Press Release: BAMMA 8 Card Announced

BAMMA just announced the fight card for their eighth event, taking place in Nottingham on December 10th. This was to be Nate Marquardt’s debut event, but now he’s been moved to BAMMA 9, where he’ll face former UFC fighter (maybe they can reminisce afterward) Yoshiyuki Yoshida.

Here’s the release from

We are proud to announce the full fight card for BAMMA 8 taking place on Saturday December 10th at The Capital FM Arena in Nottingham.

New signings, Jimi Manuwa and Antony Rea will face off in a Light Heavyweight contest, Jack Marshman will defend his Lonsdale British Middleweight title against Lee “Leeroy” Barnes and Paul McVeigh will make his BAMMA debut against Erik Perez.

Fresh off a decision win against Frank Trigg at BAMMA 7, Jimmy Wallhead will face Joey Villasenor in his long awaited BAMMA debut with Andre Winner taking on Finland’s Niko Puhakka in a World Lightweight Title eliminator fight.

UFC veteran Curt Warburton makes his BAMMA debut against Tim Newman, Golden Glory’s Jason Jones also joins BAMMA in a Light Heavyweight contest against the undefeated Mark Godbeer.

Dean Amasinger, Tom Breese and Chris Fishgold all make their BAMMA return by taking on Danny Mitchell, Qasim Shafiq and Colin Fletcher respectively. Opening the evening with be Brian Hyslop taking on Owen Gayle in a Bantamweight contest.

Jude Samuel, Matchmaker at BAMMA said “BAMMA 8 is a culmination of all the hard work we have put into the UK fighters over the past year. We see the return of Tom Breese, Tim Newman, Chris Fishgold and Jack Marshman defending his Lonsdale Middleweight title. An early possible fight of the night candidate, the lightweight showdown between Andre Winner and the talented Niko Puhakka who the BAMMA Lightweight champion Rob Sinclair has had eyes on to fight for a long time. Light Heavyweight prospect Marc Godbeer takes on his toughest test against one of Europe’s most talented Light Heavy weights in Jason Jones.  And to top it all off the UK’s number one Light Heavyweight, undefeated Jimi Manuwa makes his BAMMA debut in front of a live global audience for the very first time as he takes on the Frenchman, Antony Rea. I’m excited! Are you?”
Light Heavyweight Fight
Jimi Manuwa vs Antony Rea

Welterweight Fight
Jimmy Wallhead vs Joey Villasenor

World Lightweight Title Eliminator
Andre Winner vs Niko Puhakka

Lonsdale British Middleweight Title
Jack Marshman vs Leeroy Barnes

Bantamweight Fight
Paul McVeigh vs Erik Perez

Lightweight Fight
Curt Warburton vs Tim Newman

Light Heavyweight Fight
Jason Jones vs Mark Godbeer

Welterweight Fight
Dean Amasinger vs Danny Mitchell

Lightweight Fight
Colin Fletcher vs Chris Fishgold

Welterweight Fight
Tom Breese vs Qasim Shafiq

Bantamweight Fight
Brian Hyslop vs Owen Gayle

Top ranked fighter Nate Marquardt was originally expected to make his BAMMA debut at BAMMA 8 but is now confirmed to face UFC veteran Yoshiyuki Yoshida at BAMMA 9 on February 11th at LG Arena in Birmingham.

David Green, CEO at BAMMA stated, “We are very excited to announce what we believe to be a great headline fight for the fans at BAMMA 9 for the World Welterweight Title. Yoshiyuki Yoshida is a UFC, Bellator, and One FC veteran who comes with notable wins over the likes of Dan Hardy, War Machine and Phil Baroni. Both Yoshiyuki and Nate are very excited about fighting at BAMMA 9 and although we had planned for Nate’s first fight to be in December, we believe it is worth waiting a further 8 weeks for such a great match up.”

Tickets for BAMMA 8 at The Capital FM Arena in Nottingham are available now through and presents BAMMA 8 in association with Lonsdale and

Saturday December 10th at The Capital FM Arena, Nottingham UK