Back to business for Bailey 'The British Bulldog' Sugden as Last Man Standing looms in the Czech Republic
Almost 12 months since his last scheduled fight in Antwerp was cancelled due to the pandemic, Bailey ‘The British Bulldog’ Sugden will return to the fight game.
The Newark 23-year-old will travel to the Czech Republic to showcase his skills on Oktagon Promotions’ forthcoming show, Last Man Standing, on Saturday, February 27.
“It’s been over a year since I last fought and I can’t wait — I’m buzzing to get back in there,” said the Suggy’s Gym fighter, who will be showcasing his skills in an eight man tournament in Brno.
“Wearing small gloves and fighting in a cage will be fun but I guess the biggest surprise for a lot of people will be the rule set.
"But first and foremost I’m a fighter, so when my dad asked if I wanted to fight in the Czech Republic, the answer was 100% yes.
“When he told me it would be a four man tournament, I was really buzzing and now we know that it’s an eight man tournament under Muay Thai rule set I just can’t wait to get in there.
"Fighting under Muay Thai is a challenge and, although I’m not looking to switch over, to be honest I’m just happy to get in there under any rules and I will adapt my fighting style to prevail and be crowned Last Man Standing.
“To be doing it in the Czech Republic, which is such a beautiful country, is an added bonus.
"Not to mention the fact that it’s with an up and coming organisation like Oktagon Promotions, which I’ve heard quite a bit about from my training partners over at the Colosseum Gym in Utrecht.
“But most of all, I’m looking forward to putting my aggressive, all-action fighting style to the test against some very strong contenders.”
Manager and coach Dean Sugden said he was impressed with what he had seen.
“When we said we were interested and would take part, we thought it would be a couple of kilograms above Bailey’s normal fighting weight — now it’s five kg and under Muay Thai rules,” Dean Sugden.
“But Bailey is a fighter, he’s stayed true to the opportunity and worked really hard during all the lockdowns so is being deservedly rewarded with this opportunity.
“There’s not a lot happening in GLORY for his normal fighting weight, which as his followers will know is Featherweight, so when this opportunity came up we jumped at the chance. And I have to say that I’m very impressed so far with what I see.”
The full card for Last Man Standing will be streamed live on Pay Per View at www.oktagon.tv and further updates on the event can be found on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/oktagonmma/