BAMMA 20 took place Saturday, April 25 from The Barclaycard Arena in Birmingham in which we saw the crowing of two world champions. Marcin Lazarz defeated Brett McDermott for the light heavyweight title, and Ed Arthur was crowned the bantamweight king with a rear-naked choke win over Alan Philpott.
BAMMA World Light-Heavyweight Championship
Marcin Lazarz def. Brett McDermott via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 30-27)
Lightweight: Andre Winner def. Colin Fletcher via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 29-28)
BAMMA World Bantamweight Championship
Ed Arthur def. Alan Philpott via submission (rear-naked choke) 0:56 seconds Round 2
Flyweight: Chris Miah def. Daniel Barez via submission (Rear-naked choke) 1 min 46 secs Round 2
Bantamweight: Regis Sugden def. Ant Philips via TKO (punches) 3 mins 51 secs Round 1
Lightweight: Jack Grant def. Warren Kee via KO (punches) 1 min 04 secs Round 1
Lightweight: Rick Selvarajah def. Jefferson George via split decision (29-28, 29-28 28-29)
Lightweight: Chase Morton def. Wayne Drake via TKO (elbows) 4 mins 07 secs Round 1
Welterweight: Harry Marple def. Chris Astley via submission (Japanese neck tie) 1 min 41 secs Round 2
Featherweight: Aiden Lee def. Adam Jahovic via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Amateur: Oliver Paske def. Arthur Jakub via submission (standing guillotine) 2 mins 18 secs Round 1
Chris Astley [2-2] will be making his BAMMA debut at the Barclaycard Arena in Birmingham on Saturday April 25th facing Harry Marple [1-0].
The 29-year-old from Bristol, who trains out of arguably one of the best gyms in the South West ‘Trojan Free Fighters’, under the tutelage of owner/head coach Paul Sutherland for whom is an accomplished athlete within his own rights (ISKA Kickboxing Title Winner, Cage Warriors Lightweight Title, Ultimate Combat Lightweight Title and of course an Official UFC Judge), has only been training and competing in Mixed Martial Arts for three years and is still learning the trade.
“I used to play quite a lot of football and it is what I did all my life. I then fell out of love with the sport as the game was changing so I found a local MMA club in Bristol at the time (BCL – Bristol Combat Legion) for which I did a bit of boxing just for fitness. It was then I decided to do an Interclub at Trojan Free Fighters with no headshots. The adrenalin and the buzz from winning out weighed anything the football ever did and I clearly got the bug for the sport. At the end of the football season I hung up my boots and have never looked back. To this day I have never touched a football and went into MMA.”
Racking up an official amateur record of four wins and one defeat including winning the Throwdown 3 Welterweight Title against Chay Ingram, aptly named: Taste the Pain in June 2013, Chris then decided it was time to venture into the Pro ranks.
Wining his Pro debut he then took a huge step up in opponent, which is a testament to the fighter Chris has become in fighting rising welterweight athlete Adam Boussif [3-2 at the time], it was not to be Chris’s night. This by no means dampened Chris’s spirits or soul as he was straight back into fight camp and competed in two more scheduled fights before taking a long overdue break.
“Having had some time out and not having the pressure of fight camp I have enjoyed training more. I am now able to play with my technique and open my mind up more than what I was doing whilst in back to back fight camps. I am still in my early days of my fighting career, so with each fight I compete in, I am growing”.
Refreshed from last year, Chris is more than ever ready for his new challenge, which comes in the form of Harry Marple [1-0] for which he will be facing at BAMMA 20 on Saturday, April 25th at The Barclaycard Arena in Birmingham and he is looking forward to welcoming Harry to the Welterweight division.
Harry is stepping up from lightweight to welterweight. He is of similar build to myself, long and rangy. Regardless who you fight, every time you fight someone its a different fight and anything can happen. I respect him, I respect his record, but it’s not something I fear, it’s not something that enters my mindset, if anything, people may think I am the underdog which I am more than happy to accept and I am comfortable with. I am looking forward to Saturday night as I know I am confident wherever the fight goes”
Family is everything to Chris, literally and figuratively. After all, spending so much time at the gym it has become a second home, so making sure the gym he trains at is full of motivation, inspiring people to help push him through those hard days when he feels he does not want to be there is a tough ask of anybody. But at Trojan Free Fighters they know how to get the best out of all of their students, especially owner/head coach Paul Sutherland who has a unique way that he can connect to all his athletes on so many different levels and he is able to get the results that show many a time again.
“Paul has everyone’s respect before he even talks to you. He holds that respect within the gym and he looks after everyone, whether you are there to fight or whether it is your first time in the gym. He will hold that respect and in return will expect that respect back. Paul is a straight talking person if you need to work on something or if he is not happy with something he will tell you in the right way, if you’re doing well he will also tell you in a positive way. We have a good vibe in the gym which produces great attitudes, and a very good work ethic in the gym, and a great family atmosphere. It is my second home, my home from home. We are a family unit. A team. We are all quite close and look after one another”.
Being a regular on Ultimate Impact Events and also a fan favourite. I’m sure there will be a lot of noise in the Barclaycard Arena for the debut of Chris Astley and for all of his fans watching at home on SPIKE TV in the UK for which BAMMA 20 will be airing from 10pm and the live prelim stream on the Lonsdale Facebook page from 7pm.
Chris would like to give an honorable mention to Mario Saeed for whom has been by his side throughout his journey thus far, and been there through thick and thin with him.
And last by no means Chris would like to thank the following sponsors and supporters.
“Everyone at Trojan, All my Sparring partners, All my coaches, SCI-MAX, Marc Allen, Mario Saeed, The Boss – Paul Sutherland, Kate James my nutritionist, All my family and friends and BAMMA for giving me the opportunity to compete on their show”.
Side note: Chris Astley is not related to Rick Astley although he is ‘Never gonna give you up’ 🙂
You can keep up-to date with Chris by following him on his Twitter account here and Facebook page here.
BAMMA held their nineteenth event last night, March 28th 2015, at the Blackpool Winter Gardens to a packed out crowd.
In their Main Card line up we saw Martin Stapleton take on Jeremy Petley along with the co-main event for which was for the BAMMA Lonsdale British Lightweight Title, Jack McGann who was facing Marc Diakiese, also, for the BAMMA Lonsdale British Middleweight Title we saw Andy DeVent take on Conor Cooke.
Lightweight Main Event
Martin ‘.50 Cal’ Stapleton Def Jeremy ‘Ninja Petley Via TKO (Headkick) Round Three
BAMMA Lonsdale British Lightweight Title (Co-Main Event)
Marc ‘Bonecrusher’ DiakieseDef Jack McGann ViaUnanimous Decision 29-28, 29-28, 30-27 to become BAMMA Lonsdale British Lightweight Champion
BAMMA Lonsdale British Middleweight Title
Andy ‘The Lions Paw’ DeVentDef Conor ‘Da Crook’ Cooke Via RNC 2 mins 05 secs Round One to become BAMMA Lonsdale British Middleweight Champion
Brendan Loughnane Def Steve Polifonte Via Unanimous Decision 30-26, 30-28, 30-27
Mark ‘The Hand Of’ Godbeer Def Thomas Denham Via TKO 1 min 33 secs Round One
Damian Stasiak Def Mike Grundy Via Triangle Choke 4 min 18 secs Round Two
Nathan ‘Mr. Bag & Tag’ Jones Def ‘Universal Soldier’ Oskar Somerfeld Via Triangle Choke 1 min 40 secs Round One
Kamil ‘Vanderlei’ Beselak Def Karl ‘The Wrecking Machine’ Etherington Via TKO 4 mins 13 secs Round One
Damian Frankiewicz Def Paul Douglas Via RNC 4 min 02 Sec Round Three
Tom Aspinall Def Satish ‘The Crazy Indian’ Jamia Via TKO 0.09 secs Round One
Lewis Monarch Def David Johnson Via Kimura 2 mins 33 secs Round One
From the Archieves on 6th June 2014, I spoke with Michael ‘GIP’ Cutting before his debut BAMMA fight against Ed Arthur.
Saturday 7th June 2014 at the O2 Guildhall in Southampton, Michael ‘Gip’ Cutting (5-1) will make his debut for promotion BAMMA for part of their ‘Fight Night’ Series.
Cutting a 23-year-old father of two who lives in Andover, Hampshire, started Mixed Martial Arts at the age of 17 “I started because I had anger issues and liked watching martial arts films. I wanted some discipline from the sport”.
In May 2008, he went down to his local club, KYOUKEN MMA in Andover and started channelling all his aggression into the new found love of Mixed Martial Arts, training in traditional jiu jitsu and MMA. Training for two years, he then had his first amateur fight in 2010 which was against Nick Parcker for which he realised he had a talent for the sport.
Speaking of Cutting’s fighting career, like with all things, you learn not to believe everything you read on the internet as it is not always correct, so I ask Mike to break down the record that Sherdog.com holds for him as a fighter, which is 4-2, and the one thing he states is that, it is in correct, he is infact currently 5-1.
Mike explains, “The fight with Russell Peacock was a Semi-Pro fight, therefore should not be on my Pro record. On October 5th 2013 I fought ‘Sugar’ Shane Mansfield in Swindon on a show called CAGED for The International CAGED Championship Title for which I won due to a Verbal Submission of an armbar 3mins 06secs in the 3rd round, the promoter of that event still appears not to of sent the results of to Sherdog.com to get my record updated so unless people actually ask me for my record you will only ever get what is on the internet”.
Throughout Cutting’s fighting career, he has fought at various weight categories including 70kg, 66kg, and 61kg but now has his sights firmly on the bantamweight division “This is my home till I reach the top of the rankings”.
Being able to train full-time, as a full-time fighter is a privilege in itself, especially when you have a team member like Alexei Roberts to train with. Getting to find out that they will be on the same card together, must also be a comfort knowing that both of the athletes will be in training camp together, being able to push and motivate one another “It’s awesome when you have the ‘BOOM’ in the room and on camp with you”.
Winning Gold in The English World Jiu Jitsu Championships in 2013 in the 67kg Division appears to have put Cutting back onto a winning streak. Since his last loss to Aaron Blackwell on May 18th 2013 when Blackwell won the ITC 8 Bantamweight Title after a five round fight, he then won the International CAGED Championship Belt against ‘Sugar’ Shane Mansfield due to a Verbal Submission of an Armbar and his most recent win was against Jason Jenkins who he defeated via Inverted Heel Hook 2mins 28secs Round one, which was very impressive and yet another submission win on his record.
Next up for Cutting is Ed Arthur on June 7th 2014 in Southampton at The O2 Guildhall for promotion BAMMA, for which he will will be competing on one of the UK’s biggest promotions “It’s a true privilege to be fighting on a big platform”.
Ed Arthur is not only unbeaten in his pro record [3-0] he has also won all six of his amateur fights, is there any added pressure on Cutting? “It doesn’t bother me, I’m better than him, in all areas, this is my fight and I’m taking the win”
It’s pretty fair to say that Ed Arthur definitely is not one to hang around come fight night, he usually comes in fast and the majority of his fights are over within the first round, with the exception being his last fight which went into the third round. I wondered if there was any chance of this fight going the distance? “I’m putting him to sleep in the first round, sleep tight”.
For the first time BAMMA will also have Amateur fights on the same fight card to start off the show, this will include another Team KYOUKEN Member Andy Hannon, it appears Team Kyouken will be having their own little family unit up in the O2 Guildhall come fight night, let alone family and friends.
In closing Cutting does not mince his words as he offers “I would like to thank my sponsor IMPACT LPA, all the team at kyouken, my family and friends and thanks to ED ARTHUR for the easy win”
Fight News Update
Unfortunately Michael Cutting did not get the Win. Ed Arthur Won Via RNC 1 min 58 secs Round Two.
Adam Little is a 26 year old amateur fighter from Swindon, who at the weekend will be making his home town debut at local MMA promotion RAGED UK.
Adam who is currently 2-0 and trains out of SVT/Scorpion Gym in Swindon and works full time, decided to push his own career one step further and co-train in London at Titan gym at his own expense to get the best out of his training, it also happens to be the home of UFC fighter Brad Pickett and Joseph Duffy, along with BAMMA fighter Ashleigh Grimshaw.
I got to speak with Adam about his up coming fight this Saturday, where we talk about his boxing, wrestling, Brad Pickett, plus some other exciting stuff…..take a look!
Adam Little and Brad Picket
It’s been a while since I have caught up with you, which was when I last saw you fight at ITC 8 against Wayne Alden where you won in a stunning 0.48 second TKO (GnP) victory. Can you talk me through what you have been doing since then.
Since ITC 8 I felt that my boxing and takedown defence was lacking leading up to that fight so I went away and worked on that area of my training.
I have had a couple of white-collar boxing fights in which I have won, in turn I feel that my stand up game has improved massively.
I now feel confident in myself in the areas that I have been working on, especially my wrestling aspect of my game. I just feel like I have managed to evolve my whole fighting style adding in a lot more technique to my arsenal of weapons, to fully complement what I already had in my skillset.
Working full-time, training here in Swindon at Scorpion Gym/SVT and finally finding another home at Team Titan in London. How do you find enough hours in the week to fit everything in?
It can be an extremely long week but I’m thankful that I have a good employer who lets me take time of when I need to, especially when I am in a fight camp. I also try to fit in my runs, cardio before work in the mornings so I can focus more on technique and actual fight training in the evening.
For you then, this ultimately is a long-term career plan?
For sure, I’m not here just to make up the numbers im here to win fights. I’m looking to get a few more wins under my belt and compete a lot more regularly.
You’re now 2-0 in your amateur MMA career. When do you think it will be a good time for you to turn pro and when do you think that will happen, realistically?
If everything goes to plan and this time next year I’m still doing well then I will speak to my coaches and see where we are all at.
You’re facing Reece Pearson this Saturday, March 7th on RAGED UK at the MECA in your home town Swindon, which will also be your first time fighting in front of a home crowd. How are you feeling?
I’m feeling brilliant leading up to this fight. My training has been the best it ever has been. I can’t wait to get in there and show everyone watching what I can do.
Being the home town fighter, on home soil, how much does it mean to you to have support behind you?
The support is brilliant. My other fights have been out-of-town so it obviously makes it a lot harder for people to attend. This time I will have all my friends and family there and I’m sure they will raise the roof for all of the homes fighters on the card.
Training out of Swindon’s Scorpion Gym and SVT, you get to train with a wealth of combined knowledge in Michael ‘Oz’ Osbourne and Dan Hughes, along with Saturday night’s two main event fighter’s Phil Wells and Alex Brunnen. What is it like training with all that combined knowledge in your local gym?
It’s brilliant training with guys like that. They’re not just coaches they have been there and done it. I’m learning more with every session and I can not thank them enough, as well as the other lads for the time and effort they’ve put into my fight preparation.
You also stated Team Titan is part of your home aswell, which is also home to UFC fighter Brad Pickett, newly signed UFC fighter Joseph Duffy and BAMMA fighter Ashleigh Grimshaw amongst many other elite athletes to say the least; Is it quite fair to say that this training camp for your upcoming fight is going pretty well then?
Yes the training camp is going brilliantly. Everything has gone to plan and the lads in London are all at elite level. Even the amateurs down there are champions and as far as I’m concerned being on the mats with people like them is priceless.
Being mentally prepared for a fight I would say, is as paramount as much as the physical aspect of training, if not, more so. How much do you believe in having a strong mental attitude for your fights?
I think that mental strength and toughness is a massive part of the fight game. With the lads that I train with at both SVT and Titan I don’t think you have any choice but to be mentally tough and ready. Oz and Dan wouldn’t have it any other way.
Do you know much about your opponent Reece Pearson or the challenges he could pose on the night?
I don’t know a great deal about Reece, I leave that up to my team to research him but I do know a lot about myself!
Where do you feel that you will be stronger in this fight and where do you feel it may end up?
I know that I will be stronger and better in any area where ever this fight goes, therefore I know that I will win this fight where ever it ends up!
Lastly, is there any sponsors or anyone you would like to thank?
I’d like to say a massive thanks to Oz and Dan down at Scorpion/SVT, as well as all of the other lads in the gym. Also want to say a big thank you to Brad Pickett for looking after me and making me feel so welcome down at Titan. Dave Pixton, Pat Reeves and Jaime Murkin at Gracie Barra Swindon.
Lastly I want to say a massive thank you to Picture House Tattoo Studio in Chippenham for giving me some great tattoos, Better Option and Platinum Security for helping me out with equipment.
You can keep up to date on Adam on his Facebook page here.