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Mike Shipman vs. Craig White headlines Rise of Champions 2

With Rise of Champions’ second event just weeks away, Brad Pickett has confirmed more bouts to take place at ROC: 2 on April 23, 2016.

Pickett, alongside his long-time coach, Mickey Papas, set up Rise of Champions(ROC) in 2015, and held their first event in October at City Pavilion, Romford. Now the duo are gearing up for their second event at the venue – with a strong focus on amateur talent.

Pickett commented:
“We’re just a couple of weeks out from the event now, and it’s great to check in with the guys on the card and see how they’re preparing. It’s going to be another brilliant night of first class MMA action. We work really hard to make the event run smoothly – both for the audience and the athletes. All my experience and knowledge that I’ve gathered all over the world is being rolled into creating a professional and welcoming environment – so, come down if you’re in the area!”

The headlining bout will be champion vs. champion, as UCMMA’s current middleweight title holder, Mike Shipman (7-1) takes on Ultimate Impact’s reigning middleweight champ, Craig White (9-6). There have been some amendments to the card, plus some new additions. Javid Basharat – who fought as an amateur on the first Rise of Champions event – will be making his professional debut against Buli Shabozbekov, who will also be kicking off his professional MMA career at ROC.

Professional Main Card
Mike Shipman vs. Craig White
Marius Pisat vs. Shaun Luther
Kams Ekpo vs Kevin Rodziewicz
Javid Basharat** vs. Buli Shabozbekov**

Amateur Undercard
Mike Ekundayo vs. Scott Vowles
Stelios Theocharous vs. Patryk Laskowski*
Alex Ignat vs. Manuel Zato
Dawid Zoltaszek vs. Charlie Milner*
Alex Curcudel vs. Kingsley Crawford
Luke Trainer vs. Piotr Pruszak*
Lucas Cox vs. John McFadyen
Simone D’anna vs. Tommy Asabre
Janusz Walachowski* vs. Josh Herdman*
Ciarain Shanahan* vs. Dean Glencross
Daniel Vickers* vs. Magomed Dokayev*
Gary Taylor vs. Oliver Childs
Festus Ahorlu vs. Andy Collier
Alin Chirila vs. Lewis Thorne

*athletes making their amateur debut
**athletes making their professional debut

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