Andy ‘The Carlow Kid’ Murphy has been forced to pull out of BAMMA30 but ‘The Carlow Kid’ has kindly agreed to do a run down of all the Fights and make some predictions on each bout with MMA Insider. Some great insights on the fighters as well. There are certainly some Interesting Choices!
Incidentally Andy pulled out due to getting rocked by Vertigo. He is hope to be back light training next week and is provisionally booked to fight in September and will be looking to get back on the Next BAMMA Card.
As he says himself
‘ A setback is just an oppurtunity to make a comeback’
Harry Hardwick Vs Blaine O’Driscoll
The Carlow Kid Says: Blaine O’Driscoll.
The guy is on a tear at the minute. High work rate and cannot see him losing in front of a home crowd.
Steve Owens Vs Maciej Gierszewski
The Carlow Kid Says: Steve Owens.
If I’m totally honest I don’t know much about Maciej but no doubt he’ll want to make a statement against Steve Owens. Steve is known for his K.O. power and finishing ability. For that reason I’d have to fancy Steve Owens. Will be an interesting fight though!!
Arann Maguire Vs Dylan Logan
The Carlow Kid Says: Arann Maguire.
A very interesting fight I will certainly be keeping a close eye on. Arann is a game, tough durable guy with a very solid ground game. And Dylan, smack talk aside is a well rounded fighter with rangy striking and a slick ground game too. I’d call it a 50/50 fight but think Arann grinds out a decision win.
Decky Dalton Vs Mick Brennan
The Carlow Kid Says: Mick Brennan.
This is potential fight of the night! I have to go with My teammate and good friend Mick Brennan for this one. He is in the best shape of his career and looking to make a statement against a guy who is well known and respected on these shores. Decky brings heart, durability and a well rounded game. He also like Mick brings a following so the atmosphere in the 3 arena should be great for this. I see mick winning a 3 round war. Don’t blink!!
Ben Forysth Vs Matthew Clempner
The Carlow Kid Says: Ben Forsyth.
Again, I don’t have super knowledge on Matthew but have seen Ben fight a few times. Was on the same BAMMA card when he beat Pelu Adetola. Very strong well rounded athletic guy. Again, in front of a home crowd I see the Irishman getting his hand raised.
Kiefer Crosbie Vs Darius Swierkosz
The Carlow Kid Says: Kiefer Crosbie
Have to say I fancy Kiefer for this. He’s around a long time, has a solid amateur background to go with an impressive start to his pro career. And is fighting in his hometown.
Richie Kiely Vs Daniel OleJniczak
The Carlow Kid Says: Daniel OleJniczak
This is a very interesting fight. Lots of smack talk which has brought eyes on it. Richie is a solid striker and has branded himself the face of BAMMA. I do recall him getting K.O.’d by a young guy at BattleZone a year or two ago at the Regency in Dublin. So he can be beaten on the feet! Saying that, Daniel will have to impose his game-plan and close distance to get this fight where he wants it which I presume would be to the ground. I recall him winning via TKO at BAMMA 28 and I wouldn’t be surprised to see him take Richie out the same way if he can get it there. Should be an interesting match up to say the least.
Ilkin Gasimov vs Philip Mulpeter
The Carlow Kid Says: Philip Mulpeter
I was very much looking forward to seeing Philip fight my teammate Myles. It was a definite stand out fight on the card. Unfortunately Myles was injured and ruled out of this show. Like Myles, Philip is around a long time and doing this sport since before it was the cool thing to do. He is very durable, has lots of heart and always comes to fight. His fights with Richie Gorey and John Donnelly a number of years back always comes to mind. I feel the Honey Badger wins this fight and hopefully we see Myles and Philip do battle in the future.
Ion Pascu Vs Henry Fadipe
The Carlow Kid Says: Ion Pascu
Ion Pascu has finishing power whether it be by submission or K.O. Of his 15 wins 12 have been finished. I’ve not seen much of Henry of late but he is also a veteran of the game and it’s good to see him back on an Irish card. I think Ion may prove too much on this occasion.
Richie Smullen Vs Rhys McKee
The Carlow Kid Says: Rhys McKee
This is a cracking match up. I’m intrigued by it as I’m sure many are. Richie is as slick as it comes when it comes to the grappling side of the game. There’s no doubt Rhys will have to watch those legs of his because if richie gets a hold either it may be another limb on his mantelpiece. However, if Rhys lands one of those ko blows he’s renowned for then Richie’s chin may be on Rhys mantelpiece!! It could prove to be a QuickDraw match up. Who can get to their high percentage technique first? If pushed, I favour Rhys. But only due to every round starting standing. 2 high level guys.
Niklas Stolze Vs Chris Stringer
The Carlow Kid Says: Chris Stringer
Another quality match up with lots on the line. I feel more so probably for Chris Stringer. He’s coming off the back of a couple of losses but they’re not to any Joe Soaps they are to top level guys. This losing streak has to come to an end at some stage and as they say a loss is only a loss if you don’t learn from it. This may be the fight that gets him back in the win column. It won’t be easy though against a solid Niklas Stolze.
Ryan Curtis Vs Daniel Barez
The Carlow Kid Says: Ryan Curtis
Have to say I fancy Ryan Curtis for this. He’s a hungry young fighter that doesn’t lack in self belief. I can’t see this Spanish guy beating him, especially in Dublin. I see Curtis getting the finish here.
Fabian Edwards Vs Rob Sinclair
The Carlow Kid Says: Fabian Edwards
Fabian Edwards is coming in with a lot of hype behind him and I believe he’ll live up to it on the night. That’s not taking anything away from Aaron he had a solid amateur career also and is now looking to make his mark at pro level. I just feel Fabian’s athleticism and striking ability may prove too much.
Paul Redmond Vs Rob Sinclair
The Carlow Kid Says: Paul Redmond
If you are looking for a role model or someone to look up to in this game then look no further than Paul Redmond. The guy epitomizes hard work. I remember making my amateur MMA league debut in Galway with this guy years ago. I was fighting at lightweight and he was trying to cut to middleweight! He is such a well rounded MMA fighter and the scary thing is he is continuing to progress. Not only is he highly skilled he has tons of heart and durability also. He will need that in this fight against rob who is a bit of a powerhouse when it comes to striking. However I feel Redser’s work rate and overall skill-set will prove too much on the night.
Alan Philpott Vs Shay Walsh
The Carlow Kid Says: Alan Philpott
It’s a cracking main event. Philpott although losing to Tom Duquesnoy, looked fantastic in what was a great fight with the former BAMMA champ who is now contracted to the UFC. Shay Walsh is coming in off two solid unanimous decisions wins over Aaron Blackwell and James Mcerlean. I recall Philpott disposing off Blackwell quite easily back at BAMMA 26 also. This makes for an exciting fight, two quality high level guys finishing off a super card. If pushed, I go with Philpott edging out a decision.