Full Contact Contender 16: Three Big Winners

Written by Andreas Georgiou

Full Contact Contender returned to The Macron Stadium on Saturday night with FCC 16, the promotion’s next venture in Bolton, Greater Manchester. (Saturday, June 18.)

The event featured two professional title bouts, Charlie Leary fought Mick Bowman for the FCC Lightweight title and Andy Young fought against Aaron Aby for the FCC Flyweight belt. On the amateur undercard, Jenaid Ebanks and Graham Mealand battled for the FCC UAR Middleweight gold.

Full results & video highlights from FCC 16 can be found here.

Check out MMA Mad’s three big winner from FCC 16 below:

Andy Young def Aaron Aby via unanimous decision to become the FCC flyweight champion

In the co-main event of Full Contact Contender 16, it was a highly contested FCC flyweight title fight between Next Generation Norther Ireland’s Andy “Taz” Young and MMA Academy Liverpool’s Aaron Aby.
Initially, the fight started evenly, with Aby putting the pressure on Young with numerous takedown attempts. However, as the fight progressed, the well-experienced Young showcased why he is one of the hottest prospects on the Irish MMA scene.

As the fight progressed, Aby struggled to deal with Young’s superior strength in the clinching exchanges, with the Next Gen fighter able to control Aby on the ground.

The number 12 ranked Flyweight Aby continually tried to force the takedown, but time and time again Young used his sprawl to expert affect and managed to grind out a unanimous decision win.
Young now turns his attention to Rany Saadeh on September 10, to battle for the BAMMA Flyweight title at BAMMA 26 in Dublin, Ireland.

Jenaid Ebanks def Graham Mealand via submission (guillotine) at Round 5, 2:25

One of the most experienced amateur fighters on the entire FCC card, Jenaid Ebanks from Apex MMA took his second major amateur title with a fifth round guillotine submission over Graham Mealand.

Ebanks, who has an extensive background in grappling, used this fight to gain improvement with his striking. Although it was a submission victory for Ebanks, it was the local fighter’s use of his strikes which set up the finish as he used his power punching to close the distance and work his takedowns.

As the fight progressed Mealand grew more visibly fatigued and Ebanks sensed a stoppage. Mid-way through the fifth round Ebanks threw a shot which Mealand unsuccessfully tried to defend, which opened up the neck for Ebanks to lock the guillotine choke in and claim the FCC UAR Middleweight title.

Lawrence James def Mark Fairman via TKO (punches) at Round 1, 2:16

One of the biggest performances on FCC 16, Lawrence James of All Power Gym finished SBG Ireland’s Mark Fairman in sensational fashion.

With MMA currently at a standstill in Ireland, Fairman and his SBG colleagues made the trip to Bolton, Greater Manchester to give James one of the toughest tests of his young amateur career.

James who trains with UKMMA standouts Brendan Loughnane and Kane Mousah, as well as Muay Thai veteran Panicos Yusef, showed striking beyond his years when he put a real beating on Fairman.
The finish came when James landed a straight right hand, which prompted Fairman to drop to the canvas, where the All Powers fighter threw a few more shots before the referee called the stoppage

In his post-fight interview, James dedicated the performance to his late Dad ahead of Father’s Day and announced that he expected to make the jump to pro after one or two more amateur fights.

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