Two of the best fighters in the UK duked it out in ‘The Battle of Britain’, but it was Yorkshire’s own Scott Askham who took the decisive win at ACB 70.
Close to his hometown of Hemsworth, ACB 70 took place in Sheffield, and he certainly brought a huge following for his headline fight against rival Luke Barnatt.
Despite strong talk from both competitors in the build-up, it was Askham who grabbed the fight by the horns, especially in the first two rounds, as he closed off the cage and consistently landed the harder shots.
Ferocious chants of ‘Askham’s on fire’ shot around the Sheffield Arena, as the crowd favourite furthered his control on the fight, never looking in any real danger. With five judges scoring the fight, four of them would award it to the 29-year-old, crowning Askham the new king of Britain.
Speaking to MMA Plus, he admitted that his performances outside of the UFC have always been far superior but could not pinpoint why he failed to emulate that in the big show.
With a big win in his first post-UFC outing, Askham could make a run for the ACB middleweight title, but the Yorkshireman will sit down with his team before committing his future to the Russian brand.