OMMAC 14: Bring the Pain
Martin Stapleton defeated Jason Cooledge by unanimous decision in the main event of OMMAC 14: Bring the Pain at the Liverpool Olympia. For three hard rounds, Stapleton pushed the pace but he was unable to put his indomitable opponent away. Southpaw Cooledge has a tendency to lunge in and drop his left hand, but he was able to soak up all the punishment that came his way. Unable to overcome Cooledge’s solid takedown defence, Stapes settled for pushing his man against the fence and roughing him up. Briefly, in the final stanza, the legendary Stapleton energy reserves looked to be flagging, but Cooledge was unable to capitalise.
All the judges saw it in favour of Stapleton and he remains undefeated since returning from his long lay-off. Even though it wasn’t pretty, the man they call 50 Cal was in control throughout.
As Artem Lobov yelled:“The Prospect Killer is Back” at the crowd, the dazed figure of Shay Walsh on the canvas paid testament to his victory cry. For two rounds, Walsh had done everything right. Wary of Lobov’s Wincobank style boxing, he closed the distance, took the SBG man to the floor and put the grind on him. Ten minutes of conservative violence looked to have put the Lancastrian in an impregnable position, then a split second of inspiration turned the contest on its head. In the early exchanges of the final round, Lobov leaned back and let go one of his trademark uppercuts. Walsh stumbled and fell, Lobov swarmed on him and the fight was over.
A fight that shows the cruelty of MMA and reminds us why we love it. Shay Walsh did everything right then ate one shot. Artem Lobov adds another scalp to his impressive collection. Never in a bad fight, the Russian Dubliner is fast becoming the cult hero of UK MMA.
Uche Ihiekwe made short work of David Round. The Kaobon fighter, slapped a guillotine on David Round, went to the ground and waited for the inevitable tap.
Olympia regular Lee Chadwick dropped a series of fearsome elbows from the guard of Stu Tyrie. A cut opened and the doctor decided that the Welshman could not continue.
Gary Kelly and Brian Moore pushed each other to the limit in the fight of the night. Kelly took centre ring early on and and looked sharp, before pushing Moore against the fence to unload spectacular knees in the opening round. In the second, Kelly was unable to convert his take down attempts and it was Moore who found success on the feet later in the round. In the third, Kelly looked for submissions, including a prolonged Rear Naked Choke attempt. Both fighters had their moments, but the judges delivered a majority decision in favour of Kelly.
Next Generation’s Mick Kay scored a TKO win over Brett Healey after 1:17 of the first round.
In amateur action, the ground and pound assault of Darren Till overwhelmed Rich Taylor inside two minutes.
Anthony O’Connor laid the foundations for a 5/5 Kaobon clean sweep with 31 second Arm Triangle win over Lee Threlfall.
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