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Made4thecage 13: Nemesis Event Report

The 22nd of February saw another packed house in Rainton Meadows as Made4thecage 13: Nemesis erupted onto the Rainton Arena. An unbelievable card lived up to expectations, with some fantastic back and forth action as well as some solid finishes. Early on in the evening the arena was already filling up with fight fans and enthusiasts. Excitement bristled in the air as the amateur card began, with all of the unified amateur competitors looking as composed and skilled as the professionals.

Please note: All records displayed are current as of post-fight.

 

Sixth Sense MMA’s Joe McNally battled Jason Adam Smith of the Unity Gym in what began as a very back and forth affair. The two featherweights had been scheduled different opponents, but after pull-outs were pitted against one another. An almost immediate takedown by McNally saw him take control and work patiently from top position and fend off an armbar. Smith threatened again with a rear naked choke but ultimately McNally’s grappling was too much for Smith and he sunk in his own rear naked choke to finish the fight at 1.58 of the third round.

Joe McNally (4-1) beats Jason Adam Smith (2-1) by RNC 1.58 RD.3

Spartan gym fighter Dean Purcell defeated a game Jack Demarco in the second round. From the opening bell, Demarco was raring for a fight. However, Purcell played his game very well, landing stiff shots standing up, spinning Demarco a full 360 degrees with a leg kick. From there, Purcell took the fight to the floor and was all over the Team Parante fighter. Demarco never settled or gave up but by the second round, a big slam from Purcell tipped the scales and allowed the man from Spartan gym to take over, gaining back control and settling in a choke which forced Demarco to tap.

Dean Purcell (2-0) beats Jack Demarco (2-3) by RNC 1.30 RD.2

A battle of young amateur prospects saw Sixth Sense MMA’s Adam Proctor fight the Dungeon BJJ’s Justin Burlinson. There is much credit to give to both young men but ultimately this fight was a story of Proctor’s wrestling. Strong takedowns and great submission awareness saw him nullify Burlinson’s ground game and score point after point throughout 3 rounds. Burlinson had some heavy hands when they were standing, but Proctor didn’t allow much advantage, dictating the fight with his takedowns. A tight guillotine threatened his victory in the thid but the Sixth sense man toughed his way out and took the judges nod.

Adam Proctor (3-1) beats Justin Burlinson (2-1) by UD.

A ground battle took a wrong turn for Sixth Sense MMA’s previously undefeated Lightweight Dean Latif. The Fight Pit’s Grant Gaunt employed a stifling mixture of strength and ground pressure to get the fight where he wanted it. A few awkward positions as the two traded submission attempts. Latif worked hard for a single but couldn’t quite get it. Gaunt, meanwhile, managed to keep pressure high and eventually grabbed a beautiful kimura which he rolled to finish.

Grant Gaunt (3-2) beats Dean Latif (3-1) by submission (Kimura) 2.21 RD.2.

The Unified Amateur Lightweight title was on the line as the Dungeon’s Kieran Lister took on Michael Davies of Hull MDMA. Lister is a talented grappler but was overwhelmed by Davies’ wrestling in this bout. Davies was quite literally all over the cage, reversing Lister’s shots mid-air and taking his back. He toughed out a threatening submission attempt from the Dungeon fighter and continued scoring with takedowns and strong top position. A strong performance from the Hull fighter, who took the unanimous decision and the title belt.

Michael Davies (6-0) beats Kieran Lister (6-1) by UD.

The professional card got under-way with a bang. The Dungeon’s Perry Goodwin took on Dez Parker of Team Sukata. Perry immediately looked to unleash some heavy hands but Parker ducked under for a double leg take-down. Parker worked quickly to take the back and from here unleashed some heavy strikes. A spirited attempt to stand and shake Parker off by Goodwin, but ultimately Parker managed to sink in an armbar and get the victory in the first round.

Dez Parker (2-1) beats Perry Goodwin (0-1) by submission (armbar) 2.52 RD.1

Alex O’Toole found himself the victim of a pristine Chris Thirkell. The Judoka walked to the cage in a Hanya mask and seemingly embraced the demonic side, slamming O’Toole to the mat early on. O’Toole regained his feet but it was short lived. Thirkell once again took top position after stuffing a shot and from there progressed to mount. A barrage of strikes rained down and O’Toole couldn’t defend, forcing the referee to wave the fight off and give Thirkell the TKO win in the first.

Chris Thirkell (3-0) beats Alex O’Toole (3-2-1) by (T)KO 2.11 RD.1

Unbeaten prospect Lewis Monarch faced Patrick Jalloh in a lightweight clash that once again cemented the talents of the young Team Fish Tank fighter. An exchange of grappling saw Jalloh looking strong, forcing Monarch to the floor and dictating the pace for the opening seconds. Monarch managed to wall walk back to his feet. After a brief period of top position striking, Monarch saw his opening as Jalloh walked back up the cage, unleashing two brutal knees that knocked the London Fight Factory representative out cold. A stunning victory that moves the young man’s record to 4-0.

Lewis Monarch (4-0) beats Patrick Jalloh (2-2) by KO (knee) 1.35 RD.1

Made4thecage’s first female bout got underway in spectacular fashion. Reflecting our commitment to big fights, Michelle Nicolini, one of the world’s most talented grapplers, submitted Muay Thai wrecking machine Lanchana Green early in the first round. Both women looked in pristine shape for this bout but it was Nicolini who set the pace. Immediately rushing for a single leg takedown, the BJJ black belt quickly took Green’s back. The girl from the Lab showed immense resilience in resisting a fully locked in rear naked choke for what felt like an eternity. The whole arena rang with applause when Green managed to escape to top position. However, Nicolini’s guard was too crafty and she immediately threw up a wrenching armbar which forced Lanchana to tap. A fantastic debut fight for females in made4thecage and one for the history books.

Michelle Nicolini (2-0) beats Lanchana Green (0-1) by submission (armbar) 2.27 RD.1

Late replacement Phil Flynn couldn’t withstand Ryan Scope in their welterweight clash. Scope flicked out a high kick and scored with a heavy leg kick. An exchange of missed spinning back kicks followed by Scope throwing Flynn to the floor from the clinch. A barrage of strikes sealed the deal early, with Flynn unable to defend himself against the heavy hitting ‘big baby.’

Ryan Scope (8-0) defeats Phil Flynn (8-11-1) by (T)KO 1.45 RD.1

The title buts got underway as Paul Cook attempted to defend his Lightweight strap against Antanas Jazbutis. In the past, Jazbutis has taken fights short notice and this has led to a mixed record and his status as a tough journeyman. For this fight, however, Jazbutis seemed to have renewed focus and dedication. In all three rounds he scored with takedowns and had great positional control. Local favourite Cook was flustered and outwrestled despite his great displays of resilience in regaining his feet. His best chance came in the second when he wobbled Jazbutis with a crisp straight. Cook grabbed a guillotine and tried to finish, but found himself on the bottom again. Jazbutis controlled the fight through back control and takedowns and took the unanimous decision and the new Pro Lonsdale british lightweight title for his efforts.

Antanas Jazbutis (18-20) beats Paul Cook (14-5) by UD.

An unfortunate ending in the co-main event as Andrew De-Vent got a win due to injury over Andrew Punshon. ‘The Predator’ and De-Vent rushed to a clinch after a high kick narrowly missed from Punson. From here, the pair exchanged knees. Punshon’s looked the more powerful, with De-vent leaning away from the blows. De-Vent attempts to dive on the Spartan Gym man’s back standing and as Punshon turned into him, he collapsed to the ground in pain having blown out his knee. A sorry end to what could have been a fantastic fight. We hope Andrew recovers quickly.

Andrew De-Vent (9-8) beats Andrew Punshon(13-8) by T(KO) Injury RD.1

All of these fantastic fights aside, one of the main reasons anticipation for this card was so high was for the main event. The surging James ‘The Juggernaught’ Mulheron went to war against UK MMA standout Stav ‘Crazy Bear’ Economou. Many figured this would be the toughest test of Mulheron’s professional career and they were not left dissapointed. Riotous cheering for both men filled the arena, with the audience fully behind their fighters. The entire fight was a back and forth war that saw Economou utilise his strength in the clinch to push Mulheron against the fence. Round 1 was mainly a story of Mulheron’s crisp uppercuts and strikes landing when they were seperated, but Economou’s pressure nullifying when they were clinched. Round 2 was more Stav’s round, pinning Mulheron’s back to the cage. A fantastic moment occurred when Mulheron was caught in a single collar tie and he gritted his teeth, dropped his hands and screamed at ‘Crazy Bear’ to hit him harder. Four unanswered shots bounced off Mulheron’s Jaw and the local favourite simply walked through them. The third round was a story of dominance, as Mulheron capitalised on his opponents fatigue and beat him standing and on the ground after stuffing a takedown. A tough fight and one of momumental importance for the UK heavyweight division, Mulheron truly answered the call. He was the more aggressive and effective fighter. Stav Economou did a terrific job in taking ‘The Juggernaught’ into deep waters and places he was less effective, but ultimately the judges scored it for Mulheron’s striking and counter-wrestling. A tremendous fight with an unbelievable atmosphere and quite simply the best heavyweight bout I have personally witnessed.

James Mulheron (5-0) beats Stav Economou (15-4-1) by UD.

 

We hope you’ve enjoyed our event report. The whole night was a terrific moment for UK MMA, with the Rainton Arena absolutely packed full of fight fans who supported their fighters with shouts, screams, table banging and more as the night went on. The atmosphere was absolutely electric from start to finish. An unbelievable night that keeps on getting better. Hats off to Dale and Steven who have once again proved why the North East has the best fans and passion in the UK. Bring on the next event!

 

Written by Craig Thomas Boyle

www.fightstorepro.com

 

Full results

Under card

Joe McNally (4-1) beats Jason Adam Smith (2-1) by RNC 1.58 RD.3

Dean Purcell (2-0) beats Jack Demarco (2-3) by RNC 1.30 RD.2

Adam Proctor (3-1) beats Justin Burlinson (2-1) by UD

Grant Gaunt (3-2) beats Dean Latif (3-1) by submission (Kimura) 2.21 RD.2.

Michael Davies (6-0) beats Kieran Lister (6-1) by UD

 

Main card

Dez Parker (2-1) beats Perry Goodwin (0-1) by submission (armbar) 2.52 RD.1

Chris Thirkell (3-0) beats Alex O’Toole (3-2-1) by (T)KO 2.11 RD.1

Lewis Monarch (4-0) beats Patrick Jalloh (2-2) by KO (knee) 1.35 RD.1

Michelle Nicolini (2-0) beats Lanchana Green (0-1) by submission (armbar) 2.27 RD.1

Ryan Scope (8-0) defeats Phil Flynn (8-11-1) by (T)KO 1.45 RD.1

Antanas Jazbutis (18-20) beats Paul Cook (14-5) by UD

Andrew De-Vent (9-8) beats Andrew Punshon(13-8) by T(KO) Injury RD.1

James Mulheron (5-0) beats Stav Economou (15-4-1) by UD