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Lanark Fighters Debut
Scotland's most experienced MMA fighter Graham Turner has joined Europe’s leading mixed martial arts promotion BAMMA.
The Lanark fighter, will make his debut at Birmingham's Barclaycard Arena on Saturday May 14 against England’s Ronnie Mann, with the winner likely to fight for the featherweight world title.
Turner, who is known as ‘Afterburner’, has put together an impressive record of 25 wins with 9 losses and now joins fellow Lanarkshire-based fighters Chris Bungard and current light heavyweight champ Paul Craig on BAMMA’s roster.
Turner said: “I chose to sign with BAMMA as I was looking for a new challenge and a new chapter in my career. BAMMA has a lot of great fighters on their roster and they are one of the top MMA promotions in Europe.
“I know Ronnie has competed at both bantamweight and featherweight and has a load of experience, with a similar record to mine. He is a strong wrestler but his striking has weaknesses.
“I can certainly stand with Ronnie and I think I can take him down whenever I want. He will want to take me to the ground but my wrestling defence is good enough for me to keep the fight on the feet.”
Turner is a former On Top and Vision FC featherweight champion. He fights out of the Higher Level MMA gym, based in Whitburn, West Lothian, under head coach James Doolan.
Doolan is confident that Turner will handle the step up to BAMMA but says he will have a tough fight against Mann, who is considered to be another of Europe’s top featherweights, boasting a record of 24-8.
Doolan said: “The featherweight division is one of the strongest divisions at BAMMA so we expected a tough match up but I feel we have been matched with the best guy in the division in Ronnie Mann.
“He is a Bellator and Cage Warriors veteran, a black belt in Jui Jitsu, has great striking and wrestling and just as much experience as Graham.
“They match up really well and this could easily have been a world title fight, not just a title eliminator.”
MMA has benefited from a huge rise in popularity in Scotland thanks to the UFC’s debut in Glasgow last summer.
Sources close to BAMMA have suggested that the promotion is hoping to make their own Scottish debut this autumn with the SSE Hydro being the preferred venue.