Leicester Shootfighters 2009 Year in Review

Leicester Shootfighters had an amazing 2009:

– Over 45 students competed in MMA and Submission Wrestling
– 58 medals/trophies in Submission Wrestling and amateur MMA.
– 22 Gold, 20 Silver, 16 Bronze.
– Pro/Semi-Pro MMA record of 13-1-1.
– British, European and World MMA titles.
– Amateur MMA record (not including tournaments) was 3-0.
– We competed in England, Wales, Italy, Germany, America and Poland.

Mixed Martial Arts

We kicked off the year training through the holidays to get the lads ready for The Ultimate Fighter season 9 TV show. Andre Winner, Dean Amasinger and Nick Osipczak all made it on to the UK team with Jim Wallhead there during the qualifiers as an alternate. It was a great experience for all involved and Andre put in an amazing performance on the show finishing all his opponents to get to the final where he lost a close final to friend Ross Person. Nick also made it on to the Finale show in Vegas where he submitted Frankie Lester in the first round by RNC. Later in the year we were visited by TUF winners Ross Person and James Wilkes who dropped by to train for upcoming UFC fights.

Also on the UFC we saw Dan Hardy pick up 3 straight wins to make it to a title shot against GSP. First he KO’d Rory Markham in 69 seconds at the O2 in February, in June we travelled to Germany for the win over Marcus Davis at UFC 99 and finished up the year with the unanimous decision win against Mike Swick.

November 14th at UFC 105 in Manchester was our highlight of the year going 3-0. In addition to Dan’s win over Swick we had Andre Winner defeat Roli Delgado by KO in round 1 and Nick Osipczak put in his best performance yet stopping Matt Riddle by TKO in round 3.

That brings our UFC record (not including fights on TUF9 show) in 2009 to 6 wins and one loss!

Outside of the UFC we kept the MMA successes going. Dean Amasinger submitted Scott Jansen at Ultimate Challenge UK in 44 seconds by side choke then we flew to Poland just 7 weeks later to get another first round submission, this time over Maciej Gorski at KSW 12.

After being told he was too experienced for TUF, Jim Wallhead didn’t get back in the cage until May, but when he did it was to devastating effect, knocking out BJJ blackbelt Fabio Toldo in the 1st round at Ultimate Force in Doncaster. Finishing of the year strong, Jim beat Marius Buzinskas by RNC in round 1 at Clash of Warriors in Nottingham to win their Welterweight World Title belt and Che Mills by unanimous decision at Knuckle Up 3. All the hard work paid off, Jim has now signed with Bellator Fighting Championships and is part of their welterweight tournament in the US next year.

Karsten Lenjoint started training at Leicester Shootfighters this year and in November he had his first fight with us in the corner. We couldn’t have been happier with the performance, a first round tap out due to strikes and the Clash of Warriors British Featherweight title. Also on the card we had Mahmood Besharate making his MMA debut, stopping his opponent with low kicks in the 2nd round.

October saw JD Hylton travel to Italy to represent the UK at the ISKA European Championships. He took the ISKA Amateur MMA European title, putting his opponent to sleep with a Brabo/Darce choke in the first round.

Also in amateur MMA we saw Jacob Constantinou win two fights and had team success in two tournaments picking up 16 medals/trophies. Gold medals went to Liam Corrigan, Jamie Molyneaux, Chris White, Sanjeet, Ranjeet Baria and Jacob Constantinou.


It was on the grappling circuit this year that we took the lion’s share of our wins. We had hundreds of bouts and took over 40 medals competing in events such as Ground Control, GrappleMaina-UK, Combat Academy Groundfighting Championship and U.M.A. Grappling Championships. More than a quarter of those medals were advanced division golds and silvers.

Liam Corrigan truly deserved his LSF Grappling Competitor of the Year award with an incredible run of performances. His achievements in 2009 included winning the advanced divisions in 5 different events! Ranjeet Baria, Jacob Constantinou and Jamie Molyneaux also had a great year, picking up a slew of medals between them.

We finished the year with an incredible month. In December Tony Richards took gold at the Police National Submission Wrestling Championships, Ranj took medalled in the advanced division at Ground Control Nationals and the team won 1o medals at the UMA British Open NoGi Grappling Championships.

Leicester Mixed Martial Arts Academy

November saw the move to our new facility on Burnmoor Street near the Walkers Stadium. Not only is this the first time we’ve had our own place to train but it is twice the size of places we’ve shared with others over the past 5 years.

Leicester Mixed Martial Arts Academy is the new home of the Leicester Shootfighters team. It is the number one source of grappling and MMA in Leicestershire and with classes already topping over 50 students we are so excited about the possibilities for 2010!

Look out for lot of competition success in the new year as well as special events such as open mats, seminars and more.

2009 LSF Fighters

Students that have represented the Leicester Shootfighters team in competition this year:

Aaron Brown, Aiden Hayes, Andre Hayes, Andre Winner, Baz Keshwala, Ben “Ninja” Harrison, Brady Hudson, Caz “Ghost Owl” Tweedy, Charan “Cheese” Singh, Chris Barton, Chris Neal, Chris White, Christian Schaefer, Courtney Rawle, Dan “The Outlaw” Hardy, Daniel Swan, Dean “The Renegade” Amasinger, Deniz Atalar, Dilesh Patel, JD Hylton, Jacob Constantinou, Jamie “Daywalker” Molyneaux, “Judo” Jim Wallhead, John Robinson, Julian Davis, Kamran Mumtaz, Karsten Lenjoint, Kieren Lewin, Liam “Bermuda” Corrigan, Mahmood Besharate, Matt Steady, Micah Liburd, Michael Panebianco, Nathan Matts, “Slick” Nick Osipczak, Parminder “Henley”Garcha, Paul Barton, Paul Nunez, Ranjeet “Suave” Baria, Rob Hannis, Sanjeet (Sunny), Satyan Mehta, Shivan Mehta, Tom Harris, Tony Richards, Wayne Sykes.

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