This Friday will mark the return of BAMMA to London for the first time in nearly 3 and half years. Not since BAMMA 15 has the British promotion set out ther stall in the capital city. Like all BAMMA shows, you will get your money’s worth with 15 bouts announced. #WHOATV will be at the event to keep you updated round by round and this breakdown will be a 2-parter. Here is the prelims breakdown.
As always, card subject to change.
(Featherweight) Tanvir Boora vs Liam Davies: We start off the night with two undefeated featherweights. This fight was only announced about 3 weeks ago. Both are rising stars, Boora is 3 – 0 – 0 in his pro career and the same in his amateur career. Davies is 2 – 0 – 0 in his pro career and is 3 – 0 – 0 in his amateur. Both are all rounders and both are new, so they will want to impress. These are the kind of fights you don’t want to miss.
(Welterweight) Aaron Chalmers vs Alex Thompson: This should be an interesting one. Chalmers who is best known to the public for been on Geordie Shore and had an impressive BAMMA debut beating Greg Jenkins in the first round by submission. He is also known for his striking with a background in Muay Thai. Thompson is making his debut and there is no love lost here. Thompson who is a teacher by day and by night trains for the remaining hours the day offers in MMA. He is incredibly motivated and this has become somewhat of a grudge match. Can Chalmers silence the naysayers a second time or will Thompson take him to school?
(Welterweight) Tommy King vs James Reedman: This will most likely be a striking fest. Tommy King comes from the world of K-1 and is making his MMA debut. Reedman is 1 – 0 – 0 and is currently an assistant coach where he tries to get the youth involved while pursuing his dream of working his way up the ranks. Most likely Reedman will probably try to take King to the ground in hopes of submitting him before the inevitable KO is sprung on him.
(Middleweight) Marcin Zywica vs Jagz Singh: Another strikefest. Zywica 1 – 0 – 0 and has punishing striking aswell as lot of power. However, Singh is the more experienced of the 2 with a record of 5 – 2 – 0 and is currently on a 4 fight win strike with 4 of his 5 wins coming from striking. He will be the strong favourite but who doesn’t love an underdog.
(Welterweight) Josh Collins vs Martyn Harris: This could potentially be fight of the night but will definitely be one of the more important fights on the card. Josh Collins had a 4 fight win streak ended by current welterweight champion Alex Lahore. Martyn Harris holds a win over Alex Lahore at an amateur level. Collins is more of an all rounder while Harris is more deadly on the ground. Whoever wins this could be next in line for Lahore, that is of course if Lahore can get past Nathan Jones.
(Featherweight) David Khalsa vs Charlie Boy Howard: Howard is making his much anticipated pro debut. With an amateur background of 13 – 3 – 0 he has his own army. A very strong ground and striking game. This could be a potential star and possibly one day in the UFC. Khalsa had an impressive debut, and will want to put a nail in Howard’s coffin, normally he fights mostly in Birmingham so it will be a challenge and experience going up against Howard, who has his own group of fans called the CBH army.
(Middleweight) Martin Hudson vs Alex Montagnani: Well this one should be a war. Hudson is making his BAMMA debut but has an explosive factor to his fights and has insane cardio. He is facing off against Montagnani who is undefeated in the promotion, he took some time off to recover from some injuries but despite rust, he’s not to be taken lightly as he holds wins over welterweights Tim Menzies and the current no.1 contender Nathan Jones.
(Lightweight) Ollie Mathis vs Nathan Rose: Ollie Mathis has a lot of pressure on his shoulders on a record of 1 – 3 – 0 he needs a win, he’ll want to make an impression in his BAMMA debut. Nathan Rose is on a record of 4 – 1 – 0 and is currently on a 3 fight win streak all victories coming from TKO in the first round. He also has the monarch of fighting out of former BAMMA light heavyweight champion and current UFC star Jimi Manuwa’s gym.
(Bantamweight) Javid Basharat vs Tony Hall: Basharat is another star in the making with an undefeated record in both amateur and professional and all his fights coming from a stoppage. Hall is a tough opponent for Basharat as he is a heavy hitter who is making his BAMMA debut and will want to impress.
(Flyweight) Jamie Powell vs Dominique Wooding: It’s not for a title but whoever wins could face either Andy Young or Daniel Barez for a belt. Powell lost to Daniel Barez recently for the Lonsdale belt while Wooding lost to Andy Young for the BAMMA belt. Both men desperately want to get back into that title shot picture. Wooding will have the home support especially after his last outing when he took Andy Young to the limit and is definitely worthy of a rematch. But Powell is no pushover as he has some impressive wins to his name, aswell as a 6 – 2 – 0 pro record and a 8 – 2 – 0 amateur record. This could potentially be fight of the night.
(Welterweight) Walter Gahazda vs Dan Vinni: It’s going to be tough to follow Powell/Wooding but that’s what Gahazda and Vinni have to do. Both men are coming off a loss, Vinni wasn’t happy with his results in Bellator but is grateful for the experience, he will look to silence the critics as he has an almost 50% win/loss rate with a record of 15 – 16 – 0 however he does seem confident about Friday night believing this will be “easy money”. Gahazda was unsuccessful after being submitted by Terry Bazier in the first round at BAMMA 29 and will want redemption. He’s currently on a professional record of 16 – 2 – 0 and will be looking to redeem himself after what seems like a bit off a losing skid.
That’s our breakdown, we will have the main card breakdown up soon, you can watch the event on DAVE. #WHOATV will also be at the event round by round keeping you posted. Let us know your thoughts below and on Facebook and Twitter.