BAMMA (the British Association of Mixed Martial Arts) informed MMAWeekly.com on Thursday that they have introduced their first-ever British title with a middleweight contest between top contenders, Jack Marshman and Carl Noon.
As well as having a world title in each division, now the organization will put the British title in to the mix with the aim of developing a British champion in each weight class. Unlike the world title bouts that are fought for over five five-minute rounds, British title fights will consist three five-minute rounds, but adopt exactly the same unified rules as all other bouts.
Liam Fisher at BAMMA stated, “The introduction of a British Title allows us to develop the ever growing pool of talent in this country. Now we can give up-and-coming fighters a legitimate champion status to aspire to before they reach the level of fighting on a world stage. It’s only fitting that the pride of the Parachute Regiment from Wales will take on one of the toughest middleweight prospects in England to become the first ever BAMMA British champion. It’s England versus Wales, so as always, expect fireworks from the first bell!”
As a member of the British Armed Forces and former Army Boxing champion, Gwent born Jack Marshman recently returned from a tour of duty in Afghanistan. Currently ranked as a private serving with 3 Battalion, the Parachute Regiment, Marshman is expected to be promoted to Lance Corporal very soon. His MMA record of 8-0-0 is even more impressive given that he has only been fighting professionally for 18 months. Marshman now joins the stacked BAMMA middleweight division, which includes champion Tom “Kong” Watson, Frank Trigg, and former Commonwealth boxer John Phillips, to take on hot English prospect Carl Noon from Manchester.
“It’s a real honour to sign with BAMMA,” said Marshman. “I’ve been looking forward to this day for a long time and can’t want to fight for their first ever British title. Like I always do, on Sept. 10, I will be fighting for my country and I promise every one of my fellow Welshmen that I will be bringing home the belt.”
Carl Noon is no stranger to BAMMA gold, having the honor of being stable mates with their world lightweight champion Rob Sinclair and world featherweight champion Mark Adams. Noon is undefeated in three years and enters the fight on a seven-fight win streak. He is known for delivering incredibly exciting fights, with five of his seven wins finished in the very first round, including a first-round submission win against Mike Ling at BAMMA 3 in 2010.
“Not only will Rob Sinclair walk away from BAMMA 7 with his belt, I will bring yet another title back to Kaobon,” said the Team Kaobon fighter. “Like everyone, I respect Jack’s courage for putting his body on the line for our nation, but come Sept. 10 and when the cage door closes, all respect goes out the window. This belt is mine for the taking and there is no way a Welshman is taking it away from me!”