Manuwa (top) smoked Antony Rea. | Photo: Martin Rhodes
NOTTINGHAM, ENGLAND -- Jimi Manuwa
blew away Antony Rea in
an exciting climax to the BAMMA
8 card at the Capital FM Arena on Saturday night.
The “Poster Boy” was stepping up in competition after his stint as
UCMMA champion, but he was always in control against the Frenchman.
In the closing seconds of the opening round, he unleashed a
spinning back fist and followed it up with a head kick that wrecked
its target. The bell saved Rea from the ground-and-pound follow up,
but he was unable to answer the bell for the second.
Manuwa was typically laid back when he talked to Sherdog.com: “It
was a good fight. It took me a while to work him out. Obviously,
he’s a seasoned pro and he’s been in with some good guys but, in
the end, I done what I do best.”
In the co-feature, Jim
Wallhead scored a career-best win with a 48-second knockout of
Villasenor. In the first significant exchange, “Judo” buckled
Villasenor’s legs with a brutal left hook. Roared on by a partisan
crowd, he followed the American to the canvas and beat him to sleep
with a series of crushing blows.
“The left hook, that’s all I can remember,” an
emotional Wallhead said. “He went down and I started with the
ground and pound. I can ground and pound as well as anyone. Joey is
a world class striker and to stand with him and do that is amazing.
It feels f------ phenomenal.”
Wallhead lamped Villasenor.
Winner relied on his superior standup to take a decision win
Gonzalez. The experienced Swede attempted to take the Leicester
native down after being repeatedly stung by his fast hands, but
Gonzalez never posed a viable threat. Winner came close to sealing
the deal with killer knees late but had to settle for a unanimous
decision, as all three judges saw the contest 30-27 in his
McVeigh was hoping for a successful return to the domestic
scene after leaving “The Ultimate Fighter” at the elimination
stage, but the “Dinky Ninja” never really got going against
Perez . The Mexican looked the sharper boxer throughout. In the
final round, McVeigh outgrappled his opponent but never looked
close to finishing the fight. Perez was a clear winner on the cards
(30-27, 29-28, 29-28).
Mitchell finished his fight with “TUF” alum Dean
Amasinger with a moment of brilliance. After a round and a half
of grueling clinch war, the "Cheesecake Assassin" caught his
opponent in sublime flying triangle. After Amasinger huffed, puffed
and then tapped in submission, Mitchell milked the applause. “From
the start, I knew I could catch him with that. I wanted to do
something spectacular. Ideally, it would have been a knockout, but
a flying triangle will do,” Mitchell said.
Mitchell hit a flying triangle.
Those who dismissed the Jack
Marshman versus Lee Barnes
British title contest as a mismatch designed to showcase the KO
power of reigning champ Marshman were proved wrong.
The serving paratrooper controlled the first two rounds on the
feet, but Barnes took his best shots and rallied in the final
round, connecting with punches that would have felled a lesser
opponent. Marshman retained his belt on a unanimous decision
(30-27, 29-28, 29-28).
For two rounds, ramrod standup and bombs dropped from the guard
UFC veteran Curt
Warburton a clear lead over Tim Newman.
In the third, "Superhuman" Newman pulled out all the stops, as he
threw punches with bad intentions looking for the comeback KO.
Warburton hung in there to take a unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28,
Fletcher entered the arena on a tricycle wearing a clown mask,
but he looked set to pay for his bravado when he was tossed around
like a ragdoll early in his contest with David Round.
Fletcher kept his cool in a couple of hairy situations then caught
his opponent in a guillotine to end the fight.
Towering welterweight Tom Breese
used his height to good effect, wrapping his long legs around
Shafiq to secure victory by way of triangle choke late in the
Home town boy Brent
Crawley took Mark Platts’
back, flattened him out and then applied a decisive rear-naked
choke 2:57 into the first round.
Hyslop was awarded a unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
after three entertaining rounds against Ian