(Watson with his BAMMA middleweight belt)
BAMMA headed north to Birmingham and the LG Arena played host to their third fight card, undoubtedly their finest to date.
From top to bottom the card delivered with highly-ranked domestic, European and international fighters on display.
A full event report will be available here at FIGHT! tomorrow, but the full results and a recap of the evening’s ‘best bits’ is available below.
BAMMA middleweight title:
Tom Watson def. Matt Horwich via Unanimous Decision (48-47, 49-47, 49-46) – 5:00, Rd 5
Seth Petruzelli def. Ryan White via Verbal Submission (Armbar) – 1:07, Rd 1
BAMMA lightweight title:
Rob Sinclair def. Daniel Weichel via TKO (Strikes) – 4:03, Rd 1
War Machine def. Zach Light via Technical Submission (Rear Naked Choke) – 1:09, Rd 1
BAMMA featherweight title:
Mark Adams def. Alan Omer via Unanimous Decision (48-47, 48-47, 49-47) – 5:00, Rd 5
Simon Thoreson def. John Maguire via Unanimous Decision – 5:00, Rd 3
Carl Noon def. Mike Ling via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) – 3:48, Rd 1
Jeff Lawson def. Dave Lee via Submission (Armbar) – 0:57, Rd 1
Ash Grimshaw def. Paul Reed via KO (Strikes) – 1:04, Rd 2
Billy Harris def. Neil Seery via Unanimous Decision – 5:00, Rd 3
Martin McDonaugh def. Mike Wood via Submission (Triangle) – 3:52, Rd 1
The title bouts were all hard fought, but the three Brits prevailed in exciting encounters against international opposition. Tom Watson was nearly a victim of Matt Horwich’s submission prowess but his grit saw him through and he took the nod after five rounds. Mark Adams also went the distance with Alan Omer, with his takedowns and methodical ground and pound earning him the victory. Rob Sinclair stopped Daniel Weichel with strikes in the first to retain his lightweight belt.
Knockout of the Night – Ash Grimshaw
After the back and forth between the combatants prior to the fight, it was always expected to be a fiery encounter and, after losing the first round, Grimshaw fired into action with a huge left hook that dropped Paul Reed to the mat in the second. His follow up shots were right on the mark and the ref stepped in to stop the onslaught as Reed was out.
Submission of the Night – Jeff Lawson
Although War Machine’s slick Rear Naked Choke of Zach Light was impressive, the ease with which Jeff Lawson submitted a talented grappler in Dave Lee was astounding. Known for his arm locks, the Armbar seemed inevitable as soon as Lee gave the former TUF star an opening. It bounces Lawson up the rankings and keeps him 100% as a featherweight.
Fight of the Night – Carl Noon vs. Mike Ling
Although it only lasted three and a half minutes, it was a back and forth encounter in which both men had success. Although Ling’s striking looked more crisp, Noon’s heavy hands and haymakers often found their mark and led to the submission win.