UFC light-heavyweight, Jimi Manuwa declares: “I’m looking at September Moscow” and that “new stars like Darren Till” is one of the main reasons why the UK is in its ‘Golden Period’ of MMA; with British UFC star, Darren Till, having recently defeated, Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson at, UFC Liverpool.
The UFC had recently announced that they will be hosting their first event (UFC Fight Night Moscow) in Russia at the Olimpiyskiy Arena, Moscow on, September 15, 2018.
With it being reported as UFC Fight Night Moscow and not as a pay per view event, the UFC’s first event in Russia won’t (most probably) feature Russian MMA fighter and UFC lightweight champion, Khabib Nurmagomedov but the addition of, Jimi Manuwa would add more interest for fight fans.
However, further announcements about the fight card are expected in due course and if Jimi Manuwa is set to fight on UFC Fight Night Moscow then who, do you feel Manuwa should be matched-up with?
UCMMA 50 goes down at The Troxy, London on February 4 with a fight card that features four UK1 kickboxing fights including, Mike Neun vs. Andy Cunningham as the co-main event for the latter’s UK1 heavyweight title. The headline fight is, Arunas Andriuskevicius vs Denniston Suthlands for the UCMMA light-heavyweight championship.
UCMMA events are always MMA focused, however, they do feature a small volume of UK1 kickboxing bouts, especially as a fair amount of UK MMA fighters come from striking backgrounds. For example, UFC heavyweight Jimi Manuwa and BELLATOR welterweight, Micheal ‘Venom’ Page– both of whom fought for UCMMA, before signing for two of the world’s biggest promotions.
UK1 is basically K1 rules with either, 10oz boxing gloves or sometimes, even 4oz MMA gloves, in a MMA cage instead of being fought in a usual boxing ring.
Interestingly, BAMMA welterweight Terry Brazier will be making his UK1 debut at UCMMA 50 against, David Round for the 84kg UK1 title. Also Paul Dash takes on Dontel Forrester in a 72kg match-up under UK1 rules and Daryl Field vs. Tommy Kelly will also feature as an 80kg bout under UK1 rules too.
UCMMA 50 is available to Pay Per View (PPV) via MMA TV.
UCMMA 50 – Main card and UK1 match-ups:
Arunas Andriuskevicius vs Denniston Suthlands – Light-heavyweight MMA Title
Mike Neun vs Andy Cunningham – Heavyweight UK1 Title
Ben Vickers is a 23 year old UK kickboxing prodigy who stumbled upon a career in kickboxing instead of taking up boxing initially. The young kickboxer has notable KO victories over the likes of seasoned veteran, Chris Cooper and UK powerhouse, Louis King and is a sparring partner for UFC light-heavyweight, Jimi Manuwa and British heavyweight boxer, Dillian Whyte.