News: Brave CF to focus on roster expansion and European events

Brave Combat Federation have announced that the organisation will focus on roster expansion after the success of Brave 13 hosted in Belfast. The organisation have projected to host at least 7 events in the second half of 2018.

The Brave CF Athlete Relations Team have specified that their internal talent scouting program will focus on signing the best upcoming talent from around the world. Apart from signing athletes, the promotion will also work towards hosting further major events in Europe, which will benefit the local talent.

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Exclusive: Zak Ottow on Sage Northcutt:“He seems super weird to me in interviews, like, if I had kids I wouldn’t trust him to babysit”

Zak Ottow brings a lot to the table when he shows up to fight.  He recently earned his black belt in BJJ, which he trained for nine years to acquire and has also shown off impressive boxing skills, which were showcased in an entertaining first round knockout of Mike Pyle at UFC 222. All this, coupled with impressive wrestling and takedowns, he should certainly feel confident in the run up to his next bout, which is scheduled to take place in Boise at UFC fight night 133.

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News: Khabib vows to “destroy” McGregor ahead of rumoured UFC 229 meeting

Reigning UFC lightweight king Khabib ‘The Eagle’ Nurmagomedov has further intensified rumours surrounding a possible meeting with Conor McGregor this morning. The undefeated Combat Sambo specialist promised to knock the Irishmoan out at their speculated October clash.

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MMAMotion Exclusive Interview: Scott Askham – “Defend or vacate. I want that belt!”

It is announced that KSW are returning to London. On October 6th, we see the return of the fast growing European promotion as they make their way back to the SSE Arena, Wembley in London.

Known for their incredibly high level production,  entertaining and world class fights and just their overall spectacle, eyes will surely be on KSW as they make a highly anticipated return to English shores.

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MMAMotion Exclusive: An interview with Andy Young ahead of ACB88

Fresh off his scrap at Brave CF 13 on 9th June, dynamic flyweight Andy Young is already moving on to a new endeavour. Just 6 days after his Belfast bout where he was he was beaten by an in-form and skillful Bryan Creighton, “Taz” is heading to Brisbane, Australia to step in the cage – this time under the ACB banner.

Young got the call to fill a spot as a last minute replacement for the injured Raymison Bruno, who was due to collide with Armenia born Narek Avagyan in the “land down under”.

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News: Brave CF performance bonus winners – Cowley, James, Hanekom and Cavalheiro amongst winners

After a thrilling event in Belfast marking their first European trip, Brave CF have announced the performance bonus for the fighters on the card.

Brave 13: Europe Evolution has embraced the concept of performance bonuses to reach out to their athletes. The traditional concepts set by other promotions, such as fight of the night, submission of the night and knockout of the night, is the method Brave CF wish to reward their roster with. The reward system is announced on top of the win bonus (which is already provided to the athletes.)

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Interview: Bryan Creighton ahead of Brave 13 – “Andy is just another stepping stone”

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 Filipino star 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. Parke will be looking to pick up another win on his quest back to the UFC while rising prospect Price will be looking to add a huge scalp to his name.

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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“Any one who enters the Octagon is in the WOLFS TERRITORY! Irrelevant of who my next opponent ill have it with anyone.”

Bryan is 8-6 as a pro and currently on a 3 fight win streak, with 3 finishes via both Submission and TKO. This shows that he has skills in both striking and grappling. Creighton is a very strong grappler, which is apparent in his win against Jamie Powell at Almighty Fighting Championship 8 only as far back as April. He has heavy hands and is game to trade with any man. This will be his 7th fight in 12 months, showing that he is ready to fight whenever regardless of the opponent. Similar to his opponent Andy Young, Bryan too has fought some class names, including going the distance with UFC rising star Nathaniel Wood. This fight will be a huge test for Bryan, not only due to the fact that it will be in Young’s back yard, but that it will truly show where he is at in his career. A win over Young will only propel him further up the rankings and move him on to the next chapter in his career.

Having already talked to Andy, I then caught up with Bryan to find out how he feels about fighting Andy, and what his thoughts were on coming over to Belfast to fight against the home town favourite.

Eamonn Scott: Bryan, 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?

Bryan Creighton: “joining a dominant Promotion it seems like a natural progression test myself with bigger and better aspirations.”

ES: This is quite a big event with it being Brave’s debut card in Europe. With being placed so high up the card, do you enjoy these big fights in front of big crowds, or is the occasion irreverent for you?

BC: “I thrive of the occasion. Bigger crowds with Big Venues make me strive for bigger and better things.”

ES: This will be your first time fighting in Northern Ireland and Belfast. Are you looking forward to it? Have you heard anything about Belfast and their fans? Do you get enjoy the occasion is it just another day’s work for you?

BC: “Belfast fans are very similar to scousers so it’s one a Big Party! So I’m looking forward to partying with them all. I’m obsessed I love and breathe what I do!”

ES: With Andy being the hometown fighter, you will naturally be the “Bad Guy”. Have you ever fought in someone’s back yard before and do you thrive off the atmosphere, negative or positive?

BC: “Bad guy or good Guy! The Wolf is an individual!”

ES: You’re coming into this contest off the back of an impressive 3 fight win streak with 3 finishes. Do you believe that this is the best you have ever been in your career?

BC: “Yes I have structure, stability and a fantastic team around me “HAMMA MMA”. I believe I have the right tools for the next job at hand.”

ES: Andy has fought top quality fighters such as former top 5 UFC Flyweight Ali Bagautinov, do you feel like this is the test you need to follow-up on your previous wins?

BC: “Any one who enters the Octagon is in the WOLFS TERRITORY! Irrelevant of who my next opponent ill have it with anyone.”

ES: Andy 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?

BC: “I respect Andy for entering the combat Arena with me, who he’s fought and what decision and what’s he done is the past. I’m looking forward bringing it!”

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?

BC: “I’ve focused on my ‘Jitz’ this camp as well as wrestling. Training’s going well, I’m always pushing my training and always wanting to better myself.”

ES: You’ve been fighting professionally since 2012. Do you feel like you have hit your prime yet and are they many goals and objectives that you have set out to fulfill in your career? If so, have you accomplished any of them?

BC: “I’m Aiming for that number one Spot! Andy is just another stepping stone!”

With both fighters ready to come and trade, this fight will be nothing short of entertaining. It has a high position in the card and rightly so. This bout will surely get the crowd involved, not only in support of their own fighter Andy young, but as it will also be a very exciting contest if both men keep to their word. This card is filled with great contests top to bottom and this is certainly one of them! Don’t miss out on this historic event, get your tickets while you still can!

Breaking News: Dana White looks to make a U-turn with early weigh ins

On the June 5, 2018 episode of the UFC Unfiltered podcast, Dana White talks to Matt Serra and Jim Norton about an array of topics including the worrying trend of fighters missing weight.

The topic is brought to attention by Serra at 1:20:49 of the episode here.

Notable examples of fighters missing weight for significant match-ups are, Mackenzie Mackenzie Dern at UFC 224, Kevin Lee at UFC Fight Night: Atlantic City, and Darren Till at UFC Fight Night: Liverpool.

He goes further by saying, fighters exploit the weigh’ins by “cutting it close”, and then upping their weight to gain an advantage.

With this change, fighters will only have the ceremonial weigh-ins to officiate their weight for their respective fights, which is 24 hours out from their fight, ratger than the 36 hours specified with the early weigh-in process.

This is one of many new changes Dana announced on the podcast.

It will be interesting to see these changes develop as the year goes on as he not only has the fighters opinions to field, but also athletic commissions…

News: Lee Chadwick defends middleweight Title against Jonas Billstein at CW96

Cage Warriors confirm World Champion Lee Chadwick will face surging knockout artist Jonas Billstein for the middleweight crown on September 1st at Liverpool’s Echo Arena – the second confirmed world title fight of the night, alongside eagerly anticipated Paddy Pimblett vs. Søren Bak.

In a massive fight that was due to take place at CW90 in February, but was postponed due to a training injury sustained by Chadwick, the two most powerful middleweights in Europe will finally meet later this year in front of thousands of fans at the Echo Arena with the world title on the line.

Last time Liverpool’s Lee Chadwick stepped into the cage at CW88, fans were treated to a back-and-forth middleweight war which saw him defeat Victor Cheng to become champion in his home city. This time around, Chadwick will come up against Jonas Billstein, who at just 26 years of age has picked up 10 knockout wins with 6 of those coming in the very first round.

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Billstein, who travels from Germany in search of the away victory, will look to pry the belt away from Liverpool and establish himself as Europe’s middleweight King.

Chadwick, a 37-fight veteran of the sport, is no stranger to derailing younger challengers and seeks to cut Billstein’s rising status short in order to keep the belt.

“If one of these guys lands, it’s all over,” says Cage Warriors President Graham Boylan. “These are two of the most powerful guys in Europe, and without a doubt in the highest calibre of middleweights on the scene right now. We can’t wait to see how this one plays out.”

It’s a classic high-stakes match up between an established champion, who’s willing to leave everything in the cage in order to stay at the top, and a young, powerful up-and-comer with a string of first round finishes. Both men have the tools to end this one at any minute, and September 1st is the night they’ll put their game plans to the test. Only one man can leave the Echo Arena as champion. On paper, this fight looks to be one of the most entertaining bouts on a card that already boasts some great talent.

CW96 takes place just months after Cage Warriors champions and local Liverpool fighters Molly McCann and Chris Fishgold signed with the UFC, and 8 ex-Cage Warriors fighters competed at the history-making UFC Liverpool. 6 fighters have gone from Cage Warriors to the UFC already this year, proving the promotion’s claim as the number one destination for the best rising talent in Europe. September 1st will be one of the biggest nights on the European MMA calendar in 2018, building on what’s already the biggest year of MMA in Liverpool’s history.

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!