ICE FC 6 – Countdown to the Ritz

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The anticipation is high as ICE FC return with their sixth installment on Friday 12th June 2015, live from The Ritz, with what is shaping up to be their biggest and best show to date. 

Fans of the promotion will have seen them go from strength to strength with each show, always putting on well matched fights and explosive shows to keep MMA fans wanting more. 

The sixth show will be no different as the show begins to release details of matched fights, starting with the main event which see’s the return to the cage of UFC vet Rob Broughton, as he takes on Poland’s Tomasz Czerwinski in a heavyweight blockbuster. 

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Rob Broughton needs no introduction to fans of UK MMA and returns to the cage for the first time since 2011. So far in his career Broughton has put together a 15-7-1 record and competed in the UFC three times between 2010 and 2011. He defeated Vinicius Kappke de Queiroz in his UFC debut at UFC 120, via third round Submission (Rear-Naked Choke), before losing to Travis Browne and Phil De Fries via unanimous decision. 

Known as ‘The Bear’, Broughton has finished 80% of his fights (7 TKO/KO’s, 5 Submissions) and has only been stopped three times in his career. He has also taken on and defeated some very familiar competitors and the buzz around his return has definitely got everyone talking. 

Looking to cause an upset on the evening though is Poland’s Czerwinski who boasts an impressive finishing record with all seven of his wins coming via stoppage (6 TKO/KO’s, 1 Submission) and never going to decision in his pro career. He is a big heavyweight who possess power in his hands and has taken on some tough competitors in his career so far. 

He turned pro in 2010, six years after his opponent, but has been regularly competing up until his last fight which came at UCMMA 40, when he lost to Paul Taylor via TKO in the first round. That was the sixth TKO/KO loss of his career and he will surely want to get back to winning ways at the Ritz. 

Win or lose Czerwinski goes out swinging and with a UFC veteran and skilled competitor across from him, this fight will definitely have fireworks and is worth the admission price alone. The final main event question is: Broughton or Czerwinski? We will find out on 12th June. 

Alongside a bumper main event the show have so far announced another seven high quality professional match up’s, each of which has the potential to be a fight of the night in its own right. 

SD MMA UK’s highlight pick is the welterweight clash between unbeaten Blackledge MMA star James Lewis and Sukata MMA’s Dez Parker.

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Parker has competed on Europe’s top show in CageWarriors were he defeated Charlie Watts via first round TKO, in 2014, and has only one loss on his record to date. Each time Parker takes to the cage he is improving, in particularly his stand up which he will test in an announced K1 bout in Russia on 2nd May, and boasts an always impressive ground game which has given him the nickname: ‘The Arm Collector’. He returned to competitive action after a year away a few weeks ago at FCC 12 and gained a very quick finish. He is a competitor who is always consistent in all his fights and very difficult to put away. 

His opponent James Lewis never fails to impress when he competes and is a fine all round competitor who is comfortable where ever a fight may go. I remember seeing him compete as an Amateur at ACB opposite Reece Parker in a fight of the night performance which showed his credentials as a stand out welterweight competitor in the UK and his skills inside the cage. Its been a year or two since that fight and Lewis always comes into his fights different than the last and is a tough competitor for anybody. 

Both Lewis and Parker are rising welterweights in the UK and this is a fight which shows ICE FC’s commitment to matching great fights, which can only give experience to both competitors. MMA is all about testing yourself and for each of these fighters it will be one hell of a test but for the fans we can sit back and watch a possible classic unfold. 

The night will also see fan favourite Andy Clamp take to the cage to meet the experience of Grant Hocking, in a light heavyweight match up. 

Its early days in the professional career of Andy Clamp but when you see him inside the cage you wouldn’t think so. He had a dominant amateur run, including winning the FCC Light Heavyweight Championship, brushing aside all competitors and this sums up his professional run so far which stands at 4-0. 

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Clamp hasn’t needed to more than a round inside the cage and has finished all opponents (2 TKO/KO’s, 2 Submissions) including a very good submission of UK MMA Veteran Shaun Lomas on the ICE FC 4 show last November. 

His challenge in June comes in the form of Grant Hocking who is, according to Sherdog, 4-4 since turning professional in 2006. 

After going 2-0 to start his career he hit a third fight losing streak, including a submission loss to ex UFC competitor Phil De Fries) but has put that behind him going 2-1 in his next three. His last match up was in November 2013, at M4TC 12, when he TKO’d John Paul with three seconds to spare in the first round. 

Of his eight fights Hocking has only gone to decision once and only gone out the first round in another when he stopped Christian Robertson, via TKO, in the second round of their bout in 2006. So we could expect Hocking to come out quick looking to keep up his quick finishing ratio. 

Clamp vs. Hocking will definitely see the atmosphere raise the roof off the Ritz and will see Clamp put his unbeaten record on the line against a worthy challenger, who will want to put a dent in the fan favourites developing career. 

The show will also see the Bantamweight debut of Aaron Aby as he moves up from Flyweight to take on former Cage Warriors competitor Huseyin Garabet. 

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Wrexham’s Aby has gone 4-2 as a professional to date and trains under excellent coach Jason Tan at the MMA academy in Liverpool. He recently bounced back from the second loss of his career to Danny Missin last October as he defeated Ben Dearden via first round TKO at FCC 12 in March. It was the first TKO victory of his professional career which has seen him go to decision once and submit two other opponents.  

Aby is an exciting fighter who pushes the pace in his fights and never gives his opponent a moment to rest, whether on the feet or on the ground. So its safe to say that he is never involved in a dull fight and will always give his all to the end. 

His opponent Huseyin Garabet will return to the cage after a year away, since he made his Cage Warriors debut at CWFC 64 in 2014. He took on Daniel Crawford and lost via second round TKO. This came on the back of a very impressive performance over Danny Missin at Fury MMA 8 when he took home an unanimous decision victory in June 2013. 

Garabet is an experienced competitor who turned professional in 2010 and has been a regular on the UCMMA show in London, where he has taken on some tough competitors including stand out Cory Tait. He will be looking to get back in the win column at the Ritz and with only going to decision once in his career so far, he could look to end the fight quickly. 

The final four announced professional bouts on the night include some very talented UK competitors, still early on in their professional careers. 

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A welterweight match up will see ICE FC veteran Ryan Kay return to the cage when he faces off against Kenneth Richardson, who will come into the fight full of confidence after making a successful pro debut last month. Also in the welterweight division Daywalkers MMA competitor Jonny Mann will step up to make his professional debut against the always tough Mikey Castell, who trains out of Hyde MMA.

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In the lightweight division former ICE FC amateur lightweight Champion Aaron Johnson will step up to the pro ranks to face off against the experienced Easton Hanson, while another former amateur champion Daryl Golding will relinquish his featherweight belt to make his professional debut against FCC veteran Danny Joel and in the light heavyweight division ICE FC veteran and unbeaten pro Luke Taylor will go toe-to-toe with UK MMA veteran Shaun Lomas in what could be a very explosive stand up battle. 

That is only the tip of the iceberg and we can expect ICE to release more and more fights in the coming week which should feature some of the country’s finest amateur competitors. 

Summer is only just underway but their is no chance of this ICE melting as they prepare to take over the Ritz for night only in Manchester. 

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Tickets can be acquired through the competitors or by following ICE on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/Internationalcombatelite 

SD MMA UK will be on hand to bring you all the latest fight announcements and build up to the show, including pre-fight interviews with many of the nights competitors. So stay tuned in the coming weeks. 

 

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