Europe's leading Mixed Martial Arts promotion, BAMMA, is proud to announce the final fight card for its Nottingham event taking place at the Capital FM Arena on 10th December. BAMMA 8 boasts a stunning card that showcases some of the cream of UK fight talent, including a spectrum of fighters hailing from Nottingham's world renowned and legendary fight camp, The Rough House.
Recent changes to the fight card include an explosive, technical lightweight clash between Colin Fletcher (6-1-0) and David Round (5-4-0 ) that promises fireworks for the purists; and a BAMMA debut for Flyweights Ian Malone (2-0-0) and Brian Hislop (3-1-0).
As previously announced, headlining the event is the highly anticipated bout between the UK's number one-ranked light heavyweight, Jimi Manuwa, and France's Anthony Rea. The Posterboy stands undefeated with a record of 10-0-0; has won 8 of his fights by knock out, while 7 of his fights have been title bouts or defenses. It has never taken him more than two rounds to finish an opponent. Manuwa's reputation is dangerous and his return to the cage long awaited. With a record of 22 - 13 - 0, the more experienced Rea is no easy contest for Manuwa, with a Who's Who of opponents under his belt and 13 of his wins by TKO.
Undefeated BAMMA British Middleweight Champion and serving British Armed Forces, Afghan vet, Jack Marshman (9-0-0) will be back to defend his Lonsdale title against Wolfslair's Lee "Leeroy" Barnes in a contest that fans will love. At BAMMA 7, Marshman wowed the crowd with a sustained war against Carl Noon, in which he famously turned around fortune at the last hour to clinch the title.
Fresh off a decision win against Frank Trigg at BAMMA 7, Team Rough House fighter Jimmy Wallhead (22-6-0) will be making an exciting step up to face former Pride, EliteXC and Strikeforce warrior, Joey ‘Smokin' Villasenor (29-9-0) in his long awaited BAMMA debut. This explosive bout is yet another strong contender for fight of the night.
Other card highlights include Rough House's UFC vet Andre Winner taking on Sweden's Diego Gonzalez in a World Lightweight Title eliminator fight; while charismatic submission artist, Paul McVeigh, will make his BAMMA debut against Erik Perez. UFC veteran Curt Warburton makes his BAMMA debut against Tim Newman while Golden Glory's Jason Jones also joins BAMMA in a Light Heavyweight contest against the undefeated Mark Godbeer.
BAMMA 8 makes a breakthrough to the US mainstream as it will be televised live via HD Net in an exclusive new deal.
BAMMA CEO, David Green, says, "BAMMA can be proud of this Nottingham event, which features some of the UK's top household names on their home turf and brings it back to the fans. From the early days, the city has established itself as a spiritual home for UK MMA, with Nottingham's Rough House being an important player in the growth of the sport; and with Nottingham media being huge advocates. As well as being honoured to present BAMMA 8 to Nottingham fight fans, we are very excited to have the opportunity, via HD Net, SyFy and The Fight Network to showcase the best of British MMA to both domestic and international audiences".
BAMMA 8 Fight Card:
LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT FIGHT
JIMI MANUWA VS. ANTONY REA
JIM WALLHEAD VS. JOEY VILLASENOR
WORLD LIGHTWEIGHT TITLE ELIMINATOR
ANDRE WINNER VS. DIEGO GONZALEZ
ERIK PEREZ VS. PAUL MCVEIGH
LONSDALE BRITISH MIDDLEWEIGHT TITLE
JACK MARSHMAN VS. LEEROY BARNES
LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT BOUT
MARC GODBEER VS. JASON JONES
TIM NEWMAN VS. CURT WARBURTON
COLIN FLETCHER VS DAVID ROUND
DEAN AMASINGER VS.DANNY MITCHELL
TOM BREESE VS. QASIM SHAFIQ
CHRISTIAN HOLLEY VS. LEE TAYLOR
BRENT CRAWLEY VS. MARK PLATTS
IAN MALONE VS. BRIAN HYSLOP
BAMMA 8 tickets are available via http://www.viewlondon.co.uk/bamma-tickets.aspx. Watch the BAMMA 8 main card LIVE on:
- Syfy in the UK: Sky/HD 114, Virgin TV 135 and TalkTalk 22
- The Fight Network in Canada
- HD Net in the U.S.
For further viewing information go to: http://www.bamma.com/ Viewing information for prelims coming soon!