Later this afternoon, BAMMA 5 will be taking place live from the MEN Arena in Manchester, England. The event was supposed to be headlined by a welterweight title bout between former UFC 170-pounder and current Strikeforce number one contender Paul “Semtex” Daley and DEEP champion Yuya Shirai. However, Daley missed weight and forfeited his title shot. Daley will still look to put on an impressive performance and go into his rumored title shot with Strikeforce champ Nick Diaz on a roll.
Another former UFC star, Ricco Rodriguez, is in action on the same fight card. Rodriguez will face off against The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweight alum, James McSweeney. Rodriguez also came in overweight.
There was some controversy regarding the usage of the sauna in the fighter hotel. According to Addicted MMA:
Addictedmma sources have contacted the Park Inn hotel in Manchester where BAMMA had fighters preparing for their weigh-in and have received confirmation that there were no ‘technical’ problems with the saunas.
This would seem to confirm other rumours that have been circulating that the fighters were for some reason denied access to the saunas for the time that they felt they were obligated to receive.
Paul Daley and Ricco Rodriguez are two notable names that came in over weight for tomorrows much anticipated event in Manchester, UK.
Here is the full fight card for BAMMA 5:
Paul Daley Vs Yuya Shirai
Ricco Rodriguez Vs James McSweeney
John Philips Vs Jean-Francois Lenogue
Alex Makhonin Vs Xavier Foupa-Pokam
Daniel “Denzil” Thomas Vs AJ Wenn
Leeroy Barnes Vs Mohsen Bahari
Rob Mills Vs Leigh Cohoon
Jason Ball Vs Peter Duncan
Paul Cook Vs Tom Maguire
Tim Newman Vs Diego Vital
Costas Doru Vs Liam James
Franky Slater Vs Jeremy Petley