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BAMMA 34: What next for the UK & Northern Ireland’s finest?

BAMMA promoted BAMMA 34; their first show of 2018, with a stacked card featuring welterweight champions Alex Lohore and Terry Brazier at the SSE Arena, Wembley.

The card would be talent-rich from the prelims to the main event, featuring names such as Justin BurlinsonRhys McKeeTim BarnettFabian EdwardsChi Lewis-Parry and of course the two headliners.

With such hype surrounding the event, even after the withdrawal of current middleweight champion Mike Shipman, the European giants were under immense pressure to deliver on the card. Thankfully, the night couldn’t have gone to plan much better. MMA Today News give you the recap of the main winners on the night and what to expect next.

1. Rhys McKee

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It’s hard to disagree with the Ballymena native topping the pile of biggest winners on the night. After losing in the very first round against Barnett when the pair first met, McKee had a point to prove.

Just minutes into the fight, it was evident to see that the two fighters were operating on completely different levels come fight night, with McKee being both evasive in his movement and effective in his striking.

The reigning lightweight champion couldn’t get near the challenger for the duration of the first round and was subsequently stopped after being dropped on several occasions, McKee ending the fight with knees.

Whilst a title defence is an option for McKee with the prospect of a trilogy with Barnett looming, it seems there are bigger fish to fry for “Skeletor”. With a proposed UFC card in Dublin, Ireland this year, McKee will no doubt be high in the pecking order for a call-up to the promotional kingpin.

2. Colin Fletcher


Mr Marmite himself, love or loathe him, Colin Fletcher brings entertainment and a whole different persona to the mixed martial arts world. Known for his wacky walkouts and immensely sarcastic, yet amusing sense of humour, “The Freakshow” is like no other.

After a disappointing loss to Frenchman Anthony Dizy on home territory, it was Walter Gahadza who stood in the Sunderland native’s way this time around.

After being seemingly dominated on the feet in the opening round, Fletcher, to the surprise of many, produced the goods with a slick armbar submission in the second round, furthering Gahadza’s nightmare start to life in BAMMA.

After the first meeting ended in a controversial disqualification win for “Sniper”, Fletcher calmly submitted his opponent and ensured there was no controversy to be construed this time around.

3. Terry Brazier

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To not only overcome a mental barrier of fighting an old teammate and friend; but to overcome the rich vain of form that his opponent found himself in, Tery Brazier had a sizeable task ahead in his main event clash with welterweight world champion Alex Lohore to decide the undisputed 170lb. king of BAMMA.

Despite an impressive start from Lohore, evidently rocking Brazier, Brazier turned the first round on its head, with a takedown, taking control, landing numerous attacks of his own in the process.

A more one sided second round saw Brazier comfortable and dominate proceedings in the mid-fight round, controlling Lohore for the majority of the round, including a knockdown.

A last ditch attempt from Lohore saw him take the third and final round but it was to be too late with “Dominator” being crowned the new champion via split decision.

With the fight being a split decision, a rematch could be next on the cards for Brazier. However, with the welterweight division being stronger than ever with rising stars Adam Proctor and Justin Burlinson staking a claim to be next in line, options remain wide open for the new undisputed champion.

4. Dominique Wooding


With the greatest of respects to his opponent, the calibre of opposition is the only reason for Dominique Wooding’s blistering performance being fourth. In terms of domination, Wooding be up at the top.

Covering for absent teammate Chris Miah and making his debut at 145lbs., “Black Panther” showed no sign of trouble in his clash against Dominic Dillon.

Aggressive and offensive from the offset, Wooding teed off on Dillon at will, stuffing any attempted takedowns with ease, an impressive feat given Dillon’s strength in his wrestling and ground game.

The fight came to a crashing halt in the second round when the 21-year-old executed a flying knee to the head of Dillon, forcing referee Marc Goddard to call a halt to proceedings.

The sky is the limit for the Londoner and it truly is difficult to predict what’s next for Wooding. Whilst that almost certainly marks the only time he will fight at 145, the Bantamweight division is wide open for the rising contender to climb the ladder and cement a bid for a title shot. A showdown with fellow BAMMA 34 winner and London native Nathan Rose could be an exciting potential match-up, despite Rose operating at 145.

5. Fabian Edwards


Last but certainly not least, the man everyone is talking about within the promotion; Fabian Edwards. As hard as it was to not include the likes of Burlinson and Steve O’Keefe in the running order, the fashion of “The Assassin’s” win was impressive to say the least.

On paper, it looked a dangerous fight for Edwards to take with the experienced and explosive Kent Kauppinen being his dance partner at Wembley.

When Kent connected with a right to the head of Fabian, after a failed flying knee attempt from the Birmingham native, Kauppinen pounced on Edwards. However, the 24-year-old showed exactly what he is made of when he quickly averted the danger, recollected and submitted his opponent via an armbar.

A title shot is in touching distance for Fabian, who repeatedly claims he is “The daddy of the middleweight division” and told champion Shipman “I’m f-cking coming for ya” following his toughest test to date. However, whilst Johan Romming is the most likely to get the title shot rescheduled, there is little else Edwards can do with the current state of the middleweight division.

Ion Pascu, though fighting at welterweight in his last two bouts, remains naturally big for the weight and has plenty of experience at 185. Pascu could be the experienced veteran needed to test Edwards, with a win for “The Assassin” bound to generate more hype.


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