On Monday morning, BAMMA officials announced international Kickboxing & mixed martial arts superstar Tyrone Spong and former UFC veteran Luke Barnatt will be joining BAMMA 24 as team captains for Team Ireland vs. Team England.

Heading up Team Ireland, Spong will be heading up Team Ireland at BAMMA 24 and will bring his global experience to the team in this clash of sporting nations.

The Blackzillians product, Spong has competed across the world for various global organization. Training alongside the likes of Anthony Johnson and Rashad Evans, “The King of the Ring” has always carried huge support from the Irish public and often speaks of his close connection to the country.

Team England’s captain is no stranger to BAMMA, Barnett returns to the promotion after the very successful behind the scenes documentary ‘Unfiltered’ at BAMMA 23: Night of Champions. Having also previously fought on BAMMA 9: Watson vs. Marshman, “Bigslow” will look to bring the English team a wealth of experience against their Irish rivals.

The Tsunami Gym recently scored a big victory in Italy at Venator FC 2 with a submission in the fourth round of his fight back in December of 2015.

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