BAMMA

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BAMMA
Type Private
Industry Mixed martial arts promotion
Founded 2009
Headquarters London, United Kingdom
Key people Ashley Bothwell, CEO
David Green, TV Content Director
Jude Samuel, Head Of Talent Relations & Matchmaker
Richard Blackburn, Creative Director
Matt Bourne, Head of Communications
Danny Iacovou, Production Manager
Martin Bean, Website Developer,
OJ Borg, Presenter
Georgia Graham, Presenter
Mike Markham, Ring Announcer (Voice of BAMMA)
Website http://www.bamma.com/

The British Association of Mixed Martial Arts (BAMMA) is a mixed martial arts promotion based in the United Kingdom. It is considered by many as the biggest MMA promotion in the country.[1] It premiered on June 27, 2009 and was shown on the television channel Bravo.[2] BAMMA events are now shown live on Channel 5 in the UK and Ireland, ESPN 3 in the US, The Fight Network in Canada, TV Esporte Interativo in Brazil, Red Media in Russia, Setanta in Africa, TDN in Latin America and around the world on www.bamma.tv

History[edit]

The British Association of Mixed Martial Arts held its first event in London on June 27, 2009. BAMMA 1: The Fighting Premiership was held in a tournament format, with two semi-finals taking place in the Lightweight, Welterweight and Middleweight divisions. The semi-final winners progressed to the final, which is to take place at a later date.[3] Their next event, BAMMA 2: Roundhouses at the Roundhouse, was held at The Roundhouse and saw BAMMA's first champions crowned. Rob Sinclair defeated Nathan Beer to become the Lightweight Champion, and Alan Omer got the better of Paul Reed for the Featherweight Championship.[4]

After this, BAMMA moved to Birmingham for BAMMA 3: Horwich vs. Watson which hosted three title fights. Originally, tabloid celebrity Alex Reid was set to fight Tom "Kong" Watson for the vacant Middleweight title.[5] However, Reid injured his knee while filming his documentary TV series Alex Reid: The Fight of His Life and was forced to pull out of the fight. This angered Watson, who claimed Reid was disrespecting him.[6] Watson also called him a "clown" and said that it was likely Reid pulled out to avoid an embarrassing defeat.[7] Reid was then replaced by UFC and IFL veteran Matt Horwich for the main event. Watson won the fight by decision and claimed the belt.

In the Featherweight division, Omer lost his belt to Mark Adams via unanimous decision. Also, Daniel Weichel was brought over from Germany to challenge Sinclair's reign as Lightweight Champ. Sinclair, who used the England football anthem "Three Lions" as his entrance music, successfully defended his title by TKOing Weichel in the first round. A number of other big names also filled the card, including Seth Petruzelli and War Machine, and around 5,000 fans were in attendance that night.[8]

At BAMMA 4: Reid vs. Watson, Reid finally got the chance to take on Watson in a championship bout, but "Kong" was able to defend his title by winning via unanimous decision. Also featured on the card that night were three of Europe's most promising welterweights in Eugene Fadiora, Gunnar Nelson and Simeon Thoresen. BAMMA 4: Reid vs. Watson gained a huge TV audience breaking records for Bravo and becoming one of the most watched MMA bouts in UK history. The main event peaked with over 835,000 viewers during the fight, making it the most watched MMA event in UK history.[9]

BAMMA's next event BAMMA 5 was originally planned for December 2010 and was set to be headlined by Bob Sapp vs. Stav Economou.[10][11] However, due to snowstorms in the UK the event was cancelled.[12] It was rescheduled for February 26, 2011 at the MEN Arena in Manchester with Paul Daley taking on Yuya Shirai for the BAMMA Welterweight title[13]

It was announced on January 27, 2011 that BAMMA had signed a 1 year deal with SyFy to broadcast all 5 of their arena events in 2011, completely live on the channel in the UK. This is an unprecedented deal which makes BAMMA the first ever MMA organisation in the UK to deliver totally live coverage on a non-subscription channel.

BAMMA 6 took place at Wembley Arena on May 21, 2011 and featured a title defence by Tom Watson. It was announced on March 16, 2011 that Tom Watson would face Murilo Rua. Rumours began to circulate that WWE superstar Dave Batista would make his MMA debut at BAMMA 6. However this was not the case, instead UFC veterans Frank Trigg and Ivan Salaverry took part at the event, posting a win and a loss respectively.[14]

At BAMMA 7, they held their first British title fight, where Welsh Middleweight Jack Marshman became the first British Middleweight Champion.[15]

On November 14, 2011, "Inside MMA", announced that HDNet, the network that shows Inside MMA and promotions such as ProElite's and DREAM's live events has signed an agreement with BAMMA to air their events, beginning with BAMMA 8.[16] A few weeks later BAMMA announced that they signed a 10 event deal with Canada's The Fight Network.[17]

In Brazil, TV Esporte Interativo signed an agreement with BAMMA to air their events in 2012[18]

Channel 5 TV deal[edit]

In a major deal to bring mixed martial arts into the British mainstream, BAMMA announced that they have signed a deal with Channel 5.[19][20] They held their first event under the deal, BAMMA 10, on their sister channel '5*' with Channel 5 televising a highlights package the following week. The main event saw Rob Sinclair successfully defend his Lightweight title against The Ultimate Fighter: United States vs. United Kingdom finalist and UFC veteran Andre Winner.[21]

BAMMA announced during mid July that they had renewed their deal with Lonsdale.[22]

On October 25 it was announced that, along with Cage Warriors and Ultimate Challenge MMA, that BAMMA have united with The Centre of Health and Human Performance in London to launched SAFE MMA, a nonprofit organization established to improve the safety of MMA fighters in the U.K. Chief among the organization's plans is a centralized and confidential database for fighter medical records. SAFE MMA, which officially launches Jan. 1 2013, also will provide affordable, standardized blood and medical tests for all registered fighters, as well as advice from leading world experts in sports medicine, according to today's announcement.[23][24]

Rules[edit]

BAMMA's are based upon the Unified Rules of Mixed Martial Arts that were originally established by the New Jersey State Athletic Control Board and modified by the Nevada State Athletic Commission.[25] These rules have been adopted across the US in other states that regulate mixed martial arts. As a result, they have become the standard de facto set of rules for professional mixed martial arts across the US and for cage-based MMA worldwide.

All BAMMA fights are contested over three, five minute rounds. There is a one minute rest period in-between rounds. As per the Unified Rules of MMA, BAMMA only allows competitors to fight in approved shorts, without shoes or any other sort of foot padding. Fighters must use approved light gloves (4-6 ounces) that allow fingers to grab. The referee has the right to stop the fighters and stand them up if they reach a stalemate on the ground (where neither are in a dominant position nor working toward one) after a verbal warning.

Match outcome[edit]

Matches usually end via:

  • Submission: a fighter taps on the mat or his opponent three times (or more) or verbally submits.
  • Knockout: a fighter falls from a legal blow and is either unconscious or unable to immediately continue.
  • Technical Knockout: stoppage of the fight by the referee if it is determined a fighter cannot "intelligently defend" himself or by ringside doctor due to injury.
  • Judges' Decision: Depending on scoring, a match may end as:
    • unanimous decision (all three judges score a win for one fighter),
    • split decision (two judges score a win for one fighter with the third for the other),
    • majority decision (two judges score a win for one fighter with one for a draw),
    • unanimous draw (all three judges score a draw),
    • majority draw (two judges score a draw).
    • split draw (the total points for each fighter is equal)

A fight can also end in a technical decision, technical draw, disqualification, forfeit or no contest.

Judging criteria[edit]

The ten-point must system is used for all BAMMA fights; three judges score each round and the winner of each receives ten points, the loser nine points or less. If the round is even, both fighters receive ten points. The decision is announced at the end of the match but the judge's scorecards are not announced.

Fouls[edit]

The following are considered fouls in BAMMA:

  1. Butting with the head.
  2. Eye gouging of any kind.
  3. Biting.
  4. Hair pulling.
  5. Fish hooking.
  6. Groin attacks of any kind.
  7. Putting a finger into any orifice or into any cut or laceration on an opponent. (see Gouging)
  8. Small joint manipulation.
  9. Striking to the spine or the back of the head. (see Rabbit punch)
  10. Striking downward using the point of the elbow. (see Elbow (strike))
  11. Throat strikes of any kind, including, without limitation, grabbing the trachea.
  12. Clawing, pinching or twisting the flesh.
  13. Grabbing the clavicle.
  14. Kicking the head of a grounded opponent.
  15. Kneeing the head of a grounded opponent.
  16. Stomping a grounded opponent.
  17. Kicking to the kidney with the heel.
  18. Spiking an opponent to the canvas on his head or neck. (see piledriver (professional wrestling))
  19. Throwing an opponent out of the ring or fenced area.
  20. Holding the shorts or gloves of an opponent.
  21. Spitting at an opponent.
  22. Engaging in an unsportsmanlike conduct that causes an injury to an opponent.
  23. Holding the ropes or the fence.
  24. Using abusive language in the ring or fenced area.
  25. Attacking an opponent on or during the break.
  26. Attacking an opponent who is under the care of the referee.
  27. Attacking an opponent after the bell has sounded the end of the period of unarmed combat.
  28. Flagrantly disregarding the instructions of the referee.
  29. Timidity, including, without limitation, avoiding contact with an opponent, intentionally or consistently dropping the mouthpiece or faking an injury.
  30. Interference by the corner.
  31. Throwing in the towel during competition.

When a foul is charged, the referee in their discretion may deduct one or more points as a penalty. If a foul incapacitates a fighter, then the match may end in a disqualification if the foul was intentional, or a no contest if unintentional. If a foul causes a fighter to be unable to continue later in the bout, it ends with a technical decision win to the injured fighter if the injured fighter is ahead on points, otherwise it is a technical draw.

Current champions[edit]

World champions[edit]

Division Upper weight limit Champion Since Title Defenses
Heavyweight 265 lb (120 kg; 18.9 st) Vacant
Light Heavyweight 205 lb (93 kg; 14.6 st) Netherlands Jason Jones BAMMA 13 0
Middleweight 185 lb (84 kg; 13.2 st) Vacant
Welterweight 170 lb (77 kg; 12 st) United States Eddy Ellis BAMMA 13 0
Lightweight 155 lb (70 kg; 11.1 st) Tunisia Mansour Barnaoui BAMMA 13 1
Featherweight 145 lb (66 kg; 10.4 st) France Tom DuQuesnoy BAMMA 15 0
Bantamweight 135 lb (61 kg; 9.6 st) Vacant
Flyweight 125 lb (57 kg; 8.9 st) Germany Rany Saadeh BAMMA Liverpool 0

British champions[edit]

Division Upper weight limit Champion Since Title Defenses
Heavyweight 265 lb (120 kg; 18.9 st) Vacant
Light Heavyweight 205 lb (93 kg; 14.6 st) Vacant
Middleweight 185 lb (84 kg; 13.2 st) United Kingdom Harry McLeman BAMMA 15 0
Welterweight 170 lb (77 kg; 12 st) United Kingdom Leon Edwards BAMMA 15 1
Lightweight 155 lb (70 kg; 11.1 st) Vacant
Featherweight 145 lb (66 kg; 10.4 st) Vacant
Bantamweight 135 lb (61 kg; 9.6 st) Vacant
Flyweight 125 lb (57 kg; 8.9 st) Vacant

World Title history[edit]

World Light Heavyweight Championship[edit]

186 to 205 lbs (84 to 91 kg)
No. Name Event Date Defenses
1 Netherlands Jason Jones
def. Max Nunes
BAMMA 13
Birmingham, United Kingdom
September 14, 2013

World Middleweight Championship[edit]

171 to 185 lbs (77 to 84 kg)
No. Name Event Date Defenses
1 United Kingdom Tom Watson
def. Matt Horwich
BAMMA 3
Birmingham, United Kingdom
May 15, 2010

1. def. Alex Reid at BAMMA 4 on Sep 25, 2010
2. def. Murilo Rua at BAMMA 6 on May 21, 2011
3. def. British champion Jack Marshman at BAMMA 9 on Mar 24, 2012

Watson vactated the title when he left BAMMA for the UFC.
2 United Kingdom Scott Askham
def. Jorge Luis Bezerra
BAMMA 13
Birmingham, United Kingdom
September 14, 2013

1. def. Max Nunes at BAMMA Fight Night: Southampton on June 7, 2014

Askham vactated the title when he left BAMMA for the UFC.

World Welterweight Championship[edit]

156 to 170 lbs
No. Name Event Date Defenses
1 United States Eddy Ellis
def. Jim Wallhead
BAMMA 13
Birmingham, United Kingdom
September 14, 2013

World Lightweight Championship[edit]

146 to 155 lbs (66 to 70 kg)
No. Name Event Date Defenses
1 United Kingdom Rob Sinclair
def. Nathan Beer
BAMMA 2
London, England
February 13, 2010

1. def. Daniel Weichel at BAMMA 3 on May 15, 2010
2. def. Diego Vital at BAMMA 7 on Sep 10, 2011
3. def. Andre Winner at BAMMA 10 on Sep 15, 2012

Sinclair vacated the title when he left BAMMA for Bellator MMA.
2 Tunisia Mansour Barnaoui
def. Curt Warburton
BAMMA 13
Birmingham, United Kingdom
September 14, 2013

1. def. Colin Fletcher at BAMMA 14 on December 14, 2013

World Featherweight Championship[edit]

136 to 145 lbs (61 to 66 kg)
No. Name Event Date Defenses
1 Germany Alan Omer
def. Paul Reed
BAMMA 2
London, United Kingdom
February 13, 2010
2 United Kingdom Mark Adams BAMMA 3
Birmingham, United Kingdom
May 15, 2010
Adams was stripped of the title due to inactivity.
3 France Tom DuQuesnoy
def. Teddy Violet
BAMMA 15
London, England
April 5, 2014

1. No contest vs. Ashleigh Grimshaw at BAMMA 16 on September 14, 2014

World Flyweight Championship[edit]

116 to 125 lbs (53 to 57 kg)
No. Name Event Date Defenses
1 Germany Rany Saadeh
def. Jody Collins
BAMMA Fight Night: Liverpool
Liverpool, United Kingdom
August 2, 2014

British Title history[edit]

British Middleweight Championship[edit]

171 to 185 lbs (77 to 84 kg)
No. Name Event Date Defenses
1 United Kingdom Jack Marshman
def. Carl Noon
BAMMA 7
Birmingham, United Kingdom
September 10, 2011

1. def. Leeroy Barnes at BAMMA 8 on Dec 10, 2011

Marshman was stripped of the title on September 14, 2012 when he failed to make weight for his BAMMA 10 title defense.
2 United Kingdom Harry McLeman
def. Andy De Vent
BAMMA 15
London, United Kingdom
April 5, 2014

British Welterweight Championship[edit]

156 to 170 lbs (71 to 77 kg)
No. Name Event Date Defenses
1 United Kingdom Tom Breese
def. Warren Kee
BAMMA 11
Birmingham, United Kingdom
December 1, 2012
Breese vacated the title when he left BAMMA for Cage Warriors.
2 United Kingdom Wayne Murrie
def. Michael Johnson
BAMMA 14
Birmingham, United Kingdom
December 14, 2013
3 United Kingdom Leon Edwards BAMMA 15
London, United Kingdom
April 5, 2014

1. def. Shaun Taylor at BAMMA 16 on Sep 14, 2014

British Lightweight Championship[edit]

146 to 155 lbs (66 to 70 kg)
No. Name Event Date Defenses
1 United Kingdom Steven Ray
def. Dale Hardiman
BAMMA 11
Birmingham, England
December 1, 2012
2 United Kingdom Curt Warburton BAMMA 12
Tyne and Wear, England
March 9, 2013
Warburton vacated the title when he challenged for the BAMMA World Lightweight title.

Events[edit]

Scheduled events[edit]

Event Date Venue Location
BAMMA 17 - TBA December 6, 2014 Victoria Warehouse Manchester, England, United Kingdom

Past events[edit]

# Event Title Date Arena Location Broadcast
18 BAMMA 16: Daley vs. da Rocha September 13, 2014 Victoria Warehouse Manchester, England, United Kingdom Unaired
17 BAMMA Fight Night: Liverpool August 2, 2014 Liverpool Olympia Liverpool, England, United Kingdom Unaired
16 BAMMA Fight Night: Southampton June 7, 2014 O2 Guildhall Southampton, England, United Kingdom Unaired
15 BAMMA 15: Thompson vs. Selmani April 5, 2014 Copper Box Arena London, England, United Kingdom 5*, Channel 5
14 BAMMA 14: Daley vs. da Silva December 14, 2013 LG Arena Birmingham, England, United Kingdom 5*, Channel 5
13 BAMMA 13: Night Of Champions September 14, 2013 National Indoor Arena Birmingham, England, United Kingdom 5*, Channel 5
12 BAMMA 12: Wallhead vs. Veach March 9, 2013 Metro Radio Arena Newcastle upon Tyne, England, United Kingdom 5*, Channel 5
11 BAMMA 11: Marshman vs. Foupa-Pokam December 1, 2012 National Indoor Arena Birmingham, England, United Kingdom Channel 5
10 BAMMA 10: Sinclair vs. Winner September 15, 2012 Wembley Arena London, England, United Kingdom 5*, Channel 5
9 BAMMA 9: Watson vs. Marshman March 24, 2012 National Indoor Arena Birmingham, England, United Kingdom Extreme Sports
8 BAMMA 8: Manuwa vs. Rea December 10, 2011 Capital FM Arena Nottingham, England, United Kingdom Syfy
7 BAMMA 7: Trigg vs. Wallhead September 10, 2011 National Indoor Arena Birmingham, England, United Kingdom Syfy
6 BAMMA 6: Watson vs. Rua May 21, 2011 Wembley Arena London, England, United Kingdom Syfy
5 BAMMA 5: Daley vs. Shirai February 26, 2011 MEN Arena Manchester, England, United Kingdom Syfy
4 BAMMA 4: Reid vs. Watson September 25, 2010 National Indoor Arena Birmingham, England, United Kingdom Bravo
3 BAMMA 3: Horwich vs. Watson May 15, 2010 LG Arena Birmingham, England, United Kingdom Bravo
2 BAMMA 2: Roundhouses at the Roundhouse February 13, 2010 The Roundhouse London, England, United Kingdom Bravo
1 BAMMA 1: The Fighting Premiership June 27, 2009 Room by the River London, England, United Kingdom Bravo

External links[edit]

References[edit]

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