After a hectic weekend across the MMA world, it’s always nice to end on a positive note and a look ahead to the future.
Last evening, BAMMA 26 took place in the 3Arena in Dublin, Ireland with a card featuring fourteen bouts. In the third slot from the top, SBG Ireland hot prospect Sinead Kavanagh took on fellow hot prospect Katarzyna Sadura who trains under head coach Lukasz Zaborowski at Shark Top Team.
The fight turned out to be short, but action packed as both women put in on the line in an entertaining batamweight affair.
From the outset, it was obvious that both women were interested in the keeping the fight standing as they both took turns throwing accurate, slick strikes in the opening minute and a half. The difference between the two fighters was simply a matter of power, as Kavanagh eventually overwhelmed Sadura and pushed her back against the cage from where she started to offload strikes. Just as it looked like a nasty TKO was coming, the referee Leon Edwards jumped in the call fight with an expertly timed stoppage, calling an end to a short, but albeit entertaining fight.
While the Pole was obviously disappointed with the result, speaking shortly after the fight, Sadura said it had been an invaluable experience and promised to come back stronger.
“It was a long road to finally get into the cage tonight,” Sadura explained afterwards. “I had to deal with lots of obstacles like difficulty with the flights, but I have no excuses–Sinead was just better than me this evening. I wish her all the best and I think she’s a good fighter. I’m of course disappointed that I’ve not but it will be ok.
“It’s only the beginning, I will be back.”
The stoppage came after two minutes and forty-six seconds of the first round. While a small handful of people said the stoppage was early, the mass majority of people believed it was well timed–including Sadura herself.
“I don’t think so,” Sadura replied if the fight was stopped too early. “The referee made his decision and I think he did a good job. I could argue with this and say that it was wrong, but I’m not like that. I thought the decision was ok. ”
Kavanagh came into the fight 0.8lbs over the women’s bantamweight limit and decided not to attempt to cut the additional weight in extra hour. Sadura said she was a little annoyed at the fact she missed the weight, but that she was happy her fight purse would be getting a little extra money.
“I was a little surprised because I did my weight cut and it was exhausting too,” Sadura said. “I did it–why she didn’t I don’t know. She will pay for it though,” Sadura said jokingly.
The fight last evening was the Pole’s first out of her home country. Despite her efforts ending in a loss, she said the experience of fighting in Dublin was highly complimentary of the time she’d spent in the country.
“Ireland is perfect, I’ve enjoyed myself so much here,” Sadura said. “The people are all very kind and really it’s been great. I wish I could’ve spent more time here but I hope to come again one day. ”
Having now suffered the first defeat of her career, Sadura is now more motivated than ever to go back to Shark Top Team in Poland with Zaborowski and continue to progess her skills. The Pole believes that this is a small step on a much larger journey to becoming one of the best female fighters in the world.
“I’m going to go back get straight back into my training,” Sadura said without hesitation. “I’m going to talk about my fight with all my training partners and of course my coach and then think about how I can make all the adjustments to be better next time. I’ve been at Shark Top Team for one year now and I only began training four years ago.
“I’m training to be the best. I know it’s a long way, but I’m not going to stop until I do it. I know one day I get there.”
Exclusive: Alex Lohore “Didn’t Know” Who Richard Kiely Was Before BAMMA 32 Booking
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.
— BAMMA (@BAMMA) September 15, 2017
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.
Opponent announced in the next few weeks
The team has asked Bamma for an opponent with pro wins
— Aaron Chalmers (@AaronCGShore) October 6, 2017
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.
BAMMA 31: Alex Lohore Knocks Out Nathan Jones with a Knee
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.
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.
— MMA Latest (@MMALatestNws) September 15, 2017
Official Result: Alex Lohore def. Nathan Jones via KO (Knee) Round One 4:13
BAMMA 31: Aaron Chalmers Wins by Knockout in 30 Seconds
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.
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.
— MMA Latest (@MMALatestNws) September 15, 2017
Official Result: Aaron Chalmers def. Alex Thompson via KO (Uppercut) Round One: 0:30
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