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Ian Butlin and AJ Wenn To Clash At The M-1 Challenge Show

05/08/2008

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Warrior Promotions are proud to announce another “Superfight” for the September 27th M-1 Challenge show in Nottingham, England. As the self-proclaimed UK’s number 1 Lightweight Ian “M-16” Butlin returns to action after a 4 month injury layoff to face the top 10 UK ranked Lightweight and CFC British Champion AJ Wenn.

Ian Butlin (6-7-0) is a five year veteran of the sport and is known for being a popular but often controversial figure in the UK MMA scene. A former amateur boxer; Butlin is known for his entertaining style and is never shy of speaking his mind. A former Cage Warriors and Cage Rage Title challenger; Butlin has fought some of Europe’s best fighters in the 65-70kg weight categories, but has often voiced his frustration over the lack of UK opposition that have been willing to face him.

Butlin’s career has also suffered due to a catalogue of injuries and personal issues over the past four years which have forced him out of a number of high profile fights and also caused several losses on his record.

However the charismatic Huddersfield based striker is back and is looking to get back into winning ways after suffering a quick Heel Hook submission loss to the unorthodox German all-rounder Cengiz Dana at Cage Warriors: Enter The The Rough House 6 on April 19th and to also end a bad run of form that has seen Butlin defeated by the Cage Force veteran Jarkko Latomaki and the powerful Irish Lightweight Aidan Marron.

Butlin will be looking to put the injuries and controversy behind him and show why he’s not only one of the best UK Lightweight fighters, but also to add another impressive scalp to his collection which already includes wins over the likes of the Shooto Japan veteran Marc Duncan and the Frenchman Emmanuel Geay.

When asked why he accepted a fight against such a top ranked UK MMA contender Butlin replied “The top 5 are all signed to the big shows (I believe), whilst Ross Pearson and Rob Sinclair are both training partners of Team Quannum. I have fought Aidan Marron and Harvey Harra and although I would love the opportunity of a rematch with either, I don’t expect them to give me one as I have had my chance. This left AJ Wenn as the ideal choice of opponent and I am very grateful for the opportunity to fight him. I have had a long friendship with the guys at Tsunami, they are a great team and I am grateful for the opportunity to fight AJ.”

However the Tsunami Gym stand-out AJ Wenn (7-1-0), will be looking to build on his already fine record when he tussles with the sharp striking skills of Butlin next month in Nottingham. A veteran of FX3, Cage Fighters Championship and Cage Warriors; AJ Wenn has slowly climbed up the rankings due to a string of impressive displays that saw him race up to an unbeaten 6-0 record last year.

However Wenn’s winning streak was derailed at Enter The Rough House 4 last October when he was defeated by the Team Rough House fighter Andre Winner in a close tactical battle which exploded into life halfway during round 2, when Winner took control following a spectacular flying flying knee. However Wenn showed his durability and took the FX3 Lightweight Champion the distance.

Like his opponent on September 27th, Wenn has also suffered due to pull outs and cancellations which delayed his return until May of his year when he faced the unpredictable London based Turkish fighter Sami Berik at CFC: No Mercy. Wenn impressed once again and won the CFC Title by submitting the former San Shou practitioner with an armbar towards the end of the first round.

Wenn was due to fight last month but yet again his fight fell through due to his opponent suffering an injury and with a CFC Title defence looming on October 25th; Wenn has decided to keep busy and take another fight. He has already stated online that “its good to have a fight to look forward to” and no doubt he’ll be keen to leave Nottingham with another win under his belt.

Will Wenn’s strong clinch, wrestling, and ground game be enough to defeat the sharp striking and grappling skills of his northern opponent? Or will the “Self Proclaimed UK’s Number 1 Lightweight” snap out of his losing streak and take a giant leap up the UK rankings, when both men face each other on September 27th?

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