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From Cage Fighting to MMA: Ashleigh Grimshaw Documentary (Part 1) – Ashleigh Grimshaw is a British Mixed Martial Artist & Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) Black Belt signed to Bellator MMA. Fighting out of Team Titan, Grimshaw’s MMA career spans across two decades from being actively involved in the old skool Cage Fighting & Vale Tudo days in London, to a multi-billion dollar industry around the world.
Ashleigh Grimshaw has shared a large part of his MMA journey with UFC veteran & close friend, Brad Pickett; from when the two of them started training together when there were only two MMA gyms in London. The two friends are still very close, working and training together in helping the current and future generations of British MMA fighters establish themselves such as UFC fighter, Nathanial Wood and many more.
This video is Part 1 of The Ashleigh Grimshaw MMA Documentary series.
Edited, filmed & interviewed by, Anoop Hothi – Instagram @anoophothi
Find Ashleigh Grimshaw on Instagram @whitewolfmma
Featuring/special thanks to: Tim Izli, Jude Samuel, Nathaniel Wood, Brad Pickett, Urban Kings Gym & Titan Fighter Gym.
“The Best Lightweight” in European MMA: Terry Brazier – BAMMA two-weight world champion, Terry Brazier prepares for his Bellator MMA debut against Chris Bungard at Bellator Europe 1 on February 9, 2019 in this mini-documentary video filmed at, NFM Windsor on Boxing Day.
Terry Brazier (10-1) won the BAMMA welterweight and lightweight world championships by defeating Alex Lohore and Rhys McKee, respectively, in 2018 before signing for Bellator MMA.
Having made British MMA history in a relatively short professional MMA career over the last three years, Brazier who, previously served in the British Army, has set himself some serious goals for 2019 and beyond at Bellator, including: winning his Bellator debut before intending to beat former UFC champion, Benson Henderson in America and then becoming the new Bellator lightweight champion by defeating the current champion, Michael Chandler.
However, first and foremost, Brazier has to defeat Scottish MMA fighter, Chris Bungard at Bellator Europe 1 and in this video, we see Terry Brazier training and sparring with his his team-mates at NFM Windsor, before flying out to Phuket, Thailand for the remainder of his fight camp for his Bellator MMA debut.
UFC veteran, Dan Hardy, elaborates on how the Full Reptile Collective is linked to his eventual UFC return and is focused on supporting ‘Grassroots MMA’ in the UK. Speaking at Victory Fights 2, Hardy also explains why Adam Amarasinghe who, will be making his Cage Warriors 95 London debut, is a “special athlete”, after his KO win over Andrew Mendes at Victory Fight 2 and much more.
Dan Hardy is launching the Full Reptile Collective in-partnership with former (The Ultimate Fighter) TUF contestant and British MMA fighter turned head coach at NFM Windsor, Dean Amasinger and strength coach, Oli Richardson. The aim of Full Reptile Collective is to support British MMA and other combat sports by giving the fighters exactly the support structure that they need but currently lacking within the UK.
NFM Windsor heach coach, Dean Amasinger on his younger brother, Adam Amarasinghe’s KO win over Andrew Mendes at Victory Fights 2 and his partnership with Dan Hardy: Full Reptile Collective; Amasinger also reacts to Darren Till and Yoel Romero missing weight in the UFC very recently.
With BAMMA 36 London fast approaching, Dean Amasinger also talks about Terry Brazier vs Rhys McKee which, headlines the event in a clash of champions for the BAMMA world lightweight championship and more.
Kenny Moyston and his partner Lily-May Gilbanks recap their second MMA event in Brighton last night, Victory Fights 2 which, was headlined by an emphatic KO victory by Adam Amarasinghe over Andre Mendes; and talks about sparring former UFC champion, Michael Bisping and the UFC veteran’s growing influence today. As well as the problems they encountered hosting MMA events in Brighton and much more.
K1ANOOP argues Rico Verhoeven vs KSW world heavyweight champion, Phil de Fries, should of headlined GLORY 54 Birmingham. After all, “can you imagine” the scale of British media attention “that” would’ve gained for such a “bloody good fight” compared to, the Rico Verhoeven vs Mladen Brestovac rematch?
Phil de Fries was recently crowned the KSW world heavyweight champion but the British MMA fighter has a huge fanbase especially in the north-east of England and has proved his technical proficiency with his MMA striking skills in past fights.
This clip is taken from a recent episode of, The K1ANOOP Show which, is a podcast about all things happening in Kickboxing and MMA; and provides an interesting perspective on niche combat sports from a UK perspective and much more.
What exactly does British MMA, Muay Thai and Kickboxing need so much more of or to do, in order to rapidly grow from being niche combat sports and establish themselves as mainstream sports?
With the rise of the UFC, Bellator and GLORY Kickboxing growing their presence in the UK with future plans for even more British MMA and Kickboxing events; and even gaining mainstream media attention from the BBC, BT Sport, Daily Star and TalkSports, only the UFC is really leading the way with increasing popularity with the general public.
So what exactly is holding back not only the likes of Bellator, BAMMA, Cage Warriors, GLORY and many of the other combat sports promotions here in the UK? Why aren’t more British fighters gaining much more recognition with the general public compared to UFC sensation Darren Till? And, why are Muay Thai and Kickboxing struggling compared to MMA?
Bellator 200 London “has come under fire” in the UK for many reasons and not just because the fight card started to fall apart in fight week due to well reported injuries/pull-outs; and is now headlined by, Rafael Carvalho vs Gegard Mousasi. You’d think with the second biggest MMA promotion in the world returning to London would be delivering a much anticipated and huge event.
However, when compared to UFC Liverpool and reflecting on the the wider scale of operations for both MMA and Kickboxing promotions, both globally and especially here in the UK, there are some deeper issues influencing matters.
Aaron Chalmers vs. Ash Griffiths features on Bellator 200 London on May 25 which, Andreas Georgiou and K1ANOOP preview on this video as Chalmers MMA career hits new heights so rapidly. The Geordie Shore reality star, Aaron Chalmers, has won his first three professional MMA fights in a row, fighting previously for BAMMA but now steps-up to the world stage against, Ash Griffiths who’s fight record consists of, four wins but six losses from his previous fights.
Could Ash Griffiths derail Aaron Chalmers’ Bellator future and scupper a potential showdown for the Geordie with Kevin “Babyslice” Ferguson? Or, will Chalmers continue his winning streak and surprise the British MMA community and general public?