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Frans Mlambo Makes Professional Debut at BAMMA 22

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Another exciting fight has been added to a packed night of fights at the 3 Arena in Dublin, Ireland on September 19th at BAMMA 22. The man who took home gold for Ireland at the recent IMMAF World Championships 145 pound featherweight division, Frans Mlambo, fights for the first time as a professional when he takes on another highly rated young Irish fighter in Darren O’Gorman.

Mlambo fights out of SBG, the same gym as UFC interim featherweight champion Conor McGregor, and, along with the gold medal at the IMMAF World Championships he won in Las Vegas, he was installed as the #1 ranked amateur featherweight and #9 ranked pound for pound amateur in MMA by the IMMAF. He is a well-known name in Ireland and has a reputation for having heavy hands which he showcased during his time in Las Vegas.

O’Gorman is a highly thought of fighter in his own right and fights out of Trials MMA in Cork. Boasting a record of 3 – 0, not one of those fights has made it to a decision, with O’Gorman finishing them all via submission.

BAMMA 22 takes place later this month and has an absolute plethora of fights to look forward to. The card is headlined by Tom DuQuesnoy as he defends his featherweight title against Brendan Loughnane. With the addition of Mlambo vs O’Gorman, there are now 21 fights currently announced for the event!

Fight Card:

Tom DuQuesnoy vs Brendan Loughnane – for BAMMA Featherweight Title
Chris Fields vs Christopher Jacquelin
Alan Philpott vs Regis Sugden
Marc Diakiese vs Rick Selvarajah – for Lonsdale British Lightweight Title
Jack McGann vs Jack Grant
Damien Rooney vs Manel Kape
Catherine Costigan vs Simona Soukupova
Karl Moore vs Paul Craig
Kane Mousah vs Myles Price
Tim Wilde vs Luka Jelcic
Conor Cooke vs Paul Byrne
Sean Tobin vs Gavin Kelly
Jonathan Dargan vs Lukasz Parobiec
Arnaud dos Santos vs Keith Coady
Adam Caffrey vs Dylan Tuke
Sinead Kavanagh vs Hatice Ozyurt
Gerard Gilmore vs James Gallagher
Patrick Wixted vs Connor Dillon
John Redmond vs Kieran Davern
Stephen Coll vs Alexandre Liete
Frans Mlambo vs Darren O’Gorman

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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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