Shinobi MMA Fighting Championships are thrilled to announce the Main Event for the upcoming Shinobi War 4 card. The Main Event will feature Liverpool’s very own, Gavin Hughes (5-0), taking on Shinobi Fan Favourite, Birgir Tomasson (2-0). The bout will be for the Shinobi MMA FC Lightweight Title as, current champion Thor Palsson, is leaving the amateur ranks and moving into the professional world of MMA.
Unbeaten prospect, Gavin Hughes, fights out of HFFS in Liverpool under the guidance of UKMMA legend, Tom Blackledge. Hughes is a 2-time Shinobi veteran stopping both of his opponents in the very first round. In his last bout at Shinobi War 3 Hughes climbed off the canvas following a knockdown and fought off a tight guillotine to submit Aaron McDonnell.
Birgir Tomasson made his Shinobi debut at Shinobi War 3 and stole the show with his Fight of the Night and Knockout of the Night performance against Bobby Pallett. In that fight Tomasson epitomised the Viking spirit and truly embraced the Shinobi ethos. Therefore with his teammate (Thor Palsson) vacating the title, it was only right that Birgir should be given the opportunity to fight for the Shinobi MMA FC Lightweight Title.
Shinobi War 4 will see the return of Jordan Barton (1-1) who will square off against Matt Hampson in a featherweight encounter. Barton and Hampson were previously set to collide at ICE FC 4 in November 2014. Unfortunately, Hampson sustained an injury and the bout was subsequently removed from the card.
After an unsuccessful MMA debut at the first Shinobi War, Barton switched camps and went to train at HFFS alongside the likes of Gavin Hughes, Bobby Pallett and Chris Pieroni. He returned to action at Shinobi War 3 where he dominated his opponent en-route to a TKO victory.
Matt Hampson (1-2) fights out of Full Contact Performance Centre under the watchful eye of UKMMA stand-out and Bellator fighter, Martin Stapleton. Hampson started his MMA journey at bantamweight and after a win in his debut he has found himself on a 2 fight skid. The FCPC man will be hoping that a change of weight class will get him back in the win column.
Also lined up for Shinobi War 4 is a welterweight bout between debutantes Theo Blackledge and Ricardo Lima. Theo is the younger brother of UKMMA legend Tom Blackledge and possibly due to this has found it difficult to find a willing opponent. Lima, a young man from Portugal by way of Burton-on-Trent, fighting out of Beyond Black Belt has risen to the challenge.
Shinobi War 4 will take place on Saturday 7th March 2015 at the Liverpool Olympia.