Bellator MMA wrap up their 2016 run with another co-promotion, this time with BAMMA which is broadcast on Spike TV in the UK but not in the US. The show is officially both Bellator 169 and BAMMA 27 with BAMMA of course providing the undercard.
The Bellator fights are headlined by a clash between Muhammed Lawal and Satoshi Ishii, a bout demonstrating the connection between Bellator and RIZIN. Lawal was on a four-fight win streak in Bellator when he entered and won the RIZIN tournament last year scoring a KO of Brett McDermott, unanimous decision over Teodoras Aukstuolis, and KO of Jiri Prochazka. Lawal’s streak came to an end however in May when he lost a unanimous decision to Phil Davis at Bellator 154, a loss that left Lawal’s career 19-5. Ishii is mainly known as an Olympic Gold Medalist in judo in 2008 but in MMA is 14-6-1. Ishii was also in the RIZIN tournament but lost to Jiri Prochazka by KO in the opening round. Since then Ishii took a loss to Quinton Jackson at Bellator 157 in June.
Headlining the BAMMA portion is the first defense of bantamweight champion Tom Duquesnoy as he takes on Alan Philpott. Duquesnoy who is also the lightweight champion for BAMMA won the bantamweight title at BAMMA 25 in May with a KO of Shay Walsh. That win extended Duquesnoy’s win streak to nine in a row dating back to April 2013 with his only stumble being a “no contest” against Ashleigh Grimshaw in September 2014. 16-8 Alan Philpott in BAMMA is 3-1 with a loss to Ed Arthur in his promotional debut followed by wins over Regis Sugden, Nathaniel Wood, and Aaron Blackwell. Between the Wood and Blackwell fights Philpott took a loss to Daichi Takenaka in Vale Tudo Japan in June showing Philpott still has a weakness to submissions which provided seven of his eight losses.
BAMMA 27 undercard (prelims)
- FW: Dylan Tuke vs. Cameron Else
- WW: Keith McCabe vs. Richard Kiely
- BW: Blaine O’Driscoll vs. Neil Ward
- WW: Terry Brazier vs. Niklas Stolze
- BW: Ian Cleary vs. Andrew Lofthouse
- WW: Kiefer Crosbie vs. Conor Riordan
BAMMA 27 main card (Spike.com)
- WW: Nathan Jones vs. Walter Gahadza
- LW: Rhys McKee vs. Jai Herbert
- LHW: Chris Fields vs. Andy Clamp
- BW title: Tom Duquesnoy vs. Alan Philpott
Bellator 169 (Spike TV)
- BW: Luiz Tosta vs. Shay Walsh
- WFW: Sinead Kavanagh vs. Elina Kallionidou
- FW: Daniel Weichel vs. Brian Moore
- FW: James Gallagher vs. Anthony Taylor
- HW: Muhammed Lawal vs. Satoshi Ishii