BAMMA returns to Ireland’s capital for the second time this weekend for BAMMA 24. The event will take place on 27 February 2016 at the 3 Arena in Dublin.
The main event features a BAMMA middleweight title contest between current champion Cheick Kone and John Philips. Kone (13-3) is currently riding a six fight winning streak that has seen him look unstoppable under the BAMMA banner. Making his debut at BAMMA 18 against former Ultimate Fighter competitor Chris Fields, Kone wasted little time ending the contest, knocking Fields out in just 23 seconds.
Kone won the BAMMA middleweight title in his following bout with the promotion, finishing Andy DeVent, also in the first via brutal knees to earn the TKO and the BAMMA 185lb title.
John Phillips (18-6-1) returns to BAMMA, signing a new multi fight deal with the promotion to face Kone. Phillips has previously appeared at BAMMA’s 1, 4 & 6. Phillips now trains out of SBG in Ireland and will be hoping for some of the local support in Dublin as he faces Kone. Phillips is coming off two KO wins against Markus Di Gallo and Charlie Ward.
The co-main event features a bantamweight contest between current BAMMA Featherweight Champion Tom DuQuesnoy and Damien Rooney. DuQuesnoy (11-1-1 MMA) makes his first appearance in the bantamweight division, which he announced after his close victory over Brendan Loughnane in the BAMMA 22 main event. The Jackson-Wink MMA prospect is currenty 4-o-1 under BAMMA, despaching of Teddy Violet, James Saville, Krzysztof Klaczek and Loughnane.
Rooney (10-4-1 MMA) has long been a fan favourite in the Irish MMA scene, bringing an entertaining style as well as the crowds to every event he is on. The fighter out of Team Torres MMA in Newry, County Down, holds victories over current BAMMA fighters Alan Philpott & Bryan Creighton and will be making his BAMMA debut this weekend.
The full card can be found below, along with a video teaser of the event:
Cheick Kone (c) Vs. John Phillips for the BAMMA Middleweight Title
Chris Fields Vs. Daniel Könecke
Tom Duquesnoy Vs. Damien Rooney
Paul Byrne Vs. Andy Devent
Peter Queally Vs. Nathan Jones
Alan Philpott Vs. Nathaniel Wood for the Lonsdale Bantamweight Title
Myles Price Vs. Mario Saeed
Mark Andrew Vs. Dylan Tuke
Conor Cooke Vs. Matt Hallam
Declan Dalton Vs. Mike Cutting
Brian Moore Vs. Mick Brennan
Sinead Kavanagh Vs. Karim Fairn Dos Santos
James Gallagher Vs. Gerard Gilmore
Neil Ward Vs. Blaine O’Driscoll
Rhys McKee Vs. Paul Lawrence
Sean Tobin Vs. Gary Morris
Lloyd Manning Vs. Kams Ekpo
Cian Cowley Vs. Jay Moogan