The British Association of Mixed Martial Arts, better known as BAMMA, returned on Saturday with BAMMA 7 at the NIA Arena in Birmingham, England.
UFC veteran Frank Trigg was supposed to have fought BAMMA middleweight champion Tom “Kong” Watson in the main event, but ended up going bell-to-bell with Jim Wallhead instead. Watson had to drop out of the fight a few weeks back due to injury.
It was an amazing fight from the opening bell. Wallhead got on early, getting Trigg to the mat in the opening round. He unleashed a strong does of ground and pound that opened a cut under Trigg’s right eye.
Trigg came back strong in round two, however, landing numerous kicks to Wallhead’s lead leg, and generally being the aggressor, bulling Wallhead to the fence.
Round three was about as close as they come, but Wallhead wobbled Trigg early in the stanza with a couple clean right hands and followed with a solid double-leg takedown. Trigg got his jab going for the latter half of the round, but couldn’t find a way to land anything that overcame Wallhead’s early round success.
In the end, Wallhead, who normally fights at 170 pounds, walked out of the cage with a split decision victory on Trigg’s turf at 185, likely stealing his shot at the BAMMA middleweight belt in the process.
“Biggest (win) of my career mate,” Wallhead said after the fight. And though he normally fights at welterweight, he made no bones about what he wants next.
“I’d like to fight Tom. I respect Tom. He’s a great champion. I just beat the No. 1 contender. I’d stay at middleweight to fight Tom.”
Of course, former UFC middleweight contender Nate Marquardt is expected to make his welterweight debut at BAMMA 8 in December, so….
“To fight someone like Marquardt, I’d give it a go, of course,” added Wallhead about dropping back down to 170 pounds.
By all rights, it looked as if Paul Daley was going to put Jordan Radev away in the early moments of the opening round of their fight… several times. Radev’s half-life, however, was nothing short of stunning.
Daley unleashed flurry after flurry of punches in combination with knees, both from the clinch and flying, as well as an arsenal of kicks; but somehow, he couldn’t find the means to put Radev away.
Daley came into the fight five pounds over the limit and Radev was none-too-happy, but reluctantly agreed to the fight anyway. So perhaps it’s no surprise that his pride wouldn’t allow Daley the satisfaction of putting him away.
Radev had the best of his rounds in the third when he finally put Daley on his back and unleashed his ground and pound attack. It was too little, too late, however, as Daley walked out of the cage with a unanimous decision victory.
In a battle for the first BAMMA British middleweight title, Carl Noon looked as if he was going to make it a short night, putting Jack Marshman on his back and nearly pounding him into a stoppage in the opening round.
Marshman, however, bloodied and bruised from all the punishment, turned the tables in round two, tired himself, but outgunning a visibly gassed Noon to the bell. Just as Noon couldn’t finish in the first, Marshman couldn’t put an end to it in the second.
Round three was all Marshman, however. He stormed Noon from the bell. When Noon somewhat shot a takedown, but more or less fell to the mat, Marshman took full advantage, moving to mount and finishing Noon in an onslaught of ground and pound, claiming the inaugural British middleweight championship.
BAMMA lightweight champion Rob Sinclair, facing a last minute replacement in Diego Vital, kept the gold around his waist with a dominant performance.
He used the first couple of rounds to clinch up with Vital and land body punches to wear him down, as well as chopping at his lead leg with kicks to slow the Brazilian’s takedown attempts. Then, in round three, he unleashed the finisher, a single right uppercut that put Vital down on all fours, stumbling for purchase. There was none to be found, however, the referee declaring Sinclair the winner by knockout.
“I started slowing down in the third round,” Sinclair explained after the fight, saying that he had kind of rushed things in the opening two rounds. But it was some advice from a sibling that brought about the finish.
“My brother said the right uppercut is there. For once I listened to my younger brother and it paid off.”
Andre Winner, making his first start since losing to Anthony Njokuani at UFC 132 in July, stopped the majority of Jason Ball’s takedowns, keeping the fight in his realm. Winner out-struck Ball the entire fight on the feet, winning a unanimous decision.
“What I wanted to do with this fight was just relax and work my game,” said Winner after the bout.
BAMMA 7 FULL RESULTS:
Jim Wallhead def. Frank Trigg by Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27), R3
Paul Daley def. Jordan Radev by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28), R3
Jack Marshman def. Carl Noon by TKO (Strikes) at 2:09, R3
Andre Winner def. Jason Ball by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27), R3
Rob Sinclair def. Diego Vital by KO (Punch) at 3:00, R3
Dale Hardiman def. Scott Jansen by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 1:16, R2
Chris Fishgold def. Jeremy Petley by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 4:33, R1
Pindi Madahar def. Danny Compton by TKO at 1:06, R2
Eugene Fadiora def. Robert Devanne by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 4:35, R1
Tom Breese def. Lee Taylor by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 2:26, R1
Dean Amasinger def. Shah Hussain by Unanimous Decision, R3
Fraser Opie def. Robert Krecicki by TKO at 3:19, R1
Erik Perez def. James Brum by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 3:31, R1
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