BRAVE 13: Andy Young Interview – “The mental area is the most important out of anything”

On the 9th of June, Brave Combat Federation makes its European debut when it arrives to the SSE Arena, Belfast, Northern Ireland. This is a landmark occasion for the fast-growing promotion as it branches out for the first time into the continent.

Fitting for such a historic occasion, the card is packed with exciting fights as well as fan favorite names. In the main event we see bantamweight champion Stephen Loman (9-2) defend his belt in a rematch against highly touted SBG man Frans Mlambo (5-2), who looks to avenge his loss against Loman, this time hoping to walk away with a championship. In the Co-Main event we see Northern Ireland’s own and former UFC contender Norman Parke (24-6-1) take on Irish man Myles Price (10-6) in a very exciting lightweight match up.

Also on the card, we see two extremely entertaining fighters come head to head when Liverpudlian Bryan Creighton (8-6) takes on Belfast’s own Andy Young (11-10). While Creighton is coming off a 3 fight finish streak, Young is coming off a loss. However, it was to former top 5 UFC flyweight Ali Bagautinov who has beaten top fighters such as Tim Elliott, John Lineker and has fought current UFC flyweight champion Demetrius Johnson. With 11 Finishes between both fighters, this fight will surely live up to expectation and deliver a barn burner.

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The mental area is the most important out of anything, I will beat him there and take whatever I see to get the finish in this fight.”

After fighting one of the very best flyweights in Ali Bagautinov in Russia, Andy will be looking to get back to winning ways with a victory over rising British prospect Creighton. Andy is a dangerous fighter, both on the feet and on the ground, which we seen in an impressive victory over Dominic Wooding, a very hot young prospect, with a record of    3-0 (3 TKO) at BAMMA 28. Andy is currently 5-3 in his last 8 bouts, with 3 finishes. These wins include impressive performances over fighters such as Alexander Barabash and Aaron Aby. I caught up with Andy Young to get his thoughts on his upcoming opponent and how he feels to be fighting on such a huge card in his home town of Belfast.

Eamonn Scott: Andy, this is your first fight under the Brave banner. When exactly did you get the call about fighting for them and was there anything in particular that interested you the most about fighting for brave?

Andy Young: “I was contacted back in March about their plans to run a show in Belfast and to have me on it, I was thrilled to hear that BRAVE was coming to my home town, I heard a lot of great things about the promotion and how it’s run.”

ES: You make your return to your hometown in Belfast, which you have an excellent record in. What is it that’s so special about Belfast which also always seems to bring the very best out of you.

AY: “The energy of the people here is unrivaled! Belfast knows how to make some noise!  I get so much support and feel a real uplift getting to represent and get the win for them.”

ES: Northern Ireland has a thriving MMA scene at the minute. With fighters such as James Gallagher, Rhys McKee and Norman Parke, do you believe that this will only improve and how do you see the MMA scene in Northern Ireland at the minute?

AY: “It is scary to see how good the local scene is getting. The sport is becoming more and more popular and gaining great traction. There is a plethora of  talent, ability and skills in the new breed of upcoming mixed martial artists here, and for sure will only improve.”

ES:  You’re fighting against a very tough opponent in Bryan Creighton who himself is coming off an impressive 3 fight win streak. When this fight was proposed to you, what were your first thoughts on fighting Bryan?

AY: “I was excited to get an opponent who i know brings a great fight, he’s very game. well-rounded and likes to trade, so i know this will be fun!”

ES: You’ve fought top quality fighters in your career such as the former top 5 UFC contender in Ali Bagautinov. Do you thrive off facing the biggest names you can get?

AY: “There are a number of reasons to be in this sport, and one of the main factors is to compete against and be best in the world. I love and jump on the opportunities to do this.”

ES: Bryan has multiple wins by TKO, Sub and Decision, showing that he has skills in all departments. However, is there a particular area that you believe you can exploit and get the best over him in?

AY: “The mental area is the most important out of anything, I will beat him there and take whatever I see to get the finish in this fight.”

ES: How has this training camp gone for you? Is there anything specific that you have focused on in this camp and do you think you have improved it as much as you aimed to?

AY: “It has went great, I have made a few changes and stepped things up. It’s all about getting the right formula, I’ve enjoyed working all areas and getting a bit creative with things, it will all be on show 9th June.”

ES: You’ve been in this game for a while now, do you believe that you still have a lot to accomplish?

AY: “Yes, I want to be the very best version of myself in there and fully realise my potential. In addition, that UFC title will be in my hands by the end of my career.”

ES: Finally, if there’s one message you have for Bryan, what would it be?

AY: “Let’s put on a show and bring your best.”

This fight is surely going to live up to every expectation. With Andy young being the home town fighter, he is certainly going to receive an incredible atmosphere. Bryan Creighton will also be defending the best win streak of career, both fighters have a lot to defend in this epic Flyweight battle. SEE YOU THERE!

News: ACB 87 Live Results

Tonight, ACB rolls into Nottingham for it’s first ever event in the city. The card is packed full of entertaining contests featuring some of the best Mixed Martial Artists the world has to offer, and will be headlined by an exciting featherweight match up between Manchester’s Kane “The Danger” Mousah and Scotland native, Robert “The Hammer” Whiteford.

Keep checking back as we will be updating this page with live results as they happen. For round by round commentary and updates, head over to the MMAMotion twitter page from 6pm BST.

ACB 87 Live Results

  • Kane Mousah vs. Robert Whiteford
    • Whiteford wins via split decision

 

  • Piotr Strus vs. Fernando Gonzalez
    • Strus wins via split decision

 

  • Pietro Menga vs. Takeya Mizugaki
    • Mizugaki wins via unanimous decision

 

  • Ibragim Chuzhigaev vs. Mike Rhodes
    • Chuzhigaev wins via unanimous decision

 

  • Robert Emerson vs. Shamil Shakhbulatov
    • Emerson wins via unanimous decision

 

  • Andre Winner vs. Adam Aliev
    • Winner wins via second round submission (rear naked choke)

 

  • Alex Gilpin vs. Adlan Mamaev
    • Gilpin wins via third round submission 

 

  • Sam Boult vs. Stansilav Vlasenko
    • Vlasenko wins via split decision

 

  • Regis Sugden vs. Stephen Martin
    • Martin wins via third round submission (arm triangle choke)

 

  • Dean Garnett vs. Dominique Wooding
    • Garnett wins by split decision

 

  • Ashley Reece vs. Adam Proctor
    • Proctor wins via unanimous decision

 

  • Chris Miah vs. Carlos Abreu
    • Abreu wins via split decision

 

  • George McManus vs Kevin Mullen
    • Mullen wins via second round TKO

 

  • Murad Magomedov vs Paulinho Capoeira
    • Magomedov wins via unanimous decision

 

Brett Cooper vs Adam Townsend & Andrew Fisher vs Luis Palomino confirmed for ACB 88

Former ACB welterweight king Brett Cooper (25-13-0) returns to Australia, looking to build on his two-fight knockout streak. The thirty-year-old knocked out Sharaf Davlatmurodov at ACB 76 on the Gold Coast last year and followed that with an impressive first round KO of Andre Santos at ACB 82 in March. Cooper will be looking to stake his claim for another shot at the title, with the American currently second in the welterweight rankings.

Across the cage from Cooper will be his compatriot, Adam “Primetime” Townsend (18-5-0). The twenty-nine-year-old got his ACB career off to a flying start, submitting Husein Kushagov at ACB 70, before slipping to a narrow decision defeat to Arbi Agujev at ACB 74 last November. ACB 88 will be the first time that Townsend has competed for the Australian fans and with fourteen of his eighteen wins coming inside the distance, it would be fair for them to expect fireworks.

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England’s Andrew Fisher (17-8-1) will venture to Australia for the first time as he enters the eleventh year of his career. The fourth-ranked ACB featherweight will look to build on impressive wins over Niklas Backstrom and Akop Stepanyan to strengthen his case for a crack at the title in the 145lbs division.

Mixed martial arts veteran Luis Palomino (26-15-0) will be across the cage from Fisher in Brisbane. The Peruvian knockout artist has had a mixed start to life at ACB, having picked up two victories, followed by back-to-back decision losses to current champion Yusuf Raisov and Lom-Ali Eskijew. A win for Palomino in Brisbane would fire the heavy handed Peruvian back to the top ten in the ACB featherweight rankings.

ACB 88 marks the promotion’s second visit to Australia, with ACB 76 taking place on the Gold Coast on December 9th 2017. It will mark the first major MMA event to hit Brisbane since 2016.

News: Girdham vs Reyes and Alaniz vs Ross added to ACB 88 in Brisbane

Yet another pair of exciting bouts have been added to ACB 88, with Aussie Trent Girdham taking on Guam’s Kyle Reyes, whilst Charlie Alaniz and Shannon Ross are set to compete in an all-Australian flyweight bout.

At just twenty-years-old, Trent Girdham (8-1) is an elite prospect in Australia. Unbeaten on home territory, the Sydney-based man has claimed four submission victories in his eight professional bouts. After claiming a victory on his promotional debut at ACB 76 last December, submitting Tim Moore in the second round with a slick armlock, Girdham went on to pick up his first professional defeat at ACB 84 against Rany Saadeh, tapping to a first round heel hook.

Fighting out of Las Vegas, by way of Guam in Micronesia, Kyle Reyes (12-5) makes his return to the ACB cage almost eighteen months on from earning the fight of the night award at ACB 51. Having previously fought Australians Alexander Volkanovski and Rory O’Connell, Reyes will be aiming to add to his eight submission victories on June 16th in Brisbane.

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Unbeaten on Australian soil, Charlie Alaniz (11-3) is set to make his ACB debut in Brisbane having previously held two flyweight titles on the domestic scene. With four submission wins and three knockouts among his eleven career victories, the Melbourne man will hope to remain his incredible record in home territory.

Having previously competed at bantamweight, 29-year-old Shannon Ross (10-4) has successfully moved to 125lbs, claiming two consecutive victories including a first-round knockout of Ste Nightingale at ACB 76 last December. The heavy handed Ross has demonstrated his knockout credentials, with more than half of his victories coming by way of a stoppage.

Ticketing information will be released over the weekend. For instructions on how to purchase tickets stay tuned to ACB’s social network pages.

News: Aussies Corey Nelson and Steven Kennedy set for promotional debuts at ACB 88

Hot on the heels of yesterday’s fight announcements, ACB have confirmed that a pair of exciting welterweight contests have been added to the Brisbane card. Australian’s Corey Nelson and Steven Kennedy are all set to make their ACB debuts with Nelson facing Lithuanian Mindaugas Verbickas, whilst Kennedy takes on highly ranked American, EJ Brooks.

Australia’s own Corey Nelson (20-6-2) will make his long awaited promotional debut at ACB 88. Nelson was initially set to make his ACB bow at ACB 76 last December, before injury forced the welterweight to withdraw. Nelson will find himself in familiar territory in Brisbane having fought just once outside of his home nation in his 28 fight career. With fifteen of his twenty wins coming by knockout, he’ll be aiming to give the Brisbane fans a reason to celebrate.

Lithuania’s Mindaugas Verbickas (14-6-2) will make his fifth appearance in the ACB cage and is looking to bounce back after suffering consecutive losses for the first time in his career. Verzbickas has fought across Europe, but the “Silent Assassin” will be hoping to silence the home fans when he fights on Australian soil for the first time.

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35-year-old Australian Steven Kennedy (25-8) will make his ACB debut in front of a sure-to-be partisan crowd in Brisbane. “The Steamroller” has already kicked off 2018 in style, with a first round submission victory under his belt. Kennedy has a well earned reputation for keeping fights out of the judges hands with nineteen of his twenty-five wins coming inside the distance.

Looking to spoil the party is EJ Brooks (12-5). Brooks has made a successful start to life in the ACB welterweight division, picking up a decision victory over Husein Kushagov at ACB 85 in Rimini, Italy. “The Pretty Boy” brings a four fight win streak into the contest and will doubtless be looking to drag Kennedy into unfamiliar waters, with each of his last nine fights being decided by the judges.

ACB 88 marks the promotion’s second visit to Australia, with ACB 76 taking place on the Gold Coast on December 9th 2017. It will mark the first major MMA event to hit Brisbane since 2016 and with the promotion promising huge fight announcements in the coming weeks there are plenty more reasons for Australian fight fans to get excited.

News: ACB 88 adds two more fights to blockbuster Brisbane event

ACB 88 is getting bigger and bigger, with two more blockbuster fights announced for Australian fight fans on June 16th as Marcin Held makes his ACB debut, taking on Australia’s own Callan Potter in a mouth-watering lightweight bout. A heavyweight showdown between Canada’s Tanner Boser and American Chase Gormley has also been announced for the card.

Australia’s own Callan Potter (16-6) will make his ACB debut riding an impressive eight fight winning streak, leading to eight consecutive finishes on the Australian MMA circuit. His impressive style has seen none of his twenty-two professional bouts head to the judges’ scorecards.

His opponent needs no introduction. Former Bellator and UFC star Marcin Held (23-7) is set to make his highly anticipated ACB debut in Brisbane, where he will be looking to make his mark on the lightweight division. The Polish jiu-jitsu wizard has shared the cage with the likes of Michael Chandler, Diego Sanchez and Alexander Sarnavskiy during his ten year professional career. On June 16th, the next chapter begins in Australia.

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Chase Gormley (14-7) will look to return to the win column following a two fight losing streak on his first venture to Australia, with the 34-year-old heavyweight looking to make an impact on the ACB 265lbs division. Gormley is no stranger to the big stage having shared the cage with Brendan Schaub and Stefan Struve during a brief spell with the UFC and is entering the eleventh year of his professional MMA career.

His opponent, hailing from Canada will be 26-year-old Tanner Boser (14-4). After kicking off his ACB career with a pair of decision losses, the heavyweight bounced back with consecutive victories over Dave Cryer and DJ Linderman. “The Bulldozer” has competed in Dubai, St. Petersburg, Montreal and Manchester since signing for ACB but will head down under for the first time in June.

ACB 88 marks the promotion’s second visit to Australia, with ACB 76 taking place on the Gold Coast on December 9th 2017. It will mark the first major MMA event to hit Brisbane since 2016 and with the promotion promising huge fight announcements in the coming weeks there are plenty of reasons for Australian fight fans to get excited.

News: Thiago Silva vs Chris Camozzi and Barnatt vs Celinski confirmed for ACB 88 in Brisbane

A mouth-watering main event is set for ACB 88 in Brisbane, with mixed martial arts legend and former ACB light-heavyweight champion Thiago Silva (20-7-0, 2 n/c) set to face MMA veteran and GLORY kickboxer Chris Camozzi (24-13-0), as he makes his promotional debut.

The fight will be Silva’s fifth appearance in the ACB cage in under eighteen months, with the Brazilian knock-out artist touching down in Australia for the first time in his illustrious career. Silva brings an impressive record of sixteen stoppages in his twenty victories and has shared the cage with the likes of Alexander Gustafsson, Rashad Evans and Lyoto Machida.

I’m very excited to go to Australia. It will be my first time there and the Australian people can expect a good fight as always. Expect an aggressive Thiago Silva and I will knock out Chris Camozzi!” said Silva.

Across the cage from Silva will be Camozzi, who is no stranger to competing in Australia with ACB 88 marking the third time that the American has competed on Aussie soil. 31-year-old Camozzi will be looking to make his mark on the ACB roster in his light heavyweight debut after moving up from middleweight.

“Fighting in Australia is always amazing. The fans there are very knowledgable and love mixed martial arts. I can’t wait to see Brisbane”, said Camozzi.

One thing is for sure, both men will bring it to Brisbane on June 16th and will leave it all behind for the fans at the Sleeman Sports Complex.

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A light-heavyweight bout between Luke Barnatt (14-5-0) and Karol Celinski (15-6-1) has also been announced for the card. 30-year-old Barnatt is unbeaten since his move to 205lbs, with knockout victories over Max Nunes and Maxim Futin at ACB 63 and ACB 81. His impressive performances have seen Luke rise to #7 in the latest ACB light heavyweight rankings.

Celinski is also riding an impressive unbeaten streak, after winning all three of his bouts in the ACB cage, leaving the veteran ranked at #2 in the ACB light heavyweight rankings. Celinski defeated Lukasz Parobiec on his ACB debut, before picking up decision victories over Vinny Magalhaes and Maxim Futin.

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ACB 88 marks the promotion’s second visit to Australia, with ACB 76 taking place on the Gold Coast on December 9th 2017. It will mark the first major MMA event to hit Brisbane since 2016.

News: Wilde vs Achazaev and Miah vs Abreu added to ACB 87 in Nottingham

With just over three weeks to go before ACB 87 arrives in Nottingham, England, Europe’s number one MMA promotion have added two more exciting fights to an already stacked card.

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Former Cage Warriors and BAMMA star Tim Wilde (12-3-0) will make his ACB debut in a lightweight bout against Berkut Fight Club’s ACB veteran Alibek Achazaev (8-2-0). Wilde has already fought and won twice in 2018 including an impressive KO victory over Anthony Dizy just last weekend. That win took the 30-year-old Staffordshire native’s win streak to three fights with two of those three wins coming by KO/TKO.

Achazaev will be making his eighth appearance under the ACB lights when he faces Wilde in Nottingham. The Grozy based lightweight has never been finished in his ten fight MMA career and after alternating wins and loses in his last four fights, will be looking to build on his decision victory over Oberdan Vieira at ACB 78 in January.

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26-year-old Team Titan fighter Chris Miah (8-1-0) is set to make his bantamweight debut when he faces fellow promotional debutant Carlos Abreu (6-2-0). Miah has picked up seven of his eight career wins inside the distance with the sole blot on his record being a decision loss to UFC flyweight Jarred Brooks back in 2016.

Abreu will be making his first appearance outside his native Brazil when he places his two fight winning streak on the line against Miah in Nottingham on May 19th.

ACB 87 will take place on May 19th 2018 at the Motorpoint Arena in Nottingham with Manchester’s Kane Mousa facing Scotland’s Robert Whiteford in the main event. The full fight card is as follows.

  • Robert Whiteford  vs.  Kane Mousah
  • Scott Askham  vs.  I. Chuzhigaev
  • Takeya Mizugaki  vs.  Pietro Menga
  • Rob Emerson  vs.  S. Shakhbulatov
  • Dean Garnett  vs.  Dominique Wooding
  • Piotr Strus  vs.  Fernando Gonzalez
  • Andre Winner  vs.  Adam Aliev
  • Ashley Reece  vs.  Adam Proctor
  • Alex Gilpin  vs.  Adlan Mamaev
  • Kyle Nelson  vs.  Amir Elzhurkaev
  • Regis Sugden  vs.  Stephen Martin
  • Sam Boult  vs.  S. Vlasenko
  • Tim Wilde  vs.  Alibek Akhazaev
  • Carlos Abreu  vs.  Chris Miah

Breaking News: Andre Winner returns to face Adam Aliev at ACB 87

Youth will meet experience when lightweights Andre Winner and Adam Aliev collide at ACB 87, as the promotion visits the Motorpoint Arena in Nottingham, England on May 19th.

Winner (21-11-2) returns to the Cage after over eighteen months out, making his ACB debut in Nottingham, just thirty miles from his base at Team Rough House in Leicester. The Ultimate Fighter Season 9 runner up, Winner has shared the Cage with the likes of Dennis Siver, Ross Pearson and Artem Lobov over his thirty three fight, fourteen-year professional career.

Aliev (8-2-0) returns to the lightweight division following two consecutive wins at welterweight. The Berkut Fight Club standout is riding a six-fight winning streak, with the most recent of those coming via a third round TKO victory over Ednilson Barros at ACB 78 in Grozny.

ACB 87 will be headlined by a featherweight contest between Kane Mousah and Robert Whiteford. Tickets are on sale now at www.motorpointarenanottingham.com.

News: Wooding and Garnett meet at ACB 87

A battle between two of the best bantamweight prospects that Britain has to offer has been added to ACB 87.

Dominique “The Black Panther” Wooding (5-1-0) will meet Dean Garnett (8-2-1) inside the ACB cage in Nottingham on May 19th.

Wooding is fresh from an impressive TKO win over Dominic Dillon at BAMMA 34 earlier this month. “The Black Panther” may be just six fights into his professional MMA career but has already fought for a BAMMA championship. At BAMMA 28, Andy Young handed the Team Titan fighter the only loss of his career in their interim flyweight title fight. While he may not have captured the belt on that occasion, there is no denying that Wooding is improving and at just 21-years-old, there will be plenty more opportunities for gold in the future.

Garnett will be making his fourth appearance for ACB when he faces Wooding at the Nottingham Motorpoint Arena in May. While significantly more experienced, Garnett is looking to snap a two fight losing streak following losses to Magomed Magomedov and Anthony Leone at ACB 67 and 76.

ACB 87 will be headlined by a featherweight contest between Kane Mousah and Robert Whiteford. The event will take place on May 19th 2018 at the Motorpoint Arena, Nottingham, England. Tickets are on sale now at www.motorpointarenanottingham.com.