FIVE CHAMPIONS CROWNED AS BATTLE ARENA KICK OFF BIG 2013
FIVE CHAMPIONS CROWNED AS BATTLE ARENA KICK OFF BIG 2013
RANJEET Baria delighted his home town fans by capturing one of five titles up for grabs on Battle Arena’s massive year-opening ‘Night Of Champions’ card at a packed Club Republic in Leicester on Saturday.
The Leicester Shootfighters man topped the 25-fight bill in the clash with Joe Vidler, of Maidstone club MMA Evolution, for the ISKA British 71.5kg belt and did not disappoint the expectant crowd.
Baria had to be patient as Vidler looked to take the contest to the ground at every opportunity, but that approach paid off in the third when he was able to lock on the decisive triangle choke with Vidler on top, forcing his opponent to submit at 1.27 of the third and final round.
Josh Neale is set to represent Team GB at this year’s Fighters Source World Championship events and warmed up for those by claiming the British 57kg title after forcing a technical submission against Phil Tomkins.
Warriors MMA man Neale went to ground early and tried to look for the finisher against his opponent from Ashby-de-la-Zouch club Devil’s Pit, only for Tomkins to thwart him with good defence.
However, the referee stopped the contest at 2.29 of the first round as Neale applied the armbar. There was no tap from Tomkins, who was unhappy to be halted, but the officials are within their rights to end proceedings if they feel there is a danger of fighters suffering injury.
Neale’s club mate Chris Fensom defeated James Bray, of The Pound MMA, to claim the 84kg British championship by forcing him to submit with an armbar late in the first round.
The early exchanges saw Bray land with the knees before Fensom took him to the mat, working into a strong position on top and trying to get the ground and pound going. He then grabbed a stray arm from Bray before the submission came at 3.18.
The night’s other British title fight saw Matt Bolsover carry off the 93kg belt after a thunderous TKO finish against Dan Wilce in the first round of their contest.
Wilce, of Oxford’s Next Level MMA, targeted Bolsover’s legs with his knees in the opening exchanges, but when they went to the floor it was the Sheffield man who wrestled himself into the dominant position.
When the finish came it was spectacular. Bolsover took Wilce down with a powerful kick to the head and then jumped on him before unloading a series of punches, leading the referee waving off the bout at 2.26.
The other title contest saw Kevin Richardson, of Peterborough Freestyle, up against Johnny Gillan for the ISKA 84kg National championship, and it was Devil’s Pit man Gillan who took a close-fought, technical contest via split decision after three rounds.
The undercard proved just as action-packed as the championship match-ups, with Baria’s Leicester Shootfighters club mates Jake Constantinou, Alex Feary and Kiro Kiffin all claiming impressive stoppage victories. Fellow Leicester club 1st Legion also had Josh McManus, Wade Bass and Rob Large triumphing.
The Gannon’s MMA clan provided two more local winners as well in the form of Gianni Brigginshaw and Paul Gannon.
Elsewhere on the undercard, Wellingborough club Shudan MMA enjoyed a one hundred percent win ratio on the day, with Dan Beckett,Steve Li and Piotr Birtels all claiming impressive victories.
Debutant Brett Francis announced himself in impressive style with a stunning first round TKO over Danny Holt. His The MMA Gym club mates Damian Ammar and Mariuz Kobeszko also reigned supreme.
Sam Hill and Luke Carter (both Next Level MMA), Matt King (5 Elements MMA), Craig Smith (Warriors MMA), Ash Snart(Peterborough Warriors) and Greshna Adem (BST) were the other undercard victors.
Special mention must also be given to Le Battle Combat Club duo Mohammed Addajou and Josh Demoux. They travelled from France to fight, and although they did not win their respective they both proved game opponents.
Battle Arena are planning to return to Leicester at the end of June with an 18-Fight card which will see the city’s finest mixed martial artists take on others from around the UK and the world. Watch this space for more details.
Battle Arena ‘Night Of Champions’ Results Round-up:
British 71.5kg – Ranjeet Baria (Leicester Shootfighters) def. Joe Vidler (MMA Evolution) at 1.27 of Round Three via Submission (Triangle Choke)
British 57kg – Josh Neale (Warriors MMA) def. Phil Tomkins (Devil’s Pit MMA) at 2.29 of Round One via Technical Submission
British 84kg – Chris Fensom (Warriors MMA) def. James Bray (The Pound MMA) at 3.18 of Round One via Submission (Armbar)
British 93kg – Matt Bolsover def. Dan Wilce (Next Level MMA) at 2.26 of Round One via TKO (Punches)
National 84kg – Johnny Gillan (Devil’s Pit MMA) def. Kevin Richardson (Peterborough Freestyle) via Split Decision
77kg (Class A) – Josh McManus (1st Legion) def. Jason James (Independent) at 2.35 of Round Two via Submission (Guillotine choke)
65.6kg (Class A) – Greshna Adem (BST) def. Lewis Gannon (Gannon’s MMA) via Unanimous Decision
93kg (Class A) – Mariuz Kobeszko (The MMA Gym) def. Sam Stockdale (Fusion MMA) via Split Decision
110kg (Class A) – Sam Hill (Next Level MMA) def. Jay Oliver (MMA Evolution) at 2.39 of Round One via TKO (Strikes)
93kg (Class A) – Ash Snart (Peterborough Warriors) def. Danny Edwards (Warriors MMA) at 1.02 of Round One via Submission (Ankle Lock)
71.5kg (Class A) – Damian Ammar (The MMA Gym) def. James Jones (Leicester Shootfighters) at 2.17 of Round Two via TKO (Strikes)
71.5kg (Class A) – Piotr Bitels (Shudan MMA) def. Mohammed Addajou (Le Battle Combat Club) at 1.33 of Round Two via TKO (Strikes)
84kg (Class B) – Wade Bass (1st Legion) def. Ricky Green (The MMA Gym) via Split Decision
71.5kg (Class A) – Jake Constantinou (Leicester Shootfighters) def. Daniel Bloomfield (Combat Jiu-jitsu) at 3.00 of Round One via Referee Stoppage
71.5kg (Class B) – Craig Smith (Warriors MMA) def. Craig Rummings (Gannon’s MMA) via Unanimous Decision
66kg (Class B) – Brett Francis (The MMA Gym) def. Danny Holt (5 Elements MMA) at 1.36 of Round One via TKO (Punches)
77kg (Class A) – Dan Beckett (Shudan MMA) def. Daniel Szuper (1st Legion) at 1.22 of Round Two via TKO (Strikes)
77kg (Class B) – Alex Feary (Leicester Shootfighters) def. Michael Zamkowski (Warriors MMA) at 1.44 of Round Two via Submission (Kimura)
93kg (Class B) – Matt King (5 Elements MMA) def. Junior Bueno (Leicester Shootfighters) via Unanimous Decision
71.5kg (Class B) – Gianni Biggenshaw (Gannon’s MMA) def. Daniel Smith (Fusion MMA) at 1.56 of Round One (Armbar)
71kg (Class B) – Steve Li (Shudan MMA) def. Dave Gould (5 Elements MMA) via Unanimous Decision
77kg (Class C) – Rob Large (1st Legion) def. Jordan Hill (Centurions MMA) via Unanimous Decision
77kg (Class B) – Luke Carter (Next Level MMA) def. Josh Demoux (Le Battle Combat Club) at 2.21 of Round One via Submission (Triangle Choke)
65kg (Class B) Paul Gannon (Gannon’s MMA) def. Dave Gillan (Devil’s Pit MMA) via Split Decision
71.5kg (Class C) Kieron Kiffin (Leicester Shootfighters) def. Dave Rees (1st Legion) at 0.17 of Round Three via Submission (Guillotine Choke)
Class A – Full rules; Class B – No ground and pound; Class C – No strikes to head, no ground and pound
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