Having recently announced the promotions return to Birmingham for BAMMA 29, BAMMA has now announced that the vacant heavyweight title will be up for grabs in an explosive main event between Brett “The Spartan” McDermott and Ruben “The Viking” Wolf.
BAMMA 29 takes place on Friday, May 12 at the Genting Arena in Birmingham, England. The event will feature not only the heavyweight title fight but also has a middleweight title co-main event as Yannick Bahati and Matt Hallam go head-to-head for the vacant strap.
“We are delighted to be returning to Birmingham for BAMMA 29 with such a huge show,” said BAMMA CEO David Green. “Two world titles top off one of the most action packed cards we have ever assembled and I expect the roof to come off when England and Germany go head to head for the Heavyweight Title. May 12th is going to be big.”
Former rugby player McDermott (7-5) recently came out of a short-lived retirement to save the Bellator 173 main event in Belfast when he stepped in to face fellow countryman Liam McGeary on less than a week’s notice. Rocking the former light-heavyweight champion with a powerful blow at the start of the fight, the Cumbrian fighter gave a good account of himself despite falling to a second round TKO loss when he encountered vision issues.
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“The Spartan” now returns to the promotion where he made his debut in 2013 for a chance to win championship gold before he retires for good.
“I’m really excited to be headlining BAMMA 29, back in the Genting Arena, Birmingham. It’s been a rocky few months for me but I’m back on track and giving this fight my full focus and attention,” stated McDermott. “Ruben Wolf is renowned for being a big hard-hitting tough and very durable heavyweight but this Spartan is going to make him huff and puff and then I’m going to knock him down and out.”
Standing in his way and representing Germany is experienced heavyweight Wolf (11-9), who fights out of Vienna’s Gym 23. “The Viking” has the power to match McDermott and has fought around Eastern Europe and Germany as well as for British promotion Made4TheCage.
Most recently, Wolf lost the chance to win the M4TC heavyweight title as he lost to James Mulheron in the main event of M4TC 23: Carnage in February.
“It’s a great honour to be finally fighting for BAMMA & to be headlining the event means a lot to me,” stated “The Viking”. “My aim is to be the BAMMA World Heavyweight Champion. I never look past my opponents & nothing will stop me achieving my goals.
“Brett McDermott is a great fighter but unfortunately for him he is in the way of my goals & will fall at my feet. The Viking is coming to the UK. Victory for Germany & my adopted country Austria.“
BAMMA have been without a heavyweight champion since the belt was vacated last year by Mark Godbeer when he signed a contract with the UFC.