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BAMMA 27 Recap

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The BAMMA 27 section of the shared event with Bellator is now in the books and a what a fight it was. Despite the loss of fights on this, the co-main event, in particular, it was still a fantastic card with some brilliant finishes.
Debutant Success
In the opening few fights, we saw two SBG prospects in Ian Cleary and Richard Kiely make their professional debuts inside the BAMMA cage. Ian Cleary kicked off the night with a unanimous decision victory over Andy Lofthouse. Cleary dominated this fight from the off, taking his opponent down and working between side control and full mount to ease through the rounds. He did not give his opponent a second to breathe whenever the fight got back standing by instantly pushing the pace and hunting for that takedown. The dominant performance by Cleary meant he kicked his professional debut off to a phenomenal start.
Three fights later, fellow SBG fighter Richard Kiely got off to a cracking start by finishing the experienced Team Ryano fighter Keith McCabe in the second round. Kiely came out and pushed the pace straight away landing some great punches before landing a beautiful knee that put his opponent on the mat which was the end of that one.
A long time undefeated record comes to an end
Although the fight between Nathan Jones and Walter Gahadza wasn’t the most entertaining in the world it was a tough one to call. Both men came out looking to get the win, the fight took part on the mat for the majority of the fight and when it was on the feet both men landed some good shots making it a nightmare for the judges to decide a winner. The official decision saw Walter Gahadza’s 16 fight win streak and unblemished record come to a brutal end as Nathan Jones pulled off a massive upset to get the split decision victory

A new Lonsdale Lightweight Champion is crowned

In the co-main event of the evening, we saw a phenomenal finish which crowned Northern Irishman Rhys McKee the new Lonsdale Lightweight Champion. Both men came out pushing the pace looking to finish, for the majority of the round Herbert did not allow McKee a chance to relax putting him under immense pressure. This was until the moment McKee was given the opportunity to relax, he pounced on the opportunity with both hands. ‘Skeletor’ put together a beautiful flurry of punches that put Herbert on his back giving the referee no choice but to stand in. Following the decision being made official former champion Marc Diakiese awarded McKee with the title as a nice touch to the win for McKee.
Duquesnoy continues to dominate
Featherweight and Bantamweight champion Tom Duquesnoy once again put on a fantastic show in what was easily the best fight of the night against Alan Philpott. Philpott is reigning Lonsdale Bantamweight Champion and was challenging Duquesnoy for the world title in the Frenchman’s first defence of the belt. Both fighters came out throwing some bombs looking for the finish in the first, not leaving a second to spare in their pursuit of glory. Following an incredibly tough first round to score the second round saw the fight come to an end after 3 minutes. ‘FireKid’ landed a beautiful knee to the body of Philpott followed by an elbow which was the beginning of the end as Philpott hit the mat. Duquesnoy was raining strikes down on his opponent before finally hooking his arm in and locking in a rear-naked choke to get the win and successfully defend his 135lb strap. It is unknown what Duquesnoy’s next career move is, however, no matter what it is it’s sure to be exciting.
That concludes an epic BAMMA card that was nonstop action from the off. This was BAMMA’s final card of 2016 and what a year it was for the promotion, next stop is Belfast when Paul Redmond takes on Norman Parke in the Main Event of BAMMA 28 in Parke’s own backyard on the 24th of February, it is not one to be missed.
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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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