Thursday, 30 November 2006

2nd Iron Wolf comes out of the jiu-jitsu closet.

My Bruvva from daan saaff, Aaron Baum made the long hike to Newcastle for Valhalla on Sunday. He returned to London with a handsome looking trophy and 1 in the W column. He defeated tough Para Dean Stafford in an all out Brawl that ended in a 1st round submission for Aaron. Well done Geezer.

Tuesday, 28 November 2006

Jose vs. Ninja

Sportfight Scotland 2 will see Craig looking to reprise his awesome MMA debut at Sportfight Scotland 1, where he used excellent skill and tactics, clinically taking apart tough Irishman Paddy Doherty and finishing him with a submission.
This time Craig is facing John Quinn , from Scottish top dogs the Dinky Ninjas. We're currently 1-1 with the Ninjas so we're looking to Craig to get the statistics into our favour.

For those of you who are not familiar with our pals from north of the border here are some facts about the Dinky Ninjas -

1. Dinky Ninjas are mammals
2.Dinky ninjas flip out ALL the time
3. John Nicholson wears gay white leather glam rock apparel.

Sor Thanikul goes 5 out of 6 @Vallhalla 2

The Gym had 6 fighters in on Sunday night and left with 5 wins. That's a pretty good ratio in anyones book, a real testament to Barrys coaching ability and the hard training culture of the gym. At the end of the yearI'm going to do a retrospective on here of the gyms performances in 2006, so that everyone can realise the full extent of the Sor Thanikul culture of success.

Winners on the left hand column.

Muay Thai 3x2
Matt Inman – (Sor Thanikul) def. James Hedley – (Kings Cobra) Dec.
Bout sponsored by MMA fightwear store

Pro Rules MMA 3x5
Welterweight 77kg
Dave Hirst–(Team Fulinkazan)def. Steve Howe –(The Bear Pit )Mata Leao Rd.1
Bout sponsored by D+J Motorcycle training 0191 428 3324

Muay Thai 3x2
Leon Robotham – (Sor Thanikul) def. Neil Burns – (Gladiators) Dec.

Semi-Pro MMA 2x5
Heavyweight 100kg
Saif Kahn – (Team Fulinkazan) def. Sean Johnson – (The Bear Pit) TKO Rd.1

Bout sponsored by Julie and Ray, The Longship- Victoria Rd. Hebburn

Muay Thai 3x2
Jackie Bogart – (Northern Spirit) def. Lizzie McClory –(Sor Thanikul) TKO Rd 2.

Semi-Pro MMA 2x5
Welterweight 75kg
Paul Cook–(The Bear Pit)def.Chris Mclaren–(Dave Elliot BJJ) Kata Gatame Rd.2

Bout sponsored by Morgans Powerhouse gym Pelaw 0191 442 0020

Muay Thai 3x2
Lucasz Lehmann – (Sor Thanikul) def. Kev Oloc – (Gladiators) TKO Rd.1

Semi-Pro MMA 2x5
Middleweight 78kg
Aaron Baum – (Iron Wolves) def. Dean Stafford –(The Bear Pit) Guillotine Rd.1
Bout sponsored by Stoneys Barber shop 0191 420 2848

Muay Thai 5x2
Craig Jose – (Sor Thanikul ) def. Lex Easdon – (Paisley KB) Dec.
Bout sponsored by MMA fightwear store

Amateur MMA 2x5
Lightweight 70.3kg
Keon Shabanzadeh– (NX Gen Vale Tudo) Draw Paul Allen – (Andy Crittenden Team)

Bout sponsored by Marthas Vineyard – Hebburn

Amateur MMA 2x5
Middleweight 80kg
Navid Rosta-(Fighting Fit) def. Danny Charlton- (The Bear Pit) TKO Rd.2

Amateur MMA 2x5
Heavyweight 100kg
James Parker-(Andy Crittenden Team)def.Scott Kingsbury-(The Bear Pit)Guillotine Rd.1

Muay Thai 3x2
Rob Mills – (Knucklederaggers) def. Chris Ayre– (The Bear Pit) TKO Rd.1

Chris Ayre Sponsored by Jarrow MOT centre 0191 483 9696

Amateur MMA 2x5
Bantamweight 58kg
James Saville – (Team Fulinkazan) def. Liam Wilkinson –(Andy Crittenden Team) Armbar. Rd.1

Bout sponsored by The Clock - Victoria Rd. Hebburn

Amateur MMA 2x5
Bantamweight 58kg
Shajidul Haque – Fighting Fit Draw Graham Stansfield - Andy Crittenden Team

Muay Thai 3x2
Ryan Scope- (Kings Cobra) def. John Marshall – (Sor Thanikul) Dec.

Sexual Monster

Images courtesy of Robert Swan/Cagewarriors

I can honestly say that never in my life have I been so thouroughly documented on film. You see, unlike other notable members of the Sor Thanikul squad, I'm not male model material. I've discovered, in the course of observing all these camera angles the reason why other people don't cut and dye their own hair.

Ian Dean just sent me through a load more shots from the lens of Cagewarriors official photographer and I spotted Kanomatas T-shirt. I wish I'd noticed at the time because I'd have tried to trade him for it. 'Sexual Monster' his T-shirt proclaims. I got the impression his grasp of Jiu-Jitsu and Muay Thai was considerably better than his grasp of English, I wonder if he knew what kind of statement he was making about himself. Whether he knew or not, pretty cool shirt. Also, check out the Ro-Shambo. What are you to expect from a sexual monster though. You dirty mother......

Monday, 27 November 2006

"He was a pro, he was fast, he fucking came out of nowhere. "

Knuckledraggers kettlebell maestro Leon 'insert nickname here' Robotham put in a strong dominant performance against Neil Burns from Gladiators gym. It was Leons debut fight, and although he came to the ring armed with the strength and skill to win, the absence of a suitable nickname was apparent - unlike his teammates, Zoolander, Robocop, Drago and the Josenator.

That's what he does!, it's all he does! You can't stop him!

Jose does it again, dominating a 5 round tear up with undisputed world kickboxing champ Lex Easdon. It doesn't feel pity, or remorse, or fear. And it absolutely will not stop, ever, until you are dead.

Jose vs. Easdon was sponsored by - online fightwear store

The Karate Kid

Polish powerhouse Lucasz Lehmann clocked up his second win in consecutive weekends, TKO'ing Liverpools Kev Oloc after only 1 round. Just wait till this Kyukoshinkai champion makes it to K1, Will Vanders is going to wet himself with excitement.

Dead or're coming with me!

Unfortunately Anth Barker of the Bear Pit was unable to fight on Valhalla 2 due to illness. His team mate Chris Ayre gamely stepped up and agreed to fight Rob Mills in a K1 rules kickboxing match in spite of a serious weight difference. Rob started strong, connecting with a big spinning back kick. He rapidly proved too much for Chris, stopping him with a flurry of uppercuts and bodyshots early in round 1. Well done both guys for putting their teams, fans and the show first.

The beast unleashed!

'It's beautiful!' they gasped, the crowd looked on awestruck as Matty finally busted Magnum.
Inman took home a unanimous decision win over Kings Cobra gyms James Hedley - and saved the president of Micronesia. All you haters who said the boy only had one look, stick that in your pipe and smoke it.

Inman vs. Hedley was sponsored by - online fightwear store

Sunday, 26 November 2006

Broadbent - Closet Jiu-Jitsu fighter

Neil at Pride and Glory DZ 4

Iron Wolves Featherweight standout Neil Broadbent just secured his second straight submission victory after returning from a long injury layoff after his fight with Dinky Ninja Graham Connelly. He locked up the head and arm Guillotine and got the tap in 44 seconds, 10 seconds slower than his last fight. You're slowing down old man.

Saturday, 25 November 2006

Irving vs. Seagal?

Action movie hero Steven Seagal and his blues band Thunderbox are to play The Journaltynetheatre, Newcastle, on 17th January 2007. The 6ft 4in star is currently touring the globe in support of his new album ‘Mojo Priest’. A spokesman for his tour promotion company last night said…’If you think that Steven is good at beating the bad guys on film, just wait till you hear him on guitar. Steven’s accomplished musicianship sets him apart from his contemporaries in the acting business who have tried their hand at music’.

Taken from the Journal Tyne Theatre website

1)If you think Steven is good at beating the bad guys on film, you are destined for a lifetime on the bottom rung of the food service industry.

2)Stevens accomplished musicianship sets him apart from his contemporaries in the acting business who are good enough at acting to make a living at it and don't need to haul around their shit band from town to town to pay for their burgers and creamcakes.

Seagals appearance in my city is an affront to the Sor Thanikul gym that I cannot allow to go unpunished. I plan to challenge him to an old school Vale Tudo right there on the stage.
Anyone who wishes to make humourous speculations as to the origins of his bands name, I invite you to leave your comments below.

Thursday, 23 November 2006

Granite gear available now at the Sor Thanikul gym

The Granite MMA competition gloves and sparring gloves are in now. Pick some up at the gym.
If you step up to fight I might even pimp them out for you with my signature Misfits style.

Jenkins Rematch?

I lost a split decision earlier this year against UK MMA legend Paul 'Hands of Stone' Jenkins at Pride and Glory - Drop Zone 2. A rematch was set up on Willie Scott's Cage Kombat, but I pulled out due to illness. I was to appear on the next Cage Kombat, but my opponent pulled out on too short a notice to be replaced. I'll be fighting at Willie's next show in February, the day before we go to Brazil and it's possible that I'll be making a one off jump back up to welterweight to face Paul again.

O Knuckledraggers vai para Brasil!

"To travel is to possess the world" Robert Holmes

We're off to Brazil on Monday Feb 12th. The estimated cost for 2 weeks is £1000, for flights, training and accomodation. Whatever you want to spend on top of that depends on how much stamina you have left for Putas and white Rum after you've had your head squeezed off all day in collar chokes.

We're booking up next week, don't miss out guys. Whatever you have to do to talk your wives, girlfriends or mothers into letting you go - do it or you'll regret it. We'll be training with Crezio and heading on down to Rio to BTT. Pedro 'Napao' Galvao is going to be our tour guide to the nightlife, leave your socks at home or be prepared to have them rocked right off - I guarantee it.

Cagewarriors Showdown 2 - Lee Whitehead photo gallery @MMA

Check out the Photos here

It's a walk off!

Matt 'Zoolander' Inman is back in a European rules Muay Thai bout at Valhalla 2. Will he finally reveal Magnum? You'll have to be there to find out.

Rob 'Robocop' Mills debuts @Valhalla 2

Former pro-rasslin' sensation Rob 'Robocop' Mills is stepping up to the plate to represent the Knuckledraggers against Anth Barker from our sister gym The Bear Pit in his first amateur bout. I predict a TKO victory when Rob dives from the top turnbuckle.

Cagewarriors Showdown 2 - lightweight world title eliminator tournament

Photo courtesy of Robert Swann/Cagewarriors

Thanks to all the Knuckledraggers that made the trip to Sheffield to give me support. Especially Ian Malone and Pete Tiarks who gave up their valuable time and a large percentage of the water in their bodies as they suffered the SaunaMobile TM along with me. I hope the smell of my sauna suit and Ian's mackerel cans has now dissipated from Pete's car.
Also big thanks to Alan Orr for bringing some zen to the corner and upping my recovery inordinately between fights with the Tu'ina. Much appreciated guys.
The hardcore sparring at SBG Manchester paid off no end. Just a shame I didn't get through to the last round so I could have showed off the conditioning that Leon's kettlebell routines and Ian Malones Crossfit had built up in me.

Cage Warriors: Showdown 2 Results

Octagon Centre, Sheffield, UK
Sunday 19th November 2006

1st and 2nd Round Tournament Fights took place over 2x5 minute rounds. (with 1 overtime round in case of a draw)
The Final was held over 3x5 minute rounds (with 1 overtime round in case of a draw)

Bout 1 - Lightweight Tournament – 1st Quarter Final
Ian “M-16” Butlin (Northern Cartel) Huddersfield, UK vs. Emmanuel Geay (French Top Team) France
Winner – Ian “M-16” Butlin via TKO/Ref Stoppage (Knee to the head) after 3:39 of round 1

Bout 2 - Lightweight Tournament – 2nd Quarter Final
Thomas Hytten (Team Norway) Norway vs. Jarkko Latomäki (Shooters MMA) Finland
Winner - Jarkko Latomäki via Unanimous Judges Decision (20-19, 20-18, 20-19) after 2 rounds

Bout 3 - Lightweight Tournament – 3rd Quarter Final
Bryan Cohen (K-POZ MMA) Armonk, New York, USA vs. Tomonari Kanomata (Paraestra Hachioji) Japan
Winner - Tomonari Kanomata via TKO/Ref Stoppage (Ground and Pound) after 0:57 of round 1

Bout 4 - Lightweight Tournament – 4th Quarter Final
Peter Irving (Sor Thanikul) Newcastle, UK vs. Mick Sinclair (Wolfslair Academy/Bisping Total Fighting) Clitheroe, UK
Winner – Peter Irving via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) after 3:46 of round 2

Bout 5 - B Class Pro – Lightweight (2x5 minutes)
Kent “The Punisher” Cooper (0-1-0) Brian Aiken Martial Arts vs. James Whiston (Pro Debut) Redditch
Winner – James Whiston via TKO/Ref Stoppage (Ground and Pound) after 2:22 of round 1

Bout 6 - B Class Pro - Featherweight (2x5 minutes)
Andy Denny (Pro Debut) Taylor Total Fighting, Wakefield vs. Aaron Behan (0-3-0) Warwick
Winner – Andy Denny via TKO/Ref Stoppage (Ground and Pound) after 1:27 of round 1

Bout 7 - Featherweight Cage Kickboxing (3x3 minute rounds)
Scott Sykes (SDF Sheffield) vs. Brett Healy (Chun Lee’s Pro Gym), Coventry
Winner - Scott Sykes via Unanimous Judges Decision (29-28, 30-27, 29-27) after 3 rounds

Bout 8 - Lightweight Tournament – 1st Semi Final
Ian “M-16” Butlin (Northern Cartel) Huddersfield, UK vs. Jarkko Latomäki (Shooters MMA) Finland
Winner - Jarkko Latomäki via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) after 3:21 of round 1

Bout 9 - Lightweight Tournament 2nd Semi Final
Tomonari Kanomata (Paraestra Hachioji) Japan vs. Peter Irving (Sor Thanikul) Newcastle, UK
Winner - Tomonari Kanomata via TKO/Ref Stoppage (Ground and Pound) after 3:36 of round 2

Bout 10 - Full Pro MMA Rules - Welterweight (3x5 minute rounds)
Richard Taylor (1-1-0) Taylor Total Fighting, Wakefield vs. Francesco Ligato (1-2-0 - 1 NC) Team Sure Grip Vale Tudo, Italy
Winner - Francesco Ligato via Submission (kimura) after 1:35 of round 2*

86kg Cage Kickboxing (3x3 minute rounds)
Alex Mackenzie (SDF Sheffield) vs. Lee Chadwick (Fight Force, Prescott)
Winner - Alex Mackenzie via TKO/Referee Stoppage after 2:24 of round 2

Full Pro MMA Rules - Heavyweight (3x5 minute rounds)
Ivan “Il Terribile” Serati (3-0-0) Team Sure Grip Vale Tudo, Italy vs. Riciardas Zlatkus (3-1-0) Antanas’ Gym, Lithuania
Winner – Ivan “Il Terribile” Serati via TKO/Ref Stoppage (Ground and Pound) after 0:45 of round 1

Main Event – Lightweight Tournament Final
Jarkko Latomäki (Shooters MMA) Finland vs. Tomonari Kanomata (Paraestra Hachioji) Japan
Winner - Tomonari Kanomata via Submission (Triangle Choke) after 1:13 of round 1

"Also respect out to the 3 UK fighters who entered the tourney. Mick Sinclair push Peter Irving the best he could and i believe in time will be become a very good fighter. Peter Irving gave Kanomata some testing moments in his fight and showed just what he is capable of when he is in form. And Ian Butlin showed that he does actually have a striking background after all with a great TKO finish and i'm sure he'll be back to take on other UK guys soon.
It is a shame there wasn’t more UK guys in the tourney but Kanomata and Latomaki have really made there mark instead and i'm sure they will be back on a CW show soon. Kanomata vs. izidro is going to be very interesting indeed!"

Statement from Ian Dean