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On Saturday, the 25th of April BAMMA returns to action at the Barclaycard Arena in Birmingham. With such a great card in store, we are surely in for an action packed night.

This event will be historical for BAMMA as they debut on Spike TV UK. The event will be aired globally giving BAMMA more worldwide recognition. Former World Heavyweight Boxing Champion David Haye will also join the presenting team.

Chris Miah vs Daniel Barez (Flyweight bout)

This card has had taken an unfortunate turn this past week with the news of a 3 title fights card being reduced to 2 title fights. The bout between Rany Saadeh and Chris Miah was scheduled to be for the BAMMA flyweight title however, current champion Saadeh contracted a virus and was told by doctors that they could not clear him to fight. Miah is now scheduled to fight Spaniard Daniel Barez, who stepped in on short notice to make his BAMMA debut.

Chris “Night” Miah was last featured on a BAMMA card back at BAMMA 18, where he defeated Mick Gerrard in impressive fashion via a 2nd round KO. The victory earned a title opportunity, which is now on hold. He now has a new obstacle in front of him in Daniel Barez. An undefeated Miah (6-0) will be looking to finish this fight early and prove he is the true number 1 contender for the BAMMA flyweight title.

Daniel Barez is entering this fight as the underdog after taking this fight on short notice to make his BAMMA debut. Barez holds a record of 4-2 in the cage fighting in various promotions such as Mix Fight Events and Cage. With all his wins coming from finishes, split evenly between submissions and KOs, this could be an early night for him as he goes to war inside the cage looking to make his mark in BAMMA.

Ed Arthur vs Alan Philpott (BAMMA World Bantamweight Title Fight).

Ed Arthur and Alan Philpott battle in the first title fight of the evening. These are two of the brightest lights in European MMA and will look to make their mark in this fight.

Ed Arthur is undefeated at 5-0 and has previously fought in BAMMA on 3 occasions defeating Ben Rees, Nathaniel Wood and Mike Cutting. Arthur superbly finished all 3 opponents in BAMMA also with who he has defeated makes it all the more impressive. He is known for having controlled aggression in the cage whilst holding a somewhat unique style which no one has seemed to handle as of yet. Ed looks to use this against Philpott and finish him, racking up another win.

The experienced Alan Philpott (13-6) enters this fight on a three-fight win streak. He hails from Northern Ireland, notably fighting in promotions such as Cage Contender and Cage Warriors in the past. His BAMMA debut sees him fight for the title, although he is no stranger to championships, as he recently won the title over at Akuma Fighting Championships defeating Josh McErlean. Philpott has an excellent ground game which earned him half  of his victories. He will certainly look to utilize this strong aspect of his arsenal and take home the gold.

Colin Fletcher vs. Andre Winner (Lightweight Bout)

In the Co-Main Event of the evening, we see two UK MMA vets faceoff in a lightweight fight. This hyped up fight will be exciting for everyone.

Colin “Freakshow” Fletcher is one of the most interesting fighters around as he likes to portray himself as a clown and has walked out as a “scary MMA clown” in some fights. Fletcher is also known for making it to the TUF:Smashes Finale falling short to current UFC fighter Norman Parke, during Fletcher’s brief two-fight spell in the UFC, he picked up two losses but went on to return to BAMMA and fight four times winning three of those. Currently on a two-fight win streak and record of 11-4 with 7 submission victories, he seeks a title fight at BAMMA with Andre Winner in his way.

Andre Winner is also a UFC vet. He fought in the season 9 of The Ultimate Fighter, losing to current UFC fighter Ross Pearson in the Final. He fought 6 times in the UFC and was only victorious on 2 occasions before being dropped. The Canadian previously fought Rob Sinclair for the title back at BAMMA 10 losing via split decision, so he is back at BAMMA in search of success. With lots of experience behind him in his 19-8-2 record, he went the distance in 12 of his wins and may look to pick Fletcher apart to pick up a decision win.

Brett McDermott vs Marcin Lazarz (BAMMA World Light Heavyweight Title fight)

In the Main Event of the evening, Brett McDermott and Marcin Lazarz go to war for the vacant BAMMA World Light Heavyweight Title.

Brett McDermott (4-1) made his debut back at BAMMA 12, losing his first ever fight. Since that loss, he has gone on to win four fights in a row, three of those wins under other promotions before returning to BAMMA. At BAMMA 17 he knocked out Oli Thompson within 2 minutes of the 1st round. His impressive comeback to BAMMA earned him a title shot. Brett won’t want this opportunity to go to waste as he looks to become this champ. His explosive style will support him in his quest for the title.

Marcin Lazarz enters the cage under the BAMMA banner for the third time with a record of 7-1, with his only loss coming from Max Nunes at BAMMA 12. He is on a two-fight win streak since then and looks to further it against McDermott. Lazarz is a well-rounded fighter and is fighting in his biggest fight to date. Could we see a big win for him or a big defeat? Regardless, this fight will be an entertaining fight and is certainly one to watch.

Also scheduled are the following:
Regis Sugden vs. Ant Philips
Jefferson George vs. Rick Selvarajah
Jack Grant vs. Warren Kee
Harry Marple vs. Chris Astley
Chase Morton vs. Wayne Drake
Aiden Lee vs. Adam Jahovic
Oliver Paske vs. Arthur Jakub

For viewing information see http://www.bamma.com/

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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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