BAMMA 12 Preview and predictions
This weekend sees BAMMA return for its first event of 2013 as it brings us BAMMA 12. Headlined by a welterweight bout between Jim Wallhead and UFC vet Matt Veach, BAMMA 12 promises to be another superb event. We at The Fight Lounge take a look at this weekend’s televised card and provide our preview and predictions on it.
Jim Wallhead vs. Matt Veach
Fighting for the promotion for the third time in his career, Jim Wallhead (23-7-0) will be keen to remain undefeated in the promotion. Despite coming into this contest on the back of a loss, Wallhead is in pretty good form having won ten of his last twelve contests, including wins over the likes of Che Mills, Joey Villasenor and Frank Trigg. He is incredibly gifted in the grappling aspect and he packs a lot of power in all of his shots of the feet.
A veteran of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, Matt Veach (16-4-0) looks to continue his quest back to the world’s largest promotion. He is perhaps mostly remembered by MMA fans worldwide for his fight of the night performance with Frankie Edgar back in 2009 – a fight which earned Edgar a shot at the title. Veach is a former NCAA Division I wrestler and has shown ability to end fights both on the feet and on the ground.
Both fighters have extremely high level skills in the clinch/grappling side of the sport so it is possible they could cancel each other out and be left to strike. Wallhead has the better striking skills of the two and possesses more power and this will see him claim victory.
Max Nunes vs. Marcin Lazarz
One of the most exciting prospects in all of Europe, Max “Power” Nunes (9-0-0) will look to make in ten out of ten this weekend. He is one of the new generation of mixed martial artists who are truly fantastic all around the board. He is not only superbly skilled but when fighting he makes everything he does look effortless and has defeated some top talent with apparent ease. He has finished all of his fights so far and has only seen the second round once.
Also undefeated in his career and fresh of an impressive BAMMA debut, Marcin Lazarz (5-0-0) will look to catapult himself up the rankings by taking out one of BAMMA’s biggest young stars. A product of Team Titan, Lazarz is surrounded by some of the best coaches and training partners in the land so will be readily prepared come Saturday. He has stopped two previous opponents – one by (T)KO and two by submission.
This fight will be entertaining fight but those hoping for a fifteen minute battle will be left disappointed as Max Nunes will leave victorious with another stoppage victory either in the first or early in the second.
Curt Warburton vs. Stevie Ray
Another veteran of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, Curt “The War” Warburton (11-3-0) has been on a roll since his release from the UFC in 2011. He has won all four contests since then and he will look to add some gold to his collection as he seeks his fifth. He was originally set to fight for the world title however an injury to Rob Sinclair means he will now look to capture the British Strap. Warburton is one of the strongest lightweights in Europe and has one of the best wrestling skillsets too. He has excellent striking skills and some great grappling.
After capturing the title this past December with a career defining performance over Dale Hardiman, Stevie Ray (12-3-0) looks to defend his title whilst looking to take the biggest scalp of his career. Since making the drop in weight from welterweight to lightweight he has looked phenomenal and seems to be at his true weight class now. Ray is an excellent all-rounder and can finish fights anywhere – something he has done on ten occasions.
This should be a highly entertaining fight worthy of a title anywhere. Both men have a lot of weapons in their arsenals however Warburton has competed against and defeated people of a higher level out of the two of them and this will shine through on fight night and he will leave the new champion.
Luke Newman vs. Ryan Scope
Fighting for the first time since he time on The Ultimate Fighter: The Smashes, Luke Newman (5-0-0) looks to once again embark on a quest towards the UFC. During his time on the show he was eliminated in the first round by eventual winner Robert Whittaker. Newman is an aggressive striker with heavy fists and a good ground game also. He spends his time training between American Top Team and Team Titan so will be extremely well prepared.
Fighting for the first time since 2011, Ryan Scope (5-0-0) will be looking to pick up right where he left off. Having grew up in and around martial arts; it’s no surprise that he is considered by many to be one of the best young fighters in the nation. Scope possesses everything needed to be successful in the sport including excellent striking, superb grappling and outstanding natural ability. He has travelled far and wide over the years and recently returned from a spell at Alliance MMA in San Diego.
This fight has potential to be fight of the night. Both have bags of potential and both come with a lot of hype. Out of the two Scope possesses the better skills on the ground and has a lot more natural ability and this will see him to victory, either by submission or a ground and pound TKO.
BAMMA 12 takes place this Saturday from the Metro Arena in Newcastle, England.
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By Nathan Court (@nathancourt)
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