BAMMA returns to the Victoria Warehouse in Manchester on December 6 where the British Association of Mixed Martial Arts are set to stage BAMMA 17.
Kayvan Fallah (5-1) vs Jack McGann (6-0) kicks off the main card this weekend. Son of Anthony McGann, founder of the iconic Wolfslair Gym in Liverpool, 21-year-old Jack McGann makes his BAMMA debut boasting an undefeated professional record with a 100% finishing rate consisting of six first round stoppages – five by way of TKO in addition to one submission victory.
A team mate of former BAMMA world middleweight champion Scott Askham at South Yorkshire’s Ludus Magnus gym, Kayvan Fallah drops to lightweight for the first time carrying a three-fight win streak from his time spent as a 170lb welterweight contender. The Cage Warriors veteran is also set for his first appearance in BAMMA.
An intriguing light-heavyweight contest follows as former UFC heavyweight Oli Thompson (12-7) takes on Brett McDermott (3-1). With a career of ups and downs as a heavyweight contender, former UCMMA champion Oli Thompson suffered a pair of upset losses to Gzim Selmani and Mariusz Pudzianowski in his last two contests, but has has opted to make the cut to 205lbs in a move that could take his career in an exciting new direction.
Thompson certainly marks a significant step up in competition for McDermott whose professional career is yet to reach the 24-month mark. This will be the first time that McDermott has faced opposition with a positive record; his first BAMMA appearance came in 2013 at BAMMA 12 with a submission loss to Tom Denham, and since then he has gone on to face the likes of Jason Tyldesley, Shaun Lomas and Paul Bennett in smaller domestic promotions.
The BAMMA 17 co-main event comes in the form of Martin Stapleton (14-4) Vs. Sebastien Fournier (8-5). Fighting out of the Tours Lumpini Club in France, Fournier steps in for the injured Jeremy Petley and brings a record of 8-5 to the cage.
In contrast, Bellator veteran Stapleton will be looking to establish himself as a top contender to Mansour Barnaoui and the world lightweight title. While his Bellator stint did not provide the results he’d have hoped for, Stapleton is undefeated in UKMMA since 2008.
Colin Fletcher (10-4) Vs. Micheal Brightmon (13-4) caps off BAMMA 17 as the main event of the evening. American Michael Brightmon was originally scheduled to face Mansour Barnoui for the BAMMA 155lb crown; however, an injury to the champion made way for Fletcher (pictured) to step back into the title hunt. Brightmon is scheduled for his first BAMMA appearance at lightweight despite being known as welterweight competitor. Fighting out of Honolulu, Hawaii he brings a current run of four consecutive victories to the UK, and has proven most successful in fights that go the distance. The Gorilla House fighter competed as recently as November 3 when he submitted the far less experienced Andrei Vasinca via a guillotine choke in the opening round.
UFC veteran Colin ‘Freakshow’ Fletcher could be back in the mix for a rematch with Barnaoui following their memorable encounter at BAMMA 14 last year when the Frenchman claimed a rear-naked-choke submission victory late in the opening round. The Sunderland native bounced back to edge a split decision victory over Detroit, Michigan’s Tony Hervey in what was a back and forth striking encounter at BAMMA 15 in April.
BAMMA 17 main card:
Colin Fletcher Vs. Micheal Brightmon (Main Event)
Martin Stapleton Vs. Sebastien Fournier (Co-Main)
LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT BOUT
Brett McDermott Vs. Oli Thompson
Kayvan Fallah vs. Jack McGann
Brendan Loughnane Vs. Florian Rousseau
Andy Craven vs. Greg Severs
Peter Ligier Vs. Mike Wootten
Dino Gambatesa Vs. Gaz Pilot
Lee Chadwick vs. Conor Cooke
Vernon O’Neil Vs. Marc Diakiese
Paul Bentley vs. Regis Sugden
Mike Cutting Vs. Mike Grundy
Paul Douglas vs. Borys Feldman