Blackbeard Fight Series 7 which was held at The Maida Gym in Aldershot on 27th April 2019 was an action packed evening of combat sports action which saw the emergence of new talent and old school veterans compete.
The Main event of the evening was a K1 Heavyweight bout where reigning champion Tadas Digrys of Blackbeard MMA was making his third title defence against Robb Peters of Bodyfit team in Maidenhead. Despite Digrys trying his best to put his man away early, Peters managed to survive. Peters showed his durability throughout the 5 round war by keeping a tidy guard against the hard hitting Lithuanian fighter. It was Digrys who emerged the winner via Judges decision and keeping his K1 record on BBFS intact.
The Co-main event was for the BBFS (Weight) Boxing title where the Champion Fynn Judd of (gym name) was making his first title defence against Harry ‘The Hitman’ Camden of the Bodyfit Team from Maidenhead. And what a clinique in Boxing was on display for the fight fans in attendance. Judd relied on superior head movement and counter attacks while Camden returned with slick boxing combinations of his own. Judd got the nod from the Judges scorecards in what was an argubaly fight of the night honours between these two young and upcoming boxers. Judd showed an appreciation to his opponent Harry Camden and said he would welcome a re-match in the Pro ranks in the future.
BBFS 6 had its 6th instalment of its fight night and entertained a packed out venue at the Magnet Centre in Maidenhead, Berkshire.
4 Championship Titles were contested in the evening with three title defences and one vacant title that was up for grabs. This was along with 9 exciting bouts which made up the rest of the fight card.
The main event of the evening was for the Heavyweight Boxing Championship where Mark ‘The Axeman’ Alexander defended his belt against Stanlee ‘Big Country’s Wilson. A back and forth affair in trading leather resulted in Alexander getting the nod via Judges decision and retain his Heavyweight title.
The evenings Co-main event was a Heavyweight K1 title defence where Blackbeard MMA’s current champion Tadas Digrys took on Kickboxing blackbelt Mark O’Connor of the Bodyfit Gym in Maidenhead. Digrys was the victor as he disposed of his opponent just past the 2 minute mark via KO.
BBFS Lightweight Champion and Team Bison fighter Jakub Maciej Kolterniak welcomed Team Crossface’s Omar Sargent . On paper this was looking like being a grapplefest but unfortunately a hand injury sustained to Kolterniak in the very first exchanges of the fight deemed him unfit to carry on and Sargent was declared the winner via TKO.
The vacant BBFS Bantamweight Title was contested between Ultimate Athlete fighter and BJJ brown belt Bablu Chaudhary and current BBFS Flyweight Champion Sufyaan Ashique. This bout was as an extremely exciting fight to watch with both fighters displaying a great skill set in the process. However it was Chaudhary who got the win via straight leg ankle lock deep into round 4 to become the new BBFS Bantamweight Champion.
Other notable performances came from Team Bison Fighter Rio Royes who used tidy Greco Roman wrestling skills and almost came close to finishing his opponent Abdul Menan of MMA Unit via submission in a Featherweight MMA bout and Royes took the win via Judges Decision. Dennis Jorovlea of the Gymbox team in London took on Independant fighter Kipre Jean-Yves in a catch-weight 82kg bout and finished the fight via a tight arm bar with some nice scrambles when transitioning. Blackbeard MMA’s Adam Raja took the win in his debut K1 bout via decision in the bantamweight divison when he took on Reiss Trotman of Impact MMA in Croydon. Raja dominated his foe with some clinical striking. Rising Blackbeard MMA rising star Kashaan Khan took just 30 seconds to beat Talal Thompson of Impact MMA via RNC in a Featherweight MMA bout and firmly cement himself as a future contender for the Featherweight Championship title.
BBFS sold out the Magnet Leisure Centre in Maidenhead for their seventh show of mixed martial arts (MMA) and K1 competition.
12 fights and four titles were contested throughout the course of the show with fighters and teams participating from as far as London, Coventry and Birmingham.
The main event was for the vacant heavyweight title between Slough-based Stanlee Wilson, competing for the Bodyfit Gym in Maidenhead, and Tadas Digrys of BlackBeard MMA in Slough. The contest lived up to its expectation with both fighters giving there all to the delight of the crowd. Digry emerged the winner by way of a TKO stoppage one minute and 30 seconds into the second round to become the new champion.
BBFS also hosted its very first junior bouts as Slough-based stars Adam Dar of Kudo UK and Ubaid Asum from BlackBeard MMA all fought in the flyweight division and this set a firm platform for them to be potential future champions.
Strickers Night 2
After the huge success of the BBFS Strikers night 1, The second instalment of the Strikers night took place which saw three title fights contested being the vacant flyweight K1 title, and two returning BBFS champions were back in action. Andras Toth looking to add the vacant BBFS Heavyweight K1 Title to his BBFS Heavyweight MMA title which he won on BBFS 4 and the ever popular Mark Alexander was defending his BBFS Boxing Heavyweight Title in the evenings main event. There were existing and new fighters on the card from different gyms around the UK showcasing their skills and BBFS Strikers night 2 also welcomed one of the best in the business as Fight commentator / analyst and MC Mr Malcolm Martin call the action as it happened.
BBFS 4 returned to the Magnet Centre in Maidenhead in quick concession considering the last BBFS event of the Strikers night had taken place just a month previous. Not a bad thing really when a promotion puts on two shows in a very short space of time. This time going back to the MMA and K1 format. Its easy to say now that with Blackbeard Fight Series, you just don’t know what surprise they will pull out the bag in terms of what type of fights they will have on the fight card, something I’m sure the combat sports fan certainly wont have no complains about. With a host of gyms nationwide supporting the event and new talent constantly emerging it seemed like another recipe for success. And what a night there was in store! There was 3 title fights on the line as the evening progressed. First up the vacant BBFS Heavyweight MMA Championship title fight, this was followed by the vacant BBFS Lightweight title (vacated by former Champion Hamza Himdy) which saw an exciting back and forth battle between the fighters. The main event was a BBFS Middleweight title defence where reigning MMA Champion Nabil Forde took on a tough and durable BBFS Middleweight title contender and BBFS veteran in what was without a doubt the fight of the night which had each fighters fans on the edge of their seats and very vocal in support of their fighter! there was an electric atmosphere to the end of the night and another successful wrap for the BBFS team.
BBFS Strikers night
For the next BBFS event, the management at BBFS decided to hold a Strikers Night this time in their new home of The Magnet Centre in Maidenhead. This would consist of a fight night purely dedicated to K1 Kickboxing and Boxing. Having experimented with a night of K1 and MMA at BBFS 2 and with a growing contingent of Boxers wanting on for future shows, putting together a night of combat sports in these two disciplines certainly did not disappoint! There was a total of 4 K1 bouts of which one was a vacant Welterweight K1 title contested for and 8 boxing bouts of where there were two title fights, The Super welterweight belt and a mouth-watering Heavyweight Championship title fight as the main event feature. What was impressive to see from the Strikers night was a mix of youth, veterans of the sport and Individuals who had crossed over from MMA and going out of their comfort zones to test themselves in other combat sport disciplines such as Boxing and K1. The skill level of some of the fights on display was amazing It was a packed out venue by the end of the evening’s Heavyweight title fight spectacle. From nonstop fight action to adjustments made to the production ensured the debut Strikers night show finish on an extremely positive high.
The third instalment of Blackbeard fight series was the promotions Midlands debut and BBFS were now on the road with just two shows in. This stop would be in the City of Birmingham at the Badshah Palace venue and the promotion would return to an evening consisting just of MMA bouts. The BBFS promotors were now working in conjunction with As-Suffa Institute’s outreach project which was a Birmingham based charity helping the needy and homeless and a percentage of sales of all ticket monies sold would be given to this cause. It was a solid fight card in store which was dubbed ‘Night of the Champions’ where the promotion had its existing champions (Nabil Forde MW, Shaf Salim WW, Haroon Ashique FW, Muhidin Abubakar BW) from the first two shows defend their belts, coupled with the vacant Light heavyweight, Lightweight and Flyweight straps which would be contested on this night. The action didnt stop there with BBFS adding a one off Professional Welterweight MMA Main event to the already stacked fight card starring Pro MMA fighter and UK MMA veteran Shah ‘No Pain’ Hussain vs Jack Scott. The event was an action packed night of MMA which saw some cracking bouts on display and another instalment of BBFS which just upped the stakes in terms of deliverance.
Blackbeard Fight series 2 which was the second show held at The Centre in Slough, Berkshire had a bit of a different mix to it this time out. By popular demand many of the participating clubs from the first show as well as new clubs that were involved in this show wanted to put forward fighters who wanted to fight in K1 rules bouts, therefore the promotors at BBFS obliged! the teaming up with S3 Fight League (Coventry based Muay Thai / Kickboxing promotion) seemed like the perfect co-promotion to work with on this event to make this happen, therefore 4 K1 bouts were contested and one being for the S3 fight league 72kg title. The vacant BBFS Bantamweight and Lightweight straps were also fought for and what an amazing array of skills demonstrated by the fighters on the night. The highlight of BBFS 2 was without a doubt the matchmaking involved and this topped off another successful evening for all in attendance.
The Inaugural BBFS 1 show which was held at The Centre, in Slough, Berkshire saw a fantastic night of live Mixed Martial Arts action unfold. All bouts were ‘C’ Class MMA rule bouts. 3 vacant Title fights were contested during the course of the evening with both local and clubs from up and down the country having their fighters showcasing their skills.
Many fighters matched up on the night were debutants and the 3 fights for the Featherweight, Welterweight, and Middleweight titles on the night certainly did not disappoint. Overall with some great fights, brilliant production for a debuting amateur show and a solid team of officials many of whom have covered major UK and European MMA organisations, it was safe to say that Blackbeard Fight Series had defiantly made a stamp on the UK Amateur fight scene. The promotion firmly has goals to act as a feeder show for fighters to begin their MMA / combat sports journey but to also ensure that their fighters are able to enjoy the exposure from the production value that is built into the BBFS brand.