RYAN SCOPE VS. ALI ARISH BAMMA 15


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March 10th, 2014 – Europe’s flagship Mixed Martial Arts promotion, BAMMA, is proud to announce another Welterweight bout to the BAMMA 15 card, as Ryan Scope faces Ali Arish.

Undefeated poster boy, Ryan ‘Big Baby’ Scope, made his BAMMA debut at BAMMA 12 in Newcastle where he usurped unbeaten favourite, Luke Newman, via first round Triangle Choke. The fight card, hampered by injuries, saw a late reshuffle which pushed the Scope vs. Newman fight onto the 5* televised main card and the Channel 5 highlights.  The Sunderland native competed in his first MMA fight at the age of 17 and went on to attain an Amateur record of 8-2-0, before moving up to professional MMA to earn a current record of 8-0-0. Scope has achieved 3 wins via TKO (Punches), 4 by Rear-Naked Choke and 1 via Decision.  He has nailed 6 of his professional victories in the first round. Currently training with Colin ‘The Freakshow’ Fletcher, Phil De Fries and Ross ‘The Real Deal’ Pearson, Scope is a regular at the Alliance Training Center in San Diego; and is touted as one of the UK’s most talented upcoming fighters. His most recent outing was at Newcastle’s Made 4 the Cage in February, where he scored a 1:45 victory over Phil Flynn via TKO.

 

Iranian born and Manchester based, Ali Arish competes out of  Moss Side GnP and is currently ranked at number 4 in the UK and Ireland. Arish possesses a professional MMA record of 20-2-0, with 9 victories attained in the 1st round via KO, TKO and Submission; and 10 via Decision (9 Unanimous). Among these he holds a KO victory over BAMMA Lonsdale British Welterweight champion, Wayne Murrie.  Arish was pitted for rematch against Murrie at BAMMA 12 but was forced to withdraw from the fight due to injury. Arish is coming off a unanimous decision win over Jack Mason.

Tickets are on sale from £25 at http://kililive.seetickets.com/event/bamma-15/copper-box-olympic-park/774299/

BAMMA IS BROADCAST ON 5* IN THE UK, AXS-TV IN THE US, KIX IN ASIA, ABU DHABI TV IN THE MIDDLE EAST,THE FIGHT NETWORK IN CANADA, EXTREME SPORTS CHANNEL IN EUROPE, SETANTA IN AFRICA, SONY IN RUSSIA & TRANSYLVANIA MEDIA IN ROMANIA.

BAMMA is brought to you in Association with:

Lonsdale & Sports Direct – The Official Equipment Partners of BAMMA

Safe MMA – Independent British Medical Organisation

Press Release

COLIN ‘FREAKSHOW’ FLETCHER VS TONY ‘LIONHEART’ HERVEY BAMMA 15


 

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March 9th, 2014 – Colin ‘Freakshow’ Fletcher flies out of your nightmares to face former King of the Cage champion, Tony ‘Lionheart’ Hervey, in a  Lightweight showdown at BAMMA 15. The event, hosted by Europe’s flagship Mixed Martial Arts promotion, takes place at the Copper Box Arena in London’s Olympic Park on 5th April.  

 

Evil clown, Colin Fletcher now holds a professional MMA record of 9-4.  Fletcher fought twice on BAMMA before entering the TV show contest, ‘The Ultimate Fighter: The Smashes’. His one post-TUF fight with the UFC saw him go the distance with Mike Ricci at ‘UFC 158: St-Pierre vs. Diaz’ to lose on decision. He returned for BAMMA 13 to score a victory over Tim Newman, while BAMMA 14 saw Freakshow in a relentless back and forth battle against Mansour Barnaoui for the BAMMA World Lightweight title.

 

Tony ‘Lionheart’ Hervey fights out of the Stealth Squad in Michigan(USA), with a 16-16-0 record racked up since 2007. At the age of 17, Lionheart discovered a passion for MMA and by the age of 18 he was fighting. According to his management, the Lionheart represents “the paradigm of hard work, perseverance and hunger for the American dream. He has trained diligently and has been recognized for his indomitability to back down from the toughest fights once challenged.”  

Former opponents have included Takanori Gomi, Pat Curran and Mike Ricci. Hervey is a former King of the Cage champion and has notably fought on Bellator.

 

Colin Fletcher said: “I’m really excited to be fighting in London and the venue looks great. More importantly I’m really looking forward to fighting Tony as he’s got a pretty unique style. I’ll come looking for the big finish so it should make a real fun fight. I recently lost my bath sponge so I’m going to punch a hole in his face and steal out his brain to use as a new one. With his brain and my Nicole Scherzinger body wash, I’ll  be justshhhheeeer-mazing.”

 

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 TICKETS ARE ON SALE NOW FROM £25: http://www.kililive.com/artists/Bamma

BAMMA IS BROADCAST ON 5* IN THE UK, AXS-TV IN THE US, KIX IN ASIA, ABU DHABI TV IN THE MIDDLE EAST,THE FIGHT NETWORK IN CANADA, EXTREME SPORTS CHANNEL IN EUROPE,SETANTA IN AFRICA, SONY IN RUSSIA & TRANSYLVANIA MEDIA IN ROMANIA.

BAMMA is brought to you in Association with:

Lonsdale & Sports Direct – The Official Equipment Partners of BAMMA

Safe MMA – Independent British Medical Organisation

Press Release

JIMMY WALLHEAD DEPARTS FROM BAMMA


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March 5th, 2014 – Fighter Jim Wallhead has decided not to renew his contract with BAMMA ahead of BAMMA 15. Fans had hoped there would be a re-match for the BAMMA World Welterweight title, but this now means new opportunities are on the horizon.

 

Since former team mates Jim Wallhead and Paul ‘Semtex’ Daley had vowed never to fight each other, Daley was excluded from title contendership. As Wallhead moves on, there are set be some exciting developments in the BAMMA Welterweight division.

Wallhead and Daley previously trained together at Rough House, but Daley now fights out of his own Spirit Dojo gym.

 BAMMA’s manager, Ashley Bothwell, said:

 “We are sorry to see Jim go, as he was well loved at BAMMA as a true BAMMA icon. We wish him all the best in his future.”

Press Release.

Photo Credit Huw Fairclough

WAYNE MURRIE VS. LEON ‘ROCKY’ EDWARDS ADDED TO BAMMA 15 WELTERWEIGHT TITLE FIGHT


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It has just been announced that Europe’s flagship Mixed Martial Arts promotion, BAMMA, is proud to announce a British Welterweight title fight to the BAMMA 15 card, as Leon ‘Rocky’ Edwards challenges reigning champion, Wayne Murrie.

BAMMA 15 takes place at the Copper Box in London’s Olympic Park on 5th April.

Fighting out of Doncaster’s Ludus Magnus, Wayne ‘The Caveman’ Murrie boasts a record of 17-5-1 and the BAMMA British Welterweight belt. BAMMA 13 saw Murrie win the championship against Michael Johnson via Rear Naked Choke in just 3:23, gaining him his 13th 1st round victory. 59% of his wins have come via Submission and 29% by TKO/ KO, while Murrie has also proved he can go the distance against some of the best. Murrie comes from a decorated Thai-boxing background

Rising talent Leon ‘Rocky’ Edwards has never been beaten. With a professional MMA record of 5-1-0 achieved since 2011 and an Amateur record of 7-0-0, Edwards’ sole loss came via disqualification for an illegal knee. Edwards debuted at BAMMA for BAMMA 11 with a victory over Jonathan Bilton via TKO, just 1:11 in to round 2. He then clinched a Submission win at BAMMA 13 when he defeated Adam Bousif via Arm-Triangle choke. Edwards returned for BAMMA 14 where he notably devastated striker Wendle Lewis at 1:20 into the 1st round. With a 60% KO/TKO victory rate, Rocky Edwards has been cited among British talent to watch in 2014 by Fighters Only magazine. Edwards fights out of Birmingham’s UTC.

You can follow @WMurrie and @RockyUtc on Twitter

BAMMA Press Release

Photo Credit via BAMMA

OLI THOMPSON VS GZIM ‘ALBANIAN PSYCHO’ SELMANI FOR BAMMA 15 (UK)


It was announced yesterday that Europe’s flagship Mixed Martial Arts promotion, BAMMA, is proud to announce that BAMMA 15 will take place at the Copper Box in London on 5th April. Located in London’s Olympic Park in Hackney Wick, the iconic Copper Box Arena is a multi-sport venue which was famously used for the Summer Olympics in 2012. The fight card is to be announced shortly and tickets go on sale this week.

BAMMA’s Director, Ashley Bothwell said:

 “It’s exciting for BAMMA to be holding an event in the Olympic Park at the Copper Box, as it carries a huge sporting legacy.  5th April will see the coming together of months of preparation for the fighters as all their hard work and sacrifice boils down to a few explosive, intense minutes. It is fitting that these crucial minutes should share a home with so many elite and aspirational sporting memories.”

BAMMA IS ALSO PROUD TO ANNOUNCE:

OLI THOMPSON VS GZIM ‘ALBANIAN PSYCHO’ SELMANI
WILL HEADLINE FOR
BAMMA 15
AT THE COPPER BOX ARENA, LONDON (UK)
5TH APRIL 2014

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Europe’s flagship Mixed Martial Arts promotion, BAMMA, is proud to announce Oli Thompson vs Gzim Selmani as the Heavyweight headliner for BAMMA 15 at the Copper Box in London’s Olympic Park on 5th April.

Oli Thompson originally made his name as a strongman, peaking in 2006 when he won the TWI Britain’s Strongest Man contest and reached the finals of the IFSA World Championships, in which he came 8th. Thompson also notably attained 2nd and 3rd places in IFSA British Championship contests. The 34 year old debuted professionally in Mixed Martial Arts in 2009, and went on to become UCMMA’s Heavyweight Champion in 2011, before competing in the UFC then KSW. Training out of 1st Generation in Sussex with a professional record of 12-5, Thompson has gone 3-1 since fighting in the UFC and has won his last two bouts via TKO in the first and second rounds. 50% of Thompson’s wins have come via Submission and 42% via KO or TKO. Thompson weighs 248lbs at 6ft1.

Gzim ‘The Albanian Psycho’ Selmani fights out of Golden Glory and Tatsujin Dojo in the Netherlands with a MMA record of 5-1* and a kickboxing record of 1-0, the victory scored via a flying knee KO. The Kosovo Albanian stands at 6ft 3 and weighs 263 pounds. He started training in Judo at the age of 5, then started kickboxing at the age of 12 before taking up MMA at the age of 15 with his older brother Egzon Selmani. Gzim debuted professionally in MMA at the age of 18.

BAMMA‘s matchmaker, Jude Samuel, said: “Selmani is mainly considered a striker. However at 19 years of age he has not yet had his patterns laid down which makes him unpredictable, dangerous and exciting to watch.”

Indeed, 2 of his MMA victories have come via TKO and 3 via Submission. The ‘Albanian Psycho’ is also the Dutch Heavyweight Grappling Champion 2013, and the Rough Diamonds Kickboxing Champion 2013 in Germany. None of his fights to date have cleared the 2nd round.

Oli Thompson said:

“I have been looking to fight on BAMMA for a long time. The show always has a great look. I am bringing an intensity and athleticism that is not seen in many heavyweights, and I will put my body on the line to get the win at all costs. I want to become the first BAMMA Heavyweight champion”

You can Follow @OliThompson_Fit and @GzimSelmani on Twitter

*Gzim Selmani – MMA Fight Record

1: Gzin Selmani def. Kaan Postaci
KO, 1st RND
July 8th 2012, Shaolin Ryu – Fight Club Den Haag 2012
Video: http://youtu.be/EItC4crmcLs

2: Gzim Selmani def. Jorrit Leemans
Armbar, 2nd RND, 2:32
13th October 2012, Shooto Holland
Video: http://youtu.be/XXgGNs4qrWI

3: Gzim Selmani def. Tolea Ciumac
TKO (Corner stoppage), 2ND RND
24th November 2012, Super Pro Romania: “KLASH – Road to Glory”
Video: http://youtu.be/ZpJywRz3Oyo

4: Ante Delija def. Gzim Selmani
TKO (punches), 1st RND, 3:09
24th May 2013, FFC – Final Fight Championship 5

5: Gzim Selmani vs. Mario Milosavljevic
Guilotine Choke, 1st RND, 0:35
9th November 2013, BFC – Bosnia Fight Championship 1
Video: http://youtu.be/PaRWKXIVYLw

6: Gzim Selmani def. Thomaz Simonic
Arm Triangle Choke, 1st ROUND, 1:54
13th December 2013, FFC – Final Fight Championship 10
Video: http://youtu.be/-Q3w-JeFPsE

Please see below for the BAMMA 15 Teaser Trailer [VIDEO]: ” He is Coming”:

LINK TO VIEW: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8kvxBScOYPU&feature=youtu.be

BAMMA IS BROADCAST ON 5* IN THE UK, AXS-TV IN THE US, KIX IN ASIA, ABU DHABI TV IN THE MIDDLE EAST, THE FIGHT NETWORK IN CANADA, EXTREME SPORTS CHANNEL IN EUROPE, SETANTA IN AFRICA, SONY IN RUSSIA & TRANSYLVANIA MEDIA IN ROMANIA.

BAMMA is brought to you in Association with:
Lonsdale & Sports Direct – The Official Equipment Partners of BAMMA
Safe MMA – Independent British Medical Organisation