MMA: Double joy for title-winner Herbert

Rich Herbert, has recently won the CSFC British Lightweight MMA Championship. Picture: Andrew Roe
Rich Herbert, has recently won the CSFC British Lightweight MMA Championship. Picture: Andrew Roe
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An MMA fighter is punching the air in delight after claiming his second British title - marking an incredible unbeaten year for a Doncaster martial arts academy.

Rich ‘Herbalizer’ Herbert fought in front of a packed home crowd at the Doncaster Dome to dispatch Nick Leaning and clinch the Combat Sports FC Amateur Lightweight Champion title.

That championship has been added to a previous lightweight title the 20-year-old won earlier last year - marking 12 months without defeat for the Scawsby athlete.

“I’m delighted, everything on the night went according to plan and I couldn’t be happier,” Herbert said.

Herbert - who defeated Leaning with an arm bar in the third round - was joined in victory at the Dome’s December event by fellow Charles Martin Martial Arts member Dorian Baran.

Baran’s domination of opponent Adam Garside led to the Doncaster man bagging a first round submission.

Both Herbert and Baran’s victories mean that the Charles Martin Martial Arts Academy, based in Beckett Road, went the whole of 2013 unbeaten in their ranks.

Doncaster Dome will be hosting ‘CSFC 7’ on Saturday, March 29, where Herbert will be up against former Britain’s Got Talent finalist and Armthorpe-born athlete Danny Ball.

Thorne’s Danny Mitchell came up short in his Ultimate Fighting Championship debut at London’s O2 Arena on Saturday.

The ‘Cheesecake Assassin’ lost an entertaining fight by judges’ decision to Brazil’s Igor Araujo.

The fight was ultimately decided on the ground, which was as to be expected with both fighters experts in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

Mitchell, with black belts in both Taekwondo and kickboxing spoke of his disappointment following defeat in the capital.

“I didn’t fight anywhere near at the level I trained or feel I can perform,” said the 27-year-old.

“I didn’t have Octagon jitters so I can’t blame it on that.

“I did some things I was happy with but overall I felt pretty flat out there.”

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