In 2017 our brand of White Collar MMA, ‘MMA Challenge’ has exploded!
Our first event of Round 1, MMA Challenge: Coventry vs Tamworth and was held on 19/03/17 at Rialto Reborn, Coventry. In 2016 we hosted MMA Challenge Tamworth consisting of Tamworth challengers training at The Fight Hub, Tamworth. With the 2017 addition of our new partner gym Dropzone MMA, Coventry we could now facilitate a team of challengers from Coventry. Our ‘Vs series’ of events is something that we feel sets us apart from other White Collar events, with 2 areas close enough to host a joint event, MMA Challenge: Coventry vs Tamworth was born.
Second up! Where it all began, our flagship event MMA Challenge: Telford vs Wolverhampton held at Park Inn, Telford on 01/04/17. This would be our 5th event between the 2 areas. Our Telford group receive their 8 weeks of free Mixed Martial Arts training at Combat Athlete, Telford and our Wolverhampton challengers train together at Wolverhampton MMA, Wolverhampton. Although the event was to be our 5th between the areas there were no signs that MMA Challenge is slowing down, exactly the opposite. The sold out audience were treated to 15 great MMA fights on the evening at one of our most anticipated events.
Then followed MMA Challenge: Birmingham vs Redditch. Our second event at The H Suite, Birmingham on 29/04/17. Along with our Birmingham and Redditch challengers, we also had a small team from Walsall join us for the event. With the event sharing the evening with the Anthony Joshua vs Wladimir Klitschko boxing fight at Wembley we were expecting a smaller audience than usual. To our suprise, the event was actually busier than our debut at The H Suite in 2016 which was a credit to all of the guys that were involved with the event. Training for each area was at our partnered gyms, Aerokick in Birmingham, Redditch MMA in Redditch and InPower in Walsall.
Finally, this past weekend on 13/05/17 the MMA Challenge ‘up north’ debut happened. MMA Challenge Machester North vs Manchester South at Bowlers Exhibition Centre, Manchester. Did the challengers deliver for our last scheduled event of Round 1? 1 word, YES. 14 fights of fast paced action in front of another sold out MMA Challenge crowd. Credit to the coaches from our partnered gyms Mundo MMA and Poynton MMA who are both Manchester based. This event showed the kind of promise that could one day see it taking over as our biggest event. Telford and Wolverhampton need to watch out!!
Not only have our events grown in terms of partnered gyms, challengers and ticket sales this year but we are also proud to say that our charity fund raising has also grown! Our challengers this year have almost surpassed the total we raised in the whole of 2016 for Make A Wish UK. Our running total since we started supporting Make A Wish UK is now sitting at just over £15,000 with more than £7,000 of that total raised by our Round 1 challengers. We would like to thank every single person that had added to this total, challengers and family or friends who have donated. We also would like to take this opportunity to CHALLENGE anyone that has so far signed up for Round 2 to smash our target of £10,000 raised in Round 2.
MMA Challenge Round 1 introduced over 100 new challengers to the world of MMA. It is important to keep in mind that 95% of our challengers have no previous Martial Arts experience, many of them are making big life changes to get fit and learn Mixed Martial Arts in 8 weeks before competing at one of our White Collar MMA events. Our commitment to everyone who takes part is that each fight will matched to ensure a fair bout based on size an ability. If you are a beginner and would like to get involved with an MMA Challenge, round 2 is due to start in 2 weeks. Challenge yourself and sign up now at www.mmachallenge.co.uk/be-a-fighter
White Collar MMA is adapted from the concept of White Collar Boxing and offers the opportunity to experience Mixed Martial Arts competition to the masses. Targeted as a once in a lifetime experience for city professionals and people with other none athletic professions to compete in a fair and safe environment.
Training begins 8 weeks prior to an event, where each soon to be fighter will be guided through a training programme by a professional coach. During training the basic techniques used in MMA are taught which include many techniques adapted from Boxing, Thai Boxing, Wrestling, Judo, Submission Wrestling and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Participants also receive Fitness training as a part of the programme in preparation for their upcoming White Collar bout.
Fast forward to 8 weeks and fight night, challengers must pass a medical from the team of paramedics covering the event to limit health risks. With 8 weeks training and a passed medical they will then be ready to step into the cage in front of friends and family where standing opposite will be a White Collar fighter of a similar weight and skill set. All bouts are 3 x 2 minute rounds but can come to an end via knockout, submission or referee stoppage (TKO) in any of the rounds. The referee ensures that both fighters stay safe during the bout and that all of the rules are followed. If a bout is contested over 3 x 2 minute rounds without a stoppage the referee will render a decision.
At MMA Challenge we support Make A Wish U.K with our White Collar MMA events. Challengers must raise money for the charity during the training period via a Just Giving page. In 2016 we have raised over £6500 for the charity. We also ask that fighters get friends and family to come and support by selling 20 tickets to the event which pays towards the cost of their free training and the costs of running a Mixed Martial Arts event. In 2017 MMA Challenge have confirmed events in Birmingham, Coventry, Manchester, Romford, Stafford, Tamworth, Telford and Wolverhampton amongst other cities nationwide.
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MMA Challenge is the premier white collar MMA event in the UK. 2016 has seen our brand significantly grow. We have expanded to new areas throughout the year with 500+ fans in attendance at our professionally photographed and filmed events. Our website receives an increasing number of visitors per month, connected to our very active social media profiles, which include a highly engaged Facebook like page and a YouTube channel with over 32,000 video views.
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There are thousands of charities within the United Kingdom all doing great things for a variety of causes, but for us it was an easy choice. There are children and young people nationwide with life limiting and life threatening illnesses and we want to help make a difference to their lives.
Make a Wish UK go above and beyond to grant magical wishes. Dreams become reality for the children and young people that Make a Wish UK work with, wishes are varied from meeting celebrities to family holidays or even owning the latest technology to name a few, wishes give joy and hope to the children. There should be more to a child’s life than hospitals and illness and that’s what Make a Wish UK provide.
MMA Challenge is proud to support such an amazing charity. When you sign up to be a White Collar MMA fighter with MMA Challenge, you are also agreeing to help make a difference. During your 8 weeks of FREE Mixed Martial Arts training, you will learn techniques used in a variety of sports like Boxing and Thai Boxing as well as Wrestling and Judo and also Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Submission Wrestling. Whilst training for your charity fight you will be expected to raise money for Make A Wish UK, donations are sent directly to Make A Wish UK via Just Giving. Throughout 2016 MMA Challenge has been raising money for Make A Wish UK, our target of £5000 was smashed thanks to our Challengers. We have since increased our yearly target to £10,000.
Be a hero, sign up to MMA Challenge at www.mmachallenge.co.uk/be-a-fighter
Have you been looking for ways to increase revenue and recruit new students at your Martial Arts facility? MMA Challenge has the answer. Our brand of White Collar MMA is expanding and have opportunities available for the right martial arts coaches across the country.
What is MMA Challenge?
MMA Challenge offers an alternative to White Collar Boxing, a brand new experience. We are the premier White Collar MMA brand within the United Kingdom, Challengers receive 8 weeks of FREE Mixed Martial Arts and Fitness training whilst they raise money for our chosen charity Make A Wish UK. Finally, they compete in a fair competitive White Collar MMA bout inside the MMA Challenge Cage.
How will MMA Challenge help me to recruit new students and increase revenue?
Firstly, we will recruit for you. MMA Challenge will recruit and introduce between 30 and 40 new people to your Martial Arts facility for each MMA Challenge event. MMA Challenge also pay better rates than any other White Collar brand for the time that you spend coaching on our behalf. As our partner we will also advise you on proven methods to maximise profits from each MMA Challenge training camp running from your facility.
Can I get involved?
We are looking for supportive coaches in areas currently without an MMA Challenge who are able to offer 2 x 1 hour classes per week in their timetable to coach our challengers from beginner to White Collar Mixed Martial Artist.