Smith, Heagney Victorious at Ultimate Challenge
Ben Smithdefeated Kiane Sabet for the inaugural superfight
heavyweight title Saturday to conclude Ultimate Challenge “Mayhem”
at the Troxy theatre in London.
Nightclub entrepreneur Sabet, in his first professional fight for a
decade, began strongly, utilizing his superior strength to brush
off Smith’s repeated takedown attempts and land some solid
However, when Smith succeeded in taking the fight to the ground, it
became clear that Sabet’s prolonged period of inactivity had not
been spent grappling. Smith effortlessly transitioned from side
control to mount, locking in an arm-triangle choke that Sabet aided
in tightening by rolling Smith on to his side. Sabet succumbed to
the choke at 3:09 of the first round.
Another new champion was crowned on the card as Francis
Heagney overcame Tim
Radcliffe for the organization’s lightweight title.
A breathless and highly energetic contest saw both fighters swap
advantageous positions on the ground with a series of scrambles and
reversals. It ended when Heagney sunk a guillotine from the bottom
as Radcliffe attempted to mount at 3:12 of the second round.
Heagney, who trains out of the London Shootfighters gym, improves
to 7-3 and ends Radcliffe’s impressive four-fight win streak.
Elsewhere, the final of the Ultimate Challenge light heavyweight
tournament will be contested between another London Shootfighter
Edwards and Cage Rage veteran Jake
Bostwick, after they overcame Jamie Hearn
Edwards defeated the ever-entertaining Hearn via tapout from
strikes at 2:13 of the first round. Hearn, who entered the cage in
a coffin with his cornermen doubling as pallbearers, continues to
suffer from a non-existent ground game to compliment his
After a promising initial exchange for the Windsor-based fighter,
Edwards secured the takedown before firing off thirty seconds of
unanswered ground-and-pound for the victory.
The bout between Jake
Bostwick and Chris
Harman made for a comparatively tepid affair, as both fighters
began each round with an embrace. That loving sentiment remained
throughout an uneventful opening two rounds, before Harman, who
took the fight on just two days notice, tired badly and was caught
in a rear-naked choke at 2:54 of the third round.
An enlarged crowd, bearing the effect of polarizing media darling
Reid, delayed ‘The Reidinator’s’ UK-1 title defense against
Mason, by brawling around the VIP section. A further scuffle
punctuated the controversial decision in Reid’s favor.
Murch def. Mark Smith --
Submission (Kimura) 4:55 R1
Colin French def. Liam Etebar -- TKO (Punches) 2:36 R1
John Kelly def. Keith Singh
-- Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) 5:00 R2
Dan Movahed def. Michael
Sidwell -- TKO (Punches) 1:37 R1
Jim O’Keefe def. Danny
Beevor -- TKO (Punches) 2:54 R1
def. Simon Gill --
Submission (Guillotine) 1:51 R2
Omar def. Marcus
Thomas -- Submission (Kimura) 2:24 R1
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