Brave 13 lit up the local MMA scene on Saturday night with some highly entertaining fights and strong crowd for the company’s promotional debut in Europe. Bantamweight title holder Stephen Loman picked up a second hard fought win against Frans Mlambo, who cut a frustrated figure as he was unable to impose his will on Loman. Loman was dominant over the 5 rounds and retained his championship via unanimous decision. The event featured appearances from ‘The notorious’ Conor Mcgregor, cheering on Loman from the sides as well as Amir Khan making a cameo and Darren Till cornering team mate Erick “Índio Brabo.”
Mlambo, started well, arguably edging the first round with some slick striking, but as the fight went on, Loman gained control, almost finishing the bout in the 3rd round with a rear naked choke. Takedowns in the final two rounds secured the victory for Loman, who took his defeat graciously. The SBG prospect doing himself and his gym proud despite coming up short.
UFC TUF: Smashes winner Norman Parke shut down Myles Price’s attempts to keep the fight on the feet by landing multiple takedowns over the three rounds. When Price had the opportunity he looked sharp on the feet, but ultimately could not find a way to keep the fight there. Parke adapted well and smothered price, attempting to take the Team Ryano man’s back, Price held strong and had a late flurry but it wasn’t enough to persuade the judges, with Parke planting him back on the canvas after taking a few sharp strikes. Parke told WHOA TV after the fight that he felt fatigued after the first round and had been struggled in previous weeks with a chest infection.
Notable perfomances included that of Rodrigo Cavalheiro, stunning the well travelled Karl Amoussou with a second round TKO victory. Scouser Bryan Creighton produced a strong performance, submitting former BAMMA world flyweight champion and local favourite Andy Young by guillotine in the second round despite coming in over weight. Creighton was visibly delighted with this scalp and told WHOA TV of his appreciation to Andy Young and Brave for the opportunity.
It was a tough day at the office for Northern Irish fighters Decky Dalton, Glenn Irvine and Daniel Olejniczak, each being beaten within the distance. Cian Cowley impressed in his first round victory over ‘OB1’ Olejniczak, while a solid start by Glenn ‘The Beast’ Irvine saw him disappointed by a momentary mistake, being submitted in round 2 by Konrad Iwanowski, Glenn had looked to have take the first round and seemed at ease in the cage before becoming unstuck. Dalton suffered the same fate, looking to have edged the first round only to be taken by a rear naked choke in the second. Both Glenn and Decky vowed to come back stronger after the event when speaking to WHOA TV.
Brave 13 Results:
Bantamweight: (c) Stephen Loman def. Frans Mlambo by unanimous decision
Catchweight (73 kg): Norman Parke def. Myles Price by unanimous decision
Welterweight: Rodrigo Cavalheiro def. Karl Amoussou by KO – R2
Flyweight: Bryan Creighton def. Andy Young by submission (guillotine) – R2
Featherweight: Zach Zane def. Declan Dalton by submission (rear-naked choke) – R2
Catchweight (72 kg): Erick “Índio Brabo” def. Erik Carlsson by unanimous decision
Middleweight: Konrad Iwanowski def. Glenn Irvine by submission (rear-naked choke) – R1
Middleweight: Chad Hanekom def. Dominic McConnell by submission (kimura) – R1
Catchweight (73 kg): Cian Cowley def. Daniel Olejniczak by TKO – R1
Catchweight (79 kg): Ben Bennett def. Sebastian Kozok by TKO (Retirement) – R1
Featherweight: Sam Slater def. Piotr Tokarski by unanimous decision
Featherweight: Aidan James def. Tommy Martin by TKO –R3