RAGED X: The Rise of the MMA Fight Scene in Swindon
By Emma J Bramford
Saturday 5th October 2013 will probably be a date most hardcore fight fans now have ingrained on their brain, after all, it was the debut of the ‘Fight Club’ hosted event ‘Caged’, a taster event with a mixture of White-Collar boxing, K1 and MMA being held in Swindon.
The brainchild of former ‘Fight Club’ promoter Gary Turland and fight matchmaker Michael “OZ” Osborne of Swindon Vale Tudo/Scorpion Gym. Also, one of Swindon’s first athletes to compete in a mixed martial art event back in the ’90s decided the town needed a fight scene.
It was safe to say that the taster event went down as a massive success having had two white collar boxing bouts, 1 K1 bout, three amateur MMA bouts and two pro-MMA bouts; in total eight fights to the delight of the Swindon crowd.
On Saturday, March 7th, 2015 ‘Raged UK MMA’ put on their first official mixed martial arts show after their first taster event back in 2013, with a host of amateur and professional bouts on the card.
Fast forward to Saturday, May 25th and ‘Raged UK MMA’ will be hosting their tenth event at their new venue, The Oasis Leisure Centre in Swindon.
Firmly putting Swindon on the map as a ‘fight town’ the promotion has gone from strength to strength with athletes competing from all over the UK. Not only content with being one of the South West’s most prominent MMA events but also implementing two new weight divisions as fighter safety is paramount. The promotion has added in a light welterweight division at 73kg and a super featherweight division at 68.kg.
“Adding new weight divisions opens up a wider range of fights for matchmaking, however, more importantly is fighter safety” said promoter Gary Turland adding “I’ve seen a few injuries along with fighters becoming dehydrated after cutting a lot of weight so as a promotion we are trying to make things a bit safer”.
‘Raged X’ takes place this Saturday, May 25th at The Oasis Leisure Centre in Swindon.
Limited tickets are still available from http://www.raged.uk or at the venue itself which will incur a surcharge of £5 each for paying on the door.
Standard £25 (£5 extra on the door)
Ringside £35 (£5 extra on the door)
Doors open 6.30pm first fight 6.45pm
Under 18’s must be accompanied by a guardian
Please note the venue is CARD PAYMENTS ONLY at the bar
RAGED X FIGHT CARD*
Ricky Norman vs Lukasz Pierscinski
Rich Lukacs vs Jack Bryant
Matthew Thorn vs Steve Ridgway
Rikki Wyatt vs Maro Roznovjak
Christopher Whitfield vs Jesse Mccann
Rio Joseph vs Gary Trevett
Ben Ay vs Grant Ogborne
Vacant Featherweight title – Kirk Heely vs Dean Hart
James Prenderville vs Stephen Todman
Vacant Welterweight title – Chris Connolly vs Tom Enstone
Daryl Grant vs Constatini Radoi
MIDDLEWEIGHT TITLE – Tommy Cook vs Luckas Marcinkowski (c)
Matthew Thomas vs Craig Rawlins
VACANT SUPER FEATHERWEIGHT TITLE – Ben Rees vs Paul Reed
VACANT LIGHTWEIGHT TITLE – Terry Doyle vs Bernie Gomm
VACANT WELTERWEIGHT TITLE – Wes Murch vs Lawrence Jordan Tracey
*Fight card subject to change at anytime