Terry Brazier edged out Alex Lohore to claim the BAMMA welterweight world title in the main event of BAMMA 34 at the SSE Arena, London on Friday night.
It was all Lohore early on. He dropped his former teammate and scored a judo throw in the first 90 seconds. Brazier came back into the contest, completely overwhelming the defending champion with a smothering grappling game and finished the round with a triangle attempt.
Brazier came out hot in the second, putting Lohore down with clean left hand. As in the first, Brazier used his pressure to drain his opponent up against the fence. He dictated the pace for the majority of the five minutes before Lohore connected with a stinging flurry in the final seconds of the round.
The challenger wasted no time looking to take the fight to the canvas in the third, but after Lohore stuffed a takedown, he managed to take Brazier’s back with two minutes left. Brazier gave up mount and just as the champion postured up and looked to land heavy shots, he was swept to his back with Brazier seeing out the fight in top position.
After three competitive rounds, two out of three judges sided with the challenger, and Brazier was crowned the new BAMMA welterweight king.
In the co-main event, Chi Lewis-Parry and Stav Economou’s interim heavyweight title bout was declared a no-contest after Lewis-Perry landed two illegal elbows to the back of Economou’s head.
With his back against the fence, the towering Brit delivered two sharp 12-to-6 elbows to Economou’s head before he slumped to the ground. Referee Leon Roberts waved off the action the in the second minute of the fight.
Opening the main card, Rhys McKee’s first-round stoppage victory over Tim Barnett proved that all wasn’t right when they met for the first time.
The Northern Irish prospect dropped Barnett twice in the opening three minutes and opened up a cut on his left eye. His diverse array of strikes didn’t allow the Liverpudlian to get started, and after unloading with final a series of kicks, punches and knees, Marc Goddard waved off the action with thirty seconds left in the first round.
With the win, the newly crowned lightweight champion became the first person to defeat Barnett in the professional ranks.
At the top of the preliminary card, unbeaten prospect Fabian Edwards recorded his fourth consecutive finish in as many outings as a professional when he met Kent Kauppinen in a middleweight bout.
Edwards looked composed up until the final 30 seconds of the first when he was sent down by a right hand. When Kauppinen chased him to the ground, “The Assassin” popped up and scored a takedown, isolated an arm from the back, locked in an armbar and went belly down to finish the contest with 12 seconds left on the clock in the opening round.
Speaking after the win, Edwards called for a showdown with middleweight champion Mike Shipman.
Check out the full results for BAMMA 34 here.