Sunderland fighters prepare for massive MMA fighting card Rise and Conquer at Rainton Arena

Started as a way to promote local fighters, Rise and Conquer has doubled as a popular event on the fight calendar and has surpassed its home base to host the 11th Fight Card at the Rainton Arena.

Rise and Conquer 11 takes place on Saturday, October 1, and features a full evening of sports entertainment from 4pm, with 20 fights in total including four professional fights on the main card.

Training intensifies at the event’s home, the TFT MMA Arena in Seaham, under the guidance of trainer and fighter Andrew Fisher who runs the event with Karl and Tony Liddell.

Fighters train for the upcoming Rise and Conquer 11 game at Rainton Arena

“I started the night a few years ago because there wasn’t much going on here, and it’s really grown in popularity since then,” said the fighter who fights with Bellator.

In addition to training the fighters, he is training for his next big match against world number eight Justin Gonzalez in Madrid on October 29.

“Fortunately, I like to be busy,” he said. “That really doesn’t feel like working out, because I enjoy it so much. I moved the gym to this unit about six years ago and it’s amazing to see so many fighters doing so well. We have professionals from all over the country who just come here to train, it’s great “.

TFT MMA fighters train in martial arts and fitness for the Rise & Conquer event at Rainton Arena.

Jimmy Pamporo, 28, of Castle Hilton, is one of the amateurs who will step into the cage when he faces Jackson Clark in a middleweight bout.

The training is going really well,” said Jamie, who is sponsored by The Wolsey in Roker and Master Debonair. “I love training anyway. For me, the hard part is losing weight. I always have a lot of weight to lose, so all the good food goes out the window. But in terms of routine, I like being here day in and day out.”

Speaking of getting back in the ring, Jamie, who runs his own gym business at GymBam with regular classes at Fitness 2000 in Roker, said, “My last fight was last November. I won, but I broke my foot in that fight, so I had to I spend some time training, which wasn’t good because I put all the weight back in. So getting back into training is really hard because everyone here is at a really high level so when you have a little time off you feel like you’re a million miles away, but once you Your entry into it feels good.”

Jamie, a father to Jett, six, and Buddy, two, added: “For an amateur like myself, fighting in a show that gets so much recognition and publicity by the standards of professional fights and amateur fights is a great card to be a part of. It’s always well organized too.”

TFT MMA martial arts and fitness fighters Katrina King and partner Andrew Fisher train for the Rise & Conquer event at the Rainton Arena.

Andrew’s fiancée, Katrina King, who co-runs the gym with him, is one of the fighters taking part in the event when she faces off against Megan Hallyday in a weight match.

Talking about how she got into MMA, Katrina, mother to Thea, 18 months, and husband to children Andrew Magee, 3; Grace, 14 and Nate, 11 said: “I’ve always been in a fit state before, but I’ve had body dysmorphia and eating disorders. But MMA made me feel really strong and strong and really handled that. It’s very addictive, when you’re in the gym Athletic, all you think about is training and it’s a very supportive sport.

“When I first started, there weren’t a lot of females to compete with, but that’s changing, and we run a women’s class here that’s really popular. You see other women getting into other martial arts, not just mixed martial arts, there’s a lot doing jiu-jitsu and grappling. also “.

In addition to the women’s class, the Strangford Street Gym offers beginner classes in mixed martial arts, to children ages 4 to 7, and seven to 16, called Little Fishers.

TFT MMA martial arts and fitness fighter Jimmy Pamporo in training for the Rise & Conquer event at Rainton Arena.

“Classes have a lot of energy about them,” Katrina said. “It’s a really great sport for kids where you can really see that their confidence improves class in class, it’s really rewarding.”

The pros battling on the main card at next week’s Rise and Conquer are Jose Kicumbi against Luis Monarch in the 80kg weight division match, Jose Garcia against Tony Mustard in the heavyweight match, Alexander Goodbrandson against Nathan Haywood and Ryan Taylor against Paul Hartburn.

* Tickets for Rise and Conquer 11 at Rainton Arena on Saturday, 1 October are £25 for standard, £35 for seating and £50 for VIP table. Tickets are available from Skiddle.

There are four pro battles on the main card
TFT MMA fighters train in martial arts and fitness for the Rise & Conquer event at Rainton Arena.
TFT MMA fighters train in martial arts and fitness for the Rise & Conquer event at Rainton Arena.
TFT MMA fighters train in martial arts and fitness for the Rise & Conquer event at Rainton Arena.

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