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Tyrone Spong and Luke Barnatt Announced as Team Captains for BAMMA 24

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BAMMA 24 takes place on February 27th in the 3 Arena in Dublin, Ireland. The show has been dubbed by the promotion as Ireland vs England and will showcase some of the most talented fighters from both sides of the Irish Sea. Today, BAMMA has announced that both Team Ireland and Team England will have team captains for the event, with kickboxing sensation Tyrone Spong captaining Ireland and former UFC star Luke Barnatt captaining his home country of England.

The name Tyrone Spong is a familiar one to the majority of MMA fans and the members of Team Ireland will no doubt be excited to have someone of his knowledge and vast experience behind them. Spong has, on many occasions, spoken of his desire to fight in the Emerald Isle and it is a dream he still holds. The Irish fans have a great affinity for the Dutch powerhouse and he is guaranteed to receive a warm, open armed welcome when he lands in Dublin.

Luke Barnatt is another who needs no introduction to MMA fans in this part of the world, having fought 6 times under the UFC banner between 2013 and 2015. Having trodden the path that many of Team England will hope to follow, Barnatt’s presence as captain will surely serve as inspiration to them and they can draw from his wealth of experience. Barnatt is also a former BAMMA fighter and will be hoping that he can help Team England to victory over their neighbours.

BAMMA 24: Team Ireland vs Team England takes place on February 27th from the 3 Arena in Dublin Ireland. The card will be headlined by the BAMMA middleweight title fight between champion Cheick Kone and John Phillips. The co-main event will also be a title fight, this time for BAMMA featherweight gold as champion Tom Duquesnoy takes on Damien Rooney. The 19-fight strong card stands as follows:

BAMMA 24 Main Card

  • Cheick Kone (c) vs John Phillips – BAMMA middleweight title
  • Tom Duquesnoy (c) vs Damien Rooney – BAMMA featherweight title
  • Peter Queally vs Nathan Jones
  • Chris Fields vs Andy Devent
  • Paul Byrne vs Bola Omoyele

BAMMA 24 Preliminary Card

  • Myles Price vs Mario Saeed
  • Conor Cooke vs Matt Hallam
  • Sinead Kavanagh vs Kerry Hughes
  • Brian Moore vs Mick Brennan
  • Decky Dalton vs Michael Cutting
  • Alan Philpott vs Nathaniel Wood
  • Mark Andrew vs Patrick Wixted
  • Rhys McKee vs Paul Lawrence
  • Dylan Tuke vs Neil Ward
  • Gerrard Gilmore vs James Gallagher
  • Sean Tobin vs Gary Morris
  • Will Fluery vs Tom Hogan
  • Lloyd Manning vs Kams Ekpo
  • Cian Cowley vs Jay Moogan
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Ovince Saint Preux Steps in to Face Corey Anderson at UFC 217

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UFC 217 just got even more interesting. Earlier this week, Patrick Cummins pulled out of his light heavyweight matchup with Corey Anderson due to a Staph infection. Corey “Overtime” Anderson was not happy with his opponents decision, even calling out his opponent on Instagram asking how Cummins could, “call it quits so far from fight night”.

The UFC left Anderson on the card, and he found an opponent through the magic of Twitter. Ovince Saint Preux tweeted out directly to Anderson stating:

It didn’t take long for Anderson to respond agreeing to the fight, tagging Mick Maynard and Dana White in his response.

Only a few short hours later, the fight announcement came from the official UFC twitter account.

 

This top 10 Light Heavyweight matchup should add to an already amazing card coming in November at Madison Square Garden. Saint Preux is coming off of back to back wins both due to the very rare von flue choke, he finds himself ranked #7th in the latest edition of the 205-pound rankings. Corey “Overtime” Anderson is 4-2 in his last 6 fights, but is coming off a brutal first round knockout loss to Jimi Manuwa in March.

With such a exciting fight added to this card, what do you see happening November 4th?  Will Corey Anderson bounce back and look to jump into the top 5 of the rankings, or will Ovince Saint Preux go for a third straight von flue choke? Let us know.

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*Watch* Bellator 185 Weigh in: Live Stream, Results

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Watch the live weigh-ins for Bellator 185 here.

Gegard Mousasi takes on Alexander Slemenko live this Friday night October 20th at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville CT. This is the first appearance for Mousasi in the Bellator cage as he looks to secure a title shot with a win over the very tough former Bellator champion Slemenko. Joining these men of the main card will be a pair of welterweights as Neiman Gracie from the famous Gracie BJJ family takes on Zak Bucia in the co-main event.

Full Weigh-in Results: (Updated in real time)

Main Card:

Gegard Mousasi (185) vs. Alexander Shlemenko (186)
Neiman Gracie (170.5) vs. Zak Bucia (170)
Heather Hardy (126) vs. Kristina Williams (126)
Ryan Quinn (155.5) vs. Marcus Surin (155)
Ana Julaton (125.5) vs. Lisa Blaine (122)

Preliminary Card:

Jordan Young (200) vs. Alec Hooben (194)
Costello van Steenis (185) vs. Steve Skrzat (186)
Vinicius de Jesus (170) vs. Joaquin Buckley (171)
John Beneduce (154.5) vs. Dean Hancock (155)
Timothy Wheeler (144) vs. Pete Rogers (144)
Don Shainis (150) vs. Matthew Denning (149)
Frank Sforza (149) vs. Vovka Clay (150)
Kevin Carrier (156) vs. Jose Antonio Perez (153)
John Lopez (126) vs. Billy Giovanella (125)

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Gokhan Saki vs Khalil Rountree JR Added to UFC 219

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Kickboxing superstar Gokhan Saki will make his return to the octagon just three months after his UFC debut, as he faces Khalil Rountree at UFC 219.

Saki (1-1 ) made a big statement at UFC Japan in September, knocking out Henrique de Silva with a devastating, statement making left hook.

Rountree (6-2) is a TUF-23 alumni. His UFC run started unsuccessfully losing two in a row including his TUF 23 contract fight. However, Rountree is now on a two-fight winning streak after picking up consecutive first round knockout victories against Paul Craig and Daniel Jolly.

After making his MMA debut in 2004, Saki signed a multi-fight deal with the UFC in May and was succesful in his return to the cage. Saki’s first round KO of de Silva earned him a Performance of the Night bonus.

Neither Saki or Rountree are currently ranked in the UFC’s light heavyweight division, so a win at UFC 219 could most certainly push either of the two in the top fifteen at 205-pounds.

With the addition of Saki vs. Rountree, your current line-up for the UFC 219 card on December 30th is as follows:

Dominick Cruz vs. Jimmie Rivera – Bantamweight bout
Cynthia Calvillo vs. Carla Esparza – Women’s strawweight bout
Carlos Condit vs. Neil Magny – Welterweight bout
Louis Smolka vs. Matheus Nicolau – Flyweight bout
* Gokhan Saki vs. Khalil Rountree – Light heavyweight bout

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