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This weekend BAMMA return to the Barclays Arena, Birmingham with another night stacked with amazing fights. Following the recent successful trip to Ireland for BAMMA 22, this card is set to even top that with 5 title fights scheduled for the night. With some huge fights set for the evening, it is set to be an exciting night for fight fans.

BAMMA Interim Heavyweight Title
Tom Denham Vs. Ruben ‘The Viking’ Wolf

Kicking off the main card, Tom Denham faces Ruben Wolf for the Interim Heavyweight Title. Wolf was initially meant to face current Heavyweight Champion Mark Godbeer, however, due to injury Tom Denham steps up for a crack at the Interim title instead.

Tom Denham (7-7) is making his 5th appearance on BAMMA this weekend, his last fight saw him defeat Ashley Pollard at BAMMA 21 via first round KO. Denham has won 3 out his last 4 with his only loss coming against injured champion Mark Godbeer. A win here will line him up for a chance to avenge his loss. Having never gone the distance in any of his professional bouts he is set to come out looking for the instant win be it by TKO/KO or submission.

The highly anticipated German Ruben ‘The Viking’ Wolf (10-6) is making his BAMMA debut this weekend, skipping the queue and getting a title shot straight away. He is currently one of the most well-known heavyweights around and is riding on a 4 fights win streak coming into this fight. Wolf similar to Denham has also never gone the distance in any of his fights and likes to mix things up in the cage to pick up a win before the final bell. This match-up is certainly not going to disappoint as the heavy hitters will certainly be an exciting start to the night.

BAMMA Flyweight title
Rany Saadeh (c) Vs. Shaj ‘Superman’ Haque

Returning to the cage for his first bout since August 2014, is BAMMA Flyweight Champion Rany Saadeh (6-1) who is appearing in BAMMA for the 4 time. German Saadeh is a high-level striker and has proven so in his past few fights along with his 3 TKO/KO finishes, coming into this fight on a 4 fight win streak he looks to add another win to his record whilst remaining flyweight champion.

Shaj ‘Superman’ Haque (7-1) is making his BAMMA debut this weekend and has been so impressive in his last few matchups he managed to get an instant title shot. He enters this fight with 4 back to back wins with some notable ones he picked up in Cage Warriors against Damien Rooney and Martin McDonough. Having gone the distance in all of his fights to date he has quite the cage experience and will aim to pick off the champ and take home the belt.

BAMMA Light Heavyweight Title
Marcin ‘Bane’ Lazarz (c) Vs. Paul ‘Bearjew’ Craig

Champion Marcin ‘Bane’ Lazarz (8-1) picked up the title back at BAMMA 20 against Brett McDermott by decision in his return to the promotion. His last fight in BAMMA prior to that saw him lose the first fight of his career. However, since then he has comeback with a bang, winning 3 straight and now looking for his 4th. Lazarz is a very a well-rounded fighter with various wins coming by each method. He now makes his first defense of the title against the highly rated Paul Craig.

Undefeated Paul ‘Bearjew’ Craig (7-0) is entering the BAMMA cage for the second time in this fight. The Scotsman proved his toughness and worthiness of a title shot only two months ago in Ireland at BAMMA 22 when he pulled off an upset win against Karl Moore with a guillotine choke. Craig is a submission specialist with 6 submission victories to date and has also only ever gotten out of the 1st round on one occasion. Craig now faces his toughest task yet in Lazarz and looks to continue his unscathed record on Saturday while picking up the title.

BAMMA Bantamweight Title
Ed ‘King’ Arthur (c) Vs. Shay Walsh

For the Co-main event of the evening these two Bantamweights will go to war for the BAMMA title.

This fights sees Ed ‘King’ Arthur (6-0) defend his title for this very first time since his impressive victory back at BAMMA 20 when he defeated Alan Philpott for the title. Only early in his career, Arthur is undefeated and has been outstanding in his performances proving a force at Bantamweight in Europe. With half of his wins coming from a rear-naked choke, he may be hunting for Walsh’s back on Saturday and lock in the choke to get the win.

Since entering the BAMMA cage for the first time Shay Walsh (13-3) has never lost under the promotion with a clean sleet of 3 wins in the BAMMA Bantamweight division. His time in the promotion has certainly been impressive leading to him earning his first crack at the title. Walsh has won the majority of his fights via TKO/KO with 6 to date looking to add another this weekend when he attempts to dethrone the ‘King’.

BAMMA Lightweight Title
Martin ’50 Cal’ Stapleton Vs. Gavin ‘Warhorse’ Sterritt

For the main event of the evening we see the Lightweight title up for grabs as two Bellator veterans look to snatch the coveted BAMMA title.

Martin ’50 Cal’ Stapleton (16-4) is coming into this fight riding on a 3 fight win with his last 2 victories coming under the BAMMA banner. Now in his first fight since BAMMA 19 he looks to become the new champion. During his time at Bellator he was very unsuccessful losing all 3 of his fights before being released by the promotion. Now after finding his feet again he is back on form. Stapleton fights out of SBG Manchester and is a very well rounded fighter with his wins all being quite evenly split up between the three victory methods. He now believes it is his time to be on top and rule the Lightweight division making this fight one of the fights to watch on the night.

Gavin ‘Warhorse’ Sterritt (6-1) will be making his BAMMA debut this weekend and similar to others on the card he is fighting for title on his debut too. Sterritt was forced to pull out of his fight with Brennan Ward in Bellator which cost him his contract despite having two wins out of two in the promotion. His impressive skills during his time at Bellator sure caught the eye of BAMMA which lead to him earning this title shot. Sterritt is a more ground fighter and likes to get a win by way of submission like he has done on 4 occasions to date.

By the looks of the event this is going to be one hell of a night for fights as well as a historical night for BAMMA. The preliminary card will be live on the Lonsdale Facebook page from 7-9pm followed by the Main card which will be live on the BAMMA Facebook page from 9-11pm. The card is as follows:

BAMMA Lightweight Title
Martin ’50 Cal’ Stapleton Vs. Gavin ‘Warhorse’ Sterritt
BAMMA Bantamweight Title
Ed ‘King’ Arthur (c) Vs. Shay Walsh
BAMMA Light Heavyweight Title
Marcin ‘Bane’ Lazarz (c) Vs. Paul ‘Bearjew’ Craig
BAMMA Flyweight title
Rany Saadeh (c) Vs. Shaj ‘Superman’ Haque
BAMMA Interim Heavyweight Title
Tom Denham Vs. Ruben ‘The Viking’ Wolf
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Featherweight Bout
Jeremy ‘Ninja’ Petley Vs. Nad Narimani
Lightweight Bout
Jack ‘The Pilgrim’ McGann Vs. Damien ‘Frankenstien’ Lapilus
Heavyweight Bout
Stuart ‘He-Man’ Austin Vs. Paul ‘Titan’ Taylor
Welterweight Bout
‘Dirty’ Harry Marple Vs. Shane Gunfield
Catchweight Bout (80kgs)
‘Super’ Bill Beaumont Vs. Marcin ‘Mad Boy’ Prostko
Light Heavyweight Bout
Brett ‘The Spartan’ McDermott Vs. Pelu ‘The Nigerian Diamond’ Adetola
Lightweight Bout
Tobias ‘The Development’ Reid Vs. Craig Clarkson
Bantamweight Bout
Nathaniel ‘The Prospect’ Wood Vs. Bryan ‘The Big Bad Wolf’ Creighton
Featherweight Bout
Francisco ‘Croata’ Albano Barrio Vs. Daniel Crawford
Bantamweight Bout
Jay ‘The Red Bull’ Butler Vs. Cameron ‘Killacam’ Else
Lightweight Bout
Ben ‘Bad Man’ Bennett Vs. Jai Herbert

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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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