The world is gearing up for the Conor McGregor vs. Floyd Mayweather showdown in Las Vegas, but on the other side of the pond in the Irishman’s hometown of Dublin, many of his teammates are preparing to show the world what they are all about.
— Ben Forsyth (@Spydermonkeymma) July 3, 2017
This Friday, BAMMA 30 will take place in the 3 Arena in Dublin and Straight Blast Gym (SBG) are in for a busy night with no fewer than 11 of their fighters appearing on the card.
Ben Forsyth, Blaine O’Driscoll, Kiefer Crosbie, Dylan Logan, Richie Smullen, Richard Kiely, Niklas Stolze, Steve Owens, Ion Pascu, Ryan Curtis and Philip Mulpeter will be flying the SBG flag on Friday and each of them will be looking to impress.
Richie Smullen will take on Rhys Mckee in the preliminary card headliner. Smullen will be fighting for the chance to take on the current Lonsdale lightweight champion Tim Barnett and he will be entering the bout with a lot of confidence having recorded three wins inside the distance since turning pro. This is no doubt Smullen’s biggest fight of his young career so and the former champion Mckee will provide stiff competition. It should be cracking fight so make sure you tune in for the UNILAD main event.
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Ryan Curtis will challenge for the Lonsdale flyweight title in the main card opener when he takes on Daniel Barez. The Irishman is currently undefeated in his professional career with fours since his professional career in 2015. With the current BAMMA flyweight champion Rany Saadeh looking to pursue his career elsewhere, Curtis could find himself challenging for the BAMMA title soon rather than later if he gets his hand raised on Friday.
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He may not be challenging for a belt this Friday, but it’s also a massive night for light heavyweight Ben Forsyth. The 2015 IMMAF European Open champion made a great start to his pro career with two quick fire wins in 2016. Unfortunately for Forsyth, he’s since lost two fights under the Brave CF promotional banner. This Friday, Forsyth will be hoping he can get back to winning ways when he takes on Matt Clempner in the fifth fight of the evening.
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Welterweight Kiefer Crosbie will also return to the cage for the first time since December when he takes on Polish fighter, Dariusz Świerkosz. The Irishman has two wins and two finishes so far in his pro career and he will be looking to make it three in three against Świerkosz who’s not been beaten since 2006.
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Another SBG welterweight who will be making to look some noise at BAMMA 30 is Richard Kiely who debuted last December back at BAMMA 27. Kiely hasn’t been shy about telling anyone he’s going for another knockout this Friday, but after seeing what he did to Keith McCabe back in December, it’s probably best not to doubt him. Kiely could steal the show, just make sure you aren’t blinking when he does it.
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Hats off Philip Mulpeter. The Irishman was originally expected to be taking on Myles Price, but with Price forced out of the bout, Mulpeter will now take on Ilkin Gasimov. “Honeybadger” was expected to be fighting at lightweight, but it was revealed earlier today by John Kavanagh that the bout will now take place at 80kg (176-pounds). It will be interesting to see if a man who hasn’t fought in nearly two and half years will be able to overcome his inactivity and get back in the win column on Friday.
Germany’s Niklas Stolze will also be flying the SBG banner this Friday when he takes on Chris Stringer. Stolze was another fighter who fought back on the BAMMA 27 card last December and that evening he tasted defeated to the now BAMMA welterweight champion, Terry Brazier. If the German is to get back to winning ways he’s going to have to overcome the difficulties of being the evening’s swing bout. Both Stolze and Stringer are two of the most experienced fighters on the card, but not knowing when you will actually fight is never an easy thing to deal with.
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Blaine O’Driscoll will be opening up the card when he takes on Harry Hardwick in bantamweight action. O’Driscoll is currently riding a three five fight win streak with wins over Mark Andrew, Neil Ward and Darren O’Gorman in the last 12-months. A win here could set O’Driscoll up for a future Lonsdale flyweight title clash, but he’ll have to overcome the undefeated Englishman if he’s to keep his momentum going.
Dylan Logan will be looking for the first win of his pro career when he takes on Arann McGuire in featherweight action. Logan made his pro debut back in December 2016 when he was defeated by Daniel Rutkowski. He was expected to fight Thomas Moore in March at Cage Legacy FC 2, but the bout was scrapped leaving Logan on the sidelines until now. No doubt he’s itching to get in the cage on Friday to show everyone the improvements he’s made.
SBG Charlestown’s Steve Owens will be looking to make it three wins in three when he faces Maciek Gierszewski in the second fight of the evening. Owens has impressed so far with two first round knockouts in his first two fights against Keith McCabe and Terry Doyle. Having had two scheduled bouts cancelled in the last eight months, Owens will finally get the opportunity to keep his career moving on up with a third win inside the distance.
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Ion Pascu of Romania completes SBG’s representation on Friday night and he will take on Nigerian, Henry Fadipe. Pascu is coming off a loss at ACB 54 when he as called up on short notice to fight Aslambek Saidov. Pascu’s last fight in BAMMA came in 2014 when he defeated Lee Chadwick in the main event. The Romanian will be looking to make it seven wins in nine against Fadipe in the co-main event of the preliminary card.
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Full BAMMA 30 Fight Card:
Shay Walsh vs. Alan Philpott
Rob Sinclair vs. Paul Redmond
Fabian Edwards vs. Aaron Kennedy
Ryan Curtis vs. Daniel Barez
Richie Smullen vs. Rhys McKee
Ion Pascu vs. Henry Fadipe
Philip Mulpeter vs. Ilkin Gasimov
Richard Kiely vs. Daniel Olejniczak
Kiefer Crosbie vs. Dariusz Świerkosz
Ben Forsyth vs. Matt Clempner
Decky Dalton vs. Mick Brennan
Dylan Logan vs. Arann Maguire
Steve Owens vs. M. Gierszewski
Blaine O’Driscoll vs. Harry Hardwick
Niklas Stolze vs. Chris Stringer