Adopting a nation vs. nation format, Team USA featured a mix of journeymen, experienced ex-UFC fighters and Bobby Lashley while Team UK showcased some of this isle’s top talent, including former UFC fighters Oli Thompson and Andre Winner alongside BAMMA headliners Jack Marshman and Max Nunes.
With a scale production and a top class commentary team including Karen Bryant and Jens Pulver this was a very interesting show on paper…
…and so it proved to be.
A night of extremes, every fight either ended early or stayed in the balance to the bitter end with huge finishes by Max Nunes, Oli Thompson Jack Marshman and Dayman Lake all raising their stock Stateside in impressive fashion.
With Marcin Lazarz and Andre Winner also gutting out solid decision victories over vastly more experienced opposition Ricco Rodriguez and Drew Fickett.
On the US side, LC Davis continued his great form with a commanding decision victory over James ‘Scraps’ Saville, while Kendall Grove and Bobby Lashley got the first round stoppage wins you might have expected/feared from some of the biggest names on the card.
All in all, this night was a huge success for Team UK, walking out 7-4 victors on the night and on foreign soil no less.
We’ve known about the likes of Marshman and Nunes for some time now, but North American fans might not have paid as much attention to shows like BAMMA as they should have.
Well, they know our boys come to fight now!
I’ve not seen any word on the next GWC card, but I’d this is anything to go by there should surely be a second. Make it winner stays on, and the next nation who wants a crack at Team UK has to come and face us over here next time.
It’s only fair…
Max Nunes def. Justin Davis by TKO (elbows) Rd1 (2:39)
Bobby Lashley def. Matt Larson by submission (rear naked choke) Rd 1 (1:38)
Marcin Lazarz def. Ricco Rodriguez by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Andre Winner def. Drew Fickett by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Kendall Grove def. Danny Mitchell by TKO (strikes) Rd 1 (4:53)
Oli Thompson def. Kevin Asplund by TKO (strikes) Rd 1 (3:21)
LC Davis def. James Saville by unanimous decision (30-27 x 3)
Dayman Lake def. Jake Heun by submission (rear naked choke) Rd 1 (4:34)
Jack Marshman def. Wayne Cole by TKO (strikes) Rd 1 (1:26)
Michael Johnson def. Jerome Martinez by unanimous decision (30-27 x 3)
Jake Murphy def. Tony Hervey by unanimous decision (29-28 x 3)
TEAM UK wins by 7-4