Colin Fletcher Keeps That Winning Feeling While Tony Mustard Is The New Heavyweight King

Colin “Freakshow” Fletcher (now 15-8-0) proved he is back to winning ways, securing his 2nd victory of 2017 in a vicious headline bout at Made4thecage 25: Legacy.

The North East MMA promotion descended onto Rainton Meadows on Saturday (September 2nd) for one of the most action packed shows in the company’s recent history. Fletcher faced a highly skilled opponent in Scottish Hit Squad’s Chris ‘Badguy’ Bungard at the top of the bill.

The bout was originally set for the Lightweight Title but, after Fletcher missed weight, only Bungard could secure the strap.

It was clear from the first bell it was going to be a war. After quickly taking the fight to the ground in the first, Fletcher landed a barrage of strikes took the early advantage. Bungard fought his way back into the contest and both men landed solid shots and submission attempts by the end of the first.

Bungard dominated the 2nd, holding top position the majority of the round striking wisely and changing the whole way of the fight. Fletcher worked hard from bottom position but couldn’t do enough to take the round.

Both men displayed immaculate transitions with momentum switching between the two for the whole of the third. Visibly exhausted, both warriors gave every last ounce of energy they had to see the fight go the distance.

The crowd erupted in applause and cheers as the final bell rang. Both men showed exactly why they deserved the top of the bill slot with 15 minutes of intense battle.

The judges scored the bout 30-27, 29-28, 29-28 to fan-favourite Fletcher.

Speaking after the fight; ‘Freakshow’ felt he had done enough to win. “I can’t name the amount of arm bars, triangle transitions, back takes I nearly got, darce attempts, that he defended but you know.

“You can defend all you want when I’m attacking for position, it’s a defensive round.

“I don’t think 30-27 was fair, I would have given him the second round but I think 29-28 was right. I would have even agreed with a split decision win.

“I think if you watched the fight, it was absolute graft, we both worked for everything.

“It’s wrote down now, I won, it’s as simple as that!”

In the co-main event, Tony “Oosh” Mustard, broke his 3 fight losing streak to secure the vacant Made4thecage Heavyweight strap. He faced South Shields’ Dave Wilson in a clash that didn’t make it out of the first round.

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After showing excellent takedown defence, ‘Oosh’, who trains out of Team Fish Tank, landed several vicious uppercuts while pinned up against the cage and dropped Wilson.

The belt had been vacant since James Mulheron signed for the UFC, but he was there to present the belt to the new champion.

Darlington’s Lanchana Green was unlucky not to secure the first UK Women’s title in Made4thecage history, with a majority draw clash against a very talented Bryony Tyrell.

Green impressed on the big stage, appearing on UFC’s The Ultimate Fighter 23, and showcased her talent in front of a packed out Rainton Meadows. ‘Mean’ Green comfortably took the first two round but was mounted early in the 3rd and was fortunate to make it to the end of the bout with the referee looking like he was about to step in several times.

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f one person epitomised ‘Legacy’, it was Jamie Stephenson.

The Chronicle reported on Stephenson’s return to the octagon two years after discovering he had cancer. He faced Slokavian, Rastislav Toth in a clash that was always going to be a talking point.

Stephenson walked out to a standing ovation and showed no signs of ‘ring rust’ as he accurately pick apart his opponent. 3:56 into the first round, Stephenson landed a devastating uppercut which saw Toth meet the mat and referee Trevor Mitchell call a stop to the fight.

Joe Savage made his professional debut and proved to be savage by name and nature, stopping Jack Scott inside 16 seconds. There were also wins for Lewis Monarch, Josh Abrahams and Neil Laird.

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Jonny Hoole defended his UAR title showing flawless ground work against Grant Gaunt. Other notable mentions go to Dale Huggins and Norm Russell, who both found success in their amateur debuts. Both men fight out of the Made4thecage academy and show a lot of promise for the future.

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