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Buck vs Minonzio: The Rematch - Confirmed For M-1 Challenge


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Saturday 12th July 2008 saw many explosive match-ups at Cage Warriors: Enter The Rough House 7; but one of the most talked about and controversial clashes that night was a heavyweight bout between local favourite Wayne Buck and the Italian Muay Thai fighter Matteo “The Brutal” Minonzio.

Buck, the unbeaten home town hero was carrying the hopes of his supporters inside the Harvey Hadden Centre, which was gripped by a whirlwind of noise. Although Buck started brightly against the rugged Italian, negating his opponent’s powerful leg kicks and using his own improving ground skills to good effect.

Things swung Minonzio’s way when he landed a powerful knee on Buck’s face as the Englishman continued to push forward. Although the ex-pro boxer took Minonzio down again, the action was stopped due to a nasty cut below Buck’s right eye and the fight was eventually waved off, much to the delight of the travelling Italian.

Debated raged after the bout with Buck’s team claiming there was a clash of heads, whilst Minonzio’s camp argued vehemently that the cut was caused by a knee. After a review the Cage Warriors management team decided to uphold the original decision. Although this bout wasn’t one for the purists it was an entertaining heavyweight war. So after weeks of debate the Warrior Promotions team are proud to announce there will be a rematch between these two hard hitting Heavyweights at the forthcoming M-1 Challenge show on September 27th; where hopefully both men can fight to a satisfactory conclusion.

Wayne Buck sports a (4-1-0) pro record and made his name originally on the British Boxing and powerlifting circuits before switching to MMA in 2006. He quickly racked-up wins on Cage Warriors: Enter The Rough House 1, 2 and 5 and also holds a win over Svajunas Siaucila by TKO at King of the Ring. Although he has been dogged by injury Buck is a popular local figure and has worked hard on his ground game to compliment his well rounded striking ability over recently months.

However the Italian Muay Thai specialist Matteo Minonzio is a wily and skilful veteran who has previously fought around Europe against some big names in the MMA and kickboxing circuit. With three wins in MMA action during 2008, Minozio will be looking to show what happened on July 12th was no fluke. Minonzio has also shown previously that he can deal with the pressure of fighting away from home and was not fazed by Buck’s fanatical hometown support when they met last month. The big Italian will aim to upset the home town faithful once again when these two men square off on September 27th in Nottingham, England.

When asked his views on the bout, Minonzio’s manger Dino Fuoco was quoted as saying “Matteo is very glad to be part of such a prestigious event. The fight with Wayne Buck will be very spectacular. It is going to be a war and Matteo is looking for a brutal knock out or a slick submission in front of the Nottingham crowd. He is training hard to get the win on the feet or on the floor”

Whilst Buck will be looking for redemption when these two men face off on this stacked cosmopolitan event. When asked for his thoughts, Buck said “I was disappointed about the way it got stopped as I felt the cut was caused by a headbutt”. Buck continued on by saying “I dominated the fight and I plan to finish off what I started on July 12th and KO him. My best is yet to come”.

This prestigious International event will be hosted by Warrior Promotions. owners of Cage Warriors Fighting Championship, in Nottingham as a pre-cursor to introducing the first ever British Team into the M-1 Challenge Tournament next year. The UK will host further events next year whilst this September will witness four of the most acclaimed teams in the 2008 tournament battling it out in pursuit of national pride and personal glory.

The four teams competing in Nottingham hoping to qualify for the finals in Japan on New Year’s Eve will be; Red Devils vs USA & Russia Legion vs Europe. All four teams will be taking part in a total of 10 international super-bouts. Plus there will be an additional 5 Superfights featuring local fighters, details will be announced shortly.

As well as this exciting and innovative event; Warrior Promotions are also proud to announce at there will be a seminar featuring the former Pride FC star and current Red Devil Team Member & Coach, Aleksander Emelianenko. Aleksander, the younger brother of the formidable Fedor Emelianenko sports an impressive MMA record of 11-3 and has fought of the best names in the MMA world. He will be conducting a seminar with his team and will be looking to pass on some of the skills which have seen his team rise to the top of the MMA tree.

That’s not all as UK MMA Legend Ian Freeman, the young upcoming MMA star & current Cage Warriors Champion, Gegard Mousasi and the UFC Welterweight Dan Hardy will also be attending this Seminar and the M-1 Challenge show later on in the day. This Seminar will take place between 12.00 pm to 3.00 pm on the day of the event.


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