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UK promotion to stage world's first Wheelchair MMA fights

UK promotion to stage world's first Wheelchair MMA fights
September 10th 2012

Hard on the heels of the closing of the Paralympic Games 2012 this past weekend comes the topical and no doubt controversial revelation that a promotion is to stage MMA fights between wheelchair-bound fighters for, as far as we know, the first time anywhere in the world.

“The Wheeled Warriors group and the Ultimate Cage Fighting Championships have joined forces to put on a series of bouts with fighters in wheelchairs and also amputees under MMA rules. It will take place later this year in South Yorkshire,” Fighters Only was informed today.

Colin Woods, head of Wheeled Warriors, said: “I have the pleasure to announce that after much discussion “Wheeled Warriors and the UCFC have agreed to join forces. This is for the benefit of both the fans and physically-challenged fighters across the globe.

“We have come together to bring both amputees and wheeled fighters into the ring to compete just like any other. I had the pleasure to attend as a ringside spectator to the UCFC’s most recent endeavour - UCFC 4 – which had 13 bouts of amateur and pro MMA action on the card and featured special guests from the UFC Ryan Badar and Clarence Dollaway.

“It is clear this concept is well-received and ahead of its time as very few would expect something of its kind to come to fruition so soon. To conclude, this is a great collaboration which surely will improve sports and will continue to grow for the foreseeable future. Both sides are gaining opportunities.”

The fighters will compete on specially-made wheelchairs that are adaptable to various sports such as basketball, football or even as an off-road vehicle for activities such as mountain-biking. Designed by SporTech DSC, they can also be used for both MMA and boxing.

Wheeled Warriors is the brainchild of Colin Wood who is determined that disabled people enjoy the chance to fight in MMA and boxing alongside able-bodied sportsmen and women. His dream is to see both MMA and boxing accepted into the Paralympics.

Wheeled Warriors now has branches in the United States, Hungry, Brazil, Canada, Australia and South Africa. It says it “will be setting up wings in many more countries in the near future.”

Wheeled Warriors are currently looking for sponsors for their fighters.

Picture: A recent wheelchair boxing contest

Comments

  • david

    Posted at 12:54 on September 10th 2012

    lol wut

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  • JoeRice

    Posted at 15:36 on September 10th 2012

    BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

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  • Lenin/McCarthy

    Posted at 17:05 on September 10th 2012

    best of luck to them, but isn't wheelchair mma just boxing?

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  • mark turner

    Posted at 17:58 on September 10th 2012

    it's been a great pleasure to work alongside col woods and fellow engineer Steven Williams in bringing this wheelchair concept to fruition. there are many world breaking patented designs on our chair that will revolutionize the wheelchair industry as well as opening many otherwise unobtainable sports to wheelchair users, being a wheelchair user myself i am both extremely excited as well as really proud to be involved in this ground breaking project, and can't thank col woods enough for asking me to be part of it. wheelchair warriors will soon become a worldwide recognized name in both the abled and disabled world.

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  • Col wood

    Posted at 18:59 on September 10th 2012

    No Lenin,can now do both, Boxing as well as MMA to which is martial arts so indeed not the same as Boxing

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  • alteric

    Posted at 19:45 on September 10th 2012

    I don't get it how will you do wheel chair MMA

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  • Colin wood

    Posted at 19:51 on September 10th 2012

    We have a new aid to help answer all questions in regards to both Boxing and MMA in UCFC Wheeled warriors and its new aid will be behind closed doors till day of show,Only the guys who are to use these Aids will indeed help you to Understand. As it can be done both MMA and Boxing,the example is of Ian Cannon whom is a boxer.but indeed Photos will be released at a later date as its top secret.

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  • Nathan Hyland

    Posted at 20:06 on September 10th 2012

    Hmmm
    Mixed feeling about this. I happy to see these folks not letting anything stand in there way but can you honestly sit there and watch two guys in wheelchairs knock crap out of each other??? Surely BJJ would of been a better shout as they can use there upper body strength better and in more ways then just sit there and punch. Is there any footage out there of this so we can judge if this is a good idea or not even have one of the fighters looking to fight on this show talk about it?

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  • Colin wood

    Posted at 20:19 on September 10th 2012

    Im sure we can get a Wheeled Warrior to discuss and indeed to air maybe a radio conference would also help.
    But indeed with the new technology then can explain much better than words

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  • Colin wood

    Posted at 20:27 on September 10th 2012

    Facebook link for Wheeled warriors
    http://www.facebook.com/groups/ucfc.wheeledwarriors/

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