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Across the Pond: British MMA News
Cage Rage 18 Weigh-in
By David West
Alex Reid, with his new nickname "The Detonator", unashamedly stole the show at the weigh in for Cage Rage 18, confronting Tony Fryklund dressed as Superman. Fryklund cracked up, asking aloud "Where’s my kryptonite?" After his loss to Anderson Silva at Cage Rage 16, Fryklund bounced back with two wins at the Titan Fighting Championships in the U.S., while Reid has spent the time since dropping a decision to Dave Menne training in Thailand and promises to stand and bang with Fryklund when they clash on Saturday night.
Topping the bill is the British Light-Heavyweight title bout between challenger Ian "The Machine" Freeman and champion Mark "The Beast" Epstein. Freeman’s announcement of his retirement after his abrupt knockout loss to Melvin Manhoef has been short-lived and at 39 he is only two years older than the title holder. Epstein started his career as a heavy-fisted brawler, but showed a much improved ground game against Ryan Robinson when he won the title in April, before knocking out Dave Legeno in July.
The middleweight clash between Mark "The Wizard" Weir and Murilo "Ninja" Rua should be explosive as Weir tests his lightning fast hands against Rua’s flying knees and Muay Thai.
After his stunning upset stoppage of James Thompson in July, British Heavyweight champ Rob Broughton is back to prove it wasn’t luck when he meets Robert "Buzz" Berry in his first title defence. Berry has promised to finish Broughton in under two minutes, but Broughton showed he can take a beating and come back for more when he survived two rough rounds against Thompson only to pound him into dreamland in the third round.
Abdul Mohamed will face his toughest challenge to date when he challenges Vitor Ribeiro for the World Lightweight title. Mohamed is an accomplished wrestler who loves to slam his opponents and then pound them on the canvas, but he has never faced a submission wizard as dangerous as Ribeiro before, a fact borne out by Ribeiro’s stellar record of 15-1-0.
British heavyweight Mark Buchanan will be giving away 150 pounds when he faces Romanian man-mountain Alexandru Lungu. The Romanian’s only MMA fight to date was his loss to James Thompson at PRIDE 30, so at 4-1-0 Buchanan has the edge in experience, if not size.
Full fight card:
Zelg Galesic 185 lbs (83.9 kg) vs. James Evans-Nicolle 185 lbs (83.9kg)
Xavier Foupa-Pokam 183 lbs (83kg) vs. Alex Cook 184 lbs (83.5kg)
Robbie Olivier 145 lbs (65.8kg) vs. Brad Pickett 145 lbs (65.8kg)
Sol Gilbert 170 lbs (77kg) vs. Paul Daley 170 lbs (77kg)
Alexandru Lungu 375 lbs (170kg) vs. Mark Buchanan 235 lbs (107kg)
Henry "Sentoryu" Miller 251 lbs (114kg) vs. Mustapha Al-Turk 247 lbs (112kg)
Tony Fryklund 178 lbs (81kg) vs. Alex Reid 185 lbs (83.9kg)
Abdul Mohamed 160 lbs (73kg) vs. Vitor "Shaolin" Ribeiro 160 lbs (73kg)
Robert Berry 247 lbs (112kg) vs. Rob Broughton 280 lbs (127kg)
Kimo Leopoldo 225 lbs (102kg) vs. Dave Legeno 233 lbs (106kg)
Murilo "Ninja" Rua 185 lbs (84kg) vs. Mark Weir 183 lbs (83kg)
Ian Freeman 205 lbs (93kg) vs. Mark Epstein 200 lbs (90.5kg)
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