The Latest Craic in Irish MMA: Hammer to Hit the Cub

Artem Lobov versus Cub Swanson set for UFC Fight Night 108 in Nashville

It was announced during UFC 208 that SBG Ireland’s Artem Lobov will headline UFC Fight Night 108 against Cub Swanson on 22 April 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. Lobov, a veteran of the European scene, will face the greatest test of his career. The ‘Russian Hammer’ will take on a resurgent Swanson, whose fight against Doo Ho Choi at UFC 206 was considered by many as 2016’s Fight of the Year.

IMMAA announces Brain Scan Procedures

On the 7 of February IMMAA released information with regards to the availablility of MRI/Brain scan requirements for fighters. The scans, which are available for €150 from Professor Dan Healy’s Bon Secours Hospital, Dublin and Affidea Ireland centres that are located in Dublin and all over the country.

Cage Fighting Legacy hosts successful event under IMMAA rules

A packed Barbican Centre in Drogheda played host to the Cage Fighting Legacy K1 and MMA Event on Saturday 11 of February. In a card stacked with emerging amateur talent, the card was headlined by SBG Ireland’s Ciaran Clarke taking on Arena Wexford’s Adam Nowak in a lightweight titlefight. Clarke successfully defended his with a unanimous decision victory.

John Kavanagh, President of the Irish Mixed Martial Arts Association, posted on Facebook to highlight the safety procedures that preceded the event: more significantly, this was the 1st all amateur show in the world where all athletes had a brain scan to ensure the highest standards of safety.  I would like to take a moment to congratulate the promoter Declan John Kenna, Yoni from Safe MMA and Deano C-Mac Wade from IMMAA (Irish Mixed Martial Arts Association) who all put in a lot of hours to get this over the line. Ireland continues to lead the way as an example of what can be achieved when a community comes together for the greater good of its fighters. MMA continues to be an ‘unregulated’ sport in Ireland as we work towards our status as official national governing body, but IMMAA have continued to raise the bar and ‘self-regulate’ imposing safety standards on our promoters which are higher than any level demanded by any amateur combat sports body in Ireland or the world for that matter. All here at would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Declan John Kenna and all concerned at IMMAA and Safe MMA, for putting on an event with such high safety standards.


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