Tankō Fighting Championships has announced the full card for their inaugural event.
Taking place on 13th August 2016 at Victoria Warehouse, the inaugural TFC event will feature some of Britain’s biggest combat sports stars. The headline fight is one the MMA community has been craving for years: the Manchester Grudge Match between Brendan Loughnane and Eden Newton.
Fan favourite and TankoManagement.co.uk athlete, Loughnane, is currently ranked sixth in Europe at both lightweight and featherweight with 11 wins in 13 contests, and remains the highest ranked athlete at both weights outside of deals with MMA promotion companies.
The former FCC Lightweight Champion and UFC athlete’s last victory was an emphatic win versus former UFC athlete Dave Lee at FCC15, in which Loughnane sent Lee to the canvas three times before the bout was stopped via KO in the first round.
Eden Newton, a Manchester based lightweight MMA athlete has a fight record of nine wins and four losses. Newton’s appearance at Victoria Warehouse will be his first since May 2016, at UCC.
Brendan Loughnane, said: “I’m looking forward to fighting in my home city again – I’ve taken this fight whilst we finalise details of my next big bout. It will be great to put an end to Eden and his boasts that he can beat me. He has proven slippery to pin down but I’m confident I can knock him out in the octagon. There is only so many times someone can call you out before you have to take the fight and put an end to their claims.”
“I’m confident I can end him quickly in the octagon and know I can put on a great show for the home fans. He is just a small hurdle on my way to bigger opponents. I hope Eden and the fans get the fight they desperately want to see. This fight has been almost 10 years in the making.”
Loughnane has fought in five countries and is billed as one of the UK’s most explosive striking MMA fighters. He was also a significant member of Dominick Cruz’ Alliance Training Camp; the fight team that guided Cruz to a UFC Bantamweight Championship victory. Brendan was granted a release from his BAMMA contract in 2015, following a controversial split judge’s decision against Lightweight Champion Tom Duquesnoy.
A pair of Ultimate Fighter veterans has been matched for the co-main event as Saul Rodgers takes on Andre Winner.
Rogers (10-1 MMA) was scheduled to face Artem Lobov in the Ultimate Fighter season 22 finale however, it was revealed that Rogers was pulled from the tournament finale due to visa issues. He was replaced by Ryan Hall. Rogers is coming off a first round TKO win over Nozomi Mine in 2015.
Winner (21-10-2) halted a two-fight losing streak in his last bout. Two unanimous decision losses to Leszek Krakowski and Akop Stepanyan was followed by a split decision win over Abner Lloveras at SHC 11 in June.
The full card can be found below for TFC 1.
Brendan Loughnane vs. Eden Newton
Saul Rogers vs. Andre Winner
James Duckett vs. Steve McDonald
Javonne Morrison vs. Brad Evans
Vahid Hooseinpoor vs. Jan Lysak
Ben Royle vs. Bobby Pallet
Laurence James vs. Matt Bonner
Dea Graham vs. Aaron Daniels
Bee Corr Davis Daniel Owens
Ryan Robinson vs. Cameron Chamberlin
Luke Trevelyn vs. Grant Hudson
Ryan Sweeny vs. Eddie Mayor