Battle Arena name eight-man Team GB for Fighters Source
THE EIGHT-MAN Team GB squad for the 2013 Fighters Source events in South Korea and Las Vegas has been confirmed following a rigorous selection process that included two rounds of trials.
Josh Neale, Sam Creasey, Jake Ocean, Den Palmer, Dez Parker, Phil Byrne, Ryan James and Sam Hill are the men that will represent Great Britain as they take on the best amateur fighters from around the world.
Neale, Creasey, James and Parker all represented GB when they beat Denmark at the first Fighers Source event in Boras, Sweden, back in September, with the rest of the squad being drawn from those that attend the two trials at The MMA Gym in Wellingborough, Northamptonshire.
“The standard has been very high,” said Team GB Head Coach, Gary Mills.
“All of the lads are well-rounded, there are some local fighters going as well who are a really high calibre at a semi-professional level, which is really good.
“We beat Denmark and hopefully we’ll go out there and win all of our fights. Then we can push it and get the sport more recognised at amateur level.
“They’ve got a lot of coverage in America with a lot of professional fighters and ex-fighters behind it over there. It’s really big at the moment, it’s the fastest growing sport in the world and it’s good to be part of it at an early stage.”
The squad has been organised by Kettering-based Battle Arena, Europe’s largest amateur MMA promotion, and Neale, Ocean, Palmer, Byrne and Hill will all be in action on their next show in Leicester on Saturday, February 23.
Team GB are also looking to recruit two female fighters to join them for this year at around the 52-57kg weight limit. The women’s trials will be held at The MMA Gym on Saturday, January 26.
Team GB for Fighters Source
Team Manager: James Price
Head Coach: Gary Mills
Assistant Coach: Dean Williams
Fitness and Nutrition Coach: Darren Wright
Pads and Warm-Up Coach: Terry Little
Fighters (Weight division, club, home town, age)
Josh Neale (Flyweight, Warriors MMA, Banbury, 18)
Sam Creasey (Bantamweight, Elite Training Centre, Leighton Buzzard, 24)
Jake Ocean (Featherweight, Fight Hub, Tamworth, 22)
Den Palmer (Lightweight, Siam MMA, Corby, 42)
David ‘Dez’ Parker (Welterweight, Sukata MMA, Preston, 25)
Phil Byrne (Middleweight, The MMA Gym, Broughton, 23)
Ryan James (Light Heavyweight, Kettering Shoot Fighters, Wellingborough, 30)
Sam Hill (Heavyweight, Next Level Martial Arts, Oxford, 24)
Tickets for Battle Arena’s show at Club Republic in Leicester on Saturday, February are on sale now at £25 each or £350 for a VIP table that seats ten. The card is set to feature five title fights and up to 20 bouts in total. For more information or to get involved with Battle Arena on a local or international level, contact James Price via firstname.lastname@example.org or call (+44) 01832 731573.