Walter Gahadza gets Ryan Scope back in his sights

Echo: Walter Gahadza (right), seen here with his manager Danny Burzotta, will be taking on Ryan Scope Walter Gahadza (right), seen here with his manager Danny Burzotta, will be taking on Ryan Scope

THE fight between unbeaten welterweights Walter Gahadza and Ryan Scope has been made again for February.

The two UFC prospects were due to meet at Made4TheCage 11 in August but Scope broke his ribs in training and had to pull out.

That meant Gahadza, who is nicknamed the Sniper, went up against tough Glaswegian Alan Johnston instead, and the TSG fighter took a unanimous decision win to claim the promotion’s European welterweight title.

A large band of supporters travelled with former Belfairs pupil Gahadza to cheer him on at that show in Sunderland.

And they will be there again when he puts his belt on the line against Scope on February 22 at the Rainton Meadows Arena in Houghton-le-Spring.

Gahadza boasts a 13-0-0 record, and Scope is 7-0-0, and both are touted as potential future UFC stars. Scope is a strong grappler and has finished all of his last six bouts and has only left the first round on one occasion.

Gahadza is explosive standing up and lethal on the ground and tends to finish his fights very early.

It means Gahadza will fight on the same card as his TSG team-mate and Southend heavyweight, Stav Economou, who will take on the undefeated James Mulheron at the show.

TSG’s fighter Economou, who has a 15-3-1 record which features notable wins over Ricco Rodriguez, Linton Vassell and Bob Sapp, will go up against the relatively inexperienced Mulheron, who is from the North East.

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