A FIGHTER from the Legions Gym in Clifton Moor has picked up his second title in as many fights.

Steve Coupland, the mixed martial arts (MMA) coach at Legions, defeated Wakefield’s Jack Culshaw to win the Caged Steel Fighting Championship (CSFC) super lightweight (163lbs) title at the Doncaster Dome.

Coupland won the fight after just two minutes and 30 seconds of the first round (scheduled for three), with a near naked choke submission being the method of victory.

Culshaw had won both of his two preceding fights decisively, earning victory by submission in the first and by stoppage in the latter.

“The fight went how we planned with Steve taking Jack down in the first round and securing the finish with a rear naked choke,” said Dave Phillips, the owner of Legions Gym and an MMA coach.

“This is the second time that Steve has fought on one of the Caged Steel shows.

“In his last fight on a Caged Steel show, he won by a first round knockout with a head kick so, in this fight, we wanted to show that he is more than just a stand-up fighter.”

In the aforementioned bout, Coupland defeated Andy Dent of the Asylym Vale Tudo gym in Dewsbury after just 31 seconds of the contest in March 2019.

Coupland claimed the CSFC title with the victory over Culshaw, adding to the silverware he picked up on his trip to Australia last year.

Competing under full Muay Thai rules, Coupland won the Aggression Commonwealth title after earning a unanimous points decision win against Shane Hoogstraten of the Karma Gym in October.

Legions Gym are sponsored by SAY Scaffolding.