By Dean Parr
On Saturday night, John Maguire became the OMMAC Welterweight Champion, after narrowly outpointing the existing Title holder Wayne Murrie, and emerging victorious via split decision.
The first was fairly tentative, with Maguire (77kg) opting to stand with Murrie (77kg), and both being reluctant to overcommit. A close session, but perhaps Murrie was more deserving of this due to sharper kicking and slight technical superiority in the stand up.
Round two was more Maguire's kind of fight. He utilised his strong wrestling game, and consistently took 'Wana' down. At one point, Murrie did manage to get mount and unleash some ground and pound, but this wasn't enough to take the stanza, as Maguire had controlled the majority of it, and showed some good knees at the end.
The final round was extremely close, with most of the time being spent next to the cage in the clinch. However, Maguire secured a takedown which arguably won him the fight, as there wasn't much else in this round that scored points for either man.
With this split decision win, Maguire moves to 12-3, and goes into his Ultimate Challenge bout with Henrique Santana with some considerable momentum. Mavers Fight Factory's Murrie, now 11-3-1, is stil an excellent fighter and can definitely come again.
Dave Hill (66kg) proved he is the real deal when he came through hard times to beat Ashleigh Grimshaw (66kg) by unanimous decision to capture the OMMAC Featherweight Title.
Coventry's Hill started well, getting a takedown early on and working from Grimshaw's half guard, but the first round was to turn torrid for the Elements MMA man. He was put down twice by left hooks, and Grimshaw was looking the stronger of the two men.
However, Hill responded well in the second, landing well with right straights and scoring once again with a double leg takedown. Ash still looked powerful, and came on strong towards the end of the round, but Hill did enough in the early-mid stages of the session to take it.
Titan's Grimshaw nearly forced a submission through a guillotine choke in round three, but Hill remained calm and generally dictated this round with a couple of takedowns, and taking his foe's back near the conclusion.
Big fights are availiable for the 9-0 Hill now, who can only move from strength to strength after this victory. As for Grimshaw, 8-7-1, fights in Dream may be on hold for now, but another big fight could put him straight back in the picture.
On the undercard, Ronan McKay (77kg) enhanced his reputation as the 'Kaobon Killer,' beating Jay Manning (77kg) by Rear Naked Choke after 2:22 of the second round.
Manning had looked tentative throughout, while McKay came forward and opened cuts around the right eye of the Liverpudlian. Once the fight went to the floor, McKay used his experience to find the fight finishing Submission, which leaves Manning 4-1 in his Pro career. McKay improves to 9-8.
Tony Moran (84kg) steamrolled Steve Wright (84kg) in what can only be described as a mismatch. From the opening bell, Moran bombared the Swansea Pro debutant with hard strikes, and forced a stoppage due to knees and ground and pound after just 29 seconds, taking his tally in the Pro ranks to 5-2.
Gods of War's Steve Behan (84kg) struggled to stop the takedowns of Mick Solomons (84kg), who despite a large gash on his forehead earned a unanimous decision. The Next Gen man, now 2-0, controlled on the top, and left Behan unable to do anything for the majority of the contest.
Kevin Reed (77kg) started very well against the popular Chris Hoban (84kg) of Atherton Submissions, but after failing to secure a guillotine, Hoban managed to work his way on top and lock in a North/South Choke. After 4:59 of the first round, Reed was forced to tap, dropping him to 7-13, whereas Hoban is now 5-4.
Danny Withington (77kg) did what was required against Swansea's Craig Allen (77kg), taking his foe down, and forcing Mark Woodard to step in due to ground and pound after 1:07. Next Gen's Withington improves to 4-0, while Allen falls to 1-3.
Another Next Gen Welter in Chris Fishgold (70kg) also earned a first round victory, as he beat Jules Willis (70kg) by Submission after 1:34. Liverpool's Fishgold took his Manvers Fight Factory-trained opponent down, worked for side control and from there mounted and secured a guillotine, which forced the tap from Willis, who decreases to 2-2. Fishgold remains undefeated, and is now 3-0.
Uche Ihiekwe (70kg) looked twice the size of Mark Jones (70kg) and dominated him accordingly. The huge Lightweight managed to sink in an Arm Bar 48 seconds in, forcing fellow Pro debutant Jones to tap.
Manchester's Avi Jack (76kg) showed fantastic patience to remain in a guillotine for over a minute against Naseef Alganga (77kg), before getting out and finding a Brabo Choke, which caused the Algerian, Alganga to tap after 2:52 of round one. Jack moves to 1-0, while Naseef falls to 1-4.
In Semi Pro action, Greg Severs (68kg) stretched his unpaid record to 6-0, by leglocking Jamie Barrett of Swansea, and earning a Submission victory after 58 seconds.
Matt Wise (93kg) stopped Darren Gleed (93kg) in 2:29 in the show opener, after Marc Goddard stepped in due to Gleed taking a barrage of clean leg kicks and a couple of right straights. http://www.britmma.co.uk