Bamma is delighted to announce it’s return to the SSE Arena for BAMMA 31 on September 15th, 2017. The first bouts announced include Title fights and a bout that sees the UK’s biggest MMA rivalry come to a head.
Tickets go on pre sale Wednesday 21st June with General Sale on Friday 23rd June from http://www.ssearena.co.uk/events
For the first time since BAMMA 10: Sinclair Vs. Winner, the promotion returns to the SSE Arena, where many legendary BAMMA Battles such as Rob Sinclair Vs. Andre Winner, Frank Trigg Vs. John Phillips & Tom Watson Vs. Maurilo Rua were held. History is set to be made once more as BAMMA brings the big show to London.
In the Co-Main event ‘Mr Bag & Tag’ Nathan Jones takes on Alex ‘Da Kid’ Lohore for the BAMMA World Welterweight Title, in a fight set to bring the house down. Jones and Lohore have been on a collision course for a few years now and finally they get to bring the intense rivalry to a head for the title. Ever since Lohore felt disrespected by Jones in a post fight speech, he has pursued this fight and even stepped into Jones gym while teaching to throw down the gauntlet. Now London finally gets to see the epic conclusion of a rivalry that has been building for years.
After the shocking dismantling of Ronnie ‘Iron’ Mann and becoming the first fighter to KO him, Daniel Crawford stood centre of the cage and called for his title shot against current title holder Damien ‘Frankenstien’ Lapilus. Never one to back down from a challenge, Lapilus eagerly accepted and Crawford now not only intends to win the title in his hometown, but he also wants secure another first – to be the first Englishman to hold the Featherweight title and wrestle away France’s grip on the belt. Prepare for a titanic tussle as these young talented fighters prepare to put it all on the line for the crowd in attendance at the SSE Arena at BAMMA 31.
‘Mr Bag & Tag’ Nathan Jones (11-5) After winning 7 out of his last 8 fights Nathan Jones has been carving a path to the title he’s been craving ever since he signed on the dotted line with BAMMA. Standing in the way of the Team Titan / In The Bag fighter is longtime rival Alex ‘Da Kid’ Lohore. After taking Walter Gahadza’s undefeated streak at BAMMA 27 and brushing away Umer Kayani at Bellator the only thing left is Lohore, and it’s the battle that Jones has been preparing for. Losing is not an option for Jones and he’s out to prove it at BAMMA London.
Alex ‘Da Kid’ Lohore (12-1) ) is currently riding an 8 fight win streak that most recently saw him defeat Dan Edwards & Colin ‘Freakshow’ Fletcher. With an exhilarating style that is as good on the ground as it is standing, Lohore will once more be looking for the spectacular in his battle with longtime rival Nathan Jones for the BAMMA title. Hailing from France, the London based New Wave Academy fighter is coming to make a statement at BAMMA London. This MMA rivalry that has had the London MMA community gripped will finally reach it’s climax at the SSE Arena, Wembley on Set 15th.
Damien ‘Frankenstien’ Lapilus (15-7-1) followed in the footsteps of countryman Tom ‘Firekid’ DuQuesnoy when he secured the BAMMA World Featherweight Title against Ronnie ‘Iron’ Mann in a hard fought battle at BAMMA 28: Parkes Vs. Redmond at the beginning of the year. The MMA Factory fighter holds victories over Mann, Jack McGann and was arguably in control of his fight with former Lightweight champ Martin Stapleton, before the bout ended in a DQ. Training with the likes of Karl Amoussou and his brother Taylor Lapilus, training is the hardest it has ever been as he bids to retain his belt against the young upstart Crawford.
Daniel Crawford (9-1) the surging Featherweight prospect from South London finally gets a chance of winning the gold at Wembley in front of his hometown crowd, when he faces the champion Lapilus. The New Wave Academy fighter has a very unorthodox style that is difficult for opponents to deal with. Now riding a three fight win streak, Crawford is coming off the back of a career high KO victory against Mann. With only two of his fights going the distance, Crawford goes from strength to strength, but now faces his toughest opponent yet.
Grab your tickets when they go on pre sale Wednesday 21st June with General Sale on Friday 23rd June from http://www.ssearena.co.uk/events
Get Ready! BAMMA London is coming
DAVE TV New Home For BAMMA
– Dave to broadcast Live MMA World Title Fight
– BAMMA Heavyweight fight with commentary from boxer David Haye
UKTV’s leading entertainment channel Dave will exclusively air Live MMA World Title Fight, set to take place live from the Genting Arena in Birmingham on 12 May.
Two world title fights top-off an action-packed card headlined by Heavyweights – UK’s Brett ‘The Spartan’ McDermott Vs Germany’s Ruben ‘The Viking’ Wolf – live. Dave’s live coverage of the evening’s events from 9pm – 11pm.
All the action and commentary across the evening will be led by seasoned MMA presenter Andy Shepherd alongside main pundit, former WBA Heavyweight Champion David Haye. Each clash will be made up of 3 x 5 minute rounds with 60″ breaks between.
Live MMA World Title Fight is ordered by director of commissioning Richard Watsham and Dave general manager Steve North. The announcement further extends Dave’s live sport coverage following live boxing, cricket and darts events in 2016, and the Tie Break Tens tennis tournament this May.
The co-main event will be MMA World Middleweight championship fight, between Yannick ‘Black Mamba’ Bahati and Matt ‘Farmer Boy’ Hallam. Former MMA professional Paddy Holohan and actor/comedian and MMA fan Tom Davis will also present some of the action across the evening.
Richard Watsham, director of commissioning UKTV, said,
David Green’s BAMMA events are of the very best quality in terms of both sporting spectacle and sheer adrenaline. Given the further growth in popularity of MMA and Dave’s continued presence in free to air sport, there’s an excellent opportunity to build on the existing fanbase and introduce new viewers to this highly skilled sport.
Dave general manager Steve North, said,
Mixed martial arts is growing in popularity and appeals to a young and highly engaged audience which is perfect for Dave. David Haye is a familiar face for Dave viewers after we showed his comeback fight last year and we’re delighted to have him back for Live MMA World Title Fight.
David Green, BAMMA CEO said,
We are delighted to be partnering with Dave and to continue bringing MMA fans the very best in British Mixed Martial Arts. MMA is one of the most exciting live sports in the world and fans now get the opportunity to watch all the BAMMA action on one of the UK’s best loved channels.
McDermott is one of the nation’s most feared Heavyweights. With huge punching power and an attacking style designed to KO opponents, 12 May offers McDermott his greatest ever prize in MMA – the coveted BAMMA Heavyweight Title.
His equally as powerful and motivated German opponent, Wolf travels to Birmingham with the sole intention of defeating both McDermott and the hometown crowd and returning to Germany with the Heavyweight belt in hand.
The main card will be broadcasting on DAVE TV in the UK (Sky 111/246, Virgin 128/194, Freeview 12, BT & TalkTalk 12. On demand on Sky, Virgin and UKTV Play), Flo Combat in North America and for other countries please your check local listings. The BAMMA 29 Prelims will stream LIVE and Free on UNILAD Facebook Page. Tickets for BAMMA 29: McDermott Vs. Wolf are on sale from The Ticket Factory http://bit.ly/BAMMA29
Dave’s had a haircut and shave in recent years as it grows from awkward teenager to fully-fledged commissioner of new and original shows. And it’s not just comedy these days but entertainment and even some knock-out live sport. Hit UKTV Original commissions include BAFTA-nominated Taskmaster, Dave Gorman Modern Life is Goodish, Alan Davies: As Yet Untitled and Crackanory, all laden with the biggest names in British comedy. Dave enjoyed critical success with two series of Hoff the Record, an International Emmy award-winning mockumentary ensemble comedy led by the living legend David Hasselhoff.
As well as home-grown delights Dave also goes stateside, cherry-picking cult US Shows including the sharp-witted and sharp-suited Suits and much-loved Parks and Recreation along with Emmy-nominated The Last Man on Earth. This all contributed to Dave’s award win at the 2016 Broadcast Digital Awards for Best Entertainment Channel.
Dave is the UK’s most watched non-PSB channel broadcasting to over 27 million people per month, and viewers continue to enjoy the ludicrously addictive American Pickers and UK remake of Storage Hunters. The channel continues to grow its original commissioning slate with political show Unspun With Matt Forde, Red Dwarf XI, Dara O Briain’s Go8Bit, fantasy comedy Zapped! and Celebrity Storage Hunters airing later this year.
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The network embraces technology to deliver inspired channels to audiences through Freeview, Sky, Virgin Media, BT, TalkTalk, YouView, Freesat, Amazon Fire and UKTV Play, and distributes its highly valued original programmes to 200 territories.
Now celebrating over 20 years at the forefront of digital television, UKTV – an independent commercial joint venture between BBC Worldwide and Scripps Networks Interactive, Inc. (SNI) – is proud to be the first British television broadcaster in The Sunday Times top 100 companies list
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BAMMA, Europe’s Leading Mixed Martial Arts Entertainment Brand, is the home for elite fighters from around the world. Launched in 2009 and drawing unrivalled domestic viewing figures, the UK based promotion continues to showcase the most exciting and entertaining fights, between the toughest and most skilled competitors the sport has to offer.
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