This weekend BAMMA is back in the Barclay card Arena in Birmingham for a star-studded card when some of Europe’s finest go to war inside the BAMMA cage in what is expected to be a sell-out event. Featuring on the card are some true grudge matches which will surely liven up the crowd prior to the Champion vs. Champion fights that top off the card. Also along with the card, this weekend is the BodyPower Expo event in the NEC and the BAMMA Invitational UKMMAF National Amateur Tournament.
Kane Mousah vs. Marc Diakiese – BAMMA Lonsdale Lightweight Title
The first title fight of the night takes place in the 155-pound division when these two undefeated highly rated prospects finally get to take to the cage and slug it out. It is evident that both men highly dislike each other and with two such exciting fight styles to top it off this is sure to be an all-out war.
Kane Mousah had been asking for this fight for over a year and then his wish was granted when this fight was offered to him. Both men were originally meant to meet at BAMMA 17, however, Mousah had to pull out due to an injury. His return to the cage saw him take on Myles Price at BAMMA 22 in a fight which many thought he lost. Regardless of that, he showed his toughness, superb striking and GnP which he is known for that lead to him gaining a big victory. Now he looks to take the win and steal the title from his bitter rival this weekend in his toughest matchup to date.
This fight will be Diakiese’s first fight since BAMMA 22 in his ever so impressive title 24-second defence, where he handed Selvarajah his first professional loss. Diakiese is a very quick exciting fighter that likes to mix things up and keep his opponent guessing. He will be looking to do just this against Mousah on Saturday and possibly repeat what happened in his last fight. This fight is not to be missed and could possibly a FOTN or even FOTY contender.
Colin Fletcher vs. Walter Gahadza – Welterweight bout
The BAMMA welterweight division is one that is seemingly neglected, having no World or Lonsdale champ whatsoever for quite some time now. However, these men may look to change that as both are arguably some of the divisions finest throughout all of Europe and definitely some of BAMMA’s most exciting and well-known fighters.
UFC veteran and TUF: Smashes finalist Colin Fletcher is one of the most interesting fighters around that is renowned for wearing his infamous clown mask during his walk out. Fletcher is only after recently returning to the Welterweight division following a long-term spell at Lightweight where he has spent most of his professional career. Fletcher is known for his prowess on the ground and his submission game while also being incredibly strong in the clinch. A win here will continue his positive start at Welterweight and may lead to a shot at the vacant title.
Undefeated Walter Gahadza is one of Europe’s most under the radar Welterweights that has been smashing guys for years and now finally gets to make his highly anticipated debut. He is very well rounded and capable of finishing the fight anywhere, this will be a real tough test for him but a win here will put him up there with some of the division’s elite and put him in with a shout at the title too.
Mark Godbeer vs. Stuart Austin – BAMMA World Heavyweight Title
In the first of our Champion vs. Champion matches the BAMMA heavyweight title is on the line in a fight that will determine who is the king of the Heavyweights in the promotion.
Godbeer hasn’t had the best of luck as of late having to pull out of his last bout as well as the RIZIN tournament due to injuries. However, the heavy hitter’s luck is about to reverse as he looks to successfully defend his title before he re-enters the Bellator cage and takes centre stage at Bellator London against James Mulheron.
Austin is on a roll in BAMMA at the moment with two successful wins, picking up the Lonsdale title in the mixed. His impressive performances in his last two fights which saw him boast both a submission and TKO victory has led to one of his biggest opportunities to date when he gets the chance to spoil the champs return from injury.
Martin Stapleton vs. Damien Lapilus – BAMMA World Lightweight Title
In this fight, we return to the 155 division only this time with the BAMMA Lightweight title up for grabs when both men go head to head.
Champion Martin Stapleton will defend his title for the first time this weekend against one of the top upcoming French fighters in Lapilus. He previously competed in season 9 of The Ultimate fighter followed by an unsuccessful spell at Bellator. Since his last loss at Bellator, he has won for on the trot easing past his opponents finishing each fight, splitting the victories evenly between TKO and submission. He will be looking to continue this form and finish the Frenchman this weekend in order to retain his coveted title.
It only took the highly rated Lapilus 1 fight under the BAMMA banner to get himself a crack at the title. His upset victory over Wolfslair product Jack McGann proved acceptable in BAMMA eyes to then take on Stapleton. Lapilus will now be aiming to continue the success of the French under the promotion then ultimately aim towards joining his brother in the UFC by getting himself a call-up.
Tom Duquesnoy vs. Shay Walsh – BAMMA World Bantamweight Title
In the Main event of the evening, we’ve got one of the most highly anticipated BAMMA bouts to date when the Featherweight Champion moves down a weight class to meet the Bantamweight champion in his effort to become a dual-division champion.
Tom Duquesnoy is arguably the best fighter in Europe at the moment after recently picking up victories against highly prolific fighters such as Brendan Loughnane and Damien Rooney. The Frenchman dominated the Feathweight division then opted to move down a division in an effort to take the title there before looking to depart off to the UFC if the opportunity arises. Which it most likely will with a win. Duquesnoy is an exhilarating fighter to watch with world class striking with speed and movement to top it off, he is also quite nifty on the mat too, however, does rather to keep it standing. He will surely look to repeat his performance in his Bantamweight debut here and take home the gold back to his home country with him.
Across from him then will be reigning Bantamweight champion Shay Walsh who ever since joining BAMMA has dominated everyone in his path with very little competition, his most recent coming against Ed Arthur at BAMMA 23. The champ is quite well-rounded, although his work at Tiger Muay Thai has certainly seen him evolve in the striking department quite a bit. Now in his toughest fight to date, he looks to defend his belt successfully and cement his name at the top of the Bantamweight division throughout Europe. This fight is another one not to miss and will be an extraordinary way to top off the card as well as a great weekend.
The remainder of the card is as follows (Bottom to top format):
Lightweight – Jai Herbert vs. Tony Morgan
Featherweight – Dean Trueman vs. Huseyin Garabet
Welterweight – Terry Brazier vs. Issey Francis Buangala
Lightweight – Rick Selvarajah vs. Oliver Coyne
Heavyweight – Tom Aspinall vs. Lukasz Parobiec
Lightweight – Chris Bungard vs. Xavier Sedras
Featherweight – Mike Grundy vs. Marley Swindells
Lightweight – Tim Wilde vs. Christian Holley
Light Heavyweight – Brett McDermott vs. Jamie Sloan
Bantamweight – Ed Arthur vs. Cameron Else
Middleweight – Matt Hallam vs. Alexander Bergman
Featherweight – Ronnie Mann vs. Graham Turner
Exclusive: Alex Lohore “Didn’t Know” Who Richard Kiely Was Before BAMMA 32 Booking
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.
— BAMMA (@BAMMA) September 15, 2017
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.
Opponent announced in the next few weeks
The team has asked Bamma for an opponent with pro wins
— Aaron Chalmers (@AaronCGShore) October 6, 2017
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.
BAMMA 31: Alex Lohore Knocks Out Nathan Jones with a Knee
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.
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.
— MMA Latest (@MMALatestNws) September 15, 2017
Official Result: Alex Lohore def. Nathan Jones via KO (Knee) Round One 4:13
BAMMA 31: Aaron Chalmers Wins by Knockout in 30 Seconds
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.
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.
— MMA Latest (@MMALatestNws) September 15, 2017
Official Result: Aaron Chalmers def. Alex Thompson via KO (Uppercut) Round One: 0:30
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