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MIXED MARTIAL ARTS: MECA show is a knockout
ORGANISER Gary Turland has said he intends to stage another MMA show in Swindon after being surprised by the popularity of the sport’s first outing in the town in over two years.
Swindon Fightclub staged their ‘Caged’ event at the MECA on Saturday night, and around 800 people were present to show their support for the card.
Turland told the Advertiser that he and his co-organisers will look into the possibility of another show in Swindon in early 2014, and he celebrated a successful night overall.
“We’ve had nothing but good feedback after the event, and people who have been involved in the sport for many years were saying it was a good night,” he said.
“We had a really good team working on it - from the medical staff to the judges and those working backstage - and those who have been in the sport for a long time were saying how slick it all was.
“There’s a lot of boxing in Swindon but we’ve seen now that there is the appetite for MMA here too. It’s nice to try something different and hopefully in the new year we will be able to offer that again.
“It was a completely different crowd to what we normally get with Fightclub. They were hardcore MMA fans and they came out in their numbers.
“We weren’t expecting that high a turnout but we had about 800 people there at the MECA in the end and it was a big crowd.”
In the headline bout, late replacement for Alex Brunnen, Michael Cutting, made light work of his short preparation time by beating Shane Mansfield, who verbally submitted to his opponent’s armbar submission three minutes into the third round to lift the International Fightclub Championship Belt.
Local favourite Phil Wells was a popular victor in his fight against Faisal Ghazhazi, which he won by Kimora in round one, while Oscar Rowzens defeat Paul Payne by guillotine within 90 seconds.
In a kickboxing bout, Roma Da Silva saw off Danny Brennan thanks to a majority points victory, while back in MMA Dean Hart inflicted a technical knockout on Bob Bowles within 20 seconds.
The two boxing fights of the evening featured Gavin Towler-Wilson and Darren Jones trading blows at light heavyweight level and Phil Williams taking on Stewart Johnson in the heavyweight division.
Towler-Wilson won 30-28 on points while Williams was a 30-27 champion.
The remaining MMA bouts saw Dale Thompson guillotine Chris Smith in round one and Tom Enstone see off Jon Shann by rear naked choke in round two.
Turland was especially pleased for Swindonian Wells, saying: “Phil Wells was probably the pick of the night for most people.
“There was a lot of pressure on him in his first professional fight, he’s a Swindon lad and he sold the most tickets, but he won and that was a very popular win.
“He looked in great shape throughout and we were delighted for him.”
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