Laura Howarth wins by stoppage at UCMMA Contenders!

Having trained hard for the last twelve weeks, MMA fighter Laura Howarth of ZT Fight Skool defeated Melanie Burroughs of Ultimate Combat Academy at the first UCMMA Contenders show in Brighton.

The last twelve weeks have been gruelling with a comprehensive MMA Strength & Conditioning programme, running alongside Laura’s boxing, muay thai, wrestling and BJJ training at ZT Fight Skool. On some days Laura had to train three times, with the first session at 7am.

On fight day, Laura made weight with ease at 63kg at the morning weigh-in.

The rest of the day she looked relaxed as she hung out with the rest of the ZT Fight team.

During her cardio warm up with me, you could see how focused Laura was…this girl wanted to win! Her power and cardio was evident during her Pad warm up with Kenny “Kenshiro” Moyston.


Followed by her team, Laura walked out confidently to face her opponant. Within seconds the two girls where locked in the mother of all wars, with plenty of kicks and punches thrown. It was a ferocious text book kick to the mid-section of Burroughs after a fake jab that ended the action, with Burrough crumpling to the floor doubled over in pain. The ref called the stoppage in the first round.

From a Strength & Conditioning coach’s perspective I was really happy with Laura’s performance who’s strength and power was evident in the cage. She owned a confidence which is only earned by fighters who have enough gas in the tank to keep going if need be, back up by fighting skills honed at the best fight skool in the south-  ZT Fight Skool: the Home of MMA!

We will continue to publish Laura’s training Vlogs for Cage Queen, which show her training leading up to the show.

Here’s her latest video:

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