British welterweight standout Jim
Wallhead has been quiet lately. However, “Judo Jim” spoke loud
on Saturday at BAMMA
12, needing just over three minutes to brutalize and dispatch
UFC veteran Matt Veach
inside the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle, England.
After notching notable wins over Frank Trigg
Villasenor in the BAMMA cage in 2011, Wallhead fought just once
in 2012, losing in the quarterfinals of Bellator's Season 7
welterweight tournament to Lyman Good.
The 28-year-old looked anything but rusty in his return, dominating
Veach from the outset. A short left hook inside dropped the
American wrestler, seguing to a brutal display of ground-and-pound
Team Rough House fighter.
Wallhead's punches and sharp left elbows slashed Veach open, his
blood streaming all over the canvas. As a bloodied Veach panicked,
Wallhead calmly took his back and went palm-to-palm, tightening a
rear-naked choke for the submission win at 3:05 of the opening
“Things are improving. I've got the best behind me, a proper
schedule, my mind set right, nutrition set right, this is the start
of a new Jimmy Wallhead,” said the victorious Brit, now 24-7.
“I feel I'm in a great place right now, and for the first time in
eight years as a professional, I feel I'm doing everything
UFC veteran Curt
Warburton wrested MMA British Lonsdale lightweight title from
Scotland's Steven Ray,
earning well-appointed 29-28 scorecards across the board en route
to a unanimous verdict.
Warburton started soundly, grounding the Glaswegian and pounding
away from half guard throughout the opening round. However, “The
War” was in deep waters come the second stanza, where Ray was able
to get his back, sink the body triangle in and threaten throughout
the period, constantly looking for rear-naked chokes. The
Wolfslair rep used his veteranship to survive and went back to
his ground-and-pound tactics in round three, controlling position
and punching away until the final horn.
Now 12-3, Warburton has won all five bouts since his release from
the UFC following his June 2011 submission loss to Joe
Touted light heavyweight up-and-comer Max Nunes had
serious struggles with Marcin
Lazarz, but ultimately prevailed courtesy of his brutal
ground-and-pound, improving his ledger to 10-0.
The London-based Swede was thrown off his game early by Lazarz's
determined wrestling, as the Pole, also now based in London,
dragged the 24-year-old to the canvas repeatedly for the first 10
minutes, stifling Nunes' striking game. It looked like disaster
might befall Nunes until Lazarz botched a throw from the clinch
early in the third round and gave him top position. Nunes instantly
seized the opportunity, unloading a gruesome battery of punches and
elbows that forced referee Mark
Woodard into action just 72 seconds into the final round.
Nunes has now finished all 10 of his pro opponents, with five
knockouts and five submissions.
Sunderland's Ryan “Big Baby”
Scope brought the partisan Tyne-Wear crowd to its feet with a
thrilling comeback submission against “The Ultimate Fighter: The
Smashes” alumnus Luke Newman,
sinking a triangle choke on “Nukem” in the opening round.
Scope was in deep trouble early on as Newman, who splits his time
Team Titan and
American Top Team in Florida, landing a potent knee to the
liver that dropped Scope to his back. Newman pounced with heavy
punches from the top position, yet Scope ably defended, avoiding
the heaviest blows and tying up his foe. When Newman tried to
unload with short elbows, Scope deftly threw his legs up for a
triangle, quickly tightened it and earned the tap at an even four
minutes of the first.
The triumphant turnaround sees Scope improve to 7-0, while Newman
tastes defeat for the first time officially as a pro, falling to
5-1. Newman was defeated on “TUF: The Smashes” in exhibition action
by eventual 170-pound winner Robert
Yet another unbeaten prospect, middleweight prospect Scott
Askham, ran his pro MMA record to 10-0, submitting previously
McLeman in workmanlike fashion.
Askham was originally set to face British veteran Kevin
Thompson, while McLeman went through two slated-but-injured
opponents in Wayne Murrie and Bola Omoyele, before the spate of pullouts forced the
two men to square off at a 192-pound catch-weight. Askham was
patient in his domination of McLeman, taking him down at will and
achieving dominant positions. Late in the third frame, the Matrix
MMA product got full mount and then back control, cinching a
rear-naked choke for the win at 4:13 of the final frame.
Blackpool's Lee Barnes
blew away Steve Watson in their middleweight affair. Barnes
landing a crushing right hook that dropped the Sunderland native
and then wrapped up a tight guillotine that forced the fight-ending
tap just 47 seconds into the contest.
Scottish bantamweight upstart James
Macalister dominated veteran and late replacement Steve
McCombe from back control at a 139-pound catch-weight. The
Dinky Ninjas fighter controlled the back of “Taz” throughout
the first round before reclaiming the position in the second and
earning the rear-naked choke at 3:08 of the round. Elsewhere at 135
Besharate moved to 4-0, earning three 29-28 scores in a
razor-close bout with “Bam Bam” Steven
Gardener in which both men constantly exchanged dominant
At 205 pounds, Darlington's Thomas
Denham overcame a brief rear-naked choke threat from Brett
McDermott to lock up one of his own, pounding his way to the
submission at 3:58 of round two.