Mirror Journalist Gavin Embley presents a preview of the upcoming BAMMA 22 set to take place at the 3 Arena, Dublin, Ireland on September 19th.
Wednesday July 22, 2015– The European leaders in MMA are making their long awaited debut on the Emerald Isle with BAMMA 22 set for the 3 Arena in Dublin this autumn.
Top of the bill is the huge Featherweight Title fight between champion Tom Duquesnoy and challenger Brendan Loughnane. Duquesnoy rejected a move to America earlier this year and decided to re-sign with BAMMA.
With Duquesnoy rated as one of the top global MMA prospects, his fight against Loughnane has everybody talking. Loughnane, the 25-year-old challenger from Manchester has stated that he is only interested in big fights and it doesn’t get much bigger than Duquesnoy.
In the co-main event recently dubbed MMA’s ‘Housewives Favourite’, Dubliner Chris Fields will also make his second appearance on BAMMA. Fields was unable to see off Chieck Kone earlier this year on his debut at BAMMA 18 and will be looking to make sure he gets back on the winning track.
To be fair to 32-year-old Fields it was his first fight in two years and Kone has gone on to show his class by beating Andy DeVent for the middleweight title at BAMMA 21. Fields, however, will be looking to improve upon his 10-6-1 record when he meets Frenchman Christopher Jaquelin in front of the fans in his home town.
Another fight to keep an eye will be the battle of the Jacks as McGann takes on Grant. This bout is building nicely with both fighters promising to teach the other one a lesson and has added flavour with Grant being a friend and sparring partner of Marc Diakiese – the only man to beat McGann.
Elsewhere Tim Wilde makes his return to BAMMA after two years away from the promotion. Wilde is building a solid record (6-1) and will hope to throw his name into the bustling hat of challengers in the lightweight division when he takes on Ireland’s Philip Mulpeter at BAMMA 22. Mulpeter, a training partner of Conor McGregor, has had mixed results so far in his career notching up seven wins against five defeats. However, with the quality of opponents faced he promises to be a next level opponent for Wilde. With so many fighters aiming for champion Mansour Barnaoui, Wilde and Mulpeter will want to stake their own claims.
That is just a taste of BAMMA 22’s card which is bulging with talent. Add to the mix Diakiese first title defence and Alan Philpott versus Regis Sugden battling it out for the BAMMA Lonsdale British Bantamweight crown and it’s easy to see why this event is creating so much hype.
Jack Grant Vs. Jack ‘The Pilgrim’ McGann War Of Words Heats Up Ahead Of BAMMA 22
Jack Grant plans to give Jack McGann a boxing lesson when they fight at BAMMA 22 in September.
The two lightweights will clash in a highly anticipated encounter that promises to be explosive if the early jousting is to be believed.
Grant, who is a sparring partner of Marc Diakiese, has promised to school McGann in the art of boxing and suggested that was the limitation of his skills.
McGann is widely recognised as an exceptional boxer and has amassed all but one of his wins via first round TKOs.
However, when he came up against Diakiese he was left frustrated and was unable to get the separation to use those skills and the decision ultimately went the other way.
That has lead him to accuse Diakiese of “running scared” in their bout and resorted to negative tactics to ensure victory.
However, Grant has described it as small-mindedness from McGann and suggested he needed to work on his all-round skills.
He said: “Its narrow minded and immature. He got dominated by a better fighter, this is mixed martial arts.
“Don’t cry about someone beating you, just be humble in defeat and learn from it and grow as a fighter. Learn to stop a double leg.”
Grant added: “I’ve seen his game. I’m ready for him and I’m going to give him a boxing lesson seeing as that is all he can do. So I will beat him at his own game.”
Working with Diakiese, Grant might be tempted to seek some advice, but he is keen to let things happen naturally.
“Marc’s a great sparring partner for me. We haven’t really spoken much about the fight, we just train every day and the rest will take care of itself,” he added.
Should Grant beat McGann he won’t be seeking a bout with his sparring partner and instead has his sights on the world lightweight belt.
He said: “That’s Marc’s belt. We’re good friends and training partners so we get to go at it daily in the gym and that’s where it stays. I will just aim for the world title.”
BAMMA 22 takes place at the 3 Arena in Dublin on 12 September & tickets or sale now here.
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Jess Impiazzi Makes The ZOO Magazine Hot 101 List!
BAMMA Belle Jess Impiazzi made the ZOO Hot 101 list a recent edition of ZOO Magazine. Moving up 30 places from last year, she’s been setting pulses racing at BAMMA events since her debut at BAMMA 20. Here’s to Jess reaching Number 1 next year!
The Hot 101 edition of ZOO Magazine is available in newsagents now