Fight Club Rush 13 is getting closer and a fiery, high-stakes bout was just added to the fight card. Bitter rivals Bilal Tipsaev (2-1-1) and Glenn McVeigh (2-2-1) have now been booked for a 64 kilogram catchweight bout at FCR 13 which goes down at Solna Arena, August 27th. This will be the much-anticipated rematch that has been in talks for several months.
Tipsaev has been a prospect to watch for a long time as he is a training partner and close friend of Khamzat Chimaev at Allstars Training Center. He defeated top notch talent and FCR alumns Jonny Touma and Basir Safdari as an amateur, setting the stage for great things to come.
In his pro debut Tipsaev steamrolled veteran Martin Fouda, getting a TKO victory in just 1:28 of the first round. Thereafter he faced up and coming prospect Matiss Zaharovs at Brave CF 36. Despite ta strong start, Tipsaev faded and ended up succumbing to a third round TKO loss in a tough outing.
Following that Tipsaev was pitted against McVeigh in just over a year later. The match up was heated, with some shoving at the official weigh ins. Their fight was close and ended in a unanimous draw following a point deduction to the Swede.
In Tipsaevs most recent outing he made his FCR-debut, taking on Danish prospect Frederik Skov Strauss. Tipsaev put on an outstanding performance, controlling his foe on the ground and even dropping Strauss with a vicious strike, winning a clear-cut unanimous decision after three rounds.
McVeigh has a wealth of expereince on the highly respected Irish amateur scene. He made his pro debut against the feared, still undefeated, current UFC-fighter Muhammad Mokaev - on short notice nonetheless. Despite having the odds stacked against him the Irishman put on a strong showing, though still lost a unanimous decision.
Following an ill-fated bout with Frieh Harahsheh, in which McVeigh made a tactical error that caused a first round submission loss, he would face Tipsaev in the now infamous bout that ended in an unsatisfying draw.
McVeigh would go on to shine with an impressive decision win over the well respected Abdulmanap Magomedov, earning his first pro win. After that McVeigh made his FCR-debut, facing Finnish IMMAF vet Mici Saaristo. McVeigh showed well-rounded and improved skills, forcing his opponent to tap to a rear naked choke in the very first round.
Following the win, McVeigh called Tipsaev out and they shared words and an intense staredown in the cage.
With both coming off wins in the FCR cage there has never been a better time for these bitter rivals to run it back, settling the score once and for all.