Monday, 30 May 2016

Catch-Up: BAMMA 25 Champion vs Champion

Our game of catch-up continues as we enter the world of British mixed martial arts and BAMMA 25, shown recently on Spike here in Britain.

The broadcast began with welterweight action between Walter Gahadza and Colin Fletcher.

This was the proverbial blink or you’ll miss it affair, but for all the wrong reasons. They began trading as soon as the fight began, but when Gahadza went for a takedown against the fence Fletcher delivered a series of 12-to-6 elbows to the back of his man’s head.

The referee stepped in immediately, and the Freak Show quickly acknowledged his error, but after the doctor checked the groggy Gahadza the referee brought an end to the proceedings, giving Gahadza the win by disqualification after just twelve seconds of action.

Title action followed as Stuart Austin challenged Mark Godbeer for the Heavyweight title.

Now this was more like it. Godbeer put in some good work behind the jab, and both men got in some good lead leg kicks before Austin scored with a takedown. The challenger looked to impose his will on the proceedings, but when Godbeer connected with an inadvertent low knee in a clinch against the fence it halted his advance a little.

It was more of the same when the second round began, both fighters getting in some good strikes with Austin looking to take the fight to the ground again, but when Godbeer connected with a big right Austin fell like the proverbial sack of spuds. A brief moment of ground and pound followed until the referee stepped in to give Godbeer the knockout win.

The championship action continued with Damien Lapilus challenging Martin Stapleton for the Lightweight title.

Sadly this was another fight that ended for all the wrong reasons. There was quite a lengthy feeling out period at the beginning with lost of posturing from both fighters, and the action didn’t really get going until Lapilus connected with a few knees to the head in the clinch. Stapleton later scored with a takedown, but his work was halted when the referee stood the fighters up.

The action continued in the same vein as the second round began, but when Stapleton slipped while going for a high kick Lapilus connected with a knee to the head while he was on the mat. The referee stepped in immediately after this illegal blow, and when the fight was waved after the doctor pulled Stapleton out Lapilus began to celebrate, only to find out a few moments later that he’d been disqualified.

The main event saw Featherweight Champion Tom Duquesnoy challenge Shay Walsh for the Bantamweight title.

Fast-paced action was the order of the day in this somewhat brief encounter. Both guys went about their business as soon as the fight began. There was a brief trip to the ground before they went back to their exchanges, and when Duquesnoy connected with a left to the body and followed up with a right to the head Walsh fell flat on his face. The referee waved the fight immediately, giving Duquesnoy the knockout win.

The show rounded out with Kane Mousah challenging Mark Diakiese for the Lonsdale British Lightweight title.

Diakiese looked full of confidence as the introductions were made, and when the fight began it was obvious that he was more than able to back that up, especially when the first punch he threw in anger sent Mousah crashing to the mat. That was it as far as the referee was concerned as he stepped in to give Diakiese the knockout win.

In conclusion – a pretty enjoyable show from BAMMA here, with some nice striking displays, although it was let down a little by the two disqualifications. Fight fans always want to see exciting displays, and to get two fights on the same show ending because of illegal blows is very disappointing for all concerned.

As for my prestigious fight of the night no-prize I’m going for Tom Duquesnoy’s win over Shay Walsh. It may not have lasted that long but at least both fighters showed a willingness to put on a good show.

So with all of that being said there’s just one more thing to do, and that’s to give BAMMA 25 the thumbs up.