BAMMA takes over The SSE Arena, Wembley.
Bamma is delighted to announce it’s return to The SSE Arena, Wembley for BAMMA 31 on September 15th, 2017. The first bouts announced include title fights and a bout that sees the UK’s biggest MMA rivalry come to a head.
Tickets go on General Sale on Friday 23rd June from http://www.ssearena.co.uk/events
For the first time since BAMMA 10: Sinclair Vs. Winner, the promotion returns to The SSE Arena, Wembley where many legendary BAMMA Battles such as Rob Sinclair Vs. Andre Winner, Frank Trigg Vs. John Phillips & Tom Watson Vs. Maurilo Rua were held. History is set to be made once more as BAMMA brings the big show to London.
In the Co-Main event ‘Mr Bag & Tag’ Nathan Jones takes on Alex ‘Da Kid’ Lohore for the BAMMA World Welterweight Title, in a fight set to bring the house down. Jones and Lohore have been on a collision course for a few years now and finally they get to bring the intense rivalry to a head for the title. Ever since Lohore felt disrespected by Jones in a post fight speech, he has pursued this fight and even stepped into Jones gym while teaching to throw down the gauntlet. Now London finally gets to see the epic conclusion of a rivalry that has been building for years.
Yannick ‘Black Mamba’ Bahati will defend his title against the number one Middleweight contender in the shape of Mike ‘Seabass’ Shipman. Bahati has been exerting his dominance in the Middleweight division of late but he now faces the toughest challenge in the UK as Shipman steps in to challenge for the title. Undefeated in four years, Shipman has been cutting a swathe through his opposition to reach the pinnacle and a title shot at Bahati. Bahati, the two promotional champion, will once more be looking to cement his legacy as he attempts to take out the vaunted Shipman in his hometown. Another exciting matchup which will see two of the best Middleweights in Europe lock horns for the glory, in an encounter that will likely be vying for fight of the night.
After the shocking dismantling of Ronnie ‘Iron’ Mann and becoming the first fighter to KO him, Daniel Crawford stood centre of the cage and called for his title shot against current title holder Damien ‘Frankenstien’ Lapilus. Never one to back down from a challenge, Lapilus eagerly accepted and Crawford now not only intends to win the title in his hometown, but he also wants secure another first – to be the first Englishman to hold the Featherweight title and wrestle away France’s grip on the belt. Prepare for a titanic tussle as these young talented fighters prepare to put it all on the line for the crowd in attendance at The SSE Arena, Wembley at BAMMA 31.
‘Mr Bag & Tag’ Nathan Jones (11-5) After winning 7 out of his last 8 fights Nathan Jones has been carving a path to the title he’s been craving ever since he signed on the dotted line with BAMMA. Standing in the way of the Team Titan / In The Bag fighter is longtime rival Alex ‘Da Kid’ Lohore. After taking Walter Gahadza’s undefeated streak at BAMMA 27 and brushing away Umer Kayani at Bellator the only thing left is Lohore, and it’s the battle that Jones has been preparing for. Losing is not an option for Jones and he’s out to prove it at BAMMA London.
Alex ‘Da Kid’ Lohore (12-1) ) is currently riding an 8 fight win streak that most recently saw him defeat Dan Edwards & Colin ‘Freakshow’ Fletcher. With an exhilarating style that is as good on the ground as it is standing, Lohore will once more be looking for the spectacular in his battle with longtime rival Nathan Jones for the BAMMA title. Hailing from France, the London based New Wave Academy fighter is coming to make a statement at BAMMA London. This MMA rivalry that has had the London MMA community gripped will finally reach it’s climax at the SSE Arena, Wembley on Set 15th.
Yannick ‘Black Mamba’ Bahati (8-2) The UTC Birmingham fighter and BAMMA/EFC Middleweight title holder returns at BAMMA London to make his next title defence against Shipman. With a sharp boxing style and excellent submission skills, Bahati cemented his place in BAMMA history with his victory over Matt Hallam at BAMMA 29. Bahati made his BAMMA debut at BAMMA 11: Marshman Vs. Foupa-Pokam where he defeated Ben Constatine by way of Unanimous Decision. (@Yannick_Bahati)
Mike ‘Sea Bass’ Shipman (10-1) has long been considered one of the top Middleweights on the circuit. Now signing a multi fight deal with the promotion, he gets his biggest opportunity as he faces Bahati for the title. The London Shootfighter has been one of UK MMA’s best kept secrets for a while now. With a fast, aggressive, high pressure striking style, he will be on Bahati from the beginning of the bout and will be relentless in his pursuit of the win and with that the BAMMA title.
Damien ‘Frankenstien’ Lapilus (15-7-1) followed in the footsteps of countryman Tom ‘Firekid’ DuQuesnoy when he secured the BAMMA World Featherweight Title against Ronnie ‘Iron’ Mann in a hard fought battle at BAMMA 28: Parkes Vs. Redmond at the beginning of the year. The MMA Factory fighter holds victories over Mann, Jack McGann and was arguably in control of his fight with former Lightweight champ Martin Stapleton, before the bout ended in a DQ. Training with the likes of Karl Amoussou and his brother Taylor Lapilus, training is the hardest it has ever been as he bids to retain his belt against the young upstart Crawford.
Daniel Crawford (9-1) the surging Featherweight prospect from South London finally gets a chance of winning the gold at Wembley in front of his hometown crowd, when he faces the champion Lapilus. The New Wave Academy fighter has a very unorthodox style that is difficult for opponents to deal with. Now riding a three fight win streak, Crawford is coming off the back of a career high KO victory against Mann. With only two of his fights going the distance, Crawford goes from strength to strength, but now faces his toughest opponent yet.
Grab your tickets when they go on General Sale on Friday 23rd June.
Get Ready! BAMMA London is coming