This Friday BAMMA and Bellator team up to host BAMMA 27 / Bellator 169 in the 3Arena, Dublin. This is BAMMA’s 4th time in the emerald isle and only the first time coming here consecutively, Bellator, on the other hand, are making their Ireland debut this Friday. Each event BAMMA have been involved in over in Ireland so far has been an incredible success and this is looking like it could top the rest so far as both promotions have scheduled some incredible fights for this absolutely stacked card. Bellator was last in Europe when they went to London in the UK to host a fun-filled card that put some of the UK’s finest talent on show. Now they come to Ireland where they hope to draw an even bigger European fan base with the help of fan favourite James Gallagher, Sinead Kavanagh and Brian Moore.
In the co-main event of BAMMA’s section of the card, we get to see Dublin’s own Chris ‘The housewives choice’ Fields take on Andy Clamp for the Vacant BAMMA Light Heavyweight Championship.
Chris Fields has waited patiently for his title fight and will hopefully not have it taken away this time when he meets Clamp. Fields was previously scheduled to fight for the title back at BAMMA 26 against Scotsman Paul Craig, however, was left disappointed when his opponent was forced to pull out due to injury. This time all is looking well for Fields who is making only his second appearance at 205, Fields moved up in his last fight at BAMMA 24 where he looked like a reignited fighter, picking up a big win in his Light Heavyweight debut that put instantly put him into title contention.
Clamp will be hoping to cause a big upset and get the victory over hometown favourite, Fields and pick himself up the title mean time. This fight will be Clamp’s BAMMA debut, his call up to fight for the title was prompted following his success in ICE FC where he has spent all of his professional careers until this point. During his time there he dominated the entire division to earn himself the title, however, in his last bout, his title defence was declared a no contest. Now he has his chance to win the second title of his career but it won’t come easy as a title hungry Fields awaits him this Friday.
BAMMA’s first ever two division world champion Tom Duquesnoy is possibly the hottest prospect around at the moment and it may only be a matter of time until the UFC come calling for the French superstar who has been worldwide sensation until this point. Duquesnoy made his debut at Bantamweight against Damien Rooney where he made quick work of the Irishman, defeating him in the first round of the fight. Following his victory over Rooney, he earned himself a crack at the title which he took in a superb fashion becoming BAMMA’s first ever dual-division champion.
Alan Philpott has quickly become one of BAMMA’s brightest stars as of late winning his last 3 under the promotion all either for or defending the 135lb Lonsdale Belt and in Ireland. His success and exciting fight style have earned him a scrap against one of the best fighters around in Duquesnoy. Philpott will be hoping for more of an exciting bout that he’s used to this time out after Blackwell refused to engage back at BAMMA 26 something that evidently frustrated Philpott. Now he will get his desired fight against arguably his toughest opponent to date when he meets Duquesnoy this Friday at BAMMA 27.
On the Bellator half of the card, Muhammed Lawal aka ‘King Mo’ and Satoshi Ishii go to war in Main Event of Bellator’s first ever event in Ireland. King Mo was on top form until his last fight when he lost to Phil Davis in a Light Heavyweight title eliminator fight. Prior to his loss, he was on a 7 fight win streak, 3 of which were in the 2 days RIZIN World Grand Prix that Lawal won in impressive fashion finishing two of the 3 bouts via TKO.
Across from him on Friday will be Olympic Gold Medalist Satoshi Ishii who has had a rough time in his last 2 fights. Firstly, getting knocked out in the opening round of the RIZIN World Grand Prix to eventual finalist Jiri Prochazka, in what was a huge upset loss for him. This was followed up by losing a very tight split decision against Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson back at Bellator 157. Now he hopes his luck has turned when he steps in with King Mo in a Heavyweight bout.
In the Bellator co-main event of the evening, Irish sensation James Gallagher takes on Anthony Taylor in what in many Irish fans eyes is the Main Event for them. In the build up to this fight, both men have been throwing comments back and forth with the tensions rising high. Now they finally get to put the words to the side and let the action do the talking in this highly anticipated matchup.
Gallagher has been in flying form so far in his career going undefeated. His last fight saw him debut under the Bellator banner when he picked up a decision victory against Mike Cutting. Gallagher was originally booked to have his second bout in Bellator on the 164 card, however, was rebooked as soon as this card was announced. He now gets the opportunity to fight in front of a home crowd again in the 3Arena, something he last got to do at BAMMA 24, just not as high up the card.
His opponent Anthony Taylor is relatively unknown to fans despite appearing in Bellator on two previous occasions. Despite losing his professional debut, he bounced back in impressive fashion by knocking out Victor Jones in only 27 seconds, this was enough to give him the big step up to fight Gallagher in the co-main event of this card. This fight is expected to be a cracker and will hopefully not disappoint.
You can still purchase the few remaining tickets for the show on Ticketmaster:
The full card for the event is as follows:
James Gallagher vs. Anthony Taylor
Daniel Weichel vs. Brian Moore
Sinead Kavanagh vs. Elina Kallionidou
Chris Fields vs. Andy Clamp
Rhys McKee vs. Jai Herbert
Nathan Jones vs. Walter Gahadza
Kiefer Crosbie vs. Conor Riordan
Ian Cleary vs. Andrew Lofthouse
Terry Brazier vs. Niklas Stolze
Blaine O’Driscoll vs. Neil Ward
Keith McCabe vs. Richard Kiely
Cameron Else vs. Dylan Tuke
Rany Saadeh pleased with the opportunities ACB brings, promises a finish in his debut on Saturday
The BAMMA Flyweight belt was ruled for years by none other than Rany Saadeh, During his reign as champion he successfully defended the belt on two occasions. His dominance over the division saw him go undefeated in BAMMA and without a loss since 2012. Following the expiration of his contract, Rany vacated his BAMMA belt to explore new challenges.
He has now signed with ACB and is set to make his debut in only a matter of days at ACB 74 in Austria where he will take on Darren Mima. In a recent catch up with Rany, he explained his reasoning behind joining ACB and his goals in the promotion.
“ACB is the fastest growing organization in MMA. They’ve promised me an active career with events all over the world and a tempting bonus structure. It was just what I was looking for. I’ve looked into the competition and I can honestly say that the competition at flyweight is just as good, if not even better than in the UFC. Being the ACB title holder would make me a legit world champion.”
Ahead of his bout with Mima, we are set to see some new stuff from Saadeh as he claims to have changed up his style after a solid camp for this fight, guaranteeing us a surprise.
“I didn’t need to change anything for him but my style changed in general since my last fight. I’ve had an excellent camp with high-level training partners and coaches. I’m very grateful for my coaches who have put hours of private work into me this year. Especially with my new boxing coach Luciano Robledo, I can guarantee a surprise.”
The confidence is evident as he tells me how he sees the fight going. Promising his well-rounded arsenal of both strikes and grappling are worthy of bonuses, something he’d be very keen on considering the set-up in ACB.
“I will not just completely dominate but also finish.” He began, “I can imagine this fight being a wild brawl and dropping my opponent. Also on the ground, I have some slick submissions that are bonus-worthy.”
Having been successful in BAMMA, Rany is striving for more glory as plans on taking home the ACB title becoming the first Western European to do so.
“Of course!” he says with determination in his voice, “I’m coming into ACB as a world champion and the #1 ranked flyweight in Western Europe. After winning this fight, the title fight is right there”
It’s now been over a year since we’ve seen, “Prince” enter the cage. A decision voluntarily made by the German as he adjusted his game.
“It was mid last year when I had started to adjust my game. These changes take time and as the wished competition wasn’t there, I decided to take some time off fighting to prepare for a bigger challenge.”
Now having departed ways with BAMMA, the British promotion now has a new champion in Daniel Barez. Unfortunately for Rany, his reasons for leaving was the lack of competition has beaten everyone put in front of him with money being an issue that stepped in the way too. Despite any negativity derived from his departure, he does not rule out a return to the promotion where he was once Flyweight king.
“The competition in Europe just got very thin. With five fights in BAMMA, I somehow wasn’t very impressed with the opportunities left. Neither I got the fights, nor the purse that I needed to take my career further. After two title defenses, it felt like I was standing still which isn’t just BAMMA’s fault. Altogether, they are a great promotion and I wouldn’t exclude a return.”
When the UFC announced they would have the best flyweights from around the world enter the TUF house with a shot at the belt going to the winner. Many would have thought Rany Saadeh would have been up there. The season had champions from all over the world but no one from BAMMA, something strange considering the number of champions they signed in the past year from the promotion.
In an unfortunate circumstance for Saadeh, it was not his fault he wasn’t in the house as the UFC did come knocking but BAMMA just weren’t letting their champ go. Despite this situation, there is no bad blood anymore as Saadeh has moved on with things now.
“The UFC was definitely interested in putting me on the show and it is not true that BAMMA wasn’t asked. They were asked but didn’t want to be part of it. Without their permission, I wasn’t able to take part in the TUF. But I’m not mad at that anymore, I feel like it will make better opportunities possible.”
Having missed out on a possible UFC opportunity before, it isn’t on his mind anymore as he remains pleased with his life and is mainly looking to support his family in the future.
“I really don’t care, I’m set for the next few fights. All I want now is a decent living from fighting and provide for my family in the near future. ACB is not just giving me the chance to reach that goal but also giving me the challenges that I need. So far, I’m a very happy person”
Today’s MMA news round-up
Today has been a pretty busy day when it comes to MMA news. We’ve had it all today from new champions to commissioners being slapped to fighters being flagged by USADA. It’s been hectic to say the least so here are the highlights of today’s news.
1. Conor McGregor causes havoc at Bellator 187
Yes, that’s correct, Conor McGregor at Bellator. Following the win of his teammate and friend Charlie Ward at Bellator 187 the UFC Lightweight Champion entered the cage to celebrate with Ward, however, their celebrations did not go to plan. Referee Marc Goddard wasn’t pleased with this in the slightest and tried get McGregor out. This didn’t go down too well as McGregor confronted the referee who initially pushed him. See the video here:
— Bellator MMA (@BellatorMMA) November 10, 2017
This unfortunately was not the only incident as Conor appeared to slap an official who tried to get him off the top of the cage.
Credit to @BryanLaceyMMA for this one
— Bryan Lacey (@BryanLaceyMMA) November 10, 2017
2. Bellator to hold 8 Man Grand Prix for Vacant Heavyweight Championship
Earlier today it was confirmed by MMA Fighting that Bellator would crown a new Heavyweight champions following a report from MMA Junkie. There is no official dates yet, however, they do hope to start on January 20th and crown a new champion by the end of the year. There are some big names bidding to become the new champion, they are:
King Mo Lawal
3. Anderson Silva flagged by USADA for potential doping violation, out of UFC Shanghai Main Event
Former UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva failed a USADA doping test and was pulled from the UFC Shanghai Main Event. The sample was collected from an out of competition test on October 26th. This is now his second time failing a doping test. Last time he was hit with a one year suspension and a heavy fine. No more information on the matter has been made available yet in relation to suspension.
4. UFC newcomer Grant Dawson also flagged by USADA for potential doping violation
USADA had a field day today in terms of fighters testing positive for doping. Grant Dawson, who has yet to even get a date for his debut was flagged for a sample collected on October 18th. The 23 year old was signed after impressing on Dana White’s contender series where he scored a second round submission on Adrian Diaz.
5. Martin Nguyen becomes ONE Championship’s first ever two division champion
Featherweight Champion Martin Nguyen stepped up to Lightweight to clash with title holder Eduard Folayang in effort of making history. Many ruled Nguyen out but he silenced all critics when viciously knocked out Folayang to take home another title. See the knockout here:
Credit to @Jolassanda for the video.
Martin Nguyen KOs Eduard Folayang
to become the first 2-division One champion pic.twitter.com/TueUy2Nycc
— Jolassanda (@Jolassanda) November 10, 2017
6. All but one fighter make-weight for UFC Norfolk
Things were running smoothly today at the UFC Norfolk weigh ins until Matthew Lopez stepped up to the scales for his bout with Rafael Assuncao. He weighed in 2.5lbs over for his bout. The fight will go ahead, however, Lopez will lose 20% of his purse. Both Pettis and Poirier successfully made weight for their Main Event fight tomorrow night.
7. One new BAMMA champion while Lahore defends his belt in style
Despite some streaming troubles for the first two fights, BAMMA finally got one up in time for fans to see the final 3 fights. In the World Flyweight Title fight, Andy “Taz” Young fell lost his belt to Spaniard Daniel Barez via Majority Decision, After being docked a point in the opening round Barez came back strong to take home the World Title.
In the Main Event of the evening then, the anticipated match up between Alex Lahore and Richard Kiely went down. There was a lot of hype surrounding this one in the build up to the fight but it went as planned for Lahore. The champion pressured for a takedown in the first until finally succeeding, following some work on the mat it looked as if Kiely was about to gain some advantage on top. Only for Lahore to lock in a Kneebar and finish off the fight retaining his belt.
— BAMMA (@BAMMA) November 10, 2017
8. Cage Warriors 89 gets a shake up
The Cage Warriors Belgium card had an incredible addition today as they announced via newsletter that Karl Amoussou will defend his belt against Dominique Steele in the Main Event. The fight for the Vacant Heavyweight Championship was then demoted to co-main with a change in opponents for Mauro Cerilli. Dutchman Nills van Noord stepped up to face the Italian after Light Heavyweight Champion Karl Moore was forced off the card due to injury. This dampened his hopes of becoming the first Cage Warriors two division champion since Conor McGregor.
BAMMA 32: Official Results and Live Stream
BAMMA and Bellator returned to the Irish capital of Dublin to host BAMMA 32: Lohore vs Kiely, and Bellator 187: McKee vs Moore.
The BAMMA card will be shown live on UNILAD’s Facebook page, MMA Latest will share the live stream when the link is available. Unfortunately for UK fans, the Bellator 187 card, which takes place prior to BAMMA 32, is not being televised.
BAMMA 32 Official Results:
- Alex Lohore (13-1) vs. Richard Kiely (2-0) – For BAMMA Welterweight Title
- Result: Alex Lahore def. Richard Kiely via 1st-round Submission(Kneebar)
- Andy Young (11-8) vs. Daniel Barez (8-4) – For BAMMA Flyweight Title
- Result: Daniel Barez def. Andy Young via Majority Decision
- David Khalsa (2-0) vs. Dylan Tuke (3-1) – Featherweight Bout
- Result: Dylan Tuke def. David Khalsa via second-round TKO (1:09)
- Blaine O’Driscoll (5-1) vs. Dominique Wooding (3-1) – Bantamweight Bout
- Result: Dominic Wooding def. Blaine O’Driscoll via Third-round KO(1:47)
- Ion Pascu (16-7) vs. Omar Santana (13-4) – Welterweight Bout
- Result: Ion Pascu def. Omar Santana via Unanimous Decision
Bellator 187 Official Results:
- A.J. McKee (9-0) vs. Brian Moore (10-5) – Featherweight Bout
- Result: A.J. McKee def. Brian Moore via submission (rear-naked choke) Round 3 – 4:14
- Sinead Kavanagh (4-2) vs. Maria Casanova (2-4-1) – Catchweight Bout (140lbs)
- Result: Sinead Kavanagh def. Maria Casanova via TKO (strikes) Round One
- Kevin Ferguson Jr. (1-1) vs. Fred Freeman (1-0) – Catchweight Bout (165lbs)
- Result: Kevin Ferguson Jr. def. Fred Freeman via SUB (rear-naked choke) Round One – 1:57
- Charlie Ward (3-3) vs. John Redmond (7-12) – Middleweight Bout
- Result: Charlie Ward def. John Redmond via KO Round One – 4:59
- Sergio de Jesus Santos (4-6) vs. Paul Redmond (13-7) – Lightweight Bout
- Result: Paul Redmond def. Sergio de Jesus Santos via Unanimous Decision (29-27, 29-27, 29-27)
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