Made4TheCage returned to Rainton Meadows Arena on Saturday for our 26th installment: Fight Night, which saw Joe Millward and Lanchana Green steal the show as rising stars in UK MMA.
ACE MMA’s Joe Millward picked up his first professional victory with a very convincing win against Thomas Guiski. Speaking after the fight, Millward spoke of how much it meant to secure his first win.
“It meant everything, I would have liked it to have lasted a little bit longer so I could show everything I have been working on but it is one of those things. When you see the finish you go for it.”
Although only Millward’s 2nd professional bout, the 24-year-old has already built up a strong fan base and is confident it will grow.
“Even coming off a loss, the support I have got is phenomenal. Everybody sticks by me because they watch my journey. Not many people know what’s happened and why I have to do MMA but they stick by me and they watch me.
“That crowd will get bigger and bigger and bigger until the roof is coming off- it’s going to be crazy.”
Darlington’s Lanchana Green took a unanimous decision victory over Sophie Langsford to secure the first win of her professional career.
Green, who featured on UFC’s The Ultimate Fighter 23, felt her game-plan worked well and was happy to get a win under her belt.
“I’ve worked on my striking a lot. I took out my kicks a little bit because I knew she was a strong wrestler so I worked on my boxing with Martin Wilby at The Lab and I managed to pull it off.
“I’ve finally got a win on my record so I am chuffed, she was tough as nails though.
Unsure what is next, Green expressed interest to feature on a Made4TheCage card in early 2018.
“I don’t know what’s next. I know Dale (Percival) has a show in February and I love fighting here. it’s close to home, all my friends and family can come and watch. I just want to rack up a few more wins and go from there.”
In the main event, Luke Ord went 5-2-1 with a first round TKO against Nathan Thompson. Ord looked sharper, stronger and outclassed Thompson throughout the short-lived bout.
SBG South Shields’ Davie McLaughlin gave a good performance against Chris Smith .The 1st round saw momentum switch several times with great sweeps from both fighters. McLaughlin grew into the bout and took control of the 2nd and 3rd, with Smith having to fend off multiple submission attempts from the persistent former UAR 155lb champ, allowing McLaughlin to seal a 29-28 unanimous decision.
M4TC Fight Academy’s Norm Russell faced a tough The Lab’s Liam Haithwaite in the top fight of the undercard. Haithwaite caught Russell early in the first and proceeded to dominate the rest of the round. However, Russell caught Haithwaite in a guillotine 38 seconds into the 2nd Round and got the finish, picking up the second win of his amateur career.
Milad Ahady also made a dominant return to the cage, taking his young professional career to 2-0 after defeating 17 year old prospect, Bailey Gilbert via Unanimous decision.
Sam Robinson also made short work of Reece Street, with the Peter Irving prodigy getting a dominant first round finish after making the jump to the professional ranks after a fantastic amateur career.
It took only 30 seconds for Ashlee Harding to add another win to his exciting start to amateur MMA career. Coming out quickly, Harding was instantly looking for the finish and after sprawling Christen Ferry’s takedown attempt. He worked his ground and pound before the referee had seen enough and stepped in to call an end to the bout.
There were also wins for Darren Fox, Carlton Adams, Will Harrison, Kieran Briggs, Jack Parker, Dean ‘Beefy’ Braley and George Hardwick.
Made4TheCage would like to thank all of the fighters, gyms, photographers and fans who made the event possible- on to February and 2018!