On a hot Friday evening in Manchester, ICE FC, in association with KO Promotions, hosted their sixth instalment and first at the impressive HMV Ritz, with a night stacked full of top amateur and professional competitors.
The main event of the evening saw UFC alumni Rob Broughton make his return to the cage in a mammoth heavyweight clash and some ICE FC championships where on the line.
The Ritz was buzzing with anticipation from start to finish and SD MMA UK’s Simon Cafferty was on hand to catch the action.
Wes O’Neil vs. H Rashid
The first fight gets going with O’Neil looking for the jab and opening up but Rashid lands some good shot s on the feet and a nice leg kick, but O’Neil is in and picks up Rashid to take him down. There he is in the closed guard of Rashid and is looking for shots on the ground, but Rashid has worked to get on a triangle and is squeezing, O Neill goes to his knees and then is flattened out and taps out.
Rashid gets the Submission (Triangle Choke) early in round one.
Laurence James vs. Steve Webster
Due to interviews I missed the start of this fight but pick it up with James on top of Webster, who quickly turns over and offers his back. Right away James goes to work with his shots and some of them are landing. Webster turns out and drives up to get on the leg of James. However James is fast and quickly locks on the standing guillotine and is locking this up tightly. Just as he pulls guard the tap comes and the fight is over.
Laurence James gets the Submission (Gullotine Choke) victory in round one.
Dave Sutcliffe vs. Danny
Off we go with Sutcliffe to the centre and opening up on his opponent, who tries to push him back but it goes to the floor with his opponent on his knees and he opens up and lands a punch and knee to the body does Sutcliffe. It’s back to the feet and Sutcliffe gets it back down, with his opponent on his front and he just unloads with the ground and pound. The punches are raining in and the ref stops the fight.
Dave Sutcliffe gets the TKO victory in the first round.
Dea Graham vs. Kieran Little
The atmosphere has picked up now that Graham is in the cage. He has a lot of support and they get going with Graham landing a right kick to the legs of his opponent and Little looking for the jab and opening up with a combo but unclear to see if it connected. They then tangle and a good shot hits home for Graham. The fight goes to the ground and Graham is on top and he starts to unload with his shots, these are brutal and his opponent isn’t defending. Graham stands up before the ref calls it and you can tell Little is done and the fight is over.
Dea Graham gets the TKO victory in round one.
David Jones vs. John Lakes
Unfortunately I missed the start of this round but I picked it up during the round with Lakes having Jones against the cage and going for the takedown against the cage but Jones fires some punches and not defending well. Lakes eventually gets it down and they scramble a little before they go to north south and Lakes is working for a submission and ends up going to his knees and lands some good shots. It goes to the feet and Lakes opens up with some shots and then a kick but Jones pushes out and gets it down. Jones is in half guard and looks for some shots and then gets into full mount and settles. He starts to pick his shots and is firing in four or five shots and the last ten is sounded. Lakes keeps moving but Jones doesn’t budge and continues with the shots to end the round.
The second gets going with Lakes eating a right kick to the legs from Jones, who fires it in again. A left high kick scores for Lakes and they both open up. Lakes gets the cleaner shots in and has Jones on the cage and is using his combinations well and scoring. Jones fires back hard and pushes out and gets Lakes to the other side and against the cage. He is kneeing well to the legs is Jones but Lakes turns out and gets Jones on the cage. He knees to the legs, they break and they are still tied up in the clinch and Lakes fires in a great right knee to the body, which instantly drops Jones. Lakes goes down to finish but the ref is quickly in to stop the fight.
John Lakes gets the TKO (Knee to the body) in the second round.
Abdul Chowdry vs. Mark Williams
Unfortunately due to interviews I missed this fight.
The official result went to Adbul Chowdry who won by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) in the second round.
Sean Watson vs. Damien White
I pick this up with White having his opponent on the cage and looking for the takedown. He is eating some knees but working hard. His opponent is standing strong and not going down, but White is relentless in looking for this takedown. The bout moves along the cage and White gets hold of one of White’s leg and looks for the single leg takedown but can’t get it, so he looks to go for the double leg but can’t complete that. Watson fires a punch under but White continues to look for this takedown. He is working for the single leg and pulls his opponent out but still can’t get it down and they end up breaking. Great defence shown from Watson there. In the centre Watson lands with a good combo, after some strikes from White, who powers in and it goes down in a scramble with Watson landing in full mount and landing some great shots, possibly three or four get through and hurt. He goes to pin the arm, but White turns it over and gets on top himself and is looking to work in the last ten but cant and the round draws to a close.
The second begins with both to the centre and Watson faking a knee and looking to work his jab. He snaps a right kick to the thigh and goes in and they tie up but break. Both throw shots to connect inside and Watson pushes White to the cage and lands, with both then breaking and landing in close with some strong punches. Watson gets White against the cage and is landing some knees to the thigh and they push away but go to the cage again with Weston controlling well and landing the odd knee to the thigh. White turns and gets Watson on the cage, who lands a knee to the body, and puts White to the cage. White is now looking for the knees and scores two to the body. Watson looks up high with a knee, scores one to the body and goes to work on the thigh with three. They are still tied up and White looks for little punches in close, but Watson isn’t bothered and knees well in close but one goes down low on White and the ref gives him chance to recover.
After a brief rest bite they are back under way with just twenty seconds to go and it’s White to the centre but Watson lands a nice left jab and White fires back with a punch of his own but Watson lands a side kick and then White fires one back to the legs. They tie up and go in close to the cage with both looking for shots and some getting through. They move out to the centre but the end of the round is sounded.
The final sees Watson and White both settling in the centre but Watson scores first and lands a good left jab. White comes with a kick to the body, but Watson fires back with some good punches. It’s Watson taking the middle, with White on the cage and he snaps a right kick to the upper body of White. They both look to engage and tie up, break, and Watson lands a good knee as White comes in. Both are throwing but just missing and Watson goes for a spinning left kick up high and just misses. White lands to the legs with a right leg kick and both are firing in the jabs with Watson in the centre and White on the outside. White looks to the body with a punch and Watson lands a good right. As White comes in, Watson knees again and then catches with another good right punch. He is now in his groove and his left jab scores and then goes for the kick to the body. He jumps in with a right superman and lands with White coming forward swinging. It goes in the centre and White lands a kick to the body. He pushes in for the takedown, but it’s stuffed on the feet from Watson, who takes two thigh kicks from White and is working soundly. He looks for his jab and White goes to the outside and both exchange kicks and jabs. White goes for the takedown but is thrown to the floor by Watson. He is on his knees and the last ten is sounded with Watson firing in the punches, ground and pound, to see out the fight.
We go to the judges for the first time tonight who render the unanimous decision in favour of your winner Sean Watson.
Anthony Reddicen vs. Dan Tasker
We begin the first round with both in the centre and both firing in close and Tasker seems to drop Reddicen with a quick right but he is quickly up and right onto Tasker. They jostle around before Reddicen gets him on the cage but Tasker turns. Reddicen turns it again but Tasker turns it and lands a big knee and opens up with fast hands. Those look like they stung. Tasker breaks to the centre and clinches with Reddicen to land two knees to the body. Reddicen gets it down but Tasker works to take the back of Reddicen who is on his knees. He then rolls onto his on side and is looking for the choke and seems to have it, goes to his full back but Reddicen gets out and turns to his knees so Tasker stays on and is looking for the choke again. Reddicen nearly gets out and turns onto his front but Tasker has gone for the triangle choke and Reddicen is on his haunches, so he knees in to the body , goes down to his knees and hammers in some big lefts, maybe five or six landing fierce for him. Taker is tough though and gets Reddicen in his guard and gets on the armbar, goes to his front and is tightening it up. He then goes to his back and gets on the wrist and really tightens but the end of the round is sounded.
We get going in the second with Tasker taking the middle but eating a Reddicen right kick to the thigh, who opens up with some big shots, but Tasker fires back and it goes to the cage with Reddicen in control. They break and both go to the centre. A nice left lands through for Reddicen who is firing in well here, he goes with another combo but Tasker lands a leg kick. Reddicen is walking forward and both are swinging. He gets Tasker on the cage and is firing in beautifully, some landing, but Tasker fires back and they clinch, with Tasker landing to the body with a knee. They break to the centre and Reddicen scores with a good left and Tasker misses. Reddicen gets him on the cage. Tasker turns Reddicen to the cage and is working. They break and both are in the centre and Reddicen lands two lefts and Tasker calls for more, so he opens up and misses with a few, but the odd one scores, with Tasker not backing away and scoring with a shot of his own. Tasker gets Reddicen on the cage but neither is really landing, Tasker looks for knees, but there blocked and Reddicen ties up the neck of Tasker, who is looking for the single leg, but he can’t get it down as the end of the round is sounded.
The final sees both touch gloves and Tasker in the middle and going for a takedown but missing. Reddicen is against the cage and gets the neck tied up of Tasker and is sat down against the fence. I can’t see if he has the guillotine on right away, but he does and works to tighten it up and the tap comes.
Anthony Reddicen gets the Submission (Guillotine choke) in round three.
ICE FC – Amateur Welterweight Championship Fight
Lerone Murphy vs. Bence Nyiri
We get going in the first with both looking sharp on the feet and landing with some solid shots. Murphy goes in and gets his opponent on the cage, who ties up his neck. They break and both land with punches and it’s too the centre. In Nyiri goes but both throw, before Nyiri continues to stalk his opponent. He gets Murphy on the cage and knees to the body, but Murphy turns it round and looks for control. He presses Nyiri up against the cage but they break and he looks to score. A huge right lands for Nyiri but Murphy walks through it and scores a quick tough combo of his own. Both stalk each other and against the cage Nyiri lands a knee to the body buy Murphy turns him and scores some rights of his own. Both exchange kicks in the centre before Murphy hammers in a left punch. Nyiri drives his opponent to the cage but after some shots in close he slips to the ground. Murphy doesn’t go down after him, so Nyiri looks for the up kicks but Murphy avoids them and listens to his corner and lets his opponent stand up. On the feet Murphy scores two big rights as Nyiri comes in close, before landing a beautifully timed uppercut. Nyiri looks to push the pace, racing in close but finds himself and eating another well timed Murphy punch. He tries to open up but Murphy survives, never looking in trouble and defending the shots with ease. They exchange kicks and Nyiri is throwing wildly but Murphy continues to defend well and eats a body kick just as the round ends.
The second sees both to the centre. Neither commits first but Nyiri scores with a right kick to the thigh. He opens up with his combo but Murphy is back with a quick combo and Nyiri gets in the clinch and lands a knee. They split and an inside kick lands for Murphy, before he scores well with a good shot on Nyiri who falls into the cage and slips down. Murphy doesn’t give him a second to rest. He is on him and fires in 4-5 huge right hands and these land flush as Nyiri is out after them and the ref jumps in to stop the fight.
Lerone Murphy is the new ICE FC Amateur Welterweight Champion with a TKO in the second round.
Daryl Golding vs. Danny Joel
We begin with Golding right in and closing the gap and hurting his opponent who ends on the floor with his back against the cage. He starts to open up with the shots, which are landing, adjusts his position on top and fires in more. These are hurting his opponent and the ref stops the fight.
Daryl Golding wins on his pro debut with a TKO in round one.
Dean Johnson vs. Andrew Bochorz
Unfortunately due to interviews I missed this one but the result was a TKO victory for Dean Johnson, early in round one.
Kenneth Richardson vs. Ryan Kay
We get going with Richardson landing an inside left kick, a nice left jab and a right kick to the thigh. He waits and kicks twice, one leg, one body and then a right kick to the thigh twice and inside left one. Kay is looking to landing but cant and Richardson swarms in, eats a little uppercut, but has Kay on the cage. Kay looks for the knee to the body and is standing strong, but Richardson gets the single leg takedown and lands in the guard of his opponent. Kay closes up his guard, but Richardson gets in two rights and looks for a left. Kay is trying to tie up the arms and has the right one tied. Richardson stands a little, but goes back to his knees. He has his left arm free so gets in a hammer fist, gets his right free and scores to the body. He throws in a little elbow, and postures up, then stands a little and is back in the closed guard. He scores to the body with a right, and then goes upstairs with a left. He turns Kay round and throws in a sharp elbow. Kay is still trying to keep him tied up and break the posture, but Richardson is relentless and postures to land to the body with a right, then breaks in with a left elbow. He gets on to his feet, but then goes to his knees. Kay is looking to throw back but Richardson breaks up again and scores a left. Kay blocks two lefts from Richardson, so Richardson scores with two rights to the body. He postures and opens up with a three punch combo and a left hammer fist. He gets to his feet and is in with a nice right. He stands again, which see’s Kay throw an up kick to the body, but Richardson doesn’t seem concerned and goes back down and into the guard of Kay. There he works a little to the body with rights and again goes to his feet but is back down. He lands a right elbow with the last ten sounded, works to transition to a submission, goes for the leg and rocks to his back but the end of the round is sounded.
The second sees both straight to the middle and Richardson lands with a straight left and is straight forward to drive Kay to the cage and take him down. There he goes in the guard, but then stands and kicks the legs of Kay with his left and the ref stands Kay up. On the feet Kay misses with a combo, Richardson scores with a right kick to the thigh and is in looking for the takedown but settles for having Kay on the cage. Richardson bides his time and eventually gets it down and goes straight into half guard, with Kay on his side. He starts to work with his shots in close and works to his feet but goes down into side and then the guard of Kay. He goes to half guard and postures and fires in some short shots on his opponent. He lands an elbow to the delight of his corner and keeps up with two more in close. He postures and gets through a big left elbow which you can here thud. He is in close now and gets his right free to hammer that in. Kay is doing his best to defend but can’t stop these shots from Richardson coming in. Richardson gets into full mount, postures up and hammers in the shots. These are fast and the right hands in particular are hurting and the ref jumps in to stop the fight.
Kenneth Richardson gets the TKO victory in round two.
Ryan Curtis vs. Reece Street
Unfortunately I missed this fight but Ryan Curtis won via TKO in round one on his debut.
Nathan Jones vs. Mitchell Head
Head lands a kick to the legs after missing a right, but Jones connects well and as Head comes charging in. Jones lands a nice right and drops his opponent. He goes straight down to side control and Head works to his knees but Jones has the neck. Head gets up but eats a beautiful combo from Jones. They break and Head comes in but Jones lands a beautifully timed left and pushes him to the cage. He unloads a beautiful right and Head is hurt. In he goes to finish with the shots but the ref calls it off.
Nathan Jones gets the TKO victory, on pro debut, in round one.
Aaron Johnson vs. Easton Hanson
Off we go with Hanson kicking twice to the thighs and Johnson punching to the chest, but Hanson gets in and takes Johnson down and lands some shots and Johnson stands, eats a knee and Hanson has him against the cage. They jostle and Hanson lands two knees to the body and fires a third. They break and Johnson avoids one punch smashes a kick to the legs, eats a punch, before looking up high with a kick. He lands a nice flush left does Johnson before Head tries to get it down but Johnson defends and they break to the centre. Johnson is in and scores with a beautiful right which pushes Hanson back. Hanson weakly kicks and misses, so Johnson is in to score again with a right, retreats and is in with a good combo, before landing a left and right to the body. He waits and scores with a straight left, then works the body again. He waits again before teeing off on the body. Johnson is in and swarming on his opponent and scores with a right which stuns Easton. He survives so Johnson goes to the body and it’s to the centre. Hanson looks tired and Johnson pressures with a left and right which score, blocks a takedown attempt, fires in a combo, but takes an uppercut. Johnson dances around and scores with a straight left and another, before getting in a left which hurts his opponent on the cage and he goes in with fierce shots, but Easton fires out and survives, but Johnson is back on him, landing again with a right, which makes Easton crouch and cover against the cage and Johnson is on him like the flash, with brutal lefts and rights to the body and head, which hurt Easton and the ref jumps in to stop the fight.
Aaron Johnson gets the TKO victory in round one.
Radoslaw Klapczarkek vs. Mikey Castell
We begin with Castell straight in and scoring with a right superman punch and pushing his opponent to the cage. There he gets in some lefts and is controlling his opponent. He lands a knee to the thigh and looks for the takedown but can’t get it and its Radoslaw who ends on the back of Castell who eats two shots to the back of the head and he goes to his back and Radoslaw lands some more shots, but the ref calls a half to the contest as Castell took two illegal blows to the back of the head.
The medics check on Castell and help him to his feet, but he still doesn’t look too good and the fight doesn’t continue, as the referees have made the decision to call the fight and DQ Radoslaw for illegal blows to the back of the head.
Mikey Castell is the winner, due to DQ of his opponent, in round one.
James Lewis vs. Dez Parker
We get going with Parker and Lewis to the centre and Lewis looking to strike early. He throws a fierce right which connects and lands with a right kick up high but Parker pushes him to the cage and goes to work in close. Lewis lands a knee to the body, but Parker throws in an uppercut and is working for the single leg, gets it but Lewis lands on his knees and is back up. Parker gets it down again and quickly works to the back of Lewis, who is crouched up, and he lands some lefts. He flattens Lewis out and is working for the rear naked choke. He gives up on the choke and fires in the ground and pound. He fires in a nice left, then three more, which are hurting Lewis. He goes in with two more and then fires in the rights, and is raining them in. These are hitting home and the ref jumps in to stop the fight.
Dez Parker gets the first round TKO.
Aaron Aby vs. Sebastien Louchet
I missed the fight due to interviews but Aaron Aby got the first round Submission (Guillotine Choke) victory.
Andrew Clamp vs. Grant Hocking
Unfortunately I missed the fight due to interviews, but have been told Clamp was in inspired form and crushed his way to victory. He swarmed his opponent and dropped him, before finishing it with deadly ground and pound.
Andrew Clamp gets the TKO victory in round one.
Ali Arish vs. Julio Cesar Alves
Due to interviews I missed the first round but was told that Arish controlled the round with his dominant wrestling and control on the mat.
The second begins with a touch of gloves and Alves with an up kick. He takes the centre but Arish pushes forward. No one is throwing right away and a spinning right kick lands flush for Alves but Arish just doesn’t care, walks through it and tries to take Alves down and has him on the fence, but Alves is grabbing it and the ref stops the fight to warn him and takes a point off Alves for the fence grabbing after two warnings.
We restart with both to the centre and Alves missing a combo. Arish is in, lands a left, eats a knee and gets his opponent down. Alves is sat against the cage but Arish pulls him away, but they scramble. Arish lands an uppercut and lands sat against the cage himself. Alves pulls guard to his back going for a guillotine but can’t get it and Arish gets into half guard. He is being tied down by his opponent but is managing to get some little rights in which are scoring on his opponent. Alves sits up more against the cage but can’t go anywhere as Arish is relentless and gets him more flattened out and takes the guard. His fans chant for him and he postures to land a crushing right. He then goes back down to the top and goes to work with some short lefts, around two or three score. He tries to the body, and scores with a couple, nothing too damaging, before a left slips in to the face of Alves. Arish decides to hammer in around five repeated rights on his opponent and Alves responds by tying the neck up. Alves manages to work his way to sat against the cage but Arish moves him and takes half guard. There he starts to throw shots into the body. Alves tries to sit up but Arish keeps him down and is still in half guard. He continues to the body and Alves sits a little more against the cage as the last ten is sounded. Arish flattens himself out on his opponent and works shots to the body to see the round out.
They both fire in close to start and Alves is coming with a fast pace to start and jumps in to land a knee to the body, and Arish lands against the cage. He quickly reverses and works to get the fight down. After some defence he gets it down and settles into the guard of his opponent. Alves is tying him up but he is still firing in the punches to the body. Alves works to just sit up against the cage but is quickly led back down and Arish advances to half guard. They stalemate for a moment and the ref stands them up. We restart on the feet with a right from Alves but Arish is in for the takedown. Alves grabs the neck but ends on his back and Arish quickly gets his neck out and is in half guard and sets off to work with some shots. Alves tries to sit up but can’t do too much and Arish controls and goes to the guard. There he fires in more body punches and then a nice left to the head. His corner asks him to posture and Arish looks to do so, but can’t score right away. He is tied back up but gets through with a left and then pushes back on to his feet and then down to his knees. Arish continues to control and gets through a short elbow and another, and you can see more damage appearing on Alves. Alves tries to move but Arish keeps him there and is slapping lefts into the body. About five land and the final ten is sounded. Arish postures to land a good left elbow and the end of the fight is sounded.
We go to the judges who render the unanimous decision in favour of the winner, Ali Arish.
Rob “The Bear” Broughton vs. Marcin
The main event gets going with Broughton to the centre and eats a left from his opponent who tries to take him down, but Broughton takes his neck and drags him down, and ends in side control. There he works for the kimura and the tap comes.
Rob Broughton gets the Submission (Kimura) in the first round.
SD MMA UK – Fight Night Awards
KO of the night: Lerone Murphy
Submission of the night: Laurence James and Rob Broughton
Fight of the night: Dan Tasker vs. Anthony Reddicen
Performance of the night: Sean Watson
Last night was ICE FC’s first show at The Ritz and it definitely delivered from start to finish with a mammoth card which showcased some talented amateur and professional fighters and gave the fans non-stop action from start to finish.
One thing you know you are going to get from the guys at ICE is well matched fights and value for money, with a professional feel to the show which just adds to the experience.
Everyone who competed showcased a high variety of skills and it shows just how good the UK MMA scene is, in particular up in the North West of England.
ICE will be back with their seventh instalment at the end of July, live from the Irlam Leisure centre, and SD MMA UK will be there to bring you the entire goings on from the evening.
I would like to thank Carl, Aaron and Tom for allowing me to come down and cover the show and hopefully this review does it justice. I know some things won’t be as accurate as they could be as the action moves at quite the pace.