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.

Nate Marquardt signs with BAMMA

In an interesting and exciting move this week, the British Association of Mixed Martial Arts (BAMMA) announced that they had secured the signature of high-profile former UFC competitor Nate ‘The Great’ Marquardt.

Marquardt had recently become a free agent after being controversially released by the UFC due to irregularities in his pre-fight testosterone levels, something that he has now resolved with the ruling athletic commission.

Liam Fisher at BAMMA stated:

“As soon as we received word that the Pennsylvania State Athletic Commission lifted Marquardt’s suspension we jumped at the chance to sign him. He is a top ranked contender and an asset to any promotion. Words cannot express how excited we are that Marquardt is now fighting under the BAMMA banner.”

Marquardt himself had this to say:

“Offers came in from several fight promotions, but we felt that BAMMA was definitely the best fit. They put on high-quality shows, stack their cards with top-level fighters, and sign those fighters to multi-fight deals. They are also the only fight organization in the UK that implements PED testing. To be honest, that is one of the main reasons that we chose BAMMA. I want to prove to my fans and to the world that I’m the real deal and that I belong on top.”

It has not yet been confirmed whether or not Marquardt will be featured at BAMMA 7 to be held Sept. 10 at Birmingham’s NIA Arena. The main stumbling block appears to be the lack of a quality opponent available on relatively short notice.

This is a big statement of intent from BAMMA. They are clearly out to get the top talent available and that can only be a good thing for all UK MMA fans.

Fights Added to UFC 138 Card

Following last week’s shocking announcement of UFC 138 to be held Nov. 5 in Birmingham, several interesting match-ups have since been added to the card.

In addition to bouts including Mark Munoz vs. Chris Leben and Renan Barao vs. Brad Pickett, you can now add many notable British fighters to the event including John Hathaway, Terry Etim, Paul Taylor, Jason Young, and Mark Scanlon.

In an international bout expected to be featured on the night’s main card, the ever-dangerous Thiago Alves meets Swedish newcomer Papy Abedi. Alves is coming off a disappointing loss to Rick Story at UFC 130 and will surely be looking to take the UFC rookie Abedi out in quick and stylish fashion.

The card so far reads as:

  • Mark Munoz vs. Chris Leben (5 Round Non-title Fight)
  • Brad Pickett vs. Renan Barao
  • Thiago Alves vs. Papy Abedi
  • Paul Taylor vs. Anthony Njokuani
  • John Hathaway vs. Pascal Krauss
  • Jason Young vs. Michihiro Omigawa
  • Terry Etim vs. Edward Faaloloto
  • Mark Scanlon vs. James Head

Spike TV officials and the UFC confirmed yesterday that Pickett vs. Barao will serve as the co-main event and Taylor vs. Njokuani will definitely be featured on the main card. The event will air on Spike via same-day delay at 8 p.m. ET/PT in the United States and presumably on ESPN in the United Kingdom.

We will of course keep you up-to-date on all things UFC 138 right here on Brits & Pieces.

Sass finally back in action

Paul Sass (Jim Page/Sherdog)

Paul Sass will return to Octagon action soon but not, as many thought, at UFC 138. He will, in fact, be featured on the upcoming UFC on Versus 6 card to be held Oct. 1 in Washington, D.C.

Sass meets TUF 12 runner-up Michael Johnson in what promises to be an intriguing match-up of striker versus grappler.

Johnson enters this bout off an impressive first-round TKO of Edward Faaloloto and will be looking to hand Sass his first career loss.

Liverpudlian Sass is well-known for his love of the triangle choke. In fact, eight of his 11 wins have come via this form of submission hold.

With his definitive advantage on the mat, Sass will likely be looking to get this fight to the ground as early as possible. If he can avoid Johnson’s punches in the process, he stands a great chance of getting the victory and remaining unbeaten.

It is not yet known whether this fight will be featured on the televised main card or as a preliminary bout.

Curt Warburton cut from UFC

Bad news for British MMA, as reports broke over the weekend that Wolfslair team member Curt Warburton had been cut by the UFC.

Warburton recently lost by submission to Joe Lauzon and it appears that defeat was the last straw for the world’s most prominent MMA organisation. He held a 1-2 record under the UFC banner, but failed to really establish himself within the lightweight division.

Warburton posted the disappointing news via Twitter:

“Want all my followers to hear it first. Have just been cut from the UFC after losing to Joe Lauzon. Must stay strong and I promise to be back…Good job I have great sponsors, great team, great manager, and the best of friends and family. I will be back on the big stage soon.”

Warburton is an attractive prospect for national and regional promotions within the UK, having previously competed within the UFC. I’m sure he will receive offers to sign with one of the higher-profile British organisations, and deservedly so.

Top Photo: Nate Marquardt (Tracy Lee/Combat Lifestyle)

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

    i believe that curt the war warburton has so much more to offer than what we had chance to see from him.he was thrown in with the best of that division.fisher which was i believe curt had the better, that polish guy,which curt taken his unbeaten record then being beat by a former title contender.he shud have had a more playing field,by also fighting new members less higher ranked,in order to get himself settled.they could have had at least gave him his final fight of his contrtact,and had him fighting in nov at ufc 138.i strongly believe he will be back within 8 months.bamma or strikeforce get those contracts ready,he has the talent,just needs that chance.