Brad Pickett’s Rise of Champions return for their seventh event on Saturday 2nd March 2019 at Brentwood Leisure Centre with a clash for the company’s vacant heavyweight title. Notable English heavyweight and former Glory Kickboxer, Chi Lewis-Parry (6-0-1, 2NC), faces 38 year old Lukasz Parobiec (12-8-1) in a rematch from their bout at BAMMA 36.
The first bout between the pair ended in a majority draw and is a contest that both competitors will want to forget as there was minimal action throughout. This wasn’t helped by the fact that Lewis-Parry suffered a major leg injury in the first round that left him compromised and unable to throw damaging strikes for the remainder of the fight.
This fight is Lewis-Parry’s first since the injury and he will be looking to make a big statement to get his MMA career back on track after a bumpy road since returning to the sport earlier this year. Prior to the first Parobiec contest, he made his MMA comeback against Stav Economou at BAMMA 34 but the bout was declared a no contest as unintentional illegal elbows were landed by Lewis-Parry one minute into the first round. After later review, Lewis-Parry believed that the elbows he landed were legal and that this should have gone down as a legitimate win for himself. At 35 years old, the time is now for Lewis-Parry to look to extend his unbeaten record and majorly announce himself on the heavyweight scene.
Lukasz Parobiec is coming off of a brutal first round KO loss to Wagner Prado at KSW 45 but he did take that bout on only a couple of days notice. Parobiec is 0-3-1 in his last four bouts so will be looking to get back in the win column in March next year. He will also be looking to prove that he can hang with Lewis-Parry on the feet once again, even if there is no injury involved.
Rise of Champions streams on UFC Fight Pass on demand after the show concludes.