After sauna issues stymied the weight-cutting process a day earlier it no doubt came as a relief to fans, fighters, and the promoter when Saturday’s BAMMA 5 went off without a hitch in Manchester including a pair of successful showings from the card’s co-headliners.
Former UFC heavyweight champ Ricco Rodriguez continued his winning ways and emerged victorious for the eleventh consecutive time after outpointing TUF 10 alumnus James McSweeney at the event. The performance brought Rodriguez’s overall record to 46-11 and was the latest example in an impressive eight-year streak of opponents’ inability to finish him.
Also successful at BAMMA 5 was heavy-handed Brit Paul Daley who cemented a crack at Strikeforce welterweight title-holder Nick Diaz’s belt by flattening foe Yuya Shirai in less than two minutes. Though no date has been confirmed for the expected match-up it seems plausible an upcoming show on April 9 could work based on the quickness in which Shirai was dispatched.
Read below for a breakdown of BAMMA 5 results:
Jeremy Petley def. Frankie Slater via Submission Round 1 (Armbar)
Costas Doru def. Liam James via Submission Round 1 (Rear-Naked Choke)
Tim Newman def. Diego Vital via Split Decision
Michael Johnson def. Paul Cook via Unanimous Decision
Jason Ball def. Peter Duncan via Knockout Round 2 (Strikes)
Lee Cohoon def. Rob Mills via TKO Round 2 (Strikes)
Mohsen Bahari def. Lee Barnes via TKO Round 1 (Strikes)
Claudio Henrique Da Silva def. Jean-Francois Lenogue via Submission Round 1 (Rear-Naked Choke)
Alex Makhonin def. Xavier Foupa-Pokam via TKO Round 2 (Strikes)
Ricco Rodriguez def. James McSweeney via Unanimous Decision
Paul Daley def. Yuya Shirai via Knockout Round 1 (Strikes)