UKMMAC / Cage Fighters 16
Held September 17, 2006
Circus Tavern, Purfleet – Essex, UK
By David West
Having made the switch from using a ring to a cage, the sixteenth UK Mixed Martial Arts Championships show featured two title fights amongst three pro contests and seven fought under amateur rules. Fighting for the vacant British Welterweight belt were Masters Academy Matt Chapman and Paolo Milano from London Thai Fighters. Most of the fight was contested on the floor, where Chapman dominated position and landed elbow strikes as Milano tried to tie him up in a rubber guard and looked to set up a triangle. Chapman was in control for most of the match, roughing up Milano while sitting in his guard, and after three rounds Chapman took the unanimous decision.
The British Amateur Under-145lb title was at stake for contenders Graham Cooke, from South Coast Submissions, and Darren Russell, representing Manor Judo. Cooke came out punching, but Russell answered with a flurry of kicks before they went to the floor with Cooke on top. Russell, who wore his judo gi for the match, relentlessly went after submissions from his back, securing a triangle as Cooke tried to pound him. Cooke had to tap and Russell took the belt after 1:43 of round one.
Clifford Hall, from the Total Dojo, tried to jump guillotine on Cambridge Free Fight’s Will Jackson in their middleweight fight. Jackson escaped the first time, but when Hall scored a big takedown he pulled guard a second time and this time Jackson had nowhere to go, tapping out at 3:33 of the opening round.
Pancrase London team member Wesley Felix closed the evening hurting Denas Banevicius with knees in the clinch before finishing the fight on the floor courtesy of a forearm choke, applied from on top that made Banevicius tap out, which seemed to surprise Felix as much as his opponent.
BARNETT, HUNT, BUTTERBEAN ADDED TO
TOKYO, Japan — PRIDE FIGHTING is proud to announce two additional bouts for its first ever show on American soil, "THE REAL DEAL." The event will take place on SATURDAY, OCTOBER 21st at the THOMAS & MACK CENTER in LAS VEGAS, NEVADA. Just added to the card: "THE BABY FACE ASSASSIN" JOSH BARNETT battles PAWEL NASTULA and ERIC "BUTTERBEAN" ESCH faces off with " THE SAMOAN MONSTER" MARK HUNT.
The first announced bout features "THE BABY FACE ASSASSIN" JOSH BARNETT versus Polish Judo expert PAWEL NASTULA. A native of Seattle and former UFC Champion, Barnett has established himself as one of the world’s top mixed martial arts heavyweights. A submission wrestler, Barnett is coming off of an impressive string of victories in the absolute weight tournament including wins over former PRIDE heavyweight champion, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, Kazuhiro Nakamura and Aleksander Emelianenko. Barnett lost in the finals of the tournament to eventual champion Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic. Barnett’s opponent, Pawel Nastula, is a former two-time Judo World Champion and 1996 Olympic gold medallist who is coming off of a victory over Brazilian slugger, Edson Drago. Training at the legendary Takada Dojo, Pawel Nastula will be ready for anything when he faces off against Josh Barnett on October 21st.
A former IBA World super heavyweight Champion, ERIC "BUTTERBEAN" ESCH brings more than 350 pounds of fierce fighting energy to PRIDE FIGHTING. In addition to his successful boxing career, Butterbean has also been seen kicking butt in MTV’s film Jackass: the Movie, where he beats down professional prankster Johnny Knoxville. Challenging this massive tough man is the "SAMOAN MONSTER" MARK HUNT, a former K-1 WORLD GP tournament winner who is establishing himself in PRIDE with his deadly arsenal of punches, Muay Thai knees and kicks. So far in PRIDE, Hunt has defeated the likes of former WBO NABO cruiserweight boxing champion Yosuke "Yosukezan" Nishijima, as well as "The Croatian Sensation" Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic.
Headlining the Thomas & Mack event is PRIDE FIGHTING heavyweight champion and 2004 Grand Prix champion, FEDOR EMELIANENKO against former Olympic wrestler and PRIDE FIGHTING 2000 open weight Grand Prix champion MARK COLEMAN. Also, 2005 tournament champion, MAURICIO "SHOGUN" RUA will meet the explosive two time NCAA wrestling champion, KEVIN "THE MONSTER" RANDLEMAN in a match to be remembered.
Tickets to PRIDE FIGHTING’s "The Real Deal," sponsored by Caesars Palace, are available at 1-866-US FIGHT. Ticket prices range from $50 to $700. PRIDE FIGHTING’s first U.S. card will also be featured on Pay-Per-View for $39.95. Check your local cable or satellite provider for details.
North American Pay Per View Schedule:
PPV Premiere Date: Saturday, October 21st
Premiere Time: 9:00pm EST, 6:00pm PST
Fedor Emelianenko (Russia) vs. Mark Coleman (USA)
Additional bouts to be announced soon.
Fight Card Subject to Change