BAMMA 35 takes place this Saturday and will be only the second card the promotion has put on in 2018.
This means that while BAMMA has been off, their rival promotions, such as ACB and Cage Warriors, have taken full advantage. ACB has put on 8 cards all ready this year while Cage Warriors has put on 4 cards of their own with another set for next month. The latter promotion is also in the process of booking cards for July and September and has announced an amateur tournament.
Not only this but several high profile fighters have left BAMMA to fight elsewhere, with the likes of Aaron Chalmers (the promotions most well known fighter thanks to a reality TV career) leaving to fight in Bellator. Colin “Freakshow” Fletcher has also decided to fight elsewhere, and “Mr Bag and Tag” Nathan Jones recently took a fight in Finland.
With all this it’s fair to say BAMMA needs this card to deliver, especially after a no contest bout at its last event. So, here’s a breakdown of the BAMMA 35’s main card.
The live televised card is headlined by a welterweight bout with Alex “Da Kid” Lohore (14-2) taking on Ion Pascu. Lohore is looking to bounce back from a split decision loss to Terry Brazier at BAMMA 34, which saw him lose his BAMMA welterweight title, and Pascu is the ideal opponent to take on to put himself back into title contention.
Pascu comes in at 17-8, having lost his last fight at Bellator 197 by decision, but has been a dominant force in BAMMA previously, winning his last 3 fights with the promotion.
With both men possessing KO power, as well as good grappling and enough cardio to go the distance, this looks like it is going to be a great fight.
Further down the card, Kiefer Crosbie is set to take on Josh Plant in front of his home crowd. Crosbie comes in with a 3-0 record, finishing all three fights and faces an opponent in Plant who is similarly experienced.
Plant comes in 2-1 and has finished both his wins too, with the last being at BAMMA 34 via a heel hook submission against John Nicholls.
This could be a cagey affair with two relatively in-experienced fighters, but the smart money is with Crosbie, he’s undefeated and trains at SBG Ireland under John Kavanagh, Conor McGregor’s coach, so he’s got one of the best fighting minds in the game training him.
The remaining televised fight on the card is Fabian Edwards versus Claudio Conti in a middleweight bout.
Edwards is one of the hottest prospects in British MMA at the moment, with a 4-0 professional record and a 100% finishing record. Conti, meanwhile, comes in 7-5-2 and has only won one fight in his last six, losing three and drawing two, with his last win coming from a rear naked choke in the second round of his fight against Emir Arsanov in November last year.
Edwards is a clear favourite in this fight and a win will surely put him into title contention.
These three fights will be shown live on television with highlights of selected fights being shown after the live fights have finished.
What are your thoughts on this BAMMA card, and can BAMMA keep competing against the likes of Cage Warriors?
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