Every Wednesday, The MMA Corner’s Duncan Price will bring a view of the MMA world from across the pond in England, covering well-known British fighters within the UFC and Strikeforce, and also looking at significant events put on by British promotions within the borders of the United Kingdom.

Etim Draws Barboza In Brazil

UFC officials announced last week that British favourite Terry Etim will indeed make a quick return to competition as he has been booked to face the talented Brazilian Edson Barboza.

The bout will take place at UFC 142 which is being held Jan. 14 at the HSBC Arena in Barboza’s native city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It is not yet known whether the fight will be positioned on the main or preliminary card.

Etim fought at the recent UFC 138 event in Birmingham, England, where he submitted Edward Faaloloto in just 17 seconds. After staggering Faaloloto on the feet, Etim locked in a vicious guillotine choke which in turn netted him the Submission of the Night award.

The $70,000 bonus was likely much appreciated by Etim, who was competing for the first time in nearly 19 months.

Barboza will be in action for the first time since a very close victory over Ross Pearson at UFC 134, which also took place in Rio de Janeiro. A two-time Fight of the Night winner, Barboza is undefeated since turning pro in April 2009.

BAMMA 8 – Full Card Announced

The British Association of Mixed Martial Arts announced the full fight card for BAMMA 8, taking place on Dec. 10 at The Capital FM Arena in Nottingham.

Jimi Manuwa (WWBRD.com)

New signings Jimi Manuwa and Antony Rea will face off in a light heavyweight contest, Jack Marshman will defend his Lonsdale British middleweight title against Lee “Leeroy” Barnes and Paul McVeigh will make his BAMMA debut against Erik Perez.

Fresh off a decision win against Frank Trigg at BAMMA 7, Jimmy Wallhead will face Joey Villasenor in his long-awaited BAMMA debut with Andre Winner taking on Finland’s Niko Puhakka in a World lightweight title eliminator fight.

UFC veteran Curt Warburton makes his BAMMA debut against Tim Newman, Golden Glory’s Jason Jones also joins BAMMA in a light heavyweight contest against the undefeated Mark Godbeer.

Dean Amasinger, Tom Breese and Chris Fishgold all make their BAMMA returns by taking on Danny Mitchell, Qasim Shafiq and Colin Fletcher respectively. Opening the evening with be Brian Hyslop taking on Owen Gayle in a bantamweight contest.

Jude Samuel, Matchmaker at BAMMA, had this to say:

“BAMMA 8 is a culmination of all the hard work we have put into the UK fighters over the past year. We see the return of Tom Breese, Tim Newman, Chris Fishgold and Jack Marshman defending his Lonsdale Middleweight title. An early possible fight of the night candidate, the lightweight showdown between Andre Winner and the talented Niko Puhakka who the BAMMA Lightweight champion Rob Sinclair has had eyes on to fight for a long time. Light Heavyweight prospect Marc Godbeer takes on his toughest test against one of Europe’s most talented Light Heavy weights in Jason Jones.  And to top it all off the UK’s number one Light Heavyweight, undefeated Jimi Manuwa makes his BAMMA debut in front of a live global audience for the very first time as he takes on the Frenchman, Antony Rea. I’m excited! Are you?”

Top-ranked fighter Nate Marquardt was originally expected to make his promotional debut at BAMMA 8, but is now confirmed to face UFC veteran Yoshiyuki Yoshida at BAMMA 9 on Feb. 11 at LG Arena in Birmingham.

David Green, CEO at BAMMA, stated:

“We are very excited to announce what we believe to be a great headline fight for the fans at BAMMA 9 for the World Welterweight Title. Yoshiyuki Yoshida is a UFC, Bellator, and One FC veteran who comes with notable wins over the likes of Dan Hardy, War Machine and Phil Baroni. Both Yoshiyuki and Nate are very excited about fighting at BAMMA 9 and although we had planned for Nate’s first fight to be in December, we believe it is worth waiting a further 8 weeks for such a great match up.”

BAMMA 8 – FIGHT CARD

  • Light Heavyweight Fight
    Jimi Manuwa vs Antony Rea
  • Welterweight Fight
    Jimmy Wallhead vs Joey Villasenor
  • World Lightweight Title Eliminator
    Andre Winner vs Niko Puhakka
  • Lonsdale British Middleweight Title
    Jack Marshman vs Leeroy Barnes
  • Bantamweight Fight
    Paul McVeigh vs Erik Perez
  • Lightweight Fight
    Curt Warburton vs Tim Newman
  • Light Heavyweight Fight
    Jason Jones vs Mark Godbeer
  • Welterweight Fight
    Dean Amasinger vs Danny Mitchell
  • Lightweight Fight
    Colin Fletcher vs Chris Fishgold
  • Welterweight Fight
    Tom Breese vs Qasim Shafiq
  • Bantamweight Fight
    Brian Hyslop vs Owen Gayle

Credit to BAMMA.com for the information.

Hathaway Trains With England Rugby Star

James Haskell (Rugby Week)

British welterweight John Hathaway is aiming for a UFC return with the occasional assistance of England Rugby World Cup star James Haskell.

Hathaway was unable to complete a welcome return to the Octagon in November, as he was forced to withdraw from his bout with Matt Brown at UFC 138 due to illness.

At only 24-years-old, Hathaway is definitely one of Britain’s top prospects, with a current 5-1 UFC record and the scalps of Diego Sanchez, Rick Story and Paul Taylor under his belt.

The Brit recently moved closer to London Shootfighters gym, where he trains daily, and found an eager workout partner in England star Haskell.

Haskell has currently earned a creditable 39 England caps, but he confessed that he cannot help but be impressed by the skills of Hathaway.

He spoke to ESPN.co.uk on the subject:

“When I’m in London, I train at London Shootfighters with John Hathaway and the other guys down there. It’s great for my general fitness and helps my performance on the rugby pitch. It’s one of the best activities out there.”

“A lot of the England boys are big fans of the UFC. Matt Stevens became a national wrestling champion during his two years away from rugby and has trained with the Gracies. Wrestling was a big part of training at the World Cup, we even set up a dojo at our camp, it is fantastic exercise for conditioning.”

“It has definitely benefitted my game. For me, jiu-jitsu is the best aspect of MMA. The skill level is just incredible. It teaches you how to control and move your opponent, which is obviously key for me. The discipline is also the same, there is no disrespect allowed in rugby or the UFC at all.”

Having worked with Hathaway at close quarters, Haskell believes the future of British MMA is in good hands, stating:

“I expect big things of him.”

Top Photo: Terry Etim celebrates his UFC 138 victory over Edward Faaloloto (Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC)

This piece was authored by Duncan Price. Follow him on Twitter, @DuncMMA