Dominic Parton (Independent) vs Hussein Taieb (Leicester Kombat Academy)
Round 1) Taieb comes out with a low kick, Parton answers with his own, Parton again with a solid kick, tail looks to counter but Parton punishes him on the way in. Parton goes in swinging now, takes the clinch, puts in 2 knees and lets his hands fly again. Parton lands with a nice head kick, Taieb seems unphased and drives Parton back, Taieb with a big spinning backlist that skims Partons face, he needs to watch out for them in future. They clinch up, both working the dirty boxing well, Parton sends in another low kick, Taieb counters with a straight right. Neither fighter seems to be landing any clean strikes as the end of the round draws in.
Round 2) Taieb comes out fast, grabs the clinch, looks like he’s after the first takedown of the fight. Parton has an underhook and works his knees inside, Taieb doing much of the same, looking for knees while defending any TD attempt. Taieb looks like he’s ready to tee off on a cornered Parton but doesn’t seem to want to pull the trigger. Accidental knee to the head but Parton brushes it off and they go back at it. Big uppercut from Parton, slides in and gets the first takedown of the fight. Taieb comes back firing as he knows he’s a TD behind, Taieb has Parton in the corner again and sends in punch after punch. Parton clinches up and utilises his head position, picks up a leg and takes tail down for the second time. Big right hand from Taieb, and another, and another. Taieb chopping down on Partons legs with a sense of urgency now as the bell ends the round, tough fight to call for the judges up to now, lets see what the third round brings.
Round 3) Parton throws a loose body kick, Taieb rushes in, goes to clinch and fires in a knee. Parton keeps his hips back, is he looking for another takedown, working with a undertook on the left side and takes Taieb down for the third time. Taieb lands with a right hand that seems to fire up Parton even more as he unloads with punch after punch. Taieb again with a spinning backfist attempt, Parton lands with a nice 1-2 and another spinning backlist attempt from Taieb but with no joy. Another takedown from Parton and Taieb must know he’s in trouble on the scorecards now. Taieb fires in a strong jab that stuns Parton, Taieb take full advantage and piles on the pressure, Parton might be in trouble here but its just a little to late in the round for Taieb to capitalise as we go to the judges scorecards. The judges score the bout 29-28, 30-28 & 30-27 for your winner by unanimous decision Dominic Parton.
Phil Gerrard (Pure Arts Martial Arts Centre) vs Kamil Kedzior (Impact MMA)
Round 1) Kedzior out first with a nice little bounce to his step, puts in a lead body then a rear front kick and Gerrard returns the favour. Kedzior first to shoot in but Gerrard defends well. Outside low kick from Gerrard, both men exchanging single shots so far, Kedzior’s coming in with his head is quite low winging big overhand rights at the taller Gerrard. Gerrard sticking with his long kicks but Zedzior is starting to find the mark with his punches, Gerrard throws a 1-2, Kedzior drops under for a double leg but cannot finish, 10 seconds left in the round, Gerrard jabs and Kedzior again with a swinging overhand that comes up short. Close first round for the judges.
Round 2) Kedzior circling off and using his body kicks again, Gerrard follows looking for a way inside. Kedzior tries to clinch and Gerrard puts a knee through the middle, both men a little bit scrappy as they seem to still be trying to figure each other out, nice jab from Kedzior as Gerrards chin is a bit exposed, Kedzior in low looking for a double but takes to long and the referee breaks them up. Kedzior lands the jab again and throws a front kick, Gerrard catches the kick and off balances his man, that will score as an easy takedown. Gerrard now pushing forward with single shots, Kedzior drops again but can’t finish the takedown. Another close round so both men will need something decisive in the 3rd.
Round 3) Both guys have come out swinging for the final round but again their accuracy is off and nothing clean seems to be getting through. Kedzior shoots a double but his back is too high again and he can’t finish although the fight is so close that the attempts may go in his favour. Nice outside low kick to jab from Gerrard followed by a knee through the middle, Kedzior returns with a overhand right to left hook combo. Its all for the taking in the final round and both men know it, Gerrard with the Thai clinch and 2 well placed knees, Kedzior is swinging again and looking a little tired now as he seems to be leaning on Gerrard more and more, Gerrard pounds in the body shots and knees looking to take control, Kedzior seems to be hanging on in there but Gerrard is definitely landing the better shots. So as the final bell goes we once again go to the judges scorecards. The judges score the bout 29-28, 30-28 & 29-29 in favour of your winner by MAJORITY DECISION, Phil Gerrard.
Modestas Rupkus (Scorpion MMA) vs Matthew Bowater (Southside MMA)
Round 1) Rupkus is out fast and straight to business with a straight right left hook combination followed by a big body kick and a flurry of savage punches, Bowater covers well, circles out and throws a left body kick. Rupkus goes after him again and they both trade big shots, Bowater backs away, Rupkus with a low kick left hook combo, Bowater looks composed still, goes up high with a kick. Fast pace to start as they settle down now and start picking their shots wisely, Rupkus with a big head kick that slaps off Bowaters guard as he smiles acceptingly and calls him on. Quick jab from Bowater, big overhand counter from Rupkus, inside low to left hook from Bowater, these guys are putting on a show. Rupkus is putting in the volume but Bowater is landing the cleaner shots as we end the first round.
Round 2) Rupkus out fast again and goes straight to work, Bowater shrugs it off but Rupkus is firing now with punch after punch. Bowater still unphased, taking his time and lands with a sweet uppercut straight right combo, Rupkus leans in for the clinch but Bowater punishes him again with 3 clean shots. Big outside low kick from Bowater who is now finding his rhythm, big headkick from Rupkus that gets a cheers from his fans in the VIP section. Headkick from Bowater thats grabbed by Rupkus and sweeps him off his feet, great technique and a good scoring takedown. Bowater now taking command with a flurry of unanswered punches and a big headkick thats skims over the top. Both guys cruise out the round trading single shots in the centre of the ring.
Round 3) Slick 1-2 from Bowater but Rupkus fires back with a flurry of shots and liver kick for good measure. Bowater with a strong teep that takes Rupkus off his feet, both men clinch and trade knee for knee. Bowater is now driving forward landing with simple 1-2’s and low kicks, big uppercut left hook combo again and Rupkus seems to be fading. Bowater piling on the pressure but Rupkus keeps with him as they trade 1 for 1 with kicks and punches. Head kick again from Bowater as Rupkus tries the catch and sweep again but with no success, Rupkus’ fans are screaming the house down which has to be spurring him on as he just keeps on throwing, big body kick from Bowater followed by a superman punch and that is the end of the round and the fight as both men raise their hands and walk back to their respective corners. The judges score the bout 29-28, 29-28 & 29-30 for your winer by SPLIT DECISION, Modestas Rupkus
Krzysztof Wisneiwski (Lions Gym) vs Luke Gifford (Gorrilla Muay Thai)
Round 1) Gifford first to strike with the outside low kick, KW throws a quick 1-2, both guys testing the water with feathering punches and kicks, KW looking more dominant until Giffords lands with a straight right and stuns KW enough for the ref to gives a standing 8. KW is straight back into the action now and the tempo has quickened, Gifford pressing the pace but KW seems to be landing the cleaner shots, KW now putting on the pressure, Gifford is covering well and drives forward. KW takes Giffords back and is looking for a takedown, Gifford holds the ropes but KW rips him away and finishes the takedown. KW again dominating with cleaner shots, Giffords head is low and receives an unintentional knee to the head of which he’ll get up to 5 minutes to recover. Gifford is back in the game and both men go toe to toe until the end of the round. Great opening round for the big guys.
Round 2) Gifford looking active but KW is moving off and countering nicely, Gifford drives forward now, KW clinches up looking for the knees but Gifford rips into his body with hook after hook. KW is having none of this and returns fire with a barrage of punches that has Gifford backing up, Gifford fires back but gets a groin kick for his efforts. Back with the action and KW is looking sharp now, using his height to full advantage, both guys ripping and slipping well now, big body kick from KW but Gifford is unphased. Gifford just coming up short with his straight punches and he needs to find a way inside KW reach. Gifford with a clubbing right hand, KW puts in the knees again and Giffords complaining of a possible foul but the ref says fight on. KW piles on the pressure now and Gifford is soaking up the strikes like a sponge, KW isn’t letting this go and is looking to finish but Gifford is tough as hell and isn’t going out anytime soon. The bell ends the 2nd, big round for KW.
Round 3) Third and final round and they exchange low kicks, again KW looking sharper with his hands, body kick from KW, Gifford looks to catch and sweep but misses. Better 1-2 from Gifford now, followed by some big hooks that unbalance KW, stiff jab to uppercut from KW and in with the rear knee again. Both guys feeling the pace now but still throwing, KW using his jab and Gifford looking for that elusive big overhand right. Both guys trading now, KW looks the fresher of the 2 and is relentless with the strikes, Gifford is definitely still in the fight but KW is landing cleaner without doubt. Great final round and a great pace from these 2 cruiserweights as we go to the judges scorecards for the final decision. The judges score the bout 29-28, 28-29 & 28-29 for your winner by SPLIT DECISION Krzysztof Wisneiwski.
Sean Watson (Reps MMA) vs Ashleigh Bray (Full Impact Thai)
Round 1) Bray with a teep through the middle, big overhand right from Watson and into the clinch, Watson spins his man and lands the first TD of the fight. Big rips from Watson, we’ve seen him at Hybrid before and know he has some excellent boxing. They clinch, knee up the centre from Bray and they separate, Watson bouncing around looking light on his feet, Bray standing firm and composed, Watson charges in, Bray with double under and levels up the score on takedowns. Low kick from Bray, straight right counter from Watson and lands with 2 perfectly placed body shots. Both guys trading punches now, Watson grabs the clinch, Bray defends and fires a perfectly timed knee into Watsons mid section. Watson controls the clinch and both guys trade knees to the bell. Great first round.
Round 2) Back into the action again and both guys looking to throw hands now, nice left hook from Watson but Bray is moving well. Strong head position from Watson now not letting Bray settle in the clinch, left hook right hand from Watson and back to the clinch, Bray defending well with double overlooks but Watson reaps his leg and gets a simple trip takedown. Nice body kick from Bray, followed by 3, 4, 5 punches that snap Watsons head back, back into the clinch and watson again using his head position to make it very uncomfortable for Bray. Both guys still very composed and relaxed, big uppercut from Watson, Bray returns with a side kick. Both guys are well aware of what each other can do and it shows, another quality round for these 2 lightweights.
Round 3) Third and final round and Watson again lets rip to the body. Straight right, left hook & outside low kick from Watson, great combination in typical Dutch Thai style. leaping left hook from Watson but Bray catches him on the way in, spinning backfist from Watson but Brays guard is good enough to deal with that and a quick takedown on the back end for watson. Bit of wrestling on the ropes now, they both drop to the floor in an untidy mess but Watson lands on top, could be another TD in the judges eyes. Few more strikes back and forth and Watson is in tight again using that head position, drops low and picks Brays ankle for another takedown. Nice 1-2 from Bray and Watson returns the favour as they finish out the round trading shots. So with 3 rounds in the bag we go to the judges scorecards again. All 3 judges score the bout 30-27 in favour of your winner, via UNANIMOUS DECISION, Sean Watson.
Jamie Molyneaux (Leicester ShootFighters) vs Matthew Murrell (Full Impact Thai)
Round 1) Both fighters move to the centre of the ring and gauge each other out, Murrell jabs and Molyneaux unleases with a huge overhand. Murrell looks for the outside low kick and again Molyneaux lets rip with the right hand, inside low kick from Murrell and a left hook from Molyneaux. Murrell pushing forward and picking his kicks nicely, quick jab and back to the low kicks. Molyneaux staying composed and looking to get on the inside of his taller opponent, big overhand right again and straight into double underhooks. This is definitely where he wants Murrell as he blasts in a solid knee to the thigh. Good head position from Molyneaux, he’s looking for the first takedown but Murrell defends well and the referee separates the two from a stalemate. Molyneaux is throwing some huge punches but Murrell is slipping well and lands a clean 1-2 and knee combination. Crisp teep front kick to the face from Murrell followed by a straight 1-2. Molyneaux drops under and looks for a double to finish the round but Murrell does well to sprawl out and stuff the takedown. Back on their feet and Molyneaux is firing now with huge shots that are connecting everytime, Murrell chin is getting tested as Molyneaux finishes the round with a big statement!
Round 2) Murrell first to open up with a monster leg kick that spins Molyneaux around, inside leg, outside leg and a flurry of punches from murrell as he looks to get on top of things early in the second round. Molyneaux swings again but Murrell sways back and fires in a knee to the chest, Molyneaux looks for the double leg but Murrell sprawls out again, no score there! Quick exchange of hands and Molyneaux shoots again but Murrell is having none of it a bails to the floor immediately. Both guys really holding their positions well and not giving much away but Molyneaux explodes again with some looping punches that get through, Murrell returns fire but doesn’t seem to have the ferocity of his shorter opponent. Murrell’s chin is holding up well as he grabs hold of Molyneaux and delivers 4 knees to his body in classic Muay Thai style. Molyneaux backs away, sets up the big right hand again, stays in the pocket and hits a perfect clean double leg scooping Murrell up and dumping him on his back to end the round. Great technique from Molyneaux showing his superior grappling background.
Round 3) Molyneaux goes in quick looking for another takedown, Murrell bails again, looks like Molyneaux’s plan is to score big with the TD’s and fill in with big punch combo’s. Leg kick again from Murrell and big overhand right counter from Molyneaux thats seems to dislodge Murrells mouthpiece for a second. Big keep to the face again from Murrell, Molyneaux backs out and comes in hard with that big overhand right again thats definitely had success in the earlier rounds. Molyneaux with a half hearted TD attempted and takes a knee for the trouble, he still has Murrell pressed into the corner though and delivers a knee to the thigh. Another TD attempt stuffed and Murrell fires in a head kick. Murrell still working really well with his counter punching but its Molyneaux that seems to be doing more damage with the bigger and more explosive action. 20 seconds left in the round and Murrell sends in a flying knee to Molyneaux chest, Molyneaux clinches up, pushes off and goes for a head kick thats skims Murrells face only for Murrell to grin it off and blast forward to finish the round. And so we go to the judges scorecards where all 3 judges score the bout 30-27 in favour of the fighter in the blue corner, Jamie “Daywalker” Molyneaux.