As the dust begins to settle from Alex Lohore’s seismic victory over Colin Fletcher at BAMMATOR Belfast last weekend, a number of fighters are taking a very close look at the changing demographic at the top of the BAMMA welterweight division; none more so than contender Terry Brazier.
Turning 30 is a seminal point in the lives of many. It’s the time when your youth is truly over and life starts to look very different. BAMMA welterweight standout Nathan Jones hit this milestone a mere 2 days ago.
Time waits for no man, and Budo Fighting Championships CEO Chris Clarke seems to be in a big hurry to go places. After this week’s seismic announcement that Budo FC would be introducing full medicals, including MRI’s to their events, fully funded by Budo; they’ve now exclusively revealed to Addicted OTR that they’re stepping up the game in their second foray to Wales.
On October 18th news filtered out of BAMMA towers, announcing details of their latest raft of signings. The European promotional juggernaut had signed Brian Moore, Jai Herbert, Dominic Wooding and Terry Brazier to multi-fight deals. This was then followed up 24-hours later with the seismic revelation that BAMMA 27 wouldn’t be the sole event at the 3Arena, Dublin on December 16th; they’re working in conjunction with global MMA powerhouse Bellator, who are running show number 169, headlined by King Mo Lawal vs Satoshi Ishii, on the same night.
Pull out your diaries, flip to Sunday September 25th and cross out whatever plans you’ve got. It you’re based a fair distance from Rochester, Kent then ask God for forgiveness for missing morning sermon that day, as you won’t want to miss this.
MMA Battle Arena returned to its spiritual home of Northampton for its 40th event on Saturday night. Boasting about a card containing three separate title bouts, the pressure was on for the experienced team; and boy, they didn’t fail to deliver. We witnessed seventeen fights all in all and only two of them weren’t complete barn burners; and that was just because the fighters had similar skill sets so nullified each other.
Only 3 days to go until I return to the cage after a really cool journey within myself. Like I’ve said in my last few updates, my mindset has had a complete overhaul and it’s really rubbing off on all areas of my life.
On Sunday fans were treated to the start of a tsunami as up-and-coming BAMMA welterweight Terry ‘The Dominator’ Braziercalled out UK MMA veteran David ‘One More’ Round. Supporters of both fighters quickly jumped into the spat as the verbal sparring began in earnest.
September 25th 2010: Alex Reid made his way through over 3,000 fans in the packed NIA Arena Birmingham, the sound of boos echoed around him as he made the long walk to the cage. Self doubt filled his mind as he edged closer to the cage that would hold him captive for up to 25 minutes with one of Europe’s top fighters, Tom `Kong’ Watson. His train of thought was momentarily broken as somebody leant over the railings and struck him in the face. Minutes later, Alex found himself in the cage with Watson on the other side, staring a hole through him. Tom had made it clear that he was coming to make a statement and to humiliate Alex and as the MC announced both fighters the crescendo of boos rose to an unimaginable level. “How had it all come to this?” Alex asked himself. Surrounded by bright lights, cameras flashed and through the cage wall he could see the faces in the audience twisted with rage and hatred, directing curses at him as they mocked with all they had. As Alex braced himself to go into battle a single thought passed through his mind, “they have forgotten who I am..” The bell rang.