Due to a long term injury to Regis ‘The First’ Sugden, Dean Trueman (5-3) steps in to replace him against Garabet. Fighting out of Rough House/Nottingham MMA, Trueman won his last bout in October of 2015 against Adam Venture via unanimous decision at Full Contact Contender 14. With the majority of his five victories coming via way of KO from punches, Trueman will be attempting to put those heavy hands to good use against Garabet on May 14th at the Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham.
BAMMA 25: Champion vs. Champion will be held at the Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham on Saturday 14th May 2016.
“Regis has been following the instructions of physio Ian Andrews, whom he sees on a weekly basis, to the letter and we’ve also had consultations with Dr Roger Oldham, who specialises in sports injuries,” said Suggy’s Gym head coach Dean Sugden. “We’re continuing to investigate further treatment for the injury but, in the meantime, we’ve reluctantly taken the decision to withdraw from the fight in May.”
“When you’re used to training twice a day, six days a week, as well as sparring on a regular basis, it’s obviously very frustrating if something interferes with your schedule,” said Regis. “Although you can usually work around most injuries, when you’re preparing for a fight you need to be at the top of your game so when it came down to it, withdrawing from this one was our only option.
“It’s been five months since my last outing, on BAMMA 22, and I’ve really been looking forward to getting back in the cage. The chance to show what I can do in a heavier weight class was even more of an incentive for me so of course I’m disappointed by how things have turned out.
“But I need to focus on my long-term career as a professional fighter and be guided by my dad as my coach and by the medical specialists. If this means delaying my return to the MMA arena, then so be it – in the long run, it will just make me hungrier and even more determined to get back out there and do what I do best.”