A sold-out KTMMA 4 crowns two tournament kings on a night of explosive action.
KTMMA 4 Porchester Hall 17.10,2015
With its reputation burgeoning, KTMMA delivered its most explosive card to date when KTMMA 4 took to the ring at the historic Porchester Hall on the 17th of October. From a ten bout fight card, stacked with International fighters, only three bouts actually went the distance, highlighting the spectacular nature of the KTMMA concept. As a result a sell-out crowd, sponsors Hard Rock Café, Top Ten Gloves and new sponsors 188BET were treated to split-decisions, knockouts and submissions on a night that truly had everything and will resonate long in the memory.
At the heart of the action were two elite four man tournaments, matched at 67k and 77k, that featured top competitors from across the globe. The 67k tournament featured Adam Jahovic, Josh Palmer, Dean Garnett and China’s Bai Eerdungang. The crowd knew they were in for something special when Jahovic stopped the explosive Palmer in round 1 of their semi-final, with Palmer tipped as a pre-tournament favourite. Another man who could lay claim to that title was the unbeaten Garnett, who took on the Chinese fighter Eerdungang in the second semi-final and it was business as usual for the British star as he won by heel-hook in under a minute of the MMA round. He was to use the same technique to great effect in the final, subbing Jahovic in just over three minutes to not only remain unbeaten but cement his reputation as a KTMMA star by taking the coveted 67K title.
The 77k tournament was a truly international affair, with Dutchman Raymond Jarman, Argentinian Kevin Koldobsky and Chinese star Wang Ayling vying with British superstar Reece Rowell for the title. Rowell, a kickboxing World champion dominated his opening round against Jarman but when the action switched to MMA in this unique format, Jarman took full advantage, subbing Rowell by way of arm-bar. In the other semi-final the Argentinian Koldobsky also progressed via stoppage in round 2, ending Ayling’s hopes by way of vicious knees. Jarman, having already dispatched the dangerous Rowell could not be faulted if he felt confident going into the final but Koldobsky was in imperious form, causing the referee to stop the contest in just over a minute and it was the Argentinian who was crowned king at 77k.
The international flavour was carried over into the tournament reserve matches and both proved equally entertaining. At 67k Irishman Dyan Tuke earned one of the few decisions on the night, a unanimous vote from the judges in defeating Dutchman Bryony Hooi. The 77k reserve bout saw another spectacular finish as Doncaster’s Ricardo Franco stopped the Spaniard Alberto Vargas by way of a vicious spinning back fist in round one.
The night also featured two prestigious K-1 bouts with rising star Ryan Edmundson taking on the highly rated Luke Whelan in what has been hailed as one of the fights of the night between these two exciting combatants. It proved an adrenalin fuelled match with neither man willing to give an inch but after three crowd-pleasing rounds it was Edmundson who cemented his growing reputation with a unanimous decision. The second K-1 bout proved to be a much closer affair with the ISKA British Super-Cruiserweight title at stake but when the dust settled a split decision verdict saw Aundre Grose take the belt at the expense of Ben Vickers in a tight, tense bout.
Overall, KTMMA 4 enhanced the brands growing reputation with its emphasis on International match-ups, consistently explosive matches, with show reel stoppages and its unique two round format that challenges even the top fighters to produce their very best and keep the crowd on the edge of their seat. As the brand goes from strength to strength the next KTMMA has already been announced and the highly anticipated KTMMA 5 will take place on March 15th 2016. With International fighters, a unique format and a history of incredible stoppages where else would you want to be on that date?