So we did the prelims breakdown. Here is the main card breakdown of Friday’s showdown in Dublin’s 3 Arena.
(Middleweight) Fabian Edwards vs Aaron Kennedy: Fabian Edwards was meant to make his professional debut at BAMMA 29 after an impressive amateur record of 4 – 0 – 0, but the fight was scrapped and instead he made his debut at Bellator in a one fight deal which he was victorious against Rafal Cejrowski in one of the best KO’s of the year. Aaron Kennedy is making his professional debut but is coming off an impressive amateur career 6 – 1 – 0. Edwards is more of a knockout artist while Kennedy has a good ground game. The brother of UFC standout Leon Edwards, Fabian, so it would seem, will be following in his brother’s footstep in due course.
(Inaugral Flyweight Title) Ryan Curtis vs Daniel Barez: One thing we can guarantee with this event, is we will crown 2 new champions. This bout shows us just how much bigger and diverse BAMMA is becoming. Ryan Curtis, who is 4 – 0 – 0 and fighting out of SBG in Charlestown. He is on a roll so far in his MMA career with an amateur record of 6 – 1 – 0 and is good standing up, on the ground and going the distance, plus he is very adaptable with a few of his opponents being last minute replacements. Daniel Barez is a finisher, with a record of 7 – 4 – 0, he is good on the ground and on his feet. Curtis may have an advantage of going the distance, but Barez has an advantage of experience turning pro in 2012, while Curtis turned pro in 2015. This has all th ehallmarks of being the main card fight of the night.
(Lightweight) Rob Sinclair vs Paul Redmond: BAMMA vs Cage Warriors next. In the co main event Rob Sinclair will make his return to BAMMA and has not fought in the promotion in over 2 years. He is a knockout artist with a record of 13 – 4 – 0 with 10 wins coming via KO. Redmond who is 7 years younger but has fought all over including Cage Warriors and a brief stint in the UFC. He was unsuccessful in his last BAMMA outing against Norman Parke for the lightweight belt, but the Irishman is an all rounder and coming back for more, aswell as youth he also has 2 inches in height over his opponent.
(Main Event) (Vacant Bantamweight Championship) Shay Walsh vs Alan Philpott: Tom Duquesnoy has gone to fight in the UFC and it wouldn’t surprise me if one day soon he’ll end up with UFC championship gold around his waist. He vacated the title which he won from Walsh at BAMMA 25 and defended it successfully against Philpott at BAMMA 27. Both men have a well rounded game with Philpott being a bit more proficient on the ground whilst Walsh is known more for going the distance, both are young, both are hungry and both are eager. It should be a great way to cap of the evening.