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.
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.
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.
In the short time since the eagerly anticipated rematch between Paul Daley and Josh Koscheck was announced there have already been choice words from either camp, with Daley in particular very clearly stating he is going to KO the NCAA Division 1 wrestling champ and beat him into retirement.
Loaded words from the ever confident knockout machine, who himself has finished 74 per cent of his contests via KO/TKO. AddictedOTR.com caught up with Semtex in light of the announcement and the upcoming match on July 16.