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Ben Forsyth Defeats Pelu Adetola At BAMMA 26

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Winner of the 2015 Gold Medal in the IMMAF European Championships, Ben ‘Spider Monkey’ Forsyth, continued his rise up the professional light heavyweight ranks this evening with his second ever pro win at BAMMA 26 in Dublin, Ireland.

Forsyth kicked off the professional fights for the evening and despite having had multiple changes of opponent throughout the lead up to fight night, he put in a composed professional performance. Forsyth came up against tough opposition in Pelu Adetola who came into the bout with vastly more experience with seven professional bouts already under his belt (3-4).

Adetola came out the gates fast and pushed Forsyth on the back foot. Forysth was taken down off a kick, but the fight soon made its way back to the feet where Forsyth began to unload a variety of kicks to the mid-section and legs of his opponent.

Forsyth then attempted a jumping knee, but Adetola ate it and continued to press forward. Forsyth landed a series of kicks himself and began to push Adetola back. The round ended with Forysth attempting another jumping knee, but again, Adetola appeared to take it well.

The second round started with Forsyth attempting another axe kick but it again didn’t quite find its mark. A short stoppage then followed for an eye poke, but as the action resumed the Irishman began to use his jab and rocked back the head of Adetola has they fenced back and forth in the center of the cage.

With a minute and a half to go left in the round, Forsyth stung Adetola with a hard jab and then punished him again with a follow up kick and left hand. Just as the Irishman looked to have his man in trouble, Adetola countered well with a right hook and follow-up leg kick that seemed to catch the Irishman off guard and knock him off balance and halt his pressure forward.

The final round began with Adetola pushing the pace as Forsyth retreated on the back foot evading overhands and checking leg kicks. One minute into the round Adetola ducked into a knee but looked as untroubled by it as he continued to press Forsyth back until he had his back up against the cage. The two then engaged in a rare clinch but with two minutes remaining a stalemate was called and they met again the center of the cage.

After another pause for an eye poke, the fighters then just had another 90 seconds to duke it out. Adetola again was the man pressuring forward, but Forysth was the man landing the cleaner strikes with the crisper counters—therein was the story of the fight. The fight ended with the two clinched up against the cage and the fight went to the judges.

When the scorecards were read, Ben Forsyth was deservedly declared the win via unanimous decision 30-27, 29-28, 29-28.

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Exclusive: Alex Lohore “Didn’t Know” Who Richard Kiely Was Before BAMMA 32 Booking

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We spoke to the recently crowned BAMMA welterweight champion Alex Lohore, as he prepares to defend his title against Richard Kiely at BAMMA 32 in Dublin.

Lohore (13-1) won the vacant BAMMA welterweight title last month at BAMMA 31 in London. Fighting his longtime rival Nathan Jones on the night, Lohore knocked out “Mr Bag & Tag” with a knee in the first round.

Q: Obviously the rivalry between you and Jones had been going on for years, but you finished it in brutal fashion. Did you to speak to him after the fight?

Yeah I did have a chat with him. I was telling him that it was a great fight and we should train together sometime, but he was he wasn’t really keen on it. I guess he was still a bit sore about the defeat.

Q: In the cage after your win, you called out Richard Kiely, now you’re fighting him. Are you happy you got the opponent you asked for?

Everyone keeps saying I called him out, I didn’t call him out, he called me out! I didn’t even address his name, I said ‘this Irish kid has been running his mouth we’re going to go out there and shut him up.’ I didn’t even know who he was. He’s been mentioning my name and talking a lot of rubbish on my social media disturbing me and my fans.

Q: The finish against Jones was picture perfect. From the elbow, to the right hand, to the knee, was it the best of your career?

Yeah I think it is, by far! It was perfect technique. I knew as he was going he back he would try to duck in for the takedown. Because I was throwing the head kick anyway all I needed to do was just switch it to a knee. I couldn’t ask for any better.

Q: Given it’s in Dublin and Richard is Irish, How do you feel about going into enemy territory at BAMMA 32?

That’s great, that’s why I’m doing it! I need to be comfortable in every environment, so going out there will test. I wanted to be on the Dublin card, now I can teach him a little lesson too, I can’t wait.

Q: As you know the Geordie Shore star Aaron Chalmers has brought a lot of attention to BAMMA recently, what are your thoughts on him? 

He’s good man. For someone who doesn’t come from a fighting background and does reality TV stuff, he’s doing good. How can people say he should fight someone more experienced, because he is taking  guys that are on his level and he’s doing good.

He’s helping MMA fighters because he has got a big following so more people are going to be watching MMA and learning about MMA so it’s a good thing having him on board.

BAMMA32 will take place at the 3Arena in Dublin on November 10th. Tickets are now on sale at ticketmaster.ie. The card will air live on both UNILAD’s Facebook page, and Dave.

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BAMMA 31: Alex Lohore Knocks Out Nathan Jones with a Knee

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In the main event of BAMMA 31, Alex Lohore knocked out Nathan Jones with a vicious knee to become the new BAMMA welterweight champion.

Jones (11-6) returned to BAMMA after fighting at Bellator 179 in May, where he submitted Umer Kayani in the first round. It was his first title fight under the promotion, as he stepped into the BAMMA cage for the sixth time in his professional career.

The self-proclaimed “future of French MMA” Lohore (13-1) was riding a 9-fight winning streak as he made his BAMMA debut on the night. Like Jones, “Da Kid” last fought at Bellator 179 stopping Dan Vinni, who was scheduled to face Walter Gahadza tonight, but the fight was cancelled.

Round One:

Lohore backed up Jones to the fence and landed some good knees to the midsection. It was evident pre-fight animosity was carried into the cage as both men swung with bad intentions in the first. Jones secured a takedown and looked to wrap up a guillotine choke but Lohore defended well.

After Jones and Lohore broke from a clinching position, Lohore landed a beautiful step-in knee and sent Jones crashing to the canvas unconscious.

Official Result: Alex Lohore def. Nathan Jones via KO (Knee) Round One 4:13

You can stay updated with the official results of BAMMA 31 here, and also over at our Twitter page @mmalatestnews.

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BAMMA 31: Aaron Chalmers Wins by Knockout in 30 Seconds

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In the second fight of his career, Geordie Shore star Aaron Chalmers knocked out Alex Thompson in just 30-seconds at BAMMA 31.

Chalmers (2-0) made his pro debut back in April at BAMMA 29, when he submitted Greg Jenkins in the first round. “The Joker” had spent his training camp at UTC in Birmingham for this fight, alongside the likes of Yannick Bahati and UFC welterweight Leon Edwards.

Thompson (0-1) had previously fought at BAMMA before facing Chalmers, but on the amateur circuit. Making his pro MMA debut on the night, “The Iron Born” was riding a 4-fight losing streak coming into BAMMA 31, and had taken almost a full year away from the cage.

Round One:

As the round opened up, Chalmers and Thompson began to exchange on the feet. A left uppercut from “The Joker” had already knocked Thompson out on the feet, and as he was falling to the canvas Chalmers landed a right hand to finish the job.

Official Result: Aaron Chalmers def. Alex Thompson via KO (Uppercut) Round One: 0:30

You can stay updated with the official results of BAMMA 31 here, and also over at our Twitter page @mmalatestnews.

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