There’s only a few days left before the latest action packed card from Cage Rage UK. The anticipation has reached an unprecedented level and, on September 17th, great champions will face their toughest tests to date.
Welterweight champion John Maguire stands at the peak of the division and has soundly defeated any challengers who have stood in his way.
Peter Irving, however, will not stand on ceremony and comes into the biggest fight of his life knowing that a victory would be the greatest possible statement to the watching world.
Heavyweights Darren Towler and Ben Smith both possess phenomenal strength and skills but there can only be one champion.
The vacant title is on the line and the foundations will rumble when Big Ben and the Powerhouse lock horns for the heavyweight belt.
Moving to the featherweights and new champion Nathan Beer is one of the most ferocious and dominant prospects around.
The Welshman has showcased his exceptional skills on many occasions but, against Corey Tait, he’ll be facing one of the most innovative strikers in the sport.
These three tremendous bouts top a stacked card that will also see TUF veteran Ross “The Gladiator” Pointon bring the noise against Jamaine “Mr Pain” Facey.
Cage Rage UK 23 is sure to raise the stakes once again so, whatever you do, make sure you don’t miss what will surely be one of the hardest hitting events of the year.
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Follow us on twitter: @Cagerageuk @cageragedave Click to follow us on Facebook Cage Rage UK 23: Go 4 It Saturday 17th September The Troxy, London Fights, Camera, Action
Preliminary card: Peter Waterhouse vs. Afakasi Sione - LW Jimmy Millar vs. Tony Giles - WW K1 Louie Coco vs. Dominic Taylor - WW Ricky Campball vs. Brett Cole - LHW Brendan White vs. Charlie Curtain - LHW - K1 Spencer Morris vs. Florian Calin - FWTweetTagged :
We caught up with Welterweight icon; Jamaine Facey who has is signed to fight Cage Rage and TUF veteran, Ross Pointon at Cage Rage UK 23 – September 17th.
Hi Jamaine, you are coming off a 2 fight losing streak, how has this set your mind and training leading up to your bout with Pointon this September?
Losing my last 2 fights has hurt and has gave me so much inspiration to want to win more and has spurred me on to go all the way to take control of this fight and get the most important thing which is the big “W”.
We saw you at Cage Rage UK 21, what did you think of Ross Pointon’s performance against Amasinger?
Worst ever, I have never seen Pointon in a boring fight until then, I guess the long layoff has give him a lot of ring rust, I was not impressed one bit, if he comes to the cage against me like that his going to lose yet again.
Ross Pointon is a dangerous striker, is your game plan to take Pointon down or you happy to stand with him?
MMA is Mixed Martial Arts which means we must train in ALL areas, I hate the “Lay and Prey” Fighters, I am more than happy to fight where ever the fight goes so yeah I’m happy to stand with him, will he be happy to stand with me?
Have you done anything special in preparation?
Nothing special, just training harder than normal, cardio work has gone through the roof, I am ready to go 5 rounds, plan to finish in the 1st round.
You have been training with good friend & Light-Heavyweight Champion, Jimi Manuwa at his new gym, Lions Pride MMA, what techniques have you been working on?
Keeping my hands up ha-ha it was a lazy day and I picked the wrong day, got a lot of punches to the head, Jimi is a great athlete and pleasure to train with.
You love winning in style so what are you predicting for your fight?
Never predicted normally but predict I will win this via GnP in round 1
Win or lose who would you like to fight next?
I don’t like to call people out and I don’t want to look beyond Ross Pointon.
Can you tell us a little bit about your “Hands up, Guns down” Campaign and what you are trying to achieve?
I am trying to raise £5,000 to kick start my charity/organization; “Hands up, Guns down”. My fight purse and cash sponsors will be added to the organization to try kick start the campaign.
I am trying to help get not just adults but kids into martial arts, male and female, I wan't to be a part of stopping/lowering knife crime, people need discipline and goals, without these people have nothing to work for and what with the 2012 Olympics coming to London I believe this will be good for youths to go from a nobody to a somebody.
Okay thanks for speaking with us and finally who would you like to thank?
I would like to thank the main man behind UK MMA, Dave O’Donnell, without him UK MMA wouldn’t be where it is today, all my Bandogs that help me prepare for each and every fight, my family, friends and most importantly the fans and followers that give their continued support for my fights and my “Hands Up, Guns Down” movement, if anyone would like to sponsor or donate to the organization please mail me Jamaine.Facey@sky.com “OUUUSSS”
Just 2 weeks to go and the countdown is already on to the next Cage Rage UK card which will see the sternest test of all for two most respected champions in the UK and of course the 2 huge Heavyweights, who go head to head for the vacant title.
John “The One” Maguire has looked unstoppable since claiming the belt last September and has met every challenge to his crown with tempestuous fury. On September 17th, John Maguire will step into the cage to defend his title against a ferocious adversary in the always dangerous Peter Irving.
With Oli Thompson joining the UFC, The Heavyweight Title now becomes vacant, but not for long, as the we have got the 2 biggest Heavyweights in the country going head to head for the Cage Rage UK Heavyweight Title, this September 17th.
Darren "Powerhouse" Towler is taking on "Big" Ben Smith after his recent victory over Polish Monster, Tomasz Czerwinski at CRUK22, Smith has already beat Towler back in June 2010 where he defended the title.
"I was impressed with Darren's perform ance against big Tomasz, I thought he was much more composed than when he fought me. He's definitely improved his game" Dave O'Donnell added:
"This will be an absolute war and believe this will come down to the survival of the fittest" John Maguire, however, will not be the only champion defending his belt at the Troxy as featherweight kingpin Nathan Beer looks to avoid the slick kick kid, Cory Tait. Tait brings a high level of stand up and this will undoubtedly be the toughest test of Beer’s career todate.
Maguire’s title is on the line but the welterweight war between Jamaine Facey and Ross Pointon may well present him with his next challenger.
Both Facey and Pointon have dangerous knockout power and this fight has all the makings of a breakneck battle, Facey coming off a 2 fight losing streak, to Dean Amasinger and the current champion John Maguire is looking to set his career back on track with a win over TUF Season 3 star, Ross Pointon.
Mean while Ross Pointon also recently losing to Dean Amasinger on a Decision at Cage Rage UK 21 is looking to climb up to the Title contender spot and he said:
"Jamaine Facey will be at the wrong place at the wrong time, this is the most important fight of my career, Facey stands between me and that title shot and I won’t be letting him stay in the way for long" Check out the fight card for what is set to be an explosive night of MMA action. Fight Card Subject to change!
Preliminary card: Peter Waterhouse Vs Afakasi Sione - LW Jimmy Millar Vs Tony Giles - WW K1 Louie Coco Vs Dominic Taylor - WW Ricky Campball Vs Brett Cole - LHW Steve Freeman Vs Rory Beackon - LHW Jason Coolidge Vs Matt Robinson - WW Brendan White Vs Charlie Curtain - LHW - K1 Salih Kulucan Vs Florian Calin - FWTweetTagged :
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