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D.E.D- Rising

Posted by John Higo on August 2, 2010 at 5:09 AM Comments comments (1)

D.E.D- Rising


Saturday 31st July saw 4 Leeds Cage warriors stepinto the Cage to do battle. First up its Josh Martins turn who has taken the fight on 4 days notice and weighs in at 68kg considerably lower than his opponent who looks huge compared to josh and could easily have had 6+kg on Josh by the time they fought.


Round 1:

First round starts with Josh’s opponent throwing a kick and wading into josh at the clinch with some big knees and solid clinch work, but Josh holds firm and weathers the onslaught and finds himself on his back, his opponent is still on top and the busier, but hits josh in the face and has a point deducted, Josh shrugs it off and continues. Josh jumps guard a few times and works for an armbar. The round ends.


Round 2:

Josh’s opponent comes out and looks tired, Josh works well again to nullify his attack and jump guard eventually working towards a kneebar, and later in the round takes his back but fail to sink in the rear nakedchoke . A big round for Josh, he is fresher than his opponent and controlled him throughout….we expect at least a draw, Sadly Josh doesn’t get the decision. Harsh but the judges decision is final. I sulk a little…. But we get on with things!


Next up its Chris Marsden, Chris turns up with an army of fans, so when he comes out the place makes some serious noice, and Chomper is in no mood to let them down


Round 1

Chris comes out, both fighters are cagey, his opponent favouring a left hook which catches chris and splits his eye, Chris stays calm and keeps working his opponent against the cage,  he is far too strong for this lad and is working him well with some nice knees being put in, Chris is listening well to us and gets a nice trip and takes mount, as he works the lad on the floor he manages to take his back, the round ends… another 30 seconds and I think the fight was over.


Round 2

Starts like round 1, Chris’s opponent wants to brawl, Chris is too clever for that. This round has a similar pattern to round 1…..with chris once again getting full mount and dominating the round….he even has time to exchange a few words with me towards the end of the round while he is in the clinch!! Chris wins the fight with a deserved unanimous decision.


Fight Three brings out Anthony Smith….. this kid trains every day, and I have first hand seen the improvements.

Round 1: The fighters engage, Anthony’s opponent is trying to land a wild left hand, he throws it 3 or 4 times it doesn’t connect…. He lands1 which is brushed off….2 mins in Anthony falls to his back sliding for a dela-riva sweep which he executes in ‘Imanari’ style, then finishes with an Achilles lock. The pain on his opponents face was visible to us at cage side the kid held on… in my opinion for too long…. He limped out of the venue. Another win for Leeds Cage


So all the while we have been going to the cage with other fighters and NathanBrown has been sat in the changing room ( very flash it was too!) waiting for his fight to be confirmed after his original opponent decide not to turn up. Anyway in the end we talk with Julio Calcina the promoter and Nathan agrees to fight pro. After only 3 Semi pro fights.. this is a gutsy decision, especially against Shaun Lomas a seasoned Pro.


Round 1

Nathan goes out all guns blazing, Shaun tries to clinch Nathan throws him off and to the floor. From here Nathan delivers some ground and pound, but Shaun is no slouch and is continually working an aggressive guard and looking for submissions, he nearly gets an arm bar but Nathan slams his way out of it and continues to dominate Shaun. Nathan gets mount but Shaun is good at defending himself and works to safety. The round comes to an end and Nathan has dominated and won that round.


Round 2

Starts with some more stand up work, leading to a clinch,they go down and Nathan is on the bottom, Shaun is working some ground and pound but not really hurting Nathan, in the scramble Nathan ends up in Turtle position and Shaun starts to work his hooks in and eventually gets the RNC.Hard luck for Nathan but lots of courage and heart shown. We were proud!

Well done to Julio on a good show, things went wrong for him with people letting him down etc but he kept his cool and got all ours lads matched up, for that we are grateful.


In all the lads gave an awesome account of the club,everyone we spoke to was impressed with them and what they showed on the night. As always myself and John lived every minute of every fight with the lads, its what we do… if we don’t then we are of no use to them……. We might be relatively new to the sport but we are here… and here to stay… next stop Combat challenge….



By Faisal Nathani

Anthonys Fight at D.E.D

Posted by John Higo on August 2, 2010 at 4:32 AM Comments comments (0)

It's 7am and i'm crawling out of bed to an alarm I could of swore I turned off......


Firstthings, first, time to weight my self and hope I haven't magically put5lbs on over night! Turns out i'm nice 83.5! HmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmBreakfast!


I spent the next 3/4 hours listening to my personalpump up music which ranges from disturbed to linkin parks re-animationalbum. Finally met up with nath and strolled down to weigh in atoceana, got in jumped on the scales 84kg bang on =]. Wasting no time meand nathan jump back in the car (cheers amy!) and rolled on back tonaths where I showed him how real man plays COD: MW2, bitched :D. Afterthis he retired to bed and I got myself some supplies, lucozade etc...


Finallygot to the event and had a mooch at the cage looked pretty cool, fencewas tight as hell like *Ouch*. Got my medical done then hit thecaffeine drinks and xplodes to pump up as I like to.


Got took tothe warm up area, btw its pretty sick to have the VIP room as a warm uparea! Chilled out for abit, helped josh warm up, watched him get robbedof a draw!!!!


Then I got into my routine working my strikes toloosen off, john keeps it simple on the pads, power and speed crucialas always. Made sure I did plenty of sweeps and submissions with nathanas I knew my opponent would be stronger but not as technical on thefloor. All warmed up and pretty much focused, I was led out to mywalk-in side and got to watch chris in the last round picking up thewin (this of course made me want it more!).


Luckily I waswalking in second which suits me to a Tee, I don't get nervous reallybut it's a personal preference for sure. All I really remember of thefight is the huge haymakers he instantly tried to land and justthinking, 'hmmmmmm next time he does that slide for the dela riva'. Sohe moved forwards and I just slid for it (proof is the scratch on myback!) and from there landed it, tightend the achilles, finishing itoff to the sound of the tap! At which point I went crazy for winning insuch a way and I still remember john screamin to the crowd louder thanme xD Actually I say all I remember is the haymakers, if you ever havethe pleasure to fight with john and faisal in your corner. You'll findthey seem to be louder than the crowd continously and even on the otherside of the cage you can still hear thier instructions, mine seemed tobe "heel hook! heel hook!!!!".



Beaming after my win I wentback to help nathan warm up and was immediately beaten from topposition with elbows and punches hahah! Nathan showed so much bottlefor stepping up to pro with 2 hours notice and beating the crap out ofshaun lomas for the first round. Was awesome and just got unlucky inthe second!


Overall was 2-2 for us that night but the fact is we were awesome and always will be!

By Anthony Smith,

Semi Pro  2-0

The pain!

Posted by John Higo on July 14, 2010 at 6:48 AM Comments comments (0)

We will publish some workouts you can be doing in open training.... if there is anything you want in particular get in touch:

Entry 1

Quick Cardio blaster

Working Tabata rounds of 20\25 seconds with 5\10 seconds rest, 8 rounds per set

Exercises to work:

* Skipping

* Sprints

* Slede Hammers, right, left, over head

* Burpees

* Alternate squat thrusts\ mountain climbs

* weight vest sprint punches

Plan the exercises first, start with a dynamic warm up for 10 mins, and plan out the length of your session. all the above can be done in less than 30 mins, and should give you a good workout. Remember go as fast and hard as you can for those 25 seconds

Food and stuff!

Posted by John Higo on July 14, 2010 at 6:47 AM Comments comments (0)

We will try to use this space to add some information on Diets, cutting weight etc....

The fighters

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The lads and lasses at the gym will use this space to right up their thoughts on fight etc..... should be useful for aspiring fighters....

Entry 1

First entry comes from Lee Ryan Adams Carter after his first ever fight and victory.

" When I started my training 5 months ago the last thing Iexpected was for me to be standing in a cage 6 feet away from a man who wantednothing more than to rip my head from my shoulders, however I had been given anopportunity to test my skills in front of around 200 alcohol fuelled fight fansand I soon realised that the hardest part is to control the nerves as the cagedoor is mercilessly closed behind you, the nerves and the people watchingbecame a distant memory as my opponent came rushing at me, they had beenreplaced by a determination to not surrender, to not give in and to win thatfight no matter what. The thing that pushed me on through the fight when Ithought I had nothing left to give, when I had completely gassed was thethought of “this is my moment and I’m not letting this man take it away fromme, I’m here to win and I’m not gonna accept anything less”. To hear my namecalled at the end was unbelievable I had given everything I had, id laid it allon the line and to win after doing all that was a fantastic feeling, I felttruly alive at that point and on top of the world, and I can’t wait to fightagain it’s a rush that I cant describe in words the only way to trulyunderstand what I’m trying to say is to step inside that cage yourself."


Lee Ryan Adams Carter


The chief

Posted by John Higo on July 14, 2010 at 6:45 AM Comments comments (0)

This is where the Chief will be posting his eloquent ideas about life, training and the universe.... will be some interesting reads dont you worry!


Posted by John Higo on July 14, 2010 at 6:44 AM Comments comments (0)

We will put up stuff about MMA that we have seen... heard... thought about..... just generaly a place to put our thoughts on

Test Blog

Posted by John Higo on July 13, 2010 at 9:25 AM Comments comments (0)

This is a leeds cage test blog keep coming back to see the latest thoughts and ideas on training....eating and life in general.....if you want to add anything to a blog or have anything published just get in touch....