Robert “Buzz” Berry. From dmgifford on Flickr.
Longtime Cage Rage and Goshin Ryu MMA Championships veteran Robert “Buzz” Berry has officially announced his retirement from the spot following a seven-year career that saw the heavyweight fight exclusively in his home country of England.
Berry revealed his intention to talk away from the sport in a post in the Cage Warriors message forums yesterday evening.
“Just to let you all know I have had to retire,” Berry said in the post. “After my fight with Neil Grove I was taken to the hospital and had to have surgery on my face. They have had to put two plates in, one in my cheek bone and one on my eye socket. So that is it, over for me. Thank you to all my camp and other camps for their help over the years in getting me ready for fights. Thanks to all my fans in their support for me, it has always meant a lot. Thanks to the guys at Cage Rage for their part in my fighting and to anyone I have missed out.”
Berry racked up a 13-8 record over the course of his career. Although he had been competing since 2001, Berry earned the biggest win of his career this past March, scoring a brutal knockout of mixed martial arts legend Ken Shamrock at Cage Rage 25. He most recently suffered his second straight loss to heavyweight prospect Neil Grove at Cage Rage’s latest affair last weekend in London.
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Phil Baroni. Photo by Esther Lin/ProElite.
Longtime veteran Phil Baroni was victorious in his first fight since moving down to welterweight, scoring a brutal first-round knockout of Englishman Scott Jansen to snap a three-fight losing streak at Cage Rage’s latest effort, entitled “Step Up” at the Wembley Arena in London.
It was visible that Jansen, although game, was significantly overmatched against Baroni at the start of the fight. Straying away from his usual preference to stand and strike, Baroni shot right in for a takedown just seconds into the bout. After a few minutes of controlling Jansen on the canvas and a near fight-ending submission attempt, the referee opted to bring the fight back to the feet, where Baroni quickly knocked Jansen out with a straight right hand.
Following the conclusion of the bout, Baroni went over to check on the condition of his opponent when he was surprisingly headbutted by one of Jansen’s friends in the cage. However cooler heads prevailed and the situation quickly died down with Baroni laughing it off and the assailant being thrown out of the arena.
The show’s undercard saw Neil Grove earn his second straight win over Robert Berry, Mustapha Al Turk defeat James McSweeney for the vacant Cage Rage British heavyweight title, and Robbie Oliver successfully defend his Cage Rage British featherweight title over Ashleigh Grimshaw.
Paul “Semtex” Daley. Photo by Tom Casino/EliteXC.
The mixed martial arts world will be setting their sights on the United Kingdom this weekend as the sport’s two most high-profile events take place overseas.
Cage Rage will put on their latest effort, entitled “Step Up”, Saturday afternoon inside the Wembley Arena in London, where the promotion has hosted the majority of it’s events. Controversial veteran Phil Baroni will attempt to snap a three-fight losing streak by moving down to welterweight for the first time in his career in the show’s main event, where he will take on fellow heavy-hitter Scott Jansen.
Robert Berry will fight for the first since knocking off the legendary Ken Shamrock at a Cage Rage event in March. He will take on Neil Grove in a rematch of their heavyweight battle last December, in which Grove picked up a first-round win after Berry’s corner stopped the fight. Other notable fights on the card include Mustapha al Turk battling James McSweeney for the vacant Cage Rage British heavyweight title and a clash between featherweights Brad Pickett and Cristian Binda.
Meanwhile over in Nottingham, Cage Warriors will host their seventh “Enter the Rough House” show, which will see welterweight sensation Paul “Semtex” Daley return from a brief retirement to go up against undefeated Slovenian Bojan Kosednar.
Daley has not fought since stopping former “Ultimate Fighter” cast member Sam Morgan with strikes at ShoXC: Elite Challenger Series show in January. It was Daley’s fifth consecutive victory. His counterpart, Kosednar, has won his first six professional bouts to start his career. Paul McVeigh and Steve McCombe will clash for the vacant Cage Warriors bantamweight title in the night’s co-main event. Other notable veterans competing on the card include Fabricio Nascimento and Andre Winner.
Eric Esch. Photo courtesy of YAMMA Pit Fighting.
Fresh off of a surprising knockout of Ken Shamrock, Robert Berry will likely try his hand against infamous former professional boxer Eric “Butterbean” Esch at Cage Rage 27 in July.
The news comes from Stash Capar of The Fight Network, who cites an anonymous source within the United Kingdom’s most high-profile mixed martial arts promotion.
As was previously mentioned, Berry knocked out UFC Hall of Famer Ken Shamrock at Cage Rage 25: Bring It On last month. The win snapped a two-fight losing streak for Berry and quickly became his biggest career win to date. The English veteran has gone up against the likes of Dan Severn, Colin Robinson, and Tengiz Tedoradze but fell to all of them.
Esch was stopped at the hands of Patrick Smith at this past weekend’s inaugural YAMMA Pit Fighting show. The former boxer has now lost his last three fights. Esch weighed-in at 416 pounds for the fight against Smith, his highest weight to date. This will be his fourth bout against the confines of Cage Rage.
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LONDON - Before an excitable crowd of 8,000-plus at Wembley Arena, mixed martial arts pioneer Ken Shamrock of the USA was handed his first knockout loss by English powerhouse Robert “Buzz” Berry at Cage Rage 25.
Berry landed a series of strikes to the head of Shamrock and sent him down. The referee waved off the fight at 3:26 of the first round as the 240-pound Berry prepared to pounce on his fallen opponent.
In other televised fights, Cage Rage featherweight champion Masakazu Imanari of Japan applied a text book reverse heel hook to destroy the knee of formidable Brazilian adversary Jean Silva. Silva tapped out at 2:35 of round one, and appeared to be in tremendous pain.
In a battle of big men, heavyweights Rob Broughton of England won a majority decision over fellow countryman Neil Grove by scores of 29-28 twice and 28-29. The two men entered the cage at a combined 250-plus pounds and fought an entertaining scrape for three full rounds.
Local favorite Tommy “Kong” Watson thrilled his adoring fans with a knockout of American Pierre Guillet. With Watson on his back during first-round action, Guillet dove in to attack, but Watson struck first by landing a devastating upward heel strike to Guillet’s head. Watson quickly pounced on top of the fallen Guillet and finished him with fist strikes to the head.
Complete event results are after the jump:
Ken Shamrock weighs-in for UFC 61: Bitter Rivals. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
The official weigh-in results for tomorrow’s Cage Rage 25: Bring It On are below. All fighters successfully made weight.
The event will be highlighted by Ken Shamrock’s return to action as he will be welcomed in his Cage Rage debut by opponent Robert “Buzz” Berry. Shamrock’s son Ryan will compete on the undercard against Giorgio Andrews. Masakazu Imanari will also defend his featherweight title against Jean Silva.
Ken Shamrock (220 lbs) vs. Robert Berry (240 lbs)
Masakazu Imanari (143 lbs) vs. Jean Silva (144 lbs)
Gary Turner (220 lbs) vs. Mustapha Al-Turk (240 lbs)
Rob Broughton (282 lbs) vs. Neil Grove (273 lbs)
Pierre Guillet (184 lbs) vs. Tom Watson (184 lbs)
Ivan Serati (200 lbs) vs. Roman Webber (204 lbs)
Aisling Daly (129 lbs) vs. Aysen Berik (132 lbs)
Giorgio Andrews (133 lbs) vs. Ryan Shamrock (134 lbs)
Henrique Santana (169 lbs) vs. Michael Johnson (169 lbs)
Marvin Arnold (180 lbs) vs. John Hathaway (184 lbs)
John Phillips (184 lbs) vs. Jake Bostwick (184 lbs)
Photo courtesy of KenShamrock.com
Ken Shamrock’s return to action will be welcomed by opponent Robert “Buzz” Berry at Cage Rage 25: Bring It On on Saturday, March 8th at the Wembley Arena in London, England.
The Fight Network’s Brian Knapp confirmed the match-up with Shamrock’s manager, Rod Donahoo earlier today.
Shamrock and his 19-year-old son, Ryan came to terms on multi-fight deals with Elite Xtreme Combat earlier this week. The younger Shamrock is also slated to be fighting on the card against an opponent yet to be named.
Despite currently riding a four-fight losing streak, the 43-year-old Shamrock remains one of the most recognized and popular stars in mixed martial arts today. Shamrock was inducted into the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s hall of fame along with rival Royce Gracie at UFC 45: Revolution in November of 2003.
Berry sports a professional MMA record of 11-7. The majority of the English native’s fights have stayed on the feet: 13 of his 18 total fights have ended by knockout or technical knockout. All but one of Berry’s fights have ended in the first round. Berry has never gone the distance in his career.