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Andre Winner To Fight At K-1 ‘Rumble of the Kings

23/10/2008

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Cage Warriors veteran Andre Winner looks to follow in the footsteps of fellow team mates Dan Hardy, Jim Wallhead and Paul Daley, when he travels overseas to fight for the first time next Friday in Sweden.

Winner will make his way to the edge of the Arctic Circle to fight at the K-1 ‘Rumble Of the Kings’ show, where he will face Joakim Engberg in an under 70kg MMA Superfight on October 31st, in a bout that is scheduled to be broadcast two weeks later on TV 4 Sport in Sweden. Winner sports a professional MMA record of 9-2-1 and has been a regular in the UK scene, for the last two years, when he made his Pro MMA debut at FX 3. Since then the Leicester based fighter has fought on numerous occasions on Cage Warriors and FX 3 (as well as other shows) defeating the likes of Mario Stapel, Aiden Marron, AJ Wenn and the highly rated Absolute Adrenaline stand-out Jeff Lawson.

Known for his lightning quick strikes, good takedown defence, solid all round game, Winner’s impressive performances have seen this 26 year old ranked in both the UK and European top 10 Lightweight Rankings. Whilst he has also claimed the FX3 World Lightweight Title and has also won critical acclaim from various MMA pundits who have followed his adventures around the Country.

However 2008 has been frustrating for the talented Rough House fighter. In March, Winner’s long awaited fight with the brash New Jersey fighter Kevin Roddy was cancelled due to time constraints. Winner then dropped a close decision to the highly skilled French grappler Bendy Casimir just 3 weeks later in Nottingham. Despite having a tremendous last round, Winner was unable to finish the Frenchman and suffered his second professional loss.

Then in his last bout back in July; Winner went to a controversial draw against the powerful Abdul Mohammed. In a slow methodical bout Winner found himself trying to work out of his own guard, whilst he was smothered by the Wolfslair Academy fighter. Although Winner tried to unleash his own offence the fight was mostly a ground war which the judges scored as a draw, much to the chagrin of some onlookers on both sides.

Now some four months later Winner returns and will no doubt be buoyed by the success of fellow teammates Dan “The Outlaw” Hardy (in the UFC) and Jim Wallhead (in the M-1 Challenge) over the past month. Winner will be hoping their success will rub off on him as he fights the experienced and slick submission specialist Joakim Engberg in this prestigious and televised event.

However Engberg is a strong and well respected fighter in his own right and has been a regular on the Swedish Grappling, Shootfighting and MMA scene for some time. A former 77kg fighter, Engberg has defeated the likes of Sami Berik, Ville Manninen and a mixture of Scandinavian regulars. Whilst he has also faced top competition in the form of Daniel Weichel and Fabricio Nascimento.

The Gothenburg based fighter is coming off a loss against the versatile Lightweight Jeff Lawson at Absolute Adrenaline earlier this year. So he will be keen to avoid losing a second fight in a row when he faces the stand-up skills of Andre Winner in what should be an intriguing striker/grappler clash in Sweden next Saturday.

For more information on this event go to www.k-1.se and go to www.cagewarriors.com

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