A GASTRONOMIC gladiator is gearing up for his toughest challenge yet.
Mixed martial arts fighter Colin “The Freakshow” Fletcher is used to taking on tough guys in the cage, but now his taste buds will be put to their ultimate test against Britain’s hottest curry.
The 29-year-old fighter, from Washington, will be battling it out against fellow athletes at Rupali restaurant in Newcastle tonight to take home the title of king of curry and scoop a cash prize for charity.
Colin, from Harraton, who fights as an evil clown, said: “I will be taking home the title. I am under the belief that no human can beat me. I’m not a fan of curry but I am a fan of competing. I will win or die trying.”
The curry competitors will be allocated 15 minutes, the standard time of a bout, and the one who finishes the curry containing the super-hot naga chilli, dubbed “Curry Hell”, first, or eats the most, will be the winner.
The event is the brainchild of Southwick-based Made4TheCage Fight Management, which is run by Steven France and Dale Percival.
Steven said: “At Made4TheCage we wanted to get the fighters involved in some charity work. As mixed martial artists have a reputation as being tough we thought this would be the perfect challenge.
“We will also give members of the public the chance to go up against the fighters.”
He added: “There’s been a lot of banter already between the fighters. We’ve made a Curry Hell official belt and no one wants to be defeated.”
Other fighters competing will include Andrew “The Predator” Punshon and Curt “The War” Warburton.
Rukon Choudray from Rupali restaurant said: “People have this perception that mixed martial artists are the toughest men on the planet, well I’m going to put that reputation to the test.”
•The next Made4TheCage cage fight will take place at Rainton Meadows Arena on December 16.
COLIN’S fighting skills have been snapped up by a prestigious Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) reality TV show.
He can be seen at midnight on Wednesdays on ESPN competing in The Ultimate Fighter: The Smashes to win £100,000 and a contract in the UFC, the world’s biggest MMA promoters.
Colin, who is dad to Abie(CORR), nine, and Freddy, three, was flown to Australia to compete in the show but the winner will not be revealed until later in the year.
The fighter, who hones his skills at Fight Pit in Shiney Row, Unity Gym in Durham and Spartan Gym in Hylton Castle, said: “It was definitely an experience, we had eight English lads competing against eight Australian lads.
“My kids have been watching the show and giggling at seeing me. I have a lot more character than general cage fighters.”
He added: “It’s every MMA fighter’s dream to fight in the UFC but money can’t be the goal. I fight because that’s what I love to do.”
Fellow Sunderland fighter Ross Pearson is a judge on the show after he won previous TV series, The Ultimate Fighter: United States vs. United Kingdom.