We are proud to announce the return of our British Lightweight Champion Brendan Loughnane at FCC 15. Loughnane will welcome long time UKMMA mainstay and two-time UFC competitor Dave Lee to the FCC cage on March 5th as part of an explosive double main event.
Loughnane (10-2 MMA, 3-0 FCC) will return to our cage for the first time since October 2014, where he capped off an unbeaten British title run with his most impressive performance for the promotion with a second-round KO of Ali Maclean.
The All Powers MMA standout has since enjoyed success in a three-fight stint with European MMA powerhouse BAMMA, culminating in a hotly-disputed 145lb title loss to Thomas Duquesnoy. Loughnane has been granted permission to take a fight outside of his BAMMA contract in order to remain active in the first quarter of 2016.
“I'm happy to be back on FCC and to be back fighting at 155lbs.” said Loughnane. “It's always good to be fighting in my home town! FCC is always a great show, and I can't wait to kick-start what is going to be a busy 2016 with a big win on March 5th!”
Dave Lee is a long-standing competitor on the UKMMA circuit, having been active for 15 years. With fights on Cage Rage, UCMMA, BAMMA and a two-fight stint in the UFC under his belt, Lee is a storied veteran who has more recently turned his hand to coaching the next generation of British talent. Inactive since 2013, the Team Crossface fighter is a grappling specialist, with all 12 of his pro wins coming by way of submission.
“I'm grateful to FCC for getting me this fight...” said Lee. “I was originally supposed to fight for their featherweight title but here I am, fighting after a two-year lay-off, jumping in against a tough, all-round fighter. Brendan is much better looking than me and about 10 years younger, so really this old man is just popping up to Bolton to see if he's still got it!”
Promoter Adam Teh said: “FCC 14 ended our most successful year to date on a high note, so we knew that FCC 15 would need to be something special in order to keep the ball rolling. With thanks to BAMMA, I'm delighted to welcome our British Lightweight Champion Brendan Loughnane back to the FCC cage. Bren has been fighting some of Europe's best up and comers; now he'll get to test his mettle against the savage submission game of the massively experienced Dave Lee!”