London, England - Thursday August 10th, 2011 - Europe's largest and most prominent Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) promotion, The British Association of Mixed Martial Arts (BAMMA), announced today that they have introduced their first ever British Title with a Middleweight contest between top contenders, Jack Marshman and Carl Noon.
As well as having a World title in each division, now the organization will put the British title in to the mix with the aim of developing a British champion in each weight class. Unlike the World title bouts that are fought for over 5 x 5 minute rounds, British title fights will consist of 3 x 5 minute rounds but adopt exactly the same unified rules as all other bouts.
Liam Fisher at BAMMA stated, "The introduction of a British Title allows us to develop the ever growing pool of talent in this country. Now we can give up-and-coming fighters a legitimate champion status to aspire to before they reach the level of fighting on a World stage. It's only fitting that the pride of the Parachute Regiment from Wales will take on one of the toughest middleweight prospects in England to become the first ever BAMMA British Champion. It's England vs Wales, so as always, expect fireworks from the first bell!"
As a member of the British Armed Forces and former Army Boxing champion, Gwent born Jack Marshman recently returned from a tour of duty in Afghanistan. Currently ranked as a private serving with 3 Battalion, the Parachute Regiment, Marshman is expected to be promoted to Lance Corporal very soon. His MMA record of 8-0-0 is even more impressive given that he has only been fighting professionally for 18 months. Marshman now joins the stacked BAMMA middleweight division, which includes champion Tom "Kong" Watson, Frank Trigg and former Commonwealth boxer John Phillips, to take on hot English prospect Carl Noon from Manchester.
Marshman had this to say about signing with Europe's leading MMA promotion, "It's a real honour to sign with BAMMA. I've been looking forward to this day for a long time and can't want to fight for their first ever British Title. Like I always do, on September 10th I will be fighting for my country and I promise every one of my fellow Welshmen that I will be bringing home the belt."
Carl Noon is no stranger to BAMMA gold, having the honour of being stable mates with their World Lightweight Champion Rob Sinclair and World Featherweight Champion Mark Adams. Noon is undefeated in 3 years and enters the fight on a 7 fight win streak. He is known for delivering incredibly exciting fights, with 5 of his 7 wins finished in the very first round, including a first round submission win against Mike Ling at BAMMA 3 in 2010.
The Team Kaobon fighter had this to say' "Not only will Rob Sinclair walk away from BAMMA 7 with his belt, I will bring yet another title back to Kaobon. Like everyone, I respect Jack's courage for putting his body on the line for our nation, but come September 10th and when the cage door closes, all respect goes out the window. This belt is mine and there is no way a Welshman is taking it away from me!"
Compelling bout cards, arena sized venues, and high quality televised fight events. These are just a few of the qualities set the British Association of Mixed Martial Arts (BAMMA) apart from other fight promotions in the UK. These same qualities are what continue to draw top prospects to the fast-rising organization. Carl Noon and Jack Marshman are just two of the main top-level British fighters to recently sign for BAMMA. Other fighters include Jimmy Wallhead, Tim Radcliffe and Jason Ball.
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