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WPFM Fighter Ian M-16 Butlin Retires From Active Competition


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As was previously reported on - Warrior Promotions Fighter Management are sad to confirm the retirement of their charismatic Lightweight fighter Ian ‘M-16’ Butlin.

Butlin made his professional debut in 2003 and has been close to the Cage Warriors / Warrior Promotions team since the start of his career. Known for his fast fists, colourful persona and infamous rant at CWFC Showdown 1 (see here) Ian ‘M-16’ Butlin was known as the ‘Self proclaimed UK’s Number 1 Lightweight Fighter’ and was one of those fighters that fans would either love or hate.

He entered MMA in 2003 on the back of a solid amateur boxing career which consisted of 16 senior bouts with a 12-4 record, which saw Butlin win a British University Gold at 63.5 kilos (light welterweight) in 2000, a Yorkshire title in 2003 and two International bouts in Cyprus and the Seychelles.

Before he even started his MMA career Butlin had experience in several martial arts as well as boxing and had 2 Semi-Pro wins, before making his pro debut at Cage Warriors 4 in July 2003, where he defeated Chris Freeborne via a first round armbar. He then entered the Ultimate Combat World Lightweight Title Tournament where he dispatched the Shooto and 2H2H veteran Marc Duncan in 90 seconds, first flooring him with a clinical body shot, before finishing the bout with a triangle choke. However three months later the Quannum Gym star fell victim to the Danish submission specialist ‘Hardcore’ Kim Hovgaard in the Semi Final.

Following that fight Butlin decided to drop a weight class to Featherweight and racked-up wins against Leon Howell at Pride and Glory, via Rear Naked Choke in 58 seconds and against Chin Weakasingh at Cage Rage 5 via TKO in round 3.

Due to these fine wins Butlin was awarded a Cage Warriors Featherweight Title shot against the then unbeaten Frenchman, Emmanuel Fernandez at Cage Warriors 7. However despite giving the Frenchmen a stern test early on he was submitted with just a second to go in round 1. But Butlin was then given another chance to win a Title at Cage Rage 8 in September 2004, where he challenged Pete Tiarks for the Vacant Cage Rage British Title. However a mix of injuries and food poisoning hampered Butlin’s preparation and he was submitted midway through round 3 via a Triangle choke.

The next 18 months saw Butlin suffer from several injury and personal setbacks which saw him break his hand and miss out on an eagerly anticipated bout against KOTC veteran Charles ‘Krazy Horse’ Bennett at KOTC UK, due to Bennett going AWOL and missing his flight to the UK. Then on his return to action against the unbeaten Kickboxer Harvey Harra at Pain and Glory in 2006, Butlin aggravated an old rib injury and was pulled out by his brother Dave at the end of round 1.

Nevertheless Butlin was still determined to fight on and returned to Cage Warriors in front on his home support at CW Showdown 1 in September 2006, where he overwhelmed the Welshman Phil Raeburn by securing a quick Rear Naked Choke in round 1. This win was enough to give Butlin a spot in the stacked CWFC Showdown 2 Lightweight Tournament which took place in November 2006. In the tourney Butlin despatched Emmnauel Geay in the opening bout of the tournament via KO after landing a flying knee to the jaw of the Frenchman midway through round 1. He then faced the Finnish all-rounder Jarkko Latomaki who survived some early ground attacks by the Englishman before before finishing Butlin with a slick Rear Naked Choke after sprawling out of a takedown attempt.

During 2007 and 2008 Butlin has suffered more injury frustrations and personal incidents which limited him to just two fights and ultimately two losses against Aiden Marron and Cengiz Dana. However in 2009 he was selected for the English M-1 Challenge team and due to his confident personality and media skills, he was elected as the team Captain and has talked-up the team’s chances, whilst also supporting them throughout the competition, despite suffering losses against the Japanese DEEP veteran Luiz Andrade and the French striker Maktar Gueye.

Butlin was also most recently featured on Bravo TV here in the UK. as the main subject of film star Danny Dyer’s documentary series Danny Dyer’s Deadliest Men 2: Living Dangerously. The documentary chronicled Butlin’s up-and-down journey during this year’s M-1 Challenge.

Despite the losses, Butlin was determined to get back to winning ways and was planning to return in August 2009 in the final regular season weekend of the M-1 Challenge season. However following his June 6th first round KO loss to Makhtar Gueye, Butlin was diagnosed with multiple facial fractures, and was advised by his medical team to retire from combat sports competition. Although Butlin initially wanted to defy doctors orders, Butlin’s twin brother and coach, David, and his management team convinced Butlin to re-think his decision.

Despite Butlin’s retirement from active competition, he intends to keep an active role in the sport and will continue to support his team mates at Team Quannum and in the M-1 Challenge, whilst also training other fighters in the future and he also hopes to increase his presence at MMA event by commentating again on events around the country and much more.

Everyone at Warrior Promotions and Cage Warriors would like to thank Ian Butlin for all his hard work in the UK MMA scene over the past six years and we wish him all the very best for the future and look forward to working with him in other non-fighting capacities.

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