The team at BAMMA are teasing us. They’re drip feeding awesomeness day by day. It started off with the announcement of McDermott vs Wolf and Hallam vs Bahati on Monday; followed on Tuesday by a raft of zingers, headlined by Brazier vs Gahadza for the Welterweight Lonsdale Title. This has continued throughout the week, culminating in today when they’ve they’ve given the fans yet more revelations for the May 12th card.
Three bouts stand head and shoulders above the rest. First up is Addicted OTR’s very own Michael D’Aguiar, who makes his promotional debut against seasoned veteran Sam Halliday. The Portuguese Pop Star only made his professional debut this month, comfortably dispatching Kane Goldup with a first-round submission victory on Shock n Awe. D’Aguiar has been mooted as a prospect for a long time, and will look to realise that against a game and wily opponent in Halliday.
Yorkshire native Halliday (4-4) isn’t known for taking easy fights. With both Sam Creasey and Paul Marin on his resume, he thrives on the big stage. He will present a new level of challenge for Gym 01’s D’Aguiar.
The second headline grabber features another promotional debutant, Josh ‘The Power’ Plant as he takes on Dan Cassell at welterweight. The hype is certainly building behind Plant. Having won three belts across two different weight classes as an amateur, Plant made a statement in his professional debut, ironically on Cassell’s own promotion, Golden Ticket, dispatching Trojan Free Fighter Lawence Tracey in spectacular fashion.
Cassell is no slouch though. Training with BAMMA lightweight standout Jai Herbert, ‘Pork Chop’ is known for his high intensity pressure game and will be looking to get back on the winning trail, derailing Plant’s hype train on May 12th.
The third features two men at very different stages of their careers. There’s not much that Ronnie Mann hasn’t seen in his thirteen and a half years as a professional fighter. 25 wins in 34 matches, the globetrotting star has shared the cage with a who’s who of combatants. He’s one of the true pioneers of MMA in the UK, yet is still only 30 years old.
His opponent, Daniel Crawford is very much at the start of his promising career. He’s 8-1, with his only loss coming when fighting a weight class above his own. His balanced, methodical, yet clinical approach to fighting has won him many fans already, with many more to follow should he overcome what will be the toughest match up he’s had to date. This contest is worth the ticket price alone and should have every MMA fan licking their lips with anticipation.
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