(Scott locks in a tight guillotine for the finish, photo credit: Brett King)
On Saturday 28th April, the Contenders promotion returned for ‘Contenders 23’ live from Epic Studios in Norwich for an 11 fight card consisting of Boxing, K1 and Mixed Martial Arts. In the main event of the evening, long time Team UFO sponsored athlete and Professional Lightweight Mixed Martial Artist ‘Super’ Scott Butters took on tough Frenchman Jonathan Templier. Scott, from Dereham, was looking to make it 2 wins out of 2 as a pro, having stopped Yohan Salvador via TKO in the first round in his debut back in November.
From the first bell it was evident that Templier, a five fight veteran, had come to spoil the party, opening with a series of powerful low kicks. Scott persevered and answered with a powerful left hook which appeared to stun the Frenchman momentarily. Scott continued to push the pace and, having absorbed a number of elbows in the clinch, Templier appeared to recognise the shift in momentum and attempted to switch up his attack with a takedown attempt. Scott, a noted grappler, avoided well and took advantage of his opponent’s mistakes to sink in a deep guillotine choke, to which Templier was forced to tap in a matter of seconds.
Now sporting a record of 2-0, both finishes in the first round, it won’t be long before the bigger national and international promotions take note.