Tim Barnett, the reigning RDX champion, will face Rhys McKee for the vacant BAMMA lightweight title at BAMMA 34: Lohore vs. Brazier.
The promotion moved the bout up after an injury to Mike Shipman. BAMMA 34 takes place March 9 from the SSE Arena in Wembley.
Barnett (5-0) is on a win streak in the BAMMA lightweight division. The Liverpudlian shocked the Belfast crowd in attendance at BAMMA 28: Parke Vs Redmond, when he stepped in on late notice and dethroned reigning champ Rhys ‘Skeletor’ McKee in front of his crowd.
He followed this up by KOing the more experienced challenger in Mario ‘Rudeboy’ Saeed at BAMMA 29. Fighting out of the MMA Academy Liverpool under the watchful eye of UFC veterans Mike Wootten and Jason Tan, Barnett goes from strength to strength in each and every fight he competes in.
“The best birthday present ever,” Barnett said.
McKee (6-1-1) had a sensational fight of the year candidate with Richie Smullen at BAMMA 30: Philpott Vs. Walsh in July end in a draw, and the Next Generation Northern Ireland standout went on to defeat Kams Ekpo via submission in his next bout.
This finish won him the title of ‘Submission of the year’ in the 2017 BAMMA Awards. McKee now ventures from Northern Ireland once again, to take on the only man to have scored a victory over him.
“I am honored to compete for the world title,” McKee said. “I know I deserve the status of world champion and that’s exactly what I’ll be after March 9.”
Below is the current fight card:
Main Event – Welterweight World Title
Alex ‘Da Kid’ Lohore (c) Vs. Terry ‘The Dominator’ Brazier
Co-Main Event – BAMMA World Interim Heavyweight Title
‘Chopper’ Chi Lewis-Parry Vs. Stav ‘Crazy Bear’ Economou
Lightweight World Title
Tim Barnett Vs. Rhys ‘Skeletor’ McKee II
Colin ‘The Freakshow’ Fletcher Vs. Walter ‘The Sniper’ Gahadza II
Steve ‘The Spartan’ O’Keeffe Vs. Martyn ‘The Beast’ Harris
Mike ‘Pretty Boy’ Hales Vs. Diego ‘The Barbarian’ Barbosa
Dominique ‘The Black Panther’ Wooding Vs. Danny ‘Spitfire’ Randolph
‘Mr. Bag & Tag’ Nathan Jones Vs. Shah ‘No Pain’ Hussain
Chris Miah Vs. Dominic Dillon
Nathan ‘The Black’ Rose Vs. David ‘Demolition Man’ Khalsa
Charlie Boy Howard Vs. Akonne ‘The Jedi’ Wanliss
Jahreau ‘The Nightmare’ Shepherd Vs. James ‘Monkey Boy’ Reedman
Tommy ‘KO’ King Vs. Justin Burlinson
Josh ‘Power’ Plant Vs. John ‘No Mercy’ Nicholls
Karl ‘Shifty’ Donaldson Vs. Marcin ‘The Mauler’ Zywica