After a spectacular week of Irish MMA news which saw the retirement of MMA pioneer Aisling Daly, and withdrawals from upcoming cards by Neil Seery and John Redmond, the Irish MMA scene received some boosts this week with regards to its coverage for fans and more fights for its up and coming talent.
Bellator and BAMMA host joined Media Conference in Belfast
Last Thursday, 2 February 2017, the SSE Arena, Belfast hosted a joined media conference with the stars of Bellator 173 and BAMMA 28. Irish trio Chris Fields, James Gallagher and Sinead Kavanagh were present to discuss their own preparations for the card. Fields’ opponent Liam McGeary was also present on the day.
The BAMMA section of the card was well represented with Paul Redmond, Norman Parke, Rhys McKee, Declan Dalton and Andy Young all answering questions from the gathered media and fans. The media conference was a calm affair in comparison to the previous event in Dublin, which pitted James Gallagher against Anthony Johnson, and Chris Fields putting on a verbal duel with Andy Clamp.
Bellator MMA announce deferred coverage of 173 event on Spike TV
Bellator MMA announced on its social media that its broadcast of 173 card in Belfast will be deferred in the USA on Spike TV until 10pm ET, approximately 2am, Irish time. This is the second Bellator event in the Emerald Isle that will not be available for fans to watch live.
[Edtors note: BOOO! HISS!! WTF, Bella!]
BAMMA sign broadcasting contract with Flo Combat
BAMMA received great praise from fans worldwide with the stream of its 27 event on the Facebook page of partner LADBible. It was streamed by fans in Ireland, UK and this writer while on holiday on the east coast of the USA. Such was BAMMA’s success that they have signed a multi-event contract with US-based Flo Combat with regards to the streaming rights of future BAMMA cards for its North American audience.
Cage Warriors Fighting Championships announce deal with Eirsport
— Graham Boylan (@GrahamBoylan) February 1, 2017
Cage Warriors have announced that their card, Cage Warriors 81, live in the 3 Arena on the 4 of March, will be broadcast on EirSport in Ireland as well as UFC Fight Pass and BT Sport. While a few bouts have been confirmed, such as Lloyd Manning versus Paul McBain, Dublin based MMA fans will be delighted to see Joe McColgan, Karl Moore, Catherine Costiga compete.
Richie Smullen to fight on Shinobi MMA FC 10 card in Liverpool
Richie Smullen (@richie_smullien), another of the prospects emerging from John Kavanagh’s SBG Ireland, has posted on his social media that he will compete on the Shinobi MMA FC 10 card on 25 February in Liverpool’s Liverpool Olympia. Smullen, a BJJ purple belt, in SBG is a submission expert and his last fight, from BAMMA 26 can be seen here:
IMMAF Amateur World Championships to be held in Bahrain
The International Mixed Martial Arts Federation (IMMAF) have announced that the amateur World Championships will take place in Bahrain in November. Teams from Ireland and Northern Ireland are due to travel to Sofia in Bulgaria on the 29 of March, until the 2 of April, for the IMMAF European Open. With several impressive performances in the previous European Championships in Prague in November of 2016, fans of both countries amateur fighters will hope their respective competitors can go deeper into the competition and continue to strengthen each countries reputation as an emerging force to be reckoned with in amateur MMA.
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On This Day in Irish MMA History:
7 February 2013, UFC sign Cage Warriors Fighting Championships Featherweight and Lightweight Champion Conor McGregor. The rest is well-known History!