East Lancs Predators gym hosted a UK competition at their gym on Gillies Street as Hyndburn boosts its Mixed Martial Arts image.
11 clubs competed in the Northern round second leg of the UK Mixed Martial Arts League from around the country, including the Isle of Man.
It’s a league the East Lancs Predators won last season in their debut year in the competition and they are determined to defend their title.
There were more than 30 fighters who competed in 27 bouts of MMA on the day with East Lancs Predators taking a respectable 10 wins which again maintained their challenge for retaining the National League title.
"We had a variety of experienced and new fighters to the league with four of them having their fight debuts," said Predators instructor Jimmy Hey.
There were several battlers who stood out – Dave Toole, Brendan Walker, Danny Holden and a youth fighter Kris Leeson who all won two fights each.
Experienced Chris Dixon and Mark Ryder both won a fight each and the rest – Shaun Hoyle, Mark Hill, Nick Saxton, Athony Kinder, Gordon Haigh and 15-year-old debutant James Marsland who was the youngest competitor there – had a mixed bag of results.
"Me and Ian Longson train all our fighters to be fit, fast and aggressive and Danny Holden showed that with a 20 second win," continued Jimmy.
"We also had wins with armbars, chokes and Brendan got submission of the day with a fancy rolling knee lock.
"It sets us up nicely for the next round down south.
"Its important we make a solid defence of the top UK MMA club title as it would mean much more to take it twice in a row."