Tuesday April 12, 2016— BAMMA today confirm the signing of Swedish MMA Featherweight Niklas Bäckström to a multi fight deal with the promotion. The deal sees the All Star Gym standout join the already deeply talented BAMMA Featherweight division.
With wins over Max Coga and World Pankratation and three time World Sambo gold medalist Sergej Grecicho already to his name, Bäckström now gets an opportunity to make his mark in this stacked division. With the likes of Ronnie Mann, Graham Turner, Mike Grundy and current BAMMA Featherweight Champion Tom ‘Fire Kid’ DuQuesnoy already contending within the division, there are no shortage of huge potential match ups on the horizon.
Bäckström commented: “I am delighted to get the opportunity to sign with Europe’s leading MMA promotion. The talent within the BAMMA Featherweight division is unbelievable and there are no easy fights in this promotion. However, I believe in my abilities 100% and can’t wait to put on a show for the MMA fans across Europe.”
Niklas Backstrom first bout for the promotion will be announced soon.
You can follow Niklas Backstrom on Twitter @Niklasbkstrm & @BAMMA
BAMMA today announces the next matchup for the upcoming BAMMA 26: Craig vs. Fields fight card on the Saturday 4th June 2016. The latest bout sees Alan ‘The Apprentice’ Philpott defend his Lonsdale Bantamweight Title against BAMMA’s latest signee Aaron ‘Smackwell’ Blackwell.
Lonsdale Bantamweight Title
Alan ‘The Apprentice’ Philpott (c) Vs. Arron ‘Smackwell’ Blackwell
Lonsdale Bantamweight Champion Alan ‘The Apprentice’ Philpott (15-7) returns to the 3Arena on June 4th to defend his newly won title for the first time. Going 4-1 in his last 5 fights, Philpott has recently refocused on his fight career and has seen immediate results in his performances alongside a series of key victories. Philpott has had no end of challengers calling him out in the time since his win.
Aaron ‘Smackwell’ Blackwell (15-9-1) out of Morden, London has been making a name for himself on the UK regional circuit for sometime now. Undefeated in 6 years and on a 7 fight winning streak, Blackwell has been knocking on the door of a major call up for some time now. Signing on the dotted line with BAMMA, Blackwell hopes to make an immediate impact, by dethroning the current champion and getting his name in the mix for taking on the winner of Walsh Vs. Duquesnoy at BAMMA 25: Champion Vs. Champion.
BAMMA 26: Craig Vs. Fields takes place at the 3Arena, Dublin on 4th June 2016 and tickets are on sale now at http://bit.ly/BAMMA26
The United Kingdom Mixed Martial Arts Federation (UKMMAF) and BAMMA have joined forces to present the first annual UK National Amateur Championships, which will take place from 13th-15th May at the BodyPower Expo 2016 at the NEC Arena in Birmingham.
Eligibility criteria, FAQs and the application form are located HERE.
BAMMA Invitational / UKMMAF National Amateur Tournament
UKMMAF and BAMMA would like to extend an invitation for you to participate in the first ever BAMMA Invitational / UKMMAF National Amateur Championships, to be held at the Bodypower Expo at the Birmingham NEC from Friday 13th May to Sunday 15th May.
This is a unique opportunity to test yourself against the finest Amateur fighters in the country, with the opportunity to be crowned the first ever BAMMA and UKMMAF Amateur National Champion.
This is a selective invitation, which means that all fees associated with a UKMMAF sanctioned amateur tournament, and entry into the Body Power Expo for the 3 days and BAMMA 25 (£270), will be covered on your behalf by BAMMA and all you have to do is guarantee your registration for fee a of £40.
This is what is included within your Invitation Package:
• 2 x Complimentary BAMMA 25 tickets for the Saturday 14th May event at the Barclaycard Arena (usual cost £76)
• Free annual registration to UKMMAF (usual cost £35)
• Free blood testing required under SAFE MMA (usual cost £60)
• Free entry into the Bodypower Exhibition (Three day pass – usual cost £99)
• 20% commission on all friends and family ticket sales for Bodypower/BAMMA 25
The Championships will take place at the Bodypower Expo at the Birmingham NEC Arena from Friday 13th May to Sunday 15th May, and will be contested across five weight divisions (Bantamweight, Featherweight, Lightweight, Welterweight and Middleweight). The tournament will see National Champions crowned in each of the these divisions.
Click here to Regsister at http://www.ukmmaf.org.uk
Closing Date, Friday April 30th 2016
The event takes place on the weekend of BAMMA 25: Champion vs. Champion which is set to take place at the Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham on the Saturday night. Tickets for this event are available HERE. More information on BAMMA 25 can be found at bamma.com
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