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Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Swedish UFC fighter Tor Troeng retires from MMA

By Alex Dillon @ADillon_

Credit :BT Sport

Swedish fighter Tor Troeng has decided to call it quits on his MMA career and hang up his gloves.

The TUF 17 vet, who is currently on a three-fight losing streak, took to Facebook page on Wednesday evening to announce the decision.

“After almost 10 years as a professional MMA fighter, it’s time for me to move on,” Troeng stated in his native Swedish. “I have decided to put the gloves on the shelf. The joy and motivation needed to perform at the highest level is no longer with me.

“I love MMA. MMA has given me many memorable moments, hard training, meetings with amazing people, and above all a lot of joy.”

After starting his career in Europe and amassing 11 stoppages along the way, Troeng got his shot in the UFC via Season 17 of “The Ultimate Fighter,” where he fought under coach Chael Sonnen after a submission win over Scott Rosa to get into the house.

In his first fight in the house, he was knocked out by Josh Samman. Still, he got his chance in the UFC and at UFC on FUEL TV 9, he submitted Adam Cella in front of his home fans in Sweden.

Since then, he has dropped 3 unanimous decisions in a row, first was a “Fight of the Night” winner against Rafael Natal in 2013 then after a layoff of about 10 months, he returned in July for UFC Dublin but was outpointed by Trevor Smith. Earlier this month in Stockholm, he dropped a decision to Krzysztof Jotko in what will be his final bout.

After the loss to Jotko, Troeng did seem to contemplate fighting again in his post fight interview so it may not come as a surprise to many.

Audio: Lewis Long looks to prove himself against Matt Inman at Cage Warriors 73

 by Andreas Georgiou - @AGeorgiouMMA

Lewis Long (8-3) revealed his admiration for opponent Matt Inman (13-6) ahead of their welterweight clash at Cage Warriors 73, November 1st at the Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle, in this exclusive interview with Kingdom MMA.

The Mat Academy man will make his second appearance at welterweight, after an impressive 170lb debut against Steve Dinsdale at Cage Warriors 72.  He will now face SBG Manchester’s Inman, who is largely considered one of the toughest fights in the division.

“He’s a good fighter all round, but there are not a lot of specifics I’ve had to work on to be honest.” He added: “I just want to beat him, I’m not thinking about the future, every fights a big fight, just one step at a time… I’ve always wanted to fight Matt.”

The winner of this fight will arguably put themselves in a good position at the top of the welterweight ladder for a future title shot against Nicolas Dalby. However the Welshman stated: “Whoever he is, I don’t really care about him.”

Long also emphasised how much the sport of MMA means to him: “Fighting has given me the life I have now, I don’t want a different life, I love my life, the more I fight the happier I get.”

You can listen the entire interview right here, Long talks more about fight with Inman, moving up to welterweight, his year away from the cage and potential Lew Long merchandise.

Audio: Matt Inman ready for 'strong opponent' Lew Long at Cage Warriors 73 in Newcastle, November 1

by Andreas Georgiou - @AGeorgiouMMA

In an exclusive pre-fight interview with Kingdom MMA, Matt Inman (13-6) talks about his ‘strong’ and ‘dangerous’ ground game ahead of his upcoming test against Lewis Long (8-3) at Cage Warriors 73 at the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle, November 1st.

Inman, the SBG Manchester fighter said: “Lew Long is a good fight, a good strong opponent, he’s very experienced in Cage Warriors. He’s coming off a good win against Steve Dinsdale in Wales.
“He’s got a bit of momentum behind him and he’s definitely a good strong dangerous opponent.”

the Manchester based fighter has six TKO/KOs to his name, but Long has never been finished by strikes: “My striking is dangerous because I can mix things up, I can use my knees and elbows well as well.”

He is coming off a loss to Mauro Chimento Jr. at Cage Warriors 68, which ‘definitely’ derailed any title hopes. However Inman believed it was simply just a ‘bad night’ on his behalf.

“I wasn't myself, I've kinda done a lot of reflection on it and thought back. I trained hard, I always do, I was fit and ready there’s no doubt, but my last few fights I got into the mind-set just go harder and that’s all I was doing, I wasn't kinda thinking.

“Like everyone was saying it was a body shot, that wasn't the shot that did the damage in that fight I don’t think, I actually I caught a shot on the top of my head.” Inman added “I couldn't really remember anything until watching the video back.  The body shot kinda finished the game off, it was just a bad night I think.”

You can listen to the interview right here, as Inman talks about his upcoming fight with Lew Long, the evolution of UKMMA, SBG Manchester, his time away from the cage, and more.

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Cung Le's suspension for elevated levels of HGH is rescinded by UFC

By Alex Dillon @ADillon_

Cung Le's one year suspension which he received after testing positive for elevated levels of Human Growth Hormone (HGH) in a post fight drug test after a brutal fourth round TKO loss to Michael Bisping at UFC Fight Night 48 has been rescinded, UFC officials announced on Tuesday.

The UFC issued the following statement on the decision:

"At UFC Fight Night Macao on August 23rd, UFC contracted with an independent drug testing laboratory in Hong Kong to perform urinalysis testing on all fighters on the card.  Additionally, UFC requested the laboratory to test blood samples from 4 fighters for human growth hormone (HGH), erythropoietin (EPO) and testosterone.

One of the athletes who had his blood tested was Cung Le.  The laboratory results from Le’s blood test were sent to the UFC and showed that his blood had a total HGH level outside the reference range.  Based on such results, UFC officials determined that Le had violated his promotional agreement and the UFC Fighter Conduct Policy.  Consequently, UFC decided that Le should be suspended from unarmed combat competition for 12 months.

Following the announcement of Le’s suspension, UFC officials have been provided with medical advice regarding the elevated total HGH present in Le’s system.  In accordance with such medical advice, UFC has determined that Le’s elevated total HGH by itself does not prove that he took performance-enhancing drugs before the August 23rd bout.  As a result, UFC has informed Le that his suspension is rescinded.

Le had requested an appeal of his suspension, and was entitled to arbitrate the drug test results and suspension.  However, based on the lack of conclusive laboratory results, UFC officials deemed it appropriate to immediately rescind the suspension without the need for further proceedings.

The UFC organization has always been a leader when it comes to testing for performance-enhancing drugs in combat sports.  All UFC athletes know they are subject to drug testing by an applicable state athletic commission, an international governing federation, or by an independent laboratory contracted by the UFC when no regulatory body is overseeing the event.  In those cases where regulatory oversight is unavailable, UFC voluntarily chooses to adhere to the highest level of athlete health and safety protocols similar to if the event were being held in the state of Nevada."

Lee Chadwick Meets Conor Cooke at Bamma 17, December 6th

Lee Chadwick Meets Conor Cooke at Bamma 17, December 6th

by Chris Houten - @mrhouts

A middleweight match up between Lee 'The Butcher' Chadwick and Conor 'Da Crook' Cooke has been added to BAMMA 17.

BAMMA 17 takes place on December 6th at the Victoria Warehouse, Manchester and is headline by TUF Smashes finalist and two time UFC fighter Colin 'Freakshow' Fletcher who takes on American Michael Brightmon. Tickets are on sale now HERE.

Fighting for the second time under the Bamma banner Lee 'The Butcher' Chadwick will be looking to bounce back from a loss in his last fight to recent UFC signee Pascu Ion at BAMMA Fight Night: Pascu vs. Chadwick. Fighting out of Atherton Submission Wrestling, the 29-year-old holds a record of 19-11-1 with 13 first round victories including a TKO victory over Cathal Pendred. Chadwick said:
"I'm looking for blood in this fight! KO/TKO/submission or a bloody battle!!"
Fighting out of Next Generation Northern Ireland Gym, Cooke makes his BAMMA debut having been originally slated to appear at BAMMA Fight Night: Pascu vs. Chadwick against Andy DeVent but had to withdraw due to injury. A pro since 2010, Cooke is 5-5 in his professional career with all his victory coming by TKO / KO. The fighter who hold notable victories over Henry Fadipe and Ross Pointon said:
"This is a great opportunity for me to showcase my skills on one of the U.K.'s largest promotions. I'm really excited about fighting for BAMMA. It's been one of my long time ambitions in MMA & I promise to put on a great show. I have a very tough opponent in Lee Chadwick which will only bring out the best in me & get me one step closer to getting that UK middleweight title."
Stay tuned to for all the latest on BAMMA 17.

BAMMA Sign Wolfslair's Jack McGann, Meets Kayyan Fallah at BAMMA 17

BAMMA Sign Wolfslair's Jack McGann, Meets Kayyan Fallah at BAMMA 17

by Chris Houten - @mrhouts

Jack McGann (6-0 MMA, 0-0 BAMMA), son of Wolfslair Gym founder Anthony McGann, has signed an exclusive 18 month, multi-fight deal with BAMMA, He will meet Kayyan Fallah (5-1 MMA, 0-0 BAMMA) at BAMMA 17.

BAMMA 17 takes place on December 6th at the Victoria Warehouse, Manchester and is headline by TUF Smashes finalist and two time UFC fighter Colin 'Freakshow' Fletcher who takes on American Michael Brightmon. Tickets are on sale now HERE.

Undefeated in his pro career,  Wolfslair's Jack McGann has quickly made a name for himself on the local MMA scene finishing all six of his opponents inside the first round with five wins by TKO and one win by submission. A pro since 2012, the 21-year-old had his first semi-professional fight shortly after his 14th birthday.
"I would like to thank Kayvan for giving me the opportunity to fight him, he will be by far my toughest test yet. In my 6 fights to date I have finished fairly quickly in all of them, so I am hoping to do the same in Manchester on the 6th December." 

Fighting out of Ludas Magnus Gym, Kayvan Fallah fights for the first time at lightweight when he meets Jack McGann at BAMMA 17. A pro since 2005, Fallah began his career winning his first 2 fights before losing to Alex Sandro in his 3 outing, a loss which prompted a 7 year hiatus. Since returning to MMA in 2013, Fallah is undefeated rattling of 3 wins in a row, including a TKO victory over Phil Flynn in his most recent outing in May. He said:
"I'm really grateful to BAMMA for the opportunity & Im looking forward to showcasing my skills against a tough opponent. It's my first fight at 70kg, my training camp at Ludus Magnus is going really well & I'm feeling strong. I'm looking to do the business & get back on BAMMA early 2015."
Stay tuned to for all the latest on BAMMA 17.

Monday, 20 October 2014

Marc Diakiese vs. Kane Mousah added to BAMMA 17 line up

By Alex Dillon @ADillon_

Credit: BAMMA/Richard Blackburn

BAMMA have announced that Marc "Bonecrusher" Diakiese Vs. Kane "The Danger" Mousah has been added to the BAMMA 17 Prelims. This lightweight showdown will take place on Saturday 6th December 2014, at the Victoria Warehouse, Manchester.

Tickets are available here.

Marc "Bonecrusher" Diakiese Vs. Kane "The Danger" Mousah (Lightweight)

Marc Diakiese was unbeaten at Amateur, over 9 fights, and has remained undefeated at Professional level with a record of 5-0. He made his successful debut at BAMMA 16, defeating Jefferson George via a Unanimous Decision.

Marc said "Looking forward to my next outing on BAMMA on 6th December. I know where I’m going which is for the belt & no one is stopping me. I’m looking forward to putting Kane away in his own city.”

Kane "The Danger" Mousah fights out of the Rough House gym with a 6-0 record.  He most recently defeated Hayden Critchfield via Rear Naked Choke at Full Contact Contender 11, a promotion where he made a name for himself with four straight first round finishes.

Ahead of his BAMMA debut he had this to say:

"I would like to thank BAMMA for giving me this great opportunity in my home city and can't wait for December 6th.  Diakiese make sure you're ready for war, because that is all I know"

BAMMA 17 Main Card

Colin "Freakshow" Fletcher vs Michael Brightmon

Walter Gahadza vs Mickael Lebout

Martin "" Stapleton vs Jeremy "Ninja" Petley

Oli Thompson vs Brett McDermott

Andy Craven vs Greg Severs

BAMMA 17 Prelims

Mike Grundy vs Michael "Gip" Cutting

Sam "The Hobbit" Creasey vs Mick Gerrard

Marc "Bonecrusher" Diakiese vs Kane "The Danger" Mousah