BAMMA 30 has a big title fight lined up for July 7 with the vacant bantamweight belt up for grabs.
Former champion Shay Walsh will battle former title challenger Alan Philpott as BAMMA seeks its next 135lb champion following the departure of Tom ‘Firekid’ Duquesnoy to the UFC earlier this year.
Walsh was in action as recently as this past weekend in Birmingham, where he scored a unanimous decision win over Aaron Blackwell at BAMMA 29.
And while the Tiger Muay Thai product was getting the job done inside the cage, he was being watched closely by Philpott, who was at cageside at the Genting Arena to run the rule over his potential future opponent.
Following Walsh’s win, the pair have been officially matched and will do battle at the 3Arena in Dublin at BAMMA 30 for the vacant bantamweight title.
“Regaining my BAMMA world title is my number one goal, none of these bantamweights can stop me achieving that,” said former champ Walsh.
“Alan Philpott is standing in my way and he will be dealt with. My momentum and confidence are sky high at the minute.
“This is the perfect time to remind everyone of the level I’m operating at and be reunited with my belt!”
However, Philpott believes the time is right for him to step in and kick off a new era in the BAMMA bantamweight division.
“He’s had his time, he’s slowing down, and I’m only getting started,” he explained.
“I’m too fast on a bad day – on a good day he doesn’t stand a chance. No one in the division is ready for what’s coming. A new king is rising.”
Walsh originally won the title when he defeated Ed Arthur at BAMMA 23 in November 2015, but lost his belt when he was knocked out by a short Duquesnoy elbow at BAMMA 25 in May 2016.
Now back on a winning streak thanks to victories over James McErlean and Blackwell, he’s ready to step back into a title fight once again.
Philpott challenged Duquesnoy for the belt at BAMMA 27 in December last year and succumbed to a second-round rear-naked choke, but earned praise from the rising French star, who said the Northern Irishman gave him the toughest fight of his career.
Now looking to get things right second time around, Philpott makes his second tilt at the title when he faces Walsh on July 7.
BAMMA 30: Confirmed bouts
Shay Walsh v Alan Philpott (BAMMA bantamweight title)
Rob Sinclair v Paul Redmond (lightweight)
Myles Price v Phil Mulpeter (lightweight)
NIklas Stolze v Chris Stringer (lightweight)
Patrick Wixted v Paul Hughes (featherweight)
Jay Butler v Blaine O’Driscoll (bantamweight)
Harry Marple v Kiefer Crosbie (welterweight)
Andrew Murphy v Dylan Logan (featherweight)