Promotion Showcase: Probellum MMA

As the Coronavirus continues to wreak havoc across the world, we have decided to delve deeper into MMA promotions that are not in the spotlight. Probellum MMA is up next.

Probellum works in conjunction with MTK MMA Global and has held a total of 4 events to date after being founded in 2018 by British MMA Pioneer Colin Heron. Having spent over 40 years involved in the world of combat sports, Heron has trained an impressive 4 World champions, 4 European champions and 40 national champions across boxing, Muay Thai, kick boxing and MMA. Heron spent 25 of those years focused on the management side of things and he now works with fighters all across the world including top UFC Middleweight contender Darren Till. Previously leading the MMA operations for MTK Global, Heron is now concentrating his efforts on his new MMA promotional company Probellum which is set to dominate MMA on a global scale.

Chris Zorba is known to many as one of the biggest names in UK MMA. Zorba turned his attention to combat sports 14 years ago and worked with some of the most iconic names in the UK such as  Frank Warren, Audley Harrison and Barry and Eddie Hearn. He has been building his business knowledge in the sport and staging some of the most iconic fight nights the sport has ever seen. Zorba was the first to secure a terrestrial TV deal for MMA with Cage Gladiators in 2006 and since then has gone from strength to strength. Managing Director of the prestigious Eventim Olympia Liverpool, Zorba is also a successful promoter and matchmaker who’s wealth of experience and knowledge will lead the way for Probellum’s events.

Throwback to Saturday 7, September of 2019, and the first event under the Probellum banner. Headlining the show was a heavyweight clash between Brett McDermott and Tony Mustard which the former won via first round knockout. On the 13 bout fight card, only a pair of bouts went the distance at the Olympia in Liverpool.

Fast forward two months to November, and Probellum hosted the return of an UK MMA veteran in Ross ‘The Real Deal’ Pearson. He was facing off against French standout Davy Gallon at 170lbs compared to his UFC run at 155lbs. It certainly was a night to forget for Pearson who lost the fight in one of the most dramatic finishing sequences . As the fight dragged into Round 3, Gallon went for the audacious Rolling Thunder Kick and it landed and knocked Pearson out cold in one of the greatest KO’s of all time.

Probellum came back to the United Kingdom in March for another blockbuster card in Liverpool headlined by hometown hero Paul Kelly. After a 5-4 run in the UFC, Kelly made his way back home to England, leaving his problems behind. In May 2013, Kelly was found guilty of heroin trafficking in the United Kingdom and was sentenced to 13 years in prison. However, Kelly was put on work release in 2017 and had completed his sentence and thus was released in May, 2019. He made his highly anticipated MMA return agaisnt Simone Bottino at Welterweight and managed to submit the Italian via strikes in the second round.
Although the Coronavirus pandemic is in full effect and with the state of combat sports in array, Probellum is a promotion on the rise and whenever our beloved sport can get back to normality, Probellum will certainly be on the front foot to deliver the fights fans want to see. UK MMA has never had higher stock with this many great prospects all showing their worth across every promotion. Their partnership with IFL TV will prove to be a big coup as viewing numbers are set to sky rocket as the YouTube channel has over 600,000 subscribers. Getting Probellum onto the big screens is the main objective for Colin Heron and the team.  They may very well soon become better known on the European and perhaps even global stage.


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