BAMMA 30: Bantamweight world title fight between Philpott and Walsh ends in no contest

Fans were left disappointed at BAMMA 30 as no new BAMMA bantamweight world champion was crowned.

On Saturday night, in the 3 Arena, Dublin, the main event between Alan Philpott and Shay Walsh did not crown a new champion as their fight was ruled a no contest.

In the lead up to their fight, Philpott had predicted an early finish and it looked to be on the cards before an illegal kick he threw forced the referee and doctor to stop the fight.

The Northern Irishman was game from the start and landed a head kick inside the first ten seconds, sending Walsh crashing to the mat. Walsh recovered but struggled to find an opening.

Philpott was immense on the feet, his shot selection and timing began to mount up as his crisp striking lit Walsh up on the feet.

The fight seemed to be going to plan until one brash moment cost him any possibility of victory. Walsh was dropped after Philpott had landed several simultaneous kicks. He was grounded as Philpott threw an additional kick which struck his face. The kick broke Walsh’s jaw and the fight was stopped by the doctor.

It was deemed a no contest and no new champion was crowned. The decision means that we are likely to see a rematch towards the end of the year. Both fighters called for a rematch in their post-fight interviews.

Redser back to winning ways with knee bar submission as Sinclair announces retirement

Paul Redmond returned to winning ways with a knee bar submission of former lightweight champion Rob ‘C4’ Sinclair.

‘Redser’ bounced back from his split decision loss to Norman Parke at BAMMA 28 in February.

In the first-round Redmond and Sinclair got to grips with each other, neither willing to engage but we did see a few strikes thrown and a takedown.

Sinclair began brightly in the second-round, throwing wildly with his right hand but only landing a few times. Redmond was keen to get it to the ground and he scored a successful takedown.

Sinclair found himself in top position but Redmond pushed his hips to escape and sunk in a slick knee bar to submit the BAMMA legend.

After the fight, Paddy Holohan spoke to Sinclair and he said, “The fire is not there anymore.” ‘C4’ announced that he would be retiring from MMA, leaving his gloves in the cage to bring an end to his illustrious career.

Top prospect Edwards scores stunning submission

Fabian ‘The Assassin’ Edwards moved to 2-0 with an impressive second-round submission of debutant Aaron Kennedy.

The top UK prospect won his BAMMA debut in excellent fashion. Edwards kept Kennedy under pressure, landing with powerful strikes on the feet in the opening round.

In the second, he looked for the kill, pushing Kennedy on to the backfoot. Kennedy went to ground and Edwards capitalised, following up with superb rear-naked choke to seal the victory.

Spaniard Daniel Barez silences Dublin crowd to lift the flyweight title

A large crowd had gathered to witness Ryan ‘Choas’ Curtis in his BAMMA Lonsdale flyweight title fight with Daniel Barez. The 3 Arena erupted as he entered the cage but supporters would be left disappointed with the result.

Barez silenced the home support with a dominant display over three-rounds. He implemented a smothering style which didn’t allow Curtis any significant momentum. All three judges scored the bout 30-27 in favour of the Spaniard.

McKee and Smullen deliver spectacular fight of the night

Two future stars of Irish MMA clashed in what may be known as the domestic fight of the year.

Rhys McKee and Richie Smullen delivered three action-packed rounds which had supporters on the edge of their seats. It lived up to expectations as both fighters came into the contest hungry for the win.

Smullen begun well, using his grappling to great effect and was dominant over the first three minutes. McKee landed with a vicious knee which hurt him and it looked as if he would finish the fight but Smullen was saved by the bell at the end of the first-round.

McKee grew in confidence from that exchange. He pushed the tempo in the second-round, as Smullen was pushed against the cage. McKee’s reach advantage came into play as he tried to set up his powerful shots with the jab. But, Smullen fought back at the end of the round to wide applause in the arena.

In the final round, Smullen regained control of the fight. He’d worked hard throughout and McKee began to tire under his pressure. Smullen was active from top position on the ground.

It was a very close fight and there was very little to choose between them. It went to the judges and they deemed it a majority draw (29-28,28-28-28-28).

Crosbie produces his best performance in the cage

Kiefer Crosbie delivered an emphatic victory over Wladamar Cichy in one of the standout bouts from the prelims. ‘BDK’ controlled the fight on the feet, pushing Cichy against the fence after breaking from the clinch. He chased him down, stuffed a takedown attempt before landing several vicious elbows to his opponent’s head forcing the referee to call a stoppage.

Alastair Magee

Recent Journalism graduate with a passion for covering martial arts. Giving amateur and professional fighters in Ireland the coverage they deserve.

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