Shay Walsh wants Ed Arthur and BAMMA bantamweight title

Shay Walsh goes on the attack against Gaz Pilot. Picture: BAMMA/Marc Moggridge
Shay Walsh goes on the attack against Gaz Pilot. Picture: BAMMA/Marc Moggridge

Lancaster’s rising mixed martial arts star is targeting a major title fight after returning with a big win.

Shay Walsh stopped the previously unbeaten Gaz Pilot at BAMMA 21 at the Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham, and now wants to a tilt at the promotion’s bantamweight champion Ed Arthur. The pair have been going back and forth on Twitter with Walsh confident the match can be made.

Shay Walsh enters Birmingham's Barclaycard Arena ahead of his fight with Gaz Pilot. Picture: BAMMA/Marc Moggridge

Shay Walsh enters Birmingham's Barclaycard Arena ahead of his fight with Gaz Pilot. Picture: BAMMA/Marc Moggridge

The 27-year-old, who moved to 13-3 as a pro with the win, said: “There’s been a few people coming out of the woodwork online.

“I want that Ed Arthur fight though.

“There might be a bit of a bump in the road with the schedule because my partner’s having a baby and it’s due in September.

“But it’s looking quite likely we just need to work out a date that suits him, me and BAMMA.

“I just need to fight ASAP. If Ed Arthur doesn’t work out for whatever reason I’ll be looking for someone else and then I’ll take the belt off him in my next fight.”

Walsh was pleased with his win over Pilot on June 13 as he picked up a TKO win after three minutes and 44 seconds the third and final round, a performance that saw him feature on Sky channel Spike.

He said: “He was undefeated but I got in there, got the win and the stoppage and got on TV.

“It was just good to get back in there and I was praying some of the main fights finished early and they did so I got on the programme.”

The fight also represented Walsh’s first outing at bantamweight with his opponent, a regular in the division, unable to make weight before the Lancaster man agreed the fight could go ahead.

The Lancaster and Morecambe MMA fighter said: “It felt good and I made the weight no problem, even if he couldn’t.

“I’m used to fighting bigger guys and was happy for it to go ahead.

“It was good to get two and a half rounds in and I felt great (at bantamweight).

“I felt like I could have gone on all day.”

Spike’s coverage of BAMMA 21 is still available to watch on Channel 5’s catch-up service Demand 5. Visit www.channel5.com/demand5.