Fighter Gilbert gunning for MMA glory

John Gilbert (right) fighting against Corey Cain
John Gilbert (right) fighting against Corey Cain
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Aylesbury fighter John Gilbert will share top billing on an exciting card at the latest TKMMA show in Wycombe tomorrow night (Saturday).

More than 800 mixed martial arts fans are expected to attend the High Wycombe Sports Centre on Saturday night for this year’s event .

Gilbert, who fights out of McLeod MMA Academy in Aylesbury, will be fighting in a title elimination bout against the durable Hayden Critchfield who is from Hayes.

It will be Gilbert’s second TKMMA appearance, having previously fought in a spectacular bout against five time world kickboxing champion Corey Cain, who he finally stopped in the last round via submission.”

Gilbert turned heads with that win and should he win on Saturday it could set him up for a title bout.

“Gilbert vs Cain was fight of the night last time out and we believe Gilbert has shown he is a worthy contender,” said TKMMA CEO Jay Baccus.

“Critchfield is standing in his way, if Gilbert can get past this hurdle he will have earned his shot at the title set for our event scheduled in November against the current champion Matt Holland.”

Gilbert will be joined by McLeod teammate Javid Bensalah who will be debuting on the show. MMA veteran Neil McLeod, who runs the academy, will be cornering both men on the night.

“All the fighters have come a long way since TKMMA 1 which was held back in November 2012,” Baccus said.

“We are on our fifth event now and our fan base is growing.

“Our fans are no longer calling it cagefighting. Our fans are more aware that it is MMA because of the variety of other martial arts combat sports involved.

“Despite the myths, MMA has very strict rules and fighter safety is our number one interest.

“Our events are fully licensed. We pride ourselves as being the most professionally organised MMA event in the country.

“TKMMA has the most highly respected and experienced officials in the business.”

Another Aylesbury man, Sahid Khamlichi, the chief operations officer for TKMMA, urged anyone with an interest in fighting to give it a try.

He said: “MMA is a fantastic spectators sport; the fight can change from standing to grappling.

“This means the athletes have to build a more complete set of skills and a well executed strategy to obtain victory.”

The TKMMA main event is a lightweight title fight between Mike Maroudas and Rik Selvarajah.

The first fight is at 7pm and tickets, starting from £30, are available on the door. For more details go to the 
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