Made4theCage 18 – Report
Made 4 The Cage has consistently had some of the best fight cards in the country now for a couple of years but on Saturday 26th September at Made4TheCage 18 it came of age…. Whilst BAMMA and CWFC still believe they hold the rights to the UK Crown the North East scene has been developing with European level fighters regularly entering the cage at Rainton Meadows however the showcase event on Saturday in Newcastle City Centre was something to behold….. My friends in the sport Steven Scott and Dale Percival have worked tirelessly on the M4TC show and the work is paying off. With a headline fight of Marshman versus Redfern that certainly wouldn’t have been out of place on any European UFC card I think its fair to say they are now in contention for the UK Crown…Please read on for this report from Geordie MMA.
Not even a temporary power cut could dim the excitement at Made 4 The Cage 18: The Takeover in Newcastle, England, on Saturday 26 September 2015. Kyle Redfearn defied the pundits to take Jack Marshman to a hard fought decision in a battle of a main event. Redfearn, a late notice replacement for the injured Ryan Scope, took the first round visibly marking the face of Marshman. Marshman is considered by some analysts to be the top UK middleweight outside the UFC, and he demonstrated his developing game in the second round. Known for his stand up ability, Marshman decided against trading with the heavy handed Redfearn and took the fight to the mat with a hard takedown. With the first round Redfearn’s and the second Marshman’s, it was Marshman who took control in the third round showing his improving grappling to gain a majority decision win. Redfearn slipped to a third consecutive defeat, but not many middleweights will seek to take on the big swinging North East lad. Jack Marshman took the Made 4 The Cage European Middleweight title back to Wales, and edged closer to a potential UFC call.
The co-main event between Next Generation Liverpool fighter Chris Fishgold and Northern Irish adopted Geordie Ryan Roddy had was hotly anticipated. Highly respected coach Paul Rimmer was in Fishgold’s corner, while teammates Paddy Pimblett and Ellis Hampson watched on from the crowd. In Roddy’s corner was fellow Bad Boy Training Centre fighter and coach Tommy Quinn along with Cage Warriors World Featherweight champion Alex Enlund. This was to be Enlund’s third trip to cageside that evening, after coaching welterweight protégé Adam Proctor and Bellator veteran Andrew Fisher to wins in the previous two bouts. All three rounds were very close and difficult to score. Roddy appeared to out strike Fishgold, however Fishgold appeared to get the better of the grappling exchanges. The judges decided upon a draw, which is a rare result in MMA, but deserved on this occasion. Fishgold took the microphone after the bout to request a rematch, which Roddy accepted. Perhaps we may see this rematch at a future Made 4 The Cage card.
Andrew Fisher scored a second round stoppage victor over James Zachary Saville in another of the main bouts. Saville demonstrated some unorthodox kicks but was ultimately picked apart by Fisher. After taking Saville down, Fisher ruthlessly finished with ground and pound before the referee ended the contest. After a six fight winning streak, Fisher had lost two fights in Bellator before a Cage Warriors loss to Artem Lobov in August 2014. Fisher has now begun a new winning streak, with two wins coming in Made 4 The Cage this year.
In other action 19 year old welterweight Adam Proctor earned a fourth straight win over Perry Goodwin. Proctor put in a mature performance, controlling the action for three rounds to earn an undisputed decision win. There was a scare for the undefeated Proctor in the third round when Goodwin attempted a guillotine choke, but Proctor defended successfully. Hopefully Proctor will face a ranked UK welterweight in the not too distant future. Previously unsuccessful agains Proctor, Edvin Edholm earned a win over Paul Gregdon. Meanwhile Mike Hogarth won via standing guillotine against David Stone in just 11 seconds. Amateur MMA and K1 kickboxing rounded out the card.
Made 4 The Cage 18: The Takeover was a great success in a fantastic venue at the Rugby World Cup Fanzone. We look forward to Made 4 The Cage 19, and the return of popular North East fighters Colin Fletcher and James Mulheron in November 2015. The Ultimate Fighter: The Smashes finalist Fletcher, perhaps best known for his winning record in BAMMA, is leaving the lightweight division to face Cage Warriors veteran Vincent Del Guerra at welterweight. Mulheron meanwhile remains one of the top ranked UK heavyweights and will face Polish veteran Tomas Czerwinski in his return from injury. Top European bantamweight Shaj Haque is scheduled to face James Pennington, while Wesley Murch and Paul Cook are expected to face off in a lightweight matchup. It has been reported that popular Welterweight Tommy Quinn will also feature on the already anticipated M4TC 19 card.
Kindly reprinted from NE MMA.