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The 3Arena is like a second for BAMMA at this stage as the promotion return to the venue for the 5th time. After stepping into the Irish market back at BAMMA 22 the promotion quickly realised that there is money to be made and fantastic fight cards to be held in the Emerald Isle.

This Friday will be no different as they have one hell of a card in stock for fight fans. With the Bantamweight world title up for grabs to end the show following the inauguration of the Lonsdale Flyweight title two fights prior, it is safe to say we are in for an action-packed show from start to finish.

The large SBG presence

Without fail every time BAMMA comes to Ireland there is a large presence of SBG fighters on the card from the bottom up. This time round Ben Forsyth, Blaine O’Driscoll, Kiefer Crosbie, Dylan Logan, Richie Smullen, Richard Kiely, Niklas Stolze, Steve Owens, Ion Pascu, Ryan Curtis and Philip Mulpeter will be proudly representing SBG in the 3Arena.

Flyweight prospect Ryan Curtis is amongst the big names on the card as he looks to take home the gold in his fight with Spaniard Daniel Barez. Prior to that main card opener, European IMMAF 2015 Light Heavyweight gold medallist Ben Forsyth looks to get back to winning ways in his hometown. Richie Smullen will be topping off the Main Card in what is my tip to be the fight of the night when he takes on former Lonsdale Lightweight Champion Rhys McKee in a No.1 Contenders Bout.

Return of “C4”

In the Co-Main Event of the evening, Rob “C4” Sinclair returns to BAMMA once again. The Burnley man has never disappointed when fighting under the BAMMA banner, going undefeated in the promotion during his spells there where he picked up the Lightweight title along the way. Not only did he win all of his BAMMA bouts to date, he lived up to his nickname by finishing all but one of them bouts with his explosive punches.

Across from him will be Dublin’s own, Paul Redmond. Fighting out of Team Ryano, UFC veteran ‘Redser’ is coming off a tight loss to Norman Parke for the BAMMA lightweight strap. He comes into this fight in front of his home crowd determined to leave a mark on the division in hope of bouncing back into title contention.

Battle of the Bantamweights

This is the Bantamweight battle BAMMA fans have been eager to see for a long time now. Both of these men have been at the top of their respected division for years now, however, have failed to meet until now. Former World Champion Shay Walsh makes his first trip over to Dublin as he lines up in the Main Event against Alan Philpott, who has fought here in BAMMA’s last 4 events held in Ireland.

Shay Walsh won the World title belt back at BAMMA 23 but failed to defend it against Tom Duquesnoy at BAMMA 25. Since then he has bounced back to winning ways, winning two on the trot. This fight with Philpott is one of his toughest fights in recent times, a win here could bring big things for the Englishman.

After taking a little break, Alan Philpott is back. Having sat out the BAMMA Belfast event he eyes that World title again after falling short to no other than Tom Duquesnoy in his last outing at BAMMA 27. Philpott is one of the most well-rounded fighters in the division and loves to put on fast-paced entertaining fights, similar to his opponent, it is without a doubt this will be a cracking fight.

The BAMMA 30 full fight card is as follows:

Shay Walsh vs. Alan Philpott
Rob Sinclair vs. Paul Redmond
Fabian Edwards vs. Aaron Kennedy
Ryan Curtis vs. Daniel Barez
Richie Smullen vs. Rhys McKee
Ion Pascu vs. Henry Fadipe
Philip Mulpeter vs. Ilkin Gasimov
Richard Kiely vs. Daniel Olejniczak
Kiefer Crosbie vs. Dariusz Świerkosz
Ben Forsyth vs. Matt Clempner
Decky Dalton vs. Mick Brennan
Dylan Logan vs. Arann Maguire
Steve Owens vs. M. Gierszewski
Blaine O’Driscoll vs. Harry Hardwick
Niklas Stolze vs. Chris Stringer

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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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