Amidst the rubble left behind in the MMA world this weekend, one event that might have flown under the radar was that of BAMMA 7, which went down yesterday at the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham, England. Featuring the likes of former UFC title contenders Frank Trigg, Paul Daley, and TUF 9 finalist Andre Winner, the card certainly had its fair share of fireworks.
The headliner saw Trigg’s two fight win streak since leaving the UFC snapped by journeyman “Judo” Jim Wallhead, who was able to repeatedly wobble Trigg on the feet en route to a split decision win. The win was particularly heartbreaking for “Twinkle Toes”, whose most recent wins showcased a newfound revitalization since his consecutive KO losses to Josh Koscheck and Matt Serra.
Elsewhere on the card, Paul Daley scored his own decision win over fellow UFC castaway Jordan Radev. The bout saw Daley easily handle Radev in the striking department but unable to finish the resilient Bulgarian, who was similarly frustrated after taking Daley’s back in the third frame and failing to secure a submission. The bout ended Daley’s two fight skid but continued to showcase his inability to make weight, which has become so notorious that even the hometown crowd was unusually silent during his entrance.
Ultimate Fighter 9 finalist Andre Winner also snapped a losing streak and showcased the effectiveness of Muay Thai against boxing en route to an entertaining decision win over Jason Ball. Though all but refusing to unleash the combinations his corner was screaming for, Winner’s diverse attack was simply too much for the boxing based Ball, resulting in 30-27 scores across the board for the TUF finalist.
BAMMA champions went 1-1 on the night, with lightweight king Rob Sinclair unleashing a vicious uppercut to end the night of late replacement Diego Vital in the third round. Middleweight champion Carl Noon, however, saw a dominant first round wiped away as undefeated prospect Jack Marshall rallied back from the early beating throughout the second and secured a TKO finish in the third.
Jim Wallhead def. Frank Trigg by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27)
Paul Daley def. Jordan Radev by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
Rob Sinclair def. Diego Vital by knockout (strikes) Rd 3 (3:00)
Jack Marshman def. Carl Noon by TKO (strikes) Rd 3
Andre Winner def. Jason Ball by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Chris Fishgold def. Jeremy Petley by submission (rear-naked choke) Rd 1 (4:33)
Erik Perez def. James Brum by submission (rear-naked choke) Rd 1 (3:31)
Eugene Fadiora def. Robert Devanne by submission (rear-naked choke) Rd 1 (4:35)
Pindi Madahar def. Danny Compton by TKO (strikes) Rd 2 (1:06)
Dale Hardiman def. Scott Jansen by submission (rear-naked choke) Rd 2 (1:16)
Tom Breese def. Lee Taylor by submission (rear-naked choke) Rd 1 (2:26)
Dean Amasinger def. Shah Hussein by unanimous decision
Fraser Opie def. Robert Krecicki by TKO (strikes) Rd 1 (3:19)