One of the biggest fights in UK MMA history could be on the horizon and may happen sooner than we might all think.
After defeating Max Nunes last weekend at ACB 63, Luke Barnatt took no time at all calling out his next opponent. After dispensing the Swede after 4-minutes and 10-seconds of the first round, Barnatt took the microphone from announcer Cyrus Fees and laid down the challenge to fellow Brit, Scott Askham.
After being defeated by Mamed Khalidov back in March, Barnatt vowed to continue his career by making a run at ACB’s 205-pounds title. Shortly after, Askham was cut from the UFC and Barnatt was made to rethink his decision with the prospect of an all English showdown with Askham in ACB a likely possibility.
— scott askham (@scottaskham1) July 1, 2017
Barnatt later doubled down on his in-cage callout in an interview with MyMMAPL backstage. The current Venator FC middleweight reaffirmed his ambition to have one last fight at middleweight and vowed to knock Askham out before heading back up to light heavyweight to continue his campaign there.
Askham isn’t a man to back down from a challenge and speaking to MMAUno.com exclusively earlier today, he gave his thoughts on Barnatt’s performance.
“The fight was back and forth not much was really happening,” Askham said. “They both defending well when they were grappling against the age, but Luke caught him with a nice straight right off the break. Nothing stood out to me really. I like Max [Nunes], but I hope he retires now. I think he’s got a little chinny.”
— Jim Edwards (@MMA_Jim) July 1, 2017
While reasonably impressed by what he saw Barnatt do in the fight, Askham was quite so enamoured with his call out.
“It’s f*cking stupid to call me out giving it the big one saying he will KO me in one,” Askham said. “Let adrenaline calm down daft lad, I think he got a little bit giddy after a win. I’ve never been finished and he as. I’m coming to take his head off and the whole arena is going to go nuts.”
That arena could well be the Sheffield Arena on July 22. ACB were forced to move their ACB 65 card from Ontario, California to the UK and the news was announced this weekend on Frank Mir’s appearance on ‘The True Geordie’ podcast on Sunday.
ACB will be up against it putting bums on seats less than three weeks to promote the event, but with tickets £20 each, local fans could be in for a treat if the fight gets put together on short notice.