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BAMMA 25: Champion vs. Champion Fighter To Watch

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This weekend’s BAMMA 25 is set to be an event full of action from start to finish with a stacked card to please the Birmingham crowd. When a card like this is so full of talent it is hard to choose just one fighter, however, for this card, I personally feel it’s got to be Tom Duquesnoy.

Tom has been on a wrecking train through the BAMMA ranks, defeating anyone they put in his way. He is the reigning BAMMA World Featherweight champion and has recently opted to move down to Bantamweight where he will now compete against Shay Walsh for the coveted Bantamweight strap. In MMA, in general, it is rare you see a fighter hold two belts at different weight classes at the same in such a big promotion that is arguably the best in its continent. Conor McGregor most famously did it back at Cage Warriors and now Frenchman Tom Duquesnoy is on track to do the exact same thing only in BAMMA.

During his time at BAMMA “Firekid” has been undefeated, he started off by picking up a win against James Saville where he impressed enough to earn a title shot against Teddy Violet which was the start of it all really. He then went on to defend twice, his most recent defence against UFC vet Brendan Loughnane in an epic fight which ended in a split decision. Duquesnoy then made his Bantamweight debut back at BAMMA 24 against Damien Rooney, Tom missed weight first time of asking but made it in the end. In his first ever Bantamweight bout he pulled off an upset defeating Rooney in his own backyard in impressive fashion.

Duquesnoy is a unique striker with incredible speed, movement and precision to top it off which he most certainly put on display in his victory over strong Muay Thai based fighter Rooney. Tom is also quite good on the ground making him very well-rounded. His work in JacksonWink is certainly one to note for that anyway as he works with some of the finest fighters and champions in MMA.

This fight for Tom will be tough, it is only his second bout at 135 and is up against a seasoned veteran at that weight in Shay Walsh. It will certainly be an epic fight but a tough one for him at that. Tom has previously stated how he wanted to win the Bantamweight title then fight once more to end him BAMMA contract followed by finally entering the UFC at Bantamweight and taking on whatever they have to offer. The Frenchman is certainly in no rush to get the top as he is still young at 22 giving him plenty of time to achieve his dreams, which are definitely a true possibility as he is probably one of Europe’s next major fighters.

Don’t miss his fight this weekend against Shay Walsh in the Main Event of BAMMA 25 Champion vs. Champions. It will not be one to miss.

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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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