BAMMA 30 is live tonight (Friday) at Dublin’s 3 Arena. Headlined by a World Bantamweight title fight between Alan ‘The Apprentice’ Philpott and Shay Walsh.
Kilkenny’s Mick ‘Basher’ Brennan appears on the under card in a featherweight bout against Northern Ireland’s Decky ‘The Diamond’ Dalton.
Preliminary fights are shown on the UNILAD Facebook page with DAVE (UK) hosting the main card on TV.
We’re cage-side for live blog updates right across the night with the first fight expected around 5.45/6pm.
Here we go! First out is Rhys Mckee looking nice and calm. Plenty of support to be heard inside the 3 Arena
Now it’s Richie Smullen who makes the walk. Soaking up the cheers from the crowd as he walks into the cage.
Both men are ready to go!
Wow! What a round. Richie dominating on the ground for much of the round and was so close to his trademark heel hook finish. Rhys to his credit battled on and managed to get back to his feet before landing some heavy blows himself and even managing to drop Smullen late in the round. Both men putting on a show here.
Here goes round 2
Both men standing in the middle and going shot for shot
Halfway through and both men starting to look a little tired. Smullen has his man up against the cage
Another very entertaining round. Both men showcasing some serious talent here tonight. We go to a deciding round. Hard to call it either way as it stands.
Smullen gets his takedown in the final round. What can he do from here. 3:30 left
We go to a decision after a 3 round war
The bout has been called a majority draw. We did mention it was tough to call. Richie Smullen was dominating his opponent on the ground but to Rhys Mckee’s credit he stuck in and managed to land some big shots of his own. Both men put on a serious show and here’s hoping they will have to do it all again some time soon
No waiting around here as Daniel Barez makes his walk to the cage for his matchup vs Ryan ‘Chaos’ Curtis
All action in round one. Ryan Curtis taking some big shots before getting a takedown of his own. We move into round 2 and both men will feel they can do more to win this!
Curtis Drops his man with a beautiful uppercut just 30 seconds into the second round. Barez holds on though and both men are back to their feet
Barez ends the round on top and landing some big blows on his man. How much energy did that take out of him is the question? We go into round 3
We go to a decision here
Daniel Barez takes this contest via unanimous decision on a scoreline of 30-27. He is now the new BAMMA Flyweight Champion.
Next up is the meeting of Fabian ‘The Assassin’ Edwards vs Aaron Kennedy at Middleweight
Edwards is coming into this fight with an impressive MMA record. He was 10-0 in the amateur ranks before making his pro debut and winning that via tko in round 1.
Kennedy, on the other hand, is making his pro debut here at BAMMA and holds a record of 4-2 in the amateur ranks
Some Big names in the MMA world are present here tonight. Artem ‘The Russian Hammer’ Lobov, James ‘Strabanimal’ Gallagher and Neil ‘2 Tap’ Seery all interacting with the crowds and happy to get pictures taken.
Rob ‘C4’ Sinclair and Paul ‘Redser’ Redmond have made their walks to the cage. Both men looking focused and ready for action. Huge support for home favorite ‘Redser’
Cagey opening minute. Both fighters taking time to settle into their rhythm
Round one comes to a close with neither fighter really landing anything of note. Some ground work by both men near the end of the round but it came to nothing. We go again for round 2
‘C4’ catches Redmond with a right hook but Redser laughs it off and calls his opponent on for more. Confidence certainly not an issue here
And it’s all over!
‘Redser’ Wins via submission mid way through round 2.
James ‘Strabanimal’ Gallagher taking to the cage soon for a chat. Plenty of fans of his in the arena it seems as he is cheered on.
Official decision has ‘Redser’ winning at 2:11 via Submission.
During his post fight interview, he calls for a shot at the lightweight Belt. ‘I’m not being big headed or anything but I’ve just beaten the previous champion in Rob’
Rob’s turn to have his say and he drops a bombshell.
He has just announced his retirement from MMA saying he has given all he can to the sport. ‘I’ve trained for the wrong reasons this time and i don’t have it left in me’
It’s now time for the main event of the evening as Shay Walsh and Alan ‘The Aprentice’ Philpott do Battle for the BAMMA Bantamweight Title
And we’re off in the Main event
Philpott lands a headkick early in the round which stuns Walsh. He hangs on!
Drama here as Philpott lands a kick to the head of Walsh as he was trying to get back to his feet. Medical time out called
It’s been called off. Huge Drama here in the Main event
It’s been called no contest due to a suspected broken jaw incurred after the illegal, albeit unintentional, headkick from Philpott.
The Bantamweight belt remains vacant.