Straight Blast Gym purple belt Kevin McAloon has managed to defeat many solid grapplers and what makes this impressive is that on top of usually being victorious, he still manages to find himself when he does happen to lose, next to never when it comes to being submitted in active competition. When considering this it makes the idea of his next big match sound so compelling as he will be taking on Higher Level MMA BJJ Brown Belt Craig McIntosh, also training out of Scottish Martial Arts Centre (SMAC) where he coaches. Both with successful backgrounds in MMA they are more known recently for their winning ways on the grappling mats, however, Craig is making a comeback to MMA against a Melvin Manhoef protégé.
With Kevin coming from the SBG Moray Gym and Craig coming from the Higher Level Gym this means that you have two men coming from two of the highest rated gyms in Scotland, SBG Moray for their jiu jitsu success in people like Kevin, Shay Montague (who has won IBJJF NoGi Worlds at blue belt level) and Cage Warriors fighter Aiden Stephen. Higher Level MMA producing UFC fighters Stevie Ray and Danny Henry. So, both men will be prepared for the contest.
Kevin managed to pick up a win recently over known Gordon Price at SGI
Craig managed to pick up a win recently over known Professional MMA fighter Thomas Hepburn at SGI
My final prediction is that it will be an explosive, fast paced match, Craig threatening more submission attempts and having Kevin in danger numerous times throughout the match, but I feel like Kevin will be able to find good positioning and win a decision. However, this is me being pressed for an answer, I would not be surprised if either man submitted their opponent or take a decision, one thing is certain with this match. It will be close, competitive and an absolute must-see match between two of the most dominant grapplers in Scotland right now.
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