July 30th – Battle Arena 40 – Travel of the Tribe

So July 30th, we hit the long road to Northampton in the UK midlands. Ryan ‘the Hulk’ Spillane is due to defend his Battle Arena European Heavyweight title. His training partner Kieran Pepper will make his long awaited amateur MMA debut in the flyweight division.

13517545_482592178606777_3450227051780929778_oHulk earned the European title back in March, when we travelled to Oxford on short notice to challenge for the strap. With a 10 second headkick KO, a new champ was crowned.

At this point in time, a new challenger has not presented himself but promoter – James Price – is confident he will have a great fight lined up.

Kieran will face a fellow debutant in Farid Achikzai from London Shootfighters. The gym has had a solid stable of fighters down through the years including James ‘Collosus’ Thompson, John Hathaway and Michael ‘Venom’ Page. Click here to see a list of their full fight team. 

I’ve trained with both Hulk and Pepsi now for long enough to have confidence in them regardless of the opponents they face. It really is a case of any fight, any time, any place with these guys.

So far, we have Derek ‘the Crusher’ Hickey joining us on the trip. He’ll be stepping in to gain ringside experience as a shadow judge for the promotion as well as whooping and hooting when our lads enter the arena.

If anyone else is up for making the trip across to Northampton to support the lads, get in touch asap and we’ll help organise flights and accomodation.

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