Every Wednesday, The MMA Corner’s Duncan Price will bring a view of the MMA world from across the pond in England, covering well-known British fighters within the UFC and Strikeforce, and also looking at significant events put on by British promotions within the borders of the United Kingdom.

Miller sparks war of words with rival coach Bisping

Jason “Mayhem” Miller landed the first verbal blow recently in what is sure to become an exciting rivalry between the two recently announced TUF 14 coaches.

In a recent interview with Heavy.com, Miller was quoted as saying:

I feel great getting the TUF spot. It’s a little early to start the smack talk but I’m going to beat the bangers and mash out of (Michael) Bisping after my team smashes his team. Now that Osama is dead, Bisping is the most hated man in America. Everybody hates that guy. I wonder what it’s like to actually be hated that much. You would have to put a terrorist attack together to be hated any more than he is. I’m charging straight towards the title. That’s what I want and that’s what I’m here for. Now that I’m fighting in the UFC that’s the title that everybody wants and that’s the piece of gold I want strapped around my waist. I’m going to continue the grind, continue the hard work and show Mayhem Monkeys they have something real to be proud of.

Although Bisping has not directly responded to these comments, he has said previously that he does not feel a victory over Miller will advance his career. It’s quite possible that “Mayhem” saw this as a backhanded dig, and has now gone ahead and made it personal.

The Ultimate Fighter Season 14 is scheduled to begin in September, and as a British MMA fan, I can’t wait. It will certainly be interesting to see if Bisping can salvage some of his reputation after the events surrounding his last fight in the UFC.

Paul Daley gets new opponent after “Cyborg” withdraws

Paul Daley was recently left searching for a new opponent following the withdrawal of Evangelista “Cyborg” Santos from their planned July encounter due to a shoulder injury.

His replacement was announced last week in the form of exciting prospect Tyron Woodley, who is undefeated and an impressive 6-0 in the Strikeforce promotion. Woodley recently wore a t-shirt during the Paul Daley vs. Nick Diaz title fight that read “I Got Next,” which can only have added fuel to the promotional fire in this match-up.

There was a possibility that this fight could have been made for the vacant Strikeforce welterweight title following former champion Nick Diaz’s defection to the UFC. However, recent comments by Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker put pay to this as he seemed to indicate that the winner would simply be in a prime position for a shot at the belt.

This could arguably be a tougher test for the Brit Daley, as Woodley is an excellent wrestler and that is a discipline Daley has shown a weakness against in the past. If Daley is to win this fight, he needs to utilise the sprawl effectively and land as many powerful strikes as he can without being taken down.

BAMMA returns to Birmingham

BAMMA recently announced that they will return to their roots on Sept. 10, as Birmingham’s NIA Arena will host the BAMMA 7.

The promotion’s last two events have been held in Manchester and London respectively, and were very well received.

BAMMA 3 and BAMMA 4, were held in Birmingham and they are generally credited as being the catalysts that have grown the organisation into what it has become today.

BAMMA 5 and 6 saw the introduction of higher-profile fighters such as Frank Trigg, Murilo “Ninja” Rua, Ricco Rodriguez, Xavier Foupa-Pokam and Britain’s own Tom “Kong” Watson. With the addition of these well-known international stars, BAMMA appears to have added an air of legitimacy to the claim that they can compete with the top promotions in the world.

So far three fights have been announced for BAMMA 7 and they certainly whet the appetite for the event as a whole. The three confirmed bouts are:

  • Rob Sinclair vs Leonardo Santos
  • Efrain Escudero vs Tim Radcliffe
  • Matt Ewin vs Valentino Petrescu

Of course we will keep you up to date as and when more fights are announced.

Cage Warriors make their Middle East debut in Jordan

Last month, UK-based promotion Cage Warriors Fighting Championship made their first foray into the Middle East with Cage Warriors Fight Night 1, held in Jordan.

Praise was high for the event as a whole with the good quality of fights and excellent production values being particularly notable. It is not yet known if the organisation plans to return to Jordan or the Middle East, but it would seem likely judging by the success of this card.

Cage Warriors returns this coming Saturday, July 9, with an event to be held at London’s HMV Forum. The main event will feature a bout between Bellator veteran Norman Paraisy and notable British middleweight Jack “The Stone” Mason. The card will be streamed live online at www.cagewarriors.com and the main card will also be broadcast on television in the UK by Premier Sports TV.

We will bring you reaction to the upcoming Cage Warriors 43 event in next week’s Brits & Pieces.

Sutherland and Thompson emerge victorious

“UCMMA 21: Stand Your Ground” held a highly anticipated 13-fight card last week at The Troxy in London.

Oli Thompson retained his UCMMA heavyweight title after defeating game challenger Mark Potter by submission. Thompson executed his game plan perfectly, taking Potter to the mat, softening him up with some ground-and-pound, and then eventually sinking in a fight-ending rear-naked choke midway through the first round.

In a minor shock on the night, veteran of the British circuit Denniston Sutherland defeated veteran of the UFC and international circuit Mark Weir. Weir was touted as having the advantage on the feet, but it was Sutherland who landed the more powerful strikes en route to a KO victory, also in the first round.

The show was sold out and seems to have been well received by those who attended.