No matter the background or style, every fighter has a story to tell in their own unique way in the vast and sizeable landscape that is the world of MMA. In today’s episode of Across The Pond, you will be introduced to two chess masters of the ground whose complex arsenals spell checkmate for their opponents.
A professional since April 2014 and representing Blackledge MMA, James Lewis owns a 5-4 record in nine career bouts as a professional comprised of three submissions and two knockouts. Lewis has gone on to finish all five of his professional victories and has competed on some of the top promotions in European MMA including Cage Warriors. He also competed with ACB and ICE FC. In his MMA debut, Lewis faced James Darkes and went on to defeat him via TKO in the first round. He submitted Steve Webster at ICE FC 4 via rear-naked choke in the first round. Then at ICE FC 5, Lewis defeated Ryan Kay via TKO in round one to earn his second knockout win as a professional. At ICE FC 10 he faced Richard Taylor and went on to tap him out via rear-naked choke in the first round. Lewis submitted Shawn Lomas in the second round via kneebar at ICE FC 11. The victory also earned Lewis the third submission win of his professional career. You are at your own peril if you decide to get into a chess match with this crafty veteran!
A professional since June 2018 and representing BKK Fighters under head coach Jack Mason, Leigh Mitchell owns a 1-1 record with the sole victory of his professional career coming via submission. In the main event of Cage Warriors Academy Southeast 24, he faced Rico Biggs and went on to submit him in the second round. With a host of BKK talents having flown the flag before him Mitchell is stating his own emphatic case for greatness!