MMA returns to Steel City with local’s show

A martial arts expert from Anston brought a popular sport back to Sheffield for the first time in several years on Saturday night.

John Goldson, a black belt in karate, Taekwondo and Brazilian Jiujitsu, was one of the promoters of a mixed martial arts fight night, at the Octagon Centre in the city.

Fighters from all over the region gathered for the show, which involved amateur and professional bouts inside a cage, in front of a large and appreciative crowd.

The former Dinnington Comprehensive student was delighted with the first Say Uncle promotion.

He said: “The Say Uncle team extremely were extremely happy with the night.”

“The crowd were fantastic and the feedback from everyone has been very positive.”

“We will be looking to bring Say Uncle 2 to the Octagon Centre later this year.”

In the evening’s main event local welterweight Kayvan Fallah from S18 gym beat Phil Flynn by TKO.

The hometown crowd were also sent into raptures with Sheffield lightweight Billy Glossop’s performance.

Despite a tough first round, in which he came close to succumbing to an onslaught from opponent Ben Ford, Glossop rallied in the second round.

He snatched an armbar to force Ford to submit, before emotional celebrations with friends and family outside the cage.

Professional bantamweight Sam Halliday was given a tough few minutes by Thomas Murray before he too managed to grab an armbar.

The first of the evening’s professional fights saw Matthew Bolsover steamroll his way through Brad Conway.

The fight of the night belonged to Morgan Starky and Adil Hussain, two featherweights who engaged in a real back-and-forth battle.

In the end it was Starky who impressed the judges by taking control with his takedowns and groundwork.

Starky’s team-mate Andy Dent beat James Darkes by rear naked choke, and Jake Bond armbarred Warren Mason in a flyweight bout.

Elsewhere on the card there were wins for Craig Humphries, Chrissy Audin, Oscar Onsworth, Chris Carr, Simon O’Kane and Matthais Matthews.