UCMMA 45 event report and images by Jimmy Page – all pictures are property of Jimmy Page – contact us for usage.
John Demmel vs Catalin Zmarandescu
In main event, Romanian war machine, Catalin Zmarandescu was very well supported as he walked down the ramp to face John Demmel – one of the most feared heavyweights in UCMMA history.
Understandably, Zmarandescu charged out of the corner like his arse was on fire at the start of the fight, hurtling towards Demmel in search of the takedown. The attack was completely undisguised, but through sheer force of will, the Titan fighter managed to slam his opponent to the floor.
Once grounded, Demmel showed some genuine skill as he worked from guard to hit the perfect wall-walk and regain his footing. He’s obviously drilled that very carefully; it was impressive.
Pinned to the cage, Demmel opted to punch his way out of trouble and began to beat Zmarandescu up with a stream of hard punches to the temple. The Romanian persisted with the takedown attempt, but the punches quickly began to take their toll. Soon enough, Demmel had powered his back off the cage and driven his foe into the mat.
On the ground, Zmarandescu was dazed and out of sorts as he turtled up in the hope of avoiding further damage. This only made it worse as Demmel seized his chance to end the fight with a barrage of chopping punches to the head.
Michael Shipman vs Jimmy Miller
Michael Shipman was a significant favourite in this match up with Jimmy ‘Justice’ Miller – and soon showed why as he punched his way into the clinch and easily took the fight to the floor.
Miller attempted to escape from the bottom, by turning face down and looking to stand up. Shipman had anticipated this defensive move and clamped on the same anaconda grip which yielded a submission win in his last match.
However, instead of rolling to complete the submission on the floor, Shipman made a statement by standing up, lifting Miller high in the air by the neck to force the submission.
Marian Rusu vs Andrew Cunningham
In terms of combats sports, heavyweight UK-1 kickboxing with 4oz gloves is about as tough as it gets. That was no problem for hardman security specialist, Marian Rusu or former bare knuckle boxer, Andrew Cunningham as they stepped in to fight.
Rusu has made improvements to his boxing technique and looked very dangerous as he pushed forward, unleashing power shots at Cunningham’s head
The more he landed, the more confident Rusu became. A hard right hand followed by a right uppercut-left hook combination put Cunningham in real trouble and he backed toward the cage. As Rusu darted after him, Cunningham threw a massive overhand right which caught his foe square on the jaw.
Rusu dropped to the mat unconscious and Cunningham was declared the winner by knock out after 100 seconds of pure action.
Chris Garnett vs Gio Marchese
In a bantamweight UK-1 battle, Chris Garnett charged after Bristol-based kickboxer, Gio Marchese, who danced, moved and countered with hard side kicks, one-two punching combinations and axe kicks.
For all of his aggression and determination, Garnett was facing a skill deficit and was punished for stepping in overzealously. After three rounds of cat-and-mouse action, Gio Marchese was declared the winner by unanimous decision.
Kes Mamba vs Modestas Bukauskas
Rising star, Modestas Bukauskas sent out multiple early warnings to Kes Mamba as he kicked his way into an early lead.
Mamba quickly realised his best chance of victory would be on the ground, so he lifted Bukauskas up for a slam – Modestas defended well, but was propelled skywards and came down in the splits, landing directly on his butt.
Bukauskas shook off a tough first round by seizing on an early mistake after the restart, taking top position and beating Mamba mercilessly from the mount until the referee had seen enough, one minute into the second round.
Darrel Field vs Eddie White-Overton
Eddie White-Overton is not your average 51-year old man. Up against a much younger opponent, he fought like a silver-haired Remy Bonjasky as he whipped in right low kicks and left switch kicks.
Field wisely opted to take the fight tot the ground and landed a sweet judo takedown. Enraged, White-Overton quickly swept his way to mount position and stepped back to his feet rather than pursue an advantage on the floor, absolutely unprecedented scenes.
White-Overton renewed his assault standing and smashed his foe with an array of shots; however, after abandoning the ground game earlier in the bout, he leapt on a chance to finish the fight with a standing choke, dragging Field to the floor to complete the submission at the two minute mark.
Alexandru Mezei vs Kostadin Enev
Kostadin Enev had a dream start against Alexandru Mezei as he clipped his opponent with a hard right hand which dropped him onto the mat and into a world of trouble.
To his credit, Mezei fought well to recover and retain his composure under a barrage of hammerfists and stalled Enev’s progress with a damage-limiting but ultimately ill-fated takedown attempt.
Mezei lashed out with punches and caught the marauding Enev on his way in several times. However, Enev was too powerful and hunted his opponent down, landing with a brutal left high kick to end the contest at 2.23 of the first round.
Dave Rintoul vs Terry Brazier
Veteran campaigner, Dave Rintoul welcomed newcomer Terry Brazier to the UCMMA cage – and probably wished he hadn’t.
The fighters exchanged low kicks in the opening seconds and Rintoul banged in some hard knees from the clinch before shooting for the take down.
Brazier was having none of the ground battle and sprawled well, before leaning in with punches to temple as Rintoul turtled to avoid damage. After one escape, Brazier turned up the pressure and absolutely battered Rintoul on the floor for the stoppage midway through the first round.
Ben Schneider vs Ben Main
In a battle of raw, determined heavyweights, Ben Schneider punched his way into control in the early moments as he repeatedly got the better of the wild punching exchanges.
Schneider took the fight to the floor by grabbing hold of Main by the neck and propelling him to the canvas.
Once grounded, the Welshman teed off with punches non-stop, landing one after the other. Main was absorbing punishment well, but the referee can’t watch punch after punch land without any attempt to improve position. The fight was called to a halt at the 64 second mark.
Tommy Gunn vs Alex Lahore
In a pre-fight interview, Alex Lahore joked, pure deadpan, that he had been eating biscuits and relaxing in preparation for the fight – then delivered the punch line by turning up looking as fit as a butcher’s dog.
Tommy Gunn attacked with punches and right low kicks, before pushing forward into the clinch. Lahore worked well with his back on the cage and achieved double-underhooks, straight into a bodylock takedown.
Lahore battered his opponent on the floor, picking his spots and landing with hard punches while controlling position. Gunn refused to remain a punch-bag and went to elbows-knees in an attempt to stand up. The trap was sprung and Lahore pounced in with a guillotine choke just after the four-minute mark.
Andy Cona vs Umer Kayani
A rematch between career brawlers rarely disappoints the crowd and this match up was no exception; the fighters immediately tore into each other with tandem punching assaults.
As Kayani began to enjoy greater success, Cona grabbed hold of his opponent and scored one of the most technically perfect suplexes ever seen in the UCMMA cage.
However, as the fight progressed, Andy Cona left his neck out in a scramble, allowing the wily veteran to lace up a tight guillotine hold which forced the tap at 3.30.
Edgaras Banikonis vs Arunas Andriuskevicus
Arunas Andriuskevicus made short work of Edgaras Banikonis as he dispatched him with a low-risk game plan. After taking control in the clinch, Andriuskevicus pinned his foe to the mat and went to work with body shots. A well-placed knee did the damage and Banikonis was rendered helpless one-and-a-half minutes into the first round.
Liam James vs Craig Rooney
Craig Rooney scored a lightening fast win as he rag-dolled Liam James before bashing him from rear mount in just 12 seconds.
Rashid Sorani vs Mehdad Jamzemini
Mehdad Jamzemini got the evening off to a flying start by taking down Rashid Sorani and immediately rolling out for a heel hook, to snatch victory in only 24 seconds.