BAMMA is pleased to announce the the first title bout for BAMMA Dublin. A huge Lonsdale Title tilt as defending Champion Tim Barnett faces Richie Smullen.
Tim Barnett (c) Vs. Richie Smullen - Lonsdale Lightweight Title
Tim Barnett has been striking fear into the Lightweight division of late, finishing everyone who has stood in his path thus far. Barnett claimed the title from Rhys ‘Skeletor’ McKee in Belfast earlier in the year, and he now faces Richie Smullen who came through a brutal ‘fight of the year' candidate when he fought to a stunning draw with the former Champion McKee in Dublin at BAMMA 30. With these two huge prospects about to lock horns, and the shadows of McKee waiting in the wings, this is going to be a must see battle in the 3Arena, with the winner putting themselves in an exceptional position for a title shot.
Tim Barnett (5-0) has been on a tear, proving all doubters wrong as he is starting to carve a path of destruction through the BAMMA Lightweight Division. First the Liverpudlian shocked the Belfast crowd in attendance at BAMMA 28: Parke Vs Redmond, when he stepped in on late notice and dethroned reigning champ Rhys ‘Skeletor’ McKee in front of his crowd. Then he followed this up by KOing the more experienced challenger in Mario ‘Rudeboy’ Saeed at BAMMA 29. Fighting out of the MMA Academy Liverpool under the watchful eye of UFC veterans Mike Wootten and Jason Tan, Barnett goes from strength to strength in each and every fight he competes in.
Richie Smullen (3-0-1) Smullen made his debut at BAMMA 26: Saadeh vs Young, handing ‘The Carlow Kid’ Andrew Murphy his first pro loss. Another standout prospect from SBG, he put on a titanic battle with former Lonsdale Champion Rhys ‘Skeletor’ McKee at BAMMA 30 to come away with a draw after an epic ‘fight of the year' contender. This was the first time that Smullen had been taken the distance in any of his fights thus far, with all his previous bouts coming via way of stoppages. Smullen now faces the even tougher task of stopping a seemingly unstoppable Barnett in his hometown of Dublin. A task that Smullen is relishing.
BAMMA Dublin takes place at The 3Arena, Dublin on Friday 10th November and tickets are on sale now from http://bit.ly/BAMMA32