Bull gets back in ring

Ryan Copland
Ryan Copland

A mixed martial arts fighter from Northumberland will be hoping for a repeat of his last battle when he shoots for the European title next week.

Alnwick’s Ryan ‘The Bull’ Copland will take on Billy ‘The Kid’ Glossop, from Sheffield, for the under-77kg continental belt at Pride and Glory, being fought in Newcastle on November 3.

It’s the biggest challenge yet faced by the 27-year-old dry stone waller, who only returned to professional MMA this year after being sidelined with a repetitive injury for 18 months.

Just three weeks ago he tapped out Bradford’s Brad Conway in the first minute of the opening round with an arm triangle submission.

And he has just been approached to compete in Made4 The Cage this December, one of the UK’s biggest promotions.

Ryan, who trains with Shaun Gaines at Long Zanshi Chinese Kickboxing club in Alnwick, said: “Brad Conway was a massive guy, but he knew I am a stand-up fighter so he took it to the ground. I managed to switch him and get the submission with an arm triangle.

“I’ve been working hard for this title fight, training every day, which includes conditioning training with Keith Turner of Northern Strength in Amble.

“I know Billy Glossop will be a tough opponent, but it doesn’t make any difference to me.

“I’ve won my last three fights in the first round and that’s what I want to do again here.”