Burnley’s Black Knights have been busy over the last few weeks.
First, Ben Whitehead had his third professional MMA fight at Stoke on Trent, on Night of the Gladiators 8.
This was organised by Ross “The Gladiator” Pointon, who fought on the Ultimate Fighter series at the same time as Michael Bisping.
Ben was fighting Tom Startin from Red Dragons in the Midlands.
The fight was over three rounds, and Ben was all go from the start, striking with fist and knees.
Tom was giving as good as he was getting, but Ben threw everything except the kitchen sink at him.
The pressure was showing in Tom’s face as it was marking up.
For a change it went to round two, and Ben sprawled and caught Tom in a guillotine.
This went to ground, where Ben applied the pressure and Tom tapped in to leave Ben with three wins from three fights.
Ben goes again on September 3rd in Liverpool.
On the amateur side, the Black Knights went to Birmingham to compete at the ISKA British Championships.
Five youngsters competed in the AM/MMA event, and 11-year-old Ryan Marsden in the children’s kick-boxing event.
Ryan fought his way to the final, and after a brave effort was beaten on points and came home with a silver medal - a good result as the British standards are always high.
John Lloyd, who was disappointed with himself at the English event, coming home with nothing to show, was determined to do better this time round.
He won his way to the final in the welterweight division where he was unsuccessful, but put up a great fight and won silver.
Fellow welterweight Kieran Joyce sustained an injury to the knee in the early stages and had to retire hurt.
Ryan Lockwood, in his first ever competition, fought well and was beaten in the first round stages.
Dayna Nuttall took gold in the light heavyweight division, and Kingsley Carter, nephew of Dylan “The Destroyer” Carter, Black Knights’ first professional Kickboxing World champion, was competing in his first ever event, and, trying AM/MMA, Kingsley did well, taking the bronze medal.