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.

Mills to meet MacDonald at UFC 145

It appears that British welterweight Che Mills will step back inside the Octagon sooner than expected, as it has been reported that he will face the highly-touted prospect Rory MacDonald at UFC 145.

MacDonald broke the news whilst appearing as a guest on UFC Central in a discussion with host Joe Ferraro. Multiple media sources subsequently confirmed the meeting, but the exact date and location have yet to be set in stone.

Rory MacDonald (Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC)

If the match-up were to take place at UFC 145, as has been rumored, it would see MacDonald compete in his homeland of Canada once again. The event is likely to take place March 24, at Montreal’s Bell Centre, which has hosted four other UFC shows in the past.

It should be noted that UFC officials have yet to confirm either the bout or the details surrounding UFC 145.

MacDonald is one of the best young fighters to ever come out of Canada. He has recorded a 3-1 mark in the UFC so far with wins over Mike Guymon, Nate Diaz and Mike Pyle. The Tristar Gym member’s only career loss came at UFC 115 to current UFC welterweight title challenger Carlos Condit.

Mills made his Octagon debut in November at UFC 138, where he scored a TKO victory over TUF veteran Chris Cope within forty seconds. It was his fifth straight victory and the former Cage Rage champion will feel that he deserves the step-up in competition.

As we discussed in Brits & Pieces last week with fellow Brit Vaughan Lee, this would appear to be a risky proposition for Mills. However, the rewards for winning far outweigh the downside of losing. A victory over the much-admired MacDonald in MacDonald’s home country would massively raise Mills’ profile in the organisation, whilst a defeat would not necessarily set him back, providing he performs well.

BAMMA 8 – Recap

The British Association of Mixed Martial Arts (BAMMA) hit Nottingham’s Capital FM Arena on Saturday night and the promotion put on yet another excellent event.

In the headline bout, Jimi Manuwa kicked off his BAMMA career with a bang as he defeated Frenchman Anthony Rea after just a single round.

The fight started off fairly evenly with both men scoring in the early exchanges, but Manuwa soon began to find his range and take control of the fight. As the first frame neared conclusion, Manuwa unleashed a volley of strikes, including a spinning back-fist and vicious head kick which visibly rocked his opponent. Both men returned to their respective corners, but after a discussion with his trainers, it was announced that Rea had been forced to retire.

Manuwa now moves to 11-0 overall in his MMA career and he will be eyeing up a potential fight for the vacant BAMMA world light heavyweight title in the near future.

Jim Wallhead (David Lethaby/YourMMA.tv)

In the co-main event of the evening, Jimmy Wallhead took on former Strikeforce and Pride combatant Joey Villasenor in what turned out to be a short but explosive encounter for the British welterweight.

As the action began, Wallhead quickly sized up his opponent before cracking Villasenor with a brutal left hook, sending the American to the mat. Seizing the opportunity, Wallhead followed up with some vicious ground-and-pound, stopping the veteran Villasenor after just 48 seconds.

With two high profile successes over experienced competition, Wallhead will surely be pushing for a title shot in his next BAMMA appearance.

In other main card news, Andre Winner almost certainly earned a shot at Rob Sinclair’s BAMMA lightweight title with a unanimous decision victory over Diego Gonzalez and Jack Marshman retained his Lonsdale British middleweight title, defeating Leeroy Barnes by the same method.

FULL BAMMA 8 RESULTS:

  • Jimi Manuwa def. Antony Rea via TKO (Retired) R1 5:00
  • Jimmy Wallhead def. Joey Villasenor via Knock Out R1 0:48
  • Andre Winner def. Diego Gonzalez via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Erik Perez def. Paul McVeigh via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Jack Marshman def. Leeroy Barnes via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Curt Warburton def. Tim Newman via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Colin Fletcher def. David Round via Submission (Anaconda Choke) R1 2:13
  • Tom Breese def. Qasim Shafiq via Submission (Triangle Choke) R1 4:20
  • Danny Mitchell def. Dean Amasinger via Submission (Triangle Choke) R2 2:28
  • Brent Crawley def. Mark Platts via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) R1 2:57
  • Brian Hyslop def. Ian Malone via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Cage Warriors Updates
Eight-man Tournament to Determine Middleweight Champion

A new CWFC middleweight champion will be crowned in 2012 via an eight-man tournament which will kick off at Cage Warriors Fight Night 3.

Six of the eight participants have verbally agreed to take part in the tournament, which will take place across four shows, culminating in a July finale in London. However, two highly coveted places remain up for grabs.

Valentino Petrescu (David Lethaby/Sherdog)

The six confirmed fighters are Jack Mason (17-9-0), Tony Machado (4-0-0), Danny Roberts (5-0-0), Chris Fields (8-3-0), Valentino Petrescu (12-2-0) and Victor Cheng (7-2-0). Specific opening round match-ups have yet to be determined.

Cage Warriors director Graham Boylan will issue additional bonuses for the finalists and the eventual winner will clinch the vacant CWFC middleweight title.

The first two quarter-final fights will take place at the aforementioned Fight Night 3 in the Middle East (venue TBC) on Feb. 9, followed by the remaining two bouts on Feb. 18 at Cage Warriors 45 in London.

The semi-finals are scheduled for Amman, Jordan, on April 15, with the final taking place in London on July 7.

Cage Warriors Sign Exclusive Sky Sports Deal

Sky Sports will have exclusive rights to Cage Warriors events in 2012 after signing a 12-month contract with the organisation.

The deal will see all ten scheduled CWFC shows next year broadcast on one of Sky Sports’ four channels (Sky Sports 1, 2, 3 & 4).

Sky’s coverage will begin on Feb. 9 for Cage Warriors Fight Night 3 in the Middle East.

Cage Warriors director Graham Boylan discussed the deal:

“The Cage Warriors Team have worked extremely hard over the past year by pulling off 10 shows in three different countries.”

“2012 will be an even bigger year as we visit six different countries with another 10 shows. The following 12 months will see two eight-man tournaments and every Cage Warriors champion we have will be defending their belts.”

“You will see the best professional athletes in the world competing and to have them showcase their skills on Sky Sports is a great step forward and a reward for all the hard work they put into their training every day in the gym.”

Cage Warriors will also have a major online partner coming on board, with an announcement due shortly.

Thanks to all at Cage Warriors for the information.

Top Photo: Che Mills (Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC)

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