Birmingham, England: Rany Saadeh returned from a while out of the cage to shake off the ring rust and dominate late replacement Shaj Haque to retain his flyweight title.
BAMMA 23: Night of Champions was held on 14 November 2015, at the Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham. Rany Saadeh Vs. Shaj Haque took place on the main card that aired on MMAMad.com
Saadeh is all over Haque to start the bout, getting the takedown and trying to advance position in a hurry. Not much happening with Saadeh on top holding position looking to wear down Haque. Slow first round.
MMA Mad scores the round 10-9 to Saadeh.
More of the same in the second from Saadeh. Clever from the champion, picking up Haque, bringing him in front of his own corner and slams him down. Again, Saadeh maintaining top position but not really doing any damage but he keeps advancing his position so referee Marc Goddard can’t stand the fight up. Another solid round for Saadeh but its not that impressive or exciting to watch.
MMA Mad scores the round 10-9 to Saadeh and 20-18 overall.
With the fight wrapped up, or so he thinks, Saadeh is now comfortable to stand and trade with Haque until he gets yet another takedown. Haque working a guillotine choke but its not close and Saadeh escapes. Haque goes for a takedown and Saadeh lands a nice knee and kick to the body. Haque with a nice takedown with a minute to work but Saadeh gains top position with a nice sweep but Haque has a guilltine, pulls guard and its tight. Saadeh just escapes and is now in top position. The bell sounds and Saadeh should retain easily.
MMA Mad scores the round 10-9 to Saadeh and 30-27 overall.
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