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Judo Jimmy vs Fabricio Nascimento at the Rough House

14/06/2008

On what will be his thirteenth outing at CWFC for the Leicester Welterweight and Judo Black Belt, Jim Wallhead (13-5-0) faces one of his toughest tests to date against the highly regarded Italian based Brazilian Fabricio Nascimento (20-6-0) in Nottingham on July 12 at the Harvey Hadden.

Wallhead, now fighting at his usual Welterweight, looks to take another giant leap in the rankings by defeating the vastly experienced Brazilian who has been a permanent feature in the top 10 European rankings for many years and has won numerous titles along the way. Lending support on the night will be members of the First XV Leicester Tigers RFC Squad who Jimmy regularly trains with at the Welford Road ground as part of his strength and conditioning regime, headed up by Coach Ollie Richardson.

Jim Wallhead made his pro MMA debut back in April of 2005 and in a little over three years has quickly established himself as one of Europe’s top Welterweight prospects due to his aggressive grappling, ground and pound and ever improving stand-up skills. A former British Judo Youth Games team member, Wallhead has used his versatile skills to great effect and despite a rocky start, he quickly established himself as a player in the UK scene by defeating the vastly experienced Welshman Paul “Hands of Stone” Jenkins in December 2005 to claim his first British Title at House of Pain 4.

Wallhead successfully defended that Title against John Philips in April 2006, stopping the former Welsh amateur boxing star with some ferocious ground and pound early in round 1, before his career took a brief tumble after losing to Peter Angerer at Cage Warriors Strike Force 6 in May 2006.

Wallhead quickly bounced back as he travelled to Holland and won the 2h2h Under 83kg/183lbs “Road To Japan” Tournament in June 2006 on just 72 hours notice. Then in his next bout Wallhead claimed the vacant Cage Gladiators British Title by defeating (the then unbeaten) Jason Tan by decision (in Tan’s home town). However Wallhead’s career hit went through another detour when he fell victim to an armbar after dominating Dennis Siver for much of their bout at the first ‘Enter The Rough House’ show in December 2006.

He rebounded again in 2007 with four straight submission wins against Lewis Barrow, Jordan James, Soli Clichko and the UFC 72 veteran Steve Lynch at Enter The Rough House 4’. These wins, plus success in the Cage Kickboxing circuit cemented Wallhead’s top 10 European status and even led to rumours that he would be joining the proposed UK IFL team.

After suffering from uncertainty due to the collapse of the UK IFL team, Wallhead was left in limbo and did not start his 2008 campaign until he flew in to the inaugural Cage Warriors USA show in Florida back in March, where he dropped a decision to the American Top Team fighter Charles Blanchard. Disappointed at his performance Wallhead asked for a bout on the April 19th ‘Enter The Rough House 7’ show where he battled both injury and uncertainty as he defeated late replacement Tom Haddock by submission due to strikes midway through round 2 of their Middleweight bout.

Fabricio Nascimento represents Nova Uniao Italia and has has been fighting in the pro ranks since 2002. A Black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu; Nascimento is known for his lightening quick submissions, takedowns and slams which have seen him defeat some of the top names in the European MMA scene and have landed the Italian based Brazilian, numerous accolades including the King of the Ring Title, the Kombat League Welterweight Title and the Ultimate Combat World Welterweight Title.

Nascimento first came to the attention of UK fans in 2003 when he won the Ultimate Combat World Welterweight Title by defeating Paul Jenkins in the final of a four tournament in 2003. He returned to the UK again in September 2004 and dispatched former foe Javier Garcia in under 2 minutes by submission after a totally dominant display.

Although Nascimento had a mixed 2005 where he went 3-2 defeating Christos Petroutsos and Igor Sijanec before being submitted by the underrated Frenchman Florentin Amorim The Brazilian then entered the Eueopean Vale Tudo GP where he defeated Dennis Siver via a vicious kimura after just 47 seconds before being submitted by Mattias Awad in round 2 of the Tournament final.

Nascimento then picked up five wins in just under 12 months between April 2006 and February 2007 where he defeated Chico Martinez, Iwan Mussardo and Lubo Guedjev . Before winning the UWC Welterweight Title in a four man tournament defeating both Peter Angerer and Adrian Degorski with both fights ending in under 2 minutes. Since then Nascimento has shown some frailty with losses to Katsuya Inoue in Japan, Christos Petroutsos and the talented Slovenian Bojan Kosednar. However Nascimento still remains a very skilled and dangerous opponent who can end bouts in an instant due to his vast array of painful submissions mixed with the occasional TKO victory.

This show also features the return of the ProElite contracted star Paul “Semtex” Daley as he fights the unbeaten Slovenian Bojan “Zelva” Kosednar. A mouthwatering Welterweight clash between Matt Thorpe and the unbeaten Norwegian starlet Simeon Thoresen plus a top UK Lightweight clash between Andre Winner and Abdul Mohammed and much, much more.

For full Ticket and Fightcard information on this event go to http://www.cagewarriors.com

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