Last night I attended FCC 19. This was my first experience cage side and I could not have asked for a better event to do so. Now I have been to MMA events previously, however I had never sat cage side. There was a different feeling to the whole night, you could literally hear the bones clattering and the fighters whimpering, if I had been any closer I would have been participating. So a huge thank you to FCC for been extremely hospitable and providing myself with a brilliant night.
Now the event itself was a huge success, with a total of 23 fights, 7 KO/TKO’s, 11 submissions and 5 unanimous decisions. The talent on display was all of an extremely high caliber, the ring announcer Jonathon Millard gave the fighters fantastic introductions and was very funny throughout the night. I had the good fortune of sitting behind Cage Warriors own Bradley Wharton and got to speak to him on a couple of occasions, he was also very good in the post fight interviews and on commentary. Quickly referring to the now viral walls of Jericho submission in the Jonno Mears fight as the walls of Jonnicho.
The occasion was a big one and the crowds turned out, with every seat I could see full and the barriers behind also packed, there was a great atmosphere with passionate fans singing away all night. There was a mixed crowd and family friendly atmosphere I would highly recommend anybody to support and attend the event in the future.
Now getting to the fights, the first 3 went by before my first drink, all first round stoppages, most notable I would say was Bronson Price a young amateur fighting out of HAMMA is now 2-0 and looked very impressive both stood up and on the ground.
Then the crowd exploded for the arrival of Ryan Thomas in the fourth fight of the night. He was fighting Alan Alan and we were treated to a war for a round and a half before Thomas got the RNC and the crowd went wild.
The amateur fights flew by with great skill on display all night. Then the co- headline event of the amateur fights came about. A late minute replacement saw Warren Mason taking on Jamie Kelly who had been training to win a AM FLYWEIGHT TITLE. This was evident in the fight as Jamie Kelly brought a big crowd and an even bigger performance. The level on display from Kelly and the support for him was that of a champion…. which I’m sure he will be, his now 5-0-0 record doesn’t look bad either.
The headline event for the vacant FCC LW TITLE FIGHT saw Ben Stokes taking on Ollie Morris. This was a very short affair, Ollie Morris secured a Guillotine choke and sank it in, leaving Stokes little option but to tap. This lead us into the interval and the approaching pro fights.
After the break the very first pro fight took place this saw the now famous Jonno Mears submit Aaron Jones with MMA’s very first walls of Jericho. The whole arena went electric, nobody could believe what they had seen. Amazingly this video has now gone viral and been seen by millions of people. (MMA UK’s own Steve Brigg has since interviewed Jonno! if you want to get his incite on the fight , go to our Facebook page and check it out.)
It took a while for the crowd to come to terms with what had just happened, but the next fight saw Lucas Pilch bring a large following, so there interest was quickly rekindled. Then they were treated to A three round war, which finally saw his opponent Mathew Bonner seal the victory via RNC.
The next four fights all ended within the first round, Most notable would have to be Andrew Clamp, with a victory by RNC over a tested veteran of over 20 pro fights in Daniel Konneke. He now has a record of 9-1-0 and I certainly believe that we witnessed someone who will go very far in this sport.
We now arrive at the co main event, it was a local rivalry that had a lot of pre fight fire going in to it. Morgan had announced he would win via first round KO, however his opponent Kennith Richardson had other ideas. With an absolute wrestling clinic, he gave Morgan no chance to get any sort of KO. I felt The fighters almost cancelled each other out. Morgan remained with Richardson in his guard for the majority of the fight and this led to a unanimous decision in the way of Kennith Richardson who is now the FCC British WW Champion with an unblemished perfect record of 4-0-0. I am very keen to watch both fighters next fight, I think given different styles they both have very exciting fights in there future.
The main event of the evening was highly anticipated, Kevin Fryer fought Alex Minogue. This was for the FCC British Middleweight title. The fight was another short one again ending in the first round. The current win streak of Kevin Fryer was extended with pure class. Having seen Fryer fight before I noticed instantly that he looked a lot more comfortable on his feet, then the wrestling took over. Almost securing a RNC Minogue was able to survive and prolong the inevitable as he ended up flattened out and was stopped via TKO.
My summary of the night as I have already said it that it was a huge success. Credit should be given to Adam Teh for organising a fantastic night of fights. And a huge thank you to all fighters involved in the event, you provided an exceptional night of home grown talent.