Tom "Kong" Watson (15-4) retained his BAMMA middleweight title for the third straight time on Saturday night, defeating Jack Marshman (10-1) via second-round TKO at BAMMA 9 at the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham, England.
The 29-year-old Watson has now won 11 of his last 12 fights, fueling speculation that he will soon sign with a major North American promotion in the coming months. Prior to the fight, "Kong" told Fightline.com that he has had preliminary talks with Strikeforce.
"After the last fight I had quite a bit of contact with Sean Shelby of Strikeforce. Everything is about timing in this business and the best thing that I can do is go out and win this fight against Marshman on March 24."
And he did just that on Saturday night.
Below are the full BAMMA 9 results:
Tom Watson def. Jack Marshman via TKO -- RD 2, 4:50
Colin Fletcher def. Jason Ball via unanimous decision
Jason Jones defeats Przemyslaw Mysiala via TKO -- RD 1, 3:51
Jake Murphy defeats David Round via submission -- RD 2, 1:40
Patrick Vallee defeats Andrew Punshon via submission -- RD 2, 2:16
Tom Breese defeats Mark Tucker via submission -- RD, 1:30
Dale Hardiman defeats Antanas Jazbutis via unanimous decision
Leeroy Barnes defeats Matt Ewin via submission -- RD 1, 4:57
Rab Truesdale defeats Sam Mensah via TKO -- RD 1, 4:32
Marc Godbeer defeats Catalin Zmarandescu via TKO -- RD 1, 5:00
Luke Barnatt defeats Lee Johnson via submission -- RD 1, 2:36