On November 13, 2011, I took to the microphone for the first time in an MMA cage. I was extremely nervous, I had previously only watched UFC on Bravo, and didn’t know all the moves and calls (I still don’t know it all), but i was taken on by promoter Ross Pointon (former TUF & UFC fighter) and shown the ropes (or rather the plastic coated chain fencing). That was the start of a nearly seven year friendship that has spanned over 24 other fight nights, (although i have missed a few), and to way to many fights to calculate and mention; and it was fitting that I was able to host the 30th Night of the Gladiators, in the home of nearly five years the Fiction nightclub, Hanley.


The modest crowd on hand bared witness to a short but full card, with two title fights.

  1. Luke Mahon beat Tom Thornycroft by decision in a great opening K1 contest.
  2. Omar Khan stopped Luke Osborn at 2.17 of the 3rd round by KO
  3. Josh McGann retired Richard Sweeten with a blood injury after the 1st round.
  4. Shaq Jones submitted Sam Fitzpatrick with a guillotine at 1.42 of the 1st round.
  5. Jody Fullwood knocked out Kyle Radcliffe in an impressive 11 seconds of the 1st round.
  6. Tom Mullen submitted Dave Cole with a darce choke after just 36 seconds of the 1st round.
  7. Dan Holbrook stopped Andy Tinkler with an ezekiel choke at 2.41 of the 2nd round.
  8. Phil Bills knocked out Tyrone McNamara at 1.08 of the 1st round.
  9. Scott Kelsey submitted Mark Swain by rear naked choke at 1.01 of the 2nd round.
  10. Matthew Bonnor beat Ben Downling by ground and pound at 2.50 of the 1st round to win the vacant GPUK Amateur Welterweight Championship.
  11. Nathan Dale successful defended his GPUK Amateur Middleweight Championship against Ash Fletcher by referee stoppage/ground & pound at 2.16 of the 2nd round


I big thanks to everyone who attended the show, and made it great night…here’s to another 30 shows! see you June 24!