If you missed the weekends Ultimate Challenge then make sure you don’t miss the show tonight on Sky Sports 4 at 10pm.
Yep, those are WWBRD photos! Not just a night of fighting but a night of entertainment, Dave O’Donnell and the UCMMA team pulled off an outstanding end to UCMMA 2012 events with 14 cracking fights.
There will be a total of 8 top flight MMA fights featuring classic Knockouts and Submissions in tonights broadcast. A far cry from the 2 or 3 that are usually featured.
Dave O’Donnell – ‘It’s been an amazing 2012, what a way to end the year with UCMMA 31, every fight was at the top of its game, all I can say to the fans is wait for 2013, you will be blown away...’
Checkout the Sky Card below:
Neil Grove Vs Tomasz Czerwinski – Heavyweight Interim title.
Ben Callum Vs Dan Dixon – Middleweight title.
Jody Collins Vs Cory Tait – Bantamweight title.
Paul Kelly Vs Richard Griffin – Welterweight.
Aurelijus Kerpe Vs Nick Chapman – Light Heavyweight.
Jamaine Facey Vs Andy Cona – Lightweight.
Jimmy Millar Vs Joel Reid – Welterweight.
Tautydas Lileikis Vs Khalid Ismail – Weltwerweight.
With three titles on the line and some of the best match-up's available in the UK, we should all take this as a sharp smack back to the reality of MMA after being choked by the Olympics left, right and center.
You can catch the full-line up at the end of this article, but for now, we're going to go over what we believe to be the most important fights of the night.
Chad Griffiths Vs Sean Carter Both undefeated, they may only carry 5 wins between them, but this is a great fight at this point in their career. Griffiths showed solid top control, ground and pound and positioning in his last outing, all of which he will need to tap into again if he plans to keep his opponent at bay. Carter seems comfortable in his stand up but will likely have to display his craftiness on the ground as Griffiths will undoubtedly try to use his considerable size advantage to take the fight down.
With complimentary styles, this is an interesting match-up and the winner will likely carry a fair amount of momentum in their chase of the belt.
Nathan Grayson Vs Paul Kingdon Mentored by the UFC's latest British acquisition, Jimi 'The Posterboy' Manuwa, Grayson started his pro career with a lot of expectation on his shoulders. After a shock knockout loss at the hands of the debuting Arnold Allen, Grayson will be looking to beat his way back onto the winning track. Paul Kingdon is a five fight veteran, who is looking to copy-cat Allen's stunning achievement and get his career onto a winning track. With a 1-4 record, he has nothing to lose and a lot to gain from this opportunity.
Grayson is a wild kid who fights hard to put on a good show. He has solid, fundamental stand up yet so frequently seems to want to engage in a brawl. He showed good composure in difficult situations against Allen but his over-aggression lead him straight into a last-ditch punch and just like that, it was game-over.
Even after such a shock loss, we think Grayson will pick up the win. He must always remember though, a man with everything to gain is always dangerous.
Max Nunes Vs Iain Martell Whilst not the main event, this meeting of undefeated Light Heavyweights is our pick for the most important fight of the night.
Both are undefeated.
Both are 5-0.
Both have 5 stoppages.
The only real difference between them is that Nunes has never been out of the first round in his pro career and even then, Martell has only seen the past the first round once.
Iain Martell has been impressive in every outing. He has a simple, methodical and ruthlessly efficient style that shuts down his opponents. Strong take-downs and good timing usually allow him to gain position before muscling his way to a stoppage.
Max 'Power' Nunes has only spent 5:01 inside the UCMMA cage, but his two victories have been nothing short of brutal. Textbook take-downs in both fights have enabled him to unleash precise and devastating ground and pound that left its mark all over the canvas. He uses his height to generate massive power on the ground and his range makes the strikes almost impossible to evade.
As we said, brutal. It's a difficult fight to call as yet again, the styles are complimentary and neither man has shown any real weakness. Expect fireworks and a massive leap into the title contention for the winner.
Michael Page Vs Peter Irving If you haven't heard of Michael 'Venom' Page by now, you haven't been paying enough attention. A confident stand up striker whose debut KO has been one of the most replayed and most talked about this year. Seriously, go watch it.
The London Shootfighter turned into an overnight sensation leading recent upstart OneFC to sign him after only two pro fights. His flamboyant striking style, so often compared to the great Anderson Silva (who isn't) - is a delight to watch. Cocky it may be, he is an instantly exciting fighter and the roars during his last fight were incredible to hear.
Though this isn't an MMA fight, I doubt many attend his fights to see a submission and if there's one man who isn't afraid of going toe-to-toe and putting on a show, it's Peter Irving.
A long time K1 & MMA fighter, Irving recently took the title from UK1 standout Luke Sines in dominant fashion, walking the taller man down and chopping away with leg-kicks. He will give up some height and reach but Page will be the more slender fighter and those leg kicks may prove a smart tactic once again. He will need to be extremely careful of Venoms precise counter striking but Irvings no frills style and incapacity to be intimidated should prevail. We're calling it, Irving takes it.
Linton Vassell Vs Nick Chapman Nick 'The Headhunter' Chapmans last foray in the cage left him bleeding and with the first loss on his record. Despite that, he had a smile from ear to ear and made no excuses. After a lengthy lay-off he will return to the cage to vie for the title which eluded him on his last attempt. This time, instead of facing Jimi Manuwa, he will take on UK veteran Linton 'The Swarm' Vassell.
Riding a four fight win streak with three first round stoppages in his last four, Linton is perhaps at the peak of his career. No easy task for Chapman to take on, but again, these are two well matched fighters who have similar styles. Both are happy on the feet or the ground and we don't really see either man having any distinct advantage in the cage. It should be close but we see Chapman taking it by a whisker. We can only hope that rumours of this being Chapmans last fight aren't true regardless of the fights outcome.
Nick Capman vs. Linton Vassell - (Light Heavyweight Title)
UK1 (Kickboxing) - Michael Page vs. Peter Irving - (Welterweight Title)
Spencer Hewitt vs. Giorgio Andrews - (Flyweight Title)
Ben Callum vs. Mark Weir Max Nunes vs. Iain Martell
Carl Oriss vs. Arnold Allen
Nathan Grayson vs. Andy McEwan
Steve Clements vs. Marian Rusu
Lee Caers vs. Esi Moradi
Andy Cona vs. Fadi Jameel
Sean Carter vs. Chad Griffiths
David Howell vs. Dom Clark
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Both you and Jimi have been out of pro MMA action the cage for the better part of a year. During this time though, you have produced a lot of video blogs and have been featured in many publications regarding your training and your Sports Science ties. It seems a lot of people we have spoken to are more familiar with you than Jimi at this point. Does this put any extra pressure on your shoulders going into this fight?
I fought recently at UK1 in Portsmouth so I have not been out of action as such. Pressure, I welcome. It motivates me.
Although the UK1 Light Heavyweight champion, both of your pro MMA fights have ended with arm-trianges. How strong would you say your ground game is compared to Jimi's and do you have any apprehension about going to the ground in this fight?
I have a record of 4-0, with 2 wins by arm triangle, one by ground and pound and the last being a choke. I do not compare myself to Jimi or anyone else for that matter, I just work hard to improve in every area as much as I can so that I am prepared for all eventualities.
You've worked closely with the experts on Harley Street and have been able to see statistics and measurements that arguably no-one else in the world has access to. Do you think such a scientific and in-depth look at your body and how it performs gives you an advantage over Jimi?
The work I am doing with the guys at Harley Street is simply amazing. It is a unique resource that I am very fortunate to have, however they have told me that although I have made massive gains, their work is only just beginning and not to expect to realize full potential for at least another year. As for advantages over Jimi I’m not sure that I have many, I'm just going to get in there and do my best.
Straight up, who is the better striker? You or Jimi?
I guess we will find out Saturday night!
Jimi has stated that he will destroy you this coming weekend. How do you respond to such a sure fire statement?
We will see about that, I know one thing for certain I don’t give a damn what he says or thinks when we get in there its on and he will get no respect from me. The better man will win on the night, simple.
What would capturing that UCMMA title mean to you and your team?
It would be the most amazing achievement for us all. I have only been training for 20-months and to even get a shot was great but to win, well that's the dream really.
What do you think about Jimi's decision to turn down a UFC contract? Would you have done the same?
I would NEVER turn down a fight in the UFC I would love nothing more than to get a shot at the UFC my ultimate life’s ambition. Dana if you’re reading come and get I will come to fight and bring and army of fans with me. Let’s get it on!!!
We have seen that you are working hard to get your new gym open after some issues with landlord's and such, can you give us and our readers some information about how your gym differs from the rest and how can people get involved?
Fight-Science is an exciting concept specifically dedicated for the world of MMA and combat sports. In conjunction with some of the world’s leading sports scientist and experts and in association with Lifefitness and Hammer Strength we can offer scientific methods and world leading resources that will take our athleticism to a whole new level.
I am just about to open a 20,000 sq. ft. full time dedicated martial arts facility in Aldershot, you will have to see it to believe it. I have so much going into this I could go on forever. Come and see it when we open www.fight-science.co.uk
Imagine this, our beloved Bas Rutten is coming out of retirement for one last fight. It's a landmark occasion and through some cosmic circumstances, you get to pick his opponent... Who do you pick?
Me! It would be an awesome experience to fight Bas, as long as he agreed to take me for a few personal lessons after and taught me a few tricks.
Awesome. You are only the second person ever to want to take on Bas in his final fight but we love it. Thanks a lot for speaking to us, best of luck tonight and finally is there anyone you'd like to thank or give a shout out to?
This week we caught up with Light-Heavyweight Title Challenger, Nick Chapman, two weeks before he takes on the UK's undefeated and undisputed champion, Jimi Manuwa.
Nick you've made a rapid rise in MMA and now fight Jimi Manuwa for the Cage Rage UK title. Has this quick rise up the ladder even surprised you?
Of course it has surprised me, I started out just wanting to fight. I never thought in a million years I would be fighting for the UCMMA title. I am excited and very pleased to be where I am today. I am truly living the dream.
Jimi has not fought for over a year, do you feel this will be an advantage to you?
I do not feel I have many advantages over Jimi! This is certainly not something I am thinking will help me. Jimi is tried and tested and I do not think that Jimi is concerned about it either.
Jimi is obviously a strong striker with 8 of his wins coming via TKO. Do you plan to stand with Jimi or use you strong ground game?
I train in every area and although i have a game plan (a secret one) I will be prepared to fight wherever the fight dictates. I do not allow myself to have strengths and weaknesses I very quickly focus on areas that are lacking and develop them to be as rounded a fighter as I possibly can.
Have you watched Jimi's previous fights or do you just concentrate on your own game and skills?
I care not, what Jimi is going to be doing. I feel that will detract me from my game plan. I am only concerned on what I have to do in order to win. I have learnt not to waste time and energy on uncontrollables. That being said I have seen Jimis fights and I have a good understanding of his style.
In your previous fight you won the UK1 LHW title. Do you think that fight was perfect preparation and has given you more confidence heading in to this high pressured fight?
My last fight was a disappointment. I wanted a fight but it ended in less than 2 minutes. It certainly hasn’t helped me prepare me for what Jimi is going to bring although the pressure was quite intense with big expectations on me. The good thing about this fight is the pressure is all on Jimi not me.
Away from the cage you are all set to open your MMA gym Fight Science. How proud are you to finally be opening the gym after the problems with the Guildford council?
Guildford Council have been great they approved planning for the site but it was the landlord who later decided to pull out of the deal and leave me hanging. However I believe in fate and subsequently found an awesome site in Aldershot which is better than the last. I am so fortunate and of course will be very proud to launch my very own gym. I have the most amazing backing from Lifefitness and Hammer Strength, an awesome association with the top Sports Scientists in the world from 76 Harley Street, sponsorship from Ringside Boxing, www.FeelFreeNutrition.com, and much, much more.
This place is going to be off the hook. I cannot put it into words just how huge this place is and what I have going into it. Its a must see to believe situation.
You have a close working relationship with Harley Street. Could you tell us a bit more of what they do and what you have been working on?
These guys are amazing, they are all down to earth and very welcoming. They have very kindly invited me on to their Elite Athlete Performance Programme which includes, nutrition, Physio, Ultra Endurance training and much more to help me be the best that i can be. They have the most amazing state of the art, scientific equipment to help me train, monitor progress and test various fitness attributes. They have also helped me develop training protocols for my guys a Fight Science and they are offering resources and guidance exclusively to us. This is an opportunity unrivalled in the UK fight scene. Everyone coming into Fight Science Gym will benefit from their input. I have access to a network of world leading experts in absolutely every area of sporting performance and human health possible.
Once again Dave O’Donnell has pulled out an amazing fight card for Cage Rage UK24 live from London’s Troxy Arena, October 22nd.
This is the fight card that everyone is talking about with rising star and Title challenger Nick “The Head Hunter” Chapman calling out the undefeated, undisputed, Champion, Jimi “The PosterBoy” Manuwa.
This is a main event not to be missed with both fighters being undefeated; someone’s '0' has to go.
Chapman says he is in the best shape of his life and can’t wait to feel that silver wear around his waist.
“October 22nd, The day the Headhunter become the headhunted” Dave O’Donnel:
“The time is finally here, the hype is over. Both of these men have everything to gain by winning this fight, after Maguire getting snapped up by UFC, every champion knows they could be just one fight away from being signed by the giants. DON’T BLINK” Dominic Plumb Vs Michael Pastou Co-Main event is the fight that everyone wants to see after the DQ downward elbow strike to Pastou’s head, Plumb feels he was hard done by and wants to prove that he is a worthy contender for the Lightweight Title, Pastou wants to put Plumb to sleep and get his title back from current champion Tim Raddcliffe.
Fight card also feature’s :
Tomasz Czerwinski Vs Ian Hawkins Lee Doski Vs Bola Omoyele Sam Boo Vs Khalid Ismail Andy Cona Vs Luke Newman Shane Furie Vs Rafik Benziada Dan Shortman Vs Mark Carling Tommy Maguire Vs Joe Holder Ben Callum Vs Jason RadcliffeTweetTagged :
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