We are here at the Genting Arena, Birmingham as BAMMA returns to the Midlands. This will be a 15 fight card with four belts on the line. Tensions are high in the arena as stars old and new look to draw blood and start war.
The confirmed running order is as follows;
BAMMA 29: McDermott Vs. Wolf
BAMMA World Heavyweight Championship (Vacant)
Brett ‘The Spartan’ McDermott (7-5) Vs. Ruben ‘The Viking’ Wolf (11-9)
The big one gets underway. Wolf lands the first jab but little else thrown inside the first 30 seconds. A solid exchange with both fighters landing telling blows, Wolf has twice looked for an overhand right, narrowly missing on both occasions. Neither fighter is fully able to find range, but McDermott lands enough to open up a cut under the right eye of Wolf. McDermott backs Wolf against the fence and starts to unload, The right eye of Wolf is closing fast and Brett is having more success with the left hand jab. The final exchanges sees Wolf throw a Hail Mary which staggers McDermott but it’s not enough to cost him the round. 10-9 McDermott
In between rounds the dr has a look at the cut under Wolfs eye, but agrees that he can continue. More of the same from McDermott in he second round before he lands a huge bomb that sends Wolf to the mat. the Spartan follows up with some ground and pound and although Wolf gets back to his feet, Marc Goddard has seen enough and a Brett McDermott is the new BAMMA World Heavyweight Champion. Wolf protests the stoppage puts his hands on Marc Goddard which gets him a stern reprimand from the experienced referee but it shouldn’t detract from a fantastic performance. Winner – Brett McDermott by TKO
BAMMA World Middleweight Championship (Vacant)
Yannick ‘Black Mamba’ Bahati (7-2) Vs. Matt ‘Farmerboy’ Hallam (6-2)
Tentative start from both fighters, Hallam finding some range with kicks, but Bahati lands a couple of punches in reply. Hallam lands a flurry and misses an inside knee, but lands shortly after. Bahati counters with a sweet left, right combination but Hallam is looking very, very loose. A few shots are traded but nothing really lands. Farmer boy had the best of the exchanges in that round but needs to be very mindful of his hands; they are kept very low throughout the fight. Bahati isn’t missing enough to warrant being that cocky. A tight round goes to Hallam on my card. 10-9 Hallam
The second starts as the first ended, neither fighter really committing to an attack. Bahati stalking in the centre of the ring, cutting the corners and looking to take advantage of those low hands. He lands a takedown and quickly moves to the back with a half-hearted rear naked choke attempt. He gets the arm under the chin and although he only has one hook in, it’s enough to secure the tap and the belt. Winner – Yannick Bahati by Submission
Tim Barnett (c) (4-0) Vs. Mario ‘Rude Boy’ Saeed (9-3)
We get this championship fight underway, Saeed is the aggressor and connects with a solid right putting Barnett into the cage. Rudeboy gets a hook in and works for the neck, from here it looks a little ambitious and Barnett gets to his feet. Rudeboy doesn’t let go and goes right back to work securing a drag down rather than a takedown. Barnett gets free and opens up on Saeed, but has to be warned for fence grabbing. Barnett moves into guard and tees off on Saeed who eats, 2, 3, 4 punches and he is out. Winner – Tim Barnett by KO
Aaron Chalmers (Debut) Vs. Greg Jenkins (Debut)
The reality TV star comes flying out of the blocks in his professional debut. The technique is a little raw but he has the best of the opening exchanges before getting his opponent to the ground. A failed attempt at landing some serious ground and pound later and he looks to lock in the Americana. It wasn’t tight, but the referee had seen enough and called it for a TKO win. Winner – Aaron Chalmers by TKO
Terry ‘The Dominator’ Brazier (7-1) Vs. Walter ‘The Sniper’ Gahadza (16-1)
Lonsdale Welterweight Title (Vacant)
Brazier lands a takedown early doors but Gahadza gets back to his feet. A stinging right hand from the Sniper sends Brazier tumbling back arose the cage and Brazier is in trouble. Gahedza picking his punches, but Brazier lands from nowhere to stun the Sniper. A minute to go and Brazier swarms on Gahadza and locks in a sickening bulldog choke. What a round, what a fight and we have a new champion. Winner – Terry Brazier by Submission
Aaron ‘Smackwell’ Blackwell (15-10-1) Vs. Shay Walsh (15-4)
Walsh takes the centre of the cage while finding range with jabs and kicks. Everything thrown so far has no malice behind it as Walsh shoots for the single which Blackwell defends. Walsh doing an excellent job of cutting angles and escapes the takedown. Blackwell gets up and eats a few punches along the way, a flying knee attempt finds nothing but air as a Walsh continues to stalk his man. Blackwell fails with some flashy moves but lands a couple of clean strikes, Walsh continues to walk forward giving Blackwell nowhere to go but into the fence. I am leaning narrowly toward Walsh 10-9 in that round.
More of the same in the second as Walsh cuts off the cage time and time again. Walsh scoops up his man. Plants him in the centre of the wing and moves into side control. Blackwell hip escapes and both fighters are back on the feet. Another takedown by Walsh Leaves them against the fence. Neither looks to be making much headway and Leon a Roberts takes a close look before letting them continue. Blackwell reverses and this tie it’s Walsh against the fence. Blackwell uses the foot stomp to try and fore a break before the bell goes. A tough round but again Walsh did enough and it’s 20-18 on my cards.
For the first time tonight we reach the third round and Walsh uses the same gameplan that has worked in the opening rounds. Neither fighter is able to land a blow but Blackwell is the most active in the third. I give that round to Blackwell to give Walsh the win 29-28. The judges agree with a pair of 30-27’s and a 29-27. Winner – Shay Walsh by Unanimous Decision.
Ronnie ‘Iron’ Mann (25-9-1) Vs. Daniel Crawford (8-1)
Business just picked up with Ronnie Mann in the house.
Mann has the best of the opening exchange with two kicks and a flurry of punches. Another flurry and Mann shoots for the takedown by tends up with Crawford against the fence. Crawford tries to defend but Mann maintains pressure, although eating a few elbows on the way. From out of nowhere Crawford lands an overhand right, Mann goes down and Crawford is teeing off on him. Leon Roberts gives it 5 or 6 punches and Mann isn’t defending himself intelligently. Winner – Daniel Crawford by TKO.
Daniel Rutkowski (2-2) vs. Cameron Hardy (Debut)
Very tentative opening with little thrown or landed, although debutant Hardy is the most active. Some pressure work from Rutkowski to get Hardy to the fence and this is about control. Hardy gets the break but also caught on the chin, he’s left that chin exposed a few times in this short fight and it could cost him. As if by magic Rutkowski lands a bomb of an overhand right to put Hardy on his back. It’s not enough to win him the fight but he’s taken the round. 10-9 Rutkowski.
Much faster start to the round from Rutkowski and again he finds Hardy’s chin exposed. Rutkowski finds himself in mount and drops some heavy bombs. Hardy is hurt and attempts a reversal, Rutkowski reverses the reversal and continues to reign down hellfire. Marc Goddard has seen enough and puts the debutant out of his misery. He will learn a lot from this loss, the main thing being ‘hands up and chin down’. Winner – Daniel Rutkowski by TKO
‘The Nigerian Diamond’ Pelu Adetola Vs. Nathius Frederick
Next up Nigeria v Jamaica…
Adetola quickly looks for the takedown and gets Fredericks against the fence. Very cagey affair as the first 90 seconds is swallowed with reversals and cage pressure. Very little to talk about until Frederick’s manages to take Adetola’s back but isn’t able to secure the chin. Very tough round to score but I lean toward Frederick as the main aggressor. 10-9 Fredericks.
Wild exchanges early in the second as Adetola eats a right hand from Fredrick and turtles up. Fredericks is unable to fully capitalise and Adetola ends up in top position. Both fighters get to their feet and again Adetola hits the deck after eating another solid right. Fredrick drops some bombs as Adetola is on all fours and Dan Movahedi has seen enough. Winner: Nathius Fredericks by TKO.
Daniel ‘Pork Chop’ Cassell Vs. Daniel ‘Obi Wan’ Olejniczak
Good overhand right from Cassell to open the round and soon has Olejniczak pinned against the fence. Reversal from Olejniczak as he looks to land the takedown. Cassell defends well and we head bank to the centre of the ring. Cassell attempts an uplink from off his back which doesn’t really land, Olejniczak continually looking for the takedown and it is stuffed again. This time Cassell lands the takedown and is in Olejniczak’s guard. Cassell postures up and has some minor success with strikes from above and Olejniczak gives up his back. Cassell can’t take advantage and Olejniczak reverses. 10-9 to Cassell in my book.
Similar start to the second, Olejniczak pinning Cassell against the fence as he loooks to apply pressure. Cassell breaks free and lands a few solid headshots that send Olejniczak to the ground looking for another takedown. Both fighters go to ground and there is a lot of jostling for position, Olejniczak is visibly tired and breathing heavy but he gets Cassell in an inverted triangle and simultaneous kimura. Cassell rolls out into a rear naked joke and an arm bar attempt! Cassell ends the round the wrong end of a finger poke that is missed by referee Leon Roberts. Clear 10-9 for Olejniczak to level it up 19-19.
Cassell doesn’t actually make it out of his corner as the eye poke is considered too bad by the drs to continue. As it was an accidental foul we go to the judges who score the same as us and this is a majority draw.
David Khalsa (Debut) vs. Cian Cowley (Debut)
Cagey opening from both with Cowley landing a leg kick early, Marc Goddard calls for fingers sticking out, as Khalsa takes this to the ground and secures side control. Khalsa drops a few elbows down and takes full mount. Crowley gives up his back as he tries to escape and Khalsa locks in the RNC to secure the tap. For a pair of debut fighters this place has just gone wild. Winner: David Khalsa by Rear Naked Choke, moving to 1-0.
Mike ‘The Portuguese Popstar’ D’Aguiar (1-0) Vs. Sam ‘Hurricane’ Halliday (5-5)
Huge cheers for D’Aguiar as he makes his way down the ramp, not so much for Halliday, surprising since both are fighting out of the UK.
Halliday quick to work establishing range, has a lot of success with alternative left and right hands before getting the takedown and looking in the triangle. D’Aguiar looks to defend but it’s in deep and he is left with little choice but to tap. Winner: Sam Halliday by Triangle Choke, moving to 6-5.
Mick Stanton (3-0) Vs. Lukasz ‘Swiry’ Swirydowicz (2-3)
Stanton first to the cage, greeted by a half full arena.
Furious opening for both fighters and Stanton hits the deck. Two brawlers exchanging blows in the centre of the ring, Stanton goes for the double but ends up mounted. Back to the feet and Swiry is rocked, huge uppercut from Stanton finds nothing but air. Swiry counters and puts Stanton on his back, back to the feet and these two are swinging for the fences. An extremely close round ends that I score narrowly for Swiry by virtue of two knockdowns. 10-9 Swiry
Furious flurry from Swiry to open round two, Stanton hits the deck and referee Dan Movahedi calls for the tko after just 9 seconds. Winner: Lukasz ‘Swiry’ Swirydowicz, who moves to 3-3.