A Look Back At BAMMA 12
BAMMA brought a great event to the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle, with only 2 of the 9 fights going to decision. Despite an injury ravaged build up losing some top UK talent with over 10 fighters having to withdraw, including Bola Omoyele and Richy Knox,
BAMMA 12 delivered the biggest event in the North East since the UFC came to town over 5 years ago, beaming out all over the world and out on Channel 5 and 5* over the weekend.
In the main event “Judo” Jim Wallhead crushed the seriously undersized Matt Veach. Naturally a lightweigh Veach’s punches did not have enough to deter Wallhead who waded forward dropping Veach, he followed him to the mat and proceeded to drop a barrage of elbows cutting Veach’s face in a number of places. He kept up the onslaught until Veach exposed his neck and Wallhead locked on a fight ending Rear Naked Choke at 3.05 of round 1.
In the co main event of the evening Max Nunes kept alive his winning streak improving to 10-0-0 having spent the majority of rounds 1 and 2 being out grappled by Marcin Lazaraz he came out in the 3rd knowing he would need a finish to be sure of a win. Which was exactly what he did, getting to half card Nunes worked the body and head with a constant stream of powerful ground and pound until the referee had no choice but to call the fight.
In the 2nd fight of the main card there was a change in Champion as Curt Warburton took a unanimous decision over Ryan Scope to win the BAMMA British Lightweight Belt, Warburton got the biggest reception of the night as the North East Crowd roared him on. The win should set up a title unification fight down the line against LW World Champion Rob “C4” Sinclair. The first 2 rounds were split evenly with both men winning a round each with controlling top games. Going into the 3rd it looked like whoever secured the takedown would win the fight. Warburton would get a nice trip takedown and kept Scope down for the majority of the round the dominant 3rd round would earn him the unanimous decision victory and extend his win streak to 5.
In the opening fight of the night Ryan Scope pulled victory from the jaws of defeat, he started off repeatedly taking Luke Newman down, but was unable to score any damage or get his vaunted submission game going as Newman kept popping back up. Newman managed to get to his feet, and cracked Scope with a big knee to the body dropping the young fighter, from inside Scope’s guard Newman pounded away with punches and elbows, Scope needed to stop get out from under the barrage and did it in the best way possible throwing up a lighting quick triangle, seconds later Newman was tapping out, and Scope improved his unbeaten record to 7-0-0 whilst Newman lost his 0 falling to 5-1.
Jim Wallhead def. Matt Veach via rear naked choke (Round 1, 3:05)
Max Nunes def. Marcin Lazarz via TKO (Round 3, 1:12)
Curt Warburton def. Steven Ray via Unanimous Decision
Ryan Scope def. Luke Newman via triangle choke (Round 1, 4:00)
Scott Askham def. Harry McLeman via rear naked choke (Round 3, 4:13)
Lee Barnes def. Steve Watson via guillotine choke (Round 1, 0:47)
Thomas Denham def. Brett McDermott via rear naked choke (Round 2, 3:58)
Mahmood Besharate def. Steven Gardener via Unanimous Decision
James Macalister def. Steve McCombe via rear naked choke (Round 2, 3:08)