BAMMA has today revealed the official card for its February 26th event at the MEN Arena in Manchester, England. BAMMA 5 will feature a headline fight between top British welterweight Paul Daley and Japan’s Yuya Shirai, champion of respected Japanese promotion DEEP.Scott Coker says Paul Daley’s Strikeforce title shot hinges on this fight (via Sherdog.com):
Both Daley and Shirai come into the bout on winning streaks - five fights in Shirai’s case, three in Daley’s.
The main card will also feature two titans colliding as London man James McSweeney tackles former UFC heavyweight champion Ricco Rodriguez who enters the fight on an unprecedented ten-fight win streak. Three more fights are set to be added to the main card "very soon" according to BAMMA.
"If (Paul Daley) loses, the deck’s gonna get reshuffled, and if he wins, then he’ll be the first in line to get the title shot (Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Cyborg)."
Ricco "Suave" Rodriguez (45-11) vs. James "The Hammer" McSweeney (4-6)