The North West’s hottest Pro/Am Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) event, Full Contact Contender (FCC), is proud to announce the first headline bout for FCC 13.
The promotion’s second event of their 2015 campaign will be anchored by a professional featherweight title fight, as Paddy ‘The Baddy’ Pimblett defends against Spain’s Miguel ‘Santa Muerte’ Haro.
Pimblett has compiled a professional ledger of 8-1, spending the majority of his career butting heads with the UK’s finest on Cage Warriors. With four submission wins to his name, Pimblett is fast becoming one of Europe’s most dynamic and watchable MMA grapplers. The 20-year-old last laced up gloves at FCC 12, defeating unbeaten European prospect Kevin Petshi to capture FCC’s European featherweight title.
Miguel ‘Santa Muerte’ Haro has amassed an impressive 13-fight record in his first four years as a professional, with an even spread of KO, submission and points victories. The Spaniard possesses a strong clinch game, accentuated by an unorthodox, yet accurate, arsenal of kicks. Haro notably scored a highlight-reel spinning back kick KO against Ludwig Salazar in 2013, before putting in solid shifts against Cage Warriors veterans Martin Svensson and Dave Hill, whom he fought on a CWFC card in Jordan last year.
Promoter Adam Teh said, “I’m delighted that Paddy Pimblett has opted to return to FCC and – like a true champion – defend his title. When he’s not busy trash-talking half of the internet or choking people out on our sister grappling show Grapple Nation, Paddy is fast becoming one of the most talked about prospects in European MMA.”
“Miguel Haro brings some interesting challenges to the table for Paddy; he’s faced more challenging competition than any of his previous opponents to date. What’s more, after dropping recent fights to some of Europe’s best, he’s looking to not only get back on track, but to make a statement at Paddy’s expense with one of his huge kicks.”
“Regardless of who wins, fans will be talking about this one for a long time to come!”
Chief amongst today’s announcements is a featherweight bout between ‘Handsome’ Jordan Desborough and Adam Ventre.
Desborough (8-4) is a former CWFC world title challenger at 135lbs, fighting to a nail-biting five round split decision against Brett Johns at the culmination of a thrilling one-night tournament. The SBG Mainline project last competed for Cage Warriors in late 2014, earning a points victory over Kris Edwards. Desborough, whose brother Josh Jarvis is a former FCC amateur featherweight champion, returns to FCC for the first time since defeating Conrad Hayes via decision; a win which earned him a slot on the CWFC roster.
Ventre (4-1) takes to the FCC cage for the second time this year. The Next Generation prospect is coming off a victory against Brent Crawley at FCC 12, a contest that was steeped in bad blood. A grappler fighter by trade, Ventre has earned all four of his professional victories by way of submission.
Promoter Adam Teh said, “I’m thrilled to have both Adam and Jordan back on FCC, even more so because they’re fighting each other! Neither man knows how to be in a boring fight, and both have abilities way beyond their age and experience. This bout will have serious implications for both as they look to take the next step from prospect to contender. Whether this one lasts a minute or the full fifteen, it has value for money written all over it!”
Elsewhere on the professional portion of the card, fellow CWFC veteran Azi ‘One Bomb’ Thomas returns to FCC to face France’s Chaoki Hannachi. The MK Legion fighter is coming off a strong showing against Cyril di Betta, TKO’ing his opponent in under two minutes despite a massive weight disadvantage. Thomas returns to FCC for the first time since his professional debut. The SBG Mainline fighter was notably handed his first loss in 2014 following a bizarre illegal upkick KO, only to bounce back with a legitimate upkick KO this February.
Also on the card, Carl ‘The Bomber’ Booth looks to bounce back from his first professional loss. Following a stellar amateur career (including a submission victory over current UFC fighter Leon Edwards) Booth made his professional debut in the middle east, knocking out CWFC favourite Jarah Al-Silawi in front of a partisan crowd. The fight will mark Booth’s first outing on home soil as a professional, against a to-be-confirmed opponent.
Finally, Jai Herbert will look to follow up his blistering professional debut when he faces the more experienced Martin Sweeny in lightweight contest.
More bouts, including an explosive co-main event and three amateur title fights, will be announced shortly.
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