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Published: 08:35 | 29/2/16

BAMMA review

Fergus O'Farrell reports from BAMMA

John ‘The White Mike Tyson’ Phillips Defeated Cheick ‘Animal’ Kone Via KO in Round 1 to become the new BAMMA World Middleweight Champion

“SBG have taken me from a blunt instrument and turned me into a lethal samurai sword” were Phillips words in his post-fight victory and for the few seconds the main event lasted MMA fans experienced just that. Phillips has always had the ability to separate his opponent from their senses and now adding feints and footwork. Kone’s striking looked sloppy in comparison and Phillips capitalised with a massive KO. Three KO’s in a row to round off an excellent evening of fights.

MIDDLEWEIGHT BOUT - Andy ‘Lions Paw’ DeVent defeated Paul Byrne Via KO in Round 1.

37-year-old Andy DeVent made his way to the cage whilst the 3 arena speakers played ‘God Save The Queen’. If this incensed Irish fans; the subsequent brutal KO of Paul Byrne moments later silenced them. DeVent managed to take the back and land a number of clean shots to the chin of SBG man. Rendering him unconscious.

BANTAMWEIGHT SUPERFIGHT- Tom ‘Firekid’ DuQuesnoy defeated Damien ‘The Rage’ Rooney Via KO in Round 1

I hope BAMMA fans have enjoyed Tom DuQuesnoy because the man is destined for the UFC. Without question a cut above any fighter on the card; The Fireball Kid was one again a joy to behold. The Featherweight champion was testing the Bantamweight waters against Irish veteran Damian Rooney. Rooney who has faced opponents of the calibre of Neil Seery and Paddy Holohan looked completely outclassed by DuQuesnoy. The Frenchman landed his left hook at will. The movement; the speed and the athleticism was absolutely brilliant. It was the fourth crisp left hook with perfect timing which brought this one to a finish.

LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT BOUT - ‘The Housewives Choice’ Chris Fields Defeated. Dan Konecke Via Submission in Round 1

Very few fighters have put more into Irish MMA over the last ten years than Chris Fields. The SBGs man career had been suffering a recent slump and a combination of injuries, close decisions, Ultimate Fighter career break and other factors meant he had not enjoyed a professional victory in over 4 years. Fields looked immense as he beat Konecke up on the feet and then applied a perfect D’arce choke to force the tap. One of the most likeable men in MMA always gracious in victory; Fields looked a different animal at light heavyweight. It is possible his career could see an Indian Summer in which he captures BAMMA world title gold.

Alan ‘The Apprentice’ Philpott Defeated Nathaniel ‘The Prospect’ Wood Via. Doctor Stoppage to win the Lonsdale Bantamweight Title

In spite of the absence of coach Rodney Moore who was cornering Norman Parke at UFC London; Alan Philpott looked phenomenal against Nathaniel Wood throughout. Philpott showed his new found maturity with a clinical striking display. He picked apart Wood time and time again and beat him to the punch. He worked the jab exceptionally and when the fight hit the mat; he smashed Wood with elbows. The cumulative damage led to a nasty gash on the nose of Wood. After a second inspection in round 3 despite complaints from the Englishman. Philpott had beaten Regis Sugden in September in what was due to be a title fight but had missed weight. Saturdays victory finally saw his carnation and put him in the conversation for the world title.

LIGHTWEIGHT BOUT - ‘Magic’ Myles Price Defeated Mario ‘Rudeboy’ Saeed Via TKO in Round 2

The resurgence of the magic man career continues. After a disappointing judge’s decision went against him last time out in BAMMA against Kane Moussah; Price was out to show fans his talents and give the judges the night off. Saeed started the brighter and was able to control part of the first round on the ground; while Price found his range with some flashy kicks. The second round Price was much more assured in his striking and shortly dropped Saeed with a laser accuracy body shot. Saeed protested but there was no question he was stopped in his tracks. Terrific performance from Price who climbs back into title contention in the BAMM lightweight division.

WELTERWEIGHT BOUT - Peter ‘The Showstopper’ Queally defeated Nathan ‘Mr. Bag & Tag’ Jones via Unanimous Decision

Queally’s striking looked really sharp here. He landed spinning wheel kicks and straight rights as he got off to a flier in the first and looked like finishing it. After a bang of heads; the pace slowed slightly and Jones began to find a few shots. Queally managed to nullify the grappling of Jones and maintained the striking dominance.

FEATHERWEIGHT BOUT Dylan ‘The Nuke’ Tuke Defeated Mark ‘The Prophet’ Andrew Via TKO.

Tuke landed the knee within one minute right to the solarplex of Andrews which all but ended the fight. Tuke then peppered the Northern Irish man with strikes to force the stoppage. He’s enjoying putting together his early professional record and has a big post fight smile. Expect step up in competition next time out. He has proved deserving.


Brian ‘Pikeman’ Moore Defeated Mick ‘Basher’ Brennan Via TKO in Round 1

Incredibly exciting fight between two former training partners. Brennan came very close to the finish with an arm bar but Moore showed his resilience to defend. Moore then postured up and finished with elbows.


Decky ‘The Diamond’ Dalton Defeated Mike ‘Gip’ Cutting Via Unanimous Decision

Excellent first round by Dalton who showcased serious striking ability. He hurt the Englishman on a number of occasions and landed a plethora of strikes. Guting threatened with an armbar however Dalton survived and came close with a submission of his own at the end of the first. Dalton landed a massive straight right in the second round which hurt Cutting. Dalton then tried for an armbar of his own in the second round and came close but Cutting showed excellent defence to slam the Northern Irish man and break the hold. The two then traded looking for leg locks for the remainder of the second with Dalton able to land some decent strikes when the opportunities presented themselves. The paced slowed considerable but Dalton managed to land some nice combos and his boxing looked crisp as ever. Dalton landed the better shots on the ground and was well deserving of the unanimous nod. After nearly 4 years away from the sport it is clear Dalton is a force to be reckoned with in the Featherweight division.


James Gallagher 146.2 defeated Gerard Gilmore Via Submission in Round 1.

Gallagher made it look easy here. He has a terrific ability to assume complete composure. He took Gilmore to the mat and seamlessly passed to mount and then took the back before applying the rear naked choke. Another notch on his record and more cage time for the SBG wonder kid.


Sinead Kavanagh defeated Zarah Fairn Dos Santos Via Split Decision


Sean Tobin 135.6 Defeated Gary ‘The Dumptruck’ Morris Via Submission In Round 2.

Dominant first round by Sean Tobin who controlled it from top position from start to finish. Morris tried to rally in the second and landed some nice jabs and straights early on but the wrestling of Tobin shone brightest. Tobin landed shots from mount and continued to reign blows down until Morris gave up his back. The Trials MMA man then applied a rear naked choke and forced the stoppage.


Lloyd Manning Defeated Nicholas Ott Via. KO in Round 1

This was an incredible debut performance by Lloyd Manning. He used his sambo to control where the fight took place and when the chance arrived he levelled Ott with his boxing. The age of the Irish Khabib Nurmagomedov has arrived.

160lb CATCHWEIGHT BOUT - Rhys ‘Skeletor’ McKee 159.0 Defeated Alex Masuku 160 Vi. KO in Round 2

The first round experienced a tentative start until Rhys McKee landed a perfect body shot. Increasingly comfortable with the professional ruleset; McKee landed two nice elbows which scored big. A takedown at the end was the exclamation point on good first round. McKee then dropped jaws midway through the second with head kick which knocked Masuku unconscious. Two fights into the NextGen fighters career and he now sports and impressive KO and submission victory.

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