UCMMA 32 Review

Words by Suzy Athey


The first MMA event kicked off 2013 at The Troxy in London for UCMMA. I am exhausted just watching the barrage of assaults this evening. Not only was it the first show of 2013 but also the first SAFE MMA show and for UCMMA the first live broadcast.

I was pretty impressed with a few of the individual fighters and also with myself for a 10 out of 11 prediction for the evening! So what did I like?

Great to see Ian Peters step into the cage again. At 40 this guy is in great condition and although he lost to Ben McGonigle who is now 4-0-0, he stepped up, got caught as can happen in any MMA bout. I am looking forward to seeing more of Nathan Rose who fights out of Lions Pride MMA. With Jimi as his coach, you know he will only get better and better. He took on Paul Kingdon who has one more fight before retiring but Paul put up a good fight and it went the distance with Nathan taking the win by UD.

Chase Morton entered the cage with his usual swagger which isn't to everyone's taste but I personally like it when a fighter has character. Chase lost to Ben Craggy by Kimura but is improving with each fight. I really felt for Scott Saward who got all the way to the cage being cheered by his many supporters only to be told that Marian Rusu had injured himself in the warm up and had to pull from the fight. I spoke to Scott afterwards and he said he won the fight at the stare down! Such a shame for Scott but as he told me, we haven't seen the best of him yet so watch this space.

Now, Galore Bofando is a name that we will be hearing time and time again. He beat Reece Rowell in the UK1 bout by Majority Decision. He just radiates fitness, conditioning and expertise. I will never tire of watching Galore make his entrance let alone seeing him in action. Big things are sure to happen for Galore and I look forward to seeing more and more.

Tony Giles fought in his last UK1 bout against Savina Sausilas who stood in at the last minute. Tony took the win by decision. Tony is making the transition to MMA for his next fight so it will be interesting to see how he fairs in MMA as by his own admission he tells us his wrestling isn't good. I think we will see Tony stand and bang as often as he can. But who knows.

One of my favourite fights of the evening was between Makunga Bunduku and Karl Lawrence. Makunga has impressed me and many others in his previous fights and always brings a war. But Karl brought a war of his own and credit to both because they certainly gave it their all. I have to mention the fans for this one. The crowd were on their feet screaming, shouting and chanting from both sides. Instead of the fighter banter, we had the crowd banter and what a feeling in the room with both sets of supporters in great voice. Would love to watch Karl again as this was my first time seeing him fight and of course I cannot wait for Makunga to get back in the cage.

Jason Radcliffe who recently started fighting out of London Shootfighters entered the cage with a new look. Being a mask phobic, I was somewhat alarmed but masks aside, Jason defeated James Stone with ease. Ali was due to fight Jason but had to pull out due to injury but went in the cage to call Jason out after the fight and I am sure this will be on in the not too distant future.

Mike Neun wasn't hanging around and finished Scott Stribbling with a heavy ground and pound from full mount. The main event saw Linton Vassell take on Zelg Galseic. Another crazy atmosphere in The Troxy. Galesic came out fighting, of that there is no doubt but Linton soon took control and finished by ground and pound with 30 seconds remaining of the first round. Granted I haven't been to many live events since starting in MMA but I have never seen fans like Lintons. He is called the Swarm and I assume the fans are Swarmettes because they surrounded and swamped him after his win. What a win and what a great guy who had time for everyone after the fight.

After all the banter pre fight between Umer Kayani and Nathan Jones, I was looking forward to this one and was impressed with Jones who took the win in this UK1 bout. It was a fast paced fight and the kicks from Nathan were spot on. Umer used heavy hands but Nathan had the edge and the attitude!

What can say about the last fight of the evening which saw two undefeated fighters take to the cage. Carl Oriss of MMA Terror Squad against Arnold Allen of BKK. Someone was losing but it was obvious to anyone watching that it wasn't going to be Arnold. This guy came out and fought like a champion, heavy hands, great control and posture. Oriss put up a defensive fight but Allen was smothering his opponent in every way. Being so young, Allen will go the whole way, of that I have no doubt and having watched him from the beginning, I will enjoy seeing him develop and dominate as he moves onwards and upwards.

Fighter of the Night has to go to Arnold Allen. Allen is exciting to watch and brings everything to the fight.

Fight of the Night has to go to Allen v Oriss. A great match-up and exciting from start to finish.

Published by Boogeyman - Sun, 3 Feb 2013 17:15

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