‘Legacy’: The Road to Made4TheCage25

By Ben Smith

Back in December 2010, history was made; a mixed martial arts promotion in the NorthEast, almost unheard of prior to Made 4 The Cage’s inception. Our debut saw many amateurs looking to make their mark. With all of the undercard fighters finishing their fights within the first round and the main event ending in the second, it made for a spectacular first show.


Just ten months later, M4TC4: Total Domination marked a landmark event in our history with numerous reputable fighters competing in the event. The likes of Alex Enlund, Andrew Fisher and Liam James all featured as M4TC showcased the best talent that the North East had to offer.


The event, again a successful and entertaining one with all three of the final events ending in the very first round including a four second knockout from Andrew Punshon against Denniston Sutherland.


MFTC 6 saw a permanent home in place as the event took place at the Rainton Meadows Arena, a venue in which all forthcoming fight nights would take place at. With a capacity of 2000 people and being in such an ideal location, the venue made a perfect fit for years to come.


MFTC 9: Night of Champions lived up to its name with two fighters who at the time were prospects, going on to make big names for themselves. Rany Saadeh finished Shamsul Haque in his solitary M4TC fight and has since gone on to be champion with BAMMA. James Mulheron, a M4TC legend, has gone on to the UFC.


Numerous British prospects competed in the following events with names such as Walter Gahadza, Ryan Scope and Arnold Allen all competing under the promotion.


With M4TC 16: Invasion came unchartered territory however, with an overseas fighter being the main event. German heavyweight Ruben Wolf faced local James Mulheron, stopping the local in the process with a third round TKO of the North-Eastern favourite. Mulheron would later redeem that loss in one of the best fights in the promotion’s history at M4TC 23 early this year.


Despite the numerous big names and action-packed cards, look back at M4TC cards and you’ll do well to find better than M4TC 18: Takeover. Welsh star and current UFC contender Jack Marshman, current Cage Warriors champion Chris Fishgold and Sunderland legend Andrew Fisher all fought on the six-fight card, making for a spectacle of the highest quality.


Fast forward to August 2017 and we are just weeks away from our 25th show anniversary and what a card it looks to be. North-East legend Colin “Freakshow” Fletcher, fresh off his win against Jordan Miller at M4TC 24, will face Scotsman Chris Bungard for the vacant British lightweight title in a clash of highly regarded fighters.

The vacant British heavyweight title sees two men in contrasting forms fighting each other for glory. Tony Mustard is undefeated on Made4TheCage and will be looking to change his fortunes when he faces David Wilson who has enjoyed an impressive eight wins in a row, all coming in the very first round.


Also on the card is one of the most heart-warming story is to take place in British MMA in the return of Jamie Stephenson. Stephenson, who last competed at M4TC 14: Addicted, confessed to a breathing problem which he believed to be asthma.


However, in February 2015, the Bishop Auckland native was diagnosed with Stage 2b Hogskins Lymphona, a form of cancer. Much to the delight of Jamie and everyone involved around him, he made a successful recovery and will now compete in the cage for the first time in over two and a half years.

A huge thanks to our sponsors Premier Stores Castletown for sponsoring our event! They can be found at http://www.premier-stores.co.uk/


Tickets for the event can be found through the fighters themselves or through Co-Promoter Dale Percival, who is available on 07972612384.

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