UFC veteran Colin “Freakshow” Fletcher survived a first-round barrage from American Michael Brightmon to finish the year with a win at BAMMA 17 last Saturday.
Freakshow had to endure an aggressive onslaught from Brightmon in the opening round before finding his range and picking off his opponent. Although Fletcher landed the first punch, it was Brightmon who started brighter as his swift hands and low center of gravity saw him find a way inside on a regular basis.
That continued pressure saw Brightmon land first blood, cutting Fletcher above the right eye. The first buzzer came at the right time for Fletcher, who used the break to reassess.
He came out for the second round and showed some elusiveness to avoid the attacking Brightmon, while also picking him off in the process. Halfway through, the bout swung completely in Fletcher’s favor, as he pinned Brightmon to the canvas. He then proceeded to mount the American and land a series of stinging elbows and fists that opened Brightmon up.
It was deemed enough and Brightmon was prevented from returning for round three by his corner, as Fletcher finished the year with a win.
Stapleton showed his pedigree, picking up a solid victory against Frenchman Sebastian Fournier in the first round.
The fighter from Rochdale dispatched Fournier with relative ease, applying a rear naked choke after some good pressure. He was never in any trouble, showing good patience to work his opponent into a position whereby he could apply the finishing touch.
The arrival of Stapleton has certainly added to a fascinating lightweight division at BAMMA. Next up is likely to be Jeremy Petley, who was originally scheduled for BAMMA 17 before injury forced him out.
In a light-heavyweight bout, Brett McDermott picked up a surprise knockout victory inside the first round against Oli Thompson. The fight was never going to last all three rounds, as both fighters looked for the big punch.
After a body throw saw both men sprawl on the mat, McDermott was quickest to his feet and landed a short right on Thompson, who walked into it as he rose. Thompson went straight back to the canvas and McDermott followed up before the referee stepped in.
The 25-year-old dispatched Frenchman Rousseau with 12 seconds of the first round remaining after landing some stinging shots.
Wolfslair’s Jack McGann also picked up a quick win after a flurry of knees cornered Kayvan Fallah, resulting in his team throwing in the towel. The 21-year-old is said to have a bright future in the lightweight division and on this evidence it is easy to see why.
BAMMA 17 Results
Colin Fletcher def. Michael Brightmon by TKO (Corner Stoppage) at 5:00, R2
Martin Stapleton def. Sebastien Fournier by Submission at 3:44, R1
Brett McDermott def. Oli Thompson by KO at 1:43, R1
Jack McGann def. Kayvan Fallah by TKO (Strikes) at 1:14, R1
Brendan Loughnane def. Florian Rousseau by TKO (Strikes) at 4:48, R1
Greg Severs def. Andy Craven by Majority Decision, R3
Mike Wootten def. Peter Ligier by Unanimous Decision at 5:00, R3
Gaz Pilot def. Dino Gambatesa by Submission at 3:18, R1
Conor Cooke def. Lee Chadwick by Unanimous Decision, R3
Marc Diakiese def. Vernon O’Neil by Unanimous Decision, R3
Regis Sugden def. Paul Bentley by TKO (Strikes) at 0:38, R2
Mike Grundy def. Michael Cutting by Submission at 1:56, R1
Paul Douglas def. Borys Feldman by Submission at 2:28, R1