Darren Till UFC Fight Night Dublin Blog

Part 1 of Darren Till's Exclusive UFC Fight Night Blog

Thursday, 26 November 2015

Kingdom MMA Announce Partnership with MMA TV

By Jack Sear

Today we are proud to announce our partnership with MMA TV.

MMA TV was founded earlier this year with the sole purpose of providing a high quality streaming service of mixed martial arts events throughout the UK. Last week MMA TV unveiled their first international partnership with Italian promotion Venator Fighting Championship, whose December 12th show features the likes of Luke Barnatt, Jack Mason and Karl Moore.

To kick-off the partnership, we will be hosting a FREE replay of this past weekend’s Shock N Awe 21 on Monday the 30th of December at 8pm. The event was held at the Mountbatten Centre in Portsmouth and featured a finish-heavy fight card with 23 bouts in total, in which five titles were on the line.

MMA TV plan on ending 2015 with a bang, with five events being streamed over the next three weeks. Lion Fighting Championship and Shinobi MMA will be available this weekend on pay-per-view, with WCMMA, Killacam Fight Nights and the aforementioned Venator
Fighting Championships hosting events in December.

Kingdom MMA readers receive a discount of 15% on any of the remaining 2015 events by using the code 'KINGDOM' at checkout.

You can follow all of MMA TV’s movements on Twitter and Facebook.

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

James Thompson Draws Japanese MMA Legend at RIZIN

     Thompson (right) was a fan favourite in Pride FC (Image credit: Sherdog.com)

Upstart Japanese MMA promotion RIZIN Fighting Federation have revealed James “The Colossus” Thompson as the second British fighter to be added to their debut event on the 29th of December.

The ostensible Pride FC reincarnation RIZIN was unveiled to the world back in October following their signing of the recently unretired Fedor Emelianenko.

England’s Thompson (20-15, 1NC) will meet with 45-year old Tsuyoshi Kohsaka (26-18-2). Rumours had surfaced that “TK” would be meeting with Emelianenko in a rubber match, however this has since been quashed following the announcement that he would be facing Thompson.

Most fans will recognise Kohsaka as the first man to infamously beat the aforementioned Emelianenko – albeit in highly controversial fashion. The Japanese MMA pioneer will return to action after nearly a decade away from the sport. Kohsaka had initially retired after his participation in the Pride FC Openweight Tournament of 2005, where he was eliminated in the opening round in a back and forth bout with Mark Hunt.

The addition of Thompson may come as a surprise, as he appeared to suffer a knee injury in his rematch against Bobby Lashley at Bellator 145 earlier this month.

Japan has served as a second home for Thompson during his near-thirteen year MMA career. The Bristol native has competed in the Land of the Rising Sun a total of ten times, amassing a record of 5-5.

The news of this match-up comes not long after BAMMA announced they are sending current Heavyweight champion Mark Godbeer to represent them in the 8-man RIZIN Heavyweight Grand Prix.

RIZIN Fighting Federation 1 is set to take place on December 29th from the Saitama Super Arena in Tokyo, Japan. An open-weight contest between Japanese MMA royalty Kazushi Sakuraba and Shinya Aoki is set to headline the event.

Friday, 20 November 2015

Yasmin Nazary and Mina Lamoure Rematch Set for Warriors Fight Series 5

Yasmin Nazary and Mina Lamoure Rematch Set for Warriors Fight Series 5

by Chris Houten - @chrishoutenMMA

Image: WFS / Sabs Shots

The eagerly anticipated rematch between Yasmin Nazary and Mina Lamoure has been set for Warrior Fight Series 5. One of the highlights of the year in UK K1, Nazary and Lamoure produced a fight of the night performance earlier in the year at WFS 4, a bout that ended in a draw. Now both ladies will meet again under the Warrior Fight Series banner to settle the score as they both push for a place up the UK K1 rankings. 

Warrior Fight Series 5 takes place on February 13th at London’s iconic fight venue; The York Hall and will feature some of UK's finest professional and amateur fighters including Leeroy Barnes, Tom Mowle and more, including the main and co-main events which are expected to be announced shortly.

Fighting out of Basement Gym (Muay Thai Inc.) 23-year old Yasmin Nazary enters the anticipated rematch with Mina Lamoure on the heals of a decision victory over Danielle Whitfield this past weekend to take the Ringmasters promotions u52 KG title. Partner to former BAMMA bantamweight champion Ed Arthur, Nazary is currently ranked in the UK K1 top 10 and under 52kg and is considered one of the best up and coming fighters in the UK.

Her opponent Mina Lamoure is a well known Muay Thai fighter fighting out of KO Lynch in London. She is known as “Lights Out” by her fans, for the considerable power she produces for her size. Undefeated at 4-0 in Muay Thai, Lamoure is relatively new to UK K1 with her only bout being the fight with Nazary. She will be hoping a win could help her break into the UK K1 rankings.

Stay tuned to kingdomMMA.co.uk for all the latest on WFS 5.

Chi Lewis-Parry talks "Mashing Potatoes" ahead of title fght with Brandon Vera

by John King @JohnKingMMA

We recently caught up with Chi Lewis Parry to discuss his upcoming fight at ONE Championship Spirit of Champions against Brandon Vera. On December 11th the two heavyweights will battle it out for the currently vacant ONE Championship Heavyweight title.

Check out the full interview in the video below:

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Xavier Sedras Vs Daniel Crawford confirmed for Phoenix Fight Night 28

A Lightweight bout between Daniel Crawford (6-0) and Xavier Sedras (3-2-1) has been added to Phoenix Fight Night 28 in Bournemouth. 

Daniel Crawford is set to put his perfect MMA record on the line at Phoenix Fight Night 28 as he faces South African Xavier Sedras. Crawford has won all six of his professional bouts, picking up four finishes. The Englishman last fought at Brad Pickett's inaugural Rise Of Champions (ROC) event where he picked up an impressive first round TKO victory over Herman Grababa. Crawford was actually scheduled to fight at BAMMA 22 this past Saturday in Birmingham but his opponent was pulled just days prior the fight after collapsing whilst cutting weight. 

Xavier Sedras recently faced UFC veteran Andre Winner and fought to a draw against the Englishman earlier this year. Sedras picked up his first win in four fights last time out at Phoenix Fight Night 27 against Parviz Hassanzadeh, impressively finishing the fight via RNC in the 2nd round and will be looking to make it two in a row come December 12th.  

Phoenix Fight Night 28 takes place on Saturday Dec. 12 inside the O2 Arena in Bournemouth, England. 

Saturday, 14 November 2015

BAMMA 23: Night of Champions Results

BAMMA 23: Night of Champions took place toniat the Barclaycard Arena with 14 fights on the card. Here's the full results:

Main Card:

Martin Stapleton defeats Gavin Sterritt via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) at 1:18 of Round 1 to win the Vacant BAMMa Lightweight Title

Paul Craig defeats Marcin Lazarz via Submission (Triangle Choke) at 3:51 of Round 1 to become the new BAMMA Light-Heavyweight Champion

Rany Saadeh defeats Shaj Haque via Unanimous Decision successfully defending the BAMMA Flyweight Title

Shay Walsh def. Ed Arthur via Unanimous Decision (30-27 x3) to become the new BAMMA Bantamweight Champion


Damien Lapilus def. Jack McGann via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) at 3:30 of Round 1

Nad Narimani def. Jeremy Petley via TKO (Punches) at 2:26 of Round 1

Stuart Austin def. Thomas Denham via TKO (Punches) at 1:55 of Round 2 to become Inaugural Lonsdale Heavyweight Champion.

Brett McDermott def. Pelu Adetola via TKO (Punches) at 1:57 of Round 1 

Shane Gunfield def. Harry Marple via TKO (Punches) at 3:02 of Round 2

Bill Beaumont def. Marcin Prostko via Unanimous Decision

Tobias Reid def. Craig Clarkson via TKO (Punches) at 1:43 of Round 2

Cameron Else def. Jay Butler via Submission (Strikes) at 2:48 of Round 1

Jai Herbert def. Ben Bennett via TKO (body-kicks) at 3:59 of Round 2

Nathaniel Wood def. Bryan Creighton via Unanimous Decision

Monday, 9 November 2015

Featherweights Vitor Silva and Ollie Mathis meet at WFS 5

by Chris Houten @mrhouts

Copyright: Lucas Ambrosio www.lucasambrosio.com

An intriguing match up between exciting featherweight Vitor Silva and Ollie Mathis has been added to WFS 5.

Warrior Fight Series 5 takes place on February 13th at London’s iconic fight venue; The York Hall and will feature some of UK's finest professional and amateur fighters including Leeroy Barnes, Tom Mowle and more including the main and co-main events which are expected to be announced shortly.

Fighting out of Team Vengeance, Vitor Silva is a known name on the UK scene for his willingness to fight. One of the most active fighters on the scene at featherweight the London based fighter has had over 15 professional fights - although his official record counts only 9. He has fought in some of the UK's best promotions including BCMMA, Fusion Fighting Championships and now Warrior Fight Series. Widely regarded as a gate keeper, 1-8 as a pro Silva hasn't always lived up to the potential which saw him beat top prospect Jack Mezzetti, however with an explosive style Silva is a fan favourite, win, lose or draw.

His opponent Ollie Mathis enters the bout on the heels of decision victory over Robert Scott at UCMMA 44 in September. Fighting out of Combat Sports Academy in Kent, the Southerner enjoyed a successful career as am amateur going 2-1 in top promotions such as UCMMMA and Cage Warriors, and now finds himself 1-1 as a pro.

Stay tuned to kingdomMMA.co.uk for all the latest on WFS 5.