What British MMA, Muay Thai and Kickboxing Needs

What exactly does British MMA, Muay Thai and Kickboxing need so much more of or to do, in order to rapidly grow from being niche combat sports and establish themselves as mainstream sports?

With the rise of the UFC, Bellator and GLORY Kickboxing growing their presence in the UK with future plans for even more British MMA and Kickboxing events; and even gaining mainstream media attention from the BBC, BT Sport, Daily Star and TalkSports, only the UFC is really leading the way with increasing popularity with the general public.

So what exactly is holding back not only the likes of Bellator, BAMMA, Cage Warriors, GLORY and many of the other combat sports promotions here in the UK? Why aren’t more British fighters gaining much more recognition with the general public compared to UFC sensation Darren Till? And, why are Muay Thai and Kickboxing struggling compared to MMA?

Sports journalist, Andreas Georgiou and Anoop Hothi explored this and much more on The K1Anoop Show (podcast) recently.

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Why Bellator 200 “Has Come Under Fire” in the UK

Bellator 200 London “has come under fire” in the UK for many reasons and not just because the fight card started to fall apart in fight week due to well reported injuries/pull-outs; and is now headlined by, Rafael Carvalho vs Gegard Mousasi. You’d think with the second biggest MMA promotion in the world returning to London would be delivering a much anticipated and huge event.

However, when compared to UFC Liverpool and reflecting on the the wider scale of operations for both MMA and Kickboxing promotions, both globally and especially here in the UK, there are some deeper issues influencing matters.

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Paul Daley vs. Michael ‘Venom’ Page: How Aaron Chalmers Has a Role to Play

Paul Daley vs Micheal Venom Page is one of the most anticipated grudge matches (previously targeted for Bellator 200 London and has frustratingly been delayed) but how does Geordie Shore reality star turned fighter, Aaron Chalmers have a role to play on Daley vs Page happening at Bellator?

All this and more is revealed by Andreas Georgiou and Anoop Hothi on the most recent episode of The K1ANOOP Show.

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Aaron Chalmers vs. Ash Griffiths | Bellator 200 preview

Aaron Chalmers vs. Ash Griffiths features on Bellator 200 London on May 25 which, Andreas Georgiou and K1ANOOP preview on this video as Chalmers MMA career hits new heights so rapidly. The Geordie Shore reality star, Aaron Chalmers, has won his first three professional MMA fights in a row, fighting previously for BAMMA but now steps-up to the world stage against, Ash Griffiths who’s fight record consists of, four wins but six losses from his previous fights.

Could Ash Griffiths derail Aaron Chalmers’ Bellator future and scupper a potential showdown for the Geordie with Kevin “Babyslice” Ferguson? Or, will Chalmers continue his winning streak and surprise the British MMA community and general public?

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Everything Wrong With Bellator 200, GLORY 54 and UK Media Coverage | The K1ANOOP Show

British sports journalist, Andreas Georgiou joins Anoop Hothi on this episode of The K1ANOOP Show as they dig into: Everything Wrong With Bellator 200, GLORY 54 and UK Media Coverage & much more; leading up-to both Bellator 200 London and GLORY 54 Birmingham; previewing both major Kickboxing and MMA events and…[Show notes, below].

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Show Notes – The K1ANOOP Show with Andreas Georgiou:

1:05 – Will Aaron Chalmers “get found out” against Ash Griffiths?

17:52 – The problem for independent sports media giving predictions

20:40 – Why Bellator 200 “has come under fire”

31:37 – What does everyone in UK combat sports (MMA, Kickboxing etc) need to do more of?

49:45 – How much value do the likes of Cro Cop and Roy Nelson add to Bellator 200 London?

56:34 – Who is the bigger UK star: Darren Till or Michael Bisping?

59:33 – Why Bellator London isn’t selling out like UFC Liverpool

1:02:24 – Michael ‘Venom’ Page vs Paul Daley update

1:04:14 – Why the struggle is real for Andreas Georgiou and K1ANOOP as small YouTubers and podcasters in Kickboxing and MMA

1:21:06 – The impact of Aerial Helwani‘s big move to ESPN from MMA Fighting/Vox Media

1:38:19 – Why the media story-telling about combat sports and fighters is of the essence

1:51:47 – GLORY 54 Birmingham preview, Rico Verhoeven vs Mladen Brestovac rematch and both GLORY Kickboxing & Enfusion returning to the UK.

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Linton Vassell warns Liam McGeary he’ll “choke him out again”, wants ‘King Mo’ rematch

Bellator light-heavyweights, Linton Vassell and Liam McGeary, have been fuelling a potential rematch between themselves on Twitter recently and Vassell spoke to K1ANOOP about returning to action as swiftly as possible at, Bellator 191 and BAMMA 33  in Newcastle; warning the former Bellator champion, “he’ll choke him out again” and that he wants a rematch with, ‘King Mo’ Muhammed Lawal  in 2018 too.

Linton Vassell vs. Liam McGeary rematch in London, March 2018?

“I wanna fight, I wanna get back in there and right this wrong from November. Liam tweeted me and said he wants that rematch. I’m more than welcome to have that rematch but there’s other guys out there as well. Obviously, Bellator whoever they got for me I’m gonna sign that contract.”

Last month, ‘The Swarm’ had lost by second round TKO to defending Bellator light-heavyweight champion, Ryan Bader at Bellator 186 and had been unbeaten for, two years and two months prior-to that defeat; including, a third round submission of Liam McGeary at Bellator 179 in London which, handed the former champion his second career defeat.

Vassell

Bellator 186: Ryan Bader vs. Linton Vassell | Image via Bellator MMA on Twitter

Vassell’s “shortlist” includes Gegard Mousasi & Phil Davis to kick-start 2018

“There’s a shortlist but a lot of them are taken-up but there’s still names like Mousasi, Phil Davis, they’re not taken. Bellator have just gotta come up with a name that I want fight and take them out. These are the people I gotta fight then so be it. I wanna fight in that London show, March. I want that world title back, well not back, I want that world title!”

“Liam knows I want it. We’ve been tweeting back and forth. I said again, I’ll choke him out again, simple tingz. He thinks it won’t be so simple but it will happen.”

“I’m no joke, people do underestimate me and you know, I’m always the underdog. Yeah, I’ve lost a few fights. Just because you’ve lost a few fights it doesn’t mean you’re not where you should be or where I’m at.”

McGeary

Liam McGeary def. Egidijus Valavicius at Bellator 122 | Image via Bellator MMA.

“I was the first person to beat him, not beat him, first person to choke him and finish him. Phil Davis fought him and laid on him for 25 minutes, you know what I mean? He laid on him for 25 minutes and couldn’t finish him. He came up against me and I was able to finish him.”

However, McGeary is currently recovering from hand surgery from breaking his thumb, after withdrawing from Bellator 185 against, Bubba McDaniel for was initially reported as “an undisclosed injury”.

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Unfinished business with ‘King Mo’ Lawal still lingers

Vassell’s previous loss was in September 2015 against, Muhammed Lawal at Bellator 142: Dynamite 1,  a joint MMA and kickboxing event with GLORY KickboxingDespite losing a two (not three) round, semi-final against Lawal via unanimous decision, Davis was unable to fight in the 4-man tournament final due to injury; and was replaced by, Francis Carmont instead of Linton under controversial circumstances which, ‘The Swarm’ is clearly not happy about.

“I’d love a rematch with Mo, somewhere down the line that will happen. I want that fight. Same as when I lost to Newton, even though I lost, straight back to the gym, had that rematch and I got that win. So that’s a fight that’s got to happen, for myself, we had a two round fight. That wasn’t enough, ended-up breaking his ribs, he wasn’t able to continue. Unfortunately, the commission said I wasn’t but I was but anyway that’s another story.”

“It’s a combat sport, these things need to happen so yeah a rematch against Liam. Obviously, he wants that rematch so that will happen, I’m up for that and definitely a rematch against Mo.”

UK MMA is growing in strength & Aaron Chalmers impresses ‘The Swarm’

Whilst enjoying the fights at BAMMA 33 after Bellator 191 was done and dusted, Geordie Shore reality TV star, now professional MMA fighter, Aaron Chalmers stood out for Vassell along with, Ryan Scope who, defeated UFC veteran, Mikael Lebout for the BAMMA lightweight championship via split decision.

“There’s some good fights. I can’t remember his name but the Geordie shore guy…Aaron Chalmers won in a great knockout. Ryan Scope won as well. It’s a good event. I missed the Bellator, I turned up late but yeah its good so far, you know, I’m enjoying myself.”

Later today, Aaron Chalmers will guest on, The MMA Hour with Aerial Helwani along with fellow Britsh fighters: Darren Till, Stevie Ray and Pietro Menga, a clear sign that UK MMA has established itself now as a real force to reckon with on the global stage – something that Vassell reinforced too.

“When I was here fighting in the UK, I felt like it was slowly going up but I feel like us boys fighting over States and all over the world are bringing names; brining the spotlight onto us.”

“They had the ‘British Invasion’ Bellator did, UK won. They had me, Page, Daley and Cheick Kongo, all the top boys fighting, we won. Obviously Liam was on there as well.”

Daley

Paul Daley, Image via Bellator MMA

K1ANOOP will report again in due course as the situation develops further.

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BAMMA 33 video: Aaron Chalmers calls out Kevin ‘Baby Slice’ Ferguson for 2018 after first round TKO win

Aaron Chalmers explains calling-out, Kevin “Baby Slice” Ferguson Jr, for a mega fight in 2018, after an emphatic first round TKO win over, Karl Donaldson at BAMMA 33 in Newcastle; and, is “very confident with how quick” he’s “gaining experience in the gym”. The Geordie Shore star now has three wins out of three fights so far on his professional MMA record & believes a potential fight with, ‘Baby Slice’ is viable on a joint Bellator-BAMMA event in 2018.


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