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Monday, 27 April 2015

Mansour Barnaoui Ready to Defend Title Against Andre Winner

Mansour Barnaoui Ready to Defend Title Against Andre Winner

by Chris Houten - @mrhouts

BAMMA.com
Having not fought since BAMMA 14 back in 2013, France's Mansour Barnaoui is ready to return to defend his BAMMA lightweight title against Andre Winner who last night scored an impressive unanimous decision victory over perennial BAMMA contender Colin 'Freakshow' Fletcher at BAMMA 20 in Birmingham.

Andre Winner, who has previous challenged for the BAMMA lightweight title spoke about a potential bout with Barnaoui in a post fight media scrum following his victory over Fletcher, which you can watch here, he said: 

"I thought it was a title eliminator, so I am assuming I am going to get Mansour."

It appears as if Winner's assumptions were right, with Barnaoui taking to Twitter to say he is ready to face Winner, an opponent he has previous called out in the past:


Widely considered one of the best lightweight prospects in Europe, Barnaoui won the BAMMA Lightweight World Title by defeating Curt Warburton by TKO at BAMMA 13.  He defended his belt with a submission win over Colin Fletcher at BAMMA 14 but has not fought since with rumours of contract disputes, and injuries keeping him out of action.

Barnaoui who is 11-2 in his professional career is scheduled to face Maxim Divnich at M-1 Challenge 57 on May, 2 looks as if he is keen to stay extremely active calling for a fight with Winner on BAMMA 21 which takes place six weeks later. Winner however is scheduled to face Charlie Leary in a K-1 bout at Phoenix Fight Night 26 the same evening as BAMMA 21 so the fight may have to take place further down the line.

Stay tuned to KingdomMMA.co.uk for all your latest BAMMA news.
Charlie Leary at Phoenix Fight Night 26 in a K-1 bout. - See more at: http://www.mmaplus.co.uk/round-up/bamma/bamma-21-mansour-barnaoui-seeks-title-defence-against-andre-winner/#sthash.Ses2Zejz.YyUIfiyM.dpuf

Saturday, 25 April 2015

BAMMA 20 Results: Lazarz and Arthur claim World title's as Winner tops Freakshow

By Alex Dillon @ADillon__


In what was a big night for UK MMA, BAMMA 20 put on a stellar show at the BarclayCard arena in Birmingham which saw two new world champions crowned. In the main event, Marcin Lazarz captured the BAMMA World LHW title as he controlled Brett McDermott with his strong wrestling game to earn him the win. Longtime lightweight standouts Andre Winner and Colin Fletcher engaged in a stand up affair as well as Winner using his wrestling to earn him the win and Ed Arthur became the new World Bantamweight Champion by submitted Alan Philpott in a cracker of a fight.

Full fight results below:

Marcin Lazarz def Brett McDermott via Unanimous Decision to become NEW BAMMA LHW Champion


Andre Winner def. Colin Fletcher via Unanimous Decision


Ed Arthur def. Alan Philpott via submission (RNC) at 0:56 of Round Two to become the new BAMMA World Bantamweight champion


Chris Miah def Daniel Barez via submission (RNC) at 1:46 of Round Two


Regis Sugden def . Ant Phillips via TKO (punches) at 3:51 of Round One 


Jack Grant def Warren Kee via TKO (punches) at 1:04 of Round One


Rick Selvarajah def Jefferson George via Split Decision at 5:00 of Round. 3


Chase Morton defeats Wayne Drake via TKO at 4:07 of Round 1



Harry Marple def. Chris Astley via Submission (Japanese Necktie) at 1:41 of Round 2



Aidan Lee def Adam Jahovic via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) at 5:00 of Round 3



Oliver Paske def. Arthur Jakub via Submission (Guillotine Choke) at 2:18 in Round 1

Friday, 24 April 2015

Fight Focus: Mighty Mouse vs Horiguchi

By Alex Dillon @ADillon__



This edition of Fight Focus brings you an in depth break down of the upcoming Flyweight title fight between champion Demetrious Johnson and challenger Kyoji Horiguchi which takes place this Saturday at UFC 186 from the Bell Centre in Montreal.

Champion Mighty Mouse (21-2-1) looks to successfully defend his Flyweight championship this weekend as he takes on Japanese standout Kyoji Horiguchi (15-1). A lot has been said about this match up in regards to the champion being a powerhouse and the challenger not really being much competition as well as the usual 'flyweights are boring' and so forth but this fight has a lot of potential.

Let me tell you why, Mighty Mouse is the kingpin make no mistake about it. There are in differences in opinions as to whether he is the current P4P #1 probably due to the legitimacy of the 125lb division for now but many folk see him as untouchable, similar to the other two so called P4P greats Ronda Rousey and Jon Jones. The champion is good everywhere and he makes no mistake of letting his opponents knowing this. Wherever the fight goes he is more than happy to comply and give you a beating there. Has he ever looked out of his depth? maybe against Dominick Cruz but that was at a higher weight. When it comes to 125 he is the king.

So what threat does the challenger bring to the table for this fight? most definitely KO power. If and it's a big if, he is going to win this fight, Horiguchi is most likely going to knock Johnson out. Johnson is too well rounded and conditioned to be beaten by a decision so Horiguchi is going to have to KO him to win the belt. Can he do it? well, his record would suggest so and with two of his nine KO wins coming in the UFC, he can clearly 'bang' at the highest level. He can also grind out wins via decision which shows he has a credible gas tank for a three rounder but it's fair to say even if he was good for five rounds, he is never matching the champions ridiculous pace.

The odds favour Mighty Mouse hugely for this bout as he can win the fight everywhere where as looking at Horiguchi, it would have to be a KO or nothing. If Horiguchi is going to cause any concern to the champion at all, he's going to have to come out and push the pace from the off, not let Johnson work whilst loading up punches and looking to catch him. The problem is, Mighty Mouse has never really looked in trouble. Although many say Horiguchi is a huge prospect, there's being a 'prospect' and there's being an elite level fighter which I don't think many are convinced he is yet.

Will Mighty Mouse be too fast and flawless Saturday? Or can Horiguchi land on him? That's for you to decide but this fight really shouldn't be slept on that's for sure.

Thursday, 23 April 2015

Fight Focus: Bisping vs Dolloway

By Ash Cooper @LUFCCooper



Welcome to Fight Focus where instead of offering up a short preview of all the fights, the team at Kingdom MMA will now be individually breaking down the big fights from the upcoming cards.

This first edition focuses on Michael Bisping and C.B. Dolloway who both have a lot on the line this Saturday.  

Michael ‘The Count’ Bisping will look to bounce back from his loss to Luke Rockhold, when he faces number 10 ranked middleweight CB Dollaway at UFC 186. Both veteran middleweights are coming off losses, and will be looking for a dominant performance to regain their position among the UFC’s elite.
Bisping has the highest work rate in the middleweight division and will look to outwork Dollaway and keep him on the outside, using leg kicks and straights. Although not known for his knockout power, Bisping hits hard and will look to wear down his opponent and look for a finish in the later stages of the fight.

Dollaway on the other hand is a big strong middleweight, although BIsping used to fight as a light heavyweight, its expected that Dollaway will have the strength advantage.  The former Arizona State wrestler will look to use his size and push Bisping up against the cage, where he can work his takedowns. He also has some nasty chokes in his arsenal so if he manages to lock his arms around Bispings neck, it’s game over. The Doberman has constantly improving hands which he showcased in his finish of Cezar Ferreira, but I feel Bisping will have the advantage in the striking exchanges.
The winner of this fight will be the fighter who is able to keep the fight where he is comfortable.

If the fight stays standing, Bisping should win comfortably. Bisping will be too fast here for Dollaway and be able to pick him apart with his jab. If Dollaway is able to take Bisping down, I feel he will be able to keep him down and grind out a decision. Although Bisping has strong takedown defence, Dollaway will take confidence from Bisping’s fight with Tim Kennedy, where he was taken down at ease several times. Although Dollaway may hit harder than his opponent, Bisping has shown in previous fight he can be hard to hit, using good footwork and head movement to avoid shots.

This promises to be an entertaining fight, where two veterans will look to prove they are still relevant in the middleweight rankings and not just simply gatekeepers.

Three fights to watch this weekend

By Ash Cooper @LUFCCooper



The UFC returns to action this weekend for UFC 186, where Mighty Mouse Demetrious Johnson will look to defend his flyweight title for the 6th time when he faces KyojiHoriguchi. BAMMA 20 also takes place this weekend, from the Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham, where Ed Arthur and Alan Philpot will battle to become BAMMA’s new world bantamweight champion. Here are three fights you should be watching this weekend.

Quinton Jackson Vs Fabio Maldonado UFC 186

After winning three straight fights in Bellator, Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson will make his long awaited return to the octagon.After a legal battle with Bellator Rampage is now cleared to fight, and will fight tough Brazilian brawler Fabio Maldonado.  Maldonado has won four of his last five fights, and looked very impressive in his last outing stopping Hans Stringer, and earning a performance of the night bonus.
Both fighters have explosive knockout power, and will be looking to add another impressive knockout victory to their records. A former professional boxer Maldonado will provide a tough test for Rampage on the feet, and I expect the fight to be a real brawl. Both fighters like to sprawl and brawl so fans can expect the fight to stay on the feet, with both fighters trading heavy shots. Both fighters have granite chins and like to take a shot to give one. Both fighters are rarely finished and I expect this fight to be a 15 minute war, this battle has fight of the night written all over it.

Ed Arthur Vs Alan Philpott 

Undefeated English prospect Ed Arthur will challenge Northern Ireland’s Alan Philpott, to be crowned BAMMA’s bantamweight champion. Arthur has won his first five professional fights, and has finished his three opponents inside the BAMMA cage. Philpot is currently riding a three fight win streak, and will have the advantage in experience having 14 more professional fights than Arthur.
Both fighters will be coming into this fight high on confidence, after putting in the most impressive performance of their careers so far in their last fights. Both fighters are well rounded and skilled on the floor as well as standing.  Both fighters always come to fight and like to push the pace, so I expect a real back and forth battle. Both fighters have been engaged in a war of words on social media, adding to the excitement of this fight. Neither man will want to lose this fight and will do everything in their power to get the victory and the bantamweight title.

Demetrious Johnson Vs Kyoji Horoguchi

Since moving down to flyweight Demetrious ‘Mighty Mouse’ Johnson has looked unstoppable. Defending his title six times, and finishing top contenders with ease, Johnson has cemented his position as one of the UFC’s most talented athletes. The fast pace and constant pressure Johnson sets would give any opponent problems, and Johnson is well versed in every aspect of MMA appearing to show no weaknesses.

Japanese star Horoguchi has won his last nine fights, and is currently unbeaten in the UFC. Horiguchi is lightning fast, and throws a variety of shots from all different angles, making his strikes hard to time and a very awkward fighter to face. Horiguchi likes to stay on the outside and pick his opponents apart, if he can keep his distance from Johnson he will fancy his chances.
In the stand-up department is see this fight being fairly even, so Johnson may look to use his superior wrestling and take the fight to the ground. Horoguchi will need to keep this fight standing, and defend Johnson’s takedowns if he is to have any chance of winning. I expect this fight to be a lot closer than people expect, and Horiguchi could provide Johnson’s toughest test to date.

BAMMA Announce Two Title fights for BAMMA 21, June 13th

By Alex Dillon @ADillon__



BAMMA have today announced two title fights for BAMMA 21 to be held on the 13th June at the Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham. The event will be broadcast on SPIKE TV UK and around the world.

Andy DeVent Vs Cheick Kone (BAMMA World Middleweight Title)

Mark Godbeer Vs. Paul Taylor (BAMMA World Heavyweight Title)

BAMMA World Middleweight Title


Andy "Lions Paw" DeVent Vs. Cheick Kone

The BAMMA 21 Main Event will see a new Middleweight champion crowned in the shape of either Andy "Lion's Paw" DeVent or France's Cheick Kone.

The BAMMA Lonsdale British Champion Andy DeVent most recently fought at BAMMA 19 in Blackpool, where he beat Conor "Da Crook" Cooke via Rear Naked Choke in the first round. DeVent now trains out of the ASW Gym in Atherton, alongside BAMMA Lonsdale British Lightweight champion Marc "Bonecrusher" Diakiese, Scott Askham & Mike Wilkinson. DeVent's record now stands at 12-9.

Frenchman Cheick Kone shocked the world with his 25 second destruction of Chris Fields at BAMMA 18. Following on from an almost identical defeat of feared European middleweight Benjamin Brinsa in 45 seconds, Kone is now looking for his third scalp en route to his first major title. Now on a four fight win streak, the Atch Academy fighter record stands at 11-3.

BAMMA World Heavyweight Title


Mark "The Hand Of" Godbeer Vs. Paul "The Titan" Taylor

BAMMA gets ready to crown it's first ever Heavyweight Champion at BAMMA 21. Mark "The Hand Of" Godbeer returns to fight for the belt after his defeat of Thomas Denham at BAMMA 19, and will face off against Birmingham's own Paul "The Titan" Taylor.

Mark "The Hand Of" Godbeer recently returned to his original training camp at All or Nothing. The impact was instant with his dominant display against Denham in Blackpool. Godbeer is undefeated at BAMMA and now looks to add the BAMMA World title to his 9-2 record.

Paul "The Titan" Taylor was meant to make his BAMMA debut against Callum Cooke, but the bout was cancelled due to injury. Taylor now gets the chance to take the biggest win of his career and the BAMMA World Title on the 13th June. Currently on a 4 fight win streak, the West Midlands based Taylor record stands at 8-3.

You can follow Andy DeVent on Twitter at @AndrewP_Devent  @BAMMA

Friday, 10 April 2015

Three Fights to Watch This Weekend

by Ash Cooper @LUFCCooper




This weekend promises to be a great one for fight fans, as the UFC, Bellator and WSOF all have events on with solid fight cards. It’s also a great weekend to see top British talent compete, with Jimmy Manuwa and Rob Sinclair in action as well as many others. Here are three fights you should be watching this weekend.

Rob Sinclair Vs Saad Awad

It’s been one long road to recovery for Manchester fighter Rob Sinclair, but now injury free C4 will step into cage for the first time since 2012 where he defeated Andre Winner. Before a series of injuries, Sinclair was on an impressive five fight win streak, and will be looking to shake off any ring rust and claim a sixth consecutive victory. This is easier said than done though as Sinclair will face the talented Saad Awad, the only man to defeat current Bellator lightweight champ Will Brooks.

Sinclair loves to stand and trade, and has impressive knockout power which he has showcased earning nine of his twelve victories by knockout.  Although also a solid striker, I believe the advantage will go to Sinclair on the feet, so Awad may look to take the fight to the floor, where Sinclair has struggled against grapplers such as Paul Sass in the past. This will be an entertaining fight, and it will be great to see Sinclair back in the cage, doing what he does best.

Jimi Manuwa Vs Jan Blachowicz

Jimi Manuwa will be looking to bounce back from his defeat to Alexander Gustafsson, when he faces the tough kickboxer Jan Blachowicz in his home country. MMA in Poland is rapidly growing in popularity, with Blachowicz one of the leading fighters of the country. With Vicious kicks and a strong wrestling base, he provides a very tough test for Manuwa.

Although both fighters have underrated wrestling skills, I can see the entire fight staying on the feet and I expect to see a real war. Manuwa will be looking for an impressive performance to show he still belongs amongst top light-heavyweights, and Blachowitcz will look to impress him home fans in what promises to be the toughest fight of his career.  Manuwa should have a speed advantage when it comes to striking exchanges, but he will have to be mindful of Blachowicz’s power and devastating body kicks. This has fight of the night written all over it.

Mirco Filipovic Vs Gabriel Gonzaga

It’s nearly been eight years since Gonzaga shocked the world with a brutal head kick knocking ‘Cro Cop’ out cold. Now the two veterans will meet again, with the Croatian looking for revenge. After winning three of his last four bouts outside the UFC, Cro Cop will return to the octagon for the first time since his knockout loss to Roy Nelson. Gonzaga who is also in his second stint with the UFC, will be looking to bounce back from his loss to Matt Mitrione. Although both fighters may now not be at their best, this still promises to be an exciting fight.

Both fighters are excellent strikers, and will both be looking to add another knockout to their impressive highlight reels. Cro Cop claims to be in the best shape of his life going into this fight, and will be looking to prove the first fight was a fluke and that he is the better fighter. This fight will stay standing and with the knockout power they both possess, it could be a case of whoever lands first wins. Both fighters will be looking to land their signature head kicks and the fight could end in the same devastating  fashion as the first one did, I can’t see this fight going the distance.