Following an injury picked up during his training camp, the team behind Newark’s Regis ‘The First´ Sugden has reluctantly taken the decision to withdraw its professional MMA star from his next scheduled fight.
The Suggy’s Gym 22-year old was set to make his debut for ACB, which is rapidly emerging as one of the world’s leading MMA promoters, at Sheffield Arena on Saturday 23 September.
“The decision to pull out of any fight isn’t something that comes easily to us,” said Dean Sugden. “We’ve been trying to train round the injury and get the necessary treatment for it but unfortunately, with just under four weeks till he was due to fight on the card of ACB 70, we’ve lost the race against time.
“Regis and ACB are a perfect fit for each other as their respective reputations grow in the world of MMA. He was really excited about making his debut with them and looking forward to showcasing his skills in Sheffield later this month. Of course he’s disappointed with the turn of events but, as his manager and head coach, ultimately it’s down to me to take control and look to the long term.”
After consultations with two different specialists, the Newark camp is confident that the treatment they have advised will see Regis fully fit and ready to return to the cage within three months at most.
“Regis is one of the most exciting prospects in MMA, he’s as tough as they come and ticks all the right boxes for us, so we’re delighted to be signing him to our stable,” said ACB’s European Director, Paul King.
“We look forward to him making a full recovery and can’t wait to announce a date for his ACB debut in the very near future.”
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