PAUL DALEY OPPONENT REVEALED BAMMA 14

Oct 23, 2013
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Europe’s flagship Mixed Martial Arts promotion, BAMMA, is proud to announce that Ion Pascu is set to challenge Scott Askham for the BAMMA World Middleweight title at BAMMA 14. The event takes place at Birmingham’s LG Arena on 14th December.

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BAMMA’s exclusively signed Scott Askham holds an 11-0-0 record, with his first 8 professional victories achieved between 4 seconds and 2:48 and an unblemished record at Amateur. The majority of his conquests have come via TKO. Askham first stepped into the BAMMA cage for BAMMA 12 where he defeated Harry McLeman by Rear Naked Choke. The Doncaster fighter then went on to secure a victory over BAMMA’s former British champion, Jack Marshman, before returning for BAMMA 13 where he successfully tested his grappling against the far more experienced BJJ black belt, Jorge Michelan Bezerra and earned the BAMMA World Middleweight title.

Romanian, Ion Pascu, hails from Bucharest and fights out of the Ministry of Martial Arts and Golden Glory with a professional record of 7-3-0. Renowned for his dangerous knock outs, around 50% of his MMA victories have also been scored by TKO. Pascu has fought across various European and British promotions. He is now on a three fight winning streak which includes a stunning first round knockout of Jack Marshman at BAMMA 13.

Askham said: "I'm looking forward to ending the year with a bang. It's been a big year for me and I cannot wait to defend my belt. Some people say you're not a true champion until you have defended your title. Ion has earned his shot by putting away Jack (Marshman) like no one else, but the belt will be staying in Yorkshire. As always, the fans can expect Fight of the Night potential."

Pascu said: "It’s a huge honour to be fighting for such a prestigious title and following in the footsteps of some great fighters. Scott is very experienced and a good all round fighter, with good reach and cardio. I have a strong desire to win the BAMMA title, and passion not to disappoint the fans as well as the coaches and my manager Alex Burzotta. It's going to be an exciting fight and fans will not be disappointed: I am coming to fight and strap that belt around my waist."

Paul Daley VS ROMARIO SILVA

Earlier this week it was exclusively revealed by Ariel Helwani at MMA Fighting that Paul Daley will be facing Brazilian, Junior Killer Silva, of the Blackzilians for the BAMMA 14 Welterweight headliner. Daley is currently signed exclusively to BAMMA in the UK.

Romario Manoel da Silva aka "Junior Killer" hails from Brazil fighting out of the Blackzilians and Jaco Hybrid Training Center. With regular appearances on Shooto and Jungle Fight in his home country and recent appearances in the US on Legacy and Shark Fights, Junior Killer holds a record of 23-10-1. Through victories via KO, TKO, Decision and a range of submissions, Silva has demonstrated his ability to dominate no matter where the fight goes. Romario is looking to leverage his experience to become a name within the sport while he's still in his prime, and he sees a fight on BAMMA as a significant step on that path.

According to manager, Joshua Husak, "He's not on Paul's level in terms of popularity and visibility, but if anyone underestimates his skill level as compared to Daley's, they would be making a misjudgement. Junior Killer is a valuable asset to the Blackzilians. I think a win against Paul Daley would prove how deep in talent the Blackzilians camp really is. We have probably 8 or 10 guys who could compete at the highest of level in MMA right now that most fans have never heard of; but Glenn Robinson (ASM's Founder and CEO) has created an optimal training environment here in south Florida unlike any other in the world…one that is conducive to grooming future Champions in this Sport. We are very excited for the future."

Junior Killer said: "I am very excited to fight on BAMMA in December. This will be my first time fighting in the UK so I am very anxious to put on a good show for the fans. Fans watching can expect to see me bring the fight to Paul. I never stop training, so my hope is to beat the best Paul Daley possible and let people know who I am. I would like to thank BAMMA for the opportunity and thank Paul for accepting the fight with me. "

Paul Daley commented: "He's a tough opponent, but I don't expect easy challenges. It's in my nature to test myself, my training and my faith. I'm confident I will destroy him, so he will see what it’s like to be locked in the cage with the finishing machine."

BAMMA 14 FIGHT CARD SO FAR (11.10.13)

WELTERWEIGHT BOUT

Paul Daley VS ROMARIO SILVA BAMMA WORLD LIGHTWEIGHT TITLE BOUT

Colin Fletcher VS Mansour Barnaoui

BAMMA WORLD MIDDLEWEIGHT TITLE BOUT

Scott Askham VS Ion Pascu

About BAMMA: BAMMA is Europe’s flagship Mixed Martial Arts organization. Broadcast on 5* and Channel 5 in the UK, BAMMA draws unprecedented domestic viewing figures, whilst internationally it is televised across the globe. Both nurturing grassroots talent into international stars and attracting elite fighters from around the world, BAMMA aims to showcase exciting and entertaining fights between the toughest and most skilled competitors. Launched in June 2009, BAMMA’s combination of arena sized venues, stunning fight cards and exceptional production values has led to BAMMA’s position as one of Europe’s most recognisable MMA brands. About Safe MMA

SAFE MMA is a voluntary medical advisory body established to improve the safety of MMA fighters in the UK and is housed at 76 Harley Street in London. Under the Safe MMA banner, the medical centre provides a secure, centralised and confidential database for fighter medical records; and coordinates affordable, standardised blood and medical tests for all registered fighters. Member promotions commit to only using professional fighters that have been medically cleared by Safe MMA doctors. Additionally, member promotions provide pre and post-fight medical examinations for fighters at events. All medical data is submitted along with advisory suspensions to Safe MMA. For more information visit www.safemma.co.uk .

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