It was a case of close but not quite for Andre
Winner at Wembley Stadium in London on Saturday night.
UFC veteran battled Rob
Sinclair for five hard-fought rounds in the BAMMA
10 main event, but ultimately Winner [pictured] fell to the
promotion’s reigning lightweight champion via split decision.
Scores were 49-46 and 48-47 for Sinclair, while the dissenting
tally favored Winner 48-47. It was Sinclair’s fourth win with BAMMA
and fifth straight overall, while Winner suffered his first loss
with the promotion in three appearances.
After the victory, Sinclair sounded like a man who had just dodged
“Jesus Christ, man. I tell you what, Andre has got one tough head.
Andre is an amazing, amazing fighter,” said Sinclair, who went the
distance for just the third time in his 14-fight professional
career. “It could’ve gone either way though. A split decision –
different day, different judges – in a way a split decision’s a
draw, isn’t it?”
In the opening two rounds, “C-4” set a rapid pace which Winner
would not be able to overcome. Sinclair did solid work in close
quarters, scoring points with dirty boxing in the clinch while not
allowing Winner to find his rhythm. Sinclair forced his adversary
to fight with his back against the fence, consistently landing
uppercuts, knees and elbows.
While Sinclair followed a similar blueprint throughout the fight,
Winner upped his aggression starting in the third frame. The Team
Rough House product landed his share of kicks and straight punches,
but was never able to mount enough offense to throw Sinclair off
his game, as the champion remained diligent with his attacks in
Winner offered one final salvo in round five, dropping Sinclair and
landing a series of standing-to-ground strikes as the period
expired, but it was not enough to turn the tide.
In the co-main event, Jack
Marshman proved that he is much more than just a striker.
Marshman found himself on his back approximately 15 seconds into
his middleweight showdown with Andrew
Punshon. Normally, that wouldn’t bode well for the serving
British paratrooper, who owns eight of his 11 career triumphs by
knockout or technical knockout, but “Hammer” showed that his skills
are evolving, as he scored a surprising triangle submission at the
2:31 mark of the opening frame.
While Punshon attacked his foe with punches in guard, Marshman
threatened with an armbar. Punshon then briefly transitioned to a
toehold before moving back into top position. Marshman remained
active from below, and it didn’t take long before he had The Lodge
Fightclub member in a precarious situation. With the triangle
secured, Punshon appeared to tap multiple times before referee
Woodard finally intervened to halt the bout.
“I’ve just been working on my ground a lot,” Marshman said. “I
started jiu-jitsu before I started boxing. So I just improved in
that area even more.”
However, Marshman failed to make weight and did not retain the
BAMMA middleweight title for his efforts.
“After fighting Tom (Watson), I decided I needed to put a little
bit of size on because I’m too small for the weight, “Marshman
said. “I did that, and I found the cut really difficult. I came in
a pound over, and I’ve lost my belt.”
Earlier, 39-year-old Denniston
Sutherland gave a performance that belied his age, as the
England-based Jamaican dominated Lee Barnes
for three rounds en route to a unanimous decision victory in a
featured middleweight tussle. All three judges scored the bout
30-27 in favor of Sutherland.
“Let me just say big respect to [Lee], because he brought a lot
more than I thought he would,” Sutherland said. “I’ve never seen
him quit in a fight, so big props to him.”
Barnes, 28, proved his durability throughout the contest but
struggled to mount any significant offense other than a few
short-lived takedowns. For the most part, it was Sutherland who
maintained the dominant positioning and punished his opponent with
a variety of knees, short elbows and punches.
Barnes’ best moment came in round two, when he slammed Sutherland
and achieved full mount. However, the Wolfslair Academy product
struggled to create space and was unable to take full advantage of
Elsewhere, three-time UFC competitor Curt
Warburton took a unanimous decision from Lee
Wieczorek in a lightweight clash. All three judges scored the
contest 30-27 for Warburton. F’s Freestyle member Tom Brees
remained unbeaten by submitting Jack Magee
with a triangle choke at 3:19 of the first round in a 170-pound
Tsunami Gym representative Tommy
Maguire earned a three-round verdict [30-27, 30-27, 30-27]
against Lithuanian Antanas
Jazbutis at lightweight, while Jeremy
Petley forced Dyson
Roberts to tapout to a rear-naked choke 4:45 into the second
Trojan Freefighters export Sam Mensah
needed just eight seconds to knock out Mike Neun;
Nunes submitted Tony Moran
with a triangle choke at 2:58 of the opening stanza; and Mark Allen
battled to a split-decision [29-28, 29-28, 28-29] triumph over