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.

Sass On A Roll

Paul Sass finally gave British UFC fans something to cheer about on Saturday night, as he submitted TUF 12 finalist Michael Johnson at UFC Live 6.

Johnson had a definitive advantage on the feet and Sass, whilst appearing to engage at first, was pretty much intent on taking the action to the mat.

After a scramble mid-way through the first round, Sass was able to isolate Johnson’s left leg. From there, Sass was able to make the necessary adjustments to cinch in a vicious heel hook which forced Johnson to tap at the three-minute mark.

This was an excellent victory for the Liverpudlian over a tough competitor. The only slight concern is that Sass looked out of his depth when the fight was standing. I know he is continually working on his striking game and it will only improve over time.

In many ways, it is a shame Sass will not be featured on the upcoming UFC 138 card to be held in the U.K., as he is quickly becoming one of the nation’s best prospects. Hopefully he will get another fight soon against another decent opponent.

All Change – Edwards Replaces Head

Justin Edwards

Shortly after we went to press last week, another change to an injury-plagued UFC 138 match-up was announced.

We originally reported that Mark Scanlon had withdrawn from his bout with James Head due to injury and had been replaced by UCMMA welterweight champion John Maguire.

Almost immediately after the change had been confirmed, Head himself was forced to pull out due to injury and he has subsequently been replaced by TUF 13 cast member Justin Edwards.

Edwards enters this fight after notching his first victory in the promotion, defeating Jorge Lopez at UFC Fight Night 25. One of the most distinguishing characteristics of the scrappy Edwards is his remarkable resemblance to MMA legend Randy Couture.

Although it is impossible to say exactly, Maguire and Edwards do appear to be evenly matched. Both men have scored the majority of their wins via submission, but they also possess solid wrestling and striking skills.

UFC 138 takes place Nov. 5 at the LG Arena in Birmingham, England.

Cage Warriors 44 Review

Joseph Duffy brought a large and vocal band of supporters to the HMV Forum on Saturday night, but they were stunned into silence when Ivan Musardo secured a fourth-round submission victory over the Irishman to be crowned CWFC lightweight champion.

Despite dominating the fight, Duffy suffered the first loss of his professional career to the tough Italian. He appeared to lose his footing after attempting a kick, allowing Musardo to capitalise and lock in a guillotine choke late in round four.

Ivan Musardo (Dolly Clew/Cage Warriors Fighting Championship)

Duffy’s cause certainly wasn’t helped when he sustained an injury during the third round. The 23-year-old said:

“It was a tough fight. He fought well. I broke my hand in the third round so I couldn’t use my left hand. He got the choke and finished me off.”

Making his Cage Warriors debut, Musardo takes the belt that was recently vacated by Matt Veach. He was, of course, thrilled by the result:

“For ten years I’ve been working for the belt, ten years. This is the day of my life.”

In the night’s co-main event, Brian Foster returned to the cage for the first time in almost a year, defeating Jack Mason via guillotine choke almost half-way through round one. Foster, who was medically released by the UFC after being diagnosed with a brain hemorrhage in April, is understandably eager to get back in the cage:

“I’ve got another fight in the States in two weeks and after that, hopefully the UFC will be calling.”

FULL CAGE WARRIORS 44 RESULTS:

  • Ivan Musardo defeated Joseph Duffy via submission (guillotine choke) after 4:25 of Round 4 (vacant CWFC lightweight title bout).
  • Brian Foster defeated Jack Mason via submission (guillotine choke) after 2:15 of Round 1.
  • Graham Turner defeated Ashleigh Grimshaw via split decision (29-28, 29-30, 29-28).
  • Brad Wheeler defeated Kevin Donnelly via submission (rear-naked choke) after 1:51 of Round 3.
  • Dayman Lake defeated Rab Truesdale via submission (arm-triangle choke) after 1:24 of Round 1.
  • Steve O’Keeffe defeated Dean Reilly via submission (arm-triangle choke) after 0:54 of Round 1.
  • Neil Seery defeated Niko Gjoka via KO (strikes) after 4:04 of Round 2.
  • David Howell defeated Kieran Malone via TKO (elbows) after 2:19 of Round 1.
  • Amateur: Charlie Watts defeated Tye Palmer via unanimous decision.
  • Amateur: Adam Brearley defeated Ben Reid via TKO (punches) after 0:32 of Round 2.

Once again the upstart organisation put on an excellent event and they are really competing hard with UCMMA for second place in the hierarchy of UK promotions behind BAMMA. I, for one, can’t wait to see what they do next.

Hardy Helps St-Pierre, Discusses Future Opponents

Dan Hardy (l) and Georges St-Pierre (Georges St-Pierre)

Surprising news from Georges St-Pierre’s camp last week, as the UFC welterweight champion announced that Dan Hardy would be helping him train for his UFC 137 bout with Carlos Condit. St-Pierre took to Twitter to say:

“Guess who landed in town yesterday night to come train with me? For sure he’ll bring the much needed intensity to get prepared… Dan Hardy!!!”

Later Hardy added on his own Twitter account:

“I can see why George is the champ, he has a great team around him. I’ve done one session and I’m already learning a lot.”

Even though Condit knocked Hardy out when they met at UFC 120, the Brit still believes he would beat Condit nine times out of ten. He will impart the knowledge that sustains that belief to St-Pierre over the coming few weeks.

More importantly for Hardy, it is an opportunity to learn from the best in the business and progress as an all-round mixed martial artist.

Going forward, Hardy appears to be keen on a return to the Octagon sooner rather than later. In a discussion with Fighters Only, he hints at a possible match-up against UFC Hall of Famer Matt Hughes:

“Matt Hughes would be a fun one, we are both going through a rough patch and he is taking time off too.”

One thing is for sure though, Hardy is still a well-respected combatant and undoubtedly the most popular fighter in the UK. A potential headline bout with Hughes next year in England is certainly a mouth-watering prospect.

Top Photo: Paul Sass (blue-taped gloves) locks in a heel hook on Michael Johnson at UFC Live 6 (Josh Hedges/UFC)

This piece was authored by Duncan Price. Follow him on Twitter, @DuncMMA