Shoaib Yousaf and Nathan Kelly battled it out in the IMMAF WC 2016 featherweight final. Both guys put in terrific performances and have very bright futures in the sport.
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EXCLUSIVE: Jack Shore talks Cage Warriors 87 Opponent Change, Pressure and Being Ready for A Big Opportunity
Jack Shore, a promising up and coming Welsh Featherweight who will be fighting on his fourth main Cage Warriors card in only his sixth professional fight. Despite his opponent, Federico Mini, dropping out days prior to the event, Shore isn’t concerned ahead of the opponent change. “Just another fight, I’m ready for anything come fight night and I’m looking forward to the challenge”. Cage Warriors have confirmed that Shore will now be fighting Italian, Mattia Galbiati.
Shore last fought at the Newport Centre, Wales at Cage Warriors 83, defeating his opponent Konmon Deh convincingly with a first-round submission. The crowd was electric for both his entrance and when his opponent tapped due to armbar, “I have a massive following and they like to make themselves heard on fight night, it’s getting bigger and bigger every time!”
Whilst using his extensive grappling to win the fight, the Tillery Combat MMA Academy fighter was very aggressive with his strikes on the ground, “I believe my grappling style is very different to what people are used to seeing and that’s why it’s entertaining to watch. I’m always looking to advance and put the pressure on, but I also try to use punches and elbows to set up my transitions.”
Being undefeated throughout his amateur career (including winning the IMMAF European Championships), to then continue being undefeated throughout his early professional career, Shore has a mature mindset for such a young fighter to how the sport works, “Obviously no one wants to lose but you have to be aware that it’s a possibility because anything can happen in this sport. But by being aware it allows me to train and prepare correctly to do everything I can (do) to prevent that from happening.”
Whilst growing up, Shore states that he wasn’t the most confident of people, “As a kid growing up I was never the world’s most confident person.” Cage Warriors being on BT Sport within the UK, being the biggest European MMA promotion, and having the following Shore has, he feels no pressure of fighting, “But as far as MMA is concerned I don’t feel any pressure at all. There’s obviously the fight day nerves but anyone will tell you I deal with them very well and am more than comfortable in that environment.”
With the current revolution of MMA in Wales occurring, former Cage Warriors fighters Brett Johns, Jack Marshman and John Philips all in the UFC, Josh Reed who has just come off a title shot with Cage Warriors Bantamweight champion Nathaniel Wood, Lewis Long being the best Welterweight in the UK. It brings a realistic opportunity of making the UFC, “Definitely. Since the first bunch of Welsh guys have been signed to the UFC it’s shown for guys like me, Lewis Long and Josh Reed that what we are pushing for is no doubt achievable. I believe that if we keep doing what we are doing then that dream won’t be too far away.”
Whilst having such a successful start to his professional career, and with the attention, this young Welshman is bringing, Shore is in no rush for the Cage Warriors belt, but is prepared if the opportunity arises. “I’m just taking one fight at a time. I’m aware that I’m still young in terms of my pro career so I will continue to fight whoever Cage Warriors put in front of me. Should a big opportunity like that present itself I’ll make sure I’m ready.”
Shore seems to be mature for someone of the age of just 22, the future seems bright for the young Welshman. Jack Shore fights on the up and coming Cage Warriors 87 card Saturday, 14th October at the Newport Centre, Newport, Wales. The event will be free-to-air on UK sports channels FreeSports, as well as be on UFC FightPass and via the red button on BT Sport.
Check the main card out for Cage Warriors 87 below:
Lewis Long vs Roberto Soldic (Welterweight)
Craig White vs Matt Inman (Welterweight)
Jack Shore vs Mattia Galbiati (Featherweight)
Aiden Lee vs Ludovit Klein (Featherweight)
Aaron Khalid vs Ross Houston (Welterweight)
By Ieuan Thomas.
5 reasons to watch ACB Glasgow this weekend
This weekend is an action packed weekend for MMA fans with enough fights on to keep you watching from the day and into the night. With UFC Portland on in the evening/night, depending on where you’re situated in the world which leaves time beforehand to get into the fight feel mood and what better way to do it than by watch ACB Glasgow. Absolute Championship Berkut has only recently broken into the market putting on some fantastic shows of high calibre action.
Back in July ACB announced they would be heading to Glasgow to hold a show, this show would be a landmark in their efforts to break into the European market. Following the announcement, it caught many people’s attention and it wouldn’t be a surprise if this show sold out with the high level of talent on the card boosted by the hype behind it. So if you are still sitting there reading this doubting whether to tune on Saturday or not, let me give me you some reasons to why you should use your time wisely by watching ACB Glasgow.
1. Not a hard sell
The card is loaded from top to bottom with high-quality fights, however, with the card based in Scotland, it is inevitable that there is going to be a hometown fan favourite in the Main Event. UFC veteran Robert Whiteford makes his return to the cage following his termination from the UFC after losing two consecutive fights. Not so long after his departure from the UFC, it was announced that Whiteford signed for ACB and that he would compete in the Main Event.
Whiteford is coming into this as a hot favourite against Frenchman Kevin Petshi, fighting in front of a home crowd will certainly have Robert gunning to put on an impressive performance and get the crowd roaring. However, Petshi is coming into this virtually unknown to the Glasgow crowd leaving it very hard to expect what he will bring to the fight, but if he can bring the fight to Whiteford and somehow pull off an upset it would be simply crazy.
2. Former TUF Finalist back in action
Saul Rogers was scheduled to compete in the TUF 22 finale against Artem Lobov, however, due to visa issues he was unable to compete and ultimately released from the promotion. Since then he has had one fight which has gone slightly under the radar, where he made quick and easy work of Andre Winner at Tanko 1.
It has been known for quite a while that Saul was signed to fight with ACB, however, an opponent was only announced for him quite recently, cutting it fine, to say the least. Now with SBG Manchester fighter officially scheduled to scrap he will be a treat to watch as he is such a talented fighter, which was proven during his career so far and on TUF 22.
3. Fights with finish written all over them
The Main Card of this can almost guarantee some finishes, Middleweight match up Danny Mitchell and Jake Bostwick is going to a hard-hitting fight that not many (if any) see going the distance. Mitchell has finished all of his last 3 fights within 5 minutes via TKO/Submission, his upcoming opponent Jake Bostwick is known for his power and willingness to stand and trade. Despite going the distance in his last few fights I doubt this one will with Mitchell standing across from him.
Mike Wilkinson, who you could say was very hard done by getting released from the UFC following 1 defeat is up against an undefeated Swede in Daniel Teymur. Wilkinson has finished 7 of his 9 victories while his opponent has finished all 5 of his professional bouts, this is one is certainly not one to miss.
4. Return of an undefeated Lightweight
Ryan Scope has been out of action for almost two years now and is finally making his return to the cage now at ACB Glasgow. Scope has been around the pro circuit in the UK since 2008 and managed to go 9-0 in his career to date. His record includes very impressive wins against Luke Newman and most recently Ali Arish. His upcoming fight is not an easy one by any means in Russian prospect Yusup Umarov (8-1).
“Big Baby” has only gone the distance twice in his career, his first professional bout and his last one prior to this in 2014. All finishes between that. With such an impressive record it would be hard not to see him potentially get a call up the UFC if he can put together a few more wins.
5. Pro debut of an IMMAF World Champion
If there wasn’t enough talent gracing this card, here’s some more. Highly-touted featherweight fighter Shoaib Yousaf will make his first walk to the cage as a professional fighter on Saturday. Yousaf has been one of the most talked about amateurs around the UK if not Europe as of recently following his world championship victory in August.
In his Amateur career Yousaf went 10-0 according to Tapology, with not many getting close to beating him, he is a very well-rounded fighter with tremendous ability overall. I would not be surprised to see him pick up a finish here in his professional debut. This prospect could be one of the next big named fighter coming out of Great Britain in the near future. This debut is one that I would certainly be keeping a close eye one.
So there’re 5 reasons why you should flick over to the ACB YouTube channel on Saturday and watch some epic fights that will not disappoint. If none of those reasons doesn’t tempt you then take a look at this stacked card and the talent that’s on it and surely something will make you want to watch.
Robert Whiteford vs. Kevin Petshi 140 lbs
Norman Parke vs. Andrew Fisher 155 lbs
Saul Rogers vs. Michel Adalena 155 lbs
Danny Mitchell vs. Jake Bostwick 185 lbs
Lee Chadwick vs. I. Chuzhigaev 185 lbs
Mike Wilkinson vs. Daniel Teymur 145 lbs
Chris Bungard vs. Gavin Hughes 155 lbs
Ryan Scope vs. Yusup Umarov 155 lbs
James Brum vs. S. Avkhadov 145 lbs
Ed Arthur vs. Brent Crawley 135 lbs
Kieran Malone vs. John Maguire 170 lbs
Michael Bobner vs. Magomed Raisov 155 lbs
Daniel Crawford vs. A. Suleimanov 145 lbs
Andy Spiers vs. B. Ezerkhanov 265 lbs
Arturo Chavez vs. S. Shakhbulatov 137 lbs
Kev Lobban vs. Adam Bramhald 135 lbs
Shoaib Yousaf vs. Samir Baja 145 lbs
Jason Woods vs. Dominic Dillon 145 lbs
Jack Demarco vs. Ben Holdsworth 145 lbs
Callum Murrie vs. Josh Abraham 145 lbs
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