Local Fighters from Carnoustie’s Mixed Martial Arts club HouseOfPainMMA were in action last weekend in Hamilton.
The show FFC:Resurgence was billed as one of the biggest MMA shows in Scotland and had fighters competing from the top gyms in Scotland and Northern Ireland.
As is commonplace in MMA, injuries disrupted the original card, with Lemmy Milne’s bout being scrapped and Euan Fraser’s opponent changed to a much more experienced fighter with a record of 5-2.
First up was James Collins, who faced a Muay Thai fighter from Scottish Hit Squad. Everyone expected a stand up battle until James ‘ZombieDNA’ walked through his opponent’s heavy blows, landing some kicks and knees before being taken down to the mat.
After valiantly sweeping his opponent he landed in an unfortunate submission and was forced to tap.
Next up was Nathan Bowles, who had worked exceptionally hard to make the 72.4kg weight limit and was in great condition. His opponent trained out of DNFT in Glasgow, home to current UFC stars and domestic champions.
This did not daunt Nathan as again he dominated on his feet from the start and controlled his opponent on the ground before being submitted via choke with only seconds remaining in the round.
Finally, it was the turn of Euan ‘Dapper’ Fraser. The Heavyweight brawler had worked exceptionally hard the past eight weeks to get in shape for this fight coming down from 118 kg and under the expert supervision of his coach losing an astonishing 10kg in 24 hours to weigh in at a lean 102 kg. His opponent had been lined up to compete for a title that very night so we knew it was going to be a massive test.
Straight off the bat McGregor Simpson caught Euan with a massive left hook that dazed the fighter.
Rather than crumbling Euan it fired him into action, leading to a flurry of punches and knees from the clinch and and expertly executed hip toss landing in side control.
From this position Euan was able to unleash a barrage of ground attacks leaving the ref no option to call a stop to the fight at 42 seconds of the very first round.
Head Coach at HoPMMA Cal Owens stated his immense pride in all of the fighters.
He said: “To go along and compete as the smallest and youngest Fight Team in Scotland and put on a display like that against the most established teams in the UK is an amazing accomplishment from my fighters.”
James Collins has already set his sights on a return to the cage with a bout confirmed in Dundee on October 11, with tickets available from the HoPMMA gym.
Training continues at the brand new Fitness Studio and Combat Centre, provided by main sponsor Angus Healthyliving at Barry Business Centre, Carnoustie.
All levels welcome ages 15 and upwards.