(January 18th.13) The UK’s premier Mixed Martial Arts promotion, BAMMA, is proud to announce that 4 more fights have been added to the preliminaries for BAMMA 12, reflecting more of the upcoming talent that the North East has to offer. Regrettably, two injuries have forced further changes to the BAMMA 12 card as both Darren Towler and Wayne Murrie have withdrawn from competing. Darren Towler was lined up to fight Callum Cook, while Bola Omoyele was set to face Murrie in an elimination contest for the BAMMA Lonsdale British Welterweight title shot. BAMMA 12 takes place at Newcastle’s Metro Radio Arena on Saturday 9th March 2013.
BAMMA 12 will be broadcast live on Fight Network in Canada.
Newcastle’s Richie “The Guv’nor” Knox holds a professional MMA record of 3-0-0 but has already claimed 10th Legion’s Light Heavyweight title. Knox holds a brown belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under Pete Irving and Leo Negao, and is renowned also for his excellent stand up skills. He is sponsored by REVGEAR and Fightstoremma.com
Thomas Denham hails from Darlington in the North East and presents a professional record of 4-3-0. Denham joined the BAMMA card for BAMMA 11 when he went to the third round with Mike Neun to lose via TKO. Coming from a wrestling background, he was the highest ranked Freestyle wrestler in England for his age and division for 7 years running. Crossing over to MMA less than two years ago, he debuted professionally with a loss against Anthony Taylor followed by a second defeat at the hands of Rab Truesdale. Denham went on to score 4 consecutive wins and earn the Knuckleforce title.
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Liverpudlian Paul McBride fights out of Kaobon with a record of 2-1-0. The 37 year old’s fighting style is Vale Tudo and he debuted professionally out of Wolfslair in 2007 to receive his one loss. His strongest asset is his striking.
Hailing from South Shields, Darren Wardle (3-2-0) is has earned a reputation as a dangerous grappler and a competent striker with an aggressive style. Made for the Cage has seen Wardle dish out two first round Submission finishes, both of which clocked in at around the 1 minute mark. His other victory brought a first round stoppage via TKO (punches). Wardle fights out of the Fight Pit in Sunderland.
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Mahmood Besharate is undefeated with a record of 3-0-0 with victories via TKO, Submission (RNC) and Decision. Originally from Iran and now living and training in Nottingham and Leicester with Team Rough House and Leicester Shootfighters, Mahmood also stood undefeated at Semi-Pro with a record of 3-0-0. An experienced MuayThai fighter with a 15 year background in Taekwondo, Besharate can also boast strong wrestling skills.
Sunderland’s Steven ‘Bam Bam’ Gardener is coming fresh off a 43 second TKO win at Made 4 the Cage, via punches. Climbing through the Amateur ranks with a record of 6-0-0 and with a Semi-Professional Lightweight title at ‘Made for the Cage 2’ in 2011, Gardener’s professional record stands at 1-3-0 and includes a distance loss at the hands of the more experienced James Macalister of On Top.
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This Welterweight clash opens up the BAMMA 12 card as a debut match-up between two talented Newcastle fighters. Casablanca’s Anas Siraj Mounir sustained an unbroken record at Amateur of 8-0-0, earning the Made 4 the Cage Semi-Professional belt. With victories via TKO, Submission and Decision, Mounir has demonstrated that he has the capacity to both finish fights in the first and to go the distance. The Moroccan fighter trains at Dungeon MMA in Sunderland, where he lives, and he is a practitioner of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. John Jackson comes from the North East with a background in boxing and is renowned for his lethal knock-out power.
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BAMMA 12 FIGHT CARD
MATT VEACH VS. JIM WALLHEAD
LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT BOUT
MAX NUNES VS. MARCIN LAZARZ
BAMMA LONSDALE BRITISH LIGHTWEIGHT TITLE BOUT
CURT WARBURTON VS. STEVIE RAY
BRITISH WELTERWEIGHT TITLE CONTENDERS FIGHT
BOLA OMOYELE VS. TBA
LUKE NEWMAN VS. RYAN SCOPE
KEVIN THOMPSON VS. SCOTT ASKHAM
LEEROY BARNES VS. STEVE WATSON
LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT BOUT
RICHI KNOX VS. THOMAS DENHAM
PAUL MCBRIDE VS. DARREN WARDLE
MAHMOOD BESHARATE VS. STEVEN GARDENER
JOHN JACKSON VS. AMAS SIRAJ MOUNIR
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.