Welcome to Bangers and Smash, a weekly feature in which The MMA Corner’s Nedu Obi will take a look at world of MMA from across the pond in England. This will include notable fighters and events from throughout the UK, as well as Europe.

Can Andy Ogle win TUF?

In week nine of The Ultimate Fighter: Live, England’s Andy Ogle submitted Mike Rio via rear-naked choke, thus booking his place in the quarterfinals. Prior to that, Ogle had won a unanimous decision against Brendan Weafer on the opening show of the season.

The 155-pounder, who is part of Team Urijah Faber, could now be pitted against fellow teammates Chris Saunders and Al Laquinta, or the dangerous kickboxing grappler Vinc Pichel. The latter, who is coached by Dominick Cruz, would be one of his sternest tests to date.

Regardless of whom he throws hands with in the quarterfinals, the 22-year-old Newcastle denizen will be a hand full—he’s got the mental fortitude, for one, has good jiu-jitsu, and he can wrestle, but most of all, he isn’t afraid of an out and out bagarre—something that will endear him to the fans if he makes it all the way to the finals and beyond.

As mentioned earlier, Ogle (8-1) has the requisite weaponry in his arsenal to cause problems for his contemporaries. However, if he does take a spot in the final four, stand-up combatants like James Vick (4-0) and Justin Lawrence (3-0), should they make it to the semifinals as well, will test his resolve.

At present, this is all hypothetical, Ogle needs to make an emphatic statement of intent in his next bout and then continue his trajectory to the TUF championship.

Can Ogle capture TUF gold? The jury is still out.

KSW 19

On May 12, Mamed “Cannibal” Khalidov (24-4-2), who is currently riding a five-fight unbeaten streak, is slated to face-off against Rodney “Sho Nuff The Master” Wallace (12-4) in the main event of KSW 19.

Also on the card is the co-main event between former World’s Strongest Man Mariusz Pudzianowski (3-2) and Bob Sapp (11-11).

“The Beast” will attempt to bring his current losing streak of five to a halt, while “Pudzian” will want to register a victory following a loss and one no-contest.

In addition, Michal Materla (16-3) and the American Jay Silva (8-5) will contest the KSW 185-pound championship.

Other fights on the card include Antoni Chmielewski vs. Matt Horwich, Aslambek Saidov vs. Grigor Aschugbabjan and Borys Mankowski vs. Marcin Naruszczka.

Furthermore, the promotion will feature the first ever women’s match-up between Marta Chojnoska (0-0) and Paulina Suska (1-3-1). The bout is scheduled to be contested at a catchweight of 120 pounds.

KSW 19 is set to take place at the Atlas Arena in Lodz, Poland.

Check back next week as we look at the KSW results and discuss more about the European MMA scene!

Top Photo: Andy Ogle (L) battle Mike Rio (Al Powers/Zuffa, LLC)

This piece was authored by Nedu Obi. You can find Nedu on Twitter: @Nedu_Obi