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Last night saw the latest instalment of high-octane mixed martial arts competition as we showcased our first event of 2016, FCC15.

The card, which culminated in a double main event, featured an array of amateur and professional talent and the fans in attendance were treated to an action-packed evening. Top of the bill was a lightweight clash between Cannock’s Tim Wilde and Scotland’s Martin Delaney in a contest to determine the FCC European champion, and it was Wilde who emerged with the belt after a tremendous, career-best performance.

Both men entered the contest in good form, with Wilde victorious in his last two outings, whilst Delaney, had won 11 of his last 12. The fight began slowly, with both men reluctant to fully commit to anything, until Wilde landed a huge punch that dropped Delaney and could have ended the bout there and then. To his credit, the Dinky Ninjas fighter somehow managed to survive the onslaught and got back to his feet, but it wasn’t long before another big shot connected, dropping him to the canvas again. At this time Wilde was in no mood to let his opponent off the hook, with ‘The Experiment’ swarming his injured foe and unleashing a barrage of blows, which forced the referee to wave the fight over. The result means we now have a new European Lightweight Champion, and Wilde looked terrific against a fighter who hasn’t lost for nearly two years.

Our new champion will certainly take some beating, but luckily we’ve a host of talented lightweights chomping at the bit for their title shot; so watch this space.

The evening’s second half of the billed Double Main Event saw Brenadan Loughnane score a devastating knockout over veteran David Lee, the All Powers MMA product looked incredible on his return to the cage. Making his fourth appearance at FCC, Loughnane headed in to the fight having won five of his last six, with his only blemish coming via a controversial decision to UFC-bound Tom Duquensoy in a BAMMA title-fight. His opponent, David Lee, a two-time UFC competitor and submission specialist, came into the bout having not fought for over two years, and the long layoff was evident as he got off to a slow start. Moments after the first bell, Loughnane was stalking his target and he soon began landing big punches, stunning Lee repeatedly and backing him up against the fence. After another big shot landed, Lee fell to the canvas and Loughnane capitalised by reigning down a slurry of hard shots that ended the bout and meant the Manchester fighter remained the FCC British Lightweight Champion.

The win takes Loughnane to 11-2 in his career, a few more performances like this will definitely have the big American promotions taking notice.

Earlier in the evening, a catchweight bout saw Mick Bowman halt a two-fight losing streak by overcoming French opponent Aziz Stringer. The fight began tentatively before things sprung into life in the second round, and after a grappling exchange, Bowman finished up on top before landing a number of hard shots. Despite the referee giving Stringer a chance to recover, the official was forced to halt proceedings and give Bowman the victory. The result sees the MMA Academy fighter maintain his impressive finishing record, with all of his nine wins coming via either submission or KO/TKO.

In the heavyweight division, Wigan’s Tom Aspinall made quick work of Adrian Ruskac with a first round TKO. The team Kaobon representative came flying out of the blocks, catching Ruskac early and forcing the referee to intervene after some vicious ground-and-pound.

The win stretches Aspinall’s professional record to 4-1 with all of his victories coming inside the distance.

Tobias ‘The Development’ Reid bounced back from his split decision loss to Ashley Reece at FCC14, with a decision victory against tough Frenchman, Christopher Sengele.

The contest was competitive throughout, but ‘The Development’ managed to land the cleaner strikes and control the majority of the grappling exchanges. Reid will be delighted to get his name back in the win column, and sparks rumours in the FCC HQ of a potential rematch with Reece.

Elsewhere on the card, Ian Williams earned his fourth career victory with a first round standing guillotine. Sean Martin remained unbeaten after finishing his opponent with some brutal strikes; Paco Estevez grabbed a second round TKO victory after a bloody stand up battle; Ste Nightingale ground out a decision in front of his raucous legion of fans, and Sam Spencer bagged a scorecard victory after using his neat footwork to out-strike Bryan Creighton, despite suffering a broken jaw in round 1.

There were also notable performances from Danny Barker, whose arm-triangle secured a quick stoppage; Robbie Fallon finished his fight with a figure-four leg lock, and Lerone Murphy, who picked up a hard-fought decision win in his professional debut.

In the night’s amateur fights, Antonio Sheldon claimed the Lightweight Title after an entertaining, back-and-forth war with previously undefeated Michael Davies, and Mark Kinsella beat current Welterweight Champion Chris Senior, after submitting him in the dying seconds of the second round.

See results below:

MAIN EVENT: Vacant European Lightweight Title – Tim Wilde (8-1) def. Martin Delaney (11-2) via TKO in Round 1 and the new European Lightweight Title Champion

MAIN EVENT: British Lightweight Title – Brendan Loughnane(c) (11-3) def. David Lee (12-10) via TKO in Round 1 to retain his British Lightweight Title

Catchweight 71.5kg – Mick Bowman (9-3) def. Aziz Stringer (6-6) via TKO in Round 2

Welterweight – Rastislav Toth (6-2) vs. Dez Parker (6-4) CANCELLED: Dez Parker took ill

Heavyweight – Tom Aspinall (4-1) def. Adrian Ruskac (0-1) via TKO in Round 1

Catchweight 59kg – Ste Nightingale (4-1) def. Isaias Celiva (4-2) via Unanimous Decision

Bantamweight – Sam Spencer (3-0) def. Bryan Creighton (5-3) via Unanimous Decision

Lightweight – Tobias Reid (4-1) def. Christopher Sengele (4-2) via Unanimous Decision

Light Heavyweight – Paco Estevez (6-4) def. Shaun Hampton (2-1) via TKO in Round 2

Heavyweight – Sean Martin (3-0) def. Martin Bocian (0-3) via TKO in Round 1

Lightweight – Ian Williams (4-3) def. Dan Gibbon (5-8) via Submission (Standing Guillotine) in Round 1

Welterweight – Danny Barker (4-2) def. Martin Moran (0-1) via Submission (Arm-Triangle) in Round 1

Catchweight – Lerone Murphy (0-1) def. Martin Fouda (4-8) via Unanimous Decision

Bantamweight – Robbie Fallon (1-0) def. Marcus Hammond (0-1) via Submission (Figure four) in Round 1

Amateur Welterweight Title - Mark Kinsella (6-0) def. Chris Senior (8-3) via Rear Naked Choke in Round 2

Amateur Lightweight Title - Antonio Sheldon (6-2) def. Michael Davies (9-1) via Unanimous Decision

Amateur Welterweight - Lawrence Jones (3-1) def. Wayne Scott via TKO in Round 1

Amateur Featherweight - Chris Price (3-1) def. Danny Williams (4-6) via Armbar in Round 1

Amateur Bantamweight - Callum Mullen (2-0) def. Cole Arkinsall (0-1) via Armbar in Round 1

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