Saturday, March 9, 2013
Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle, England

One of the country’s most prestigious promotions open their account for 2013 with a fantastic card showcasing some of the best of young British talent along with some more experienced warhorses and international veterans. What’s even better is that the top four matches will be shown live on 5*, which while not quite a classic terrestrial channel is free to view for anyone with a digital box in the UK which is pretty much everybody.

The main event sees one of Britain’s most experienced and proficient mixed martial artists, “Judo” Jim Wallhead (23-7) looking to continue his good recent form in the promotion following wins over Joey Villasenor and Frank Trigg and regain some momentum following another narrow loss in Bellator.

Across the cage, UFC veteran Matt Veach (16-4) provides the opposition, coming in with some good momentum following a first round KO victory over Zac Kelley in the main event of C3 – Rumble at Red Rock back in August.

Wallhead’s home form has been impressive for some time, as he’s undefeated in the UK since a submission loss to Dennis Siver in 2006. It’s also worth noting that all of Veach’s losses have come by submission, which doesn’t bode we’ll coming into an away bout against a noted Judoka with nine submission victories.

The co-main event sees a pair of undefeated Light Heavyweights facing off in what looks to be a hard hitting affair between Max ‘Power’ Nunes (9-0) and Marcin Lazarz (5-0). As much as its hard to get a bead on two undefeated guys, Nunes is highly regarded as one of the premier up & coming 205lbers in Europe and his TKO win over Kevin Thompson at BAMMA 11 was a thing to behold.

My favourite bout of the event has to be Dinky Ninja, Steven “Braveheart” Ray (12-3) defending his Lonsdale British Lightweight Title against UFC veteran Curt Warburton (11-3). Both are well rounded fighters, more than willing and capable of engaging in a war, but both have shown a certain susceptibility to being submitted…

With ten finishes out of eleven fights between them, the lightweight clash between undefeated paid Luke Newman (5-0) and Ryan Scope (6-0) promises to be explosive, especially if Newman should find himself in new territory with the bout going to the second round.

The last bout I want to talk about is another contest between hard hitting light heavyweights as undefeated Scott Askham (9-0) looks to capitalise on his impressive decision victory over Denniston Sutherland at Cage Warriors 50 by adding to the recent woes of Kevin Thompson (13-6) who finds himself in a 1-3 slide with losses to fast rising Max Nunes and Linton Vassell and former UFC champion Ricco Rodriguez.

As I said at the top, the main bouts will be broadcast live on 5* and a variety of international outlets. If you need information for where you are or are in the North East and fancy grabbing a late ticket, please check for more information.

Jim Wallhead vs. Matt Veach
Max Nunes vs. Marcin Lazarz
Steven Ray vs. Curt Warburton – for the BAMMA Lonsdale British Lightweight Title
Luke Newman vs. Ryan Scope
Kevin Thompson vs. Scott Askham
James Macalister vs. Dawid Farycki
Lee Barnes vs. Steve Watson
Richie Knox vs. Thomas Denham
Paul McBride vs. Darren Wardle
Craig Robertson vs. Luke Harriman
Mahmood Besharate vs. Steven Gardener
Jefferson George vs. Steve Martin
Anas Siraj Mounir vs. John Jackson


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