Fury MMA: Review and Results
Sunday 10th June – Fury MMA returned to the Coronet Theatre in London with their second event of the year, bringing with them an action packed card stacked with exciting fights filled with submissions, brutal knockouts and both Fury MMA heavyweight and lightweight titles being put on the line.
Paul Saunders vs. Tomasz Czerwinski
Neither fighter was in the mood for the feeling-out-process, engaging in a frantic brawl right from the off. Czerwinski backed Saunders up against the fence, but Saunders was able to reverse the position. From the clinch Czerwinski fired off a series of knees to his opponent’s abdomen and escaped off the cage, before uncorking a thunderous straight-right that had Saunders staggered and on the back foot. A few more shots from the Polish giant were all that was needed to separate the Brit from his senses and leave him crumpled on the mat.
Tomasz Czerwinski defeats Paul Saunders by KO – Rnd 1 1:09 – to become the Fury MMA heavyweight champion.
Vitor Silva vs. Nigel Whitear
Despite a tentative start from both fighters, this lightweight title clash between Silva and Whitear was a gruelling back and forth battle with plenty of excitement. Whitear came close with a looping overhand-right late in the first, then slipped the jab and followed up with a series of leg kicks. Silva managed to catch one kick and drove his opponent to the floor, where he unleashed a barrage of vicious shots. Whitear looked to secure an arm bar just as the first round came to a close.
A spinning back fist from Silva got the second round off to a flying start. Whitear responded with a leg kick, which Silva was able to catch and slam his opponent to the mat and fire off several quick shots before Whitear was able to scramble back to his feet. This time it was Whitear’s turn to catch his opponent’s kick and he managed to connect with a straight-right to the chin that had the Brazilian reeling back against the cage. Silva shot in for the takedown, but Whitear managed to wind up in top position, where he went to work with a brutal display of ground and pound that soon had Silva bloodied up. Despite visibly looking rocked, Silva was able to latch onto his opponent’s leg and ride out the remainder of the round.
Whitear opened the third stanza by landing a crisp 1-2 combo, Silva looked for the takedown, but Whitear just shrugged him off. Using his jab to pepper the face of his opponent, Whitear seemed to step up a gear and began to take the fight to Silva. A spinning back fist from Whitear was partially blocked by Silva, who then shot in for the takedown. Whitear was able to out-power the tired Brazilian and worked his way into top-position just as the buzzer signalled the end of the fight.
Nigel Whitear defeats Vitor Silva via unanimous decision and is crowned the new Fury MMA lightweight champion.
Mak Mwanza vs. Gary Duffy
Duffy landed a leg kick early on, but Mwanza clinched and backed his opponent up against the fence. A slam from Duffy took the action to the ground and despite landing in his opponent’s guard, Mwanza was able to escape off the bottom and look for a darce choke. Duffy did a good job of scrambling back to his feet, but found himself locked in a standing guillotine just as the first round drew out.
Both fighters came out swinging in the second round. Duffy was able to trip his opponent to the mat, but Mwanza managed to roll free and take Duffy’s back and lock in a rear-naked choke. Duffy worked valiantly to roll over as he tried desperately to work himself free by kicking off the side of the cage, but with no options left he had no choice but to tap.
Mak Mwanza defeats Gary Duffy by tap out due to a rear-naked choke – Rnd 2 0:29
Paula Donnelly vs. Khadija Nathaniel
In the solo female MMA bout of the evening, Donnelly and Nathaniel set pulses racing with a relentless back and forth battle that took place over every square inch of the cage. As the fighters touched gloves, Nathaniel wasted no time in launching her assault and trading punches with Donnelly. From the clinch, Donnelly was able to back her opponent up against the fence, where Nathaniel found herself having a point deducted for repeatedly grabbing the cage. Nathaniel was able to finish the round strong by taking her opponent to the ground, where she worked her way into full mount, but just as time ran out in the first.
Again, Nathaniel came out all guns blazing and throwing an overhand-right. Donnelly was able to press her opponent back against the cage where, after repeated warning, she was docked a second point for continuously grabbing hold of the fence. As the action resumed, Donnelly took her opponent down and quickly transitioned into the crucifix position and began raining down blows to her opponent’s head. Nathaniel managed to power out and work her way back to the feet as the second round came to a close.
In the third and final round, neither fighter eased off the pace. Nathaniel came out with her trademark overhand-right, but Donnelly was able to tie her up and wrestle Nathaniel back against the cage. From the clinch, Nathaniel fired off a few quick knees to the body and Donnelly responded by taking the fight to the ground. Nathaniel was able to latch onto her opponent’s neck and looked to work for a guillotine choke, but Donnelly successfully worked her way into full mount and unleashed with some heavy hammer-fists. Nathaniel was able to wriggle free and scramble back to her feet. Both fighters finished the round, swinging furiously until the final buzzer.
Paula Donnelly defeats Khadija Nathaniel by unanimous decision
Nathan Shark vs. Jason Black
Shark came out quick with a leg kick, but Black checked the kick and shot in for a takedown. Fighting off of his back, Shark locked in an arm-in guillotine, but Black was able to wriggle free, and as he did, Shark latched onto his opponent’s arm and secured the arm bar for a quick submission finish.
Nathan Shark defeats Jason Black by arm bar submission – Rnd 1 0:52
Roger Griffin vs. Jarvis Gray
Gray come flying out of the gate with a left hook that just whizzed past Griffin’s temple. Griffin attempted a single leg take down, but Gray was able to keep his balance. Gray scored a takedown attempt of his own and quickly transitioned into full mount with his opponent pinned against the fence. Griffin does well to scramble free and get back to his feet, but again the fight spills to the floor with Griffin now in full-mount. Gray escapes from off the bottom and as he tries to scramble back to his feet Griffin is able to take his back and sink in a rear-naked choke for the submission finish.
Roger Griffin defeats Jarvis Gray by rear-naked choke submission – Rnd 1 1:47
Bill Beaumont vs. George Chase
Chase took the centre of the cage, but Beaumont landed first with a crisp 1-2 combination. After a brief exchange of leg kicks, Beaumont pushed the fight against the cage and begun to pour it on with shots to the body and head. Chase looked to be visibly stunned and a cut had opened up on his face. Chase pulled guard and attempted a guillotine choke, but Beaumont was able to work his way into half-guard and set about to attacking the ribs and the head of his opponent. The referee called for a break in the action for a doctor to inspect the cut on Chase’s brow, and after a brief discussion with the referee the fight is stopped.
Bill Beaumont defeats George Chase via doctor stoppage due to a cut – Rnd 1 2:47
Jamie Ings vs. Stephen Black
Black immediately backed Ings up against the cage and shoots for the takedown. Ings was able to reverse the position and wind up in top-position before transitioning to full mount, where he opened up with a brutal display of ground and pound, landing with precision perfect shots and forcing the referee to step in and save Black from any further damage.
Jamie Ings defeats Stephen Black by referee stoppage due to ground and pound – Rnd 1 1:07
George Grainger vs. Lewis Butterworth
Grainger got the action underway with a low kick, before tripping Butterworth to the canvas, where he was able to move into side control and sink in an arm-triangle. Butterworth fought desperately to twist out, but was eventually forced to tap.
George Grainger defeats Lewis Butterworth by arm-triangle submission – Rnd 1 0:30
Full Card Results
• Tomasz Czerwinski defeats Paul Saunders by KO – Rnd 1 1:09 – to become the Fury MMA heavyweight champion.
• Nigel Whitear defeats Vitor Silva via unanimous decision and is crowned the new Fury MMA lightweight champion.
• Mak Mwanza defeats Gary Duffy by tap out due to a rear-naked choke – Rnd 2 0:29
• Paula Donnelly defeats Khadija Nathaniel by unanimous decision
• Nathan Shark defeats Jason Black by arm bar submission – Rnd 1 0:52
• Roger Griffin defeats Jarvis Gray by rear-naked choke submission – Rnd 1 1:47
• Bill Beaumont defeats George Chase via doctor stoppage due to a cut – Rnd 1 2:47
• Jamie Ings defeats Stephen Black by referee stoppage due to ground and pound – Rnd 1 1:07
• George Grainger defeats Lewis Butterworth by arm-triangle submission – Rnd 1 0:30
In the boxing section of the card
• Jerome Daley defeated Roger Griffin by TKO – Rnd 1 1:57
• Luke Robinson defeated David Zotolofski by unanimous decision
• Luke Robinson defeated Cliff Meeks by TKO – Rnd 1 0:32
• Ryan Edinburgh defeated Tommy Scully by verbal retirement – Rnd 2 1:59
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