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BAMMA 27 / Bellator 169 Preview & full card line up



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.

In the Main Event of the BAMMA card Tom Duquesnoy return to Ireland for his first title defence at Bantamweight in a champion vs. champion fight against Alan Philpott who has been in superb form as of late.

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.

Bellator 169


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:


Bellator 169:

Muhammed Lawal  vs.  Satoshi Ishii
James Gallagher  vs.  Anthony Taylor
Daniel Weichel  vs.  Brian Moore
Sinead Kavanagh  vs.  Elina Kallionidou


Tom Duquesnoy  vs.  Alan Philpott
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
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Exclusive: Alex Lohore “Didn’t Know” Who Richard Kiely Was Before BAMMA 32 Booking

Harry Davies



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 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

Harry Davies



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

Harry Davies



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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