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Middleweight Superfight Confirmed For M-1 Challenge UK

18/08/2008

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Warrior Promotions are proud to announce another “Superfight” for the September 27th M-1 Challenge show in Nottingham, England. As Cliff Hall (6-3-0) takes on Christian Smith (5-5-0) in an intriguing Middleweight match-up between two Nottingham based fighters.

Christian Smith will return to the Harvey Hadden Centre after a six month layoff and will be looking to reverse a bad spell which has seen him lose two straight bouts against the hard hitting Birmingham striker Chris Rice and the Irish all rounder Mark O’Toole. Smith, a veteran of Cage Warriors, Pain and Glory and the US based ‘Art of War’ promotion, is known for his stand-up skills which have seen him defeat the likes of Jonas Majauskas, Michael Turner and the tough Wolfslair Academy fighter Jay Keiron.

Although he is known for his striking, Smith trains at Tap and Snap (which is affiliated with the famous Shooters MMA group) and has a background in submission grappling to go with his usual Muay Thai based offence. A former Light-Heavyweight, Smith will also have a size advantage going into this bout and has fought much heavier opposition in the past. Smith also has an edge on age and experience having fought since 2002 and having over half a dozen wins on mixed shows which have never been recorded.

As a result Smith will certainly have no fear as he goes into this bout and he will also be buoyed by his usual fanatical hometown support as he looks to get back to winning ways when he faces the younger submission fighter from Total Dojo.

Whilst Total Dojo’s Cliff Hall (6-3-0) makes his forth appearance of 2008 and will be looking to make it four straight wins since moving up a weight division at the start of the year. Originally from Milton Keynes, Hall moved to Nottingham earlier in the year and has trained with the Pro Elite contracted star Paul Daley, whilst also continuing to train with the likes of Cage Warriors Featherweight Champion Danny Batten at his regular Total Dojo base.

Hall returns to the Harvey Hadden after defeating Nigel Whitear by submission in under a minute by Guillotine choke back in April, before following that up with another Guillotine choke win over the Berkshire based striker Rocci Williams in July. With his confidence rising Hall even went to fight on away turf to defeat the Cage Gladiators mainstay Lee Chadwick by Rear Naked Choke in late July.

Hall will be looking to repeat these performances when he faces Smith and has already stated he is “looking forward to fight on the M-1 show and giving the fans an exciting performance”. When asked for his thoughts on the fight Hall was quoted as saying “I am expecting him (Christian Smith) to stand and trade but I’m comfortable wherever the fight goes. I been training very hard at the moment and I’m extremely confident that my hand will be raised at the end of the fight”.

Whilst Smith will look to avenge his team mate Matt Hasland, who was defeated by Hall at the first “Enter The Rough House” show in Nottingham. When asked about the fight Smith said “I’m really looking forward to being part of this event. Cliff is a good fighter and athlete but I am training hard and I’m ready to get back on a winning streak.”

As previously mentioned this local battle will take place at the Harvey Hadden Centre on September 27th at the M-1 Challenge show. And with both men having contrasting styles and something to prove in front of their home town fans, this should be an exciting striker/grappler clash which is not to be missed.


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