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MMA Latest News’ Top 5 weekly Prospects: England

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Welcome to this week’s segment of MMA Latest News’ Top 5 weekly prospects. This week I will be going through who I believe are the top 5 prospects from England. Due to the large amount of high caliber English fighters around, I will be doing the similar layout as I did 2 weeks ago with Canada; 5 prospects inside the UFC and also 5 prospects outside the UFC also.

Top 5 prospects inside the UFC

1.Leon Edwards
Record: 9-2
Promotion: UFC
Fighting out of: UTC Birmingham
Last fight: UFC Krakow vs. Seth Baczynski (Won via KO)
Next fight: UFC Glasgow vs. Pawel Pawlak

Leon “Rocky” Edwards has impressed so far in the UFC. Despite losing his debut to Claudio Silva, it was a very impressive display that could have seen the fight go either way. His last fight put the Welterweight division on notice that he was dangerous when he knocked out Baczynski in just 8 seconds in Baczynski’s home country, earning him a performance of the night bonus.

Previous to the UFC, Edwards also proved to be a dominant Welterweight as he went undefeated in his BAMMA career. Edwards, as proven in his last fight, has an amazing stand-up ability which has assisted him winning via KO/TKO on 5 occasions. He is definitely one to watch in the near future, particularly in Glasgow when he looks to defeat another Polish welterweight contender.

2.Darren Till
Record: 13-0
Promotion: UFC
Fighting out of: Astra Fight Team
Last fight: UFC Fight Night 67: vs. Wendell de Oliveira Marques (Won via KO)
Next fight: N/A

Darren Till is also a Welterweight fighter. In his debut back in April he was the underdog, however, that meant nothing as he pulled off an upset as he landed some vicious elbows to pick up a fantastic win in his opponent’s home country. Till was unknown to quite a lot of MMA fans, European fans in particular, but he made sure that wasn’t the case that night when he walked out of there with the MMA world talking about him.

Till has spent his professional career fighting in Brazil, where Astra Fight Team is based. He has proven lethal to his opponents so far with 9 of 13 wins coming by way of TKO/KO. With an undefeated record behind him Till will be one to watch in his coming fights as Liverpudlian will look to extend that even further.

3.Mike Wilkinson
Record: 9-1
Promotion: UFC
Fighting out of: Atherton Submission Wrestling
Last fight: UFC Stockholm vs. Niklas Backstrom (Won via KO)
Next fight: N/A

Wilkinson has now 3 fights in the UFC, winning 2 of them. His debut saw him defeat highly tipped fighter Brendan Loughnane via Unanimous decision. He then lost his 2nd bout to Rony Bezerra after getting caught in a triangle choke. Then his latest fight saw him feature as the first fight on the UFC Stockholm Main Card pulling off an upset against Sweedish prospect Backstrom in his own backyard.

Wilkinson is a very well-rounded fighter and is willing to do whatever it takes to win, be it wrestle, grapple, or just simply stand and bang. In a stacked featherweight division, he may need to carry on winning if he is to move into the rankings. He is not one to miss and is an entertaining fighter to watch. Keep an eye out for any upcoming fights of his.

4.Tom Breese
Record: 8-0
Promotion: UFC
Fighting out of: Tristar Gym
Last fight: UFC fight night 67 vs. Luiz Jorge Dutra Jr. (Won via KO)
Next fight: N/A

Yet another Welterweight, Tom Breese is one of the big names in English MMA at the moment, with an undefeated record behind him he has dominated BAMMA in the past as well as a one-fight stint at Cage Warriors before being signed by the UFC. Only making his UFC debut in April, Breese beat Jorge in just one round in his home country of Brazil. Previous to his debut Breese had a lot of hype behind him and he certainly lived up to it.

Training in Canada out of Tristar, he trains with some of the best in the MMA scene as well as the UFC. The young Englishman has never gone the distance in 8 of his professional MMA bouts.  Grappling is a strong point of his as six of his victories have come by way of submission. Breese is yet to have his next fight announced but is tipped for great things, be sure to keep up to date on anything new regarding his fights.

5.Arnold Allen
5.Arnold Allen
Record: 10-1
Promotion: UFC
Fighting out of: BKK Fighters
Last fight: UFC Berlin vs. Alan Omer (Won via Submission)
Next fight: N/A

Allen has only recently made his UFC debut at UFC Berlin against the experienced Iraqi fighter, Alan Omer(18-4), who he defeated in exquisite fashion via a rear-naked choke. He is a Cage Warriors vet fighting under that promotion’s banner on six occasions, winning five of those fights. In his last bout at M4tC before signing for the UFC, he won the Featherweight title there. Now signed for the UFC, he has a lot of hype behind him with a massive following.

Allen is a big threat to anyone who stands in the cage with him as his striking ability can end a fight at any moment. Being so young, he has a bright career ahead of him and is one of England’s uprising stars in the sport. I recommend to you all to watch him because you certainly won’t be disappointed. This guy comes to fight no matter what.


 

Top 5 Prospects outside the UFC

1.Brendan Loughnane
Record: 10-1
Promotion: BAMMA
Fighting out of: All Powers Gym
Last fight: BAMMA 19 vs. Steve Polifonte (Won via Unanimous Decision)
Next fight: BAMMA 22 vs. Tom Duquesnoy

Brendan Loughnane is one of the most highly rated English fighters outside the UFC at the moment. His only loss came to fellow Englishman Mike Wilkinson in his one-fight stint in the UFC after competing in TUF. He was unfortunately released after that bout and he surely has unfinished business left there.

Loughnane now fights under BAMMA and will challenge for the Featherweight title in September.
Currently on a two-fight win streak in BAMMA, both men he beat were French, leaving only the top French featherweight and BAMMA champion, Tom Duquesnoy, in his way of the title strap. Loughnane has championship experience as he is the former FCC champion. Noted for his wrestling straight-forward, aggressive style, Loughnane is a tough opponent and could be on the brink of a UFC return with a title victory.

2. Pietro Menga
Record: 12-0
Promotion: BAMMA
Fighting out of: MMA Academy Liverpool/ Supergym Thai Boxing
Last fight: BAMMA Fight Night vs. Steve McCombe (Won via Submission)
Next fight: N/A

Despite not fighting since last August, Menga still makes the cut. With a highly impressive record with some big victories, it is a surprise he has not yet been snapped up by the UFC. He is a highly skilled grappler, winning eight fights via submission. One of those was armbar victory against current BAMMA flyweight Champion, Rany Saadeh, back at UCC 12.

With very little competition left for him at flyweight in Europe, it would be silly not to have himself and Saadeh go to war in the cage one more time. If Menga returns and maintains his unbeaten record, I believe a shot at the big time is in store for him.

3.Alex Enlund
Record: 11-2 1NC
Promotion: Cage Warriors
Fighting out of: Bad Boy Training Centre/ NEVT
Last fight: Cage Warriors 73 vs. Nad Narimani (Won via Unanimous Decision)
Next fight: N/A

Enlund is one of two current Cage Warriors champions. The Featherweight won the vacated belt back in November against Nad Narimani via Unanimous Decision. He also has a victory against SBG fighter and Conor McGregor’s sparring partner, Artem Lobov. It is unknown to when Enlund will return to action, but we hope that it will be sooner rather than later.

Enlund possesses some of the best ground game in Europe with nine victories coming by way of submission, seven of which were rear-naked chokes. With quite a lot of former Cage Warriors champions being called up by the UFC, and most recently ONE FC, Enlund could be on their radar.

4.Jack McGann
Record: 8-1
Promotion: BAMMA
Fighting out of: Wolfslair Academy
Last fight: BAMMA 21 vs. Aziz Stringer (Won via KO)
Next fight: N/A

At only 22 Jack McGann has a lot of experience behind him and an excellent record to match. McGann is one of the top Lightweights in the BAMMA division and all of Europe. McGann’s MMA career has been developed through Wolfslair Academy through the years, training with the like of Bisping and Rampage Jackson from a young age.

McGann has superb stand-up ability winning seven of his victories by way of KO/TKO. He is renowned for finishing his opponents in the very first round, with seven first-round finishes. He has only gone the distance on one occasion, when he was on the wrong side of the decision against Marc Diakiese. After bouncing back from his very first loss, he will be pursuing a title and maybe the UFC in the coming years. Being an outstanding and exciting fighter in the cage he surely is a young fighter to keep an eye out for in the future.

5.Kane Mousah
Record: 6-0
Promotion: BAMMA
Fighting out of: Team Rough House
Last fight: FCC 11 vs.Hayden Critchfield (Won via submission)
Next fight: BAMMA 22 vs Myles Price

This undefeated lightweight has been impressive so far in his career. He was scheduled to face Marc Diakiese in his BAMMA debut but had to pull out due to injury. However, this week it has been confirmed that he will debut at BAMMA 22 against Myles Price.

Mousah is a very well rounded opponent with excellent conditioning. Carrying an unscathed record with may assist him in his push for greater things. His next fight won’t be one to miss as he is on the road to success.

 

So that’s a wrap for another week, I hope you enjoyed this weeks set of prospects from England. I believe it is evident that there are some major prospects to be looking out for from England. Watch out next week as I will mixing things up once again and have something different on the cards.

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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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