Author: Chris Emmanuel

Nathan Jones: Don’t call it a comeback

It’s been a challenging twelve months for Nathan Jones. Firstly, the realisation of the biggest beef in UK MMA, facing and losing to Alex Lohore in the BAMMA welterweight title; this was after looking strong in the opening stages. Then suffering a first round reversal to Adam Proctor in December. Like many, I wondered how has he reacted to this adversity? “The only way I know how”, Jones said. “Dust myself off and try again. This is what I teach my young people so I have to display the same characteristics that I am trying to instill”. “The fight...

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Battle Arena Champions Programme

Following on from the recent announcement of the Battle Arena international programme, the UK’s purely amateur MMA promotion have hit another potential homerun as they look to secure their position as the number one route for amateur athletes in Western Europe. Battle Arena owner James Price told us, “Not only will we be running national championships for France, Sweden, Norway and Ireland, we will sponsor the national champions of each country with a financial package to aid their development. As the athletes are amateurs, we’re not allowed to pay them a fight purse, which means that the fighters from...

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Battle Arena: Paving the way for mainland Europe’s new stars.

Today the UK’s purely amateur promotion Battle Arena have announced the next stage of their development. After a highly successful 50th card last month, featuring amateur athletes from the UK, Ireland, Sweden, Brazil, Norway and France; Battle Arena have confirmed that their 51st show will feature National Titles for both Norwegian and French fighters. Battle Arena owner, James Price told us, “We operate a multi-tiered belt system, which has brought us both positive and negative attention for a while. We have Regional Champions, National Champions, European champions and World Title holders. We’ve become well known for bringing international teams...

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The Beccy Davies Report: Adrenalin

By Beccy Davies As black-tie events go, no one really imagines a cage in a middle of a room surrounded by beautifully decorated tables in a stunning Manor Park House with a champagne reception as you enter, but all this worked together beautifully to bring us one of James Wallis’ best events yet. James called this one of his quieter fight nights, but the atmosphere and audience were top notch. I was lucky enough to be escorted to this event by old friend and IMMAF Team GB coach Nigel Burgess, alongside UKMMAF Chairman Windy Miller. The whole night was...

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