This weekend ACB makes its debut in the SSE Hydro in Glasgow, Scotland. The card is stacked with top class fighters to be seen from top to the bottom of the card. In the mixed of this talent filled card is the return of an undefeated highly touted, Ryan Scope. Ryan has not been around the MMA scene for about 2 years but is finally making his return to the cage this weekend at last. Ryan was very unfortunate to fall ill following his last fight. He later had the arrival of his daughter meaning he had to take some time out of the sport he explained.
“Well I got ill and I had stomach ulcers so that crippled me for a while and then obviously I had a little girl so that put me on the sidelines for a bit. I was still thinking that I will keep training while we’re waiting for the baby to come but what happened there is I wasn’t well able to so I just took some time off.”
After quite a substantial period out of competing, sometimes fighters go to regional promotions looking to find their feet again, however, this was not the case with Ryan as he was prepared to jump straight back in the big leagues. He quickly noticed the level of this show then went onto to explain how he was approached about competing and his change of opponents.
“Obviously it is a good show, it’s quite big and it’s their first time over here. What happened was is that I was talking to someone on twitter about it and they said they’d get me matched up. The matchmaker then was excited to see that I was returning to fighting again. At first I was matched up to fight a different opponent, a different Russian guy, but he pulled out due to injury. So now I’ve got Umarov who’s 8-1.”
After such a long time out of the sport whilst holding such a flawless record you would expect nerves to come with the pressure of returning. However, it does not seem the case with Ryan as he explains he is fully confident entering this fight as well as being in pretty much the best shape he’s been in.
“There is pressure yeah but I’m just going into this fight 100% confident, I’m training the hardest I’ve ever trained and I’m probably the fittest and and leanest I’ve ever been so yeah I’m feeling pretty good.”
Scope’s opponent Umarov looks to be quite a dangerous opponent with vicious stand-up ability and knockout power. When asked whether he made many adjustments to take this into account, Ryan made it clear he was going to do what he wanted to do and was comfortable wherever the fight ends up.
“Nothing at all really I’m just going to go in and do what I do best. I wanna work my all round game so I’ve got no problem where the fight takes place be it standing up or on the floor.”
He wasn’t saying much about his game plan but had a prediction for the fans on Saturday.
“I’ve been working on my all round game as I said, I’m not gonna give anything away, but you can expect a finish, that’s all I’ll say, it’s not going to the judges.”
Prior to this fight, Ryan fought mainly at Welterweight, now after making the decision to go down to 155 lbs it looks like he’s sticking with it and it should be no problem for him either.
“I always should have been a lightweight from the start really. But now I’m just taking it more seriously, I wanna go 100% with it. The weight cut is gonna be pretty easy. There’s plenty of lightweights out these who cut more than me, to be honest.”
In relation to what we can expect from him in the future is only for him to keep on going in one direction, upwards.
“I’m just taking every fight as they come, obviously I want to get the win here first and then move onto bigger and better things so I won’t be taking any time off that’s for sure. We’re hoping to get another fight by the end of the year if that’s possible.”
Be sure to check out Ryan’s return to the cage this weekend where he looks to put all the 155lbs division on notice and maintain his unblemished record. You can tune into all the action live on the ACB YouTube channel.
ACB 70: Luke Barnatt vs. Scott Askham Official Results
ACB returned to the English city of Sheffield to host ACB 70, an exciting card headlined by top middleweights Luke Barnatt and Scott Askham.
Barnatt (13-4) and Askham (14-4) had been going back and forth for years, but it seemed they would never resolve their tension in the cage. However, at ACB 70 the pair of English middleweights both had the chance to end the rivalry for good. The card also featured a variety of homegrown English MMA talent.
MAIN CARD: 17:30PM BST – Live on Box Nation and FITE TV
- Luke Barnatt (13-4) vs. Scott Askham (14-4) Middleweight Bout
- Result: Scott Askham def. Luke Barnatt via Split Decision
- Ibragim Chuzhigaev (9-5) vs. Will Noland (17-7) Middleweight Bout
- Result: Ibrahim Chuzhigaev def. Will Noland via TKO (Strikes) Round 1 – 1:32
- Adam Townsend (17-4) vs. Husein Kushagov (6-3) Welterweight Bout
- Result: Adam Townsend def. Husein Kushagov via SUB (Rear-naked Choke) Round 3 – 3:24
- Diego Marlon (26-10) vs. Bubba Jenkins (11-4) Featherweight Bout
- Result: Bubba Jenkins def. Diego Marlon via TKO (Strikes) Round 3 – 0:44
- Ismael de Jesus (15-6-1) vs. Ismail Naurdiev (15-1) Welterweight Bout
- Result: Ismael de Jesus def. Ismail Naurdiev via Unanimous Decision
- Kane Mousah (9-1) vs. Alex Enlund (14-2) Lightweight Bout
- Result: Kane Mousah def. Alex Enlund via Split Decision
- Sam Boult (8-1) vs. Ashley Reece (5-0) Welterweight Bout
- Result: Ashley Reece def. Sam Boult via Split Decision
- Filip Macek (15-12-1) vs. Haron Orzumiev (2-1) Bantamweight Bout
- Result: Haron Orzumiev def. Filip Macek via Split Decision
- Shoaib Yousaf (2-0) vs. Jordan Vucenic (5-1) Featherweight Bout
- Result: Jordan Vucenic def. Shoaib Yousaf via Unanimous Decision
- Aaron Aby (9-3) vs. Daniel Missin (5-5) Bantamweight Bout
- Result: Aaron Aby def. Danny Missin via Unanimous Decision
- Aaron Robinson (9-2) vs. Cheya Saleem (12-3) Bantamweight Bout
- Result: Cheya Saleem def. Aaron Robinson via SUB (Guillotine Choke) Round 1 – 0:48
- Danny Tombs (1-2) vs. Gavin Sterrit (6-2) Welterweight Bout
- Result: Danny Tombs def. Gavin Sterritt via TKO (Strikes) Round 2 – 4:07
- Adam Bramhald (2-1) vs. Luke Shanks (1-0) Bantamweight Bout
- Result: Luke Shanks def. Adam Bramhald via SUB (Guillotine Choke) Round 1 – 0:41
- Jordan Barton (2-0) vs. Richard Herbert (2-0) Welterweight Bout
- Result: Jordan Barton def. Richard Herbert via Split Decision.
ACB 70 Barnett vs. Askham: Sheffield Set for A Spectacular Night
Dubbed “The Battle of Britain”, English middleweights Luke Barnatt and Scott Askham will settle their long-term rivalry this weekend at ACB 70.
Just two months after their last visit, ACB returns to “The Steel City” of Sheffield to host another fantastic card. Along with a great main event, there are numerous match-ups on the fight card that promise excitement for us fight fans, MMA Latest breaks down the ones you don’t want to miss.
Aaron Aby vs. Daniel Missin 2
FCC 11. October 2014. Aby (3-1) was taking on Missin (4-3) at a bad point in “Mini Hulk’s” career. It was Missin who would go on to provide the upset in brutal fashion, finishing Aby in an ending that really should have been stopped sooner. But since then, the two men’s fight form has been greatly different.
Aby went on to win six of his next seven fights, whereas Missin has only fought three times since defeating Aby, going 1-2 in the process. Born and bred a Welshman, but currently residing in Liverpool, Aby was successful in his ACB debut in March, he also beat Sam Halliday at ACB 65 in his second fight for the promotion.
It’s all been about self-improvement for Missin. Physically, and mentally. The Yorkshireman, who will have the support of his home county at ACB 70, was battling depression and anxiety in which he stated “he was his own worst enemy” when dealing with the two.
Now that Missin has fully recovered from his mental health problems, he will hope to show off the new additions to his game in his ACB debut. September 23rd is the start of a new chapter in “Mini Hulk’s” MMA career.
Kane Mousah vs. Alex Enlund
A physically imposing fighter with that element of explosiveness about him, Kane Mousah (9-1) will make his second appearance for ACB this Saturday.
Close ties between UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley and Mousah can be made, both in their physicality and fighting style. Powerful in his striking and wrestling, Mousah’s huge slams and heavy ground and pound will make for a fascinating clash of styles when he faces the submission specialist Enlund.
What a tear Enlund has been on. Unbeaten since 2013, the South Shields fighter is on a seven-fight winning streak, sixth of which came by finish.
Enlund, who has been out of action for over a year now, was set to make his UFC debut last year in Hamburg, but an injury forced him to withdraw from the bout. Now that he is making his debut for ACB this weekend, Enlund will hope to pick up where he left off, with another first round finish.
Of Course, The Main Event
How could I make a “Fights to Watch” list and not include this matchup on it? Luke Barnatt vs. Scott Askham is a fight between the two best English middleweights in MMA, and to say its been long-awaited is an understatement.
This is a rivalry that dates backs to 2011, with Barnatt and Askham each taking their turns of calling each other out over the years. They both spent a few years in the UFC, and when they first stepped inside an ACB cage together, it almost very quickly came to blows.
Don’t let the Bellator card this weekend overshadow things, because ACB 70 is by far worth the watch as well. Airing live and free on Box Nation and FITE TV at 18:00 BST , it’s a card you don’t want to miss this Saturday, the 23rd of September.
Russian promotion turned down Nike as the sports brand supports homosexuality
Absolute Championship Berkut (ACB), a Russian MMA organisation and one of the leading promotions in Europe has been negotiating with Nike for several months now. According to Russian MMA website expertmma.ru negotiations have been terminated due to the fact that Nike supports gay marriage.
According to ACB promoter Mairbek Khasiev Russian social media page vk.com yesterday,
“Women were created for men and men for women. You ever have seen that animals were males with males and females with females? If we allow gay marriage, a man worse than an animal “- Manny Pacquiao said! After these words, he broke a contract with Nike! Manny !!! Friends, we have a few months of negotiations with Nike sponsorship, after such a demarche on the part of the well-known company, I consider it below their dignity to have any relationship with thereof!” – wrote Hasiev
It is definitely strange to turn down one of the biggest sporting brands over such an issue. While the world seems to accept Amanda Nunes as the first openly gay UFC champion, things are seen much differently for Khasiev.
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