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Highland Martial Arts Centre athletes leave their mark on mixed martial-arts show in Paisley


By Andrew Henderson


Seven Highland Martial Arts Centre (HMAC) athletes took part in a mixed martial-arts show earlier this month to varied results.

Originally there was supposed to be eight, but after a late call-off head coach Ross Houston took the rest of his squad down to Paisley for On Top 23 – arguably the most reputable amateur MMA promotion in Scotland.

Highland Martial Arts Centre athletes went 4-3 on one of the top amateur shows in Scotland at On Top Promtoions.
Highland Martial Arts Centre athletes went 4-3 on one of the top amateur shows in Scotland at On Top Promtoions.

The HMAC crew were travelling the furthest distance to get to the show, but still made up around 40 per cent of the card, and came away with four victories – three by TKO – and three losses on the night.

First up in action was Nairn’s 19-year-old Ross Urquhart, who has had success in kickboxing’s K1 but was making his MMA debut.

Urquhart already had to deal with a late change of opponent, but impressively picked his spots and claimed a technical knock-out in the second round.

Tyler Macdonald, from Invergordon, was up next in what was something of a grudge match, taking on a former HMAC student in what could be classified as a derby match.

Read more in today's Highland News and North Star.



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