Western Sydney’s Trent “Niño Loco” Girdham secured his second straight win under the UAE Warriors banner on Friday night in Abu Dhabi.
The 21-year-old bantamweight defeated Moroccan fighter Hamza Bougamza who trains alongside the likes of Alexander Gustafasson and Ilir Latifi at the acclaimed Allstars Training Center in Sweden.
Girdham was aggressive early as he looked to chop down his opponent’s legs before a stray finger poked the Aussie in the eye and led to an early break. Girdham wasted no time in recovering. Bougamza landed a leg kick of his own that tripped Girdhm momentarily to the canvas. Upon the restart, Girdham secured a takedown where he transitioned to the back standing. Bougamza saw the danger and utilised the cage to protect himself but only for Girdham to land a takedown straight to side-control.
With the cage in the way, Girdham had to give up on a head-arm submission, switching back to full mount. There he unloaded with elbows and hammer-fists as Bougamza regained full guard. Girdham put an exclamation mark on the round with another takedown.
Bougamza had no answer to the takedowns from Girdham who continued with ground-and-pound from both full mount and half-guard. Bougamza left his back exposed attempting to escape and Girdham immediately capitalised, locking up the rear-naked choke to get the tap.
The win came into the bout as Girdham moved his listed record to 11-2 (2-0 UAE Warriors) and puts himself in prime position for a title shot within the promotion. Girdham went on to call for a rematch against Kyle Reyes before sending a special message to a former training partner, screaming down the camera “Ashkan Mokhtarian, keep running your mouth.”
In the main event, undefeated UK heavyweight Chi Lewis Parry needed just 8-seconds to stop his opponent Mahmoud Hassan to claim the heavyweight title.
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