ADCC Announce 5 Nations Championships at SFN EXPO 2016

It is with great delight that ADCC UK announces its partnership with SFN EXPO: Scotland’s biggest Sport, Fitness and Nutrition Exhibition.

This collaboration means athletes get to compete in Glasgow’s SECC Arena Halls, showing off the art of submission wrestling in front of not just their peers but some of the industries’ biggest companies, speakers, fans and over 10’000 people happy to be entertained.

ADCC UK secretary Paul Williams Crossley said:

“We are so pleased to have put this together. The SFN guys are amazing to work with and have personal passion for Martial Arts which makes this partnership the perfect way to bring ADCC’s exciting rule sets to Scotland.”

The ADCC is the world’s biggest name for No Gi grappling or submission wrestling as it is also known. The rules make for a dynamic, action packed crowd pleasing event and more level playing field across the various grappling & wrestling disciplines. This means you see competitors from sports such as Sambo, BJJ (Brazilian Jiu Jitsu), Traditional wrestling, Judo & MMA.

ADCC Scottish Open 5 Nations Championships SFN EXPO 2016

At SFN EXPO 2016 you will see competitors split in 3 major categories with slight tweaks to the rules to maintain the highest levels of safety) these are beginners, intermediates and Professional. These are then subdivided by Juniors/Male/Female and weight classifications.

ADCC UK have put together something very special for the Scottish Open Championships. In Glasgow, competitors will not only earn points for their clubs but will also earn points for their respective nations! Athletes from Scotland, Wales & England will be joined by our family from across the Irish Sea taking on all comers competing for a world coalition. The home nations all have strong, rich combat histories, national pride is at stake, who will reign victorious. The 5 Nations Challenge awaits… Compete or support, see you on August 28th.

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Robert Whiteford talks training, fighting Darren Elkins and what’s next after UFC (Dublin) Fight Night 76

So Robert, since your TKO first round win at UFC Glasgow against Paul Redmond, what have you been up to?

I was actually back in the gym the Monday after UFC Glasgow with my boxing coach, Colin McNeil. Its not a chore for me, I love it, and I can never sit still even after a fight. I had a week holiday with my Fiance, and then I was back at it, planning and scheduling. I thought in my mind that I wanted to fight on the Dublin card, but of course I had just fought, so didn’t have the Elkins fight confirmed at this point, but at the same time, I knew I would be fighting, so I booked up to go back out to the US.


Have you had to step training up for your upcoming fight with Darren Elkins or has it been about maintaining your intensity from your last fight?

Of course when there is an opponent confirmed, everyone thinks that the intensity steps up, but to be honest, my intensity is high all the time. I decided to go back out to the US, American Top Team, way before the fight was confirmed- it is a conscious decision for me to surround myself with like minded people who push me. Don’t get me wrong, when I am in Scotland I love it, I have my friends, my Fiance, and my training partners and coaches at the Griphouse in Glasgow all push me every session, but unfortunately, to be at the top, which is where I want to go, I need to be in a room with people who are pushing me down every session. When I first walked into the Griphouse, I was fresh, ye I had done Judo and some MMA before, but I was new to it, and I soon found out as the guys put it on me. As you progress, learn and develop, the intensity increases with every session, but now I am at a level where ever single second of every session is learning, it is hard to describe, but I am so focussed in on the session, it’s the entire focus of the round.


Does Darren Elkins bring anything to the table, or will this be another first round TKO for The Hammer?

Darren has been in the UFC since 2010, and has some impressive wins under his belt – so of course he brings skills to the cage, no-one in the UFC is there by chance, it’s the best guys in the world. Darren is currently ranked #14 by the UFC in the featherweight division, this is his 13th fight in the organisation, so he’s no slouch. I treat every opponent with respect, and I won’t under estimate Darren, but I also wont blink an eye, I’m here to make waves in this division, and Darren is standing in my way. Don’t blink.


You’ve just signed a new 4 fight deal with The UFC. Congratulations! Where do you see yourself in your 4th fight – challenging for the belt?

I have never really had any specific fights in mind, apart from moving up the rankings – of course everyone wants to compete to win, well they should anyway. I am confident in my own abilities, and lets see where things go after this fight. I’m focussed on the Elkins fight in front of me, but I’l say it again, I am not here to make up the numbers, I fight to win.

VIDEO: Robert Whiteford Pre-UFC Scotland Interview

This weekend is the first EVER UFC Scotland and over the last 3 months, we caught up with Scotland’s first ever UFC fighter, Robert Whiteford, to get to the nitty-gritty of what makes him who he is, where he came from, his training and what it’s going to be like fighting in front of 11,000 Scottish fans in The SSE Hydro this weekend!

Filmed in his childhood neighbourhood (Fauldhouse), MXP Training Centre in Stirling and in an empty, atmospheric SSE Hydro ahead of this weekends action, by Andrew Usher of October Leaves Media; this is an incredible insight into the life, struggles and triumph of Robert “The Hammer” Whiteford!



We are delighted that just 6 weeks after UFC Scotland, Robert Whiteford will be at The SFN Expo 2015 along with hundreds of other inspirational athletes for you to meet, get photos and take advice from!


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UFC Scotland Announced: SFN Speaks To Scottish UFC Star Robert Whiteford

Today UFC officially announced their first ever date for a UFC in Scotland. 13,000 people are expected to attend the show at The SSE Hydro in Glasgow and two Scottish fighters are tipped to appear on the card. We caught up with one of the two, Robert Whiteford, to see what he thought this event will do for Scottish MMA and what’s up next for Whiteford himself.


So first of all Whiteford, how did you react when you heard the news that UFC was officially coming to Scotland?

It’s the news I have been waiting for, for along time, the UFC has so many other potential places to go to so it’s great that they are going to come to Scotland, as we are a nation which is engaged with martial arts and fight sports.


13,000 people are expected to attend. What do you think this event will do for MMA in Scotland?

What it will do for the Scottish MMA scene is a hard one to gauge, as it was at it’s peak I think nationally a couple of years ago, with local shows putting on big cards and selling to big(ish) crowds. This is the scene where both me and Jo competed on and it helped us show the world our skills and get the step up. I think it’s a bit different though with the UFC as it attracts many more casual fans, who probably didn’t go to any of these local shows. At the same time, it’s a massive event, which hopefully will alert more people to MMA as a sport, but to be honest I am just really fucking pleased its coming to Scotland, I think if I could sell a few thousand tickets myself!


Robert Whiteford UFC Scotland


What’s next for you? Is there anything on the cards before UFC Scotland or are you holding out hoping to be matched here instead?

To be honest, I have just been focusing on my rehab. I had a quite bad training injury which forced me to withdraw from my fight with Dennis Siver. Its 85% sorted now, so I am still remaining completely focused on getting myself to full fitness. I will be ready to fight, I can’t wait, its been too long. Anyone who knows me, knows I’m climing the F****** walls every day wanting to get back into the Octagon, that is my place of peace and calm, its unexplainable to be honest.


Lastly, will we be seeing you this year at The SFN Expo 2015 for the MMA fans?

I missed the last one, as I was away in America (I think) preparing for my fight, (Which never happened) so, yeah I would be honored to come this year, and hopefully we can put on some cool shit for the fans!


Whiteford’s closing statement…

“I can’t wait to blow the f***ing roof off the place!”


We can’t wait for UFC Scotland and SFN Expo 2015! Robert Whiteford, demo areas and exhibitors at Scotland’s biggest fitness exhibition – get your Early Bird Tickets Now before you miss out!

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