October saw big events from the UFC and Bellator, with UK and Irish fighters featuring internationally. There were also domestic shows taking place, such as FCC, Akuma, Say Uncle and more.
All monthly winners (and a selection of "wild card" runners up) will go into the year end awards to be crowned ‘Best of UK and Irish MMA in 2014′. They will be sponsored by Caged Steel (any other potential sponsors please contact us for great marketing for your business, with all proceeds going to the fighters).
Here’s what you chose as the best of the action in October 2014.
UK/IRISH MMA AWARDS: OCTOBER 2014 WINNERS
UK/Irish Fighter of the Month – October 2014
Winner: Michael Page (35%)
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Michael "Venom" Page took on his toughest test to date at Bellator 128 last month, and came out of the other end victorious. The Londoner took on Nah-Shon Burrell (10-5-1), and stretched his unbeaten record to 7-0, going 3-0 with the promotion.
MVP scored emphatic 30-27 scorecards across the board, not allowing Burrell to frustrate him with his clinching tactics and answering some of the questions about his wrestling ability. There were flashes of his striking brilliance, but ultimately it was a workmanlike performance that proved he is the real deal.
-Linton Vassell (19%) – Had a great fight for the Bellator LHW title
-Brendan Loughnane (12%) – Another great win for the Manchester man
-Alan Philpott (12%) – Popular Belfast bantamweight back in action
International Fighter of the Month – October 2014
Winner: Magnus Cedenblad (35%)
Cedenblad got your vote for international fighter of the month after being the first man to defeat Doncaster’s Scott Askham at the UFC event in Stockholm.
The big Swede’s wrestling was too much for a game Askham on the night, and he also showed his grit to battle through some tough spots, particularly a savage kick to the face that sent him tumbling.
-Chris Kelades (25%) – Beat Paddy Holohan for the first time in Canada
-Omar Santana (22%) – Impressive submission at Say Uncle 2
-Daniel Requiejo (18%) – Was also on good form in Sheffield
Fight of the Month – October 2014
Winner: Linton Vassell vs. Emanuel Newton – Bellator 130 (40%)
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This was a great battle in which there was a lot at stake, and both men put it all on the line. Linton Vassell became the first Brit to fight for a Bellator title, and gave champion Emanuel Newton a tough time in the first two rounds. Newton was in trouble when he was mounted, and in some close submission attempts.
Though Vassell couldn’t finish, he showed he deserved to be in there fighting for the belt. As the champion came on stronger in the later rounds, he began to land some heavy shots and eventually wrapped up a choke in the fifth. It was positive signs for Vassell, and a gritty victory for ‘The Hardcore Kid’.
-Richard Whitehead vs. Martin Kay – Say Uncle 2 (20%)
-Ashley Reece vs. Anthony O’Connor – FCC 11 (15%)
-Danny Missin vs. Aaron Aby – FCC 11 (11%)
Event of the Month – October 2014
Winner: FCC 11 (32%)
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FCC keep growing and growing, and their eleventh outing was the best yet. There were solid professional matchups that delivered knockouts and submissions, an undercard of quality amateur talent, and a slew of legitimate title bouts.
From start to finish there were contenders for the night’s best fights and finishes, and it carried right on through to the main event where Brendan Loughnane dispatched the tough Ali Maclean to retain his lightweight belt.
A fantastic night of action from the burgeoning promotion.
-Akuma FC 4 (27%) – Solid night of fights in Templepatrick
-Say Uncle 2 (14%) – A big outing despite it being just show number two.
Knockout of the Month – October 2014
Winner: Mike Wilkinson at UFC Stockholm (33%)
Niklas Backstrom did not respect what Mike Wilkinson brought to the table at UFC Stockholm, but he was made to pay a very severe price when the ASW man cleaned him out with a huge right hand a series of follow-up punches.
Confidence is a good trait, but over-confidence can cause problems. Wilkinson knew he had the ability to be competitive in this bout and he showed the UFC that he wasn’t just there to make up the victories.
With the win his picked up the best win and best finish of his career – not bad for a Brit who had ‘no chance’.
-Veronica Macedo (21%) – ‘That’ headkick from Say Uncle 2
-Michael Lutker (18%) – Monster right hand at Akuma MMA
-Michael Younis (10%) – Heavy hands from the Midlands FCC champ
Submission of the Month – October 2014
Winner: Dylan Logan – flying triangle (61%)
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SBG’s Dylan Logan has shown himself to be a very skilled amateur fighter, and coming out of such a camp it’s easy to see where he picks up his skills. However, it’s not only skill but confidence that allows a young fighter to flourish, and the confidence to jump for flying triangles paid off at Akuma.
With his opponent Jordan Wylie pressing him against the fence, Logan went for the finish and it came off in style. You can watch the video HERE.
-Robbie Fallon (15%) – Beautiful transitions and eventual finish at FCC
-Omar Santana (14%) – A slick D’Arce got him the win in Sheffield
-Callum Gaghan (9%) – Tight armbar from Gaghan against a tough opponent
That’s how the votes were cast after an exciting month of UK and Irish MMA. Keep your suggestions coming for November’s awards, as we’re expecting another busy month.
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