BCMMA 17 report: Craig Edwards and Cory McKenna excel

Colchester's Craig Edwards celebrates his win at BCMMA 17. Photo: Adam Bright

Colchester's Craig Edwards celebrates his win at BCMMA 17. Photo: Adam Bright - Credit: �Adam Bright Photography, email

An outstanding submission win and fine victories from a fighting mother and daughter were the highlights of the latest BCMMA show in Colchester.

Hometown fighter Craig Edwards won his sixth scrap in a row as he tussled with the respected Martin Chester at Charter Hall on Saturday.

Edwards, who started his amateur career by losing seven of his first eight fights, has been on a tear since and evened his slate at 7-7 by putting Chester to sleep in the second round.

“Submission of the night was Craig Edwards,” said show promoter Jack Mason, who’s also one of the most well-known MMA fighters in the country and head coach at BKK Fighters, where Edwards trains.

“Martin Chester is on the Great Britain team and was a really tough test for Craig.

“But Craig was ripping him in the stand-up before he got the takedown.

“Then he ended up fighting off a triangle and arm-bar submission attempts for two minutes.

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“In the second round Craig caught a really tight standing guillotine and put Martin to sleep with it, it was a great win.

“Craig was 1-7 when he moved to BKK, but it was never about skill, it was about his mind.

“We’ve worked on that and now he’s won six in a row.

“We’ll maybe have one more amateur fight for Craig before he turns professional – you can make mistakes and learn from it as an amateur but in the pros it goes on your record.”

Also impressing on the night were mother and daughter duo Wendy and Cory McKenna.

Wendy, the former fly and straw-weight BCMMA amateur champion, made her pro debut and dominated Ella Wu en route to a fine decision win.

And Cory, just 17, made sure the amateur straw-weight belt stayed in the family as she submitted World MMA Championship silver medallist Aleksandra Rola with a rear naked choke in the second round.

“Cory was out-sized, her opponent cut quite a lot of weight and she was a fully-grown woman,” said Mason.

“It was pretty close on the feet but Cory got taken down with a body lock and had to work her way out of an arm-bar.

“She evened it up in the second round so it was 1-1 going into the third and final round.

“Cory really stamped her authority on the round, got in position for a choke and squeezed the life out of her. Cory just wanted it more. The next show (February 18) we’ve got her a fight against the world amateur champion, so that will be another step up.”

Of Wendy, Mason added: “She’s been working really hard on everything she was in great shape and it really paid off – she just bullied her opponent around.”

There were also good wins on the card for headliner Sean Carter, who made short work of late replacement Danny Joel, and James Webb, who put on the fight of the night with Henrik Lie in a battle for the amateur middleweight belt. Webb won via unanimous decision.

BCMMA 18, which sees Kerry Hughes defend her bantamweight title, takes place on February 18. Visit www.bcmma.co.uk for more.