Ray-Warburton Booked for BAMMA 12 Live on Fight Network
Fight Network Staff / January 30, 2013 - 12:49pm
(January 30th.13) The UK's premier Mixed Martial Arts promotion, BAMMA, is proud to announce Steven Ray vs. Curt Warburton to the BAMMA 12 main card, in a square-off for the BAMMA Lonsdale British Lightweight title. BAMMA 12 takes place at Newcastle's Metro Radio Arena on Saturday 9th March 2013.
Reigning BAMMA Lonsdale British Lightweight champion, Steven 'Braveheart' Ray, debuted at BAMMA in December 2012 where he earned the title in a distance bout against Dale Hardiman. Hailing from Scotland, the Judo black-belt turned MMA Pro in 2010 and dominated the Welterweight division on the Scottish circuit to claim the On Top Welterweight bel,t before dropping to Lightweight for his BAMMA 11 title shot. Ray presents a professional MMA record of 12-3-0; and his clash with Warburton marks his first defence of the BAMMA Lonsdale belt.
Curt 'The War' Warburton presents a formidable challenge armed with a catalogue of notable wins on his 11-3-0 record, most famously against Ross Pearson. Warburton fought three times in the UFC before fighting Tim Newman at BAMMA 8. BAMMA 10 saw Warburton return for a World Lightweight title contenders match against Lee Wieczorek, in which he delivered his second BAMMA decision win. Warburton was slated to challenge BAMMA's World Lightweight champion, Rob Sinclair, on the forthcoming card, until Sinclair was forced to withdraw injured; leaving Warburton to set his sights on another BAMMA belt.
British Champion , Stevie Ray said:
"I've been really excited about this fight. Soon as I heard it was getting announced today it got me right in the mood to train – and today is supposed to be my rest day! This is a tough fight but that's what I want. I was super motivated for my previous BAMMA title fight; I came to win no matter how I did it and I wasn't leaving without that belt. I feel really privileged to be fighting for BAMMA again and I can't wait to get in the cage and do it all over again. Curt Warburton looks tough. I've had a little look at him, just to see what he's about and to spot what his strengths and weaknesses are. He's on the run to get back to the UFC so beating him will be massive for me. I will be training harder than ever, and as always pushing myself that one step further. Fans can expect a Fight of the Night performance, an even better and improved Steven Ray and 15 minutes of fast paced action. As Chael Sonnen said, 'When two fighters want it so badly, that's when you know it's going to be an exciting fight.
" If I can, I'd like to thank my family, friends, sponsors (Geo Thompson Knock Out Art, Sportsense Nutrition, 1st Choice Glazing, Stark Partnership and Fitness Factor Gym), my management On Top Promotions, my coach James Doolan, everyone from Dinky Ninjas fight team and lastly everyone at BAMMA"
Challenger Curt Warburton said:
"I'm looking forward to the fight. Obviously it's a different fight than I originally planned for and I've had to go back to the drawing board so my gameplan's totally changed. Stevie Ray's a completely different fighter, more of a wrestler: He's a good fighter and a champion for a reason, but I'm coming to take that belt off him. I'll be fighting in my hometown and there's going to be good support. Expect fireworks, a knock out and a new BAMMA Lonsdale champ."
BAMMA's Managing Director, Ashley Bothwell, said:
"Stevie Ray and Curt Warburton are both fierce talents who are well respected on the British scene. It's been a chance injury that's brought these two together but for me it's going to be one of the most exciting fights of the night. Warburton brings longer experience at a higher level but Ray poses a serious threat and a tough challenge. Warburton also brings the home crowd so you can expect this to be a fight to bring the house down. Everyone at BAMMA wishes injured World champ, Rob Sinclair, a strong and speedy recovery and we look forward to seeing him back very soon. "
BAMMA 12 will feature on Channel 5 and 5*; and will be televised on AXS-TV in the US, The Fight Network in Canada, Red Media in Russia, TV Esporte Interativo in Brazil and Setanta in Africa.
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BAMMA (The British Association of Mixed Martial Arts) is a premier European MMA organization that launched in June 2009 with the aim of delivering Mixed Martial Arts events that fully capture the entertainment and sporting prowess on display in the world's fastest growing sport. To achieve this aim, BAMMA brought together a team of skilled individuals with a wealth of combined experience across Television Production, Event Organisation and Mixed Martial Arts. BAMMA's combination of arena sized venues, stunning fight cards and exceptional production values has led to BAMMA's position as one of Europe's most recognisable MMA brands. With a highly experienced team each BAMMA event always delivers a highly anticipated and unique Mixed Martial Arts experience.
Firmly established as the leading brand of fight sports equipment and clothing, Lonsdale is steeped in over 50 years of fight history. From humble London origins the Lonsdale brand quickly became the hallmark of both boxing and MMA champions throughout the world, with its legendary quality and authenticity.
It is no coincidence fights legends Tom 'Kong' Watson, Muhammad Ali, "Marvellous" Marvin Hagler, Lennox Lewis, Mike Tyson, Joe Calzaghe and Ricky Hatton have all trained and fought in Lonsdale.
About Safe MMA
SAFE MMA is a not for profit organisation established to improve the safety of MMA fighters in the UK. Under the Safe MMA banner, the medical centre provides a secure, centralised and confidential database for fighter medical records; and coordinates affordable, standardised blood and medical tests for all registered fighters. Additionally, SAFE MMA members will have access to advice from leading world experts in sports medicine.
UK promotions Cage Warriors, BAMMA and UCMMA united to help found the project and have agreed that from 1st January 1013 all fighters on their cards must be registered to SAFE MMA and undergo annual medical tests and bi-annual blood tests. The promotions have agreed only to use fighters that are deemed medically safe to fight under the SAFE MMA (green light) system and not to use fighters that are suspended due to injuries, such as concussion, or who are overdue for blood tests, for example. Additionally, the promotions have pledged to have medical professionals carry out pre- and post-fight tests with all results to be submitted to the confidential medical database at 76 Harley St. Medical data will never be transmitted to anyone but SAFE MMA will be able to give a rapid and all-hours service to inform authorised promotions of who is medically safe to fight and who needs to be rechecked, at the time of enquiry. Visit www.safemma.co.uk for further information.