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BAMMA 30 Review

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BAMMA 30 is in the books and what a night of fights we were treated to. With 10 finishes ranging from Rear Naked Choke’s to a Hendo vs. Bisping style knockout, it was one hell of a card. The large presence of SBG fighters saw the team come away with mixed results. Four of their fighters picked up a win as the others did some learning.

BDK brings home a big win

Kiefer Crosbie came out hunting a victory as the Irish crowd backed him with a massive roar. The fight did not last long at all, Kiefer was in control until he got pushed up against the fence and once he broke the clinch it was all downhill there for his opponent. BDK chased him down as his opponent was on the backfoot, stuffed a takedown and landed lethal elbows forcing the referee to step in and stop the fight.

Fight of the Night ends in a Draw

It what was arguably one of the greatest battles BAMMA has seen in recent times, Rhys McKee and Richie Smullen did not disappoint. Prior to the fight, it was tipped to be an exceptional fight and by word did it live up to expectations, from the off both men came out pushing the pace. For the first three and a half minutes, it was looking good for Smullen. That was until a savage knee took the wind out of him and left him to be saved by the bell near the end of round 1.

Round 2 was Rhys McKee started where he left off dominating Smullen, wearing him down not giving him an inch. As the round ended it looked as if he would take the fight, however, Smullen fought hard and turned the tables, finishing the fight strong taking the third round cleanly. It was always going to be a tough fight for the judges to score, unfortunately, we weren’t treated to a winner but a draw seemed fair after the war both men put on.

Fabian Edwards spoils Kennedy’s debut with a commanding performance

The hype behind Fabian Edwards is real as he made easy work of debutant Aaron Kennedy. Edwards looked solid from the off, throwing fast and powerful strikes keeping his opponent under pressure and on the back foot. Into the second round, the onslaught continued until Aaron Kennedy hit the mat and Edwards followed it up with a rear-naked choke to take home another win.

Redser returns to winning ways as C4 calls it a day in Dublin

In the Co-Main event of the evening Team Ryano’s Paul Redmond took home a big win after disappointment in his last fight where he lost via a tight split decision for the 155lb strap. The first round of the fight was more of a feeling out process as both men failed to engage much despite a few strikes and a takedown.

Into the second round we got to see more action from both, Sinclair teased the right hand a lot, throwing a few wild ones with only a few landing. As the fight made it’s way to the ground from a takedown from Redmond, he pulled a knee bar out of nowhere to submit the BAMMA Legend and get the win. Following the fight, Sinclair announced his retirement from the sport after a spectacular career and laid down his gloves in the centre of the cage.

A broken jaw puts an early halt to the Main Event

In the Main Event fans were left disappointed as the fight was stopped and ruled a no contest after an unintentional kick to a downed opponent was thrown by Philpott and seemingly broke the jaw of Shay Walsh. This, unfortunately, forced the doctor to put a halt to the fight early in the first round. Prior to this, a new and improved Philpott was dominating the fight, dropping his opponent twice with his crisp and sharp striking.

Full results of the card are available here

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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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