ICE Fighting Championship present their fourth instalment on Saturday 8th November 2014 and the card is starting to take more shape with the addition of three match up’s added over the weekend.
The first professional match up on the card will see Daywalkers James Lewis meets Mitchell Head in a welterweight bout.
Lewis turned professional earlier this year and made an impressive debut at Rage in the Cage 4, when he dispatched of James Darkes in just 44 seconds. This built on his impressive amateur career which saw him compete on the likes on Amateur Cage Battles, Budo Fighting Championship, and the North West’s best amateur show: Full Contact Contender, with some very convincing and slick submission victories.
He will be aiming to stay undefeated, but will face a test from Mitchell Head who is 1-1 in his professional career.
The last time I saw Head compete it was on the FCC 8 card, in November 2013, when he took on talented Azi Thomas and came unstuck in the first round, losing via Submission (Rear Naked Choke).
James Lewis is never involved in a boring fight and with a tough opponent in Mitchell Head, this a good fight for the professional section on the night.
The first of two amateur match up’s added see’s welterweights John Smith and Reza Safari pitted together.
Safari trains out of the well renowned Lions Paw, under the tutelage of professional Ali Arish. With guidance from a top professional in Arish, you know that Safari will enter this match up more than prepared and will be looking to put on a memorable performance.
However Smith won’t be an easy match up as he trains out of HAMMA, under Sean Martin and a whole array of talented competitors, including Ben Dearden, Callum Gahgan and Coner Hignett.
With all that talent helping him in the gym each day, he will have the skills needed to test Safari and this one could be a very close contest.
Added to the card today is a match up between Chester’s Mick Holgate and All Powers Gym’s Lerone Murphy.
Holgate returns to the ICE FC cage after an impressing showing at ICE FC 2, when he was defeated by Az Sykes via Submission (Guillotine Choke) at 29 seconds of round number three.
Though he lost, Holgate utilised strong wrestling in the first two rounds and the fight was one of the best contests on the night, mixed in with a fine atmosphere by his supporters, who backed him all the way.
His opponent is debutant Lerone Murphy who trains under Brendan Loughnane in Manchester. Loughnane is the current FCC British Professional Lightweight champion and is one of the UK’s top lightweights and is never involved in a boring fight.
With that backing behind him, Murphy will be more than ready for the challenge from Holgate and fans can surely expect a back and forth battle in this one.
ICE FC 4 continues to take shape and be sure to keep with SD MMA UK for any more developments as we get them.
The full card so far:
James Lewis vs. Mitchell Head
Mick Holgate vs. Lerone Murphy
John Smith vs. Reza Safari
Ben Gratton vs. Ben Singleton
Nikko Alonzo vs. Abdul Chowdrey
Paul Horrocks vs. Damien Firth
Alex Valyandis vs. Joe Young
Geoff Ogendo vs. Nathan Jones