from Essex, England

Thibault Gouti (10-0) vs. Avignon, France

Vladimir Sikic (10-0) from Frankfurt, Germany

United States:

Andreas Quintana (8-1) from Albuquerque, N.M.

Austin Springer (8-0) from Portland, Ore.

Billy Quarantillo (6-1) from Tampa, Fla.

Brandon Ricetti (7-1) from Chico, Calif.

Brennan Sevin (7-1) from Chauvin, LA.

Chris Gruetzemacher (12-1) from Peoria, AZ

Jason Soares (8-0) from Miami, Fla.

Johnny Nunez (5-1) from Las Vegas, NV

James Jenkins (8-1) from Long Island, NY

Jason Gonzalez (9-2) from Colton, Calif.

Julian Erosa (14-1) from Yakima, Wash.

Mike Flach (7-1) from Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.

Ryan Hall (4-1) from Falls Church, VA

Thanh Le (4-1) from New Orleans, LA

Tim Welch (12-5) from Glendale, Ariz.

Tom Gallicchio (19-8) from Perth Amboy, N.J.

This season of the show starts on Sept. 9th airing on Wednesday nights on FOX Sports 1 in America and I am sure will air on Thursday's in the UK on BT Sport.

The main event of 'The Ultimate Fighter' Finale on Dec. 11 has already been announced as former lightweight champion Frankie Edgar squares off against Chad Mendes.

Philip Mulpeter out, Luka Jelcic in against Tim Wilde at BAMMA 22 in Dublin

by Ben Heather @benheather


Unfortunately the highly anticipated lightweight showdown between Tim Wilde (6-1) and Philip Mulpeter (7-5) will not be happening at BAMMA 22 due to an undisclosed injury to Mulpeter. Instead Mulpeter's SBG Ireland team mate Luka Jelcic (6-2) will be stepping in on three weeks notice to take on Wilde.

Luka Jelcic comes in to the fight looking to get back to winning ways after a unanimous decision loss earlier this year against Zurab Betergaraev (5-0-1 1NC) at WFCA 1 - Grozny Battle ended his two fight winning streak. For the Croatian Jelcic, fighting in Dublin will no doubt give him the home crowd advantage on fight night fighting out of the highly regarded SBG Ireland gym.

Tim Wilde is one of the UK's top lightweights and always brings the excitement to the cage. Wilde holds big wins over Stephen Martin, Jefferson George and Damien Brown with his sole loss coming against top UK lightweight Sean Carter. That fight was, in my opinion, one of the best fights of 2014 in UK MMA.

If Wilde was to win in Dublin, I hope that the fight against Mulpeter happens in the near future as that fight was in my opinion one of the best fights on the stacked BAMMA 22 card.

BAMMA 22 is headlined by Tom Duquesnoy vs Brendan Loughnane in a battle for the BAMMA Featherweight title and takes place on September 19th from Dublin's 3 Arena. BAMMA 22 features a host of exciting fighters including Chris Fields, Marc Diakiese, Damien Rooney and Kane Mousah to name a few. Also on the card is BAMMA's first WMMA fight as Catherine Costigan takes on Simona Soukupova in an Atomweight showdown.