PRESS RELEASE: BAMMA 29
[London] BAMMA returns to Birmingham on May 12th 2017, and prepare for another explosive chapter to be written in the illustrious England versus Germany sporting rivalry, with Heavyweights Brett ‘The Spartan’ McDermott and Ruben ‘The Viking’ Wolf clashing for the Heavyweight Title.
“We are delighted to be returning to Birmingham for BAMMA 29 with such a huge show. Two world titles top off one of the most action packed cards we have ever assembled and I expect the roof to come off when England and Germany go head to head for the Heavyweight Title. May 12th is going to be big.” David Green, BAMMA CEO
Brett ‘The Spartan’ McDermott is one of the nation’s most feared Heavyweights. With huge punching power and an attacking style designed to KO opponents, May 12th offers McDermott his greatest ever prize in MMA - the coveted BAMMA Heavyweight Title.
"I'm really excited to be headlining BAMMA 29, Back in the Gentlings Arena, Birmingham, it's been a rocky few months for me but I'm back on track and giving this fight my full focus and attention. Ruben Wolf is renowned for being a big hard-hitting tough and very durable heavyweight but this Spartan is going to make him huff and puff and then I'm going to knock him down and out." - Brett 'The Spartan' McDermott
However, he needs to first overcome an opponent equally as powerful and motivated, in the shape of punching machine Rubens ‘The Viking’ Wolf. Wolf travels to Birmingham with the sole intention of defeating both McDermott and the hometown crowd and returning to Germany with the Heavyweight belt in hand.
"Its a great honour to be finally fighting for BAMMA & to be headlining the event means alot to me. My aim is to be the BAMMA World Heavyweight Champion. I never look past my opponents & nothing will stop me achieving my goals. Brett McDermott is a great fighter but unfortunately for him he is in the way of my goals & will fall at my feet. The Viking is coming to the UK. Victory for Germany & my adopted country Austria" - Ruben 'The Viking' Wolf
The BAMMA World Middleweight Title is also on the line at BAMMA 29, as Birmingham’s own Yannick ‘The Black Mamba’ Bahati takes on Matt ‘Farmer Boy’ Hallam. Two of the UK’s leading Middleweights, these fighters will be locking horns for the second time in their careers. First time around the victory went to Bahati but both fighters have progressed significantly since that bout. On May 12th, with the big one on the line, we will find out if Bahati has what it takes to raise his hand once again or whether Hallam has since learnt the keys to defeating his nemesis and take home the glory.
"Just want to say how excited I am with this amazing opportunity at BAMMA. I'm feeling in top shape ready to takedown, smash, repeat in typical farmer style. All fights are tough but that's what drives us to be the best. This one is no different. Looking forward to see shin meet face and to show the world my new victory dance. Big thanks to family, friends, training partners, London shoot and Spiked Athletics for all their continued support." - Matt 'Farmerboy' Hallam
"I'm back in UK fighting for BAMMA the UK's number 1 promotion. I'm the best UK middleweight outside the UFC, the rest of them are bums and not on my level. May 12th I will be BAMMA world middleweight champion by finishing Matt Hallam once again in a bloody mess and become 2 promotion world champion." - Yannick 'Black Mamba' Bahati
Brett ‘The Spartan’ McDermott (7-5) - Described by both former Bellator Light Heavyweight Champion Liam McGeary & ‘King Mo’ Mohammed Lawal as ‘The hardest I’ve ever been hit’. The former international rugby player turned MMA fighter will defend a nation’s honour as he faces off against Ruben Wolf. (Twitter @BebeMcDermott)
Ruben ‘The Viking’ Wolf (11-9) - Gym 23’s Ruben Wolf will be representing Germany in this clash of the big men at the top of card as the Heavyweight based out of Austria looks to spoil the party. The heavy hitting German handed James ‘The Juggernaut’ Mulheron’s only loss to date via TKO and has fought all over Europe bringing a wealth of experience to his battle against McDermott. (Twitter @IAmGermany)
Yannick ‘The Black Mamba’ Bahati (7-2) The UTC Birmingham product is no stranger to title fights having been the EFC Middleweight title holder by defeating JP Kruger in May 2016. With a sharp boxing style and excellent submission skills, Bahati already holds a victory over Matt Hallam when they previously fought back in November 2012 via way of TKO (Strikes) in the second round. Bahati made his BAMMA debut at BAMMA 11: Marshman Vs. Foupa-Pokam where he defeated Ben Constatine by way of Unanimous Decision. (Twitter @Yannick_Bahati)
Matt ‘Farmer Boy’ Hallam (6-2) will be making his fourth appearance at BAMMA having collected 2 wins and a single loss so far with the promotion. The Team Wallhead / London Shootfighters athlete last competed at BAMMA 25: Night of Champions when he defeated the Swedish wrestler Alexander Bergman in a hotly contested affair via TKO (Strikes) in the second round. (Twitter @FarmerBoyHallam)
BAMMA returns to the Gentings Arena, Birmingham for the first time since BAMMA 14, an event that saw International MMA Superstar Paul ‘Semtex’ Daley record a highlight reel KO that is still judged to be one of the best in BAMMA’s history. Coupled with the partnership of the Bodypower Expo which is held on the same weekend, BAMMA 29: McDermott Vs. Wolf is set to deliver a powerful extravaganza of full bloodied fighting that will feature a huge main card of fights proceeded by a preliminary card that will be broadcasted LIVE and free on UNILAD facebook page.
The main card will be broadcasting on Spike TV in the UK, Flo Combat in North America and for other countries please your check local listings. Tickets for BAMMA 29: McDermott Vs. Wolf will go on sale shortly and will be available from TheTicketFactory.com