It's definitely one of the busiest times of the year for Ippon Gym fight team. We've had many of them competing taking on tough opponents.
Shock N Awe16
This SNA saw an absolutely incredible performance from Molly. AddictedMMA.com wrote in their post fight article “Ippon Gym's Molly McCann returned to Shock N Awe this past weekend and wowed the crowd with an incredibly explosive performance. Putting the very tough Ameesha Bhudia away in the first round Molly has become a firm crowd favourite in a very short time. “ You can watch Molly's fight here:
Molly wasn’t the only Ippon fighter competing on the night. Sam Rea and Michael Aupy both fought tough opponents and sadly lost out on victory this time around.
Cage Warriors 68 – Liverpool Echo Arena - 3rd May
Molly McCann took on Stephanie Qualie in the last of the four amateur bouts. The two contested a highly entertaining stand-up brawl, which McCann won via unanimous decision (30-27x3). Alex Watt from Mirror said “Her heavy left hook, in particular, marked McCann out as one to watch” In her post fight interview on CageWarriors 68
Molly said:“I have to beat the best to become the best. Anyone can throw anyone at me I’m not really bothered. If the wanna scrap, they can have a scrap. They will throw grapplers and jiu jitsu experts at me, watch out, I will still get them to the floor and smash them.”
Warriors Fight Nights, Littledown Centre, Bournemouth
Our very own Molly "Meatball" McCann fought for the IAB English Title. Molly is double British Champion and has never been stopped or lost a fight. She went against one of the best female kick-boxers in Europe Toyah Chapman from Highlander Gym in Bristol and won! Kane Charig fought and won his first boxing bout against.
BAMMA Fightnight, o2 Southampton
On Saturday 7th of June Europe's flagship Mixed Martial Arts promotion, BAMMA saw Artem Kotov against. Alexei "Boom" Roberts is a Team Kyouken fighter with a professional record of 10-5-0 that includes losses against experienced and talented opponents. 80% of the Hampshire fighter's wins have come via stoppage; 40% by KO or TKO, and 40% by Submission. Roberts holds ITC Welterweight and Lightweight titles and is also the former Shock n Awe Welterweight champion. Artem Kotov holds a record of 2-2 with losses to more experienced competition that has included Ali Arish and Nathan Jones. In 2013 Artem decided to change over to Exile gym, Ippon and Lookborai Thai boxing and after three fights, took a break from MMA competition for a year to focus on training. With a background in Olympic Wrestling and a former Ukrainian Olympic team member, Kotov has earned the accolades of British Wrestling Senior Champion and British Grappling Tournament Double Champion 2013-2014. He will also be taking part in the summer Glasgow Commonwealth Games 2014 as a wrestler. Kotov has recently won two out of two Amateur boxing fights both by knock out. Addicted to MMA said “The show was running along nicely with some great bouts and then Artem Kotov decided to stamp his authority all over the cage, and everybody that left the O2 Guildhall was still whispering his name as they tucked themselves into bed that night. Quadzilla as he has become known has truly landed on the UK scene. Check out this fans view of the action as Artem goes suplex crazy leaving everybody in the arena open mouthed and in a state of shock.”
Warrior Fight Series, Swanley, Kent
Warrior Fight Series’ held its debut show run by promoter Harry Shoebridge last Saturday the 14th of June. This show saw two of our fighters competing Kane Charig and Manuel Pais. Kane Charig defeated Oliver Jones via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) in 2.27 of Round 1 and Manuel Pais defeated Jonny Donoghue via Submission (Armbar) in 1.34 of first round.
The same Saturday many of our Brazilian Jiu Jitsu students took part in Bournemouth Open. You can read more about it and see the result here. There is also a lot to look forward to. September brings Shock N Awe 17 and sees Andy Kerr fighting to British title against Jacek Toczydlowski.
The promoter and match-maker Brian Adams said to AddictedMma.com "So on September 6th we have 2 of the South`s toughest Welterweights fighting for the SnA 170lbs strap. Under the word tough in the dictionary you`ll see the name Andy Kerr! He is coming off a loss at Cage Warriors 64 to highly touted Charlie Watts but don`t let that fool you into thinking he is coming to lose. That fight was FOTN and showed every facet of Andy`s game. He wants the belt and won`t be easy to stop in his quest to get it.”