Last night the British Association of Mixed Martial Arts (BAMMA) held their 17th show at Manchester’s Victoria Warehouse and did not disappoint, treating fans to thrills, spills, submissions and knockouts. This brought an end to a successful year for the promotion and will see them enter the New Year once again as a major force in European MMA. Once again we at MMA Plus, have taken a look at the winners from last nights main card and consider who should be next for the fighters who came out on top in the latest edition of BAMMA 17: Fights to make for the winners.
In the main event of the evening it was business as usual for BAMMA fan favorite Colin “Freakshow” Fletcher who once again treated fans to another blood, guts and glory performance on the way to a 2-round TKO (corner stoppage) win over American Micheal Brightmon. It was a return to the Freakshow of old from start to finish and after such an impressive performance the only fight that makes sense is a rematch against the current BAMMA lightweight champion Mansour Barnaoui (11-2) early next year.
In the evenings co-main event Bellator veteran Martian “50 Cal” Stapleton was in impressive form on his BAMMA debut as he scored a 1st round rear naked choke submission with over late replacement Sebastien Fournier and maintained the impressive record of not losing a fight in the UK since 2007. A fight with the man Stapleton was originally scheduled face Canadian Jeremy “Ninja” Petley (10-5-1) or a fight for the Londale British Lightweight title which is currently vacant would be the next logical step for the 31-year old SBG Manchester trained fighter.
This is a tricky one as despite scoring what is by far the biggest win of his career when the former rugby player turned mixed martial artist Brett McDemott knockout UFC veteran Oli Thompson is 1:43 of round 1 last night the Flex MMA trained light heavyweight is still relatively inexperienced. A fight with a fighter’s of the caliber of Ryan White, Karl Moore or even Fraser Opie would be a step in the right direction for this emerging talent.
How many more fights will it take for Daywalkers MMA trained McGann to go from top prospect to genuine title contender? At the tender age of 21-year the son of famed former wolves lair head coach Anthony McGann racked up his 7th win of his professional career with a one-sided beat down of Kayvan Fallah at the Victoria Warehouse. A step in completion is the order of the day for this exciting talent with fights against fellow undefeated prospect’s Mark Diakiese (6-0) or Kane Mousah (6-0) if their aborted BAMMA 17 match-up isn’t rescheduled or even a bout Alexi Roberts (11-6) could be the test he needs.
Simply put TUF Smashes veteran Brendan Loughnane treated fans to another impressive performance on the way to a 1st round TKO win on his BAMMA debut. With the only loss of his mixed martial arts career coming against UFC fighter Mike Wilkinson and with the BAMMA British and world titles currently vacant I would probably opted for a Londale British title showdown with the man Loughnane was originally scheduled face Zi Shah (6-1) at the beginning of next year.