Mirfield mixed martial arts fighter Jason Furness is the CSFC European Lightweight champion.

The 28-year-old - nicknamed “Jay” – defeated Frenchman Yves Landu at the Doncaster Dome on a majority decision to take the title.

“It was a really hard fight,” he said.

“He was a French kickboxing and grappling champion, who has also fought all over the world.”

The fight was Furness’ first on home soil since 2013, following bouts in Brazil and Poland.

It was also a terrific championship for Furness’s team, Asylum Vale Tudo, as they finished with 10 gold and two silvers.

AVT, located in Birstall, are a team made up of both professionals and amateurs. The professionals to win were Simon Stadnicki, Adam Bramhald and Harris Neofytou.

From the amateurs, Ricardo Franco, Onur Caglar, Jake Bingham and Adam Jones were winners.

There were also wins for Andrew Morris and Ad Russ, who won gold in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

While Chris Beverley and Rob Brookes completed the medal haul for AVT by winning silvers.

Furness began his sporting life as a rugby player, playing in the academy sides at Huddersfield Rugby Union Club.

“I was a scrum half in a very successful academy side, alongside Luther Burrell,” he recalled.

The fighter sympathises with his former teammate who controversially missed out on World Cup selection earlier this year.

“It was a real shame about the World Cup for Luther,” he said.

“I felt he deserved a chance after the Six Nations as he really showed he can play at that level.”

Furness went to the University of Manchester to study English. It was there, as a UFC fan, that the rugby took a back seat.

“I took up mixed martial arts with the goal of competing, after being a fan of the UFC,” he explained.

“It all stemmed from there nine years ago. I kept training and competing, and it has taken me around the world, to various titles, both amateur and professionally.”

When he is not competing, Furness has to prepare well for the events, and that is not something he takes lightly.

“I’ve always worked full time, so getting two training sessions in a day for fights means early mornings and late nights.

“I have to do strength and conditioning, boxing, Muay Thai, wrestling and sparring.”

Furness also coaches with the AVT, and uses his role to help the next crop of fighters.

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“I’ll continue coaching and bringing on the next generation of AVT fighters through, with an eye on seeing them hit the big shows,” he said.

Furness lives with partner Jenna-Leigh and their eight-month-old daughter, Rosalie.

“Jenna has the patience of a saint,” he said. “To be able to put up with me in fight camp, and look after a young baby, she deserves huge credit for that!”

Furness goes to watch Huddersfield RU whenever he can and keeps an eye on their results.

He also plays once a year in a memorial match, for a former teammate who was tragically killed in a hit-and-run incident.

“I don’t know what the future will bring, but I’ll look for more fight opportunities, both internationally and the right ones at home,” he said..

“If the UFC come calling, I’ll be ready.”