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UK MMA Super Six: Fights To Watch In February 2012

UK MMA is back with a bang for 2012 - here are the fights to look out for from UK promotions in February.

Author: Jay Furness


For the first time since December, the UK and Irish MMA action returns and that means the Super Six returns, with a preview of some of the most interesting tussles throughout the month.

The majority of the big promotions are on course with events, with the likes of Cage Warriors, UCMMA, Supremacy FC, Made 4 The Cage, Cage Contender and On Top all back to business.

There is no shortage of exciting fights to keep your eyes on, so make sure you stay tuned to @YourMMA on Twitter and Facebook to stay up to date.


Graham Turner vs. Mateus Lahdesmaki
Cage Warriors Fight Night 3, February 11th
Beirut, Lebanon

Graham Turner's attacking striking style and fluid combinations rarely make for a dull fight, so when you're pitting him against one of the best submission grapplers on the European featherweight circuit, you can expect a great matchup.

Last time out, "Afterburner" went the distance with Ashleigh Grimshaw in a close contest that saw him take the nod with a greater output and more versatile game. He'll be looking to get back to finishing ways though, which his high TKO rate suggests he is fond of.

Lahdesmaki has taken on some of the top talent in Europe, and his experience will come into play in Beirut. If he can get past the sharp hands and feet of Turner enough to get into the grappling phase, the odds may swing in his favour.

A good tussle on a card that features UFC veteran Kyle Watson and Tommy Speer, in bouts with JP Vainikainen and Mats Nilsson respectively. For a more detailed look at that card, click here.


Conor McGregor vs. Steve O'Keeffe
Cage Warriors 45, February 18th
London, England

Another clash of styles, as heavy handed boxer-turned-MMA fighter Conor McGregor of SBG Ireland meets submission specialist Steve O'Keeffe.

McGregor drops to featherweight and will be a significant unit at 145lbs. His 9-2 record comprises of 9 TKO wins, and that power should be devastating in the lower weightclass.

However, O'Keeffe (6-1) hasn't lost since his professional debut to Diego Vital, and has also finished all of his fights - 5 by submission and one TKO. He'll be looking to add McGregor to an impressive list of names that includes Dean Reilly, Artem Lobov and Jeremy Petley.

Both men will have been working hard to try and neutralise the other's strengths, but whose gameplan will be the more effective on the night?

There are some other great matchups on the bill, including top middleweights Chris Fields vs. Jack Mason, and John Phillips vs. Tony Machado.


Karsten Lenjoint vs. Dino Gambatesa
Fight UK 6, February 25th
Leicester, England

Top-ranked UK bantamweight Dino Gambatesa will meet another ranked fighter in Karsten Lenjoint; only Lenjoint will be sacrificing his ranking at featherweight to make the drop to 135lbs.

Gambatesa was unsuccessful in his last outing where he challenged James Doolan for the OMMAC title, but prior to that he handed Sweden's David Haggstrom his first loss, and will be looking to defeat another recognised name in Leicester.

Following a stint on TUF, Lenjoint hasn't been as active as he would have liked, but he's hoping for a busy 2012 as he told YourMMA.tv, 'It's going to be a big year for me.'

Both guy are good submission artists, but also have rounded games that mean the fight could be fought anywhere. Expect a frenetic pace as one man looks to cement his ranking, and the other looks to catapault himself to the top in a new class.

Fraser Opie and Dan Edwards compete for the light-heavyweight title at Fight UK 6 - another one to keep your eye on!


Gunnar Nelson vs. Alexander Butenko
Cage Contender 12, February 25th
Dublin, Ireland

When Gunnar Nelson fights, people will always watch. You've heard the word 'prodigy' thrown around more times than Phil Taylor's darts when his name comes up into conversation, and he consistently lives up to the expectations.

Butenko has it all to do, but the Eastern European fighter is successful in the application of submissions himself. He won't want to be the sacrificial lamb, or another rear naked choke victim to add to Nelson's highlight reel, but he'll have to be at his best to make sure that isn't the case.

People are predicting Nelson to go on to the highest level given his grappling exploits, and this is another step towards that.

Fellow Icelandic welterweight Arni Isaksson will meet "The Westside Strangler" and Pride FC veteran Chris Brennan; another clash that is a worthy headliner to any domestic event.

Brian Hyslop vs. Mark Platts
On Top 4, February 25th
Glasgow, Scotland

This flyweight tussle gives the Glasgow crowd an 'Auld enemy' clash that seems to go down so well.

Brian Hyslop stormed onto the scene in 2011, and capped off a great year with a win over BJJ brown belt Ian Malone at BAMMA, putting him top three in the UK.

Platts has been campaigning at 125lbs and 135lbs, going wherever the fights are. He is a tough and well-rounded fighter, returning to his more suited weight class.

With these two energiser bunnies having knockout, submission and decision wins on their resumes, you know you're in for a fast-paced clash wherever the action takes place.

Also at On Top, Martin Delaney takes on Mamour Fall for the lightweight title, and there is Scotland's first female Pro MMA fight - as discussed here.


Andrew Fisher vs. Daniel Thomas
Supremacy FC 5, February 26th
Gateshead, England

Long-standing North East promoter Michael Surtees has some clashes of epic proportions on the bill at Supremacy FC 5 as four heavyweights will be fighting for titles. However, it is the lighter weights that really have the interest, as this competitive lightweight tilt shows.

Fisher landed back-to-back victories to round off 2011, and comes into this fight with the highly-rated "Denzil" with good momentum. The Welshman is held in high regard for good reason though; he's tough, durable and has a point to prove following recent losses (albeit to top European competition).

There is a lot on the line in this one, as well as the Supremacy lightweight belt - both men want to prove they belong with the UK's best at 155lbs, and a victory for either early in 2011 would certainly resonate further than the North East.

Ogle vs. Olivier and Spiers vs. Czerwinski also compete for titles in Gateshead.


For all the news, interviews and up-to-date coverage of these events, stay tuned to @YourMMA on Twitter and Facebook - it's the place to be for UK MMA.

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