Leading into the UFC 127 event Saturday night was the BAMMA 5 card from the MEN Arena in Manchester, England. The card was headlined by two fights featuring a couple of big names with possible big plans awaiting them should they win.

Unfortunately both Paul Daley (400 grams) and Ricco Rodriguez (2lbs.) showed up to the party a little overweight. Though their fights did go on, the Paul Daley vs. Yuya Shirai welterweight title fight was changed to a non-title bout.

The main card saw four fights, shown in the UK on SyFy and everywhere else on a PPV stream at www.bammatv.com. Now let’s check out how the night’s action played out and the reaction that follows the result.

Welterweight Championship bout: Paul Daley vs. Yuya Shirai – Paul Daley by 1st rd. KO

The fight went the way most thought it would, too bad Daley ended up just under one pound over the 170 pound limit missing his shot at the BAMMA title. Daley looked great out there and easily shock off any attempt Shirai had at clinching. His jambs were brutal, his uppercut was massive and the left hook, well that stopped the fight.

What’s next for Daley? Despite missing weight once again, Delay will most likely face the Strikeforce welterweight champion Nick Diaz in April. This bout will most certainly bring a wealth of trash talking, question is will it be a good fight…..

Heavyweight bout: James McSweeney vs. Ricco Rodriguez – Ricco Rodriguez by UD

The only fight that went the distance on the main card was completely dominated by the former UFC heavyweight champion Rodriguez. Rocked early by McSweeney and stuffed on his initial takedown attempt, Rodriguez final took the fight to the ground. The next two and a half rounds would be spent with Rodriguez on top, looking for submission while McSweeney defended.

Not the most impressive victory, but a win is a win and for Rodriguez it’s his 11th in a row. Talk of him returning to the UFC had been talked about before the fight but the missed weight could hurt those chances. Despite missing 215 lbs. agreed upon catchweight, Rodriguez did look to be in the best shape that we’ve seen him in a long time.

Middleweight bout: Alex Makhonin vs. Xavier Foupa-Pokam – Alex Makhonin by 2nd rd TKO

Nice win by Makhonin over a veteran in the sport and a good building block for his young career. As for Foupa-Pokam, well the guy has lost four in a row and seven of his last eight, enough said.

Middleweight bout: Claudio Henrique Da Silva vs. Jean-Francois Lenogue – Claudio Henrique Da Silva by 1st rd Submission (Rear Naked Choke)

Much like the fight above, Da Silva earns a nice win over a veteran with a below average record. Da Silva improves to (7-1) and Lenogue runs his record to (14-14-3).

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