UK And Irish MMA Awards: September 2013 Results

UK And Irish MMA Awards: September 2013 Results

The votes are in, and here's what you've deemed the best of UK MMA in September.


The UK MMA electorate has spoken, and the re-introduction of the monthly UK MMA Awards saw a huge amount of you get involved to support your favourite fighters and events.

There were some exceptionally close battles, in the cage and in the polls, but in the end the winners have been chosen by you.

The awards returned too late for the 2013 year to be taken as a whole, so the victors that had the highest number of votes after December will be awarded some goods from our sponsors, including Caged Steel. If you’re a UK MMA company and would like to get involved in rewarding the top talent, contact us.

As of 2014, all monthly winners will be entered into the yearly awards for bigger prizes.

On to the good stuff…

UK/Irish MMA Awards: September 2013 Winners

UK/Irish Fighter of the Month – September 2013

Winner: Brett Johns (39%)

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It was hardly a surprise that the votes revealed Brett ‘Pikey’ Johns as man of the hour. Coming in as the tournament underdog, undefeated Johns amassed an impressive eight full rounds of fighting on the night in Cardiff.

To get to the final, he had to usurp long-time top European David Haggstrom – no easy feat in itself. Going to a third overtime round, Johns hung on with superior wrestling to punch his ticket to the title shot.

He met tournament reserve Jordan Desborough, who has stopped Timur Mercanoglu with strikes in his first round bout. Of course major credit also goes to Desborough for a great performance of his own, but Johns was awarded the win by the judges with relentless attacking wrestling, and a great showing of his skills.

Johns no doubt went up in the estimations of the fans as, just days after the event, he was confirmed to be defending his title against James Brum in December, not resting on his laurels. It tees up another great battle, and one that will really change the landscape of the UK bantamweight division.

Runners Up:

-Colin Fletcher (27%) – Great comeback win for ‘Freakshow’
-Liam McGeary (22%) – Remained undefeated with Bellator KO

International Fighter of the Month – September 2013

Mats Nilsson (24%)

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Mats Nilsson added another impressive CWFC victory to his resume at Cage Warriors 59, as he stopped the tough Denniston Sutherland via TKO with a ground and pound onslaught.

Sweden’s Nilsson made it 3-0 with the promotion, and 11-2-1 overall, with notable victories over the likes of Magnus Cedenblad, Chris Scott, Tommy Speer, and now Denniston Sutherland.

The way he dealt with one of the UK’s most tenacious middleweights earned him the votes, and he has to be in or around Cage Warriors title contention.

Runners Up:

-Jason Jones (23%) – Submitted Max Nunes at BAMMA 13
-Jim Alers (19%) – Retained his Cage Warriors world title

Fight of the Month – September 2013

Fletcher vs. Newman – BAMMA 13 (53%)

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A deserving victor, as Colin Fletcher and Tim Newman fought at a frenetic pace for the full fifteen minutes in their BAMMA lightweight tussle.

Both men have slick striking, but this turned out to be a high-paced, non-stop ground battle, with both men looking for submissions constantly. They came close, and Newman looked to pull it back from the brink with his dangerous guard, but Fletcher’s constant pressure and ground and pound earned him the victory.

It’s a grappling fight that you can show to non-MMA fans to highlight how the ground game can be just as exciting as the stand-up, and a worthy winner of Fight of the Month.

Runners Up:

-Johns vs. Desborough – CWFC 59 (36%)
-Davisdottir vs. English – EFN 1 (4%)

Event of the Month – September 2013

Cage Warriors 59 (42%)

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Cage Warriors 59 saw the bantamweight tournament crown a new world champion, Jim Alers defend his 145lbs belt, and a whole host of top international and domestic stars in action.

For pure drama, the tournament format excels, and that no doubt drew the majority of the votes. With more tournaments to come, it looks like CWFC are putting themselves in the runnings for more successes in this category.

They edged a solid BAMMA 13 card by 4%, with losses for many of the top BAMMA names possibly leaving a bit of a sour taste with UK MMA fans.

Runners Up:

-BAMMA 13 (38%) – Some great fights and top names in Birmingham
-FCC 7 (14%) – The North West’s fastest rising show

Knockout of the Month – September 2013

Liam McGeary def. Beau Tribolet (punch) at Bellator 100 (29%)

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Liam McGeary notched up his second Bellator over 7-2 veteran Beau Tribolet, maintaining his own undefeated record in the process. Andover’s McGeary, now resident in New Jersey, made a big impact in the Bellator division as well as on Tribolet’s jaw, and it’ll be interesting to see what’s next for him.

The 6’6" light-heavyweight cuts an imposing figure, and his solid striking game makes him a threat to most at 205lbs.

Runners Up:

-Rany Saadeh def. Danny Missin (knee to the ribs) at BAMMA 13 (22%)
-Marley Swindells def. Josh Ramage (punches) at Adrenalin FN (13%)

Submission of the Month – September 2013

Jason Jones def. Max Nunes (arm triangle) at BAMMA 13 (31%)

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The Villain certainly lived up to his moniker pre-fight, and then delivered in emphatic fashion inside the cage. Max Nunes was highly touted and undefeated, but Jones paid no respect to the hype and went in to do a job.

The powerful Dutch fighter took Nunes down, threw some heavy shots, and locked in a fierce arm-triangle to get the tap. Not many people thought it would be a submission that would end it in his favour, but he showed just how good he can be on the mat.

With the win, he took the BAMMA light-heavyweight title, and extended his record to 20-10.

Runners Up:

-Tommy Maguire def. Lewis Long (guillotine choke) at CWFC 59 (20%)
-Sam Gilbert def. Jamie Rogers (triangle choke) at CWFC 59 (16%)


That’s how the votes were cast after an exciting month of UK MMA. Cage Warriors and BAMMA were dominant this time around, but there are many other great domestic shows to look forward to before the year is out.

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