ASHINGTON-based mixed martial arts fighter Wayne Rigg came out with a distinction despite losing what was described by punters as being both an ‘epic’ match as well as one of the best semi-pro billings ever contested.
Eiko3 held the event at the Liquid Nightclub and Rigg, 29, a mechanical fitter for Northumbrian Water as well as being the owner of Loose Cannons gym in North Seaton, was in combat with Chetchnian born fighter Ruslan Razhabov in the last semi-pro fight of the night.
When the action started, it was clear that the 400 strong crowd were in for a treat – Rigg caught Razhabov with a big right hand in the second round knocking him out, but due to an illegal blow while Razhabov was grounded, the referee allowed the Chetchnian a five-minute recovery time.
With two minutes remaining in the final round, Rigg tapped in submission to an armbar but was far from despondent.
Rigg, a former footballer with Ashington AFC, said later: “Naturally I was disappointed with the result and I knew that I had been in war.
“I give credit to Ruslan to come back and win the fight – after being knocked out it takes guts and there was no quit in that guy.
“I took a lot away from it and I’m buzzing to get back into the sport.
“This fight has made me realise that I should be thinking about fighting pro as my coaches think it will suit my style.”
However, after returning from a couple of injuries for the fight against Razhabov, Rigg now has another battle on his hands.
“I broke the index finger and middle finger of my right hand at work which will put things on hold at the moment,” he said.
“This was my first MMA fight in a while as I’ve been amateur boxing in my last two contests, but I’ll be back, there’s no worries on that score.”