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.

Bisping Triumphant – Maia Next

Michael Bisping took on Jason “Mayhem” Miller on Saturday at The Ultimate Fighter 14 Finale and I’m pleased to say he did the British fans proud.

Round one was back and forth with Miller scoring a valuable takedown and perhaps snatching the advantage. Both fighters looked tired heading back to their corners, but when Miller came out for the second round his stamina had seemingly disappeared. Throughout the following round Bisping picked Miller apart, landing several hard shots and stuffing the feeble offence of his exhausted opponent. By the time the third frame began, it was clear to see that there was only ever going to be one winner and the referee mercifully stopped the contest at 3:34, awarding Bisping the TKO victory.

Although many pundits pointed towards the cardio of Miller as the deciding factor in the bout, Bisping was quick to point out that things aren’t that simple:

“It’s nonsense. This is it: Every one of my opponents gasses. Anytime I stop someone, it’s because they gas. Guarantee you Jason didn’t gas. Guarantee you Jason could have gone five rounds. This was a five-round fight. I finished it in the third. This is a big opportunity for Jason. I guarantee you he had the cardio to go five.”

“Guess what. You might have cardio, but when someone’s landing big bodyshots like I was, kneeing you in the stomach and punching you repeatedly in the face, your cardio gets affected. Because I bet the best runners in the world, you kick the [expletive] out of them, they won’t run quite as well.”

Just this morning it was anounced by the UFC that the next man to face Bisping will be Brazilian submission specialist Demian Maia. The two will square off Jan. 28 at UFC on Fox 2, which takes place at Chicago’s United Center.

Whilst a win over Maia would not guarantee the Brit a title shot, it would at least put him second in line behind the winner of Mark Munoz vs. Chael Sonnen, which ironically takes place on the same card.

Sass Faces Dunham Test

Paul Sass (Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC)

It was widely reported last week that British lightweight Paul Sass had agreed to face Evan Dunham at UFC on Fox 2. This rumor was later confirmed by UFC officials on Monday.

A product of Liverpool’s Team Kaobon, Sass is quickly building a reputation for himself in the 155-pound division with two slick submission victories to his name already. First time out, he defeated Mark Holst with a nasty triangle choke, which also earned him Submission of the Night honors. In his most recent outing at UFC Live 6, Sass stopped TUF finalist Michael Johnson with a vicious heel hook in just the first round.

Dunham also comes into this match-up off a win after dominating Shamar Bailey at UFC Fight Night 25. He is currently looking to restore his slightly dented reputation after suffering back-to-back losses to Sean Sherk and Melvin Guillard.

Whilst the fight could be seen as high risk for Sass, it is also potentially high reward. Dunham is a big enough name to advance Sass up the rankings should he win, and a loss, barring an absolute demolition, would only be a minor setback for the young prospect.

BAMMA 8 – Preview

Europe’s leading mixed martial arts promotion, BAMMA, showcases its final fight card for 2011 as it hosts BAMMA 8, live Dec. 10 from the Capital FM Arena, Nottingham.

Jimi Manuwa (WWBRD.com)

As previously announced, headlining the event is the highly anticipated bout between the UK’s No. 1 ranked light heavyweight, Jimi “The Posterboy” Manuwa, and France’s Antony Rea. Manuwa stands undefeated with a record of 10-0, has won eight of his fights by knockout, while seven of his fights have been title bouts or defences. It has never taken him more than two rounds to finish an opponent. Manuwa’s reputation is dangerous and his return to the cage long awaited. With a record of 22-13, the more experienced Rea is no easy contest for Manuwa, with a who’s who of opponents under his belt and 13 of his wins by TKO.

Undefeated BAMMA British middleweight champion and serving British Armed Forces, Afghan vet, Jack Marshman will be back to defend his Lonsdale title against Wolfslair’s Lee “Leeroy” Barnes in a contest that fans will love. At BAMMA 7, Marshman wowed the crowd with a sustained war against Carl Noon, in which he famously turned his fortunes around at the last hour to clinch the title.

Fresh off a decision win against Frank Trigg at BAMMA 7, Team Rough House fighter Jimmy Wallhead will be making an exciting step up to face former Pride, EliteXC and Strikeforce warrior Joey Villasenor in his long-awaited BAMMA debut. This explosive bout is yet another strong contender for fight of the night.

Other card highlights include Rough House’s UFC vet Andre Winner taking on Sweden’s Diego Gonzalez in a World lightweight title eliminator fight; while charismatic submission artist, Paul McVeigh, will make his BAMMA debut against Erik Perez. Former UFC competitor Curt Warburton makes his BAMMA debut against Tim Newman while Golden Glory’s Jason Jones also joins BAMMA in a light heavyweight contest against the undefeated Mark Godbeer.

This event marks an exciting first for the fast-growing promotion as it makes its debut on HDNet in the United States. The entire main card will be shown on the American TV channel and shows just how high the organisation is aiming in the future.

As well as being available to viewers in the U.S., the main card will also be broadcast on SyFy (Sky: 114 / Virgin: 135) in the UK and The Fight Network in Canada.

BAMMA 8 – MAIN CARD

  • Jimi Manuwa vs. Antony Rea
  • Jim Wallhead vs. Joey Villasenor
  • Andre Winner vs. Diego Gonzalez
  • Erik Perez vs. Paul McVeigh

PRELIMINARY CARD

  • Jack Marshman vs. Leeroy Barnes
  • Marc Godbeer vs. Jason Jones
  • Tim Newman vs. Curt Warburton
  • Colin Fletcher vs. David Round
  • Dean Amasinger vs. Danny Mitchell
  • Tom Breese vs. Qasim Shafiq
  • Christian Holley vs. Lee Taylor
  • Brent Crawley vs. Mark Platts
  • Ian Malone vs. Brian Hyslop

Thanks to all at BAMMA for the information.

Cage Rage UK 25: The Beatdown – Recap

Saturday, Dec. 3, saw a packed Troxy Arena as Cage Rage UK 25 drew 2011 to a close for the promotion. Two titles changed hands on an action-packed card which was unpredictable to say the very least.

Jake Bostwick (L) and Denniston Sutherland battle (WWBRD.com)

Jake “Brutal” Bostwick showed just how he came by his nickname, as he knocked Denniston Sutherland out in the first round to take the Cage Rage UK middleweight belt. Bostwick is improving every time he enters the cage, whilst a disappointing Sutherland has lost his last two fights by KO in the first five minutes.

The co-main event saw hard-hitting Mark Potter and Chris Harman battle it out for the UK-1 heavyweight title. A gutsy performance by the much smaller Harman saw the crowd on their feet, especially after he caught his opponent with a clean blow that had Potter cut and wobbling on his feet. Unfortunately, that shot proved to be vain as Potter turned the fight around to score the TKO victory in the second round after hurting Harman with a crushing body shot.

Mark Weir put his K1 Middleweight title on the line against the underrated Louis “KO” King. The challenger King, who has won his last three K1 fights via KO, wasted no time as he came out firing and knocked Weir out with a huge left hook inside 18 seconds to take the belt home.

Cage Rage UK 25: Full Results

  • Jake Bostwick def. Denniston Sutherland via KO – Round 1 (Cage Rage UK MW title fight)
  • Mark Potter def. Chris Harman via TKO – Round 2 (UK-1 HW title fight)
  • Louis King def. Mark Weir via KO – Round 1 (UK-1 MW title fight)
  • Ben Smith def. Ricky Campbell via submission – Round 1
  • Iain Martell def. Earl Brown via TKO – Round 1
  • Andre McIntyre def. Miguel Bernard via TKO – Round 2 (UK-1 fight)
  • Wendle Lewis def. Andy Cona via submission – Round 1
  • Lee Caers def. Ben Craggy via submission – Round 1
  • Esi Moradi def. Mickey Miller via submission – Round 1
  • Nathan Greyson def. Steve Brazier via TKO – Round 1
  • Jason Radcliffe def. Peter Craete via submission – Round 1
  • Brendon Katz def. Huseyin Garabet via submission – Round 1

Thanks to all at Cage Rage UK for the information.

Top Photo: Michael Bisping rains down punches on an exhausted Jason “Mayhem” Miller (Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC)

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