(October 8th.13) Colin ‘Freakshow’ Fletcher is set to challenge new BAMMA World Lightweight Champion, Mansour Barnaoui, for the title at Mixed Martial Arts event, BAMMA 14, which takes place at Birmingham’s LG Arena (UK) on 14th December. Tickets are on sale at http://fola.me/Ly8g5
Touted as one of the world's hottest unsigned competitors in the Lightweight division, Mansour 'Tarzan' Barnaoui fights out of Team Magnum in Paris, with a current record of 10 -2-0 and his two losses via decision. The French Tunisian stunned at BAMMA 13 when he stopped Curt Warburton via TKO just 4:08 into round 1 to earn the BAMMA World Lightweight crown. The new champion wasted no time in calling out BAMMA's exclusively signed Colin Fletcher to challenge him for the title.
Sunderland’s Colin ‘Freakshow’ Fletcher returned to BAMMA from the UFC for BAMMA 13 to defeat Welsh talent Tim Newman, bringing his record up to 9-3-0. First appearing on BAMMA for BAMMA 8, Fletcher became instantly renowned for his 'evil clown' walk-outs and spikey aggression in the cage. Fletcher returned for BAMMA 9 where he clinched a compelling victory over Jason Ball, before entering the TV show contest, 'The Ultimate Fighter: The Smashes'. His one post-TUF fight with the UFC saw him go the distance with Mike Ricci at 'UFC 158: St-Pierre vs. Diaz' to harbour a decision loss. Following a return to form on BAMMA 13 Fletcher will be looking sustain a winning streak following his derailing of Newman.
Colin Fletcher said: "Its an honour to be given the chance to fetch the BAMMA world title back home to British soil where it belongs. Although I respect him as a fighter, I don't think much of him personally: By calling me out straight after winning a world title shows that he doesn't see himself as a true champion. Anyone can be a good fighter but it's something else to be good champion. Fans can expect an angry Freakshow. He's annoyed me so I'll be training harder than ever."
Mansour Barnaoui said: "It's great to become a World champion. It is my first international belt that I've been hoping for for so long. I had good preparation with my coach Aziz and our team Magnum. I want to thank BAMMA, and my manager Razi Demni for giving me this opportunity and making this dream come true. I had always been dreaming about this moment and now I'm living it. BAMMA is surely the best international MMA show in Europe: My goal is to test myself against the best in this sport and to defend the belt facing the best contenders. To be the best among the best, this is my fighter way.
"My next opponent, Colin Fletcher, is one of the most talented fighters in UK. Like Curt Warburton, he is a veteran of the UFC. He fought and won bravely in his last fight in BAMMA and now he gets his ticket to a title bout that he was no doubt expecting. I called him out to prove to everyone that I am not afraid of facing the most famous fighters in the UK or the world. Fletcher's fans expect to see him win the fight. My fans expect to see me back home with the belt. BAMMA fans and MMA fans from all over the world are expecting a totally action-packed fight, as intense as I gave last time I stepped into the BAMMA cage."
Mansour Barnaoui vs Colin 'Freakshow' Fletcher
-BAMMA WORLD LIGHTWEIGHT TITLE BOUT-
AT BAMMA 14
SATURDAY 14th DECEMBER 2014
LG ARENA, BIRMINGHAM
TELEVISED LIVE ON 5* WITH HIGHLIGHTS SHOW ON CHANNEL 5 (UK), AXS-TV (US), THE FIGHT NETWORK (CANADA), RED MEDIA (RUSSIA) AND SETANTA (AFRICA)
In Association with:
Lonsdale – The Official Equipment Partner of BAMMA
Safe MMA – Independent British Medical Organisation
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