The more avid readers of WWBRD will know we have spoken to Max 'Power' Nunes before and every one of you should have seen him fight by now. If you haven't, then you're in luck. Fresh of a title win last weekend at Fury MMA, Max will be fighting Tony Moran for BAMMA, at Wembley Arena this Saturday night. You'd be a fool to miss it.
Growing up in a country known mostly for it's bank accounts and penchant for modular furniture, Max's route into MMA isn't littered with street fights and disagreement like so many of his counterparts. His background is relatively unusual for MMA but immediately obvious once you see him. Standing at just under six-feet-five with arms that seemingly never end, getting a ball into a basket seems all too easy for him.
"The second I don't enjoy what I'm doing, I won't do it anymore." A popular figure in Swedish basketball, Max looked to have a bright future ahead of him. In 2008 however, Max's focus was shifted. With basketball failing to provide the enjoyment it once did and with nothing but success in his sights, mixed martial arts was next.
In July 2010, Max made his professional debut at ZT Fight Night, winning via rear-naked-choke and by November, had moved to train full-time with former UFC alum Nick Osipczak at the New Wave Academy in South London. Fast forward to today and with just under 12 minutes of cage-time clocked up, he finds himself with a perfect 7-0 record, stepping up on just four days notice to fight on one of the UK's biggest events.
"The nerves are gone..." Perhaps the biggest test to date for Max, came just last month against fellow hot-prospect Iain Martell. Many counted him out and picked Martell's methodical style to ultimately take the victory, but it wasn't to be. Martell couldn't find his opening and Max got to finally display his offensive guard, latching on a fight finishing triangle early in the second round.
"It was like any fight really, I treat them all the same but Iain made me step up my game. It went well but I thought he would do more damage when he took me down. Other than that, it pretty much happened as I thought it would. If he wanted to stand I would go for the KO and if we hit the ground, sub him."
Max exudes belief in himself. He doesn't do it with bravado and show or in an unsettling manner, he does it with trust in his abilities and training. His calm, relaxed attitude never falters and even in the heat of battle, his stoic demeanor remains.
Taking this fight on just four days notice, only 7 days removed from a title win, we asked Max to give us an insight into how he see's the fight panning out. With but a second of contemplation, he returned a single word.
BAMMA announced today that WARRIOR, the upcoming action drama movie set in the world of MMA, has signed on as an associate sponsor for BAMMA 7 held on Saturday 10th September at The NIA in Birmingham.
“Warrior” will receive branding at the event along with additional PR and marketing support from BAMMA leading up to the UK release on Wednesday September 21st. The movie from acclaimed director Gavin O’Connor (Miracle), stars BAFTA Rising-Star 2011 winner Tom Hardy (The Dark Knight Rises, Inception) and Joel Edgerton (The Great Gatsby, Animal Kingdom) and features BAMMA Welterweight Nate Marquardt, recently signed on a multi-fight deal and expected to make his BAMMA debut in December.
“I am so excited about this movie! Warrior is going to put MMA on the mainstream map and we are incredibly proud to be promoting it.” Haunted by a tragic past, Marine Tommy Conlon (Hardy) returns home for the first time in fourteen years to enlist the help of his father (Nick Nolte) to train for SPARTA, the biggest winner-takes-all event in mixed martial arts history. A former wrestling prodigy, Tommy blazes a path toward the championship while his brother, Brendan (Edgerton), an ex-fighter-turned teacher, returns to the ring in a desperate bid to save his family from financial ruin. But when Brendan’s unlikely, underdog rise sets him on a collision course with the unstoppable Tommy, the two brothers must finally confront each other and the forces that pulled them apart, facing off in the most soaring, soul stirring, and unforgettable climax that must be seen to be believed.
A rousing ode to redemption, reconciliation and the power of the human spirit, WARRIOR is also a moving testament to the enduring bonds of family.
Lionsgate UK will release WARRIOR in cinemas nationwide on Wednesday September 21st - Cert 12A - Running time 102 mins
GoDaddy.com presents BAMMA 7 in association with Lonsdale and PKR.com Saturday September 10th at The National Indoor Arena, Birmingham, UK
There are few men better suited to stepping into a cage to fight than former soldiers. The discipline and control of fear is essential. One man who embodies that attitude is Lee ‘Hercules’ Taylor. Taylor served for nine years in the British Army, completing tours of Afghanistan, Iraq and Bosnia, as well as travelling the world on various missions.
Upon leaving the army, which taught him boxing, judo and other forms of hand to hand combat, Lee discovered a love for Thai boxing and later MMA after seeing it on the television.
After the break, find out who Lee's influences are and how he is looking to take a beating if need be.TweetTagged :
A mouth-watering Light Heavyweight clash between Robert Krecicki and Fraser Opie opens the card at BAMMA 7, a matchup which should perfectly set the tone for the rest of the evening’s entertainment. And even though Krecicki has become accustomed to headlining events, most notably his recent title win against Toni Valtonen, he is looking forward to the opportunity to commence proceedings;
“It’s a great opportunity for me to be the first fight on BAMMA 7. But my position on the card alters nothing. I train equally as hard whether on the prelims or the main card.” And generally, he appears buoyant heading into the highest profile fight of his young career;
“This is a great opportunity and challenge for me to fight on the BAMMA promotion. It’s a big show. It’s easily the biggest organisation for which I’ve fought. I look forward to displaying my skills in front of a large crowd, which will include many of my friends.” The Pole they call “Big Rob”, who is often informed of his resemblance to Vitali Klitschko, arrived in the UK five years ago from Elk in North Poland, and works as a porter at Cheltenham hospital when not training down at his resident Trojan Free Fighters gym.
Opening the upcoming BAMMA 7 card at the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham is a light heavyweight tilt that promises certain fireworks, as former pro kickboxer Fraser Opie takes on once beaten judo specialist Robert Krecicki in a classic striker vs. grappler contest.
After the break, hear how Opie transitioned into MMA and what he's looking to get out of his fight with Krecicki.TweetTagged :
BAMMA has confirmed 8 more fights for their upcoming BAMMA 7 card at The NIA in Birmingham on September 10th.
Fresh off signing an exclusive multi-fight contract with BAMMA, UFC and TUF veteran Andre Winner will face lightweight prospect Jason Ball.
Grenadian born and Leicestershire resident, Andre Winner began his MMA career at Leicester Shootfighters, where training partners Paul “Semtex” Daley and Dan “The Outlaw” Hardy inspired him to take up the sport full time. After a decision loss to Ross Pearson in The Ultimate Fighter Finale, Winner went on to fight six times in the UFC until he was released in July. Part of Team Rough House and joining the BAMMA lightweight division, currently consisting of champion Rob Sinclair, Leonardo Santos, fellow Ultimate Fighter participant Efrain Escudero and BJJ black belt Tim Radcliffe, Andre Winner is excited about a return to the UK.
BAMMA announced today that they have introduced their first ever British Title with a Middleweight contest between top contenders, Jack Marshman and Carl Noon.
As well as having a World title in each division, now the organization will put the British title in to the mix with the aim of developing a British champion in each weight class. Unlike the World title bouts that are fought for over 5 x 5 minute rounds, British title fights will consist of 3 x 5 minute rounds but adopt exactly the same unified rules as all other bouts.
Hit the jump to find out more about this some what err, strange decision.TweetTagged :
BAMMA confirmed today that a back injury has forced Middleweight Champion Tom “Kong” Watson to withdraw from his title defense at BAMMA 7 against Frank Trigg. Former Bellator welterweight tournament participant ‘Judo’ Jim Wallhead (21-6) has agreed to step in for the injured Watson and will face Trigg in a non-title bout. BAMMA 7 will take place on September 10 at The National Indoor Arena in Birmingham.
Signed up to BAMMA on a three fight deal, Efrain Escudero joins the burgeoning lightweight division to make his first appearance in the UK against Tim Radcliffe.
It is a fight which highlights the promotions progressive attitude toward developing the sport in Britain as well as bringing over some of the best and most exciting competitors. Efrain fits that bill perfectly. A winner of The Ultimate Fighter season 8 and already a veteran of the game at just 25-years old, ‘Hencho en Mexico’ brings an impressive skill set to his bout at BAMMA 7 in Birmingham.
The current BAMMA lightweight champion is having just another hard day: Juggling a full time job as a gas engineer whilst being a responsible father to his daughter, as well as fitting in a training camp is no easy task.
“It is hard work but needs must,” says the champ, adding, “Hopefully it will change soon.”
Having worked hard to compile a professional record of 10-2, undefeated in BAMMA, Sinclair is hoping that his third title defence will bring some of the rewards for all his efforts.
“After I won the belt at BAMMA 2 and then defended it by stopping Daniel Weichel, the number four ranked European lightweight I felt things were going well. But then my manager started finding it difficult to find me fights and opponents.”
After a frustrating wait, Sinclair is now lined up against Leonardo Santos on the main card of BAMMA 7 and he is more than looking forward to showcasing his heavy hands in the cage once again.
“At the end of the day, it is not the belt that is what is important. It is the opponents that I get to face and beat. Right now, I have the target on my back and people are picking me to fight and that is fine with me. I’m happy to take on the big names.”
Splitting his training between Kaobon in Liverpool and Predators Gym in Manchester, Sinclair is putting in the work, as well as the miles in his car, to get a full fight camp in.
“This is actually one of the first times I done and strength and conditioning work. Dave Bell at the Perform Centre is great so I should come into this fight better equipped than before.”
It can’t bode well for any of Sinclair’s opponents if before now he has been training on limited resources. A new and improved lightweight champ is a scary prospect. But, Rob is no fool when it comes to MMA.
“Santos is a great fighter. He’s been a black belt in BJJ longer than I’ve been training but if I hit him once he’ll become a brown belt; if I hit him again he’ll be a purple and then a blue. This is MMA, and anyway, I like to think I’ve got a black belt in submission defence,” says the lightweight with a laugh.
“Honestly, though, I’m going to be ready for anything. Santos has good striking – he showed that against Ball – but I think I have the advantage on the feet. “I only have to clip him; that’s all it takes. I’m confident in my hands. I don’t think anyone can hit as hard as me when it comes to ground and pound. I just need a little bit of space and usually it’s all over.
“He is a long and rangy fighter and he likes to put the jab out but I’m going to put the pressure on him. I respect him 100 percent but the way I look at it, I will beat him because I am the toughest,” explains Sinclair.
It is an indication of the champion’s mindset; all the pressure, all the hard work, comes down to this fight and, unfortunately, it is Santos who will bear the brunt of it. “I did the same thing against Nathan Beer because I was annoyed. If he hits me, I hit him harder. I just went in there and proved I was the tougher fighter.
“I saw some weaknesses in his fight with Ball and I am going to pour it on. I know he’s dangerous but I am going to unleash my full potential that night.
“I’ve worked hard to build my reputation in the sport, however small it might be. If I lose this fight all of it will have been for nothing and I’m not going to let that happen. “Every shot I throw is aimed to hurt. Every kick and punch is aimed to finish the fight,” says a determined Sinclair. “Obviously, if the submission is there, I’ll take it,” he adds with a laugh. “If I need to tickle him to death I’ll do it; anything to win.”
However, the champion’s humour is short lived, replaced by an iron will to win and the desire to retain the title and add another scalp to his collection.
“I’m definitely going for the knockout but I’m ready for 25 minutes. Punch for punch, I’ll prove I’m the toughest.”
London, England – July 22, 2011 – Europe’s largest and most prominent Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) promotion, The British Association of Mixed Martial Arts (BAMMA), announced today that they have signed a one of the top-ranked fighters in the world, former UFC contender Nate Marquardt. The organization will reveal Marquardt’s next opponent and more details on his highly anticipated BAMMA debut in the coming weeks.
Liam Fisher at BAMMA stated, “As soon as we received word that the Pennsylvania State Athletic Commission lifted Marquardt’s suspension we jumped at the chance to sign him. He is a top ranked contender and an asset to any promotion. Words cannot express how excited we are that Marquardt is now fighting under the BAMMA banner.”
The three-time Middleweight King of Pancrase Champion and former Ultimate Fighting Championship middleweight contender boasts knock out of the night and fight of the night honors and has faced some of the toughest competition in the world. Marquardt holds notable wins over names like Demian Maia, Martin Kampmann, Rousimar Palhares and many others.
Marquardt had this to say about signing with Europe’s leading MMA promotion, “Offers came in from several fight promotions, but we felt that BAMMA was definitely the best fit. They put on high-quality shows, stack their cards with top-level fighters, and sign those fighters to multi-fight deals. They are also the only fight organization in the UK that implements PED testing. To be honest, that is one of the main reasons that we chose BAMMA. I want to prove to my fans and to the world that I'm the real deal and that I belong on top.”
Marquardt recently made the decision to drop down to the 170lb division and was expected to make his welterweight debut in June at UFC on Versus 4 against Rick Story, but was unexpectedly pulled from the card the day of weigh-ins due medical clearance issues. Shortly after, he was released by the UFC. It was later revealed that medically prescribed hormone replacement therapy caused the elevated testosterone levels that lead to his release. Marquardt’s suspension has since been lifted and he has found a new home with the British Association of Mixed Martial Arts (BAMMA.)
According to Marquardt's manager Lex McMahon, "Nate & I are very excited to establish a strategic relationship with BAMMA, as they are the premiere brand of MMA in Europe and a significant global player in the industry. BAMMA has stepped up and will be putting on top notch fights with elite fighters. Nate is honored to represent BAMMA and looks forward to a long term & mutually beneficial relationship. As Nate mentioned, one of the key factors in our decision to work with BAMMA is their aggressive steps to bring regulation to the forefront of European MMA. Additionally, Nate is a highly marketable athlete and we feel that he will quickly become one of the most sought after corporate spokesmen in Europe."
Marquardt went on to say, “Now that my suspension has been lifted and I’ve found a home with a new fight promotion, I can move forward and turn my focus back to my fight career. This has been an extremely difficult time and I’m very thankful to those who stood by me. I’m looking forward to getting back to fighting and there are some guys out there that I would definitely like to get my hands on. I'm talking about the fighters that kicked me while I was down. BAMMA is known for signing top talent ...so I may just get my chance."
Compelling bout cards, arena sized venues, and high quality televised fight events. These are just a few of the qualities set the British Association of Mixed Martial Arts (BAMMA) apart from other fight promotions in the UK. These same qualities are what continue to draw top prospects to the fast-rising organization. Nate Marquardt is just one of many top-level fighters to recently sign for BAMMA. Other fighters include Frank Trigg, Efrain Escudero and Joey Villasenor with many more names to be announced over the coming weeks.
Nate will be doing his first interview as a BAMMA fighter tonight on ESPN’s MMA Live at 10.15pm GMTTweetTagged :
So after a little delay we are finally live here from BAMMA 6 at Wembley Arena in London. A decent crowd has turned out for the undercard fights and we'll be bringing you all the action live starting from Costas Doru vs Jeremy Petley.TweetTagged :
On Tuesday we were lucky enough to attend the BAMMA6 Press Conference held at Lilywhites in London. Our previous post BAMMA 6 - Press Conference covered the main details, but we got the chance to sit down with a few of the fighters to ask some all important questions.
Hit the jump to hear how Phillips feels about Tom 'Kong' Watson, how Ivan craved for a gym with class and how Ewin is looking to attack the division.TweetTagged :
On a typical London morning where the weather is about as confused as we are about the status of the tube strikes, WWBRD attended the BAMMA 6 Press Conference held at Lilywhites flagship store in Piccadilly Circus.
This Saturday will see BAMMA host a total of 16 fights to an undoubtedly packed house at the monumental Wembley Arena. The main card features Matt Ewin Vs Ivan Salavery, John Phillips Vs Frank Trigg and Murilo 'Ninja' Rua Vs Tom 'Kong' Watson and will be broadcast in a variety of ways. To get the full experience, you can watch a preliminary fight on Facebook at 6:30pm before switching to Bamma.tv to catch the rest of the prelims. Then, finally switch to SyFy at 9pm for the main card affair.
Hit the jump to see all the info they had to offer, oh and some nice photo's.TweetTagged :
BAMMA 6: Live at Wembley Arena, Saturday 21st May. Buy tickets from: http://bit.ly/kXHEmv UK FANS: Watch Live Exclusively only on Syfy at 9pm Sky/HD 114, Virgin TV 135 and TalkTalk 22 INTERNATIONAL FANS: Watch on BAMMA.TV
BAMMA middleweight contender John Phillips has had to pull out of his bout with Jean-Francois Lenogue due to injury.
Replacing him will be Brazilian submission grappling specialist Claudio ‘Mineiro’ Henrique Da Silva (6-1-0).
A black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, he has an excellent MMA record with wins over the likes of Aurelijus Kerpe, Earl Brown and Denniston Sutherland – all of whom he beat in one night, and all via first round submission!
Fighting out of the Diesel Gym in East London, Da Silva also holds a solid record in Brazilian jiu-jitsu competition with Brazilian and world titles to his name.
The 29-year-old was born in Rondonopolis, in the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso, but moved to the state of Minas Gerais as a toddler.
Da Silva’s only loss came visa DQ in his first professional fight, a bout he was clearly winning. The fight was stopped when he elbowed his opponent in the back of the head.
Hit the jump to find out the special guests who are making an appearance this weekend at BAMMA5.TweetTagged :
The offer is ONLY available on the following days;
- Tuesday 22nd February - Wednesday 23rd February - Thursday 24th February
Vice President of Business Development, Liam Fisher said:
“Everyone is talking about BAMMA 5 – with the UK coming out in force to support KO King Paul Daley in his bid for the BAMMA Welterweight title. As an organization, we’re really committed to showcasing the best MMA fights to our International fans and that’s why we’ve set up BAMMATV.com. This three day early bird discount code means our International fans can buy these three fights for half price – meaning there’s really no excuse to miss out on the action.” The standard PPV will be priced at:
- $10 for the live broadcast - $5 for a repeat screening via On-Demand - $12 for the live streaming plus unlimited on-demand for 7 days after the event
The ‘Early Bird’ discount will give access to all the PPV options for half price.TweetTagged :
Ricco Rodriguez is no stranger to attracting attention to himself. The self confesses 'Suave' man of MMA, Ricco has had his fair share of ups and downs over the years. From being ADCC gold medallist and UFC Heavyweight champion to appearing on VH1's Celebrity Rehab to over-come a drug addiction, Ricco has pretty much been there, done that and got the over-sized t-shirt (just in case).
I'm addicted to boobies... Hit the jump to see a fully-huge interview where Ricco talks about his past, his future and why he believes James McSweeney is a product of self-perpetuated-hype.TweetTagged :
Since his controversial UFC exit, Paul 'Semtex' Daley has fought 3 times, notched 3 wins across 3 different time zones and is now set for his fourth as he takes on highly touted DEEP Welterweight champion Yuya Shirai.
On a warmer than normal 5th of February, WWBRD.com made the trip to The Troxy in Limehouse, London to witness the fast rising, all singing all dancing UK MMA organisation known as UCMMA as they put on their 18th showing in front of a star studded, sell-out crowd. Heading up the card is a Welterweight title fight between one-time TUF Season 9 contestant Dean Amasinger and UK veteran John Maguire.
James McSweeney is a polarising figure amongst MMA fans but don’t underestimate his prominence amongst UK followers of the sport.
Eyes up and hands off them titties James. Being a stranger in a foreign land can be a tricky business. It could only be worse if documented and broadcast to millions around the world on a weekly basis. At the mercy of a notoriously fickle editing process, this was exactly the position James McSweeney found himself in during his stint on TUF 10. TweetTagged :
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