On Monday, BAMMA officials announced the have finalized the upcoming BAMMA 22 card with addition of Damien ‘The Rage’ Rooney Vs. Manel ‘Prodigio’ Kape in a catchweight bout.

​Rooney (10-4-1) has not fought since November of 2014 where he faced Shaj Haque in Newcastle. Holding victories over BAMMA fighters Alan Philpott & Bryan Creighton, Rooney will once more be planning on putting a crowd pleasing performance and a dominant win in front of his home crowd. He currently holds eight career stoppage wins with 6 of those wins coming by way of submission.

“Great to get the call to fight on BAMMA in the 3Arena in Dublin, it’s going to be a huge event for domestic MMA and I’m delighted to be involved in it. Irish fans are the best in the world and I can’t wait to get out put a show on for them,” stated Rooney. “It’s been a frustrating six months trying to get match ups with pull outs and everything else, so big thanks to Jude and BAMMA for having me on this card and I won’t let them down with my performance.

“Manel Kape is a young exciting fighter with a solid record. He’s quite brash and cocky and likes to be aggressive so that suits me just fine. A lot of people are writing me off in this fight saying my best days are behind me and this and that. But if you look at my record it is littered with guys from the European top ten rankings across several weight classes.

“I’ve always fought the best and that’s always how I wanted it. He’s a young guy with a solid record and reputation coming up, he’s a tough guy but by no means the toughest guy I’ve faced, but you can be sure that I’m certainly the toughest test that he has faced.”

Kape (6-1) will enter this bout looking to improve on his four fight win streak, with three out of these wins coming by way of submission.

BAMMA 22 is set for the 3 Arena on Sept. 19 and will be headlined by a featherweight title fight between reigning champion Tom DuQuesnoy and The Ultimate Fighter: Smashes alum Brendan Loughnane. The rest of the card features 18 bouts including TUF 19 alum Chris Fields and Frenchman Christopher Jacquelin in the events co-main event.

​Tickets are on sale now from http://bit.ly.com/BAMMA22​

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