The mere mention of Scotland conjures up images of warriors. Thousands of years of conflict and battle have made the Scottish people hard – the Roman emperor Hadrian found the indigenous peoples so terrifying and troublesome he ordered the construction of a coast-to-coast wall to keep them out of neighbouring England.
Fast forward 2000 years and no border exists between the two nations, though old rivalries remain. This can make for plenty of passionate sporting encounters, none more so than a good fight. If you travel north to Scotland to compete, be advised you are in hostile territory; the Scots are a proud people and loudly support their own. This event saw the Scots matched against the English, French, Irish and against each other, which meant every fight drew raucous cheering from the Edinburgh crowd.
Headlining the event was a clash between featherweights John Cullen (8-2-0, representing the Scottish MMA team Dinky Ninjas) and Frenchman Jean Robert Monier (5-4-1). Monier desperately wanted this fight on the ground and worked hard at every opportunity to take it to the mat. Cullen had the edge in the striking but this was no style-vs-style encounter; he attacked with a number of good submissions in the grappling exchanges, coming close to ending it with a guillotine choke in the first round. Cullen used his striking to chip away at the Frenchman, forcing him to close the distance. A takedown attempt from Monier in the third put him straight into a triangle choke, which Cullen gradually tightened until the tap.
Graham ‘Afterburner’ Turner (9-5-0) impressed with a two-minute destruction of Irishman Eric Boylan. Sharp striking and a big takedown led to some ground and pound and a tight armbar. The mixed record does not accurately reflect the skill and potential of this young Scot.
Alan ‘No’ Love might not look like a fighter (save for the cauliflower ears) but this guy can scrap. A talented grappler, he withstood some hard shots from Ryan Kelly, biding his time and counter-punching before catching a kick and dumping his foe to the mat. From there it was one way traffic as the jiu-jitsu specialist locked on an armbar for the win.
Featherweight John Cullen def Jean-Robert Monier by Submission (triangle) 2:40 round 3
Featherweight Graham Turner def Eric Boylan wins Submission (armbar) 1:57 round 1
Welterweight John Quinn def James Mair by Submission (armbar) 2:42 round 1
Middleweight Allan Love def Ryan Kelly by Submission (armbar) 3:35 round 1
Robert Whiteford def Alan Duffy by TKO (GnP) 2:39 round 1
Featherweight- Dean Reilly def Doni Miller by TKO 1:20 round 1
Lightweight Bobby McVitie def Andy Ogle by Submission (triangle) 1:33 round 1
80kg Scott Ward def Frank Bell by Submission (arm triangle) 3:00 round 1
Bantamweight Mark Connor def Mark Platts by Submission (rear naked choke) 4:59 round 2
Semi Pro 62kg Brian Hyslop def Stephen Cusick by unanimous decision
Semi Pro 75 kg Johnny Martin def Alex Bertie wins by Submission (arm triangle) 2:04 round 1
Semi Pro 83kg Mark Young def David McIntyre by Submission (armbar) 0.41 seconds round 1