British Challenge MMA (BCMMA), the south-eastern branch of the Cage Warriors Academy network, will host an 8-man tournament on April 7 to determine the UK’s top amateur flyweight.
Taking place at the Charter Hall in Colchester, Essex, the participating 125lb contenders currently slated to compete include:
Warren Mason (10-11)
Robbie Brown (8-10)
Reece McEwen (5-0)
Jordan Baxter (10-3)
Jack Temple (6-4)
Jack Eglin (3-3)
Ciaran Mulholland (6-4)
Ashley Kilvington (7-0)
The diverse lineup presents a standout platform and opportunity for some of the nation’s leading flyweight talent. The victor, who will secure three triumphs in the space of one night, will most likely be earmarked by the UK MMA Federation (UKMMAF) to potentially represent the national team at this year’s international IMMAF championships, for events including the June 17-23 European Championships in Bucharest, Romania, and the 2018 IMMAF World Championships during November in Manama, Bahrain.
While the April 7 contest is not officially billed as a national team qualifier at this time, it is confirmed that UKMMAF representatives will be in attendance and paying close attention to the tournament outcome.
BCMMA co-promoter and professional MMA veteran, Jack Mason, stated via social media: “It’s an absolute privilege for us at Cage Warriors Academy SE to be able to host an event like this. What a spectacle for the fans and what an opportunity for the fighters! Region’s from all around the UK represented to prove who is the UK’s #1 Amateur Flyweight in an 8 man, one night tournament.”
22-year-old Warren Mason, the most experienced tournament contender, earned a silver medal for the UK team at the 2015 European Open Championships in Birmingham, UK. Victories over Frenchman Correira Humberto and Ireland’s David Fogarty, a future world silver medalist, saw him advance to an all-British final against team-mate Jake Bond. Mason last competed for the UK at the 2016 World Championships in Las Vegas, but was dealt an early exit upon sustaining a broken collarbone, resulting in a TKO in the first round of his opening bout in the Men’s flyweight bracket.