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While other young upstarts cry off with the cold, OMMAC forge ahead with another hard hitting card.
Up top are two good looking title bouts. Martin Thompson and Neil Wain face off for the British Heavyweight strap. A couple of years ago, Martin Thompson was the consensus UK #1 after consecutive first round wins over Tom Blackledge, Tengiz and Colin Robinson. Followed everywhere by a crew of noisy Cumbrians, ‘The Ox’ was highly touted, but things haven’t quite worked out. His sole outing in the last two years saw him literally lifted of his feet by a single shot from Neil Grove at Ultimate Challenge.
Old Skool Wain made it all the way to the big show after a string of brutal KO wins. After a 90 second pounding at the hands of Shane Carwin at UFC 89, he was cut loose and has since plied his trade in venues ranging from Abu Dhabi to Rotherham.
Both men built their early success on having heavy hands and there could be fireworks. It remains to be seen how the Grove KO has affected Thompson’s confidence. In the past, the takedown followed by ground and pound has been his back up plan and he may decide this is the best policy against a known slugger like Wain. However, the new, improved Neil Wain has more to his game these days and recent outings have shown he is capable of going the distance. The winner of this well balanced contest will have a claim to be the best unsigned UK heavy (although both should be at 205 really).
With the UFC shopping for little British guys to staff their new weight classes, James Doolan and Vaughn Harvey will be hoping to impress. The fight was originally scheduled for early snow casualty Kudegra and Doolan must start as clear favourite as he returns to his happy hunting ground. His last trip to Liverpool saw him TKO the legend that is Leigh Remedios and previously he put in bravura performance before submitting James McGuinness on the final Cage Gladiators show. Between those fights, he dropped a decision to Greg Knapp, showed off some of his killer stand up to beat Hugo Leonardo and fell victim to the sub of the year against Artemij Sitenkovat Bushido Challenge (another show that suffered from terminal frostbite).
Vaughn Harvey snatched defeat from the jaws of victory when he took on Ash Grimshaw for the vacant Cage Gladiators Featherweight belt last year. Now operating at the Bantam, he is sure to be a force to be reckoned with. As well as owning some of the smartest tatts in the biz, the Dragon Boy has class and has only slipped up against the very best. Doolan will need to be on his game to get by Vaughn.
The Olympia has produced a wealth of talent for the big shows and there are plenty of highly tipped lads down the card. It should be another cracker.
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BRITISH HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE
Martin Thompson (champ) v Neil Wain
BRITISH BANTAMWEIGHT TITLE
James Doolan (champ) v Vaughn Harvey
lhw Mick Solomons v Fraser Opie
mw John Gillies v Aurijius Kerpe
ww Mike Hughes v Daniel Park
bw Dean Garnett v Nathan Thompson
ww Ste Hodgeson v Steve Behan
lw Uche Ihiekwe v Keiron Malone
lw Danny Sweeney v Dave Straughton
lw Greg Severs v Tim Close
ww Danny Roberts v tbc
bw Pietro Menga v Keith Coady
hw Adam Parkes v Deivydas Banaitais
mw Lee Chadwick v Cathal Pendred
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