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Epic performance proves Breeny ready for Thai
July 6, 2012: Rising NQ superstar ‘the Dean of Mean’ Jacob Breen will take on Thai legend Sing Siri at Legal Assault VI in Atherton on August 4.
The Thai had already fought the likes of Flip Street, Tomahawk Thomson and Daddy Cool, Fight Corps matchmaker Vince Parkes said.
“But I reckon Breeny is the next big thing in the under 60kg division in Australia,” Parkes said.
“I reckon he has all the goods to beat Sing and he showed that when he went toe to toe with Roy Wills in Perth last weekend.”
Intense Muaythai trainer Braid Jackson was well aware of Sing’s notorious takedown abilities in the grapple, and was working on Breeny’s takedown defence, Parkes said. Fellow Intense Muaythai brawlers Ardy and Frank Chamberlain, as well as the Full Boar Gym’s Liam Slocombe, Joe Ford and Chook Michael – and of course home town favourites, ATG Muaythai’s Chris Blandford and Jamie Cuda – will all feature on the packed Legal Assault VI card.
“We have 16 fights matched, with some good up and coming young talent, which will make for some stellar match ups,” Parkes said.
“Another of the fights not to be missed will be Ardy ‘the Animal’ Chamberlain, who’s fighting Alfred Samuel from Onyx Gym, a former PNG champion now living in Cairns.”
Seasoned Thai campaigner Sing Siri will take on Cairns’ own Jacob Breen at Legal Assault VI.
Fighters from Nukzu Muaythai, Onyx Gym, Body Torque, Jigsaw Martial Arts and Destination Fitness are also matched.
For more information, phone Sarah Martin on 0429 477 624.
The Beginning of big things
WELL, we boasted that The Beginning would be the biggest MMA event Cairns has seen, and we weren’t wrong!
The 600-strong crowd were not disappointed with the 13 explosive bouts on Fight Corps’ ﬁrst cage show last Saturday, vocally backing the Far Northerners to some impressive wins.
Townsville’s Jake McLean was victorious over Mt Garnet’s Nathan Pengelly in the ﬁrst ﬁght, followed by a win for youngster Darcy Keirnan, of Cooktown, over Mareeba’s Zac Mulholland. The much anticipated grudge rematch between Cairns boys Jamie Renouf and Jamahl Brodie- Chong did not disappoint, with Jamahl again winning in convincing style.
All the way from the Gold Coast’s Prophecy Fight Centre, Sam Gardiner took back the winner’s trophy after pounding Kickstart Townsville’s Ricky Kutija, and it was Cairns versus Port Douglas when Hoshi Freidrich lost to Les Stalker in the ﬁfth ﬁght of the evening.
F-16 Onyx Gym’s Michael Anderson beat Townsvillian John Tassel, as did stablemate Brady Landford over Townsville’s Mitch Godfrey.
But Townsville clawed back a win when ground specialist Ethan Cannon submitted Cooktown’s Joe Pope in seconds.
Full Boar Cooktown’s Austin Morse was next, quickly grounding and pounding Brett Kukulies from Innisfail MMA into submission.
After a half time memorabilia auction thanks to the Brotherhood Pride boys from the Sunshine Coast, it was time for the night’s four professional bouts scheduled for three ﬁve minute rounds.
Cooktown’s Clayton ‘the Athlete’ Cook proved he isn’t just a stand up ﬁghter when he took Mareeba’s Damon ‘Wild Child’ Eales to the ground and pounded him out in one round, putting himself on the market in the MMA arena.
The Gold Coast’s Sam Gardiner gets his ground and pound on against Ricky Kutija.
If you’re a muaythai fan, make sure to catch the Athlete at Evolution this Saturday in Brisbane.
The Prophecy Fight Centre’s Luke Marrable won by submission against Cairns favourite Ardy ‘the Animal’ Chamberlain from Intense Muaythai. Full Boar Cooktown’s Bryce ‘the Perente’ Kirk proved no match for the almost 10kg weight advantage of opponent Mark ‘Typhoon’ Tabone, who won by ground and pound, taking the trophy back to Kickstart Townsville.
In the night’s main event, Stuart ‘Tuff Mutha’ Ashby from Endurance Fight n Fit and Tuff Mutha Gym in Brisbane, submitted Cairns’ own ‘Pitbull’ Sam Summers from Intense Muaythai. The night wouldn’t have been possible without all our valued sponsors. Jump over to the ‘sponsors’ page to check out who supports MMA in the Far North.
Main event ‘won’t last long’
BOTH fighters are tipping a knock out in their main event stoush at The Beginning on Saturday, April 21.
Cairns’ own ‘Pitbull’ Sam Summers said he planned to send Stuart Ashby back to Brisbane with a headache.
“I don’t know much about him, but I’d like to stop him with a knock out,” Summers said.
Summers, a southpaw fighter, listed his overhand left as his best weapon, and said he had been hard at work training five days a week for his bout since early 2012.
But his match against Ashby won’t be an easy one, with the Brisbane veteran known as ‘Tuff Mutha’ for a reason.
Ashby has numerous muaythai and cage bouts under his belt and will be bringing a wealth of ringcraft with him into the octagon.
The men will headline a stellar card of local and national fighters on April 21, including Cooktown’s Clayton Cook versus Mareeba’s Damon Eales, Cooktown’s Bryce Kirk versus Townsville’s Mark Tabone, Cooktown’s Austin Morse versus Innisfail’s Brett Kukulies and many more. Visit the ‘Events’ page to buy your tickets now
Cairns brawler Sam Summers hopes to end the main event quickly.
Austin goes the distance
THE FULL Boar Gym’s Austin Morse continued to impress with a tough performance in the cage on Saturday night.
The 16-year-old proved he has a bright future in MMA, going the distance against the Townsville Dog Factory’s Troy O’Connor at the weekend’s Final Impact 2 event in Cairns.
O’Connor dominated with superior ground skills, but despite trying for a keylock submission in every round, Morse’s strength held out and he fought off all attempts.
O’Connor then resorted to ground and pound, with Morse absorbing the punishment and proving he’s got what it takes to be one of MMA’s rising stars.
Meanwhile fellow Full Boar fighter McInnes’ career is hanging in the balance after a shock knock out.
McInnes went into the match as the solid favourite, with over 20 muaythai bouts and two MMA fights under his belt, but was destroyed in convincing fashion by novice pugilist Rhys Murray.
McInnes, 17, copped a leg kick straight after the opening bell, then Murray shot him to the ground and quickly gained full mount and
Austin Morse showed promise, going the distance in the cage at Final Impact 2 in Cairns on Saturday.
pounded McInnes into submission.
Get ready for The Beginning
WELL 2012 is well underway and so are things at Fight Corps headquarters here in Cooktown, with the Fight Corps boys and girls already hard at training twice a day at the Full Boar gym.
Cooktown’s own Jack ‘the Ripper’ McInnes will headline our first event, The Beginning, taking on Mark Tabone from Kickstart in Townsville over three gruelling five minute rounds.
Full Boar stablemates Bryce ‘KO’ Kirk, Austin ‘Powers’ Morse and ‘Smokin’ Joe Pope, as well as Cairns hardman Sam ‘the Pitbull’ Summers, have confirmed matches, with more fights being booked every day. The finishing touches are going on the fight poster, and tickets will be on sale online soon, so make sure you check out our Events page for all the details and to save on your Fight Corps tickets.
I’m also putting the finishing touches on something that I’m very proud of – our very first batch of Fight Corps t-shirts – and they look awesome, even if I do say so myself!
Photos and prices will be up soon in our online Shop, drop in and check it out, and make sure you have a Fight Corps shirt to celebrate The Beginning of something big!
Trainer Vince Parkes puts the boys through their paces at the Full Boar Gym.
We have booked our venue, the Cairns PCYC, and in expectation of a huge crowd for our first event, we have grandstand seating so everyone can get a great view of all the ground and pound action.
There are some sweet sponsorship packages available, with first in best dressed for the premium ringside tables, so don’t hesitate to contact us if you are interested in being part of Cairns’ newest fight company and the world’s fastest growing sport, MMA.