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Rob Sinclair confirmed for BAMMA 21

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Yesterday it was announced that Rob ‘C4’ Sinclair (12-3) has resigned with BAMMA on a single fight contract.

His last appearance at BAMMA was back in 2012 when he defeated Andre Winner. Sinclair most recently fought in Bellator MMA where his 5 fight win streak was halted by Saad Awad. This fight was his first in over two years after being out due to injury. Ring rust was evident, however, he will look to put that behind him in his upcoming fight. Sinclair is a legend at BAMMA and is the former BAMMA World Lightweight Champion. Here are some of his thoughts on his return for a night.

“I was happy enough with my performance in Bellator but on I was slightly disappointed I didn’t perform like I can, most of it due to ring rust. I was toying with the idea of taking a fight again straight away while my weight was low. My manager contacted BAMMA and negotiations started. I’m super happy to compete at BAMMA again, it’s my second home.”

The one fight contract comes after Bellator agreed to give him a one fight break. This is further evidence that there are good relations between both promotions who are currently both under contract with Spike TV owners Viacom.

Sinclair had this to say about his contract and his future at either BAMMA or Bellator:

“It’s a one fight deal. Bellator wants me back, but who knows in the future. At the moment I’m contracted to Bellator and I’m grateful they have let me have a one fight break, I’m also grateful to BAMMA, Ashley, Toby Jude and Chris for sorting this out.”

Sinclair will make his return to BAMMA on June 13th at BAMMA 21 against American Michael ‘The Beast’ Brightmon (13-6). Brightmon last featured in BAMMA back at BAMMA 17 where he lost to Colin Fletcher. He then lost at Twins MMA 10 against Valentin Benishev. This doesn’t mean Sinclair is taking his opponent for granted though and is aware of the task ahead of him:

“My opponent is dangerous. He comes to fight. He appears to gas a little, probably due to him being muscular, but I’m 100% not taking him lightly.One clean shot from anyone and the fights over at whatever level. Ultimately I will look for a KO, once I plant my feet and throw down. I’ll put anybody down in the world, I have that much confidence in my punching power”

Sinclair will certainly look to add to his tally of knockouts in this fight using his superb stand-up ability as well as adding another loss to Brightmon’s current two-fight losing streak. Sinclair will most likely receive a warm homecoming at BAMMA 21, where the card is exceptional to say the least. We asked him whether he is looking forward to his homecoming:

“Yes I am, I’ve come full circle with BAMMA. It’s by far the biggest and best show in the UK and Europe, I look forward to taking a whole town with me and taking over Birmingham”

BAMMA 21 is on June 13th. The main card will be aired on Spike TV with the prelims most likely on the Lonsdale Facebook page, times TBC.

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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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