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Alan Philpott Ready To Punish Desperate Aaron Blackwell At BAMMA 26

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Lonsdale Bantamweight Champion Alan ‘The Apprentice’ Philpott (15-7) returns to the 3 Arena this Saturday night to defend his newly won title for the first time.

Having gone 4-1 in his last 5 fights, Philpott has recently refocused on his fight career and has seen immediate results in his performances. Speaking with Bryan Lacey of MMA Latest earlier this week, Philpott attributed his recent success down to his training.

“I don’t like to train in camps anymore–fighters should be training all year round,” Philpott said. “It makes no sense, getting in shape, having the fight, taking a few weeks off, and then getting out of shape. It’s always ten times harder to get back into it.

“Things just weren’t working out at home and lot of things happened, but I got my head screwed back on and got this opportunity in Liverpool and now I’m here. There’s nothing else to do other that train, eat, chill, sleep and train. That’s the difference for me this time around.”

“I had too many distractions back home. I’ve taken myself out of my comfort zone and I needed it. These guys get the best out of me each day. It’s a good solid squad I’ve got now. I’ve got my boys back home and I got my boys here [in Liverpool].”

Philpott will defend his title against Aaron ‘Smackwell’ Blackwell (15-9-1) who fights out of Morden, London.

Blackwell is Undefeated in 6 years and on a 7 fight winning streak that includes names such as Mike Cutting, Kris Edwards, and Adam Venture. Blackwell has been knocking on the door of a title fight for a while now and has been shy of saying a word or two since the fight was announced.

“It’s not stirring the pot at all–it’s desperation,” Philpott said. “He’s been in the sport since 2003 and no one knows who he is. As soon as he gets matched against me, people suddenly know who he is. It gives me a little bit of confidence and a bit of recognition and you can’t take that away from him.

“But, the things he says are just stupid. People are laughing at him not with him. People I know and people I train with are just saying he’s pathetic and that he thinks he’s this big thing that he’s not. It’s clear as day–he’s saying that people like Tom Duquesnoy and Shay Walsh are no good, but these are the top boys in Europe–It’s just stupid to even say that. It’s embarassing for him.

“I’m up for smack talk, but he’s just disrespectful, cheeky and he’s just pathetic. Let him have a bit of the limelight and a bit of attention. It’d be pretty depressing if he didn’t after all of these years of trying and not coming out on top.”

While Philpott has been happy to let Blackwell talk, one of the comments he made about him being ‘mentally slow’ has tipped him over the edge. The Lonsdale bantamweight champion is now promising to make him pay for his words on Saturday night.

“Nothing will ever get me–anything anybody ever says, emotions don’t get me,” Philpott said. “If there’s a game I can’t be broken in it’s in the head. What he has done though is given me extra motivation. For me, personal issues you don’t cross the line and he did. Once you cross that line there’s no going back. I have no respect for him now and I will have no respect for him after.

“I’m so excited to just get in there and fight. Before I’ve been worried about whether I’d win, but now all I’m focused on his him. I’ve said it before, I keep getting better and better. I’m on a professional level now.”

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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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