Made4TheCage is set for a huge end-of-year return as it announces its show ‘KO Cancer’ will take place at Rainton Meadows Arena on November 24th.
The event is set to feature two special charity fights including Mark Solan, founder of the Solan Connor Fawcett Family Cancer Trust, and Curt Warburton, the ex-UFC veteran.
Solan will fight UK MMA legend Robert ‘Buzz’ Berry, who holds a win over Ken Shamrock on his record, with the proceeds going to Solan’s charity. Warburton, who last fought at the Metro Radio Arena in December, will face friend Liam Webstell in his return.
Dale Percival, matchmaker and founder of Made4TheCage said: “Cancer is a cause that is close to us all but especially the North-East MMA community.
“We felt it was only right that for our first charity bouts, Mark’s charity should be the beneficiaries. He’s been a big part of the M4TC family for years now and it’s our honour to host this project.
“The card is taking shape really nicely so far and looks to be one our most stacked ever. With two title fights already and another two in the pipeline, there will be something for everyone in this event.”
The top of the card, Made4TheCage’s 28th show, will feature two huge British title fights. Heavyweight king Tony ‘Oosh’ Mustard (8-4-0, 8-0 on M4TC) will defend his crown against top 20 ranked fighter Andy Spires (4-2-0).
Mustard is coming off a dominant win over Thomas Denham at M4TC 27: Vendetta in February and will be looking to move closer to the European heavyweight title, previously held by now UFC fighter James Mulheron, with a win over Spires.
The second title fight is a rematch of the controversial bout between top North-East prospects Luke Ord (7-2-1) and Harry ‘Houdini’ Hardwick (3-2-0), with Ord defending his British featherweight title.
The two fought on M4TC 27, with Ord, from County Durham, getting the edge in a highly contentious decision, which many thought should have gone to Middlesbrough’s Hardwick.
Also expected on the card are Strawweight title holder Lanchana Green, who won her title with a win against Bryony Tyrell in February, and Kennedy Freeman, daughter of the UK’s first UFC fighter Ian Freeman, who is looking to challenge for the vacant flyweight title.
Negotiations have also begun with top North-East talents Milad Ahady, Lewis Garside, Chris Thirkell and Jamie Stephenson. The latter, a cancer survivor in his own right, could be set for a vacant middleweight title shot if the right match-up can be found.
Dale Percival, matchmaker and founder of Made4TheCage said: “Jamie Stephenson’s recent support is a shining example of the togetherness against the disease and another reason why we felt it was the right time to do a charity show.
“Hopefully we can get the right opponent and line-up a title shot for him.”
The card will also feature Made4TheCage’s trademark extensive amateur card as they look to further the grassroots foundations of mixed martial arts in the UK.
Tickets are available for purchase now and can be bought at 07972612384.