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BAMMA 35 ‘Lohore vs. Pascu’ preview

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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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BAMMA 35 Results: SBG show dominance as Pascu and Crosbie both pick up victories

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BAMMA 35 at Dublin’s 3Arena has just taken place and it is clear that SBG have shown why they are one of the top MMA gyms in the world as their fighters Ion Pascu and hometown favourite Kiefer Crosbie secured wins.

Ion Pascu took on former BAMMA welterweight champion Alex “Da Kid” Lohore and dominated for the entire fight.

While Lohore looked to put his striking game into action in the early parts of the first two rounds, it proved no match for Pascu’s grappling, who took and kept the Frenchman to the mat.

Lohore looked to try to steal a win in the dying rounds of the fight, throwing punches in the hopes of landing one clean, but was too exhausted for any strike to be effective.

Pascu will now look to fight Terry Bazier for the BAMMA welterweight title in his next fight.

Kiefer Crosbie delivered on his promise of a first round KO in his fight with Josh Plant.

Crosbie and Plant went to absolute war delivering hard punches in an absolute brawl, before Crosbie started to land clean strikes.

Plant’s answer with this was to take Crosbie down, but Crosbie was dominant on the ground, delivering powerful elbow’s that ultimately ended the fight with Plant being KO’d.

Crosbie has also asked for a title shot against Brazier, so a SBG vs SBG title eliminator fight could potentially be on the cards.

Fabian Edwards, one of the UK’s hottest prospects, kept his undefeated streak going following his KO victory over SBG fighter Claudio Conti.

Edwards landed a devastating body kick with his left leg on Conti, causing him to drop to the mat and for the referee to call a stop to the fight.

Edwards demanded a title shot in June, before revealing he had broken his hand during the bout, putting any plans on fighting anytime soon on ice.

BAMMA have not yet announced when their next card is set to take place.

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BAMMA 34 ‘Lohore vs. Brazier’ event results

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Last night saw BAMMA put on its first card of 2018 at The SSE Wembley Arena, with three world title fights headlining the event.

In the main event of the evening, Alex Lohore defended his BAMMA World Welterweight title against former friend and training partner, Terry Brazier, the RDX Welterweight champion, in a grudge match. Brazier came in to the cage with an 8-1 record with seven victories in a row, whilst Lohore came in with an impressive 14-1 record and nine first round finishes.

The fight was evenly contested throughout, with Lohore landing some heavy strikes to Brazier, before the RDX champ slammed him to the mat in the first round. The second round saw much of the same, with both men landing big shots, Brazier even dropped his former training partner before getting a deep cut on his eyebrow. The third round saw both men trying to secure the victory, with Lohore controlling the ground game, taking the back of Brazier, before trying to choke him out with a leg triangle in towards the end, but it wasn’t enough.

Brazier was declared the winner and new BAMMA World Welterweight champion via split decision. Brazier dedicated the win to his mother, who had sadly died four days before hand.

In the evenings first title bout, Rhys McKee wanted to avenge his only professional loss against Tim Barnett, who had stopped the Northern Irishman in the first round when they first faced off to win the BAMMA World Lightweight title.

McKee came into the cage with a 6-1-1 record, with a 100% finishing rate, meanwhile, Barnett came in as the RDX lightweight champion and was 5-0. The fight started with the pair both throwing leg kicks and exchanging strikes, with Barnett getting a welt under the eye. McKee jumped on this opportunity, and continued to land heavy strikes, dropping Barnett, before the fight was stopped by the referee, as Barnett was unable to defend himself, this looked a lot like how the first fight had finished between the two, with the fighters just switching positions. McKee was crowned BAMMA World Lightweight Champion via first round TKO and looks like an exciting prospect for the future.

The second fight of the evening left BAMMA fans with a bitter taste in their mouth after it was declared a no contest. “Chopper” Chi Lewis Parry faced off against Stav “Crazy Bear” Economou in a kickboxer versus ground specialist showdown for the BAMMA Interim World Heavyweight Title. “Chopper” managed to stop Economou from getting a takedown in the first round, before the “Crazy Bear” manged to push the Englishman back up to the cage. “Chopper” tried to defend this by landing elbows, but two unintentional 12 to 6 elbows landed on the back of the grapplers head, leaving him unable to continue, and causing the referee to declare the bout a no contest.

Hopefully we will see these two men back in action in a rematch for the title as soon as Economou is cleared to fight again.

Ultimate Fighter alum Colin Fletcher got back to winning ways after securing a submission victory against Walter Gahazda. Gahazda was in control of the fight on the feet, landing heavy strikes, including some nasty right hand uppercuts.

In the second round, Fletcher responded to this, by throwing strikes of his own, before Gahazda made the error of taking “Freakshow”, a BJJ specialist down and getting caught in Fletcher’s armbar submission. Fletcher was declared the winner via second round submission by armbar.

Also on the card, Kent Kauppinen’s BAMMA debut was unsuccessful, as he was defeated by a 3-0 Kent Edwards. Kauppinen looked to be on top after dropping Edwards, but got caught in an armbar, and was forced to tap out. Edwards was declared the winner by submission.

BAMMA returns in May as the promotion goes across the Irish Sea for an event inside Dublin’s 3 Arena.

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BAMMA 34 ‘Lohore vs. Brazier’ Preview

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This Friday sees BAMMA take over the Wembley SSE Arena with a stacked card of MMA action.

The card has two titles on the line, as well as big draw names such as, Colin “Freakshow” Fletcher, of TUF: The Smashes, fame also competing.

In the main event of the evening, Alex Lohore takes on Terry Brazier in a welterweight clash that is sure to be an exciting fight. Lohore comes in with a 14-1 record, finishing his last 5 fights within the distance, while comes in on a seven fight win streak, finishing his last fight via submission against Walter Gahazda. The title is to unify the welterweight titles.

RDX champion Tim Barnett aims to beat Rhys “Skeletor” McKee to take the vacant BAMMA Lightweight title. Barnett is 5-0 and has won finished all five of his fights, four by KO/TKO and one by submission, whilst Mckee has been billed as a top prospect in British MMA, with a 6-1-1 record, with his only loss coming to Barnett via first round TKO at Bamma 28.

In the evenings heavyweight clash, “Chopper” Chi Lewis-Parry faces off against Stav “Crazy Bear” Economou for the BAMMA interim heavyweight title.

Lewis-Parry comes in to the cage with a 6-0 record, finishing all of his fights, barring one no contest, whilst Economou comes in with a 18-5 record, and more fight time as a result. Only time will tell who will take home the belt.

Colin “Freakshow” Fletcher aims to get back to winning ways following a decision loss to Anthony Dizy at Bamma 33, whilst Walter Gahazda aims to end his losing streak, following losses to Terry Brazier and Nathan Jones in his last two fights.

At 8-3, Steve O’Keefe looks to put another fight in the win column when he takes on Martyn Harris in a featherweight bout.

O’Keefe comes in as the much more experienced fighter and on a high of two wins in a row, as he takes on Harris who looks to come back better than ever after a loss to Hakon Foss at Cage Warriors 81. Harris will be a tough challenge for O’keefe, as three of his four wins have come via submission.

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