‘If this fight goes to the ground I think I will dominate it’ – Bryony Tyrell


Bryony Tyrell will be making her fifth amateur MMA appearance tomorrow night, Saturday, February 21st on UIC 14 at GL1 Leisure Centre in Gloucester.

Bryony trains out of Exile Gym in Southampton; is a working mum with two children and competes up and down the country.  Here I get to find out what Bryony has been achieving since I last spoke with her 18 months ago and I for one can say WOW!

Bryony Tyrell
Bryony Tyrell

It has been awhile since I have last caught up with you [July 2013] and since then you have been one busy lady.  Can you talk me through the last year of your achievements for which I know you have achieved a lot.

It’s lovely to catch up with you again, I can’t believe it’s been that long! Yes it has been a very busy couple of years.

In October 2013 I fought on Extreme Cage Championships – Banned 1 in Blackpool and won by split decision.  A few weeks later I was asked to do a white-collar boxing match at short notice in Andover which I won by decision.  

In November I fought on the Muay Thai World Series in Bournemouth and lost by decision.

In December I fought Main Event (MMA) on a small local show in Andover and won by first round rear naked choke.

The day after that I competed in the Grapplers Showdown Strike and Grapple UK Championships in Watford winning Gold in my weight division (-60kgs) and Silver in the absolute (NoGi).

In February 2014 I competed in the Hampshire Open Grapplers Showdown and won Silver in both my weight division (-60kgs) and the absolute (NoGi).

In April, at the Grapplers Showdown London Open in Watford I won Gold in my weight division (-55kgs) and bronze in the absolute.

In May I was lucky enough to fight on Cage Warriors 68 in Liverpool and lost by decision.

In September I competed in the Grapplers Showdown London International NoGi Open and won silver in my weight division (-55kgs) and amazingly won the absolute!

The week after I competed in the British NoGi Open in Birmingham and won Gold in my division (-56kgs) and Bronze in the absolute.

The week after that I fought on Warrior Fight Night in Bournemouth (Muay Thai) and won by decision.

Last but not least (lol) in November I fought on Shock ‘n’ Awe in Portsmouth (MMA) and won by TKO second round. 

That’s a lot of achievements for a working mum of two, to fit all of those achievements into your ‘spare’ time. How do you do it?

I’m not really sure how I managed to do all that. My life is absolute chaos for the most part to be honest, but I love it! I couldn’t do it without the amazing support of my husband, coaches and teammates.

You train out of Exile Gym in Southampton, alongside Arthur Frost who is another top amateur MMA fighter and also Pro fighter Benny Carr. How does it feel to train alongside Arthur and Benny when it comes to a fight camp?

Benny and Arthur are a massive inspiration to me. Arthur in particular has helped me out immensely; I’m very lucky to train side by side with someone of his calibre.

Your’re now 2-2 in your amateur MMA career; have been on one of the biggest shows as in Cage Warriors, when can we see you make the move to the Pro ranks?

My aim was to turn pro at the end of this year if I do well in my next two amateur fights. My concern with turning pro though is the lack of opponents at my weight. The amateur scene for women is definitely expanding but the pro level still seems to be very scarce in the UK.

Bryony Tyrell at 'Shock N Awe'
Bryony Tyrell at ‘Shock N Awe’

You’re facing Jemma Jacques at UIC 14 at GL1 in Gloucester this Saturday February 21st in an Amateur MMA bout; do you know much about your opponent or the challenges she may pose on the night?

I know quite a lot about Jemma because I’ve been matched against her before. I’ve never met her but I like her. She seems savvy and a bit fiery, good characteristics for a fighter . We’re both from a kickboxing background so I’m quite familiar with her fighting style. She has powerful striking which I’ve got no doubt could cause me serious problems if I don’t keep moving (lol). 

Where do you feel that you will be stronger in this fight and where do you feel it may end up?

To be honest I’m not sure what will happen on Saturday, I’m quite comfortable standing and on the ground, although I think my grappling is stronger. I expect this fight to go to the ground at some point where I think I’ll dominate.

Are you still part of ‘Rosi Sexton‘s’ mentoring scheme? If so, how is that going?

I’m not part of Rosi’s mentoring scheme anymore. She was understandably very busy when she got signed to the UFC so I think that went on the back burner. I will always be very grateful for the help and advice she’s given me. She’s a true icon for WMMA.

What did you think of TUF 20: A Champion will be crowned?

I really enjoyed TUF 20. It was quite interesting to have an insight into some of my favourite fighters. It’s a shame they gave so much airtime to the more unpleasant characters in the house. Angela Magana was particularly vile. It was nice to see Jo Jo and Aisling coming across so well, both a true credit to WMMA.

Bryony Tryrell at Grapplers Showdown
Bryony Tryrell at Grapplers Showdown

After your fight will the ‘Gazelle’ be eating lots of cake?

Haha…yes I’ll definitely be eating lots of cake after the fight, I might even indulge in a cheeky cider too! I can’t relax too much though because I’m fighting again in March.

Lastly, is there any sponsors or anyone you would like to thank?

I don’t have any sponsors, only my brother who spoils me with random MMA related pressies..lol. So obviously I would like to thank him and my beautiful sister-in-law Lisa who are always there for me. I’d also like to thank all my fantastic coaches and training partners at Exile and Look Borai, in particular Daniel Bourne, Gareth Blair, Dean Kendall, Janis Meiksans, Trevor Birmingham, Jarrod Speed, Rich Harding and Arthur Frost. I’d also like to thank my Mum for being brave enough to come and watch me and last but not least my husband for enabling me to chase my dreams and only complaining a little bit..lol.

Thank you for your time Bryony it is very much appreciated.

Bryony is next fighting on March 28th on Phoenix Fight Night XXV at the 02 Academy in Bournemouth.

You can follow Bryony on her Twitter here.

Bryony’s Facebook page here.

If there are any sponsors out there that would like to sponsor Bryony (every little helps) you can contact her via her Facebook.  I for one know she would be very grateful.

Photo Credit 1: Vandal Panda Photography

Photo Credit 2: http://www.grahamfinneyphotography.co.uk

Photo Credit 3: Grapplers Showdown

 

Ultimate Impact 14 Event Poster
Ultimate Impact 14 Event Poster

Fightcard:

  1. SHANE RILEY V ADAM BOUSIFF 77.2kg Welterweight Title
  2. MARC ALLEN V TERRY DOYLE 70.4kg Lightweight Title
  3. STEVE SMITH V DAVE CONLON 78kg Catchweight k1
  4. IAN DALBY V LEE RUSSELL 56.8kg Flyweight pro
  5. LAURA HANDY V FFION DAVIES 61.3kg Bantamweight ammy
  6. PAULINA MALINA V AMY O’MARA 52.2kg Strawweight ammy
  7. HARRY DAVIS V OLLY MYERS 77.2kg Welterweight ammy
  8. JEMMA JACQUES V BRYONY TYRELL 56.8kg Flyweight ammy
  9. ANDREE WARBRICK V ASHLEIGH JOHNSON 54kg Catchweight k1 ammy
  10. POLLY BEAUCHAMP V CHARLOTTE FREEMAN 52.2kg Strawweight ammy
  11. JORDAN PATEY V WILL JONES 90kg Catchweight ammy
  12. MACK STEVENS V JOSH OZANE 74kg Catchweight ammy
  13. BARTOSZ RUSIECKI V LAURENCE COATES 72kg Catchweight k1 ammy
  14. DAVE TIBBETS V PAT BENSON 90KG Catchweight ammy

 

 

 

BAMMA 15 RESULTS – WINNERS, WORLD CHAMPS, BRITISH CHAMPS, AND THE NOT SO LUCKY ONES THIS TIME!


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Tonight (April 5th) at the London’s Copper Box arena, London,  BAMMA held their fifteenth event, as the iconic Olympic Park re-opens to the public.

Those of you, who were lucky enough to get hold of tickets, arrived at the new location, the rest of us sat at home and watched the faultless stream being shown for the first time on #Facebook,without a hitch.

The results as follows:

MAIN EVENT

Gzim Selmani def Oli Thompson via Guillotine .18sec Rnd 1

CO-MAIN EVENT 

BRITISH WELTERWEIGHT TITLE FIGHT

Leon Edwards (Challenger)  Def  Wayne Murrie (Current Champ)  via RNC 3min 13 sec Rnd 1

NEW BRITISH WELTERWEIGHT CHAMPION LEON EDWARDS 

Colin Fletcher def Tony Hervey via SD 29-28 (f) 29-28 (h) 29-28 (f)

WORLD CHAMPION FEATHERWEIGHT BELT 

Tom Duquesnoy def Teddy Violet via Triangle 1min 29 sec Rnd 2

NEW WORLD FEATHERWEIGHT CHAMPION TOM DUQUESNOY

MIDDLEWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP BELT

Harry Mcleman def Andy De-Vent via UD 29-28

NEW BAMMA MIDDLEWEIGHT CHAMPION HARRY MCLEMAN 

Ryan Scope def Ali Arish via UD 29-28

Rany Saadeh def Mahmood Besharate wins via UD 30-27

Jefferson George def Jack Grant via SD

Alex Montagnani def Nathan Jones via RNC 2min 43 sec Rnd 1

Andy Craven def Richard Edwards via RNC 2min 12 sec Rnd 1

Ed Arthur def Nathaniel Woods via RNC 1min 28sec Rnd 3

Jacek Toczydlowski def Benny Carr via tapout due to strikes (Elbows)  1min 32 Rnd 1

 

Another night of awesome fights from start to finish from BAMMA, and from wherever you were watching from.including watching their new FREE STREAM on FACEBOOK, it was FAULTLESS.

 

BAMMA 15 WEIGH-IN RESULTS AND PICTURES


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Friday 4th April ,it was time for all PRO BAMMA 15 fighters to weigh in:

HEAVYWEIGHT BOUT

OLI THOMPSON  (236.6) VS. GRIZM SELMANI (257.6)

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LIGHTWEIGHT BOUT

COLIN FLETCHER (156.2)  VS. TONY HERVEY (155)

fletcher on own weigh infletcher face off

BAMMA WORLD FEATHERWEIGHT TITLE BOUT

TOM DUQUESNOY (144.6)  VS. TEDDY VIOLET (145)

violet face offviolet on own weigh in

BAMMA LONSDALE BRITISH WELTERWEIGHT TITLE BOUT

WAYNE MURRIE (168.8)  VS. LEON EDWARDS(170.4) *(169.6) on 2nd attempt

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BAMMA LONSDALE BRITISH MIDDLEWEIGHT TITLE BOUT

HARRY MCLEMAN (184.4) VS. ANDY DE-VENT (184.4)

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WELTERWEIGHT BOUT

RYAN SCOPE  (170.6) VS. ALI ARISH (168.20

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FLYWEIGHT BOUT

RANY SAADEH  (125.8) VS. MAHMOOD BESHARATE (125.8)

rany face off

RICHARD EDWARDS  (145.) VS. ANDY CRAVEN (146.6) ** ON 2ND ATTEMPT A % OF FIGHT PURSE TO BE GIVEN TO HIS OPPONENT WHO HAS ACCEPTED THE FIGHT.

LIGHTWEIGHT BOUT

JACK GRANT (153.) VS. JEFFERSON GEORGE ( 154.8)

jefferson face off

WELTERWEIGHT BOUT

NATHAN JONES  (167.6)  VS. ALEX MONTAGNANI ( 168.4)

nathan jones own weigh in nathan jones face off

BANTAMWEIGHT BOUT

NATHANIEL WOOD (134.6)  VS. ED ARTHUR (135.5)

WELTERWEIGHT BOUT

BENNY CARR  ( 170.6) VS. JACEK TOCZYDLOWSKI  (170.6)

carr own weigh in carr face off

 

* Leon Edwards made weight on his 2nd attempt.

** Andy Craven failed to make weight, therfore forefits a percentage of his purse to his opponent Richard Edwards and the fight has been agreed to still go ahead.

Here is how to watch TONIGHT LIVE on FACEBOOK Saturday April 5th.

How to watch BAMMA 15:

To watch LIVE like the BAMMA Facebook page HERE

Step 2 – Click LIKE

Step 3 – Click tab named ‘BAMMA 15 Prelims’

Step 4 – Click tab named ‘BAMMA 15 Main Card’

BAMMA 15 Prelims start at 7:00pm with the Main Card following at 9:00pm.

 

You can join the conversation on Twitter at @BAMMAUK

 

 

 

BAMMA 15 STREAMS LIVE WORLDWIDE ON FACEBOOK, NEW DEAL WITH ESPN3 (USA), FULL FIGHT CARD DETAILS, HOW TO WATCH


 

BAMMA 15 Facebook Announcment

BAMMA 15 is to be streamed live from London’s Copper Box Arena this Saturday 5th April, giving both UK and international fans worldwide the opportunity to watch BAMMA live for the first time on Facebook.

The preliminaries stream live globally from 19:00pm GMT; while the main card will be exclusively streamed in the UK and to countries with no current BAMMA TV deal, extending the promotion’s reach into new territories.

The BAMMA 15 main card will broadcast on the following international television channels between 21:00 GMT and 23:00 GMT: ESPN 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 and Transylvania Media In Romania. Please check regional TV listings for further information.

How to watch BAMMA 15:

To watch LIVE like the BAMMA Facebook page HERE

Step 2 – Click LIKE

Step 3 – Click tab named ‘BAMMA 15 Prelims’

Step 4 – Click tab named ‘BAMMA 15 Main Card’

BAMMA 15 Prelims start at 7:00pm with the Main Card following at 9:00pm.

You can join the conversation on Twitter at @BAMMAUK

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Europe’s flagship Mixed Martial Arts promotion, BAMMA, is proud to announce a newly inked deal with ESPN3 in the USA and its territories.

BAMMA 15 will be carried live on ESPN3 from the UK’s iconic Copper Box Arena on 5th April, as London’s Olympic Park re-opens to the public.

ESPN3 is ESPN’s live multi-screen sports network available to more than 85 million U.S. homes nationwide at no addition cost to fans who receive their high-speed Internet connection or video subscription from an affiliated service provider. It is accessible online at WatchESPN.com, on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app and streamed on televisions through ESPN on Xbox LIVE to Gold members, Apple TV and Roku. The network is also accessible at no cost to approximately 21 million college students and U.S.-based military personnel via computers, smartphones and tablets connected to on-campus educational and on-base military broadband and Wi-Fi networks.

BAMMA’s Managing Director, Ashley Bothwell, said:

“We’re elated about this deal which sees European MMA’s reach extended on the other side of the Atlantic and we’re honoured to be working with such a leading sports brand as ESPN. There’s so much talent coming up through the ranks in the UK and in Europe, and BAMMA fighters are risk-takers renowned for bringing the fight and leaving it all on the line. BAMMA is all about exciting, entertaining match-ups between dedicated and passionate athletes, and favours colourful personalities. ESPN’s American fight fans will now get to enjoy the very British flavour of MMA that BAMMA brings”

Follow @ESPN3 & @BAMMAUK on Twitter

 

BAMMA 15 IS BROADCAST ON ESPN 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

 

bAMMA15 MAIN LOGO

 

Europe’s flagship Mixed Martial Arts promotion presents BAMMA 15 at London’s Copper Box Arena this Saturday 5th April as the iconic Olympic Park re-opens to the public. Tickets are on sale from £25 at http://www.kililive.com/artists/Bamma

 

See below for the full, finalised BAMMA 15 Fight Card. Click on fights for more information.

 

BAMMA 15 FIGHT CARD

 

HEAVYWEIGHT BOUT

OLI THOMPSON VS. GRIZM SELMANI

LIGHTWEIGHT BOUT

COLIN FLETCHER VS. TONY HERVEY

BAMMA WORLD FEATHERWEIGHT TITLE BOUT

TOM DUQUESNOY VS. TEDDY VIOLET

BAMMA LONSDALE BRITISH WELTERWEIGHT TITLE BOUT

WAYNE MURRIE VS. LEON EDWARDS

BAMMA LONSDALE BRITISH MIDDLEWEIGHT TITLE BOUT

HARRY MCLEMAN VS. ANDY DE-VENT

WELTERWEIGHT BOUT

RYAN SCOPE VS. ALI ARISH

FLYWEIGHT BOUT

RANY SAADEH VS. MAHMOOD BESHARATE

FEATHERWEIGHT BOUT

RICHARD EDWARDS VS. ANDY CRAVEN

LIGHTWEIGHT BOUT

JACK GRANT VS. JEFFERSON GEORGE

WELTERWEIGHT BOUT

NATHAN JONES VS. ALEX MONTAGNANI

BANTAMWEIGHT BOUT

NATHANIEL WOOD VS. ED ARTHUR

WELTERWEIGHT BOUT

BENNY CARR VS. JACEK TOCZYDLOWSKI