We’ve had a lot of issues reopening at Evolve and would like to thank you for standing by us in this testing time.

The time is here to finally reveal our new address!!

36 Kansas Avenue
Media City
M50 2GL

For those who don’t know, Evolve is now around a mile away from our old location on Worrall Street so shouldn’t cause too much trouble for people travelling.

We will be doing our combat classes that were in Van Dangs here on Monday and Wednesday and will be opening officially in the first week of March!!




Evolve fighter and Sandee sponsored athlete Andrew Lofthouse now has two fights confirmed in 2015.

The first will be on 5th April on Unity Thai Fight against Bruno Almedia. Almedia is a Portugese Champion and is a very tough opponent. He fought Panicos Superpetch ranked UK #2 last year and only lost on a points decision.

Andrew Lofthouse Unity Thai Fight
Andrew Lofthouse Unity Thai Fight

Lofthouse’s next fight will be on the UK’s biggest Muay Thai show, The Main Event. Lofthouse has fought on The Main Event three times and on two of these occasions won the Fight of the Night accolade for his exciting style.

Lofthouse needs no introduction to the Muay Thai stage in the UK, having been very active in the past 18 months, during which time his popularity has soared. A former amateur World champion known for his unorthodox fighting methods, Lofthouse’s crowd-pleasing style has seen him take wins over some highly rated names including Brian Totty and Ross George.

After dropping a points decision to Keith Mclachlan on The Main Event in June, Lofthouse progressed to the semi finals of an 8-man tournament at a few day’s notice in September, before ending the year on a high with a knockout win over former World champion Anthony Ferguson in a fight of the night performance in November.

In the opposite corner on May 23rd will be Matt Mckeown from the Diamond Academy in Willenhall. Trained by triple World champion Dean James, Mckeown is a strong all-round fighter with an impressive record of 13 wins from 16 professional fights.
Capable of fighting on the outside, as demonstrated in his last fight where he took a wide points win over Supergym’s Mike Bateman, and equally comfortable utilising solid clinch-work and elbows, English champion Mckeown has all the tools to make an impression in the lightweight division. He, too, counts a win over Ross George on his CV and is looking for another top scalp here with a win in front of his hometown fans.

Something of a clash of fighting styles, with Lofthouse’s entertaining and unpredictable approach up against a more traditional, disciplined stylist in Mckeown. There can only be one winner…

Tickets are available from the gym, get your NOW!!

Andrew Lofthouse v Matt McKeown
Andrew Lofthouse v Matt McKeown


We’ve been working very hard behind the scenes at Evolve and are pleased to announce that we will be moving to Media City about a mile away from our original location.

The new venue will be slightly smaller than our Worrall Street location but we will continue to offer the same great services in Muay Thai, Boxing, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Parkour & Freerunning, Aerial Arts and Fitness & Conditioning.


As most members/users of Evolve are aware, due to ongoing maintenance and repair issues with our current building we are unable to train at Worrall St through January.

Works are scheduled to finish at the end of January and we have a relaunch date of February 2nd in our diaries. There is a chance that this could be moved by a few days on either side but we are working hard to keep this as a solid date for getting back to it at Worrall St.

In the meantime we have managed to secure a small studio located in Van Dang Martial Arts Centre, Newton St in Manchester City Centre and will be holding some training sessions there for combat sports and conditioning in order to keep our competitive athletes at the top of their game where they belong.

Evolve owner Phil Hanna released this statement,

“I am really grateful to my team of staff and the core of members who have been very supportive and loyal throughout the last few weeks. Dan and I have been working very hard to get our issues with the building sorted and get back to normal as soon as possible. We are all really looking forward to getting back to training next week and feeling the community and cameraderie that has developed over the last five years based around hard training and a love for the sports we learn and teach.
As always we will come through this challenging time with passion and determination and come out the other side stronger and better, true to the spirit of Evolve as a brand. I am really looking forward to getting back to training and coaching and getting back to full swing at the start of February.”

The interim timetable will be released in the next 24 hours and MBO booking page will be live again in the next 48 hours. Pleas check our website and/or Facebook for more information’ or call 0752 836 8439 if you have any enquiries.


Evolve will close on Saturday 20th December 2014 at 1600 for the Christmas Holidays.

Evolve will reopen on Tuesday 6th January 2015.

We would like to thank you for training at Evolve over the past year. We’ve achieved loads this year and have had many highlights.

The gym will be open for private sessions during the festive period so if you want to get in and train please email dan@evolvemanchester.com for availability of all coaches.

You can also keep up to date on our Facebook and Twitter pages.


Saturday 22nd November saw six of the Evolve / Team #OO Fight team in action picking up four wins a draw and a loss with an impressive KO finish to round off the night and two more TKO’s during the event.

Starting the fight card was Paul Hughes who was making his debut as an Evolve fighter. Paul fought Sam Jagger under N-Class rules and showed no first fight nerves as he scored continuously over five rounds with a calm, collective approach and used his range well scoring with body kicks and using his front leg kick and fast hands to set up body and head kicks picking up the win via unanimous decision after the five rounds.

Next up was Evolve / Team #OO fighter Jake Jenks fighting Rian Mercer under professional B Class rules. The fight started off calmly with both fighters testing each other with leg kicks and single strikes. As the fight developed Jake was using his body kick effectively to score well. Rian was moving forward well putting pressure on Jake and swept him from catching the body kick. However in the final two rounds Jake was moving well and relentlessly throwing kicks on Rian upsetting his movement and using his hands effectively to follow up. After five rounds the fight was declared a draw.

Later into the card was Evolve / Team #OO fighter Tyler Liptrott who fought Leyton Collymore under professional C Class rules. From the off Leyton was moving in aggressively on Tyler trying to stay in close not giving Tyler the space to unleash all the power of his kicks. The fight continued in a similar style but Tyler switched up his style and engaged clinch where possible, landing some big knees. Leyton proved to be just too powerful though and was able to control the pace of the fight. After 5 hard fought rounds Leyton was declared winner via unanimous decision.

Immediately after Tyler was Evolve fighter Martyn Kemp who fought Filman Mebrhatu under professional C Class Rules. Martyn’s high intensity style shone through in this fight with punches flying in from the off. As the fight progressed into round two Martyn eight counted his opponent with some sharp knees to the body.
The third round was more of the same with Martyn keeping the fight close landing big knees before stopping his opponent for the final time to be declared winner by TKO

Starting the A-Class fights was Evolve / Team #OO fighter Carlos DeGraca who fought George Davis. The first round started off with a low tempo but strikes were coming in hard from both sides. As the fight developed Carlos took the upper hand landing some big strikes to the body of his opponent. The pace picked up again in the third round with some great exchanges from both sides but Carlos was just too powerful for his opponent sending in some huge hitting kicks and knees causing the referee to stop the fight in the fourth round with Carlos the winner by TKO.

The final fight of the night was Evolve fighter Andrew Lofthouse who took on Anthony Ferguson in a Professional A-Class bout. There had been a lot of build up to this fight with both fighters sending verbal assaults to each other, no love lost here. The first round started off again with some powerful single strikes landing, both fighters testing each other. As the second round ensued so did the strikes, with Lofthouse landing some well timed knees and kicks, as well as Ferguson answering back with some of his own. Into the third round and more knees and kicks landing hard with Lofthouse landing some vicious elbows. The fourth round opened and Ferguson was on the back foot, Lofthouse throwing knees into the ribs of Ferguson now who looked like he was hurt. More elbows and knees came flying in and the fight was stopped with Lofthouse being declared the winner by fourth round KO.

Evolve coach Phil Hanna said ‘I’m really happy with the way everyone performed today, everyone has put the hours in at the gym and it really showed today. Our fight team is starting to mature now and I’m looking forward to continued growth’

Well done to all fighters and coaches involved. Keep checking back for videos and other upcoming events.


With just over 2 weeks to The Road to The Main Event the tension is really rising, another Evolve fighter has been added to the undercard and headliner Andrew Lofthouse has been busy conducting interviews with Main Event promoter Phil Shedden and Supergym fighter Sam Jackson.

Tickets are just £30 for this event and the show is just a short distance from the gym and Manchester City Centre in Ashton. Martyn Kemp is an upcoming Evolve fighter who’s coming off the back of brilliant victory in his first fight at Sheffield Showdown.

This fight card is stacked with top fights and fighters including Carlos DeGraca, Tyler Liptrott and Jake Jenks who are all now training at Evolve with Daz Morris.

Tickets are available from the gym. Get yours now!


We are delighted to confirm the co-headlining fight for The Road to The Main Event:

61kg A class – Andrew Lofthouse (Evolve, Manchester) vs Ant Ferguson (Knowlsey Academy, London)

This ‘bad blood’ bout sees two fighters with a genuine dislike for each other finally set to square off and settle a longstanding score. Local entertainer Lofthouse has seen off numerous highly rated opponents in the past 18 months with his unorthodox fighting style, with losses in that time only to top 5 ranked fighters Keith McLachlan and Brad Stanton. He is looking to finish 2014 on a high with a win here over an opponent he was scheduled to fight at the start of the year, only for Ferguson to withdraw with a few weeks to go.

UK ranked number 5 Ferguson himself has had a solid year, picking up several titles both domestically and abroad. Last time out he dropped a very close split decision to rising star Chris Whittle and is looking to make a statement here by ending this fight against Lofthouse inside the distance. Expect fireworks with this one!

Lofthouse said ‘This will be a great fight! My opponent has said he will knock me out! Hahahaha I cant wait!’

Confidence is brimming from both fighters. This is definitely a fight worth the ticket money alone!!

Road To The Main Event
Road To The Main Event


Evolve would like to invite you to our next Muay Thai Interclub on 19th October.

Entry is only £6 to spectators and fighters.

There will be a mixture of Muay Thai and K1 rules bouts with all fights being pre matched on weight and experience.

Weigh in’s are at 1100 with bouts starting at 1200.

For more information call 07528368439 or send entries by email: interclub@evolvemanchester.com

This is our first Interclub in ages! Hope everyone can make it down.