MMA: Caged show still packs a punch despite line-up changes
ORGANISER Gary Turland is still expecting Swindon Fightclub’s first MMA show to be a spectacular event despite a number of changes to the line-up.
Headliner Alex Brunnen has withdrawn from his bout with Shane Mansfield and has been replaced by Michael Cutting on the ‘Caged’ show, while Swindon’s Adam Evans has also had to pull out of his fight with Oskar Rozwens after breaking his hand in training.
Evans has been replaced by local boxer Paul Payne who makes his Fightclub debut, while Phil Wells’ fight with Faisel Ghazghazi has been elevated to become the joint main event on the show at Swindon MECA on Saturday night.
Despite being disappointed to see Brunnen and Evans withdraw from the bill Turland is still certain Fightclub’s first MMA show will be a success.
“Paul (Payne) has come in at really short notice but used to fight pro in 2010 so it’s been a while since he fought MMA, so he’s just happy to get back into it,” he said.
“He’s a popular character so it’s good to have him on the show, and I’m sure he’ll entertain the crowd.
“Obviously it’s a shame Alex and Adam had to pull out because they are both exciting fighters, but we’re really happy with the strength of the card.
“There’s been ups and downs which is the same with any show, but this is the first time we’ve done it and we’re happy.
“A lot of the amateurs will give it a real go and it should be pretty spectacular, and it’s going to be a good night.”
Tickets remain available for the show which begins at 7pm, but Turland is pleased with how sales have gone.
“They’ve really picked up in the last few weeks and plenty of people are starting to demand them and ringing up, and that’s really good.
“A big crowd makes the show, and with a lot of fighters travelling from outside of Swindon they could easily have sold a lot of tickets which would make the atmosphere really good.”
Tickets for the ‘Caged’ event are priced at £20 or £40 VIP, and can be bought from any of the fighters involved, The Khyber on Victoria Road, The Forum or www.swindontickets.co.uk.
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