SLIDESHOW: Herbert on the Ball as he retains Lightweight MMA title

Scawsby fighter Rich Herbert defended his Lightweight amateur championship after a unanimous decision win over Armthorpe’s Danny Ball.

The pair fought at The Doncaster Dome’s CSFC 7 live show as part of an action-packed card of amateur and professional MMA bouts.

Doncaster duo Danny Ball (l) and Richard Herbert fought in a packed MMA card at The Doncaster Dome. Photo: dn4photography

Doncaster duo Danny Ball (l) and Richard Herbert fought in a packed MMA card at The Doncaster Dome. Photo: dn4photography

The fight started strongly for the Doncaster duo as Ball, who has won his last four fights by submission, came out quickly at Herbert with both landing good hits.

Doncaster Martial Arts fighter Ball looked to be making some headway against the champion, however, a slip proved costly as Charles Martin Martial Arts man Herbert used his experience to try and take control of the fight.

Throughout the three-round tie, both looked to get on the ascendancy in front of their home support and with the fight going to a judges’ decision, they voted in favour of Herbert who retained his Lightweight title.

“It feels just as good as when I first got the title,” the 20-year-old said.

“When you become the champ, you want to stay where you are.

“I’ve learnt from some of my previous fights that looking for the finish all the time can cost you the fight. You can get reckless and give things away, so I made sure although I wanted to finish the fight, I didn’t do that.

“After he started going for the kicks, I knew what his gameplan was and I knew how to beat him then. I changed my gameplan, adapted to the situation and took him down and controlled him. I didn’t let him do what he wanted to do and it worked out well so I’m happy.”