Amateur Cage Battles 6: ‘All Or Nothing’ takes place this Saturday May 25th at 6pm, coming from the Beacon Centre in St Helens with fourteen fights lined-up including four title matches headlining the card it’s set to be an explosive night, and one you won’t want to miss !!
Split Decision picked out a few matches across the card and spoke to some of those fighters ahead of this Saturday’s evening session.
The maint event has Coner Hignett defending his flyweight championship against Aaron Robinson. Hignett has studied his opponent and is leaving nothing to chance, when we asked how much he knew about Robinson he said, “I know a lot, he is a very good all round mixed martial artist and I’ve revised his fights carefully”. This will be one of Coner Hignett’s last fights as an amateur before turning pro in July, so a great fighter to end the night with.
The co-main event of the evening will see current FCC and REPS lightweight champion Martin Chester looking to add another belt to his collection, standing in his way will be HAMMA’s Callum Gahgan who is no stranger to wearing the gold himself. Split Decision MMA UK caught up with both fighters ahead of this contest. At Amateur Cage Battles 5 Gahgan had a score to settle and reclaimed his featherweight title via 2nd round submission, “I had a lot to prove to myself and the spectators and I got my belt back“, now happy to put the featherweight division to one side he has vacated his belt and is focused on going for the ACB lightweight title. “Martin Chester is a great fighter and will be a good challenge but I love a challenge“, he said. “If I wanna progress in the sport and try get to the top I’ll have to fight a lot of great fighters“. Martin Chester indeed stands in his way, and with both fighters very much at home on the ground the crowd shouldn’t be surprised to see submission attempts coming thick and fast from both, “Should be a good fight because I’ve finished most of my fights by submission“, remarked Chester. He’s looking forward to the event and has his eyes firmly on gold, “ACB is an up and coming promotion. It’s a good show for younger up and coming fighters“, he said. “I’m just going out there to bring my 3rd Title back to Reps MMA“.
The ACB middleweight title will be contested between James Bray and Kevin Fryer, Fryer coming into this match with an impressive 8-2 amateur record. The first belt up for grabs on the night will be the ACB welterweight title as David Connolly will be fighting Team Kiai’s Dalton Thorne for the chance to claim gold.
ACB 6 will witness it’s first women’s MMA contest as Beckie Ainscough will take on Jem Jacques. With Women’s MMA really growing over the last couple of years it was only a matter of time before they graced the ACB cage, “It’s really exciting, good time to be getting into MMA as I think female fighting has really took off lately and has gained much more interest than in the past”, said Jacques. Both fighters will be making their debuts so it’ll be a trip into the unknown for everyone, we asked Jacques how she felt about this being her first fight, “I’m glad it’s both of our debut’s as we’ll both be feeling the same“. When her thoughts turned to opponent Beckie Ainscough, Jacques said, “I know which gym she has come from, weight and age and that’s all as it is her debut so anything else will have to be found out in the cage“, and it will as both women make ACB history on the night.
In the featherweight division two fighters coming off TKO wins at the last ACB will go head to head, Luke Crossland will face Team Colloseum’s Jack Cartwright. Crossland came through a real battle against John Eyre last time in St Helens getting the win in the third round, Cartwright is looking forward to this matchup, “Yeah I saw his fight looked like fun, hopefully he’ll stand up in this fight aswell and it’ll be a better one”.
Another featherweight clash will see Next Generation MMA Liverpool’s Sam Sproston taking on Dave Tierney from HAMMA who will be making his in cage debut. Sproston is focused on the job ahead of him, “I’m looking to make a real statement in the featherweight division on May 25th“. When discussing Tierney and this Saturday night’s fight he offered, “I don’t really know much about Dave. I know he comes from a good gym in Hamma and that’s about it. I’ve trained hard, put the hours in on the mat and put the hours in strength and conditioning. So I know I’m ready. You can expect me to push the pace and just look to finish“.
David Harrison makes his debut in the cage taking on Liam Dooley as he returns to the scene of his 5 second TKO at ACB 5, when asked about his opponent a respectful Dooley said, “I know he fights out of HAMMA and I’ve seen some great fighters fight out of that gym on Amateur Cage Battles. I will definitely not take David lightly one bit“.
A lightweight contest at ACB6 will see Sapphire MMA’s Liam Shaw take on Liam Burke who stepped in as a replacement fighter on eleven days notice. Shaw is looking forward to getting into the cage on Saturday, “ACB is a great show has a big crowd and top fighters! I can’t wait to fight on it!”. On the fight itself it sounds like he has prepared well for Burke, “I have seen a few of his fights he seems a well rounded fighter but we have a game plan and I will get the win!”.
Chris Saundersom will meet Shaun Kenny, with both heavyweights making their debuts. “I took the fight with two weeks notice and I am glad he’s a debut to, as it wouldn’t feel the same if it was someone who’s been in cage before“, said Saundersom. When asked about his opponent and the fight, “I know he’s done a grapple match but I’ve not looked at it as I don’t see the point. I think it will be a good one“.
The welterweight division will see two fighters entering the cage with winning records in Alex Cossey and Dylan McLoughlin, something has got to give and it should help make for an exciting clash as they both look to remain in the win column. The night’s only bantamweight contest will witness Chris Pieroni taking on Ryan McDonald with neither fighter having yet tasted defeat.
Also on the card Marsh Lane MMA’s Jack Flynn takes on Geoff Ogendo at lightweight, both fighters last time winning their respective fights at Amateur Cage Battles 5, Flynn via triangle submission in the first round and Ogendo by majority decision. Since ACB5 Flynn has competed at Dome MMA 4 in Liverpool winning via rear naked choke so he’s bringing a good run of form with him into this contest. Joe Naraynsingh will face Next Generation MMA Liverpool’s Bryan Layfield at welterweight to open the card at 6pm.
The full card is currently as follows:
Welterweight: Layfield vs. Naraynsingh
Bantamweight: McDonald vs. Pieroni
Welterweight: Harrison vs. Dooley
Featherweight: Sproston vs. Tierney
Lightweight: Shaw vs. Burke
Lightweight: Flynn vs. Ogendo
Welterweight: Cossey vs. McLoughlin
Flyweight: Jacques vs. Ainscough
Featherweight: Crossland vs. Cartwright
Heavyweight: Saundersom vs. Kenny
Welterweight Title: Connolly vs. Thorne
Middleweight Title: Bray vs. Fryer
Lightweight Title: Gahgan vs. Chester – (Co-Main Event)
Flyweight Title: Hignett vs. Robinson – (Main Event)
First bout starts at 6pm and the action comes from:
The Beacon Centre, 25 College Street, St Helens, WA10 1TF.
Entry just £25 on the door or through the fighters.
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