Budo Fighting Championship have confirmed the main event for their April 29 show in Grangemouth, Scotland.
Looking for a quick turnaround, Iain Feenan (7-1) returns to the cage having fought on the recent ACB card in Manchester. Standing in his way will be Welshman, Liam Bennett (8-9).
Speaking to The Sprawl ahead of the bout, Feenan was keen to get back in the cage and show what he can do: “I’m very excited and it’s a privilege to be main event on Budo 21. I am looking forward to getting back out there, showcasing my skills and putting on the best performance of my career.
“As for my opponent, I don’t know too much about Liam. From what I can see he’s experienced with a good number of fights under his belt. None of which have went the distance, so it makes for an exciting match up.”
Bennett has no intention of being a ‘bounce back’ fight for Feenan, however: “I am really looking forward to the fight. I am honoured to be fighting in Scotland and on the main event. I really think Iain will be underestimating me and thinking he is going to get a win back after last week. But, I am not here just to make the numbers up.
“He is a good grappler, granted, but this is not Judo. If he can’t get me to the ground, it is going to be a long night for him and he will be in for a very big shock. I think my wrestling can stop him getting the fight to the ground and my boxing is at a different level now.”
Promoter Chris Clarke commented on the fight:
“This is a good fight for Scotland. Iain Feenan has proved he’s one of the best Lightweights in not only Scotland but the entire UK and he’ll be coming back in force off the back of this weekends result on ACB so Liam better be ready.
“Liam has been around for years and has fought some top talent. He’s competed twice on Budo before and will be looking to add the second win to this promotional record. He’s not going to be travelling up from Wales to make up the numbers and will be looking to test Feenan at all ranges when he steps into hostile territory.
“Myself and Barry [Thomson] are delighted with how the card is coming together. We’re managing to put together some of the best up and coming fighters in Scotland and these additional two amateur fights just bolster the card. We’ve got a lot of buzz around the event north of the border and we’ve only announced 10 fights, we’re just getting started!
“Get down to Budo 21 in Grangemouth, Scotland on April 29th!”
Two more amateur fights have also been added to the card in the shape of a welterweight bout between Kenny Patterson and Scott Duncan, and a 59kg catchweight affair that sees Graham Scott taking on Scott Gillespie Hamilton.
Budo 21 Confirmed Bouts:
Lightweight: Iain Feenan (Dinky Ninjas) (7-1-0) vs. Liam Bennett (Lionhearts Gym) (8-9-0)
Amateur welterweight: Dean Cameron (Oban MMA) (0-0-0) vs. Gary Miller (UrbanGuerrillas) (0-0-0)
Amateur middleweight: Fraser Hirsch (House of Pain) (0-1-0) vs. Scott McLellan (Ippon Martial Arts) (0-3-0)
Amateur lightweight: Akdas Ali (Alba Dornadair) (0-0-0) vs. Jordan Stronge (Scottish Hit Squad) (1-0-0)
Amateur bantamweight : Brent Battley (House of Pain) (0-0-0) vs. Jared Fitzgerald (Samson Martial Arts, Cork) (0-0-0)
Amateur featherweight: Warren Killingback (SBG Inverness) (0-0-0) vs. Dave Cremin (Samson Martial Arts, Cork) (0-0-0)
Amateur featherweight: Daniel Glenday (House of Pain) (0-1-0) vs. Shane O’Brian (Samson Martial Arts, Cork) (0-0-0)
Amateur welterweight: Kenny Patterson (Ippon Martial Arts) (0-1-0) vs. Scott Duncan (Alba Dornadair) (1-0-0)
Catchweight (59kg): Graham Scott (Urban Guerrillas) (0-1-0) vs. Scott Gillespie Hamilton (Ayrshire Fight Academy) (0-2-0)
Budo 21 takes place at the Grangemouth Sports Complex, Grangemouth on April 29, 2017.