Made4thecage 13: Nemesis Preview

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After a few injuries and late replacements, the Made4thecage fight card has now been finalised. On Saturday the 22<sup>nd</sup> of February the North East's biggest fight show returns to Rainton Meadows Arena for what looks to be yet another sell-out event. This time around promoters Dale Percival and Steven Scott have pulled out their most ambitious line-up yet.

The night starts with a fantastic under-card of Unified Amateur rules (UAR) fighters looking to make their names. These are then topped off by a professional card that is absolutely chock-full of talent, from local favourites to international stars. The card is explosive and just around the corner, so without further ado check out our full preview.


In the past, events have featured amateurs as a means to grant the fighters exposure and experience. Made4thecage takes this to the next level with amateurs getting exactly the same treatment as professionals. The cage is enormous but the talent contained within never lets people down and amateur fighters on the show generally perform and fight like pros. Made4thecage is one of the few shows that has made the transition to full UAR cards, so ground and pound will be on display (minus elbows.)

The kick the night off, sixth sense MMA’s Joe McNally (3-1) takes on Dean McGrogan (1-1) McNally has great grappling accolades and has the better record. McGrogan has half the experience of McNally but is the larger man, dropping down from lightweight in previous fights. An exciting clash to get things underway that will no doubt exhibit some slick grappling.

Next up is Dean Purcell (1-0) taking on Jack Demarco (2-2) Purcell fights out of Spartan Gym and his last bout on Made4thecage was a great display of wrestling. Look for similar displays here versus the Team Parente Scotsman, who will be trying to make his impression felt away from home.

Adam Proctor (2-1-0) fights out of Alex Enlund’s Sixth Sense MMA and is a prodigious talent at a young age. Likewise is Justin Burlinson (2-0) who fights out of the Dungeon. Both young guys are extremely talented grapplers and this fight looks to be a bit of a battle between the rangy welterweight youths. Look for both of these men to emerge as well known professionals in years to come.

Dean Latif (3-0) takes on Grant Gaunt (2-2) in a lightweight bout. Latif trains out of Sixth Sense so again his grappling chops are unquestionable. Gaunt is a Sunderland fight pit and unity gym fighter who will look to use his strength in this fight. Latif is undefeated and will be looking to stay that way so expect this fight to be very competitive.

A battle of undefeated UAR fighters takes place when the Dungeon’s 6-0 Kieran Lister takes on Yorkshire’s Tony Shields (3-0) Lister is an accomplished grappler who has shown up in dominant fashion on previous Made4thecage events so I predict he’ll be on top form once again. Shields has boxing experience as well as an undefeated amateur record so will be best served taking the fight where he is strongest. However, Lister will look to drive this bout to the floor and end it from there. With an amateur title on the line, stakes will be high for both men.

Main card

After the amazing undercard action is done, the professionals will take to the cage to put their skills on the line against one another. The matchmaking on all of these bouts is superb, every fighter has a great chance at winning and no one is an overwhelming underdog.

Kicking things off, Dez Parker (1-1) takes on Perry Goodwin (0-0) in a welterweight clash. Dez may have 2 professional fights but Perry Goodwin has had a seasoned amateur career. A memorable clash with Anas Siraj Mounir on a previous card saw the tough Goodwin grit his way through a war. Parker also shares a loss at amateur to Mounir, but has a record with 4 submission wins. The Mario Sukata representative will most likely be looking to submit Goodwin, but will he be able to weather the heavy strikes from Perry, who now fights out of The Dungeon after adopting the gym of his former opponent.

In a professional welterweight bout, Judoka Chris Thirkell (2-0) takes on Alex O’Toole (3-1-1.) Thirkell was originally pitted against another Judo player who has since pulled out of the fight. O’toole steps in as a strong grappler with good wrestling. However, Thirkell trains at Spartan Gym and they are well known for their excellent MMA wrestling. O’Tooles last win was via KO (slam) and this fight could likely end up being a slam content, with the Judo and wrestling of Thirkell against O’toole’s wrestling. An exciting bout for sure, both men have bright futures.

A battle of pro lightweights sees undefeated Team Fish Tank prospect Lewis Monarch (3-0) battle Patrick Jalloh (2-1-0) Jalloh has fought infrequently, bouts in 2011, 2012 and a loss in 2013. However, his record is solid and he’ll be a test for the surging Monarch, who has hardly even been in trouble in any bout he’s been in. Monarch is a great striker and a stifling grappler who overwhelms his opponents. This is going to be a very exciting bout and a pivotal moment in Monarch’s progression as a fighter.

Girls take the centre of the cage when Strawweights Michelle Nicolini (1-0) fights Lanchana Green (0-0) Nicolini is a world renowned grappler who some have touted as the best female BJJ artist in the world. Lanchana Green is a Muay Thai fighter with knockouts aplenty and an MMA background through The Lab. This looks to be a striker vs grappler matchup but Lanchana will have trained her submission defense and will be looking to counter Nicolini’s amazing grappling. This bout is a treat to North-east audiences, who get to see an amazing female fight and one of the world’s most vaunted female BJJ black belts.

Phil Flynn (8-10-1) takes on Ryan Scope (7-0) on short notice after Scope’s original opponent Walter Gahadza had to back out due to injury. Scope is a huge prospect and a talented young man who will still get a chance to show his skills. Flynn must be applauded for taking the fight, and he will do what he can to upset expectation and get the win.

Title bouts

In a pro lightweight bout for the British title, local favourite Paul Cook (14-4) looks to defend his title against challenger Antanas Jazbutis (17-20-0) Jazbutis is a seasoned veteran with a mixed record but flashy striking and great killer instinct. Cook is a talented grappler and striker who will be looking to enforce his game plan. This is going to be fireworks from start to finish!

Next up Middleweight champion Andrew Punshon (13-7) defends his belt against Andrew De-Vent (9-8). In a battle of the ‘Andrews’ Punshon has the superior record and devastating knock-out power. De-vent is no slouch however, and is riding a 3 straight win streak. With TKO’s and Submissions aplenty between both men, this will be an exciting middleweight clash that will see all areas of MMA explored.

The main event of the evening takes place when European heavyweight champion James ‘The Juggernaught’ Mulheron (4-0) heads to war with Stav ‘Crazy Bear’ Economou (15-3-1) Mulheron has a sizeable hype train behind him, as the unbeaten heavyweight has boxed, clinched and outwrestled his way to a great win streak. He is arguably the most exciting heavyweight to come out of the North East and trains with fantastic talent such as Ian Freeman and Phil De Fries. Mulheron’s stiffest test yet, Economou is a longtime UK veteran and has only lost to the highest level competition. This is the biggest heavyweight fight Made4thecage have yet put on, and however the bout goes, Mulheron looks set for a bright future in the heavyweight division.

Written by Craig Thomas Boyle

Full card

Main Event:
Pro Heavyweight European Title Bout: 265lbs/120.2kg
Stav Economou 15-3-1 vs James Mulheron (C) 4-0-0

Pro British Middleweight Title Bout: 185lbs/83.9kg
Andrew De-Vent 8-8-0 vs Andrew Punshon (C) 13-7-0

Pro Lonsdale British Lightweight Title Bout: 155lbs/70.3kg
Antanas Jazbutis 17-20-0 vs Paul Cook (C) 14-4-0

Pro Welterweight Bout: 170lbs/77.1kg
Phil Flynn 8-10-1 vs Ryan Scope 7-0-0

Pro Female Strawweight Bout: 115lbs/52kg
Michelle Nicolini 1-0-0 vs Lanchana Green 0-0-0

Pro Lightweight Bout: 155lbs/70.3kg
Lewis Monarch 3-0-0 vs Patrick Jalloh 2-1-0

Pro Welterweight Bout: 170lbs/77.1kg
Alex O’Toole 3-1-1 vs Chris Thirkell 2-0-0

Pro Lightweight Bout: 155lbs/70.3kg
Carl Longden 0-0-0 vs Frankie Slater 2-1-0

Pro Welterweight Bout: 170lbs/77.1kg
Dez Parker 1-1-0 vs Perry Goodwin 0-0-0

————-Unified Amateur Under-Card ————–

Unified Amateur Lightweight Title Bout: 155lbs/70.3kg
Tony Shields 3-0-0 vs (C) Kieran Lister 6-0-0

Unified Amateur Lightweight Bout: 155lbs/70.3kg
Dean Latif 3-0-0 vs Grant Gaunt 2-2-0

Unified Amateur Featherweight Bout: 145lbs/65.8kg
Nathan Morgan 2-2-0 vs Lewis Garside 2-0-0

Unified Amateur Welterweight Bout: 170lbs/77.1kg
Adam Proctor 2-1-0 vs Justin Burlinson 2-0-0

Unified Amateur Lightweight Bout: 155lbs/70.3kg
Jack Demarco 2-2-0 vs Dean Purcell 1-0-0

Unified Amateur Featherweight Bout: 145lbs/65.8kg
Joe McNally 3-1-0 vs Dean McGrogan 1-1-0