Marcin Solski (Lions Gym) vs Kyle Ellis (Tap or Snap)
Round 1. Solski first to attack with a right hand combination. Ellis looking for the low kicks and Solski counters over the top, they click up and Solski drives his man backwards for the first takedown. Ellis peppers with straight shots and finishes with a kick, Solski catches and takes him down again. Solski lands with a head kick but Ellis stays composed and comes forward again. Bit of a scrambled takedown attempt which ends with both men in a heap to end the first round.
Round 2 and Ellis comes out with a bit moire urgency this time, lands a nice knee inside and breaks away, Ellis lands with a flurry of shots but gets clipped on the way out. Solski looking for the big overhand right, solid leg kick from Ellis, and another, Solski throws with intent again, Ellis dips under and finishes an effortless single to double leg. Solski looks for his own double to try to even up the round but gets stuffed by Ellis. Much better round for Ellis, looks like 1 round each so far.
Solski comes out blasting in the final round, they clinch up, Ellis reverses his man and the referee separates them both. Ellis driving forward with more precision strikes as Solski continues to look for the big right, another awkward takedown but Solski lands on top position. Big leg kick from Solski, returned by Ellis, nice teep from Ellis stops Solski in his tracks. This could go either way and both men know it as their corners shout instruction for a takedown. 10 seconds left and Ellis dives in but is unable to finish so we go to the judges scorecards. All 3 judges score the bout 29-28 for your winner by unanimous decision, Marcin Solski.
Gaetano Micheletto (EWFMA) vs Chris Dyer (Scorpion MMA)
Dyer opens up with a leg kick, Micheletto returns with his own but slips, both men very similar in stature now trading strikes one for one, Micheletto goes low and Dyer catches the kick and finishes the trip for the first TD of the fight. Body kick from Micheletto and again Dyer catches the kick and off balances his man for an easy takedown. Big right hand from Dyer but Micheletto shakes it off and comes forward. Quick clinch, knee and release from Dyer who seems a little stronger when they tie up, last flurry from Micheletto to end the round.
Round 2 and both guys go straight at it, dirty boxing in the centre of the ring, Dyer landing with the heavier shots as Micheletto goes for a high single. They break, Dyer with the leg kick and Micheletto goes for a superman punch, they tie up again only to get separated by the ref. Big right hand seems to stun Micheletto as Dyer follows up with a clean 1, 2, Micheletto recovers and backs out. Another leg kick and an exchange of hands as Micheletto looks for a double but Dyer is saved by the ropes. They finish the round with some more dirty boxing, looks like Dyer may be up 2 rounds at this point.
Micheletto comes out aggressive for the 3rd, Dyer switches his hips and looks for a judo throw but Micheletto stays on his feet. Both guys seem to have slowed a little, exchanging kick for kick, they clinch up again, Micheletto hunting a double leg but Dyer uses his underhooks well. Micheletto looks for a double again but isn’t setting them up and Dyer just stays heavy in defence. 30 seconds to go and a nice knee through the middle from Dyer, Micheletto has one final push as the bell sounds to end the fight. So again we go to the judges scorecards who score the bout 29-28, 28-29 & 29-28 for your winner by Majority Decision, Chis Dyer.
Amrick Bisla (Lions Gym) vs Don Smile (Kyushinkai Telford)
Bisla opens up with a leg kick, both guys just feeling out the range to start off with, Smile looks for the first punches but Bisla counters well, they clinch, exchange knees and one goes low from Bisla. Smile takes a minute to recover and the bout starts again. Bisla using his kicks to keep Smile away, Smile rushes in and takes the clinch, both dirty boxing now with body shots galore until the referee splits them apart. Smile ploughs forward now and connects with Bislas chin, Bisla composes himself and applies his own thai clinch firing knee after knee into Smile’s body. Low kick from Bisla then lands with the head kick, Smile is unphased and drives forward, looks like a knee goes south and this time its Bisla that needs a minute. More clinch work and dirty boxing as Smile hooks a leg and sweeps Bisla for the first takedown at the end of the first round.
Bisla seems to have taken control of the second round right from the bell, landing with a mix of strikes while Smile looks to be after another takedown. His persistence pays off as Bisla hits the canvas for the second time. Bisla connects with another body kick followed with a variation of straight punches. Smile comes back with a decent left hook and they clinch up again. Good job Smile is in great shape as Bisla piles in knee after knee to his midsection. Superman punch from Bisla followed by a throw attempt but Smile just shoves him to the ground to end round 2.
Third and final round and more strikes into clinch, Smile driving froward but Bisla making the better use of his knees. Nice knee’s to the leg this time from smile as they break. Smile is relentless at coming froward but Bisla stay busy off his back foot and seems to be coming out on top. Decent pace throughout the fight, big knee from Bisla while a right hand connects from Smile. takedown attempt from Smile but ends up on the bottom. Clean left hook from Bisla, Smile just walks through it and clinches again. Close fight from start to finish as we go to the judges scorecards. They score the bout 29-28 Smile. 29-28 Bisla and 29-29 for the final decision of a draw. Big props to both of these guys that took the fight on just a few days notice.
Theo Mills (Lions Gym) vs Antonio Louca (EWFMA)
Round 1, Mills looking very light on his feet opens with a straight right and moves out, 1,2,3 with the hands and follows with a head kick. Louca covers up and presses forward only to eat a few more punches. Nice body kick from Mills as they clinch up, both guys trading knees and Louca lands a big left hook on the break. Mills still bouncing around nicely picking Louca off with single shots and well placed kicks. A screw jab lands flush and seems to wake Louca up who now comes firing back with a bit more vengeance. Mills smiles and welcomes him on, they trade shots again, Mills still working well on the outside, huge left hook from Louca whistles by Mills’ chin as the round ends. Great first round.
Louca first to attack this time and looking a bit more menacing, stalking Mills down and throwing bombs but Mills sticks with his gameplay and circles away picking his shots nicely. Nice deep though the middle from Mills, no sign of a takedown attempt from either man yet. Big teep from Louca now that backs Mills up, Louca drives forward swinging lefts and rights, Mills covers, Louca now piling on the pressure. Big grin and a nod from Louca as if to say “lets go”!!!! Mills stays light, nice straight right to the body, Louca’s hands are very low now, either he is tired or has no fear of Mills’ power. Close second round.
A touch of gloves and both fighters know its all to play for in the final round. Nice leg kick from Mills and a body kick from Louca. Louca looks for the front kick again but Mills connects with an overhand right in response. If only one of them can find that extra something and let rip or maybe look for a takedown it might make all the difference. Louca is relentless in coming forward but he just needs a bit more fire to catch Mills off guard. Mills still working on the outside, landing with single shots but not enough to worry Louca or stop him moving forward as the round plays out. Great fight and a mutual show of respect as we go to the judges once again. Judge 1 scores the bout 29-28 Mills, judge 2 scores the bout 29-28 Louca and judge 3 scores the bout 29-29 for the official decision of a SPLIT DRAW
Tom Wright (Impact MMA) vs Daniel Drake (Scorpion MMA)
Wright first out of the blocks with 2 stiff jabs followed by a straight right, Drake responds and looks for the first takedown, Wright steps back and fires in a leg kick. Both guys going in now, Wright takes the clinch and pumps in 4 knees, Drake needs to be careful with his head so low as he breaks free. Wrights seems far more accurate with his strikes, mixing it up to the head, body and legs. Drakes now comes alive a powers Wright back on the ropes with a flurry of punches, Wright steps aside and once again attacks the legs with low kicks. Drakes eats a straight right that backs him up slightly and Wright piles on the pressure. Drake seems flustered but just keeps on coming throwing looping hooks and uppercuts, Wright has to be careful that one doesn’t connect or it could be a big game changer as the round comes to an end. Looks like thats one round in the bag for Wright.
Round 2 and Drake has come out to a different tune and immediately looking to impose his will on Wright. Little bit scrappy but still giving Wright something to think about, big right hand lands clean, Wright drops in a knee but Drake is firing on all cylinders now with a barrage of strikes as he drops for a double leg. Wright sprawls out and defends and the referee stands them back up. Drake is definitely throwing harder shots while Wright seems to be more accurate and snapping Drakes head back. Both guys trading strikes now and this is a much better round for Drake due to his volume of punches, another takedown attempt for Drake but again Wright defends. Drake takes the second round on the judges scorecards.
Wright comes out strong for the final round ending a nice flurry with a knee though the middle, Drakes looks for the TD and Wright defends again looking for a hip throw, Drakes shifts his weight and drags Wright to the canvas for the first takedown of the fight. They exchange strikes again with some dirty boxing in the centre of the ring, simple side step and footsweep from Drake and Wright goes down again. This could be big for Drake! Big teep kick through the middle from Wright that ends in a bit of an untidy scramble, they separate, both men looking fatigued yet still going at each other. Drake lands with a clubbing right hand, Wright drives him back into the corner and fires in that right knee strike again. Drake powers out with the big double leg takedown that flattens Wright out with only 15 seconds left on the clock. Wright comes forward with a clean 1, 2 followed by a strong teep and looks to even up the score with his first takedown right on the bell. Has wright done enough or did Drake’s takedowns prove to be the tipping point? The judges scored the bout in favour of your winner by SPLIT DECISION, Daniel Drake.
Krzysztof Wisniewski (Lions Gym) vs Lee Curry (Team Curry)
The first ever heavyweight bout in HybridFight’s 3 year history as last minute (and we do mean literally “last minute”) replacement Krzysztof Wisniewski steps up after Curry’s original opponent pulled a classic “no-show” at the weigh-ins. KW opens up with a leg kick and Curry responds straight away with a flurry of shots, KW clinches up and the ref separates. Curry comes in again looking to dominate, again they clinch, knees being thrown by both men now and again they separate. KW now goes on the attack with 4 straight punches that back Curry up. Nice leg kick from Curry followed by a spinning back kick. Another punch combo from KW and straight into the clinch and knee game. KW getting a reminder from the ref about holding the ropes, 15 seconds left and Curry comes forward again throwing heavy shots, nice turn from KW and a big knee at the end of the first.
Stiff jab to start the 2nd round from KW, Curry needs to keep his chin down a little, both guys mixing up the strikes now that nearly always ends with the clinch and knees. Leg kick checked by Curry followed by a teep that lands. KW seems to be having some success with his kicks where as Curry favours the hands. KW pressing forward and gets told again for holding the ropes, referee Mr Paul Nicholls won’t be standing or any of that! They clinch again, Curry turning KW nicely and firing in a nice knee, not a bad pace set considering the size of these guys. Curry again with the spinning back kick attempt but falls short and follows up with a superman punch as the bell sounds to end the 2nd round.
Third and final round, nice jab from KW straight into the clinch, Curry using that weight advantage now turning KW on the ropes, nice knee on the inside form KW as they get separated again. KW now picking up the pace and looking to really cause some damage, knee after knee from KW as Curry holds on. Curry looks for the spinning backfist that half connects, can’t fault the guy for the variation of strikes for a big man. Little slip from KW as he attempts a front kick, back on his feet and wades in again with the punches, more clinch and knee work from both guys, they seem happy to work from 50/50 rather than committing to a full thai clinch as KW takes an accidental knee to the groin that halts the action temporarily. The 10 second clapper gives both guys a last burst of energy as they slug it out to the final bell. The scoresheets are collected and read, 29-28, 29-29 & 30-29 for your winner by MAJORITY DECISION, Lee Curry. Big props to the big Lion Krzysztof Wisniewski for stepping up last minute.
Andy Hickman (Lions Gym) vs Wayne Sykes (DDC)
Big cheers for crowd favourite and debut fighter Wayne Sykes as he takes on Andy Hickman in his 3rd outing at HybridFight. Hickman opens up with a leg kick, Sykes retaliates with a punch combination, big front kick followed with a straight right back from Hickman as they clinch up. Looks like Sykes initiates a takedown but Hickman ends up on top. Nice stiff jab from Sykes, Hickman looks to counter with an almighty overhand but misses the target. They clinch again, knees going in fast from both men until they are separated. Big leg kick from Hickman that nearly takes Sykes off his feet, again with a heavy leg kick followed by 3 straight punches. Hickman definitely looks the stronger of the two but Sykes doesn’t seem intimidated at all as they clinch up again. Sykes looking for the uppercuts and drives in a hard knee to end the first round.
Round 2 and they go straight at it throwing everything but the kitchen sink at each other, Hickman piling on the pressure, ploughing in knee after knee. Sykes gets the clinch but Hickman just seems to be getting the upper hand, Sykes half reaches down for the double leg but needs to commit more if he’s going to take the bigger man down. Hickman again with 4 unanswered knees but Sykes is still hanging in there and trying to work his dirty boxing. No real takedown attempts from either man yet as both men seem happy to try and outstrike one another, big superman punch out of nowhere from Hickman that just grazes Sykes chin at the end of the second round.
Third and final round and Sykes comes out with a big clubbing overhand followed by a huge left hook, Hickman covers and goes back to the clinch and knee tactics that have served him well in the two previous rounds. Left hook from Sykes, then a right body shot, Hickman fires in a outside leg kick as they clinch again. 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5 knees from Hickman and Sykes is showing signs of fatigue now as his mouthpiece drops out. Hickman comes hunting once again with knee after knee, Sykes is grabbing the bodyshots whenever he can but Hickman isn’t giving him anytime to breathe now as he grinds his forehead into Sykes’ chin. Sykes is definitely suffering now, his body language giving away is tiredness and Hickman can sense it ! 10 seconds left and Sykes eats another superman punch from Hickman who is definitely looking to finish now as he pins his opponent into the corner and unloads knee after knee until the final bell. So, once again we go to the judges scorecards that score the bout 29-28, 30-28 & 30-27 for your winner via UNANIMOUS DECISION, from Lions Gym, Andy Hickman.
Dan Hepworth (Team Wallhead) vs Corey Beldon (Toe 2 Toe Boxing & MMA)
So Dan Hepworth faces off against Corey Beldon in the first Title Fight of the evening fought over 5×2 minutes in the Welterweight division. Both guys look in great shape as they touch gloves for the first time. Heldon opens with a leg kick and Hepwoth returns the favour, Beldon pushes forward with 3 straight shots that fall short as Hepworth backs into his own corner, they clinch and exchange knees, Beldon connects with a straight left as Hepworth sets up a trip only to be separated by the ref. Both men looking very relaxed and composed, not giving anything away and staying focused. Beldon clinches, switches his hips and gets the first takedown. Hepworth bounces straight back up and lands with a straight right followed by 2 nice knees inside, Beldon sees his chance and throws Hepworth again with another tidy hip toss. Hepworth moving in and out looking for that right hand again, Beldon seems wise to it, throws the long front kick backed up with a fast straight right and into the clinch, Hepworth first with the knee and Beldon quickly retaliates for it only to land “low” and cause a short break in the action while Hepworth gets himself together with only a few seconds left on the clock. Very close 1st round.
Round 2 opens and Hepworth is looking sharp, Beldon explodes with a flurry of strikes and a significant left hand finding its target followed by a barrage of hooks and uppercuts. Hepworth lands with a perfect uppercut only to eat triple jab from Beldon, these guys are definitely in the right business with how things are shaping up so far. Beldon with the Thai clinch and 2 knees on the inside, Hepworth drops for the takedown but gets his arm tangled in the ropes, Referee Paul Nicholls is quickly on top of things and creates a clean break. Heldon ready’s himself to go on the offensive but Hepworth grabs the first double leg and throws him to the floor. Two leg kicks followed by a short right, nice work fro Hepworth with a right high kick to follow. Heldon fires back and lands with some clean straight punches, Hepworth is unphased and takes him down again. Hepworth’s confidence is growing now as he lands with a left hook, Beldon clinches up but Hepworth throws him aside, nice deep through the middle and a simple single leg trip right on the bell. Good round for Hepworth with 3 takedowns.
Both guys still looking fresh and composed as they come out for the 3rd, another exchange of hands and leg kicks and Hepworth hits another takedown. A little bit scrappy but it will score never the less. Back on their feet and its Beldon with the outside leg kick, nice right hand from Hepworth and again he gets the double leg. Back on their feet again and Beldon out of nowhere throws and almighty spinning backfist that drops Hepworth on the spot! Great technique and accuracy from Beldon. Hepworth’s eyes looks clear as he receives a standing 8 count and fights on. Beldon smells blood and piles on the pressure, his punches are finding the mark too as Hepworth fights smartly and ducks under to look for another TD, Beldon sprawls out and uses a crossface to lift Hepworths head up and look for the finish. Hepworth stays close e and clinch’s up to avoid taking any damage, they separate and Hepworth delivers a demon rear uppercut that skims Beldons chin, He looks for a trip but Beldon steps off nicely and unbalances Hepworth sending him crashing to the canvas to end the 3rd round. Thats a 10-8 round to Beldon and Hepworth will need to step on the gas for rounds 4 & 5.
Hepworth seems to have recovered well from the knockdown and lands with a nice left hook, Beldon tucks his chin and throws the jab, Hepworth throws a body kick and Beldon counters with tasty right hand. Fast and furious hands now from weldon and he’s giving Hepworth no time to breathe, Beldon with the Thai clinch again and throws Hepworth to the ground by his neck! Big leg kick from Hepworth as it turns into an untidy struggle for both men looking for a takedown. Hepworth’s hands are low, looks like a decoy though as he snatches another double leg. Hepworth slow to rise, maybe this is the first signs of fatigue setting in. They clinch up again, Beldon wraps his opponents head, switches his hips and sends Hepworth crashing to the mat once again. The referee calls Hepworth to his feet but again he is very slow at responding. Thats not looking good for Hepworth but in saying that he comes out blasting and finishes the round hard.
Fifth and final round and a good show of sportsmanship as they touch up for the last time, Hepworth still looks dangerous as he throws a spinning backlist of his own, Beldon moves away and Hepworth launches a huge head kick that just comes up short. Big leg kick from hepworth and looks for the double, Beldon defends easily and turns his hips in once again, Hepworth stays heavy on his back and defends well. Big head kick and a slip from Beldon, they clinch again, this must be sapping the life out of both fighters as they look for openings to unload. Beldon trying the hip throw again but Hepworth hangs on his back and drags him to the canvas. More dirty boxing from both guys and a sweet knee inside from Beldon. Hepworth looks for the single leg snag but Beldon side steps and reverses the takedown with ease. Theres only 25 seconds left and Hepworth is slow to rise again, this time the referee is quick to dish out a second 8 count for his actions. Hepworth looks for that finishing punch but Beldon knows he’s got this and moves back as the end the final round. Great, great fight with some fantastic shows of skill and technique as we go to the judges scorecards. 49-45, 49-44 & 48-45 in favour of the new welterweight HybridFight champion from Toe 2 Toe boxing and MMA in Coventry, Corey Beldon. Also big props to Dan Hepworth from Team Wallhead as they both take home the Fight of the Night medals.
Geoff Ogendo (Notts MMA) vs Reid Northwood (Kyushinkai Telford)
Chace Griffin (Team Wallhead) vs Macca White (RPMAA)