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BAMMA 26: Rany Saadeh Retains, Paul Redmond Returns And Joe McCoglan Beats Peter Queally

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After weeks of ups-downs, highs-lows, and more fight cancellations than anyone can care to remember, BAMMA headed to the 3 Arena in Dublin, Ireland last evening for a show featuring several up and coming Irish mixed martial artists who are on the verge of breaking onto the world scene.

The fight card consisted of fourteen fights with thirteen professional bouts following a special feature amateur contest in which local lad Dave ‘Yogurty’ Fogarty defeated Barry Hanna via a split decision.

In the main event of the evening, the BAMMA flyweight title was put on the line as champion Rany Saadeh defended his 125lbs belt against hometown man Andy Young. Unfortunately for the Irish fans in attendance, the evening wasn’t capped by the fairytale they all dreamed of, but not a single person would’ve left the arena feeling shortchanged after a back and forth barn burner of a main event.

The majority of the fight took place on the feet as the two, time after time, stood in the pocket and exchanged hands at will. Both men looked for takedowns multiple times, but every time the fight ended back up on the feet and in a matter of seconds, they were exchanging bombs again. Saadeh clearly got the better of round one, but Young fought bravely to make rounds two and three closer and to leave it on a knife edge until the decision was read.

After a fifteen-minute war and both men battered and bloodied, it was the German Saadeh who got his hands raised with the score 29-28 in his favour on all three scorecards.

In Ireland, they ‘Good things come to those who wait’ and after an extended time away from the cage, victory last night for Paul Redmond would’ve no doubt tasted sweeter than ever. Bouncing back after being cut by the UFC late last year, Paul Redmond put in a solid performance against a game opponent in Chris Stringer.

Redmond established dominance early in the first round and repeatedly took Stringer down a was aggressive with his submission attempts. Redmond then repeated the same pattern in the second but had a little more difficulty with his man as Stringer looked for a finish in the third. Redmond was stung a few times on the feet in the final round, but he never really looked in trouble on his way to picking up the unanimous decision victory.

Earlier on in the evening, Alan Philpott successfully defended his Lonsdale bantamweight title against Aaron Blackwell in what turned out to be one of the strangest fights to have ever graced the BAMMA cage to date. Prior to the fight, Blackwell had been extremely outspoken in the media and had pulled no punches when it came to the war of words.

Come fight night though, the only thing Blackwell appeared to do was pull his punches, as his proceeded to spend the entire fifteen minutes of the fight avoiding any opportunity to exchange with Philpott. Blackwell’s avoidance tactics at times verged on the ridiculous as he ran around the cage in circles with Philpott in hot pursuit after him. It was a bizarre fight and it was no surprise to see Philpott taunt and ‘flip the bird’ at Blackwell several times in the last few seconds. To the surprise of no one, Philpott retained his belt and won every single round on the scorecards.

There were mixed fortunes for Conor McGregor’s teammates at Straight Blast Gym Ireland as light heavyweight Ben Forsyth and women’s bantamweight Sinead Kavanagh picked up big wins. There was, however, one big loss for the gym last evening as McGregor’s training partner Peter Queally was defeated by Joe McColgan via a unanimous decision.

BAMMA 26 Full Results

Rany Saadeh def Andy Young via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Alan Philpott def. Aaron Blackwell via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Paul Redmond def Chris Stringer via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 30-27)
Joe McColgan def. Peter Queally via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Blaine O’Driscoll def Mark Andrew via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Rhys McKee Tommy McCafferty Technical knockout (strikes) 00:58 of Round 1
Sinead Kavanagh def Katarzyna Sadura via TKO at 2:46 of Round 1
Richie Smullen def. Andrew Murphy via submission (heelhook) 1:16 of Round 1
Keith McCabe def Aiden Brooks via submission (Armbar) at 1:31 of Round 1
John Redmond def Glenn Irvine via KO at 0:19 of Round 2
Darren O’Gorman def. Gary Morris via submission, 3:02 of Round 3
Ryan Curtis def. Shamsul Haque via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)
Ben Forsyth def. Pelu Adetola via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Dave Fogarty def. Barry Hanna via split decision

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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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