SBG’s Lee Hammond made it three from three on Wednesday at the International Mixed Martial Arts Federation world championships in Bahrain.
After securing a stunning ‘hammoplato’ submission in his first round match, Hammond followed that up yesterday with a rear-naked choke win in his second round match.
Great fight and win today vs the number one seed. Semi final tomorrow! 🇮🇪☘️ pic.twitter.com/FCCotHE1OU
— Lee Hammond (@LeeHammond96) November 14, 2018
Today, Hammond earned a split decision win against Ukraine’s Pavel Senchenko to advance to the semi-final of the tournament, the most prestigious such event in amateur mixed martial arts.
The result is a great one for the young Irishman, as Senchenko is a European champion and one of the most highly-touted amateur prospects around.
RESULTS (Cage 1)
Marko Sarasjarvi (FIN) Def Kaupo Kokamagi 1:26 Rd 3 via RNC
Lee Hammond (IRE) Def Pavel Senchecnko (UKR) via SD
Sola Axel (FRA) Def Robin Roos (SWE) via UD#MMAWorlds2018 #Bahrain #Manama pic.twitter.com/4f5rVopgN5
— IMMAF (@IMMAFed) November 14, 2018
Also, congratulations go to another SBG member, Dee Begley, who won defeated her Finnish opponent by decision. Ireland’s Ryan Spillane had today’s quickest win, taking just 21 seconds to win his clash.