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UKMMAF and BAMMA join forces to present the first annual UK National Amateur Championships

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MMA in the UK has just taken a major step forward as the UKMMAF have collaborated with BAMMA in order to present the first annual UK National Amateur Championships. The tournament will take place from the 13th – 15th of May at the BodyPower Expo 2016 and on the very same weekend as BAMMA 25: Champion vs. Champion. This is development will give competitors a chance to not only make themselves known at a nationwide level but to compete in front of a colossal crowd. The UK have already proven to have elite competitors at amateur level especially in the past year following great success at the European and World IMMAF championships, picking up 7 medals at the Europeans (2 Gold, 1 Silver and 4 Bronze) as well as 3 medals(1 Gold, 1 Silver, 1 Bronze) at the Worlds. This national tournament can now allow more fighters to present their skill set and possibly add the UK’s success at a worldwide level in the future. Having BAMMA involved will also be exceptional as the sport flourishes especially after their recent advancements making them arguably Europe’s best MMA promotion at the mopment. It is without a doubt that this tournament will be the threshold of something big in the UK. The UKMMAF released the following statement regarding the announcement:

The United Kingdom Mixed Martial Arts Federation (UKMMAF) and BAMMA have joined forces to present the first annual BAMMA Invitational UKMMAF National Amateur Tournament, which will take place from May 13-15 at BodyPower Expo 2016 at the NEC Arena, Birmingham. This event will become a staple in the MMA calendar, and is a huge step forward in developing the amateur MMA scene in the UK, as the country’s finest amateur talent compete for the title of national champion.

The tournament is open to male competitors in the bantamweight, featherweight, lightweight, welterweight and middleweight divisions. This is a unique opportunity for athletes to compete with the very best amateur fighters in the UK, as they take part in this knockout tournament, which will take place in front of an a huge crowd, with over 90,000 visitors expected at BodyPower Expo.

BAMMA and UKMMAF are fully committed to developing the growing amateur MMA scene in the UK, and the BAMMA Invitational UKMMAF National Amateur Tournament will only help speed up this growth

BAMMA CEO David Green said:
“This is a huge opportunity for the top UK amateurs to be involved with BAMMA and the UKMMAF on a national level. The fighters will not only get the opportunity to gain experience and exposure on an unprecedented scale, but this also opens the door to pushing the sport further into the mainstream.”

UKMMAF’s Nigel Burgess commented:

“We’re very excited to work with BAMMA on this tournament. Both organisations are passionate about progressing the sport of MMA, especially at an amateur level. One of the federation’s aims is to have MMA recognised officially as a sport, and having BAMMA on board for this tournament will help with our mission.”

Eligibility criteria, FAQs and the application form are located HERE.

The event takes place on the weekend of BAMMA 25: Champion vs. Champion which is set to take place at the Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham on the Saturday night.

 

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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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