Written by Daz Rigby
Brendan Loughnane capped off an impressive 2016 with another ferocious knockout performance at Tanko FC 2 this past Saturday, as the UKMMA standout put on an exhibition for packed out Victoria Warehouse in Manchester.
Loughnane closed the show in style with a masterful display of striking, bullying tough Geordie Paul Cook en-route to a third round stoppage that suggested one of the continent’s hottest prospects could well be ready for the big time.
With some important eyes potentially watching on, Loughnane raced out the blocks and quickly took the fight by the scruff of the neck, owning the centre of the cage and using his superior range to devastating effect.
As the fight progressed, Cook found it increasingly difficult to avoid the relentless array of kicks that were coming his way, and although the heavy-handed veteran remained a persistent threat, around midway through the third round Loughnane landed a clean right hand before swarming his downed opponent and finishing the fight.
This was a fantastic showing from Loughnane, making it eight wins in nine – the only blemish in that spell coming via a controversial decision against Tom Duquensoy – and a call from one of the big stateside promotions may be coming shortly.
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In the co-main event, Loughnane’s All Powers stalemate Kane Mousah (8-1) bounced back from his first career defeat with a routine victory over against eleventh-hour replacement Onur Caglar. (3-1).
Initially scheduled to face Ellis Hampson, Mousah found himself in limbo after an injury forced his original opponent off card on the eve of the fight. However, with mere hours to spare, in stepped Caglar to save the day, although the man fighting out of AVT Fight Team received scant reward for his heroics, as Mousah brutalised him en route to a first-round submission win.
The victory was just the tonic for ‘the Danger,’ who was looking to steady the ship after losing to the UFC’s new recruit Mark Diakese at BAMMA 25.
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Andy DeVent (14-10) evened the scores after avenging a 2012 loss to David Round (19-19) with a tremendous first round TKO.
With a combined 60 fights between them, the time-served duo were both capable of scoring a victory from anywhere, but it was DeVent who stole the initiative, flying out the traps with some heavy punches that eventually dropped Round.
To his credit, Round did manage to lock in a guillotine, but after DeVent wormed his way out, ‘the Lion’s Paw’ began dropping bombs on his downed opponent and that was all she wrote.
As it turned out that was also all she wrote for Round’s career, as the battle-hardened regional mainstay announced his retirement after the fight. As for DeVent, who knows? Despite being 2 years shy of 40, the man from Stretford looked in fine fettle so don’t go counting him out just yet despite his advanced age.
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Sam Spencer suffered the first loss of his career after being bested by gallant Irishman James McErlean in front of his partisan home support. With Spencer dominating proceedings and outpointing McErlean on the feet for the best part of two rounds, the previously undefeated prospect appeared to be coasting towards a fifth straight professional victory.
However, midway through the second stanza, McErlean scored a surprise takedown and with his opponent momentarily grounded, the man from Londonderry swiftly took the back and expertly locked in a rear naked choke that nobody would have escaped from.
The win halts Spencer’s progress, although the Predators MMA product shouldn’t be too disheartened after fighting well until the fight’s conclusion. As for McErlean: he takes home the biggest scalp of his career to date in what is his seventh victory as a pro.
Light heavyweights Alex Minogue (8-6) and Darwin Rodriguez (3-3) both displayed incredible heart and put on a gruelling battle that had the crowd on its feet in appreciation.
Right from the off, both men found success on the feet as well as on the ground, although neither fighter managed to get a firm grip of the fight. However, with Rodriguez starting to wilt, Minogue gained top position and began to rain down some thunderous shots, and the exhausted Spaniard offered no defence forcing the referee to wave the fight off.
This one was probably the fight of the night and both men made a good account of themselves with their valiant efforts.
In the lightweight division, Tomasz Kozminski (3-4) silenced the local crowd after getting the better of Manchester’s Jamie Lee (3-2). After a pretty even round and a half where both fighters had spells of success, it was Kazinski who found the extra fumes in the gas tank, taking Lee down and scoring some heavy shots on the mat before the referee was forced to intervene.
Elsewhere on the card, Adam Wright (1-2) got his first pro victory at the third time of asking with a first round submission over previously unbeaten Vahid Hoseinpoor (2-1). With Wright desperate for his maiden win, the determined Yorkshireman came out of the blocks flying, landing some heavy shots and forcing wrestling powerhouse Hoseinpoor into a desperate takedown.
And unfortunately for Hoseinpoor, despite completing the takedown, the opportunistic Wright spotted a flailing arm and seized his opportunity, locking in a textbook arm-bar that forced a quick tap to get his name into the win column. Impressive stuff.
Esteemed Thai boxer Panicos Yusuf (1-0) made his MMA debut, scoring an early verbal submission after dropping his opponent in the first round. The ending was anti-climactic, with Yusuf not able to test his entire MMA skills, although a win is a win nonetheless and a good start to his new profession.
As well as the professional bouts, there were also some standout performances on the amateur portion of the card.
Muhammed Mokaev extended his record to 4-0 with a hard-fought unanimous decision victory over Markus Haegland (3-3). The team Kaobon representative was tested early on in the fight, but as the contest wore on the Dagestani’s wrestling pedigree paid off and he walked away with another win.
In a 175lbs catchweight contest, Bobby Scott (3-3) and Matt Bonner (5-5) put on an entertaining show for the fans, with Scott eventually getting the nod from the judges.
And South Shields’ Dan Ford recovered from an early knockdown to lock in a superb triangle choke, taking the Sixth Sense fighter’s amateur record to 3-0, whilst there were also impressive debut victories for Daniel Maximus (1-0) and Mateusz Jurczak (1-1), who both picked up TKO stoppages in their maiden outings.