Due to recent tragic events in the Irish MMA scene, BAMMA have decided to postpone their ‘BAMMA 26’ event.
The full quote from BAMMA:
“As most of you are aware, the recent tragedy that occurred within Irish MMA has led to numerous ongoing discussions in regard to regulation and how to make the sport safer for participants.
Whilst no regulation has currently been announced, discussions with leading experts in the medical field have led BAMMA to make the decision to introduce mandatory pre fight MRI/MRA scans for fighters.
This means that every BAMMA fighter will be subject to an annual MRI/MRA scan which will serve as important additional protection for the fighter, whilst bringing BAMMA events even closer to NSAC standards.
After consultation within the Irish sporting, medical and political community, a consensus has been reached that it is vital to introduce these scans for the BAMMA 26 event. With this in mind, and to allow the facilitation of these scans for ALL fighters, a decision has been made to move the BAMMA 26 event from June 4th to September 10th. This will leave 3 months of preparation for fighters to organise scans and for them to be reviewed by relevant medical experts.
Whilst a change in date will always cause certain complications, BAMMA believe that this is a hugely positive and imperative step that needs to be taken. All bouts will carry forward to the new date.”
The sad passing of Joao Carvalho has been met with widespread outcry to have the sport of MMA regulated in Ireland, Carvalho’s death was a tragedy, one that no fighter should suffer. We can only hope that with this BAMMA announcement more follow suit and fighters get scanned before fights.
The current card for BAMMA 26 at the 3Arena in Dublin, Ireland is as it stands:
Paul Craig vs. Chris Fields
Rany Saadeh vs. Andy Young
James Gallagher vs. Sean Tobin
Alan Philpott vs. Aaron Blackwell
Paul Redmond vs. Jack McGann
Andy DeVent vs. Ronan McKay
Adam Jahovic vs. Dylan Tuke
Richard Edwards vs. Lloyd Manning
Mark Andrew vs. Blaine O’Driscoll
Myles Price vs. Declan Larkin
Patrick Wixted vs. James McErlean
Jordan James vs. Philip Mulpeter
Keith McCabe vs. Aidan Brooks
Glenn Irvine vs. John Redmond