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Merthyr Mayhem VIII

Miss Kendall Reports On The Mayhem In Merthyr

Merthyr
I arrived at Merthyr Tydfil Leisure Centre very early and ready for what I knew was going to be a great night of action.  Having fought on this show and at this venue myself, I know that the fighters are well looked after – and I was hoping the staff would be too! I was not let down.

As I knew where I would be seated for the evening, it was time to go and see who I could find! I was expecting my friend and ‘personal assistant’ for the night Beccy Davies any time soon, but first I bumped into Bocsio owner Rachel Bowes! We had a quick catch up and swapped a few up and coming project ideas, and she told me how much she was enjoying the MMA scene. It was also really good to see a number of people I have had the pleasure of training with in the past, many faces from many familiar clubs – and it is at this stage I have to give a shout out to the man who gave me my very first shot in the cage, Scott Clist,and wish him all the best for his fights on AON on May 3rd.

Soon after our catch up I met up with Beccy and we settled into our seats and relived my long walk out to my fight 2 years earlier at Merthyr Mayhem 6, with Beccy and Jamie Rogers from Dogs of War following to corner me in what was to be my favourite fight to date. Looking at the fight card in front of us we saw that this show had everything to offer! There were 9 MMA bouts, 2 K1 bouts,2 boxing bouts and 1 kickboxing bout! The crowds started gathering and taking their seats in anticipation of this well-established Martial Arts event, in an arena which holds 1000 max capacity.
 
I was quick to be welcomed, given a VIP band and shown to my cageside table right next to where the cornermen would be new I was going to hear a lot of unladylike passion over the course of this event! A fightcard, pen and 2 bottles of water awaited me on my table – and when the action began a platter of food, and a fruit bowl also showed up! I felt very spoilt.

The team took their places and we exchanged greetings
 
 
 
 
The Ring Girls – Sally Louise Morris, Ali Drew and Tahnee Nash
Ring Girls

MC – Andy Balston

Referee – Nathan Webb

Photographer – Dell Mann

Then the MC began his introduction and the fights began …

Quick Stats

Black Dog MMA: 2 fighters – 1 win. 1 loss.
 
Blaina Gwent: 1 fighter – 1 loss.
 
Cardiff Kickboxing: 2 fighters – 2 losses.
 
Daves Gym: 3 fighters – 3 losses.
 
Dogs of War: 2 fighters, 2 wins.
 
Falcons: 2 fighters – 2 wins.
 
Impact: 1 fighter – 1 loss.
 
KGB Gym Wales: 3 fighters - 2 wins 1 loss.
 
Norway: 2 fighters - 2 wins.
 
Phoenix MMA: 3 fighters - 3 wins.
 
Revolution Gym: 2 fighters - 2 losses.
 
Team Dojo: 3 fighters - 1 win. 2 losses.
 
The MAT Academy: 1 fighter - 1 win.
 
There were also 2 independent fighters: 2 losses.
 

FIGHT 1 – MMA

C-Class (Ammy)
 
 

Jordan Lane

v

Gavin Theo

Falcons


Daves Gym

 
LaneTheo
 
 
I saw Gavin Theo (Daves Gym) fight just 1 week ago on PainPit where he won at 70kg via unanimous decision!There’s no stopping this guy, he had to cut 5kg in 7 days for this fight, he weighed in at 65kg today!

ROUND 1

Both fighters are cautious meeting in the centre, and there’s no glove touch to start the round (gloves touched at ref rules). They exchange the first contact simultaneously – Lane with a jab and Theo with a leg kick. Lane quickly pushes forwards with punches and Theo is against the cage. They exchange a few good kicks and Theo moves his way back to the centre of the cage landing his own kicks and body punches,which puts Lane up against the cage. There is a wrestle for underhooks, which Lane quickly gets, moves to shoulder control and turns Theo against the cage. Theo maintains hip control as Lane drops body punches and heels, but Theo turns Lane against the cage, gaining control again. Lane lands more heels to the legs whilst working for shoulder control, and a guillotine hold. The fighters turn each other a few more times whilst Lane maintains his guillotine. It looks like its sinking in when he has Theo against the cage, and drops to the ground getting full guard, but Theo rolls with him and escapes! Theo is now on his back trying to lock Lanes leg up, whilst Lane is standing over him dropping huge punches. Theo doesn’t get a lock on but brings Lane down and gets half guard. Lane continues to throw punches, and is quick to stand back up, and he steps back to allow Theo to get back to his feet. The stand up action continues in the centre of the cage, with good exchanges from both fighters, but its Theo that pushes forward this time. Lane is against the cage attempting to get a guillotine on when the last 10 seconds are called. Theo escapes, takes hip control and takes Lane to the ground, landing in guard. The round ends with Lane attempting a guillotine from the bottom.
 
ROUND 2
 
Both Fighters come out much faster, with no glove touch – straight into action! This time they are more comfortable, both fighting for centre position, both throwing nice combinations and staying light on their feet. Lane then shoots for the double leg takedown pushing Theo up against the cage but putting himself at risk of a guillotine.But Theo goes for double underhooks, he gets the turn and throws knees whilst Lane lands body shots. Lane now goes for the guillotine whilst landing heavy heels on both legs! Theo defends very well as both fighters turn each other against the cage, both keeping very busy with punches and heel hooks. Whilst Theo is against the cage, Lane maintains the guillotine choke and drops to the ground again! And Theo rolls with him and escapes again. This time Theo ends up on his back and Lane has side control. Theo is doing well to keep everything tight whilst Lane works to get an arm loose, as Lane tries to step over, Theo is quick and manages to pull guard. Lane stands and grabs a leg, then drops to work for a submission – but its not on! Theo turns and Lane quickly stands as the last 10 seconds are called. Now Theo has one of Lanes legs, as Lane drops punches trying to get his leg free. The round ends with Lane falling to his knees dropping huge punches and Theo defending.

ROUND 3

Both fighters still looking fresh, but Theo is fast out of the corner and meets Lane in his corner. Theo throws good combinations, and Lane answers with his own. But Theo quickly goes for the takedown which Lane defends, and ends up against the cage. They exchange some good knees before Lane turns Theo against the cage and backs off, allowing Theo to move out. The fighters go toe to toe again both throwing good combinations until Lane throws a leg kick, which is checked, and ends up with his back to Theo. Theo quickly takes Lanes back, Lane attempts and gets a hip throw which results in Theo landing on his side, back against the cage,and Lane taking side control. There is a scramble for position and Lane takes top position, Theo doing well to keep half guard. Lane starts dropping punches whilst Theo manages to push him to his feet, where Lane continues to drop punches. The ref stops the fight and calls time – he speaks to both fighters in neutral corners, maybe there was a punch to the head? Ref restarts the fight. Theo runs forward and after a short exchange, he gets a double leg takedown. There’s a scramble for position which sees Lane in half guard working for a guillotine. Theo defends well but gives up position, now Lane has full mount. The last 10 seconds sees Lane disregard an armbar attempt to drop punches, whilst Theo uses his hips to try to dismount Lane, whilst defending the punches. Good fight, as the crowd show their appreciation and the fighters and their teams show their respect.

WINNER: JORDAN LANE, UNANIMOUS DECISION.

FIGHT 2 – MMA

C-Class (Ammy)

Rhys Hulme

v

Hassan Al-Faifi

Falcons


Daves Gym


HulmeAl


ROUND 1
Another fighter that just can’t say no to a fight, also from Daves Gym! Hassan Al-Faifi also fought on Painpit last weekend,and also won via majority decision.
After the ref recaps on rules Hulme shows his respects with a bow – but that must be a sign for pleasantries over, because as soon as the round begins Al-Faifi offers his gloves and Hulme goes straight in with a solid side kick! This sends Al-Faifi flying back, but by the time Hulme gets to him, Al-Faifi is back up to his feet. Al-Faifi initiates a clinch and there is a struggle for control, which sees both fighters against the cage before the fight goes to the ground – it looks like a sweep from Hulme. Hulme lands on top with side control (scarf hold) with Al-Faifi on his side, back against the cage. As Al-Faifi tries to walk his feet up the cage for a transition, Hulme attempts to get full mount, which is defended very well, and Hulme ends up in half guard. Hulme drops down a number of punches whilst Al-Faifi works his back up against the cage and manages to push off, landing in turtle position. Hulme sprawls on him and manages to turn him again, this time getting full mount. Hulme drops more punches down forcing Al-Faifi to turn onto his side, and he eventually gives up his back. Hulme now has back control (the seatbelt hold), and sinks his underhooks in. He turns Al-Faifi face down and flattens him out, still throwing punches. The last 10 seconds sees Hulme trying to sink the choke in, whilst Al-Faifi defends well and continues to try and get to his knees.
 
ROUND 2
 
There is no attempt of a glove touch as Al-Faifi comes out more cautious and Hulme fakes a side kick. Al-Faifi is quick to move! But ultimately lands the first strike of the second round, a good roundhouse to the body. Hulme pushes forward and a clinch ensues. Both fighters struggle for control, with Hulme ending up against the cage. But Hulme gets shoulder control quickly followed by a hip throw, and Al-Faifi goes back to the ground, Hulme taking scarf hold again. As Al-Faifi struggles for space,Hulme takes control of an arm. The angle isn’t good and I don’t get to see what is happening, but the lack of punches and subsequent tap indicates an armbar (possibly a straight armbar) ended this fight.
 
WINNER: RHYS HULME, 0.37 ROUND 2, ARMBAR.

FIGHT 3 – K1

3 x 2 min rounds

Niel Izzard

v

Jamie Sloan

Revolution Gym


Phoenix MMA

 
 IzzardSloan
 
 
ROUND 1

Both fighters are cautious coming out as they touch gloves. Sloan is quick to stamp his dominance on this fight and moves forward with a good combinations, which sees Izzard on his back foot. Izzard is defending well and gets a couple of good kicks in, before Sloan needs to stop to adjust his shinpad. The ref makes the adjustment and restarts the fight, the fighters touch gloves and the action continues. Both fighters are keen to stay in the centre of the cage as they exchange kicks, but Sloan pushes forwards again and pushes Izzard up against the cage. Izzard attempts a spinning backfist which misses, and Sloan takes his back - the Ref splits the fighters up and quickly restarts the fight. Leg kicks are exchange before Sloan rushes forward unleashing a number of punches which pushes Izzard up against the cage before he drops Izzard with a huge overhand right! The ref sends Sloan to a neutral corner and Izzard looks dazed as he gets a count. Izzard makes it back to his feet, but is it too late?? He still looks dazed and the ref waves the fight off!

WINNER: JAMIE SLOAN, 1.22 ROUND 1, TKO.

FIGHT 4 – K1

3 x 2 min rounds

Mike Saint

v

James Cameron

KGB Gym


Revolution Gym

 
 
SaintCameron

ROUND 1

Both fighters come out with caution and touch gloves. They stay light on their feet as they exchange high and low roundhouse kicks, both working for centre cage. Saint lands a solid leg kick, then attempts a spinning heel kick to the head, but misses. Cameron lands a couple of leg kicks before Saint attempts another high spinning heel kick, it misses. Saint lands an axe kick, then both fighters exchange low kicks whilst Saints corner are urging him to use his hands. Cameron throws his own high kick – and lands on the ground! But he is quickly back up on his feet, and both fighters take centre cage again. The last 10 seconds sees Cameron land a low kick, Saint throws a push kick – which is caught by Saint, before he sweeps Saints supporting leg! Saint goes down just as the round ends!

ROUND 2

Saint wont touch gloves, both fighters are guarded. Cameron throws a few leg kicks but none land. Saint throws and lands a leg kick whilst his corner is shouting for him to use his hands! Saint throws a huge overhand right – but it misses! He follows through with a big straight right/kick combination and Cameron goes down! But quickly stands back up against the cage as Saint throws a knee, and a low kick, and a spinning kick! Which misses, but he lands another knee.Cameron is defending well, and answers with his own kick, but Saint catches it and follows through with a punch! Cameron is down again! The last 10 seconds sees both fighters toe to toe exchanging good combinations, Cameron goes down again! But quickly stands to end the round with both fighters exchanging punches! This round has kept the crowd roaring!

ROUND 3

Both fighters come out and touch gloves, they look surprisingly fresh. Cameron throws first with a spinning heel kick, which misses. Saints corner are shouting for punches as he swaps stance,he obliges and there is an exchange of big punches – Cameron goes down! He gets back to his feet quickly and there’s another exchange of huge kicks. Cameron lands a big knee, and Saint answers with a hard kick to the body! There’s another exchange of good combinations which ends with Cameron against the cage in a clinch. The ref separates the fighters and restarts the action, Cameron is certainly not afraid to keep pushing forward. Cameron lands a head kick, which is followed by a huge flurry of punches by Saint! Every one of them landing! The crowd are going mad as both fighters are going toe to toe with very hard, very accurate punches! Saint is doing the most damage but Cameron is taking everything he has to give. Saint tries again with the spinning heel kick – but he keeps missing! That would really be a fight finisher. The end of the fight sees Cameron landing leg kicks, and an unintentional punch after the bell. This was a war! And the corners show their mutual respect.

WINNER: MIKE SAINT, UNANIMOUS DECISION.

FIGHT 5 – MMA

B-Class (Semi-Pro)

Jason Wilks

v

Harry Bereton

Team Dojo


Black Dog MMA

 
Wilks Bereton
 
ROUND 1:

There is no touching of gloves as these two fighters come out quick and exchange kicks. Bereton takes centre of the cage and Wilks attempts to shoot, but doesn’t get the takedown. Bereton ends up in a guillotine against the cage, but gets a takedown and ends up on top in half guard. Wilks does a good job of keeping in tight but Bereton passes guard and gains side control. Bereton is now dropping down punches and Wilks is still trying to keep a close guard, but Bereton passes to full mount! He’s keeping busy with body punches from the top, but Wilks is pulling him in and attempts a guillotine. Bereton defends well and escapes, and works for a high mount. The last 10 seconds sees Bereton continuing to punish Wilks with body shots, Wilks is bleeding, but attempts an armbar, which Bereton escapes. The round ends with Wilks keeping busy looking for submissions whilst Bereton landing big punches.

ROUND 2:

Again, no glove touch as Wilks comes out and throws the first leg kick. Bereton takes centre cage, Wilks shoots but doesn’t get the takedown. Bereton ends up against the cage attempting a guillotine. He tries to sink it in, and uses his hips to push forward – but Wilks’ feet come off the floor! The ref quickly steps in and stops the fight. Both fighters are sent to neutral corners and the ref speaks to each in turn. One point is taken off Bereton for an illegal neck crank, and 1 point is taken off of Wilks for pulling at his opponents shorts. The fight is promptly restarted and Wilks corner are shouting for him to keep the fight standing. There is a big exchange of punches before Bereton shoots for a takedown – which he gets, but he lands on the bottom! There is a scramble for position and Wilks ends up on top in Beretons guard. Bereton works for a triangle, and Wilks is defending. Bereton slowly works on sinking the triangle in, Wilks’ corner is shouting to him to posture up, but its too late! Wilks continues to try and defend, but the triangle is on, and Wilks has no choice but to tap! Bereton helps Wilks to his feet – a good show of sportsmanship, and the crowd are cheering for both fighters.

WINNER: HARRY BERETON, 1.15 ROUND 2, TRIANGLE.

FIGHT 6 – MMA

NSAC Rules

Joe Edmunds

v

Scott Padderson

Impact Gym


The MAT Academy

 
EdmundsPadderson
 
ROUND 1

Both fighters meet centre cage and touch gloves. Padderson starts the action with a jab, before there is a good exchange from both fighters. Edmunds lands a nice high kick, but neither fighter wants to give up the centre of the cage.  Edmunds is swinging punches and pushes forwards, and Padderson ends up with his back against the cage. But he defends well and pushes his way back out, but Edmunds is dominating at this stage with good combinations and a number of overhand rights! Padderson remains fairly cautious mainly throwing leg kicks, and is pushed back against the cage again. Both fighters keep this fight standing as more exchanges are thrown and the fight goes back to the centre of the cage – Padderson is showing huge heart taking everything thrown at him and still moving forward! Edmunds combinations are very fast and accurate, and then he unleashes a spinning backfist! But Padderson is quick and blocks. Padderson is now circling and continues to try and find his range and pace. Edmunds throws and lands a strong straight right, and there is another exchange of good combinations from both fighters. Now Padderson pushes forwards and Edmunds is momentarily against the cage, but quickly turns and takes the fight back to the centre of the cage. The last 10 seconds is called and both fighters really go for it! There’s another good exchange of kicks and punches, and another good spinning backfist from Edmunds! The round ends with Edmunds throwing a spinning crescent kick, and an exchange of huge punches from both fighters. This has been a great round which has kept thecrowd cheering throughout.    

ROUND 2

Both fighters come out and touch gloves, which is quickly followed by a straight punch and knee combination from Edmunds. They circle for position before Edmunds throws a high kick, which is answered with another high kick from Padderson. Padderson throws a nice hard straight which lands, but unfortunately when Edmunds returns a punch, Padderson takes an unintentional poke to the eye. The ref stops the action and checks Padderson is Ok. He is, and the fight is restarted. The fighters show their mutual respect and touch gloves again in the centre.  Padderson throws a jab which is answered by a roundhouse from Edmunds. There is another good exchange of combinations from both fighters, but Edmunds is dominating the centre of the cage. Padderson shoots in for the first takedown of the fight, Edmunds defends well but ends up with his back against the cage. Edmunds continues to throw punches from the cage as Padderson continues to work for and gets the double leg takedown! Padderson has top position but is in Edmunds guard. Now Padderson is dropping punches, the crowd are going wild! Edmunds defends well and manages to get enough space to push Padderson back. Padderson stands up and Edmunds is quick to get back to his feet too. There is another big exchange of combination before Padderson shoots again! Edmunds is quick and sprawls to defend, his back is against the cage again but he quickly pushes off and there is another exchange. Padderson shoots again! Edmunds is against the cage but is looking for a guillotine when the final 10 seconds are called. He does really well listening to his corners instructions, and the round ends with Padderson working for the double leg takedown as Edmunds is throwing bombs from the cage!

ROUND 3

The fighters come out and touch gloves for the last time before Edmunds quickly throws an uppercut. They both stay centre and Edmunds throws and just misses with another uppercut, but follows through with a solid jab, which lands. Padderson looks as though he wants to take this fight to the ground as he shoots again, but misses. He throws and lands a strong jab to back off and they take the action back to the centre. Padderson throws a high kick which looks like it could’ve done damage if it landed. There is an exchange of punches and you can see that both fighters are slowing down, but they are still keeping busy! Edmunds lands a nice punch which is followed by a huge knee and an overhand right from Padderson. Edmunds lands a big left hook but he is on his back foot and ends up against the cage. Edmunds lands 2 more big knees and a number of big punches while Padderson works for and finally gets a double leg takedown! This leaves Edumnds sitting with his back against the cage, while Padderson is working to pull him away from the cage while staying busy with his punches. The last 10 seconds is called and Padderson continues to drop punches – while Edmunds is also throwing punches whilst working to sink in a triangle! The round ends and retrospective corners show their respect. This was a well matched fight, and was close! But the announcement of the winner left the crowd confused and has since been controversial.

WINNER: SCOTT PADDERSON, MAJORITY DECISION.

FIGHT 7 – MMA

NSAC Rules

Liam Carey

v

Oscor Brown

Dogs of War


Black Dog MMA

 
CareyBrown
 
ROUND 1

There is no offer of a glove touch from either side as these fighters meet in the centre of the cage. Brown starts the action with a leg kick, which is answered by a jab from Carey, which lands. Brown is pushing forwards and lands a big punch which looks like it dazed Carey for a moment! As Brown continues to push forwards, Carey is quick to recover and throws a big straight which lands, and stops Browns advances. Both fighters look for centre cage again and exchange a big combination of punches! Brown is pushing forward to stay centre but is caught with a huge punch - and now its Brown looking dazed! Carey is following his corners instructions very well and there is blood from Brown as Carey shoots in and gets a takedown. Brown does a good job of keeping Carey in a tight halfguard whilst giving himself time to recover. Carey is using his forearm across the face whilst dropping punches, and he postures up for power, but Brown defends really well and now has Carey in guard. The last 10 seconds are called Carey continues to throw punches whilst Brown is trying to keep tight.

ROUND 2

Again, there is no glove touch,and this time Carey starts the action with a low kick and a good jab, which goes unanswered. Carey continues with a flurry of punches which sees Brown up against the cage. They clinch and fight for control, Brown does well to switch positions and then throw a few knees. But Carey is looking for a guillotine as Brown looks for the takedown, and Careys corner are shouting at him to swap positions. Brown escapes the guillotine and there is a scramble as Brown stumbles! Brown goes down and Carey gets full mount! The crowd are chanting “SCAREY! SCAREY!” Carey is dropping punches to Browns head which forces Brown onto his side, his back against the cage. Carey carries on dropping bombs as the crowd are getting louder and louder! Brown is doing really well defending and manages to get Carey in halfguard and starts using his feet on the cage to work for a better position. Carey is listening to his corner and continues dropping bombs, and then hammerfists. The last 10 seconds are called and Brown continues to try and keep everything in tight, whilst looking for arm control.The final seconds sees Carey continue his barrage of punches whilst Brown is trying to push away to stand.

ROUND 3

The last round starts the same as the first two, with no glove touch. Brown is still bleeding and both fighters are a little cautious at first. Brown starts with a jab, which Carey answers with his own jab. There are further exchanges in the centre of the cage before Brown pushes forward. Carey is still on his toes and looks the fresher of the two, but Brown is still pushing forward and lands a low kick. Carey attempts to come forward, but walks on to a jab! The crowd are encouraging the fighters by cheering as these two fighters go toe to toe exchanging big punches in the centre of the cage! There are good strong right hands being thrown, and taken by both! Carey throws a solid kick which Brown counters with an overhand right. And another overhand right!! Carey stay light on his feet moving in and out, throwing jabs. Now brown lands a kick, but Carey catches him with another hard jab. With 10 seconds remaining of this action packed fight Brown is centre cage and Carey rushes forward with a flurry of very accurate punches – the bell rings and Carey lands another punch! The ref jumps in and Brown shows there are no hard feelings. Both fighters show their respect after what turned out to be a war!

WINNER: LIAM CAREY, UNANIMOUS DECISION.

FIGHT 8 – MMA

NSAC Rules

Keiron Bennett

v

Jay Thomas

Dogs of War


Independent Fighter (Mardy)

 
BennetThomas
 
ROUND 1

Both fighters have shown their respect before the fight started, and touch gloves when they meet at first round. Bennett starts with a jab, which is immediately answered by Thomas with a takedown. There is a scramble and both fighters get back to their feet. Now Bennett shoots and gets a takedown! He lands in half guard and starts dropping punches. Thomas manages to sit himself up but is immediately pushed back down by Bennett who starts to stack his weight up. Thomas is defending well and still landing good shots from the bottom! Bennett is raising himself from the stacked position to drop bombs whilst Bennett continues to alternate between punching and pulling himself up to sitting position. The crowd are really behind the fighters as there are punches being exchanged from both! Bennett attempts to pass guard to gain side control, but Thomas is doing a good job of keeping his guard tight. More punches are thrown as Bennett tries to push through Thomas’ guard again! But again he is kept in half guard. In the last 10 seconds Bennett is keeping his weight stacked on Thomas whilst Thomas is doing a good job of keeping a tight guard, both fighters end the round throwing good punches.

ROUND 2

There is no glove touch from either fighter when the second round begins. Bennett throws a big left hook, but it misses. Thomas lands a knee, but loses balance and falls back! Bennett finds himself on top in Thomas’ guard and continues where he left off with a barrage of punches. He transitions to half guard as Thomas tries to create space, and starts dropping big hammer fists. As he seamlessly transitions to side control, Thomas uses his forearm to defend himself from the continuous punching, and Bennett is forced back to half guard. The crowd are getting louder as Thomas attempts to shrimp and Bennett gets side control again. Thomas is showing his great defensive skills and creates enough space with his knee on Bennetts hip to cause another scramble, which ends up with Bennett in his full guard again - just in time for the last 10 seconds! Bennett starts dropping down hammer fists again whilst Thomas throwing punches from the bottom whilst still trying to create enough space to stand.

ROUND 3

The last round sees the fighters come out and touch gloves. Bennett rushes forwards and forces Thomas back against the cage. Bennett works for a takedown, which he gets! He begins dropping punches whilst stacking his weight on Thomas, pinning him against the cage. Thomas is trying to defend the punches from full guard, as Bennett attempts to pass into half guard – which he gets! Now Bennett is attempting a reverse triangle, but Thomas turns and escapes. There is a scramble and both fighters are halfway up, before Bennett pushes Thomas back down, and gets back into half guard. Both fighters are keeping busy as Bennett continues with huge punches from the top, Thomas catches his arm and works for his own triangle. But Bennett escapes. Still in half guard, Thomas continues to shrimp and look for full guard while defending punches STILL being thrown by Bennett! Thomas manages to get full guard again, he keeps busy with his own punches. During the last 10 seconds of this fight, both fighters are working so hard and the crowd are showing their appreciation. Bennett remains in control using his forearm on Thomas’ head and dropping hammer fists, and Thomas is showing the heart of a lion continuing not only to defend but also to fight back. The round ends and you can hear the amount of support for Bennett from the crowd!

WINNER: KEIRON BENNETT, UNANIMOUS DECISION.

FIGHT 9 – Pro Boxing

3 x 3 min Rounds

Darren Hayward

v

Sam Morrison

Blaina Gwent


Phoenix MMA

 
HaywardMorrison
 
ROUND 1

As round 1 gets underway there is no offer of a glove touch. Hayward throws the first jab which is quickly answered by a counter jab. Hayward bushes forward but takes a hard jab which puts him on his back foot, and Morrison takes centre of the cage. Hayward is against the cage but throws a lovely body shot, pushing the action back to the centre. There’s a good exchange of big punches and Hayward is telling his opponent to ‘bring it on’! Which Morrison does – as he lands a huge hook to Haywards face! Wow, both these fighters can take huge punches! This is already looking like its going to be an exciting fight. Hayward doesn’t need much recovery time, and takes centre of the cage himself. The action is fast and hard, with both fighters taking it in turn to dominate. Hayward ends up against the cage taking a few good punches before the fighters begin to clinch, the ref stops the fight and restarts it again centre cage. Both fighters exchange another huge combination of punches, with Morrisons shots more accurately, which leaves Hayward up against the cage with a bloody nose. Morrison throws a huge right hand which drops Hayward! The ref sends Morrison to a neutral corner and gives Hayward a standing count. The fight continues as the last 10 seconds are called. Morrison smells blood and pushes forward unleashing a barrage of punches, which sees the round ending with Hayward against the cage covering up.

ROUND 2

Both fighters touch gloves before Hayward rushes forward. Morrison counters this with an uppercut and the fighters clinch up and there’s a scuffle. The ref breaks the fighters up and restarts the action centre cage. Morrison pushes forward this time with a very good combo, but Hayward is doing well circling around the cage keeping a good distance. Hayward is still verbally egging his opponent to come forward! This guy is loving this fight! But he ends up with his back against the cage again. Morrisons punches, although mainly jabs, are still very accurate and all of them are landing hard! Hayward is still bleeding, and there’s more blood now, but he continues throwing punches and pushing forwards, and he fights his way back off the cage! The crowd are going mad as Hayward is showing he has the heart of a lion. Both fighters are centre cage again going toe to toe, Hayward keeps dropping his guard but instantly raises it every time his corner instructs him to. The last 10 seconds sees Morrison pushing forward again and the round ends with both men throwing punches with Hayward against the cage. This fight so far has been a real crowd pleaser, I don’t know if its because of the blood or there’s a huge boxing crowd in! But they are all on their feet.

ROUND 3

The last round begins with both fighters touching gloves. Both fighters still look like they can go a few more rounds! They are both still light on their feet as the first big punches are exchanged in the centre of the cage. Hayward seems to be throwing single punches then Morrison pushes forward with a really good, accurate combination. Hayward ends up against the cage again taking huge body shots, and does well to clinch up. The ref separates them again and restarts the action centre cage. Morrison is quick to push forward again, but Haywards footwork is quick and he circles round to the centre of the cage again. The crowd are going crazy for Morrison! Which he responds to as he pushes Hayward up against the cage again. The ref breaks and restarts the action, and Hayward is still calling his opponent on!! He’s really swinging his punches now, huge left and rights, landing half of them. Morrison is throwing less but is far more accurate. Both fighters taking everything the other has to offer, and both still fighting for centre cage. They are tiring and begin to clinch, but the ref breaks them up. The last 10 seconds are called and Morrison throws a big combination of non stop heavy punches, which puts Hayward back against the cage. But Hayward comes out swinging, even though he’s dazed and a bit wobbly on his feet! He’s now pushing Morrison back, but Morrison continues to throw and land big punches whilst he’s on his back foot! The round ends with both fighters throwing everything they have near the centre of the cage, and the crowd out of their seats with excitement.

WINNER: SAM MORRISON, UNANIMOUS DECISION.

FIGHT 10 – MMA

NSAC Rules

Kirk Healy

v

Eric Unneland

Daves Gym


Norway MMA

 
HealyUnneland
 
 
ROUND 1

Both fighters touch gloves, and Unneland starts the action with a leg kick. This is answered by a jab from Healy, quickly countered by another kick from Unneland, which was an accidental low blow. The ref stops the fight and Healy is given time to recover. It doesn’t take long and the fighters touch gloves again. This time Healy starts with a leg kick, which is countered with a big overhand right from Unneland, but only just catches Healy. Healy pushes the action forwards and Unneland ends up against the cage. Both fighters are landing big knees before Unneland gets control of one of Unnelands arms, and is able to reverse the position. They continue to fight for control until Healy manages to push off the cage and take the action back into the centre - but he takes a big right hand from Unneland and is dropped!! Healy shows huge heart though and although dazed, manages to quickly get back to his feet. Healy throws and lands big punches himself, which Unneland counters with high kicks. Healy gets caught with a huge right hand and goes down! He was KO’d before he even hit the floor! That was unexpected and a massive shock to the crowd, but Healy recovers quickly and Unneland shows his respect. These are two very respectful fighters and the crowd show their appreciation, as do all the cornermen.

WINNER: ERIC UNNELAND, 1.33 ROUND 1, KO.

FIGHT 11 – Pro Kickboxing

4 x 2 min Rounds

Dave Round

v

Dennis Boss

KGB Gym


Cardiff Kickboxing

 
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ROUND 1 
 
There is clearly a lot of support here for Round as these fighters come out and touch gloves. Both fighters exchange kicks at the same time, then Boss throws a big spinning heel kick which misses Rounds head. There is another exchange of kicks, both fighters staying centre. So far it’s a war of mainly high kicks with few punches, both fighters looking equally dominant staying light on their feet while they weigh each other up. Boss throws a spinning crescent kick, quickly followed by a spinning back kick, which lands hard! Round rushes forward and unleashes a flurry of accurate punches which sends Boss backwards all around the cage! The fighters find their space again and Round has blood coming from his nose, but pushes forwards again with a good combination of punches and a head kick. Boss is doing well to defend, but the last 10 seconds sees Round dominating, landing good kicks to both the body and head, and Boss landing individual punches.
 
ROUND 2

Both fighters still looking fresh as they come out, but there’s no touch of gloves. Round starts the action with body kicks, which is countered by solid punches from Boss. Round throws another kick combination but Boss maintains centre and throws a big bowler punch! Round throws a good combination and momentarily takes centre cage, before Boss comes forward with a few big punches and puts Round on his back foot again. But Round suddenly unleashes and sends Boss back defending himself against the cage. The crowd are becoming increasingly louder! Boss looks tired as the last 10 seconds are called, but pushes the action back out towards centre cage. Round throws a nice roundhouse, which is nicely defended by Boss. The closing seconds sees another high spinning crescent kick from Round, which Boss also defends well against.

ROUND 3

With the crowd still going crazy for the action they've already seen, as both fighters come out without touching gloves again. Round comes forwards with a number of good punching combinations, and does exactly what his corner are shouting to him as he adds a kick to finish the last combo. Boss throws and lands a big kick of his own, bringing the action back to the centre, where both fighters exchange punches. Round begins to dominate this round with more accurate punches, but misses a huge kick. Boss lands a solid body kick. And another one! But Round throws a big head kick, which lands this time! With 10 seconds left Round pushes forward and they both keep the work rate up with more punches. Round lands a big jumping front kick, and the round ends with the body kick sending Boss back up against the cage, and Round looking to follow through with a big right hand. There’s huge support from the crowd for both of these fighters, who are both showing their durability!
 
ROUND 4
 
Both fighters come out and touch gloves for the last round. I would say at this point that there’s little chance of this fight being finished by a KO – both these fighters have shown they can take as well as give big shots! Round instantly pushes forward and drops a jab followed by a huge body kick. Boss is also landing body kicks, and throwing single punches. Round throws a superman punch! But Boss soaks it up and they continue to trade body shots in the centre of the cage. Boss lands a solid straight right, but Round just moves forwards with more good combinations. The last 10 seconds and Boss looks like he’s tiring again, but they continue to exchange nice kicks to both body and head. Boss lands a big head kick and the round ends as Round shows off his cartwheel kick! The crowd roar and Boss touches Rounds glove with a smile to show he’s impressed! Boss is about to throw another kick as the bell sounds and the crowd are on their feet! This was an impressive fight by two warriors who were happy to showcase their skills. Another great match up that was very close.

WINNER: DAVID ‘ONEMORE’ ROUND, UNANIMOUS DECISION.

FIGHT 12 – MMA

NSAC Rules

Ross Sullivan

v

Alex Thorne

Team Dojo


Phoenix MMA

 
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The promoter would like to thank Thorne at this stage for accepting this fight on 1 week notice, and I’m sure Sullivan is very grateful too.

ROUND 1

There is a huge cheer from the crowd as Sullivan is introduced, but no glove touch as the fighters start the first round. Sullivan is quick to throw a big overhand left, but misses, and Thorne shoots in for a takedown. Sullivan looks for a guillotine as Thorne works for hip control and eventually manages to take Sullivan down. But Sullivan maintains the guillotine as he lands on his back with his head against the cage. Thorne is stacking his weight up as Sullivan sinks the guillotine in - and it looks close! But Thorne shows great defence and escapes. Now Thorne unleashes bombs from his stacked position! Sullivan covers up and Thorne gets full mount. Sullivan manages to hip throw him off and Thorne stands – but quickly gets full mount again. The crowd are still cheering, they haven’t stopped in their support since the fight began! Sullivan has defended well but there is a lot of blood coming from him as Thorne continues with his ground and pound. Sullivan continues to cover up and defend as Thorne transitions to knee on chest position and continues to drop continuous heavy punches! Sullivan is looking overwhelmed and cant do anything but cover up! The ref jumps in and calls a stop to this fight – the crowd are going crazy! This fight was fast paced and action packed, and Sullivan is still bleeding as the fighters and cornermen show their mutual respect.

WINNER: ALEX THORNE, 1.35 ROUND 1, G&P.

FIGHT 13 – Pro Boxing

3 x 3 min Rounds

Ryan Evans

v

Stephen Spooner

Team Dojo


Independent Fighter (Cardiff)

Evans Spooner

ROUND 1

There was no glove touch as this round began with Evans landing a big body shot. Spooner is cautious as Evans is stalking him down, and lands another big left body shot. Spooner is quickly against the cage throwing single punches which are answered by a good combination working body and head. Spooner takes a heavy body shot through his guard and drops! The ref stops and gives Spooner a standing count, and he wants to continue. The action is started again and Spooner seems cautious as Evans takes the centre again and pushes forwards. Spooner finds himself up against the cage again throwing single punches. Evans throws a combination to the head, getting Spooners guard up – then he throws a massive left body shot which drops Spooner again! Spooner is in trouble, he looks in a lot of pain! That was a huge shot and the ref waves to indicate the finish. It takes a few moments, but Spooner recovers and goes straight up to Evans to congratulate him. What a great demonstration of sportsmanship! 

WINNER: RYAN EVANS, 1.20 ROUND 1, TKO.

FIGHT 14 – Pro MMA

3 x 5 min Rounds 

James Wallis

v

Torbjon Madsen

KGB Gym


Norway MMA

 
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ROUND 1

Both fighters come out and touch gloves, and Wallis throws a jab. Both fighters seem cautious as they weigh each other up, and then there is a quick exchange in the centre of the cage. Wallis throws a low kick, then does as his corner shouts and throws another combination of kicks. Madsen keeps light on his feet and defends well,maintaining his centre position. There’s another exchange of kicks before Madsen pushes forward and eats a huge punch! Both fighters circle around before the next exchange - which finishes with a huge leg kick from Wallis – which made the crowd gasp from the sound of the kick as they released a collective “ooowwwwwww!!!” But Madsen dismissed it, and both fighters keep circling and exchanging single kicks. Wallis throws a big overhand right which would have done quite a bit of damage if it landed! Madsen shoots and gets a takedown, there is a scramble for position and Madsen lands in half guard. Wallis is working hard, throwing punches from the bottom and making Madsen work hard to stay on top position. But Madsen find his base and starts dropping punches from the top, then he transitions to full mount and starts dropping hammer fists! Wallis turns on his side to defend himself, but ends up giving his back up. Madsen is quick to take his back and attempts a rear naked choke. Wallis tries to turn, but Madsen stays on his back and gets sinks his underhooks in as both fighters roll to face the ceiling. Wallis is trying to defend – even punching to Madsens head from his back! But Madsen is patient and continues to work the RNC in, whilst Wallis’ corner are instructing him to stop punching and take Madsens arm – 2 on 1. With his eyes already starting to roll Wallis does as his corner tells him to and tries to take control of Madsens arm – but its too late! Wallis is half conscious when he taps. The ref jumps in and stops the fight. Wallis sits up, eyes still rolling, and instantly apologises to his corner and the crowd!! Madsen has been waiting on his knees for Wallis to recover before trying to help him up to his feet. What a display of respect from both fighters! True athletes and gentlemen. The noise from the crowd is overwhelming, the atmosphere is amazing and the main event, although quick, seems to reflect what this sport is all about – respect, discipline and a huge amount of heart!

WINNER: TORBJON MADSEN, 3.41 ROUND 1, RNC.

The owner and promoters of Merthyr Mayhem would like to extend his thanks to Andrew Lawrence and Black Dogs MMA for travelling from the Isle of Man, Jimmy Johnson and Phoenix MMA for travelling from Bournmouth and Matthew Charles for bringing his fighters all the way from Norway! – I don’t think we’ve seen the last of those 2 fighters.

Thank you also to all the fighters, without whom there would be no show in the first place, and to everybody who helped out during the event, from volunteers to the fighters clubs and team mates.

Lastly, a big thank you to everybody who came to watch the fights and support their friends/family who fought on this promotion. We hope you enjoyed your night and can’t wait to welcome you to our next show!

 

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