(October 28th.13) Europe’s flagship Mixed Martial Arts promotion, BAMMA, has confirmed that fan favourite Jimmy Wallhead will be returning for BAMMA 14. He is set to face French Welterweight Florent Betorangal on the televised main card*, as exclusively revealed by Inside MMA on AXS-TV (US) on Friday. Another preliminary battle has also been added to the card, as Rough House ‘Wrecking Machine’, Matt Howard, takes on former army boxer, Harry ‘Mad Mac’ McLeman at Middleweight. ‘BAMMA 14: Daley vs. Da Silva’, hits Birmingham’s LG Arena on 14th December; and tickets are on sale at http://fola.me/Ly8g5
*TV INFORMATION: Wallhead vs Betorangal will be among the main card fights broadcast live on 5* with highlights on Channel 5 (UK), AXS-TV (US), The Fight Network (Canada), Red Media (Russia) and Setanta (Africa).
ABOUT THE FIGHTS
JIMMY WALLHEAD vs FLORENT BETORANGAL
‘Judo’ Jimmy Wallhead (24-8-0), “the people’s hero”, is classed among the UK’s elite. Active professionally since 2005 in both the Middleweight and Welterweight divisions, the Leicester stand-out debuted at BAMMA for BAMMA 7 in 2011, where he defeated MMA legend Frank Trigg. Following a knockout demolition of Villasenor at BAMMA 8, Wallhead returned on an exclusive UK multi-fight deal, to defeat former UFC contender Matt Veach at BAMMA 12 earlier this year. His shot for the BAMMA World Welterweight title was thwarted at BAMMA 13 by US veteran Eddie Ellis, in a controversial judges’ decision that left him reeling. The fight saw Wallhead break both Ellis’ jaw and his own hand in the opening minutes and both men battle on to survive three rounds.
Seeking redemption at BAMMA 14, Wallhead said: “I'm looking forward to the fight. I'm focusing hard on fixing my mistakes. I think the opponent has very good style and is coming off a big win. My goals are to keep improving and to put on a better performance next time.”
At 30 years Florent Betorangal is one year older than his opponent and debuted professionally in 2007, with a background in Taekwondo. Training out of Parabellum Combat Club in Paris, France, Betorangal has scored a 14-7-0 record over his career with the lion’s share of his conquests via Submission.
Betorangal said: "I am happy to fight in one of the best MMA organisations in the world, and certainly in Europe. It is an honour for me to take part in this incredible fight at BAMMA 14. To fight Jim Wallhead, who is one of the top UK fighters of this weight division, is exactly what I want to be doing…fighting top fighters. When I take a fight I am always well prepared mentally and very determined to win. Jim is a tough and well-rounded guy and it won't be an easy fight, but I will go hard for sure."
MATT ‘THE WRECKING MACHINE' HOWARD VS. HARRY ‘MAD MAC’ MCLEMAN
From an army boxing background and competitive on the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu circuit, Harry ‘Mad Mac’ Mcleman holds a professional MMA record of 5-2-0. The Plymouth fighter debuted at BAMMA 12 fresh off a stunning first round victory over Sam Mensah, via his trademark Rear Naked Choke: Coming in as a late replacement at Catchweight for Scott Askham, BAMMA 12 was to bring his first career loss. At BAMMA 13, McLeman returned to score a Guillotine victory over Team Rough House’s Matt Hallam. Now at BAMMA 14, fans see him up against Hallam’s team mate, Matt Howard, who will be looking to avenge the loss. Although expecting “another tough fight” McLeman fully expects “to come away with the win”:
“I feel like I’m the better rounded fighter which will make the difference on the night. Fans can expect me to leave it all in the cage as always.”
Matt Howard comes from a Gypsy background and has boxed since he was 15 years old, winning “pretty much everything there was to win”. With a professional MMA record of 9-1, Howard stood undefeated until he faced Lee Chadwick at OMMAC in Oct 2012 to lose on Decision. Only one of Howard’s victories has been achieved outside of round 1 and notably his first 5 recorded win times came within the first 1:15. With the majority of wins by KO or TKO (punches) Howard has earned himself the moniker, ‘The Wrecking Machine’. The Team Rough House competitor debuts in the BAMMA cage following a period disrupted by injuries.
Howard said: “I’m feeling great and looking forward to this fight. My injuries have cleared up and I’m very excited about finally making my debut on BAMMA. Harry is clearly a very good fighter and I respect him after his win over my team mate Matt Hallam (at BAMMA 13), but I see some areas I’m going to exploit in his game. So, be ready for me to have my hand raised at the end of the contest, preferably following a KO in what I hope will be an exciting start to my time with BAMMA.”