BAMMA 5: Paul Daley vs. Yuya Shirai and Ricco Rodriguez vs. James McSweeney in Manchester, England on February 26th

The main event and co-main event of the evening for the BAMMA 5 card have been confirmed for February 26th in Manchester, England with Strikeforce welterweight contender, Paul “Semtex” Daley drawing DEEP champion, Yuya Shirai and former UFC heavyweight champion, Ricco Rodriguez will face TUF 10 cast member, James McSweeney.

Daley was last seen in action against middleweight knockout artist, Scott Smith, putting away the man deemed “Hand of Steel: in the very first round. He is expected to return to action with Strikeforce in March when they visit Ohio for the first time. Japanese star, Shirai is 20-8 overall and unbeaten in his last five professional MMA bouts. He captured the DEEP welterweight title in January 2010 and has defended it once so far.

Rodriguez is on a ten-fight winning streak at present and also holds notable wins over the likes of Andrei Arlovski, Jeff Monson and Randy Couture. It is well publicised that he is trying to engineer a return to the UFC in 2011 and this could be the perfect way to do it. McSweeney’s run with the UFC came to an end when he lost back-to-back fights to Travis Browne and Fabio Maldonado last year.

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