The British Association of Mixed Martial Arts (BAMMA) returns to its roots this April, with its 15th show heading back to London. Following in the success of the UFC, which hosted Fight Night 37 at London's 02 arena on the 8th of march, BAMMA will be storming the capital, where the promotion began in 2009. This time, the event takes place at the Copperbox arena.
BAMMA 15 has come almost out of the blue, having only been announced recently. However, they have began announcing the fight card and it's a great one, with tough tests and fan favourites on their way to the capital city. So far, six bouts have been announced for the event - but it is the two North East fighters who attract Fightstorepro's attention. Below are our predictions for the two North-east fighters.
Everyone's favourite clown Colin 'The Freakshow' Fletcher
(9-4) looks to get back to winning ways when he takes on Tony 'Lionheart' Hervey
(16-16) The American fighter brings a somewhat mixed record to the cage, but his experience cannot be denied, having competed against fighters such as Takanori Gomi and Pat Curran. Both men share an opponent (and unanimous decision defeat) in Mike Ricci.
As far as predictions go: this fight is going to be a fan-pleaser. Hervey is a somewhat unorthodox fighter that possesses knockout power but struggles with submissions and top control. Fletcher is a rangy and extremely unorthodox competitor that strikes from odd angles, possesses a granite chin and will come forward at anyone. 'Lionheart' will be a dangerous threat, but Fletcher will ultimately get the win. Fletcher sometimes struggles against top level competition, but against similar level opponents he absolutely shines. Crushing his way through TUF: The smashes and making light work of Tim Newman and Jason Ball in exciting decisions, Fletcher will be at his best against Hervey. The American may be unorthodox, but he is not at the same level as Fletcher and will find the long limbs of the 'Freakshow' too much to handle. Expect a Fletcher submission victory.
Local prodigy Ryan 'Big Baby' Scope
(8-0-0) faces a stiff test in Ali Arish
(20-2-0) when the two meet. Scope is a flashy, athletic competitor that seems as comfortable on the feet as he does the ground. Dispatching late replacement Phil Flynn early in the fist round at Made4thecage 13 in February, Scope will be looking to have an active year. His winning record is on the line here, and he will be pitting it against Arish, who is a tough and far more experienced competitor who has won praise across the country for his aggressive style. The Mossside GnP representative will be the arguable favourite in this bout.
However, Scope will not be intimidated by being the underdog - He has consistently been berated as he has progressed through his career, for being young and for his image. Neither of those factor into his fighting. Scope is adept at finishing fights, possessing a great killer instinct. Notably, the young man was in trouble against Luke Newman in his last BAMMA outing, but managed to rally and pull off a submission win via triangle. It's that adaptability that will see Scope look to overcome the underdog status and take the biggest win of his career.
We can't wait!
BAMMA 15 is taking place on April 5th at the copper box arena in London. See http://www.bamma.com/for more information.
All announced fights thus far:
BAMMA 15 FIGHT CARD SO FAR <10.3.14>
WITH MORE FIGHTS TO BE ANNOUNCED
OLI THOMPSON VS. GRIZM SELMANI
COLIN FLETCHER VS. TONY HERVEY
BAMMA LONSDALE BRITISH WELTERWEIGHT TITLE BOUT
WAYNE MURRIE VS. LEON EDWARDS
RYAN SCOPE VS. ALI ARISH
RANY SAADEH VS. MAHMOOD BESHARATE
DYSON ROBERTS VS. JEFFERSON GEORGE
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Written by Craig Thomas Boyle