BAMMA 34: The SSE Arena Wembley, London. 9 March 2018
A key preliminary bout at BAMMA London will be Welterweight battle: Colin Fletcher vs Walter Gahadza
Taking place at the SSE Arena, in Wembley, Fletcher vs Gahadza pits two experienced elite campaigners against each other in a rematch of a contentious first clash from BAMMA 25 on May 14th, 2016.
Referee Marc Goddard waved off the clash after just 16 seconds, he deemed that Gahadza was unable to continue after he was struck with three illegal downwards elbows to the back of the head, thrown by Fletcher in the clinch.
The rematch on March 9th comes at a time when both fighters are in desperate need of a marquee victory. Gahadza is on a losing streak for the first time in his career. He was submitted in a wild one round fight, with BAMMA 34 main eventer Terry Brazier and lost a close fight on points to Nathan Jones, prior to those two losses Gahadza was unbeaten with a remarkable 16-0 record as a professional.
Fletcher’s fought in the world’s biggest promotions and believes he’s shown himself to be very competitive at the top of the sport. However he needs a major victory on his ledger, having lost his last three fights in BAMMA.
Both fighters were keen to move on from their 16 second showdown at BAMMA 25, yet frustrations are still bubbling under the surface regarding Gahadza’s disqualification victory. Fletcher said: “I thought it was a waste of time for both of us. A refereeing discrepancy got in the way of a fist fight.
“It’s not the end of the world, I haven’t lost any sleep over it. I still believe the shots I landed were good shots and not 12 to six.”
Unsurprisingly his opponent saw things differently, Gahadza said: “He should know not to do it, but I don’t want to stress on that. When you’re a professional you should know what you can and can’t do and what’s blatantly wrong.
“Twelve to six elbows are illegal. When you do that, I think you’re looking for a way out.”
The 30-year-old, who is completing his final month of training in preparation for the rematch at Colorado’s Grudge Training Center, believes he’s turned last year’s struggles into a positive. He added: “Losing two fights has made me hungrier, it’s made me focus on what I need to do to grow as a fighter.”
UFC veteran Fletcher, also believes he’s in a great place mentally, pointing to recent close fights with great competition including a recent fight with BAMMA Welterweight World Champion Alex Lohore. He added: “I’m someone who’s gone in there and been competitive with people fighting at a high caliber.
“I think everything’s going well for me. The Alex Lohore fight is one I could have won I had three or four submission attempts in that fight that were close.”
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