What is BAMMA?

Do you know your Hammerfist from your Spinning Back-Fist, a Choke from a Clinch...no? Give this a read and we'll tell you all you need to know about BAMMA and Mixed Martial Arts!

Now, this ain’t a show for the faint hearted…it’s brutal, it’s explosive, but it’s also extremely tactical.

Right, let’s get back to basics – Mixed Martial Arts widely known as just MMA is one of the world’s fastest growing sports and it’s easy to see why.

The glamour of the UFC has had a rippling effect globally with interest in the sport increasing rapidly here in the UK. Fighters such as Jose Aldo, Ronda Rousey and Dublin’s own Connor McGregor have taken MMA from a discreet, misunderstood sport to a box office, showcase event rivalling the biggest of sporting occasions.

Now, that’s where BAMMA steps in. 

BAMMA, in a nutshell, is the European equivalent of the UFC and is seen as the biggest MMA promotion outside of the USA.

Unlike boxing, the match is allowed to continue when a fighter goes to the ground. MMA is a combination of Muay Thai, Boxing, Brazilian Jui Jitsu, amongst other technical forms of martial arts. Bouts are often quite brutal, but layered with lots of respect between the fighters and their two camps.

Top 5 BAMMA No-No’s

1. No hair pulling – you can touch the face, but not the hair. Anything but the hair.
2. No head butting – nobody likes being head-butte, sorry Zidane, it’s not a sport for you.
3. No grabbing the clavicle – the sport is quite brutal, but c’mon, there’s still rules.
4. No throwing in the towel – once you’re in there, you’re on your own or the fight is over.
5. No unsporting behaviour which results in injury to an opponent – well, nobody likes a cheat.

Ways to Win!

1. Decision – if a fight lasts all rounds, a judging panel will decide the outcome. Similar to Boxing.
2. Knockout (KO) – this is when a fighter loses consciousness due to an opponent’s strike. It also sounds very painful.
3. Technical Knockout (TKO) – this is when a referee or a doctor stops the fight, often because a fighter is in a pretty bad way.
4. Submission – this is one of the most technical ways to win a fight. This occurs when a fighter makes his opponent tap out by trapping his/her body in a unbreakable hold.
5. No contest – this occurs when both fighters break the rules, although it’s extremely rare.
6. Forfeit – a fighter can announce a forfeit before a match begins if they are unable to compete.

BAMMA returns to our arena for BAMMA 23 in just a few weeks’ time and we’re absolutely buzzing for it now. We’ll see a bunch of titles put on the line right here at the Barclaycard Arena. Mark ‘The Hand Of’ Godbeer defends his BAMMA World Heavyweight Title against Ruben ‘The Viking’ Wolf. We'll also see Ed Arthur (c) Vs. Shay Walsh for BAMMA Bantamweight Title and Rany Saadeh (c) Vs. Chris 'Nightmare' Miah for BAMMA Flyweight Title.

Join all these fighters, plus guest presenter David Haye, right here in Birmingham on November 14th! Grab your BAMMA 23 tickets here.