WFS 3 York Hall

WFS 3 York Hall

WFS 3 York Hall

The stage is set- The famous York hall in London’s Bethnal Green which has been synonymous with boxing for so many years held its first MMA event last night. WFS 3….the 3rd instalment for WFS went down last night and saw the vacant welter weight belt get claimed. WFS 3 York Hall marked another great night in UK MMA and showcased some serious talent.

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York hall turned out to be one hell of a venue for MMA. Its relatively small capacity of 1200 made for an intimate setting for a night of great fights. The sound system blared out pump up music prior to the event and there was a good vibe heading into the line up fights. The 18:30 start time was slightly delayed by half an hour but it didn’t detract from the success of the night. WFS owner and director Harry Shoebridge looked smart and worked hard from the outset to ensure the event ran smoothly and ultimately did a great job. The timings,, were on point throughout the night with non stop action proving the packed house with constant entertainment. The atmosphere was spot on from the outset of the night with no lull in cheering from the fans and it reached its peak for the main event fight which turned out to be an absolute barn burner and may very well win the UK MMA fight of the year

The first four fights were fought under amateur MMA rules and featured some hungry, up coming fighters including the first female event WFS has put on……

Tom Mowle Vs Richard briggs

WFS 3 York Hall

Mowle was the younger fighter by over a decade coming into this fight at only 20 years old with his opponent, Briggs, at 33. The young fighter didn’t look phased during the walkouts and proved his tough demeanour during all 3 round of the fight. His decision win could have so easily been a TKO in rounds 2 or 3 if the ref was’t such a clear fan of the action. Round 1 started with Briggs coming out very aggressively but Mowle remained composed and defended an onslaught of takedowns. Briggs appeared the more tired fighter by the end of the round and that set the tone for rounds 2 and 3. Mowle came out with pin point combinations in both rounds and defended the desperate takedown attempts from Briggs. He fought to a clear and dominant victory and moves to 2-0. The future looks bright for the young rising star.

Luke Walmsey Vs Louis Scriven

WFS 3 York Hall

The second scrap of the night was a much closer fight. The 25 year old Luke Walmsey entered the cage first, followed by his opponent 31 year old Louis Scriven. Both fighters came out quickly and set a frantic pace tying up and trading shots on the feet. Scriven threw frequent leg kicks but the counter right hand from Walmsey wasn’t far from landing. A couple of groin shots from Scriven halted the action twice in round 1. Rounds 2 and 3 were also closely contested with toughness and a good display of cardio on both sides but it was Walmsley who got the more accurate strikes in and a few significant ones in the second. Walmsley took a hard fought decision win and moves his amateur record to 1-1.

Liz Grainge Vs Louise Hiller

WFS 3 York Hall

This was the first time WFS has featured a female MMA bout and it was a great introductory fight for the new womens division. Liz Grainge walked out first to the red corner followed by her opponent, The stern looking 25 year old Louise Hiller. The fight was largely controlled by Hiller who walked forward relentlessly and held Grainge against the fence. There was a brief takedown in the second round where Hiller found her way to side control. During the very brief periods where the 2 fighters had any distance between them Grainge employed her technical thai boxing skills and did land some clean shots. In the end though, Hiller was just to tough and took the fight with a clear decision.

Jake George Vs Jack Duffy

WFS 3 York Hall

At only 16 years old Jake George was by far the youngest fighter on the card and there was a lot of buzz about him at York Hall. He already has a fair amount of experience behind him and no doubt a promising future ahead of him. His opponent Jack Duffy had it all to lose coming in at 25 years old but looked calm and ready. After a brief exchange at the start George secured an easy takedown but Duffy quickly established guard and looked threatening off his back for the most of the round almost securing a couple of arm bar attempts. The round was tough to score as George was in top position for most of the round but Duffy was doing the more effective work from the bottom. The second round saw another early takedown from George but this time Duffy worked his way to securing a tight triangle choke forcing George to tap. George showed good defence but ultimately Duffy stayed composed and managed to pull of the sub. It was a good performance from Duffy who displayed a dangerous ground game off his back.

Emmanuel Cammarata Vs Pelu Adetola

WFS 3 York Hall

The first fight of the night fought under professional rules was an absolute war of attrition between these two London fighters. It was clear from the outset that both fighters were content with trading shots from standing and the bout got off to a competitive start. Adetola was the first to land a heavy shot that stunned his foe and he followed up with a barrage of huge right hooks. Cammarata displayed huge heart early and kept himself in the fight landing heavily himself towards the the end of the round.
The second round started well for Cammarata who landed a clean shot and defended a takedown attempt from Pelu. There was more volume thrown by Cammarata for the majority of round 2 with Pelu looking a little fatigued. He did manage to land a few heavy leg kicks towards the end of the round and both fighters had to it all play for coming into the third.
It was Pelu who seemed to dig a little deeper during the third round utilising his kicking game very well. He threw more volume and pressed the action to ultimately earn a very hard fought decision win. It would have been a tough pill for Cammarata to swallow given how hard he fought and how close the fight was.

LLoyd Clarkson Vs Darren Stewart

WFS 3 York Hall

From the outset of the fight it was clear that Stewart was a more technical striker. He picked his shots early landing heavily and moved well to avoid being tied up. With the crowd at York Hall Firmly behind him the local fighter was looking to land that winning strike and got his chance when Clarkson dropped his guard and invited 4 huge elbows directly to his jaw. Stewart must have known if that onslaught didn’t at least drop Clarkson nothing would. “the Dentist” spent round 2 and 3 looking calm and composed whilst tagging Clarkson with the crispest of strikes on his way to a lop sided unanimous decision. Darren Stewart’s striking precision is something that caught my eye during the night, he’s clearly got some serious stand up talent and is able to implement game plans effectively. He’s an exciting prospect on the UK scene.

Check out “The Dentist use his smooth stand up skills to outstrike Clarkson in the final round of their bout

Kes Mamba Vs Brad Wheeler

WFS 3 York Hall

Both fighters came out guns blazing in this fight evidently pumped up from the crowds reaction at local fighter Brad Wheeler. Wheeler was out to please the fan whilst Mamba was out to cause an upset. Wheeler was the aggressor from the outset and spent time in top position on the ground defending an attempted knee bar whilst landing some decent ground strikes. Wheeler finished the round in mount and the momentum carried over to round two where Wheeler quickly found himself in side control. Mamba defended fairly well but once wheeler established a crucifix he reigned down elbows to force a referee stoppage midway through the second round.

Matt Robinson Vs Nathan Jones (for vacant Welterweight belt)

WFS 3 York Hall

These two local fighters have been gaining recognition on the local circuit for some time and it was at York hall where they inevitably faced off in the cage. Going into the fight many were expecting a war as both fighters have well rounded skills and recent success in their last fights.
They came out and stood at range looking to land strikes which they both did with relative success early in the round. It was Nathan Jones who took advantage of an early opening and landed a big shot that rocked Robinson which was followed up by a takedown. Jones then quickly worked to a back mount and looked strong in the position. Robinson was only able to fend off the rear naked choke attack for so long until he succumbed to the submission only a couple in minutes into the first round. Nathan “bag&tag” Jones became the first fighter to hold the welter weight belt for WFS and looked very convincing in the fight. With 5 straight wins now it will be interesting to see who he gets matched up with next but the future looks very promising for Bag&Tag.

Patrick Vallee Vs Jake Bostwick

WFS 3 York Hall

WFS 3 York Hall

This fight marked the fairy tale ending of a very successful night of fights. The crowds at York Hall were waiting with anxious anticipation for the main event where local fighter Jake Bostwick took on French pro Partick Vallee.
Bostwick came out with his trademark “bane” persona and it was uncanny how much he looked like the villain from batman. Its a persona he has chosen well and certainly works well to get the crowds up for the fight.
Round 1 started out with Bostwick pressing the action and throwing a few hard leg kicks that looked to get the attention of the french fighter. Vallee utilised great lateral movement and countered well. Late in the first Vallee found the strike he was looking for…a huge uppercut that landed flush on Bostwick and dropped him hard to the canvas. Vallee smothered Bostwick and sunk in a tight guillotine choke which Bostwick defended well. In the final stages of the round Bostwock was working his way of the bad ground position seemingly recovered from the knock down.
Round 2 started out with Bostwick pushing forward throwing effective leg kicks. Vallee caught one and took it to the ground where Bostwick ultimately got the reversal and finished the round in mount position. This meant, in all likeliness it was a round a piece going into the third. The crowd and the atmosphere was incredible with everyone on their feet cheering. Bostwick pressed for the forst few minutes but got caught again with the same upper cut that dropped him in the 1st round. Vallee pounced and held a mount position for a while but in the dying seconds of the fight Bostwick escaped, stood up and threw a huge over hand right that dropped Vallee to the canvas. The buzzer sounded as Bostwick was unleashing furious shots on Vallee who was covering up against the fence. It was an incredible fight and already a candidate for UK MMA fight of the year. The judges rendered their decision and went in favour of the local man via unanimous decision.

WFS 3 York Hall was a definite success where the new venue was tested and triumphed as a great place to showcase MMA. The UK scene has got a new promotion in WFS that will only add to the talent pool of UK MMA talent and help put this great sport firmly on the map.

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WFS 3 York Hall

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WFS 3 York Hall

WFS 3 York Hall