Hot off the heels of UCMMA 32 this past Saturday, five fights, including four title fights, have already been announced for the forthcoming UCMMA 33 show on April 6th, which takes place at the Troxy theatre in East London.
Check out the official trailer video here.
In a middleweight title fight, newly crowned champion Ben ‘The Situation’ Callum takes on his toughest test to date when he takes on former UCMMA champion, Denniston ‘Mad Max’ Sutherland.
Callum is riding a 3 fight win streak winning the title in his last outing, and will be looking to make a statement against a legend on the UK scene in Sutherland. Known for his power and aggressiveness, Callum comes out the blocks firing on all cylinders and has only the one loss on his record against now TUF 17 participant, Luke Barnatt.
Sutherland, a former UCMMA champion after losing to Jake Bostwick, will be looking to come back and show the people why he is to be feared. In his last 3 fights he is 2-1, with wins over Leeroy Barnes and Brett Sizeland, however his last fight was a loss at Cage Warriors against Scott Askham. The fire is still in Mad Max’s belly as he tries to rip the title from the grasps of the young up and comer.
This is a big step up for Ben Callum considering the experience that Denniston has and if he were to overcome Sutherland then he achieves his wish of proving his title worth. However Denniston is no mug as we very well know and will push Callum the whole way.
That’s not all though, as the featherweight title is on the line when Ashleigh ‘Cruiser’ Grimshaw gets a chance to avenge an early career defeat by defending his title against UFC veteran Dave Lee.
Grimshaw took the title back at UCMMA 28 when he defeated Danny Welsh via rear naked choke in the first round and this will be his first fight since that win. He looks to defend his title against tough opposition and continue his 3 fight winning streak which includes wins over Eimantas Grazulis and Rae Edgar on TTP and UCMMA respectively.
Bringing to the cage a 13-8 record, the Team Titan stand-out is no stranger to a big a fight being a Cage Rage vet himself and this is his chance to revenge his loss to Lee from back in 2009. Bringing his aggressive striking style and strong wrestling skills it will certainly match up for a great fight.
Dave Lee will be looking to regain the UCMMA title which he has held in the past by defeating the champion, Grimshaw. He has beaten him in the past and must believe he will do so again. Being a 2 fight UFC veteran nothing fazes Lee as he brings his aggressive submission game to the cage, he will be looking for the finish as all 10 wins of his 10-8 record have come via submission!
Knowing the level of Grimshaw’s wrestling it is almost certain that Lee will end up on his back at least once in this fight, but with statistics like that; I don’t know where I would prefer to be with Dave Lee.
If that wasn’t enough rematches for you, then this definitely will satisfy your thirst for revenge as Cory Tait defends his bantamweight title for the first time against the last man to defeat him via KO, Spencer Hewitt.
Fighting out of MMA Terror Squad and with a wealth of experience behind him with a 10-4 record, Spencer ‘The Hurt Locker’ Hewitt is well known in the UKMMA community for his awesome BJJ game, however in the last bout with Tait, he proved to the world that he has a stand up game to boot with a KO win.
The champion, ‘Capcom’ Cory Tait fights out of Gintas Combat, has a record of 6-2 and is known for his relaxed style with the ability to throw shots from a variety of angles. In the fight with Hewitt he got caught but since then has refined his game and has looked impressive on the road to the UCMMA title.
Since their first fight, Tait has gone on to defeat Huseyin Garabet and Jody Collins to claim the UCMMA bantamweight title and Hewitt has gone 2-2 in his last 4 with wins over Marty Kayas and Cameron Else.
This is set to be an explosive bout as Tait looks to avenge the loss from last time, and Hewitt looks to show the world that it wasn’t a fluke.
Love or hate the format, the UK1 fights always produce a great showing for the fans and many fighters enjoy the rules of shorter rounds and only striking with no ground work or wrestling.
Jamaine ‘Mr Pain’ Facey of Bandogs MMA will be taking on Jordan Wright of Semtex Gym for the vacant lightweight UK1 title which I have no doubt will be up there with the best UK1 fights ever, alongside the Peter Irving-Luke Sines and Jake Bostwick-Luke Sines fights.
In his last fight, Facey defeated Andy Cona in an MMA fight, which was his first outing at lightweight, he finished the fight quickly in the first round with a flying knee, something that he has become accustomed to do.
This will be Facey’s first UK1 rules bout, but with his style of athletic and exuberant kicks and knees, he shouldn’t have a problem adapting.
Jordan Wright’s last outing was also against Andy Cona, however this time it was in a UK1 fight. He defeated Cona on the bell to end the first round with a cracking straight right after avoiding a head kick.
This fight pits an unconventional long, rangy fighter, who possesses explosive knees and kicks, against a fighter who is solid and powerful, with a very good Muay Thai technique. When these two get in the cage something special is going down!!
Finally, after almost a year out, ‘Big’ Ben Smith is returning to the UCMMA cage at heavyweight to make another run for the heavyweight title when he takes on Carl Kinslow. After three fights at light heavyweight, Smith is returning to the heavyweight division where he feels most comfortable. With an 11-7 career pro record, he brings a lot of experience to the cage.
Kinslow will be looking to get his first heavyweight win at UCMMA, after losing to Paul Taylor back at UCMMA 30. After starting his career at welterweight, he took a while off and then he has come back to MMA as a solid looking Heavyweight ready for a war. Both guys are looking to put on a show and show the UCMMA crowd what they’re made of.
Watch out for more announcements in the coming weeks as UCMMA look to step it up once more for their second show of the year!
UCMMA 33 takes place at The Troxy in East London on April 6th.