It's been an exciting few weeks for fans of boxing, BJJ and MMA. Between the Wembly title fight, the Worlds, and two major UFC events in one night, it's easy to feel burned out on big promotions. Why not take a moment to remind yourself where it all starts, and support some local MMA fighters? The North East has a big MMA scene with some exceptional up-and-coming fighters from local gyms. Take this chance to see the future of MMA and K1 fighting in action.
Senshi MMA is a new promotion aimed at giving fighters from gyms in the North East of England the chance to show off their skills and build their records on the way up to the professional ranks. Senshi's inaugural show will take place on Saturday, June 7th at the Temple Park Centre in South Shields. The show will include amateur and professional MMA fighters as well as K1 fighters, all hungry to prove themselves and grow their fight careers.
Ian Malone, Promoter of Senshi MMA, has big plans for the promotion and is excited to see the fighters chosen for the debut show in action: "Senshi has a stellar line up of local fighters looking to test their skills in the cage and build experience for the professional ranks. Each show will move us closer to what we hope is the perfect experience for fight fans and fighters in the North East of England."
Senshi MMA - The Warrior Spirit's debut event card includes:
• Nathan Haywood (The Lodge) vs Michael Bates(CCA) 62kg K1
• Lee Dunlavy (Origin BJJ) vs Mark Case(Fighting Fit) 70kg B class UAR
• Ryan Erskine (Fighting Fit) vs Justin Burlinson (The Dungeon) 70kg B class UAR
• Daz Alberts of (Fighting Fit) making his MMA debut vs James Graham (Riverside VT) 62kg UAR
• Sunny Singh (Origin BJJ) vs James Harris (Riverside VT) 70kg UAR
• Gary Worsfold (Fighting Fit) vs Bradley Nelson (CCA) 70kg UAR
• Karl Collins (Fighting Fit) vs David hardy (Riverside VT) 70kg UAR
• Milad Ahady (Fighting Fit) vs Luke Westwood (The Dungeon) at 70KG B Class UAR
The Main Event will feature:
Erdem "The Crazy Turk" Ciftci (Fighting Fit) vs Lukasz Parobiec (Independent) Pro Heavyweight 3 x 5
Lukazs is currently enjoying a seven fight win streak, and will be looking to defend his impressive 7-3 record. Lukasz said "I am feeling confident about my skills and a little bit confused because I doesn't know anything about my opponent. I always come to my opponents with respect, and so I come with respect to Erdem, I train hard and every training session I try to improve my skills."
Saturday will be Erdem's professional debut, and he is looking forward to testing his skills against a fighter of Lukasz's pedigree. Erdem said "I feel like I am a good all rounder and respect everyone I fight. Whoever I fight is irrelevant. Thanks to Lukasz for stepping up and fighting a debut pro fighter. I am feeling fitter and stronger than ever before. I am so excited to show my skills on Saturday the show can't come quick enough."
Senshi MMA's debut show will take place at Temple Park Centre in South Shields on June 7th.
Author: Lesley Harrison