Team England’s Ian Butlin and Team France’s Maktar Gueye met briefly on June 6 at Memorial Hall in Kansas City, Kan. The bell sounded and nine seconds later the two fighters were headed in opposite directions. Butlin was crumpled in a heap, the victim of Gueye’s wicked-quick hands, and the French fighter had become a hot prospect.
I had a chance to talk with Butlin following the fight and he was such a great character that I was hoping to see him again. Unfortunately lingering facial injuries forced the 30-year-old into retirement, but his fight with Gueye is one of five that will be featured on tonight’s episode of the M-1 Challenge at 8 p.m. EST on HDNet.