Birmingham, England: Shay Walsh put on the performance of his career, dominating Ed Arthur with constant pressure to earn a unanimous decision victory and become the new BAMMA bantamweight champion.
BAMMA 23: Night of Champions was held on 14 November 2015, at the Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham. Ed Arthur Vs. Shay Walsh took place on the main card that aired on MMAMad.com
Here we go for the bantamweight gold! Arthur the aggressor early forcing Walsh against the cage with crisp striking, but Walsh gets the takedown and starts working on top. Walsh will not give Arthur an inch on the mat, holding him down as Arthur struggles to get to his feet. Arthur gets to his feet but Walsh has the under-hooks against the cage. Arthur with the takedown attempt but its stuffed. Arthur with a huge right hand on the break but Walsh gets the takedown. Arthur back to his feet and hurts Walsh again. That overhand right is working for Arthur every-time but Walsh is so persistent with the takedown attempts.
MMA Mad score round 1 for Shay Walsh 10-9
Arthur rushes forward again, looking the smoother striker on the feet but Walsh will not give him an inch, working the clinch against the cage. Walsh with huge elbows in the clinch, Arthur is in major trouble. Walsh again with punishing uppercuts, Arthur is holding on for dear life. Arthur comes back but Walsh takes him down. This is a very impressive performance by Shay Walsh. Walsh again with ground and pound from top position, lets Arthur back to his feet, throws a few heavy shots again and takes the champion down again. Dominant.
MMA Mad score round 2 for Shay Walsh 10-9 and 20-18 overall.
Arthur more than likely needs a finish in the third round to retain his title. Arthur looks good on his feet but yet again, Walsh with another takedown. Walsh sinks in a head-in-arm choke and its tight. Arthur holding on and fights through it and back to his feet. Great heart by the champion. Shay Walsh’s work rate is incredible in this fight, constant pressure is overwhelming the champion and Arthur needs a miracle now to retain his title with a minute left.
MMA Mad score round 3 for Shay Walsh 10-9 and 30-27 overall.
Shay Walsh def. Ed Arthur via unanimous decision (30-27, 20-27, 30-27)