Colin ‘Freakshow’ Fletcher marked his return to MMA with an emphatic first round victory over Jordan Miller on Made4thecage 24: Throwdown at the Rainton Meadows Arena.
Fletcher was coming into the bout of his recent Bellator loss but showed class and precision with a calculated performance against Miller, on the latest offering from the top North East promotion.
After a minute of figuring his opponent out, Freakshow unleashed huge left hand which saw Miller hit the mat for the first time. However, they were quickly back up and battling once again.
It wasn’t long before 34-year-old found the left hand again though, but this time he kept Miller on the mat. He got Miller’s back and locked in a rear-naked-choke submission.
Speaking after the fight, Fletcher explained how much the crowd cheering spurred him on.
He said: “It’s overwhelming to be cheered by basically everyone in the venue, it’s why I still do it in all honesty. What more can you ask for than to be supported and appreciated for what you do?
“It’s good to enjoy it again. It’s good to feel comfortable in there again, like I used to, so fingers cross I can keep this steam rolling and keep this traction behind myself.”
Elsewhere on the card, Callum Murrie was crowned new Made4thecage featherweight champion, taking the title from local fighter Luke Ord.
From the first round, Murrie was looking for the stoppage, with attempted triangles and guillotines. This continued as the Scotsman dominated throughout the second, again looking for the finish several times.
Ord came on strong with a second wind for the final round. He took Murrie down held him in a triangle for almost a minute and a half before the new champ could break out to take a points decision.
Fan favourite Adam Proctor showed why he is one of the most sought-after talents in UK MMA in his total domination against the previously unbeaten Sam Boult.
Proctor caught Boult with a big right hand a minute into the fight which left a gaping cut above his left eye. Proctor tactically worked and exploited the cut throughout the bout. He won a huge unanimous decision on the judges score cards, all whilst producing one of, if not the, performance of the night.
Joe Millward suffered defeat in his first professional bout but showed warrior characteristics.
After cutting Torbjorn Madsen above his eye and on the side of his head, Millward lost momentum and Madsen started to find his way back into the fight. The second round saw Madsen take Millward down early then unleash a barrage of heavy shots to face and body. Millward was never giving up though.
The Norwegian kept the pressure on and once he had took Joe down again in the third, the ref had seen enough of the ground and pound and called a stop to the contest.
Millward still has real potential though and could be a future star.
Elsewhere, Nathan Thompson found success against Luke Dixon in a first round stoppage. Cal ‘Pacino’ Ellenor went 5-0 in his bout against John Spencer, who took the fight on less than 48 hours notice after Ellenor’s original opponent pulled out due to illness.
Finally, in the amateur bouts, Jonny Hoolie secured the Made4thecage UAR Welterweight title against Michael Hodge at the top of a packed undercard. The bout was finished mid-way through the first round after Hoolie took Hodge to the floor, got his back and locked in a rear naked choke hold.
Another notable fight which featured was debutants Dazzy March against Ashlee Harding. The latter delivered a strong and impressive performance. The bout went the distance and Harding secured the win 29-28 on all judges score cards. T
here were also wins for James Seddon, Nic Santangeli and Ieuan Diyolu.
Source : Chroniclelive