The new promotion on the block, Rise and Conquer hosted their fourth show since creation at The Point, Sunderland, showcasing some of the best talent the local area has to offer; both old and new.

A controversial start to proceedings saw Aaron Givens win by unanimous decision despite opponent Lorenzo Panante seemingly dominating the whole of the fight with clinical striking and aggression.

After two classy first round victories stoppages from both Nathan Haywood and Gary Conlon, experience took over in the form of Lee Freeman and Leon Atkinson.

Despite being 45 years of age, Freeman proved age is just a number when putting in a good performance on his MMA debut. Despite falling short, he found himself in one of the most entertaining fights of the night.

Two finishes later from both Paul Hartburn and Ryan Erskine, the crowd got to see perhaps the biggest prospect on the card in Kai Holmes, who was 4-0 as an amateur prior to the night’s proceedings.

Despite this, his perfect record came to an end when SBG South Shields’ Mitch Dobbins ended his losing streak with a unanimous decision victory.

The main event saw two of the North East’s finest amateur lightweights in action with Middlesborough’s Michael Stuart facing Richie Bonallie, fighting under the Seaham’s Team Fish Tank. Stuart looked in control from start to finish and with UAR Welterweight champ Jonny Hoole in his corner, he had all the know-how needed to win.

Promoter and Rise and Conquer co-owner  Carl Liddle, thought things couldn’t have gone better.

“I thought the event was a great success from start to finish. We always pride ourselves on running the event like a worldwide professional organisation and I think you can notice how organised the event was.

“We work with some of the countries most highly regarded gyms and match them accordingly, making every fight a highly skilled contest that the crowd always seem to enjoy.

“This was our fourth event and yet again another sell out, so the event is definitely heading in the right direction.”

Liddle’s 12-year-old son, Mackenzie, opened the card showing experience beyond his years in the cage.

“We had some great young talent on the card starting off with potentially two of the most technical 12-year-old’s you will find in Alex Williams and Mackenzie Liddle. If that is the standard and ability they have at 12, they will become superstars in years to come.”

Liddle also paid respect to both Atkinson and Freeman.

He said: “Another fight that stood out to me was the fight between two warriors; Leon Atkinson and Lee Freeman.

“Both guys in their 40’s showed how much they love their hobby by having an absolute war which was highly entertaining to watch.”

With yet another success for the local promotion, it’ll be interesting to see what is in future. Keep up to date with all of their latest news by following their Facebook and Twitter.

Results in full:

Alex Williams def. Mackenzie Liddle via submission (Armbar) – (Round 1 – 2:49)

Nathan Hill def. Jack Scott via TKO – (Round 1 – 0:16)

Max Ashton def. Josh Marraty via decision (Unanimous) – (Round 3 – 5:00)

Jamie Lee Nicholson def. Tyler Mackenzie via submission (Armbar) – (Round 3 – 1:21)

Paul Swinney def. Brandon Duell via submission (Triangle) – (Round 3 – 1:31)

Aaron Givens def. Lorenzo Parente via decision (Unanimous) – (Round 3 – 5:00)

Gary Conlon def. Macaulay Gascoigne via submission (Guillotine) – (Round 1 – 0:27)

Niall Kelly def. Shaun Littler via decision (Unanimous) – (Round 3 – 5:00)

Nathan Haywood def. Leigh O’Donnell via submission (Guillotine) – (Round 1 – 2:18)

Leon Atkinson def. Lee Freeman via TKO – (Round 3 – 0:46)

Matthew Hankey def. Sam McCluskey via TKO – (Round 1 – 1:45)

Paul Hartburn def. James Grieve via TKO – (Round 1 – 2:50)

Tyler Cartwright def. Corey Jones via submission (Armbar) – (Round 1 – 1:52)

Rhys Gray def. James Hazell via submission (Rear-naked choke) – (Round 1 – 0:43)

Ryan Erskine def. Tommy Coyle via submission (Triangle) – (Round 3 – 2:01)

Mitchell Dobbins def. Kai Holmes via decision (Unanimous) – (Round 3 – 5:00)

Michael Stuart def. Richie Bonallie via decision (Unanimous) – (Round 3 – 5:00)