Worldwide MMA Preview – BAMMA, Bellator and Road FC

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BAMMA 25 from Birmingham, England will stream live on Sherdog.com features two title fights at the top of the card. In the main event, featherweight champion Tom Duquesnoy is challenging bantamweight champion Shay Walsh for the title. Duquesnoy has an 11-1 record in his four years as a professional MMA fighter. He has a background in Combat Sambo which has given him a very well rounded game for his age and experience. He dropped down to bantamweight in his last fight which was a first round KO against Damien Rooney in Dublin. There isn’t too many fights left on his BAMMA contract and he could have a UFC contract before the end of the year. Walsh has a 14-3 record and is the only man to beat Saul Rogers. He is currently on a four fight winning streak with his latest win coming against Ed Arthur to win the bantamweight title.

In the co-main event, Martin Stapleton will defend his lightweight title against Damien Lapilus. Stapleton competed on the Ultimate Fighter and also had a stint in Bellator. Since being released he has won four straight, his most recent win coming in a BAMMA title fight against Gavin Sherritt. Damien Lapilus was the unfortunate man on the receiving end of Joe Duffy’s MMA comeback, but since that defeat he is 4-1 with a win against future Jack McGann opponent Paul Redmond in his last fight.

Bellator 154 from San Jose, California features a meeting of two light heavyweights coming off tournament victories, Phil Davis and King Mo. Davis beat Emanuel Newton and Francis Carmont in one night at Bellator Dynamite. King mo beat Brett McDermott and then beat Teodoras Aukstuolis and Jiri Prochazka two days later to win the Rizin grand prix at New Year. This should have been the final at Dynamite as King Mo beat Linton Vassell that night but could not continue due to injury but now it will happen.

Saad Awad steps up to welterweight to take on Evangelista “Cyborg” Santos in the co-main event.. Awad just couldn’t crack the top of the Bellator lightweight division with defeats to Will Brooks and Patricky Freire. Santos beat Brennan Ward with a leglock just last month, he has been around the block and his quite big so it is a tough debut at welterweight for Awad.

Road FC from Seoul, South Korea is headlined by a fight between UFC and WEC veteran George Roop and Yoon Jun Le. Roop has an awful lot of Zuffa fights under his belt and this is his first fight since losing to Takeya Mizugaki in September. Lee fought WEC veteran Rafael Dias in his very first fight, he has a 10-2 record now and is currently on an fight winning streak. He was reigning Road FC bantamweight champion before moving up to featherweight,