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The Backstory: Kane Mousah vs. Marc Diakiese

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Kane Mousah and Marc Diakiese have been at each other’s throats over social media and interviews for over a year and this weekend all the smack talk comes to an end as both men will be enclosed inside a cage together with only a pair of 4oz gloves on and a gum shield in each. In many promotions around the world certain stand out top class fighters get somewhat spoon-fed opponents or ‘bums’ in order to path their star to the top without trouble. This, however, is not the case in BAMMA as they put two of their biggest stars against each other making one of the most highly anticipated fights in current UK MMA happen.

But where did this rivalry between both men actually come from? What makes it such a big fight?

Well, it all dates back to over a year ago when both men were set to meet at BAMMA 17, both, similar to now, were undefeated prospects just not as well-known back then as they are now. Since then they have both built a bigger fan base and have made a name for themselves as two of the UK’s best Lightweights. Anyway, unfortunately back at BAMMA 17, Mousah was forced to pull out due to injury which kept him out for quite some time until BAMMA 22 to be precise. Diakiese was given a new opponent which he then defeated and went on to fight and win the title.

Despite being out due to injury, Mousah took to twitter after the news of his injury broke to warn Diakiese he will be back and will be coming for him in the future.

Meanwhile, as Mousah sat out with an injury then awaiting news he could finally return, Diakiese was after going on to win the BAMMA Lonsdale title and successfully defending it. Away from the cage then both men were still back and forth on social media stirring the tension between them more and more. Although at one point Diakiese stated he had no interest in a fight with Mousah, Kane continued to fire shots on twitter which undoubtedly caught the attention of Diakiese.

Fast forward to September 2015 then and after numerous social media mentions, call outs, knockout promises etc… The real talk of a potential fight between them started happening as both men were set to fight on the same BAMMA 22 card in Ireland, prior to the fight Mousah stated in an interview that if he won at BAMMA 22 the fight with Marc “Needs to happen”.

Post fight then and after both men successful in gaining a big victory, Mousah’s a controversial decision alas a win is a win, they both had their say on the potential fight. Mousah stating “Marc Diakiese is the fight we want next” letting the champ know he wants him. However, the champ wasn’t so keen on the idea at the time stating how he only wanted “good fights” and that “Kane Mousah shouldn’t be fighting for a title”.

Following the event then both men went at it on twitter once again. The tension was clearly building as both men were adding fuel to the fire at every opportunity, fight fans watched on at every opportunity as it was evident both men weren’t on the best of terms and the rivalry was real now that both men were active and winning.

Onward to January 14th of this year an announcement came that put all eyes on BAMMA when they came out and reported that pen was to paper and both men will face each other at BAMMA 25.

Following the announcement Marc Diakiese was in attendance at BAMMA 24 where he made it clear in an interview that he didn’t dislike Kane and believed the feeling was mutual. Although did go on to say “There’s no way I can see him dominating anywhere” and “[Kane Mousah]is my easiest fight”.

March 11th then once again in an interview, Kane explained how it is not personal that he respects his opponent and that it is a fight that everyone wanted to see. He also went on to say how he was preserving himself by not fighting that night in order for him “to take the title, win the fight” then also added “I’ll shake his hand afterwards, I’ve got no issue with him”

It was clear from both interviews that there was neither man disliked each other and there was mutual respect, just saw the other as another fight in the way of success. However, from watching their Head To Head Episode on the BAMMA YouTube channel where they had a war of words followed by both men kicking off at the weigh ins, them previous words might mean very little. Now, a day out from the fight things are getting more real and the excitement around both men finally locking horns is here.

After such a long wait for the fans, this fight is finally about to happen. This war between the top UK prospects will not be one to miss and from how things have looked between them on social media and in interviews, it will not disappoint. Tune into BAMMA 25 this weekend and check it out.

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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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