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THAI BOXING The IFMA and The UKMF Amateur Olympic Dream!

BOXING Women Earn The Right To Fight!

K-1 World Max Grand Prix - Tokyo

MMA WAKO’s New GB Initiative

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NEWS ROUND-UP Domestic & International

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EQUAL RIGHTS Earn Women The Right to Fight!

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KATHERINE ‘AINT’ DUNN! Boxing’s Little Old Lady?

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BOOK REVIEW One Ring Circus

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MICHAEL DICKS “I Treat Every Fight The Same. They Are All Equally Important!”

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JERSEY THAI BOXING CLUB Where Champions Are Trained and Friends Are Made!

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GARY BELL “Helping Fight Crime Together”

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AMATEUR MUAY THAI & The Olympic Dream

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VINNY SHOREMAN From Super Gym to Super Guy!

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MMA RULES! The All New WAKO GB Initiative

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SUBMIT TO SIMEON By Rob Nutley

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FIGHT ANALYSIS... Or Learning From The Greats

There has been a great deal of speculation about the state of MMA in Britain of late, most of which has followed the recent knock out of Mike Bisping at the hands of Dan Henderson. It’s true to say that not all MMA events are packed but it’s also a fact that there are 10 times as many MMA events/promotions taking place now than there was a few years ago. I think that good events and promoters will always thrive and that “fast buck” merchants will always come and go, as with any emerging commercial venture or flavour of the month business opportunity. The fact remains that if you plan your work, work your plan and know what constitutes good business sense, the ONLY difference between success and failure is HARD WORK! Take a look at the UFC, they have taken calculated risks, built a brand, looked after their fighters, protected their interests by planning for their predicted future and above all, THEY HAVE WORKED THEIR SOCKS OFF!!! It really is that simple, if you don’t believe in the value of a good work ethic and you are not prepared to do your homework, take calculated risks then my advice would be to get a job, it’s a hell of a lot easier than being your own boss. So, to summarise - is MMA on its way out, are we void of good healthy events to attend, is the UK MMA scene short of talent - ABSOLUTELY NOT!

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TRAINER OF CHAMPIONS Padbox’s Ian Burbedge

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KYOTARO Japans Saviour?

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CYBORG MAKES IT 8-1!!! It’s Cyborg Over Carano

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ULTIMATE CHALLENGE As Seen ov TV...

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DAVE O’DONNELL So What’s Next

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YOUSIF IBRAHIM Another Up & Coming Young Blood!

MMA has no shortage of promoters around the world, including the UK but it does have a lack of structured delivery agents, organisations that offer a regulated format or grading system. This has proven to be a major problem in the past for instructors, groups and organisations being able to obtain insurance. Well, WAKO has created a cure for that problem in the form of a programme for any would be MMA instructor to fulfil the promise of safe, professional instruction as well as a syllabus designed to add quality and professionalism to their teaching. Not to mention a structure that will help all instructors obtain insurance. You can check out the article, together with its newly appointed UK Director, John Higo on pages 36 - 41.

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K-1 WORLD MAX WGP Final 8

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CHAMPIONSHIP KICKBOXING At The Circus Tavern

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CLAN WARS 2 Ireland’s First Fully Sanctioned ISKA MMA Event

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NIGHT OF THE GLADIATORS 2 2 Hot To Handle

CONTENTS EDITORIAL It may be a fantastic coincidence that following our cover story of last month about “Hardcore Women” but the ladies finally have it! Boxing has finally woken up to the fact that they are good at what they do and there are millions of people around the world that want to see it happen. There is of course the fact that, long after the Olympics has left the UK shores, Womens boxing will go on and on and on (a bit like my wife, only joking sweetheart, thank God she’s not a boxer) which will be something that the world will refer to for many years to come. Whether you agree or disagree with women taking to the ring is another matter, one for our forums (www.fightersmag.co.uk) I think! Whilst on the subject of women in the ring you would Have to have been locked in a cupboard for a few days to have missed the hype surrounding the “Cyborg Vs Carano” fight. As you will see from the images from the fight the stronger and more aggressive “Cyborg” over powered Carano forcing a brutal 4;59 TKO in the first round! As if the fight wasn’t enough, take a look at the news section in this issue and you will see that Stephen Soderberg, a very famous Hollywood film director, has signed Carano up to a blockbuster deal! Although this magazine has to go to press before this event takes place, I think that there will be an almighty result (for boxing or MMA) when the UFC show goes out opposite the Mayweather fight on September the 19th. Okay it will be influenced by the airtime presence that each of the providers have BUT it will I believe, offer us all a real insight into the true ratings war that MMA and Boxing seems to be permanently in? If I know Dana, he will have spent a little more than time and have a few surprises up his sleeve. Watch this space!

Until next month, enjoy your training and keep on fighting! Paul S Clifton. cliftoncombatcombat@aol.co.uk


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Equal Rights Earn

Women The Right to Fight! By Luke Calvert ‘’Olympic participation is exactly the validation required for women’s boxing to become a thriving sport’’. Those were the words of Katherine Dunn when I spoke to the experienced boxing scribe last month. Katherine’s wish for women’s boxing to be included within the Olympic programme came true when the International Olympic Committee (IOC) confirmed that women would box for Gold at the 2012 Olympics to be hosted in London. As IOC president Jack Rogge made the historic announcement on the 13th of August, he explained the decision quite simply by saying ‘’Women’s boxing has come on a tremendous amount in the last five years and it was time to include them”. The news spread like wildfire with the announcement being live on national, prime time news television shows, carried in national newspapers and everyone in the country seemed to have an opinion on it. British Olympic Association chief executive Andy Hunt was clear on his view ‘’it’s great that women can compete now and it’s a really good legacy for the 2012 games in London’’.

Whilst some have aired (unpopular) disparaging views on women’s boxing (including world champion Amir Khan and leading promoter Frank Warren) there is no doubt the coverage the sport received with the announcement was a fantastic boost for boxing. With the amount of boxing being featured on TV and in newspapers in continual decline, all mainstream coverage of the sport is good coverage as far as I’m concerned.

Perfect Timing. With boxing previously being the only Olympic sport in which females couldn’t compete, many feel vindicated by the decision to include women’s boxing, with comments along the lines of ‘It’s about time too!’. But, the fact is that women’s boxing hasn’t been included within the Olympic programme before for good reason; it’s a relatively young sport and after consideration in 2005, it was decided that the standard of boxing was not high enough to be included in the 2008 Beijing games. A small look at the women’s boxing scene in the UK will tell you all about the upsurge in popularity of the sport in the past four years and how it’s been instrumental in seeing women’s boxing become part of the Olympic movement. In 2005, there were just 50 women registered to box in the UK. Fast forward four years to today and there are now over 700 registered women boxers in the UK - a phenomenal increase.


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As with any sport, an increase in popularity and participation levels leads to increased competition. And with increased competition comes standards that increase. Hence the fact that the timing of the IOC’s decision to include women’s boxing is absolutely perfect.

Exponential Growth Expected. We’ve already touched on the growth of women’s boxing as a sport in the past four years but I honestly believe that this is nothing, compared to the increase we are likely to see when we look back in another four years time. I expect a full scale, global popularisation of the sport immediately - we’ve already seen an initial surge in boxer numbers following the recent announcement and that will continue to see women walking through the doors of amateur boxing clubs, with dreams of competing at the Olympic Games. But where I expect we will see the real development, is after the 2012 games have actually taken place. Once the world gets to see the top women competing on the global stage, I am convinced it will see even more women take up the sport known as ‘the noble art’. And of course, that can only be a good thing for the sport in general and especially women’s boxing - as I’ve already mentioned above, more competition means higher standards, so things in women’s boxing are only going to get better.

Not Quite Parity with the Men. At the Beijing games, almost three hundred male boxers competed across 11 weight divisions, ranging from Light Flyweight (48kgs) to Super Heavy weight (91kg). With women’s boxing still in the somewhat formative stages of development ,compared to men’s boxing, it is quite understandable that they have been afforded just 40 places across three weight divisions. Those three weight divisions will be Flyweight (48-51kg), Lightweight (56-60kg) and Middleweight (69-75kg).

The good news for Britain is that as the host country for the Olympics, we are guaranteed an entrant at each weight so three British women will get the unbelievable opportunity to take part in the inaugural women’s boxing competition on home soil, with a chance to win a Gold medal...

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Katherine ‘ain’t’ Dunn! Boxings Little Old Lady? By Luke Calvert. Katherine Dunn is one of the most experienced boxing writers on the circuit and has covered the sport from every level throughout almost 30 years in writing on the sport; from small hall amateur club shows to all time classic encounters such as Marvin Hagler vs. Thomas Hearns. So, the chance to speak to her and gain an insight into her new book ‘One Ring Circus’ was too good to turn down. What shone through during our discussion is that after all these years Katherine is still so in love with the sport. This is best evidence by the compilation of articles used in One Ring Circus ‘’I chose pieces written for non boxing specialty publications, targeted to people that are not boxing fans, to seduce them’’. Dunn continues to be frustrated at the general public’s perception of boxing, explaining that ‘’people are offended by

the overt appearance of boxing, the intent, but they are willing to overlook the dangerous reality of other dangerous sports or jobs such a mining or construction’’. Dunn adds that it’s boxings ‘’lack of disguise’’ that causes this problem and I have to agree. A freelance writer, Dunn is not tied to any publication and takes work on an as and when basis. But, even when not covering the sport, Dunn visits local gyms to keep a check on amateurs and

how they are getting on. Dunn recalled recent experience ‘’Last week I visited a local gym in my hometown of Portland, Oregon. I hadn’t been there for around a year and I was immediately greeted by young boxers rushing over to tell me what they had been doing and what they were going to do’’. Experiences like that give Dunn a sense of belonging in boxing. Describing herself as a ‘’little old lady’’ and ‘’ the last person in the world who should understand what they (the boxers) are doing’’ Dunn is genuinely touched by the affection in which she is held by the young boxers. When the discussion turned to women’s boxing, Dunn was buoyed by my news that the International Olympic Committee were seriously considering including a women’s boxing programme into the 2012 games in London. ‘’Olympic participation is exactly the validation required for women’s boxing to become a thriving sport’’ says Dunn. Dunn sights the best occasion she has covered in boxing, as being the Marvin Hagler vs. Thomas Hearns contest in 1985, in Las Vegas. Dunns summary of the contest is, as usual, spot on ‘’it was a tremendous event and human spectacle,


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whilst the fight itself was so very, very dramatic, hard to top in the good boxing department’’. For a very different reason, the Mike Tyson Vs. Evander Holyfied ‘bite fight’ also stands out for Dunn, as it highlighted the ‘’emotional reaction of the media’’. Explaining further, Dunn says ‘’Holyfield was a boxer willing to foul in order to win, yet was transformed by the media into a sanctified figure after being bitten by Tyson’’. Amusingly, but

perhaps worryingly, Dunn recalls being told by someone that ‘’the issue wasn’t that Tyson had bitten an opponent, it was who he had bitten’’. Dunn wishes that such incidents, should not be so sensationalised by the media. ‘’As reporters we should know better, we are so much a part of building the hype’’.

and do all they can to promote the positive element of ‘the noble art’.

Dunn is undoubtedly a credit to boxing and the type of boxing writer, the sport needs more of - one ready to immerse themselves into the spirit of the sport

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Michael

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“I treat every fight the same. They are all equally important!” Of the current crop of excellent Muay Thai fighters representing this country, Darlington’s Michael Dicks would make anyone’s top ten - or top five - list with his dynamic style and killer instinct and so it seems only fitting that on Grandmaster Sken’s November 7th “MSA Muay Thai Premier League” supershow, he will be one of the main attractions, fighting for the WMC World title on a card stacked with great fights. Looking back, Michael’s is a genuine success story in more ways than one, as Muay Thai gave what was a wayward youth a real purpose in life, as Michael explains, “when I was younger, I was always in and out of trouble. I got thrown out of mainstream school and was sent to a specialist school, where they took us to Darlington Boxing Martial Arts Academy for weekly PE lessons. Once the school stopped taking us there, I continued to go in my own time.” The rest, as they say, is history and Michael’s coach, Paul Hamilton, was a big influence on the young fighter’s career. Paul’s own fight history was very impressive, with a wealth of ring experience. Michael was keen to emulate his instructor. “When I first started fighting, Paul influenced me most. I wanted to be as good as he was when he was fighting.” The relationship has stood the test of time and although Michael admits that training in Thailand can be seen as a vital part of any fighter’s development he points out that Paul’s

wealth of experience and knowledge from the years he spent in Thailand compensates, adding that “My home life here means that it could be difficult to go and live there but you never know what’s going to happen.” In career terms what did happen was that Michael quickly gained a reputation as a special fighter and his style rapidly made him a crowd favourite, early stoppages very often par for the course. As down to earth as he is talented, Michael’s feet (apart from when he

is kicking opponents) remain firmly on the ground and despite his success he treats every opponent with equal respect. “I treat every fight the same, and prepare for them all in the same way mentally. I may adopt a different style of training depending on my opponent’s style but mentally, every fight is equally important.” Famed for his vicious elbow techniques, Michael’s style has developed as he continues to mature. He cites a much more composed attitude to fighting, while still retaining his trademark style. “I have learnt to control it more, and be more disciplined within myself.” A full Thai rules veteran, he has total respect for the discipline and points out that Full Thai rules are totally different to any other rules within combat sports. Because of this he advocates one hundred percent focus, a tighter guard and a more tactical approach. That said, making the transition to “full” rules wasn’t really much of a problem for him “because we are always trained full Thai rules in the gym. We just pick our training up a bit more when there is a fight coming up...”


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Garry Bell “Helping Fight Crime together” Report and Photographs by Cris Janson-Piers Following a call that was made into the HQ of Fighters, I recently visited the Contender Martial Arts gym in Stockton-on-Tees, the home of the “BRAWLA” Fight team and run by Garry Bell. He has a great set up and is hoping his gym and the services he offers will continue to improve the lives of many youngsters in his local area. Along with wanting to find out more about Garry himself, (as he is still an active fighter) I wanted to ask him what his work outside and inside the gym involves? How long have you been involved in martial arts Garry?

GARRY BELL: Martial Arts have been a big part of my life since I started training at the age of 6. I have 21 years experience in various disciplines, such as : Karate, Judo, Boxing, Kung fu, Freestyle Karate, Taekwondo, Freestyle Martial Arts, Weapons, Meditation, Hapkido, Aikido, Combat Kali, Mixed Martial Arts Kickboxing, Thai Boxing and K1 style kickboxing. I have also graded and competed to a high level in most of these arts. So Garry, what do you feel has given you the ability to be able to offer the local youngsters, the help you are providing?

GARRY BELL: The experience I have gained through my training within the various arts and working with children in the gym. I feel as though I have developed, as a person, and I am actively able to give back to our local community. I am very active in my work with ex drug users and youth offenders as part of a rehabilitation program. I also do voluntary work, 1 day a week, for youth offenders in Darlington in my spare time as I find this very rewarding.

That’s fantastic, in your opinion, what do you feel are the main reasons for kids going off the rails, so to speak?

GARRY BELL: I really do push the no drugs, no knife crime message at my gym. In this day and age it’s not uncommon and we are trying to get the kids off the streets and away from knife crime and street gangs. A lot of the kids are in gangs and come from broken homes or run down areas and they join gangs to be a part of something. I also give them the chance to be a part of something, a winning team who do their fighting in the ring. They have the added benefits of improving their fitness and building their self-confidence. It may be the confidence they develop, which gives them the strength to stand up to people and say NO! They also meet new friends and possibly socialise in different areas. You are a 1st Dan Blackbelt, do you think it’s important in anyway for children with or without this sort of troubled background to grade?

GARRY BELL: Yes, I’m a 1st Dan black belt. But for me, belts are not everything, but it’s a goal, a lot of people like to go as high as they can with them. My main goal is perfection and learning the many different arts. My main reason for achieving 1st Dan was to enable me to teach and pass on my skills and experiences. Setting goals and achieving these goals is important in realising potential and reaching the highest standard possible. As I said earlier, that’s what these kids need, a reason to train, a goal to achieve and martial arts can empower them to do just that. Which of the arts do you mainly employ to help deliver the system you believe in?

GARRY BELL: I have assisted and taught in gyms from a young age. I trained in many different disciplines and I personally don’t believe that one style is better or worse than any other; they all have positives and negatives. As a Martial Artist, I have found that, the technique that works for one


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person, might not necessarily work for another. This is mainly due to the fact that we all have different builds, shapes and sizes. That’s why martial art is excellent for any one to consider, at any age. I have a female instructor and assistants, who help me put a clear message over. Throughout my life, training in different gyms, I have discovered that dedication and discipline is one of the hardest lessons to learn. I have seen a number of people over the years discontinue training for various reasons, mostly for the reason that they think going to the gym will result in them becoming a fighting machine overnight. The majority want it instantly and some for the wrong reasons but I am responsible for identifying this and rectifying it. This attitude towards training invariably works. You will only get out of the training what you put in, it’s the same as life. People have to have the correct attitude but also the desire, if you have the heart for it, it will become an important element of your life.

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Although I train pure fighters slightly differently I do make sure there is a good variation with the others so they take on as many of the martial arts life skills as possible. I strongly believe everyone has something to give. Some instructors preach that it is their way or not at all, similar to people in day to day life. I am certainly not arrogant enough to think that my way is always the best, as I stated, we all come in different shapes and sizes so we all have our advantages and disadvantages. I am always willing to listen and treat people as individuals, to bring out their best. No two people are alike, so the training should always reflect an individual’s needs. If this wasn’t the case, we would all be clones of each other and Martial Arts would be a pointless activity. Martial Art is also about control of the mind, not just the body. Many of us, at some point in our lives, have experienced fear. Many Martial artists experience this at competition level, just before a fight. The thoughts of “have I done enough, will I get hurt, will I get knocked out or lose to my opponent”? An adrenaline pumped body can be used as an advantage over an opponent, the fear can be turned into positive energy, however, this energy must be controlled and released at the precise moment. To maximise the effects of this, split second reactions are required...


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Vinnie Shoreman From Super Gym to Super guy! By Kru Shaun Boland When some people walk into a room their energy precedes them, they draw attention as a light would attract a moth, Vinnie Shoreman is one such person. Unassuming in stature this man is larger than Mount Everest when it comes to personality and energy. From running the successful Super-Gym Muay Thai camp in Cheshire, Vinnie can be found commentating across the country on shows such as ‘Showtime’ and ‘P4TV’. I recently had the chance to catch up with Vinnie and ‘rein’ him in for an interview, to find out more about what makes the man tick and more about his passion for Muay Thai. never knew how it worked and believe me, it works amazingly well with fighters, martial arts and all aspects of life.

Vinnie, Hi, so how are you?

VINNIE SHOREMAN: Hi, Happy as ever, being honest, loving life and really excited about the future too

Keith Mayer was my first taste of NLP, he’s like my master because he is awesome and magical, as is Bruce Farrow. Kevin Harper took me to a seminar that was being run by Keith and I got hooked, I’d found my place and path. Dramatic but true!

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VINNIE SHOREMAN: What pulled me in? Well I was rubbish at sports but I loved martial arts and boxing. I actually started boxing aged 12 at Sale West and sparred with Johnny Roye, he was a good boxer back then before he did Muay Thai. My mate Russ was training with Master Sken so I went along to watch. Sken was so talented that I wanted to do it so I went along with my friend Muggy, joined in and loved it.

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Tell me how you first got started with Muay Thai what ‘pulled’ you in?

If you think you can, you can. And if you think you can’t, you are right

You have a Masters in NLP Can you tell us a little about what NLP is and how it has helped you?

Super Gym in Leeds has had some great success’ accredited to yourself. So why the move from teaching Muay Thai to commentating and NLP?

VINNIE SHOREMAN: I really believed it saved my life Henry Ford in certain areas! I am more me now than I have been before, as in being who I wanted to be for example. I have a relationship that I can hand on heart say is near as perfect as it gets and I don’t feel the need to be egotistical and play the hard-man, which I never really was. NLP has and does change lives, I did 26 seminars last year and the feedback is incredible and I am thankful to all who have given me the chance to hold them at various gyms around UK.

VINNIE SHOREMAN: Being honest I got bored with it, 24 years is a long time even in a marriage!!! But I just felt that I wasn’t giving my all, so in fairness to the fighters I left it to Leroy and Rick who do a great job. NLP is my passion now because I always knew I was a good talker and motivator but

People who want to change, know why they want to, but often don’t know how, or what steps to take. My masters’ course gave me the tools to do this for others and even though occasionally there are hard times in doing the courses, the results and feelings are astounding.

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Fighting is as much a mental game as it is physical and successful people do what successful people do and I copy it, we are not all Liam Harrison but we can strive to be the best person we can be!! Neuro is brain, linguistic means language and programming is how we map it out, hence NLP for short. It’s a series of techniques to promote change and new ways of thinking....I love it and so do those who have done it. What got you into commentating?

VINNIE SHOREMAN: My mouth!!!! Again really by accident, Pele told me I should do it and so did Frankie Hudders. So my first outing was at one of Paul Hamilton’s shows, they were a man short for the commentating so, being shy...ha ha!!! Clearly I am not shy so I thought why not? Being a former coach, I do my best to spot what’s going on and tell the public. I always have an experienced fighter like Kieran Keddle or Andy Thrasher join me so they can offer a fighters perspective.

Master Sken is another who has stuck at it having had shows that have not panned out well, but he now seems to have great shows coming up, great times ahead for all of us. I feel that we are now entering into a new ‘Golden Era’ for Muay Thai, there is a lot of new blood which in turn offers fresh ideas and enthusiasm into our sport and art where do you hope to see UK Muay Thai in the next 5 years?

VINNIE SHOREMAN: Massive!...but only with the right people. Ego has hampered our sport before but now it’s a nicer sport. Ok, it’s tough but everyone seems to be getting along and all are pulling in the same direction. Some might scoff at say the axkickboxing forum but it’s done a lot of good. So have the boys Mel and Paul from p4tv.com, they put it out to the masses and work like dogs for it too! I respect Mel and Paul and owe them a lot as I think we all do because they want it badly and it shows...

I did it and liked it, so ended up doing various shows until Showtime came along, again by accident, Sean Toomey rang me and as he was busy I did it, again lucky I guess! Funny really because in Holland they call me “Showtime” and I get asked to say something funny! Kieran Keddle does an amazing job too and I love him, he is brilliant and has great humour as does Rich Cadden. It’s weird because I was chatting to my mate after a Leeds town hall show and someone came up and said ‘you’re the guy from TV!’ he added, ‘you make us laugh loads’ I was flattered. Really it’s nice to hear from the people who watch, like I said, the Dutch just watch the English version as Kieran and I just mess about and entertain the viewers. It’s a good job and again I feel very lucky.. ‘Rumble at the Reebok’ definitely has set a standard for Muay Thai shows as do Dan Green’s Legend shows, where do you see the future of Muay Thai going with these sort of shows?

VINNIE SHOREMAN: Dan Green is a top guy, I really like him because he is genuine and really works hard too, even when some of his earlier shows, which haven’t gone great, he has stuck in and stayed with it and now he seems to be getting the very best fighters over here, fairplay to him. Daz Morris is just amazing, he rang me and said “I am doing this show” I thought good luck but no way will he do it....wrong big time! And I am glad to be proven wrong!!! I teach once a week at Darren’s gym and I love it, to be honest, Daz has been really good to me and I can tell you this, he will be a success, he is a born charmer and an honest guy. I just want to say thanks to both of these guys as I class them as mates and real good people.

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The All New WAKO GB Initiative Ensuring professionalism within the sport Article By John C Higo. Photography by Janson-Piers Imaging My name is John C. Higo, I have been appointed The World Association of Kickboxing Organisations (WAKO) UK Director of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), operating under the guidance of WAKO GB Ring sports. People may ask why has John Higo been given this very important position within WAKO? I was chosen by Cris JansonPiers, WAKO GB Executive Director and Head of all WAKO GB Ringsports not only for my knowledge but because Cris has known me for many years. We have trained side by side regularly in Sports Ju Jitsu and Kick Jitsu amongst our other styles and have both run active clubs in these styles for many years and still do to this day.

I have also been active within another group, implementing their MMA systems and have classes running from my own full time gymnasium, plus I have a great track record as an MMA instructor and coach as well as producing a World Champion. With this background in mind and my further progression within the ground game I was asked to head the new WAKO GB MMA department.

Hours of work have gone into the preparation in developing this new system and I have worked closely with Cris to make sure all the safety aspects have been considered fully so that WAKO’s standards and insurers requirements are met. This has meant documenting everything and then putting it into practice on dry runs where I was constantly monitored along with the other officials involved in WAKO’s MMA Rules. My job is to help promote and develop MMA within the UK whilst ensuring that we instil the outstanding expertise and professionalism of which we already witness within WAKO at home and abroad. Correct instruction and coaching at grass roots level is very important and my team and I have been given the task of organising recognised WAKO certified courses to help this new burgeoning ring sport grow in a strong and positive way for the future good of mixed martial arts. In order to qualify for the first course you must be of Dan grade level within a martial art, this is a necessary bedrock requirement to show that you have the background to evaluate and fully understand the structured coaching course laid


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before you and the best way to take this knowledge and integrate it into your present system. This is not a performance based certificate, it merely teaches you the correct procedures to follow whilst teaching and coaching, starting with a basic level certificate through to advanced level certification. This qualification will also allow you to access Mixed Martial Arts insurance for training purposes. We will also be running Referee’s and Judges courses to run in line with the requirements of the sport. These will involve the usual full day courses along with audio visual and practical presentations followed by a written exam, where on successful completion, a certificate will be awarded. All referees and judges will then be added to the WAKO GB Ringsports national and official database. We are also looking to develop an official WAKO MMA syllabus, which Instructors can follow within their classes if they require, a personal club syllabus’ can be used, however they will have to be inspected by WAKO and must

adhere to all requirements. These will also pay particular attention to stretching and conditioning procedures, which will directly benefit the students. If you would like to take part in one of these recognised and certified courses, or you would like more information, please feel free to contact me, you will find my details at the end of this article. Cris Janson-Piers said “John is a long time serving member of WAKO and it gives me great pleasure to offer him this very challenging post. Along with his team, I am sure he will be very successful. His expertise and teaching standard is unquestionable and I see him as being a great asset to the new WAKO GB MMA Rules game!

On The Record with John Higo My personal martial arts journey started in 1968 when l joined Burley Amateur Boxing Club, which was a basement in the backstreets of Kirkstall, Leeds. This was the place I learned to fight. I Trained three nights a week, coached by men of experience, Vince Flynn, Jerry Cowan both ex-pros and receiving constant encouragement and the “rollock-

ings” off the lovely Harry Pinkney, club secretary and the man that held the timer. The thing about Burley ABC, was that, it was a place heaving with young lads, from seven years to young men in their early twenties, but we were all individuals and if you were keen, wanted to learn, you got lots of coaching and that’s the key word, coaching, not instructing. I boxed competitively until 1972, then the usual girlfriends thing kicked in and I started work, so I drifted away from training, but I was always going to go back (like so many others who usually don’t) When I returned to training, it wasn’t to a boxing gym, instead I started learning Karate and persevered with it until about 1976, but what karate lacked, was that individual coaching. In Karate, you all moved up and down hitting out, into thin air, with a bit of free-fighting thrown in. Whilst doing the karate I also trained in Atemi-Jutsu, so my training definitely wasn’t half hearted, but the thing that was missing was being coached and hitting the bags and focus mitts. At this point in time, you could never get this, in a martial arts gym, yet they constantly talked of power...

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Kyotaro By Mark Wilson Smith

Japans Saviour?

This month Mark Wilson Smith takes a look at the new K1 Heavyweight champion Kyotaro, and lists the latest placement of fighters in the world rankings. Since winning the Heavyweight title back in March of this year, it has been all change for Keijiro Maeda (10-1 with 4 KO’s). Starting with his name, Maeda will now simply be known as Kyotaro, which comes from his birth name of Kyotaro Fujimoto (Keijiro Maeda was his stage name). The most obvious change is to his image- gone is the multi-coloured Mohican that made him instantly recognisable, to be replaced with a more natural black colour. Although his name and image change may be a big talking point, the other major topic for discussion is his level of ability. On paper he looks to be the real deal- he is the Heavyweight Champion and has wins over Musashi, Might Mo, Melvin Manhoef, and Gokhan Saki on his CV. Further to that, he is proving to be immensely popular with the Japanese public. They, along with the K1 organisers, have long been crying out for a

Japanese fighter to carry their hopes and challenge for the Grand Prix title. Musashi and Yusuke Fujimoto never quite reached the highest level, and Junichi Sawayashiki has proved to be a false dawn- he never managed to capitalise on that win over Jerome LeBanner and has lost his last five fights. However, I am not so sure that Kyotaro is the man to stop the domination of the European K1 fighters. Firstly, he didn’t look that impressive on his way to winning the title(After Badr Hari was stripped of the Heavyweight title, the K1 organisers put the vacant title up for grabs in a four man knockout tournamentKyotaro himself was a late replacement for Chalid Die Faust). The other contenders in the mini-tournament were Tyrone Sprong, Gokhan Saki, and Melvin Manhoef. On the night, he was paired with Manhoef in the

opening round, before facing Saki in the title deciding bout. I got the feeling that had Melvin Manhoef avoided the knockout punch of Kyotaro’s, he would have been more than capable of stopping his Japanese opponent. Indeed, Manhoef is a far more aggressive and technically skilled fighter that Kyotaro. He must rue the moment he dropped his guard- a mistake which cost him dear. And then there was the fight with Gokhan Saki. Saki should feel very hard done by in not being given the verdict in their contest. Perhaps it was a case of the Japanese judges favouring the home fighter, but I had Saki winning after three rounds, with no need for the extension round. I am sure I am not alone in thinking this, which brings us to the question- Should Kyotaro even be the champion? Gokhan Saki will no doubt have something to say about this. In his first bout since winning the title, Kyotaro again looked less than spectacular. True, he did knockdown his opponent, Jan Soukup, in the second, before stopping him with a right hand in the third. Aside from that, there was little to get excited about in Kyotaro’s performance. Soukup was making his K1 debut, and you would really expect the Heavyweight champion to dominate the fight with his skill and technical ability, but it just didn’t happen. Unfortunately, the new champion is looking decidedly average. He now finds himself in the ‘Final 16’ qualifying round for the World Grand Prix. Assuming he negotiates that bout safely, he will have the chance to compete at the WGP Final, but will then be facing the likes of Bonjasky, Hari, and Schilt. Here, I feel he will be truly exposed and even his biggest fans couldn’t imagine him beating the aforementioned fighters...


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World Grand Prix Rankings (As of August 2009). 1. Remy Bonjasky Grand Prix Champion 2. Alistair Overeem 3. Badr Hari 4. Peter Aerts 5. Semmy Schilt Super Heavyweight Champ 6. Errol Zimmerman 7. Ewerton Teixeria 8. Kyotaro Heavyweight Champion 9. Gokhan Saki 10. Melvin Manhoef

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Cyborg makes it 8-1!!! It’s Cyborg over Carano In the biggest, most important and highly anticipated fight in the history of women’s mixed martial arts, Cris Cyborg registered a brutal 4:59, first-round TKO (with punches) over Gina Carano before a raucous crowd of 13,524 at the HP Pavilion, on the Saturday “SHOWTIME” event. For as long as it lasted, the CyborgCarano fight was as exciting as it gets. By winning, Cyborg (8-1), of Curitiba, Brazil, earned the first-ever Strikeforce Female 145-pound Championship Title. Carano, of Las Vegas, fell to 7-1. The historic, non-stop action match between these two most talented female fighters in the world, was stopped by referee Josh Rosenthal a split second before the horn sounded to end the opening round of a scheduled fiveround fight.

When the thrilling proceedings were halted, Cyborg was on top of Carano and had delivered approximately 12 clubbing punches with both hands to Carano’s head. “I just want to thank the fans for all the support I have always received, and to Gina for giving me this opportunity,’’ said a gracious but ecstatic Cyborg, who is a member of Brazil’s famed Chute Boxe fight squad. Carano, an underdog in the wagering but clearly crowd favourite, entered

the ring to a deafening roar and the fans’ reaction to her introduction was seemingly as loud as one could possibly be. The incredibly popular Carano gave as much as she took for the most part, but the aggressive-minded Cyborg proved to be too strong for the popular fighter who was making her first start in eight months. In other televised fights on “SHOWTIME”: Gegard “The Dreamcatcher” Mousasi (29-2-1) of Leiden, Netherlands, was victorious for the 13th consecutive time, winning his on his United States debut, taking the Strikeforce light heavyweight title by destroying defending champion Renato “Babalu” Sobral (35-9) of Los Angeles via Brazil, at 1:00 of the first-round (TKO, strikes). Gilbert “El Nino” Melendez (16-2) of San Francisco by way of Santa Ana, California, avenged one of his two losses and retained the Strikeforce interim lightweight belt with a convincing third-round TKO (punches) over Mitsuhiro “Endless Fighter’’ Ishida (186-1) of Japan. Brazil’s Fabricio “Vai Cavallo’’ (12-4-1) Werdum moved closer to a possible world title fight against Fedor Emelianenko with a 1:24, first-round


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submission (guillotine) over Mike Kyle (12-7-1) of San Jose. In the second of three Strikeforce world title fights, Mousasi threw a kick but Sobral blocked it and wound up on the ground in a scramble. Mousasi, who was in top position when they hit the ground, quickly unleashed a barrage of punches and that was that, ending Sobral’s five-fight winning streak. “I am very happy,’’ Mousasi said. “I am willing to fight anybody.’’ Melendez mostly dominated. “The key to this fight was patience and I was patient tonight,’’ he said. “I know what kind of fighter Ishida was and I knew what I had to do. It’s great to avenge a loss. But I am a different fighter than before.’’ In the opening bout of the telecast, Werdum overcame some early adversi-

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ty to triumph impressively. “I trained hard and am happy with the result,’’ said Werdum, who resides in Huntington Beach, California. A two-time Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu world champion who owns a victory over current Strikeforce heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem, Werdum would not be opposed to an immediate crack at Fedor. Werdum has already defeated one of the Emelianenko brothers. On Nov. 12, 2006, he registered an impressive first round (3:24) submission (arm triangle choke) over two-time Russian National Sambo champion, Aleksander Emelianenko, brother of Fedor “I would be very happy if Strikeforce wanted to make a fight between Fedor and myself. Fedor is the best in the world and this world be a fantastic opportunity.’’

Results from the non-televised matches: Jay “The Thoroughbred’’ Hieron (184), Las Vegas, won a unanimous three round decision (30-37 three times) over Jesse Taylor (13-4), San Diego, at 170 pounds; Scott Lighty (5-0), San Luis Obispo, Calif., TKO (punches) over Mike “The Animal’’ Cook (7-5), Fresno, Calif., at 2:05 of the first round (205 pounds); Justin “The Silverback’’ Wilcox (6-3), San Jose, submitted (rear naked choke) David “Tarzan’’ Douglas (4-2) of Antioch, Calif., at 3:16 of the third at155 pounds; a Cung Le-trained fighter James Terry (7-1), San Jose, made in two straight over Zac Bucia (2-4), San Francisco, winning at 1:23 (TKO) in a rematch at 170 pounds; and Alex Trevino (4-0), of San Jose, submitted (keylock) Isaiah Hill (4-7), of San Jose, at 3:36, of the first round of their 155pound bout.


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Founded in 1970 WAKO is the largest unified kickboxing organisation in the World with over 100 nations currently in membership. WAKO World H.Q. is based in Milan. ★ WAKO History ★ WAKO started its activity in Europe in 1976. The founder was Mr Georg Bruckner from Berlin, who promoted the first ever World Championships in semi and full contact karate (as it was called in those days) back in 1978 with 110 competitors representing 18 countries. WAKO immediately created the rules and regulations for the new fighting sports and acted, since the very beginning, as the authentic Kickboxing Federation of the world. In our Championships, only national teams are accepted. Each member country can present only 1 competitor in each weight class. The WAKO World Championships are NOT open competitions therefore each representative is the premier competitor in that category, from their country.

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So was Soke Brian Dossett! Back in the 1960s, he decided to stand his ground, say his bit and answered his critics by suggesting they “put up or shut up”. They are facts, documented and proven and now it’s your opportunity to do the same. If you feel like coaching, why not do it within a simple syllabus that has been tried, tested and accepted by insurance companies. In fact many of today’s established groups started what they do today from this Western Ju-Jitsu system. It’s a system where you can use your own imagination and ideas (subject to the normal health and safety policies). If you hold an advance grade, (for example a brown belt or equivalent) in any Martial art, Soke Dossett can turn your life around, helping you to become your own boss, in your own club. By the same token, you may have your own club but feel you have come to the end of the road and wish to perfect or add to what you already have. If this is the case, it makes Soke Dossetts job even easier. He encourages you to coach and grade your own students, control your own finances and above all for you become a person rather than a number. Soke Dossett is almost 70 years of age, but still coaches, competes and promotes so although. He has been around for a very long time so join him and let him share his knowledge and experience. His body may not be what once was, but the practical experiences he has accumulated over the years are all there for you to share. Begin to enjoy and earn from what you know. Put what you know with what Soke can offer you and teach Ju-Jitsu the Western way. Once you have attended one of his coaching courses, you can go on Further, to teach Aikido, Kick boxing, Nunchaku and Viking combat. Don’t stand there scratching your head. If you are ever going to do it, NOW is that time! It’s just one day, it’s far from expensive and every success result must have a beginning, so learn from a man who knows. Make what you have YOUR success and YOU reap the BENEFITS For further details, e-mail: bmd@maas.co.uk

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As Seen On TV...

Is Back! Following their return to British television, Ultimate Challenge UK presented; “Payback”, held at “The Troxy” in London - mixing UK1 kickboxing bouts with mixed martial arts encounters. Dave O’Donnell and O.J. Borg presented the show, with Malcolm Martin and Rob Nutley handling commentary duties. First up was a fight fought under UK1 kickboxing rules, with Azran Quasio facing Jason Young for the UK1 Lightweight title. The stand-up fights are proving to be a great addition to the shows. Fought over three two minute rounds, this one proved to be quite lively, with Young dominating the first two rounds with his superior work rate. However, he stepped off the pedal a little bit in the third, perhaps realising that he’d won the fight by then. It really came as no surprise that Young took the unanimous decision, deservedly winning the vacant title.

The rest of the evening was all MMA action, beginning with Ashley Pollard facing Ian Hawkins in the heavyweight division. Pollard began by attempting a couple of high kicks, but it wasn’t long before they were on the ground. Hawkins went for a guillotine, but Pollard was able to escape, and it wasn’t long before Pollard tried a guillotine of his own. Then, after a period of inactivity, the referee stood the fighters up, and during a vicious exchange in which both fighters were swinging for the fences, Pollard got the better of Hawkins, and as Hawkins turned his back, a bloodied mess, and began to move away from

Pollard, the referee stepped in to stop the fight, giving Pollard the TKO win. Lightweight action followed, with Danny Fletcher taking on Wesley Johnson. Some nice grappling at the beginning saw both men jockeying for position, before Johnson quickly applied a jumping triangle choke for the submission win. Nice action here, showing the beauty after we’d had the beast...

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Dave O’Donnell So What’s Next? Dave O’Donnell is a man that has spent the last 10 plus years developing the MMA scene in the UK, working tirelessly to gain a greater awareness for the fighters that make up the very active and strong UK market army. It’s been a while since we caught up with Dave so i asked our own Rob Nutley to pin Dave down and find out what he’s got planned for the future as well as find out more about the new name for his organisation, UCUK. Dave, how have you managed to steer UCUK into the No. 1 MMA organisation in Europe?

DAVE O’DONNELL: Well, it’s been a gruelling 9 months since we launched but we have stuck to a tried and tested business plan and approach to our events, that coupled with the demands we place on production, I was always confident that we would succeed. The events have grown from strength to strength, with each show now selling out weeks before the event. We have secured a groundbreaking deal with Sky Sports TV to air our shows and are currently negotiating with several mainstream channels to increase our exposure and further promote UK MMA as a legitimate sport. We have some exciting news regarding some International events in the early part of 2010 but you will have to follow the updates on our website. This brings me on nicely to my next question, there are rumours that you are about to launch a new website and IPTV technology.

DAVE O’DONNELL: Yes, the rumours are true and we will be launching a brand new user friendly website and exploiting the IPTV explosion. Our current website has served us well but I felt that it was time to raise the bar in terms of media availability and ease of access to our ticket and merchandise facilities. The next few months will herald a new technological era for UCUK and will streamline our operation to run more effectively and smoothly. The new website will also coincide with the rebranding under the name UC MMA If I asked you to sum up in one word, what you would attribute your success to what would it be?

DAVE O’DONNELL: That’s’ easy...Teamwork! I have a great team behind the scenes and we are all passionate about what we do and where we want to get to. Our PR department has been in overdrive the last few months with the Katie Price and Alex Reid story and has also been responsible for some of the high profile guests with have at our shows. The last show “Payback” was definitely what I would call a red carpet event with JLS, Katie Price, Beverley Knight, Angel and Leah Walker from Big Brother and a whole host of other celebrities in attendance. Our IT department, headed up Harry Shoebridge & Nick Grant, keeps pushing back the boundaries on what we are able to offer and I fully expect our web based business to get better and better. My partner Ray Ramnath, has also been invaluable in securing some fantastic deals in regards to sponsorship and media packages. As I said earlier we all strive to reach the same goal and with my team I see no reason why we won’t get there. There has often been talk of the rivalry between you and Dana White; do you have any comment on that?

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achieved on the global stage and aspire to have the same effect. Dana White is a shrewd business man and has the resources at his disposal to pick and choose his events, venues and fighters. I have nothing but admiration for the guy, as in the early years of the UFC, things were tough as they tried to bring MMA to the masses. I think people forget that the UFC were in a mountain of debt and their deal with Spike turned things around and they have prospered under the tough leadership of Dana. My opinion is that as long as the UFC plough money into marketing and advertising it can only be goof for everybody in the sport of MMA...

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Eight men fought for a place in the K1MAX World Grand Prix Final on the 13th July at Budokan Arena in Tokyo. The victors Buakaw, Souwer, Petrosyan and Yamamoto will meet on the 26th October to contest the Final. It was a bad night for MMA fighter Kid Yamamoto, Tatsuya Kawajiri and Atsushi Yamamoto how all lost by stoppage

Ky s h e n k o v s S o u w e r

GAGO Drago vs. Yuya Yamamoto Round 1: Yuya starts the round off nicely, working well off his leading leg, mixing his targets up and down DRAGO’s right side.DRAGO doesn’t appear to be throwing as much, but he misses with two or three uppercuts before landing 2 left hooks. They don’t faze the gutsy Japanese fighter though, so DRAGO throws in a solid high kick and some right hooks to the jaw to see how he likes them. He didn’t like them at all, and in fact he stumbled a few steps. Smelling blood, DRAGO flurries to finish things, but Yuya manages to hold on, and even starts to recover as the round ends. Round 2: DRAGO comes out looking to end this fight in round 2, and incorporates a grunt that would make even Serena Williams proud in an attempt to do so.He lands one hook after another, and a knee to the jaw, though as has come to be expected of Yuya, he just keeps coming.And coming. Landing not only his lead leg kicks anymore, but his own clean high-kick and some colossal combinations to have DRAGO covered in the corner hoping the clock ticking down the remaining seconds of the round would starting ticking at triple time. Round 3: DRAGO knows he has to win the final round, and Yuya is not cooperating at all. The Armenian fighter is hitting Yuya with absolutely everything he has; yet he is having no success in even slowing the Japanese fighter down.In fact, Yuya seems to be picking up pace every time he gets hit, and DRAGO has absolutely no answer for his pace, or his amazing chin. After a barrage of straight lefts and rights that seems to go on forever, the referee steps in to stop the fight for a cut check as Drago is bleeding.The fight is restarted and Drago gives what little he has left in his tank, but he is spent and Yuya, despite what the damage to his face would have you believe, is fighting as fresh as if it was still round 1.

Giorgio Petrosyan vs. Albert Kraus Round 1: The round begins with both fighters clearly respectful of the others’ abilities. They both feel out their distance, and Giorgio starts to teep and throw some very solid low kicks.Kraus is fighting a little stiffer than usual, and I suspect his work-rate is far below what it is usually. When he has thrown, Giorgio has managed to avoid any of them landing and has countered each with a blow or two of his own. Round 2: Kraus picks up the pace in this round, though that also means he gets counter attacked far more often than in the first round.Giorgio is showing what slipping and ducking a punch while countering is all about, and even when Kraus tries to turn it into a brawl he comes off looking like he is swatting at flies for the most part, while being hit once or twice himself.

not have been the most exciting to watch for some fans, those that appreciate the art of technique will absolutely love it.

Artur Kyshenko vs. Andy Souwer Round 1: Artur comes out looking very light on his toes, and throwing many faints before committing to his shots. He is mixing up his hands with teeps and low kicks fluently, while Souwer is, as usual, blocking a lot but not being very aggressive in the opening round.That changes when Artur sweeps him to the mat hard. Andy gets up and lands a solid right, only to be swatted with an equally hard left within a second. Artur appears to have a small cut on his eyelid, and Souwer a swollen eye as the round ends...

Petrosyan vs Kraus

Round 3: Giorgio quickly gets Kraus’s attention up high before attacking his legs with some kicks. He then repeated the exact same process with punches and knees, before going back to slipping and countering again. Kraus seems to be getting frustrated as he just cannot seem to land anything, and Giorgio takes advantage of that emotion with some offensive boxing of his own. It is clear just how confident the Italian fighter is of not being hit when he throws in a spinning kick for good measure.While this fight might

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Clan Wars Irelands First Fully Sanctioned ISKA MMA Event

In recent years mixed martial arts has taken root in Ireland, with clubs popping up all over the country making it easily accessible for newcomers to take up the discipline. With so much interest and promising talent in the country it was only a matter of time before a fully sanctioned official event was organized to pit these fighters against each other under a world recognized governing body of the highly respected ISKA, the event being Clan Wars. Clan Wars took place at the Glenavon House Hotel, Cookstown, where Ireland saw its first fully sanctioned MMA event under the quality governance of one of the world’s most prestigious martial arts body the ISKA. Getting ISKA on board was a priority for the organisers who want to promote Clan Wars as a professional, safely governed event. It has been stated by the British Medical Journal (BMJ) in a published report of over 1270 fights (from March 2002 to September 2007) that “Injury rates in regulated professional Mixed Martial Arts competitions are similar to other combat sports; “overall risk of critical sports related injury appear low” The emphasis must therefore remain on the word regulated. At all times control and supervision in accordance with the

rules must be adhered to in order to maintain this fact.

that the safety of participants is paramount and this aspect is our number one priority.”

Clan Wars aim, is to help build MMA’s future in Ireland, to show-case Irish talent and to ensure quality events that will show that Ireland is catching up quickly with the rest of the world with shows that everyone can enjoy.

This aspect of the event was exceedingly well planned with full coverage of risk assessments, Health and Safety Policies, Insurance cover and Pre/Post fights health checks. It showed an extremely high safety benchmark.

I spoke to Paul Mc Laughlin (One of Clan Wars Promoters and IFS.NI coaches) “MMA is the fastest growing sport in the world and with help from a quality sanctioning body such as ISKA will only help promote the sport in a positive light, provide high quality shows with the tightest regulations and strict medical health and safety policies. We have 3 doctors at cageside along with 5 paramedics who are fully equipped with the latest medical equipment ensuring an extremely safe event for all the participants. One thing we MUST ensure is

For a newly staged show I was impressed with the professionalism and attention to detail that the organizers had shown. From the strobe lighting effects, to seductive ring-girls, to the bellowing walk-in music the tone of the night was set as in-your-face sports entertainment at its best and it certainly carried it out. But glitz and glamour aside, this night would have been meaningless without the fighters. With nine local clubs showcasing their best talent at Clan Wars it was exciting to see promising, well-trained professional athletes get in the cage and put everything they had learned in the long gruelling months spent in training into action. With 14 fights in total over the course of the night ranging from D class to C class, the variety of different disciplines was a credit to Irish martial arts. The fights themselves where very well matched as a lot of them went to the judges’ decision, which is rare for MMA events of this size. The fight of the night was the battle between James Gallagher from Revolution BJJ at Queens Uni and Andy Young from Frames Tia Jutsu. This was a classic striker versus grappler fight which was a war to the end


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with both fighters giving it their all. The fight went to the judges and James Gallagher was declared the victor. This would be an excellent rematch to see from what promises to be two great prospects for Irish MMA. Submission of the night went to Joe Fry from Israeli Fighting Systems Northern Ireland with a lightning fast takedown and arm bar in 8 seconds against another of Irelands great up and coming fighters Andrew Falconer representing Juku Ryu Ju Jitsu in Larne. Well done to Joe for an impressive display of speed and technique. The crowd was obviously impressed as they erupted with massive applause and cheers for young Joe. I have been to similar boxing and martial arts events in the past and I must say the quality of Clan Wars 2 totally went beyond any of my expectations regarding professionalism, quality, entertainment and regards for the safety of its competitors. It was excellently run and will definitely promote MMA in a more positive light in Ireland. I can not wait for Clan Wars 3 in Feb 2010 which will be held at a much larger event I am told and see the first fully sanctioned Pro fights with fighters competing from all over Ireland and England; hype for this has already begun with a large crowd expected from all over Ireland after the success of Clan Wars 2.

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Night of the

Gladiators 2 Hot 2 Handle

By Rob Nutley

Following on from the success of the first Night of the Gladiators in February, Ross Pointon once again looked to bring MMA to the masses with his second show under the Gladiator Promotions banner. Ross took the decision the move this show to a bigger and better equipped venue, following the sell out success of his previous show. The Victoria Hall is the premier concert venue in Stoke-on-Trent, so to bring an MMA show to a stage of this size truly shows the increased profile of the sport nationwide. Ross himself said in a recent interview “as a fighter, I would love to fight here. People will be impressed, this will be one of the top places to fight in the country.” Moving to a more professional venue has helped the Gladiator’s fledgling promotion gain more credibility and this attitude was reflected in the respected figures from the industry working at this show. The card was graced by the appearance of former UFC fighter Ian “The Machine” Freeman as MC, UFC Referee Marc Goddard was the official for all the contests and the commentary team, was led by Cage Rage commentator Rob Nutley. It’s amazing for a pro-

motion, on only its second outing, to garner the endorsement of so many esteemed figures from the MMA community which can only help Gladiator Promotions expand.

Lewis Jenkinson vs Jay Furness 70kg Amateur. First to take the stage and feel the noise from the local crowd was the first of the fighters coming out of Team Gladiator, Lewis Jenkinson who took

on late replacement and Team Caged Steel member Jay Furness. The fight started fairly frenetically with Lewis looking to push the action early on. However as soon as the fight hit the mat it was clear that Furness had the edge. He moved beautifully to mount and secured a tight triangle for a very impressive 1st round victory.

Gav Armitt vs Alan Carr 77kg Amateur. The next member of Team Gladiator to enter the cage under a tidal wave of local appreciation was Gav Armitt and he looked in good shape for his match up with Alan Carr. Armitt looked to pressure Carr from the opening bell with a series of wild haymakers which didn’t seem to trouble his opponent. After a brief exchange Armitt seemed to fatigue incredibly quickly and all Carr needed to do was pick his time to take this fight to the ground which he did with a well timed takedown. The difference in submission skills was apparent as Carr worked methodically for a rear naked choke and forced the tap.

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rock Team Gladiator’s Gaz Driver with a barrage of strikes and a few flying knees from the outset in this encounter. Driver did the right thing by not getting drawn into wild exchanges and concentrated on taking his man to the ground and seemed the more composed when the fight hit the floor and controlled his opponent well. It was clear that Driver’s game plan was to take his man down and wear him out, which he continued to do for the full duration of this bout. Driver walked away with a well earned decision and the rapturous applause of the local crowd.

Steven Ramwell vs Reed Northwood 77 kg Amateur. Telford’s Reed Northwood came out with fire in his eyes on his walk to the cage and looked to finish Steven Ramwell as fast as humanly possible. It quickly turned into a case of more haste less speed for Northwood though as he over-pursued Ramwell once too often and ran onto a crisp right hand that sent him spiralling to the canvas. Ramwell followed his man to the floor but Northwood had already tapped gesturing towards his jaw to paramedics. This was a very impressive 1st round stoppage for Steven Ramwell who showed a patient and precise game in stopping a dangerous opponent.

Tom Thorneycroft vs Stuart Wildman 77kg Amateur. Tom Thorneycroft was the next hometown hero to make his way to the cage amidst riotous applause. Bilstone’s Stuart Wildman came in to this bout and looked to circle away from the power of Thorneycroft which he tasted on a few of the early exchanges. Wildman’s game plan was clear after a few minutes of the first round. He repeatedly circled away from the power strikes of Thorneycroft and timed his takedowns well to control the fight on the mat. Thorneycroft was gallant

throughout the whole fight and rocked Wildman badly at the start of the 2nd round with a beautiful superman punch but he couldn’t find the shots to finish his opponent. Wildman took the unanimous decision in what was a very entertaining bout...

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—†‡”•–ƒ†–Šƒ–›‘—‹‰Š–„‡ƒ„‹–•‡’–‹…ƒŽǤ Šƒ–̵•™Š›ˆ‘”ƒ˜‡”›•Š‘”––‹‡ ̵ƒŽŽ‘™‹‰›‘—–‘ —…Šˆƒ•–‡”–Šƒ ™‘—Ž†Šƒ˜‡‡˜‡”‰—‡••‡†dz‘ ‹††ǡ‹…„‘š‡” •‡‡‹–ˆ‘” ‹ˆ›‘—Ž‹‡Ǥ ̵ŽŽ‡š’Žƒ‹Š‘™‹Œ—•–ƒ ‘‡–ǤǤǤ



—––Š‡”‡ƒŽ‹…‡”‹•ǤǤǤ ‘—ǯŽŽ„‡ƒ„Ž‡–‘‡Œ‘›™ƒ–…Š‹‰ƒŽŽ–Š‡„‹‰ ‰—›•Š—ˆˆƒ†’—ˆˆƒ†•™‡ƒ–Ž‹‡’‹‰•ǤŠ‡ …ƒ•—ƒŽŽ›’—––Š‡–‘•Šƒ‡™‹–Š‘—–„”‡ƒ‹‰ƒ •™‡ƒ–Ǥ —•––Š‹Š‘™—…Šˆ—›‘—ǯŽŽŠƒ˜‡†‘‹‰ –Šƒ–ǤǤǤ

‡–‹–Š‡‡•–Šƒ’‡‘ˆ‘—”‹ˆ‡ǡ ‘‹‰‡••”ƒ‹‹‰‘–‘”‡ǤǤǤ ‘‘ …‘—Ž†‰‘‘ƒ†‘ƒ„‘—––Š‡•‡ͷ̶†‹”–› Ž‹––Ž‡•‡…”‡–•̶–‘‡š’Ž‘†‹‰’‘™‡”ƒ†–Š‡‘–Š‡” ƒƒœ‹‰’‘™‡”•‡…”‡–•ǤǤǤǡ„—–›‘—Šƒ˜‡–‘ –Š‡ˆ‹”•–Šƒ†ǤǤǤǤ–‘”‡ƒŽŽ›̵‰‡––Š‡̵ǤǤǤ  —•–”‡‡„‡”‘‡–Š‹‰Ǥ‘—–”ƒ‹ˆ‘”‘‡ ”‡ƒ•‘ƒ†‘‡”‡ƒ•‘‘Ž›ǤŠƒ–‹•–‘„‡…‘‡ —„‡ƒ–ƒ„Ž‡Ǥƒƒ‡•‹–•‹’Ž‡ˆ‘”›‘—„› •Š‘™‹‰Ǯ‡šƒ…–Ž›ǯ™Šƒ–›‘—‡‡†–‘†‘–‘ǮŽ‘…Ǧ‹ǯ —„‡Ž‹‡˜ƒ„Ž‡ƒ‘—–•‘ˆ”ƒ™‡š’Ž‘•‹˜‡’‘™‡”ǡ ƒŽ‘•–‘˜‡”‹‰Š–ǥ˜‡Œ—•–‘‡‹—–‡ƒ†ƒ› –”ƒ‹‹‰™‹ŽŽƒ‡ƒ†‹ˆˆ‡”‡…‡ǥ

5LVN)5((3ULRULW\2UGHU)RUP ‘”ˆƒ•–‡•–•‡”˜‹…‡—•‡›‘—”…”‡†‹–…ƒ”†ƒ†ƒŽŽ ͲͺͶͶͺʹ͸Ͷͻͷͻ‘”‘”†‡”‘Ž‹‡ƒ–Ǣ

ZZZ)LJKW6FKRROFRP

‡•Ǩ‡†‡–Š‡‹…Ǧ••’‘™‡”–”ƒ‹‹‰†‹• •‡–ȋʹšǯ•Ȍ–Šƒ–™‹ŽŽ‰‹˜‡‡–Š‡•‡…”‡–•–‘‡š’Ž‘†‹‰ ’‘™‡”͉͵ͻǤͲͲǤǤǤ …Ž‘•‡†‹•›…Š‡“—‡Ȁ‘•–ƒŽ‘”†‡”  ’”‡ˆ‡”–‘’ƒ›™‹–Š…”‡†‹–…ƒ”† ‹•ƒ ƒ•–‡”…ƒ”† ƒ‡ǣ̴̴̴̴̴̴̴̴̴̴̴̴̴̴̴̴̴̴̴̴̴̴̴̴̴̴̴̴̴̴̴̴̴̴̴̴̴̴̴̴̴̴ ƒ”†̴̴̴̴̴̴̴̴̴̴̴̴̴̴̴̴̴̴̴̴̴̴̴̴̴̴̴̴̴̴̴̴̴̴̴̴̴̴̴͓ š’‹”‡•ǣ̴̴̴̴̴̴̴̴̴̴̴̴̴̴̴̴̴ ƒ•–͵†‹‰‹–•‘„ƒ…‘ˆ…ƒ”†ǣ̴̴̴̴̴̴̴̴̴̴̴̴̴ ††”‡••ǣ̴̴̴̴̴̴̴̴̴̴̴̴̴̴̴̴̴̴̴̴̴̴̴̴̴̴̴̴̴̴̴̴̴̴̴̴̴̴̴̴̴̴̴̴ ‹–›ǣ̴̴̴̴̴̴̴̴̴̴̴̴̴̴̴̴̴̴̴̴‘•–…‘†‡ǣ̴̴̴̴̴̴̴̴̴̴̴̴̴̴̴̴̴ ƒ‹Žǣ̴̴̴̴̴̴̴̴̴̴̴̴̴̴̴̴̴̴̴̴̴̴̴̴̴̴̴ –‘‡–”‡‡‹‹–‡†Ǧͻ†ƒ”•‹†‡‘ƒ†ǡ‡ƒ†‹‰ǡ ͵Ͳ ʹǡ‹–‡†‹‰†‘ȋ‡ˆǣ ͲͻȌ

STO001/23

 –”‡ƒŽŽ›‹•Ǥ ˆƒ…––Š‡”‡ƒ”‡Œ—•–ͷDz†‹”–›Ž‹––Ž‡ •‡…”‡–dz„‡Š‹†‹…”‡†‹„Ž‡•’‡‡†ƒ†’‘™‡”ǤŠƒ–ǯ• ‘”‡›‘—…ƒŽ‡ƒ”–Š‡ƒŽŽ‹Œ—•–ͳͲ‹—–‡•Ǥ ‡”‡‹•™Šƒ–Š‡•Š‘™‡†‡ǤǤǤ x ‘™–‘†‡˜‡Ž‘’‹…”‡†‹„Ž‡•–”‡‰–Š™‹–Š‘—– Ž‹ˆ–‹‰™‡‹‰Š–•ǤǤǤ x ‘™–‘‹’”‘˜‡›‘—””‡ƒ…–‹‘–‹‡ƒ† •Šƒ”’‡›‘—””‡ˆŽ‡š‡••‘›‘—…ƒ”‡•’‘†–‘ –Š”‡ƒ–•™‹–ŠŽ‹‰Š–‡‹‰ˆƒ•–”‡ƒ…–‹‘•ǤǤǤǤ

‘™–‘—•‡–Š‡ƒ–—”ƒŽ‡…Šƒ‹…•‘ˆ›‘—”„‘†› Ǯ—Ž‘ƒ†̵ƒ••‹˜‡ƒ‘—–•‘ˆ”ƒ™—–ƒ’’‡† ’‘™‡”ǤŠ‹•‰‹˜‡•›‘—ƒ‡™–”‡‡†‘—•’—…Š –Šƒ–Šƒ•–‘„‡•‡‡–‘„‡„‡Ž‹‡˜‡†ǤǤǤ x ‘™–‘—•‡…”‡ƒ–‹˜‡†‹•–ƒ…‹‰–‘‹’”‘˜‡›‘—” •–”‹‹‰’‘™‡”ǤǤǤ x Š‡„‹‰‰‡•–ȋƒ†‡ƒ•‹‡•–Ȍ†ƒ•‡…”‡–‘ˆ–Š‡ ƒŽŽǤŠ‹•™‹ŽŽƒ††ƒ…‘’Ž‡–‡Ž›‡™†‹‡•‹‘ –‘›‘—”ˆ‹‰Š–‹‰Ǥ –ǯ•’”‘„ƒ„Ž›–Š‡„‡•–‡’– •‡…”‡–ƒ‘‰’”‘̵Ž‡˜‡Žˆ‹‰Š–‡”•ǤǤǤ™Š‘•‡ ”‡’—–ƒ–‹‘•™‘—Ž†„‡–ƒ”‹•Š‡†‹ˆƒ›‘‡ˆ‘—† ‘—–ƒ„‘—–‹–ǤǤǤ ‹…‡ –‘‘ƒǯ•ƒ†˜‹…‡ ǯŠ‹––‹‰Šƒ”†‡”ǡ ˆ‡‡Ž‹‰„‡––‡”ƒ†ƒ…Š‹‡˜‹‰‡™’‡”ˆ‘”ƒ…‡ Ž‡˜‡Ž• ǯ†‘Ž›†”‡ƒ‡†ƒ„‘—–—–‹Ž‘™ǤŠ‡›ǯ˜‡ Šƒ†ƒ’”‘ˆ‘—†ƒ††”ƒƒ–‹…ƒˆˆ‡…–‘‡Ǥ†Œ—•– Ž‹‡‘•––Š‹‰•–Šƒ–ƒ”‡•‘•‹’Ž‡–Šƒ––Š‡›‰‡– …‘’Ž‡–‡Ž›‘˜‡”Ž‘‘‡†„›ƒŽ‘•–‡˜‡”›‘‡‡Ž•‡Ǥ

‹˜‹‰›‘—‘‡Š‡ŽŽ‘ˆƒƒ†˜ƒ–ƒ‰‡ǤǤǤǤ †™Šƒ–ǯ•”‡ƒŽŽ›ˆ”—•–”ƒ–‹‰‹•›‘—†‘ǯ–‡˜‡” ‘™ƒ„‘—––Š‡ǤǤǤŠ‡›ƒ”‡‡˜‡”†‹•…‘˜‡”‡†„› ”‡‰—Žƒ”ƒ”–‹ƒŽƒ”–‹•–•Ž‹‡›‘—ƒ†‡ǤǤǤ  ˆ …‘—Ž†Œ—•–‡š’Žƒ‹–Š‡ƒŽŽ–‘›‘—ǡ ™‘—Ž† ”‹‰Š–Š‡”‡Ǥ—–›‘—Šƒ˜‡–‘–Š‡ǤǤǤ‘™‡ƒ†‡ ƒʹ†‹••‡–™‹–Šƒ‡š’Žƒ‹‹‰‡˜‡”›–Š‹‰ǡ Ž‹–‡”ƒŽŽ›‡˜‡”›–Š‹‰ǤǤǤ

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