Interview: UFC co-creator Campbell McLaren

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

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Daniel Cassell Exclusive Interview: “I've asked if I could rebook this fight with Igor on the BAMMA show in December”

Daniel Cassell plans a quick return after injury forces him out of BAMMA 16

by Connor Hutton - @ConnorHutton94

Credit  David Lowry/ Odin Photography
Igor Purskarkis (8-0) was booked to fight Daniel Cassell (6-3) at BAMMA 16 on September 13th, the middleweight amateur fighters were preparing to headline the prelims of the card before Cassell was forced to withdraw from the bout due to an eye injury.

Cassell had recently represented the UK at the IMMAF World Championships and managed to bring home a bronze medal for his efforts, although he admitted that the tournament structure had taken its toll.

Cassell said: “It's tougher than I ever imagined. I competed in three fights in three days my body was a wreck by the 3rd fight which was against a fresh opponent. Plus the fact I fought two days after landing out there, the time difference really knocked us about!”

However Cassell had Puskarkis in the back of his mind before the IMMAF.

He added: “There was talk to match us up to fight before the world championships and I also watched his impressive win over Lee Williams at BAMMA Fight Night in Liverpool. I genuinely think we are the top 2 amateur middleweights in the country right now.

I think Igor is very strong and will be tough to dominate like I normally do. However I think I am slightly more rounded as a fighter and I think that will win me the fight.”

But now a fight that Cassell and the UK MMA world were very much looking forward to has been cancelled, for now. Cassell told us about the injury and about his plans upon his return.

“I wanted to fight but I was recommended by a doctor not too! The injury I've sustained is a bad cut above my right eye. It happened during a grappling session and I got caught with an elbow by my team mate.
I'll be back in the gym as soon as my eye has healed.

I've got a fight booked in November and I've also asked if I could rebook this fight with Igor on the BAMMA show in December, when I'm injured it makes me more hungry and I can't wait to get back!”

BAMMA 17 takes place on December 6th at the Manchester Victoria Warehouse.

Despite Cassell’s absence, BAMMA 16 goes ahead September 13th at the Victoria Warehouse in Manchester and we expect it to be sooner rather than later that we see him back in the cage.

Monday, 1 September 2014

Update from Contender Promotions on Dutch Fight Star Hunt

President Garry Bell picks a hand full of Dutch fighters to become UK Fight Stars

by Andreas Georgiou - @AGeorgiouMMA

Credit Koko Productions | Contender Promotions
Contender Promotions have chosen six fighters from a selection of over 40 at VOS Gym House of Legends in Holland, on their Fight Star Hunt which took place on Saturday 30th August sponsored by Real Fighters.

"We are very happy with our new stars, we made the choice and selected six fighters that we liked very much. We are really excited for them to be a part of Contender Promotions, in the next few days we will release the promo video recorded from the Hunt.

We will speak with the fighters over the coming weeks and confirm where [and when] they will make their Contender Promotions debut.

Thank you to every body that was involved with the HUNT, a special thanks is extended to VOS gym for allowing us to host the Hunt, and to Real Fighters for their support in sponsorship."

Daniel Cassell heads up amateur card at BAMMA 16 on September 13 in Manchester

Daniel  Cassell takes on Igor Puskarkis in the BAMMA 16 amateur card main event

by Andreas Georgiou - @AGeorgiouMMA


BAMMA have confirmed the addition of six amateur MMA bouts as the opening preliminaries for BAMMA 16: Daley vs. Da Rocha at Manchester's Victoria Warehouse on 13th September.

Tickets are still on sale at: http://bit.ly/1xZ6u2g.

This will be headlined by a middleweight encoutner between Igor Puskarkis (8-0 Amateur) and Daniel Cassell (6-3 Amateur). Cassell represented the UK at the IMMAF World Championships of Amateur MMA in Las Vegas earlier this year, with wins over Johan Erasmus (South Africa) and Asterio Lucchesini (Italy) reaching the semi-finals to earn a Bronze medal at Middleweight.

See below for listed Amateur fights for BAMMA 16:

MIDDLEWEIGHT AMATEUR BOUT
IGOR PUSKARKIS  VS. DANIEL CASSELL                
             
FLYWEIGHT AMATEUR BOUT                                                                    
CALLUM MCVAY VS. JAVONNE MORRISON                    
             
LIGHTWEIGHT AMATEUR BOUT                                                              
JOE NARAYNSINGH VS. TIM BARNETT                  
             
FEATHERWEIGHT AMATEUR BOUT                                                                        
ROB ZABITIS VS.  JAMES WINSTANLEY                
             
FEATHERWEIGHT AMATEUR BOUT                                                                        
LARS ATKINS VS. JASON PETERSON                      
             
WELTERWEIGHT AMATEUR BOUT                                                                          
LLOYD GELLATLY VS. ALEX COSSEY          

Sunday, 31 August 2014

VIDEO: Watch Kickboxing Fight of the Year: Joe Schilling vs Simon Marcus - GLORY Last Man Standing

Joe Schilling vs Simon Marcus is an electric GLORY Middleweight bout

by Andreas Georgiou - @AGeorgiouMMA


Both Joe Schilling and Simon Marcus put it all on the line in their opening bouts of the GLORY Last Man Standing Middleweight title tournament on June 21st.

Both men put everything on the line, with the bout having to go to a sudden death victory round for the decider.

Schilling would advance to the next round where he defeated long time nemesis Wayne Barrett by split decision, before losing out to the technically tough Artem Levin in the tournament final.

Watch "Stitch Em Up" Joe Schilling vs Simon "Bad Bwoy"  Marcus is one of the best kickboxing matches you will see all year.

Friday, 29 August 2014

ONE FC: Reign of Champions Results - Askren and Jadambaa capture gold, whilst Aoki defends in dominating fashion

Two new champions crowned in Dubai for ONE FC

by Andreas Georgiou - @AGeorgiouMMA

Credit ONE FC
The Dubai World Trade Centre played host an impressive ONE FC event as Shinya Aoki retained his ONE FC Lightweight World Championship in the event's main event. Elsewhere, both Ben Askren and Narantungalag Jamdambaa emerged as new world champions.

A clinical grappling performance from Shinya Aoki saw him successfully defend his ONE FC Lightweight World Championship against Kamal Shalorus, submitting the Iranian in the first round by rear naked choke.

Ben Askren flourished to take the Welterweight belt away from Nobutatsu Suzuki, taking less than two minutes to finish the fight, by landing an unprecedented amount of strikes on his grounded opponent.

In the only title fight to go the distance, Narantungalag Jadambaa emerged victorious over Kojo Oishi to capture the ONE FC Featherweight World Championship. Jadambaa controlled the fight for the majority, landing the cleaner shots, as well as the some impressive takedowns. Oishi seemed a shell of himself, and was never able to amount any real form of a comeback.

Roger Huerta got his first win in four years, defeating Christian Holley by knockout in the first round. Huerta used his superior grappling skills to take the fight to the ground and finished the fight with a barrage of punches.

James McSweeney continued his impressive run in ONE FC, knocking out Cristiano Kaminishi with a vicious soccer kick to what seemed to be the back of the head.

The main card opened with Herbert Burns grinding out the decision victory against an overwhelmed Hiroshige Tanaka.

Official results for ONE FC: REIGN OF CHAMPIONS

ONE FC Lightweight World Championship bout: Shinya Aoki defeats Kamal Shalorus by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 2:15 minutes of round 1

ONE FC Welterweight World Championship bout: Ben Askren defeats Nobutatsu Suzuki by TKO (Strikes) at 1:24 minutes of round 1

ONE FC Featherweight World Championship bout: Narantungalag Jadambaa defeats Koji Oishi by Unanimous Decision at 5:00 minutes of round 3

Lightweight bout: Roger Huerta defeats Christian Holley TKO (Strikes) at 3:13 minutes of round X
Light Heavyweight bout: James McSweeney defeats Cristiano Kaminishi by Knockout at 1:17 minutes of round 1

Featherweight bout: Herbert Burns defeats Hiroshige Tanaka by Unanimous Decision at 5:00 minutes of round 3

Catchweight (76.5kg) bout: Mohamad Walid defeats Vaughn Donayre by Submission (Armbar) at 1:05 minutes of round 1

Flyweight bout: Dejdamrong sor Amnuaysirichoke defeats Ali Yaakub by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 2:34 minutes of round 1

Flyweight bout: Ann Osman defeats Ana Julaton by Split Decision at 5:00 minutes of round 3

James Irvin forced to withdraw from Bellator 125 fight against Brian Rogers with leg injury, Rogers now faces Brett Cooper

James Irvin out with leg injury, Brett Cooper steps in to face Brian Rogers at Bellator 125

by  Andreas Georgiou - @AGeorgiouMMA


An unlucky leg injury for James Irvin, may see him sidelined until 2015, and forces him to withdraw from Brian Rogers bout at Bellator 125 on September 19th. Brian Rogers now gets a tough test in Bellator veteran Brett Cooper.

A highlight reel flying knee knockout of Adrian Miles at Bellator 119, Rogers is a forced to be reckoned with. Meanwhile, Cooper is looking to bounce back from a submission loss to Brandon Halsey at Bellator 122.

With the change, the current fight card for Bellator 125 is listed below:

MAIN CARD:

Middleweight Feature Fight: Doug Marshall (18-7) vs. Melvin Manhoef (28-11-1)
Middleweight Feature Fight: Brett Cooper (20-10) vs. Brian Rogers (11-6)
Featherweight Feature Fight: Martin Stapleton (13-3) vs. Goiti Yamauchi (17-2)
Heavyweight Feature Fight:  Javy Ayala (7-3) vs. Raphael Butler (8-0-1)

PRELIMINARY CARD:

Welterweight Feature Fight: Ron Keslar (11-6) vs. Jesse Juarez (21-9)
Welterweight Feature Fight: Aaron Wilkinson (11-6) vs. Chris Honeycutt (4-0)
Featherweight Feature Fight: Julio Cesar Neves (29-0) vs. Poppies Martinez (29-10)
Middleweight Feature Fight: Granson Clark (2-1) vs. George Zuniga (2-0)
Featherweight Feature Fight: Jonny Bonilla-Bowman (2-0) vs. Sergio Cortez (9-8)
Flyweight Feature Fight: Oscar Ramirez (3-1) vs. Matt Ramirez (debut)
Featherweight Feature Fight: Joe Neal (3-0) vs. Paul Ruiz (5-1)
Middleweight Feature Fight: Rafael Carvalho (9-1) vs. Anthony Ruiz (33-18)

Pannie Kianzad and Agnieszka Niedzwiedz set to collide at Cage Warriors 74 in London to determine first ever Women's Bantamweight Champion

Undefeated bantamweights Pannie Kianzad (6-0) and Agnieszka Niedzwiedz (7-0) clash at CWFC 74 the Copper Box in London for the inaugural Women's Bantamweight belt. 

by Andreas Georgiou - @AGeorgiouMMA


Cage Warriors Fighting Championship will crown their first women’s bantamweight world champion on November 15 as the promotion comes to the Copper Box Arena in London for CWFC 74.

Helsingborg, Sweden's Kianzad (6-0 ) is coming off a TKO stoppage of Megan van Houtum CWFC 71 in Amman. The 22-year-old holds other notable victories over current UFC fighter Milana Dudieva, Bellator’s Annalisa Bucci and fellow CWFC bantamweight contender Lina Akhtar Lansberg.

“I’m really proud and excited to be fighting to become the first ever Cage Warriors women’s bantamweight world champion,” said Kianzad, a Rumble Sports team-mate of current CWFC welterweight world champion Nicolas Dalby.

I’ll be looking to represent my team as best I can, and I look forward to putting on an exciting fight in London in November.”

In her most recent Cage Warriors outing, Poland's Niedzwiedz (7-0) is also coming off a win, with a submission-of-the-night over Gemma Hewitt at CWFC 67 in Swansea in April.

“Pannie Kianzad is a very good fighter and I may need the two extra rounds to stop her. We’ve both earned this chance and we’ll show everyone some world-class women’s MMA in London.

We’re both young and determined, but I’m younger and more determined. Pannie, you asked for this fight, and I’m looking forward to showing you how much of a mistake that was.”

Cage Warriors CEO Graham Boylan commented on the promotion making it's debut at the Copper Box Arena.

“After a number of sell-out London events at The Forum in Kentish Town over the past couple of years, we’re excited to be bringing Cage Warriors to the Copper Box.

The card for Cage Warriors 74 is going to be something special, but I’m really looking forward to seeing Pannie and Agnieszka fight to make history as our first women’s bantamweight champion.

They’re two worthy contenders but one of them is set to taste defeat for the first time on November 15. The eyes of the MMA world will be on this one and I can’t wait for it.”