Luxton comes out first and takes the center of the ring, both girls trade shots and Luxton goes up top with the high kick. Decent pace off the bat and Yates is now applying the pressure. Luxton looks to clinch but Yates throws her off. The crowd are really getting behind them as Luxton uses her long straights to good effect. Yates stands firm and doesn’t look intimidated, countering well with the jab. First clinch up and Yates drives in 3 good knees and Luxton pushes off. Good movement from both girls, Luxton drops and hits the first double leg takedown to end round 1.
Round 2, a quick trade and Yates clinches up, using her knees well again. Luxton shoves her off and goes back to the strikes. Yates moves in again with the clinch and knees, turning her hip in and looking for the throw. Luxton resists and they both go down. The pace is just starting to show but both girls still looking good.
Round 3, Yates fires off first but Luxton drops underneath and hits her second double leg. Both girls wrestling well in the clinch but Yates seems to be coming out on top with the knees. Luxton looking slightly fresher and still has a bounce, drops under and hits another double. Yates connects with a nice right hand and goes for a takedown, Luxton sprawls well to defend. Luxton sets up her next double and finishes it easily. Yates lands with a nice double jab right cross and defends another shot well with a sprawl.
Great fight to start the show from these two 16 year olds with the judges scoring the bout 29-28 29-28 29-28 in favour of Sophie Luxton.
Jack Drake (Impact mma) vs Conor Ellis (Stealth Black Belt Academy) Two debut fighters step up for our second fight. Drake scores first using fast strikes to set up the takedown. Ellis jumps up and the pair trade strikes again. Drake goes on the attack again not letting Ellis breath, they clinch up, scramble and Drake switches his hips and lands a beautiful O-Goshi Judo throw. Back on his feet and still smiling Ellis goes on the attack but meets a barrage of strikes on the way in. Another scramble and Drake goes down, Ellis has to be careful of striking a downed opponent and apologizes. Drake drives his man against the ropes and takes out his legs to score another TD. Ellis lands with a right hand that unbalances Drake and down he goes to finish the round.
Round 2 sees Ellis come out much stronger forcing Drake back to the ropes, Drakes hunts a double but Ellis defends. Ellis is now making Drake work harder for his takedowns but Drake it finishes eventually. Another judo throw from Drake and they seem to be taking there toll on as Ellis as he rises slowly. From looking tired Ellis springs back to life and drives forward, again they clinch up and again Drake uses the hip throw and down they go. Ellis is now struggling and although wanting to carry on, (upon his corners advice) the referee stops the fight midway through the second round. Great show of skill and heart from both these first timers.
Your winner by referee stoppage, Jack Drake.
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Cameron Hopper (Elite Combat & Fitness) vs Jack Henshall (360 mma)
Fast start from both guys with Henshall looking the busier with his hands. Hopper takes the first shot as the clinch turns into a wrestler and Hopper gets the TD. Both guys land with clean strikes and Henshall lands the first head kick. They clinch up again and this time its Henshall with the takedown. Superman punch from Hopper misses and they clinch up, Hopper switches his hips and whips Henshall over with a nice judo throw. Some decent strikes from both guys and its Hopper again using his judo for a second takedown. These guys look very well matched, Hopper tries the throw again but Henshall has wised up and defends well. Henshall looks for a leg sweep but can’t finish, great attempt at a risky move. Hopper looks to throw again but Henshall drops his hips and defends.
Round 2, Henshall is first to move with a nice leg kick to left hand combo. Henshall really picking up the pace now and connects again. Hopper clinches again and turns his hips but this time Henshall reverses and takes him down. Henshall really moving well now and lands with two head kicks. Hopper drives him back and Henshall sprawls well. Henshall throws the high kick again and it lands clean on the button, Hopper is dazed and takes a standing 8. Unable to carry on the referee calls the fight resulting in a TKO victory for Jack Henshall.
Great fight with a great skill set from these two young guys. Well done.
Callum Abell (Impact mma) vs Cameron McDonald (12 Gauge MMA)
Fast start from the off as Abell looks tidy mixing up his leg and head kicks, McDonald is moving well and lands with the counter right hand. Abell lands again with the head kick and shoots in but cannot finish. Both guys looking incredibly sharp McDonald again lands the counter right from Abell’s leg kick. Abell seems to be getting the better of the exchanges through sheer quantity of strikes, McDonald fires a 1, 2 leg kick and Abell snags the single and gets the trip. That was a great first round!!!
Round 2 and Abell comes out firing again, landing another head kick. McDonald is now figuring out his range and puts Abell into the corner with a perfect teep front kick. More hands from McDonald and a nice body kick to finish, Abell looks to shoot but McDonald shakes him off. Both guys clinch up and look for the knees, Abell pops up with and lets his hands fly to set up a double leg. Both guys still mixing up their technique well as McDonald catches a body kick and sweeps out Abells leg perfectly.Both guys are landing cleanly with straights and a variation of body and head kicks but Abell steps it up a gear and snaps McDonalds head back more than once.
3rd and final round and McDonald still looks pretty fresh and moving well but Abell dives in and finishes the takedown. McDonald pushes forward again, Abell shoots and McDonald defends well. Poor shot from Abell makes for an easy sprawl from McDonald who turns his man and fires in an unintentional low knee. Recovered and back on his feet, they exchanges strikes again and Abell drives his man the full length of the ring but McDonald is now sprawling well and Abell cant finish. McDonald gets the clinch, 1, 2, 3 and 4 well placed knees sees Abell wince as he defends the takedown attempt. Both guys are slow to rise and Abell catches McDonald off guard with a perfect straight right hand that sends him back to the corner and taking a standing 8 count. The referee takes a very close look as McDonald seems to be done but at the last moment gets it together. McDonald springs back to life and looks like new again as he connects with some great knees to finish the round.
Awesome fight and well worthy of the Fight of the Night awards with your winner by unanimous decision going to Callum Abell.
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Katie ‘Brownie’ Brownless (Gorilla Fight Team) vs Danielle Hutton (360 MMA)
Hutton comes out strong with the jab, low kick and a clean right cross straight through the middle forcing Brownless to clinch up. Hutton comes in again with the straight shots and has Brownless in trouble, they clinch up and Hutton drags Brownless to the floor with a scrappy takedown. Back on their feet and Hutton pops Brownless with a high kick followed by more punches. Brownless drops for the takedown but can’t finish. Hutton piles on the pressure and Brownless turns away. Brownless has had enough and the referee has no choice but to call the fight off.
Your winner via referee stoppage, Danielle Hutton.
Shu comes out first and looks for the early spinning back kick but misses, Smith advances with some tidy strikes and both men trade shots. Smith looks for the hip throw but Shu defends. Smiths keeps pushing forward and keeps Shu on the back foot. Smith grabs a leg and sweeps out the other, nice takedown. They finish out the round cleanly.
Round 2 and Smith comes out strong again, Shu seems a little confused on how to stop Smiths relentless pace. Smith keep driving forward and lands a great judo throw sending his man to the canvas. More pressure and an easy takedown for Smith and his confidence is growing by the second. Shu cant seem to get out of first gear and another easy takedown sees him on hit butt again. smith stays in control and finishes the round with some well picked punches.
Round 3 and Shu looks for the spinning back kicks again but Smith just piles forward and grabs another seemingly easy TD. Smith, looking completely relaxed and still light on his feet, is now picking Shu apart with light, controlled punches of which Shu seems to have no answer other than to cover up. Another easy takedown for smith as Shu just doesn’t seem to be able to find any effective offence. Your winner by unanimous decision, Nathan Smith.
Round 1 and both ladies come out relaxed and looking to mix up their strikes. Kimber seems to have the reach advantage and is pushing froward but Page is working well off her back foot and staying busy. This looks very even from the off as they go into the first clinch. Both looking for knees and tying up the hands. They break and Page looks like having some successwith her leg kicks but Kimber counters everytime with a straight right. Kimber is really hunting that right hand now and seems to be having some success
Round 2 starts with more of the same stand up action, no sign of a takedown yet. Nice long jab through the middle from Kimber and more leg kicks from Page. Both ladies looking very composed and picking their shots well with Kimber just pushing forward and keeping page backing up. Kimber is now looping her right hand and throwing with a little more urgency.
Round 3 and Page seems to have woken up by matching Kimber’s right hand with a good counter combination. Kimber uses a good teep with a crisp 1, 2 while still looking fresh and tidy. Page is circling off and seems to have found some extra steam, Kimber moves forward again and they both trade decent combos. Good strong finish from Kimber on the final bell. Great fight from two well respected strikers. The judges score this bout 30-27 30-27 30-27 in favour of the blue corner, Tina Kimber.
Lavender is first to strike and moves in to clinch driving in 2 or 3 body shots, Foster reverses and jabs on the way out. They clinch again with a 50/50 both guys timing the knees well and Lavender gets the trip. Nicely done! They exchange strikes and Foster shoots, Lavender defends, no score. Nice uppercut left hook from Foster and Lavender ties up again, few knees go in and Foster looks for the takedown but lands on his back. Nicely placed right cross from Foster and follows up with a tidy combo to finish the round.
Looking relaxed they come out for the 2nd and Foster lets fly with his hands that catch Lavender off guard. Lavender looks for the shot again but cant get it. More strikes from Foster and he catches Lavender with a fantastic Harai Goshi throw. That will not please ‘Ishi’ Lavender one bit !!! Lavender comes out with 2 low kicks and they clinch again, he’s looking to return the favour but gets swept back. Another TD to Foster. Few more strikes and Lavender lets his knees go, unfortunately a bit low for Foster liking and he goes down, he’ll get 5 minutes to recover. Back on his feet the pair exchange more strikes and knees to the bell.
Round 3 and Foster comes up top with the high kick, Lavender responds with the 1, 2. Lavender is really driving forward now, snags a single and gets the takedown. Lavender comes in again with a 1, 2 but Foster punishes him with a clean left hand. Lavender is now having some luck with his strikes and looks for another takedown but cant quite finish it. Lavender is definitely pushing the pace but it seems Foster is getting the cleaner shots off. Lavender hits a body kick, Foster grabs it and gets the trip. The crowd are loving this one and Lavenders corner are screaming for the takedowns toward the end of the round …….. HE GETS 3 !!!!
Great work by our matchmaker and another great fight in the bag for TC4.
The “Battle of Will’s” certainly didn’t disappoint as we go to the judges scorecards. 29-29 29-29 & 30-29 make this bout a MAJORITY DRAW.
Both guys meet in the middle and go to work with their hands, Plant is the first with the leg kick and then up top to the head. Begley moving really well, Plant lands another kick and Begley slips. Plant capitalizes and gets the clinch, turns his hips and down goes Begley. Both guys look nice and relaxed but Plant gets a quiet warning to watch big overhands. Begley now finds his mark with a decent combination while Plant continues to kick his lead leg. Quick clinch up and Begley defends against the knees well but Plant sees his chance and sweeps out his front leg. Begley is stalking his man down but Plant seems happy of his back foot.
Round 2 and Begley is stalking again, leg kick, head kick from Plant but Begley isn’t phased. Plant shoots and get the trip. They touch up and again Plant shoots in and Begley just cant get his sprawl off in time. On their feet again and it’s Begley that shoots for the double this time, Plant defends and Begley bails on it but not before landing a body shot. Plant lands again with the leg kick to takedown but Begley is tough as nails and seems to just absorb the punishment.
Round 3 plays out very much the same, looks like Begley wants to stand and trade but Plant just takes him down again. Plant has to watch that swinging left hook or he might be looking at a warning, Begley manages 1 or 2 strikes before Plant takes him down again, this must be infuriating for Begley as he cant seem to answer with anything efficient, never the less this was a great fight from 2 very tough guys.
The winner by unanimous decision, Josh Plant.
Its Scott who comes out early and looks for the take down, Rawle sticks in a knee, adds a body shot and breaks out. Scott throws a jab and Rawle drops under for the double leg, Scott’s saved by the ropes but Rawle drives in again and finishes it.Nice leg kick from Rawle and a decent left hand lands right on the button, Scott staggers but manages to recover well. Rawle is picking his punches nicely and Scott ties up. Rawle half has Scotts back as they jockey for position, Rawle plants his foot and sweeps Scott backwards. Great takedown but Scott has gone down hard …….
After a good check over from the paramedics Scott is back on his feet and with a round of applause from the crowd the win is awarded to Courtney Rawle via TKO.
Nathan Rich (Impact MMA) vs Manoj Singh (Leicester Shootfighters)
Round 1 and both guys go to work straight away mixing up their strikes. Rich is the first to clinch and knee and Singh times a perfect body kick on the break. Both guys looking very busy but its Rich that seems to be pushing forwards. We’ve seen Singh before working well off his back foot and he looks more than comfortable trading with Rich. Singh seems to be faster and piling in the combinations but Rich is matching him strike for strike. Singh takes the thai clinch and puts in 4 knees before pushing off. Now its Rich’s turn to apply the pressure with some well timed punching. Great first round and tough call for the judges.
Round 2 starts evenly matched again, Singh is circling off nicely while Rich follows. Its looking like a kickboxing match so far with neither man hunting any sort of takedown. Rich throws the head kick that lands and snags on Singhs shoulder pulling him to the floor. Looks more like a slip but he is slow to rise. Thety go at it again, Singh clinches and drives in the knees then punches on the break nicely. Rich retaliates but the kick comes in low catching Singh in the cup, he’ll get 5 mins to recover. Singh is now fired up and gets the clinch, 1, 2, 3, 4 knees go in with a great right hand on the break. Rich comes blazing back, running his man down with straight punches that backs Singh up. Another to and fro round, this could go either way.
Third and final round and Rich is first to strike, singh clinches up and fries in the knee, Rich snags a single and takes him down. Off they go again with more dirty boxing and knees and this time its Rich that catches one low. They touch up and start again. Singh now looks for the TD but Rich sprawls well and manages to reverse it and stay on top. Another takedown scores for Rich. Singh lands with a decent left hand and again looks for the takedown that his corner are screaming for, Rich sprawls out well and he cant finish. More strikes and Singh knows he needs a takedown but Rich is way ahead, shoots in and finishes the double right on the bell.
And so we go to the judges scorecards for our main event. The judges score the bout 30-27 30-27 and 30-28 for your winner by unanimous decision Nathan Rich.
Rich now moves to 3-0-1 in the promotion and has earned his Lightweight title shot.