After stocking its roster with the likes of Nate Marquardt and Murilo "Ninja" Rua, the British Association of Mixed Martial Arts (BAMMA) took another step towards mainstream acceptance today (Sept. 10), showing its BAMMA 7 fight card for free on Facebook, and their fighters certainly held up their end of the bargain.
In the main event, Bellator veteran "Judo" Jim Wallhead took on former UFC title contender Frank Trigg. While the fight started dull, with both fighters hanging around the outside without committing, a hard left hook from Wallhead invigorated both men, as they spent the remaining two rounds trading impressive flurries and somehow managing to make the clinch game exciting.
In the end, Wallhead walked away with a split decision victory thanks to an impressive takedown in the third and stunning Trigg multiple times.
Age 40 ain't kind to everyone.
Mission accomplished ... but it was most certainly more difficult than he anticipated.
Daley, looking soft after coming in six pounds overweight, dished out enormous punishment to the Bulgarian wrestling Olympian, scoring with nasty knees and elbows from the clinch and landing his vaunted hooks on several occasions. Radev, however, apparently had the majority of his skull replaced with titanium before the bout, as he kept pushing foward and chasing the knockout, even taking the third round through sheer guts and relentless takedowns.
Though the decision went Daley's way, there's no way one could watch that fight and not come away impressed with Radev's heart.
The young gun came out with the belt, but he sure as heck didn't look good doing it.
Noon took Marshman down early in the first round and proceeded to whale on him for the remainder of the five minutes, leaving Marshman's eye badly swollen. While he couldn't get the takedown in the second round, the threat of it kept Noon on top.
Noon's cardio betrayed him, however, as his gas tank essentially hit zero near the end of the round, leaving him a sitting duck for Marshman. Noon survived the round, but was still so exhausted that he was bending over and putting his hands on his knees in the center of the cage.
Marshman, also tired but slightly less so, stuffed a final desperation takedown, got mount, and threw slow punches until the referee pulled him off a conscious-but-inert Noon.
Might be time to invest in a treadmill.
Kicking off the main card, UFC veteran Andre Winner took on "Daddy Cool" Jason Ball in an attempt to redeem himself for the thrashing he suffered at the hands (and feet and elbows and knees) of Anthony Njokuani.
He's getting there.
Winner showed a much more varied arsenal, landing a hard outside leg kick throughout the fight, threatening with a head kick, and even taking Ball down. While he couldn't finish Ball, he looked much improved from the man who lost three straight and was booted from the UFC's lightweight division. A couple more fights like this and we may see the Ultimate Fighter finalist back in the Octagon.
Vital impressed early on, taking the wrestling-based Sinclair down, but Rob soon asserted his superior strength, tossing the Brazilian around the ring throughout the first and landing a nasty left hook to the body on multiple occasions. The second, which took place entirely on the feet, was also controlled by Sinclair, whose focused body work wore Vital down. All this paid dividends in the third, when a monster Sinclair right uppercut flattened Vital for a knockout.
Bellator and ZUFFA had best be watching this kid.
The inaugural BAMMA Facebook bout was contested between submissions specialist Dale Hardiman and the hard-punching Scott Jansen. While Jansen managed to bring his striking to bear early, he had no answers for Hardiman's ground game, and found himself on the wrong end of a rear-naked choke at the beginning of the second round.
You gotta have more than one trick these days.
That does it for us. Now it's your turn to sound off on all things BAMMA 7 in the comments section below.
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