BAMMA 33 Card Breakdown

So this Friday in Newcastle, BAMMA take to the stage for their last event of the year. What a year it’s been for the promotion, we will be doing a report card style article for the promotion in 2017 after this event takes place. This will be a joint production with Bellator. Bellator have 5 fights on the card while BAMMA have 9 fights on the card. Here is the BAMMA portion breakdown.

(Heavyweight) Tony Mustard vs Darren Towler: The only heavyweight bout on the card from BAMMA. Both men are making their BAMMA debuts. Towler has a lot more experience than Mustard fighting professionally since 2008 and taking 3 years off between 2013 and 2016. Mustard has been fighting professionally since 2014 with a record of 7 – 3 – 0 while Towler is 11 – 8 – 0. Worth mentioning that every win both men have picked up has ended in a KO inside the first round. It’s not likely it will go to the judges probably not even to the second round.

(Welterweight) Josh Plant vs Justin Burlinson: Another debut for both fighters. Fairly even match up, both are 1 – 0 – 0 in their professional careers and someone’s 0 has got to go! Plant has an impressive amateur background with a record of 4 – 2 – 0, he was meant to fight on the BAMMA 29 card against Daniel Cassell but it was cancelled. His opponent is the more experienced Burlinson who has an amateur record of 16 – 1 – 0. Both men are looking to make a name for themselves and this is definitely the stage to do it on.

(Catchweight) (175lbs) Curt Warburton vs Warren Kee: 2 BAMMA returns. Originally this bout was meant to take place back in 2015 at M4TC. Warburton hasn’t fought since 2014 in his rubber match loss and second straight loss for the CWFC Lightweight title against Stevie Ray. A UFC, KSW, CWFC and BAMMA alumni, he has fought all over the world. He is an all rounder. His opponent Kee, however, is more known for his finishes in particular his KO’s. He will want to get back to winning ways though, over his last 7 fights his record stands at 1 – 6 – 1, so he’ll need a win here.

(Welterweight) Nathan Jones vs Adam Proctor: A high stakes bout. Jones recently came up short against Welterweight champion Alex Lohore after dominating most of the fight and making one mistake which cost him the bout. However moving forward ‘Bag and Tag’ looks to get back into title contention and win here will seal the deal, his opponent however will not be easy. Proctor is making his BAMMA debut and is one of the more promising talents in the UK scene. He is walking in with a 7 – 1 – 0 record and looks to make it 8 – 1. Nothing has been mentioned about him getting a title shot if he wins it will all depend on his performance. This one has the potential to be fight of the night.

(Lightweight) Rhys McKee vs Kams Ekpo: Another explosive bout on the card. McKee had an unreal fight against Richie Smullen at BAMMA 30 which ended in a draw. He is known for his early finishes and is looking to get into title contention. His opponent Ekpo is making his BAMMA debut and has a lot to live up to representing France. He lost his last bout to the current featherweight champion Daniel Crawford back in March earlier this year. He is also coming up to the lightweight division from featherweight but has some notable victories and will look to make McKee’s night difficult.

(Middleweight) Fabian Edwards vs Louis King: In the only Middleweight bout on the card this should be another strikefest. King is making his BAMMA debut but has an extensive background in kickboxing with many wins. Edwards however is no stranger to knocking people out, including his amateur and professional backgrounds, he has 5 knockouts, 1 submission and 1 decision to his name. Both men will be looking for that winning strike.

(Welterweight) Colin Fletcher vs Anthony Dizy: Another interesting bout. Colin Fletcher is making a return to BAMMA and what a better way to do it than in his home town. He is currently on a 2 fight win streak and the freakshow is starting to enjoy the sport again. His opponent Anthony Dizy is one of the better fighters on the scene at the minute and will look to make a splash in his BAMMA debut. The Frenchman is on a current 3 fight win streak and is an all rounder but will need to keep the fight standing up as Fletcher is most dangerous on the ground.

(Welterweight) Aaron Chalmers vs Karl Donaldson: The one you have all been waiting for, the hometown hero returns to Tee side. Whether you love Aaron Chalmers or hate him you can’t deny the man has a lot of potential and always gets a reaction. He is the posterboy of BAMMA and he’s only had 2 fights, with an impressive submission over Greg Jenkins and an even more impressive KO win over Alex Thompson. You may argue he has fought nobody’s but in the world of MMA so is Chalmers. He might be famous for reality TV but don’t let that put you off. At the end of the day he has a lot of potential, sure he’s not ready for Alex Lohore but everyone has to start somewhere. His opponent Karl Donaldson was a late arrival as 2 fighters stepped down to face Chalmers. Donaldson is making his pro debut and not a lot is known about his fighting style which could be a good thing or a bad thing. Whether you want to see Chalmers win or lose, you still want to see him.

(Main Event) (Lightweight) Ryan Scope vs Mickael Lebout: This main event has all the ingredients to tear the house down. Ryan Scope is making his BAMMA return. The last time he fought in the promotion was 3 years ago. He will have the home town support on his side. He is an all rounder who lost his last fight which was his first defeat in his career both professionally and amateur so he will want to wrong that right. Mickael Lebout is making his BAMMA debut and in his last fight he got a draw and will want to get back to winning ways. He is known for going the distance and is lethal on the ground. He has also fought a lot of great fighters and like Scope has a wealth of experience. A great way to cap of the night and the year for BAMMA.

That’s our breakdown, watch all the action this Friday night on ITV 4. Let us know your thoughts below, on Facebook and Twitter.

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