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5 MMA Fights Not to Miss in September

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The final quarter of 2016 is upon us as September has arrived. MMA in August threw up a potential Fight of the Year contender as well as spectacular knockouts and submissions. Here’s to more of the same this month. Here are 5 fights during the month of September that every MMA fan should have marked on their diaries.

1.)   September 10th, BAMMA 26 – Ben Forsyth vs Pelu Adetola

BAMMA makes their long-awaited return to Dublin, Ireland on the 10th of September. The card has had more than its fair share of problems, with injuries and numerous withdrawals, but will still showcase some of the finest talent in European MMA. One name to look out for on the card is that of Ben “Spyder Monkey” Forsyth. Forsyth is one of the brightest prospects in a highly promising group of young Irish talent that looks set to follow in the footsteps of the original wave of talent from the Emerald Isle. After winning the IMMAF European Championship gold medal in 2015, Forsyth turned professional and scored a debut stoppage win by standing guillotine choke against Luke Taylor at ICE FC 11. The light heavyweight will be looking to make a statement in front of his home crowd in the Three Arena in Dublin. His opponent, Pelu Adetola, is certainly not coming to Ireland just to make up the numbers. While his 3-4 record may not look impressive, “The Nigerian Diamond” is a powerful striker, with 2 first round KO’s to his name. Adetola has every intention of spoiling the party for one of the next generation of Irish MMA stars.

2.)   September 10th, UFC 203 – CM Punk vs Mickey Gall

Never in the history of the sport has an MMA debut garnered as much interest than that of former WWE superstar, CM Punk. Punk, or Phil Brooks to give him his real name, signed for the UFC back in December 2014 amid widespread scepticism. The delay in his octagon debut only served to further such cynics, with many believing that Punk would never be seen between the 8 cage walls. However, that day will finally arrive on September 10th when Punk tackles a serious prospect in Mickey Gall. Unlike Punk, Gall has MMA and UFC experience, with two submission wins out of two professional fights, one of which came against Mike Jackson at UFC Fight Night 82. Gall has been champing at the bit for this fight with Punk, ever since he made a very public call-out of Punk on an episode of “Lookin’ for a Fight”. Punk divides opinion like no other athlete who has ever tried his hand at MMA, but the very fact that he is stepping in there at the age of 37, with little background in martial arts and no financial need to do so either deserves more respect than he is getting from many. This is a fight that, whether you believe Punk can pull off an unlikely upset, that Gall is going to embarrass the former pro-wrestler or anything in between the two, this is a fight that MMA fans across the world will certainly be tuning into.

3.)   September 17th, UFC Fight Night 94 – Uriah Hall vs Derek Brunson

The UFC’s middleweight division has been shaken up this year; not least of all with the crowning of a new champion in Michael Bisping, who spectacularly knocked out Luke Rockhold at UFC 199. Two fighters looking to work their way up the 185 pound ladder towards Bisping meet in Hidalgo, Texas when Uriah Hall takes on Derek Brunson. Hall is known for his vicious striking, which he showcased in the biggest win of his MMA career to date in becoming the first man to stop Gegard Mousasi with a spinning back kick, followed by a flying knee. The man who owns the most brutal knockout in TUF history is always entertaining to watch, and in Derek Brunson, he has an opponent who shares that trait. The #10 ranked Brunson is 6-1 since signing for the UFC, with his only loss coming by third round TKO to Yoel Romero in a fight that Brunson was up on the scorecards prior to the finish. Riding a streak of 3 consecutive first round knockouts, Brunson will be looking to add Uriah Hall’s name to that streak on September 17th.

4.)   September 23rd, Invicta FC 19 – Tiffany van Soest vs Kalyn Schwartz

When it was announced in April that Muay Thai sensation Tiffany “Time Bomb” van Soest had signed with Invicta FC and would make the transition to MMA, it got fans excited, and for good reason. Van Soest is one of the world’s elite in Muay Thai and, at just 27, she is young enough to forge a strong career in MMA. Few strawweights can boast the striking credentials of van Soest, and that makes her a nightmare opponent for most in the division. While Invicta FC 19 will be headlined by a flyweight title fight, for many, van Soest will be the main reason they tune in on September 23rd. Her opponent will be Kalyn Schwartz, who will also be making her professional MMA debut. While not as well-known as van Soest, Schwartz has forged an amateur MMA record of 6-0, with three titles in three different promotions to her name. “.50 Kal” is a U.S Marine Corps veteran who will see this fight as a massive opportunity for her to get a big name win in her first ever professional bout. Should she manage to do so, Schwartz will have immediately made a name for herself in the Invicta FC strawweight division.

5.)   September 24th, UFC Fight Night 95 – Cris Cyborg vs Lina Lansberg

Cris Cyborg is another fighter who is always on the list of “must watch” individuals. The Brazilian has finished each and every one of her opponents by knockout or TKO since 2009, including a first round knockout of Leslie Smith in her UFC debut at UFC 198 in May. The Invicta FC featherweight champion will once again be competing in the UFC at a catchweight of 140 pounds when she faces Lina Lansberg in Brazil and is the heavy favourite going into the fight. However, in Lansberg, she faces an opponent who is a more than accomplished Muay Thai practitioner who is extremely confident in her ability to out strike Cyborg. Holding a 6-1 professional record with her only loss coming in her professional debut to Pannie Kianzad, Lansberg has earned the nickname “Elbow Princess” due to her fondness for, and prowess in using, elbows in the clinch to hurt and cut up her opponents. Should she defeat the most dominant force women’s MMA has ever seen in Cris Cyborg, it would be one of the biggest upsets in the sport’s history. However, especially in recent MMA history, we have seen that these huge upsets happen. Whatever way the fight goes, it promises to be an entertaining affair for the main event of UFC Fight Night 95.

So there we have it, five MMA fights not to miss in August. Do you agree with the list? Is there any other fight in particular you are looking forward to this month? Get in touch and let us know on Twitter @MMALatestNws.

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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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