Heavyweight Brett McDermott, Middleweight Yannick Bahati Crowned Champions at BAMMA 29

By Brian Knapp May 12, 2017
Brett McDermott’s mantle now has a little less available space.

McDermott got his hands on the vacant British Association of Mixed Martial Arts heavyweight championship, as he disposed of Ruben Wolf with second-round punches in the BAMMA 29 headliner on Friday at Genting Arena in Birmingham, England. Wolf (11-10) wilted 53 seconds into Round 2.

A Bellator MMA and Rizin Fighting Federation alum, the victory improved McDermott to 8-5.

In the co-main event, Yannick Bahati dispatched Matt Hallam with a second-round rear-naked choke to seize the vacant BAMMA middleweight title. Hallam (6-3) bowed out 2:19 into Round 2, his three-fight winning streak at an end.

Bahati, who upped his mark to 8-2, has recorded back-to-back finishes.

Meanwhile, Terry Brazier withstood a knockdown and submitted Walter Gahadza with a first-round bulldog choke to claim the vacant BAMMA Lonsdale welterweight championship. Brazier (8-1) completed his remarkable comeback 4:28 into Round 1. After starting his career with 16 straight wins, Gahadza (16-2) has suffered back-to-back defeats.

Elsewhere, British upstart Daniel Crawford raised his profile, as he wiped out Bellator MMA and Sengoku veteran Ronnie Mann with first-round punches in a featured featherweight battle. Mann (25-10-1) succumbed to blows 3:28 into Round 1. Crawford improved to 9-1 with his third consecutive victory.

In other action, Tim Barnett cut down Mario Saeed with punches 3:34 into the first round to retain the BAMMA Lonsdale lightweight crown; Shay Walsh captured a unanimous decision over Aaron Blackwell in a three-round bantamweight confrontation; Jai Herbert put away Rick Selvarajah with punches 37 seconds into the second round of their contest at 155 pounds; Daniel Rutkowski bounced Cameron Hardy with ground-and-pound 2:13 into the second round of their featherweight affair; Nathias Frederick took out Pelu Adetola with punches 2:32 into the second round of their bout at 185 pounds; Daniel Cassell fought to a majority draw with Daniel Olejniczak in their three-round welterweight tilt; David Khalsa tapped Cian Cowley with a rear-naked choke 2:40 into the first round of their matchup at 155 pounds; Sam Halliday submitted Mike D’Aguiar with a triangle choke 1:28 into the first round of their flyweight encounter; Lukasz Swirydowicz knocked out Mick Stanton nine seconds into the second round of their pairing at 170 pounds; and Aaron Chalmers submitted Greg Jenkins with a keylock 2:09 into the first round of their welterweight skirmish.

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