European MMA is definitely a hotbed for new upcoming talent but in recent weeks there have been a number of fight announcements for some of the more established names on the European scene.
So with a mixture of newcomers and experienced names all looking to push on across the European scene, the folks at #WHOATV thought we would scan Europe and bring you a few of the guys and girls we are excited to watch fight in the coming months.
So sit back and enjoy our guide to a few names across Europe, some you will be familiar with and others you should definitely pay close attention to;
Representing Ireland Cian Erraught
Irish Light Heavyweight, Cian “Kong” Erraught will make his debut with South African promotion EFC later in the year. Erraught is undefeated during his amateur and professional career and the former Rugby League player is certain to cause a scene in the 205lbs division. Training out of SBG Ireland, Erraught will make his debut on the promotions 50th show and is likely to be one to watch for the future. You can check him out hitting pads in his recent Instagram post below;
Representing Scotland Chris Bungard
Scotland’s Chris Bungard is set to make his BAMMA debut at #BAMMA25 on 14th May against Xavier Sedras in a Lightweight clash. Bungard is a big name on the local Scottish scene and his enthusiasm and personality, along with his exciting fighting style is certainly likely to make him a quickly recognisable name on the European scene. Bungard trains at the Scottish Hit Squad alongside BAMMA Light Heavyweight Champion Paul Craig, but also spends time at SBG Ireland to get himself out of his comfort zone. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled on Bungard who will be looking to steal the show at #BAMMA25.
Representing Denmark Anna Elmose
Anna “Panda” Elmose has already received her big step up into the UFC after just three professional fights and in the video below you can see why the top promotion in the World were keen to sign her up asap. The Rumble Sports Bantamweight is fighting at #UFCRotterdam on 8th May against Germaine de Randamie in what will be a step up in competition for “Panda” but coming off the back of three stoppage wins, you can be certain that Elmose will be looking to continue that streak in her UFC debut.
Representing England Dominic Wooding
Dominic “The Black Panther” Wooding may be flying just under the radar in the #UKMMA Flyweight division but he has the chance to pick up his first professional Title at Warrior Fight Series 6 when he takes on Frenchman Samir Faiddine for the promotions Flyweight Title. Wooding has back to back knee knockouts at WFS, both within the first round which Faiddine will need to avoid like the plague. What I love about Wooding is how he grafted hard on the amateur scene to really test himself and get the experience which many avoid and I am pretty certain that if you don’t know about him already it will only be a matter of time until he is a huge name on the European scene.
Representing France Mansour Barnaoui
Mansour “Tarzan” Barnaoui will be well known for his stint with European promotion BAMMA in which he picked up the Lightweight Title, but the Frenchman now has the potential to pick up another huge 155lbs strap at Polish promotion, KSW on 27th May against current Champion Mateusz Gamrot. Undefeated Gamrot is a huge challenge for Barnaoui but if his last few fights are anything to go by, Barnaoui does not look for easy fights. Back in October he dropped to Featherweight for the first time to take on arguably the best European Featherweight outside of the UFC in Ivan Buchinger and took him 5 rounds. On his day, Barnaoui is the best Lightweight in Europe in my eyes and I think he will definitely provide Gamrot with his toughest challenge to date. Watch Barnaoui run through former UFC fighter Curt Warburton to pick up the BAMMA Lightweight Title below.
Representing Germany Stephan Puetz
Stephan “T-800” Puetz is certainly one of the hottest MMA commodites coming out of Germany and the Light Heavyweight will be keen to bounce back to winning ways on 27th May for the M-1 promotion in Russia. Puetz was unable to defend his Light Heavyweight Title for the third time back in December, falling short to a decision loss against Viktor Nemkov, and will now take on Andrey Seledtsov. Puetz has three wins by decision with the other ten by way of stoppage, which is something the German 205lbers will be looking to maintain when he returns to action in May.
Representing Wales Jack Shore
Jack Shore has a lot to live up to, being the son of Welsh MMA legend Richard “Shaky” Shore, but so far the youngster has proved his worth after a hugely successful amateur career is now looking to replicate that success in the professional leagues. Jack won big at the IMMAF European Open Championships in November 2015 and then made his professional debut in March 2016, tapping out his opponent in just under two minutes. He will next compete at Cage Warriors Wales debut show on June 4th but no opponent has yet been announced. You can be pretty certain that regardless of whom he will be fighting, Jack Shore will be bringing along plenty of support and its highly likely that the fight will be his toughest test of his young career. Definitely keep your eyes on this young man.