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Painfully Glorious

Posted in Combat Sports by Russ L on 9 May, 2006

So, Saturday the 6th was the first of four fightcards that I’m intending to go to this month – ‘Pain And Glory’, part of the larger SENI martial arts and combat sports exhibition at the NEC. My ticket for this entitled me to free entry to the larger exhibition, and while stands of gloves and such didn’t strike me as a whole day’s worth of entertainment I did decide to turn up later on just to have a bit of a look. 10am – 6pm were the times printed on the ticket, but on turning up at about a quarter past five I was told that no, it was too late and I couldn’t get in, and I’d have to wait till they opened the doors for the evening’s show at half six. Since I didn’t really want to try to kill two hours (realistically speaking nothing was going to actually happen until about half seven or so) in the train station, I had to waste money going back into town.

A couple of pints and a read of the paper in The Briar Rose later, I returned to the NEC to find that there wasn’t any booze this evening. “These fights better bloody well be good” was my irritated train of thought.

Fortunately, they were.

I can’t find a link to the results at the moment but when I do I’ll drop it into the comments. There were ten fights, of which I believe four were MMA bouts, three Muay Thai, one kickboxing, one K-1 kickboxing, and one boxing. The latter is interesting in that it was (apparently) the first time a boxing match has ever appeared on a mixed martial arts card. I’m glad that the BBBC have relented on the matter (I’m sure I’ve heard about them threatening to strip licenses from people who’ve looked into doing something like this in the past), since it opens opportunities for some pretty spectacular cards in the future.

There wasn’t a bad fight all night, but the highlight for me was Ian Butlin vs Harvey Herra (MMA). It lasted for only one round, but was one of the most brilliant rounds of action that I’ve ever seen. It went to the ground quickly (surprisingly, perhaps, given that one is known as a boxer and the other as a kickboxer) and spent the majority of the rest of the time there, but the action didn’t slow up for a single second. The sweeps and changes of position were plentiful, and the submission attempts nailbiting – Ian nearly got an armbar, and Harvey did get an armbar for quite a long time (Ian showed amazing resilience hanging on). Harvey also hit a good number of hard-looking strikes to the head, and after the first round Ian’s corner made the decision to pull him out. Fantastic fight; a big win for Harvey and an even bigger win for us spectators.

Other great bits included the wild Muay Thai war between Michael Showers and Richard Cadden, the sheer brawl in the first round of the Takeru vs James McSweeney fight (I can’t agree with the judges on that one, incidentally; I really don’t see how Takeru could have lost at all), James France felling Tim Thomas like a tree with an amazing elbow, and Christian Smith dropping Andre Fyeet with an enormous slam before almost immediately ending up in an armbar and having to tap 25 seconds into the first round.

Danny John-Jules (yes, ‘The Cat’) was on hand to conduct a couple of in-ring interviews, including one with no less than UFC light-heavyweight champ Chuck Liddel. Chuck was polite and pleasant but clearly feeling uncomfortable and awkward. When asked who he’d most like to fight, we got the usual ‘Wanderlei Silva’ and ‘re-match with Quinton Jackson;’ when asked if there were any British fighters he’d like to fight, he faltered. After a bit of umm-ing and arr-ing about “That guy… on the Ultimate Fighter show…” the MC tried to help him out by murmering ‘Michael Bisping’ under his breath. Chuck, clearly, mis-heard.

“Bixby! Yeah. Him.”

Chuck Liddel vs Michael Bixby in the UFC at some point in the future, folks. Remember where you read it first.

(Edit: Full results here).

~ Russ L


10 Responses

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  1. James said, on 9 May, 2006 at 3:23 pm

    I didn’t read all this one. But Chuck Liddel will win. Bring on THE ICEMAN!!!!!!

  2. Russ L said, on 9 May, 2006 at 5:07 pm


    That was the sound of a joke going over James’ head.

    Anyway, you should read the whole thing you swine. You might learn something.

  3. Ian Dean said, on 9 May, 2006 at 8:11 pm

    LOL @ Chuck, good to see he’s paying attention. But unplanned interviews like that are always bound to go wrong.

  4. Russ L said, on 10 May, 2006 at 9:04 am

    I felt quite sorry for him, really. He seemed like a nice chap. It was funny though.

    The weight classes were strange for this one, incidentally. To begin with I thought they were just using boxing weights for everything (including the MMA fights), but they announced that one fight was made at ‘light cruiserweight.’ What on earth…?

  5. Trigger said, on 10 May, 2006 at 2:47 pm

    Apart from the fact i would have been drier than a Jack Dee retort (no beer?) it looked like a good old night.

    looking forward to the England V Germany card too, free tickets making the day all the more sweet. can we expect the same awesome displays of combat as Russ L has told us about here though? Russ L, he say yes.

  6. Russ L said, on 10 May, 2006 at 2:58 pm


    Lordy Lordy Hallelujah. May it be the first of many.

  7. boxing fan said, on 17 May, 2006 at 9:43 am

    is this the one that steve gethin fought on?

    been meaning to have a look at some of this mma and ultimate fighting. never really watched any of it. i aint into the kickboxing though

  8. Russ L said, on 17 May, 2006 at 4:59 pm

    I like MMA more than I like boxing and like boxing more than I like kickboxing, if you see what I mean. All of the fights at this one were fun, though.

    It’s been a fertile time for fightcards, lately. There was this one, there was the MMA in Kiddi on Sunday, and now there’s the boxing in Walsall tomorrow, Cagewarriors’ MMA card in Coventry a week on Saturday, and the Young Muttley vs Kevin Anderson fight the following Thursday.

    “I feel like a kid in some kind of a store…”

  9. Russ L said, on 17 May, 2006 at 9:00 pm

    Oh yes, sorry – this was the one that Steve Gethin fought on. I nearly missed that. He lost 39-38 (which is how I had it scored too) to Paul Newby.

    This is the fight I’d recommend to anyone who is new to MMA – Bob Sapp vs Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (‘Minotauro’). It’s so much fun to watch.

  10. Charlotte said, on 23 May, 2007 at 12:34 pm

    The show was open from 10am till 6pm, but due to the size of the site, there was no re-entry after 5pm. if you was there just before then, then you would have been aloud in, and would have been able to walk around till 6pm.
    I worked on the door at the SENI07 event this year and thought that the whole experience was amazing.


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