Just another exciting week here in Ireland when it comes to the world of MMA. While most forums, social media fan groups and posts continued to speculate upon the potential McGregor vs Mayweather bout (last time, I PROMISE!) I was delighted to see some posts refer to Joe Duffy’s current contract situation and also an explosion of interest in the announcement of BAMMA 30 in Dublin. It is quite clear that non-Conor McGregor MMA related news is gradually becoming more regularly discussed at office watercoolers. While the Irish Amateurs’ 6-0 streak on Thursday at the IMMAF Amateur European Open in Bulgaria remained unreported by the majority of Irish press, it was great to see some more attention paid to the events as they were released on Twitter and Facebook.
James Gallagher gets his MSG fight
Bellator MMA President Scott Coker announced live on Ariel Helwani’s MMA Hour that James Gallagher (6-0) will face Chinzo Machida (5-2) at Bellator 180. Gallagher had campaigned on social media for a bout in Madison Square Garden.
— james gallagher (@StrabanimalMMA) March 20, 2017
The card is set for Saturday 24 of June. “The Strabanimal” becomes the second Irish MMA fighter to compete in MSG, after team-mate Conor McGregor’s title winning display there.
John Kavanagh, Gallagher’s head coach at SBG Ireland, tweeted that he was excited to prepare one of his fighters for a bout against a member of the famous Machida family:
An honor to face someone from the legendary Machida family. See you soon New York pic.twitter.com/FolTcHdWY7
— Coach Kavanagh (@John_Kavanagh) March 27, 2017
Irish MMA fighters and fans have been petitioning Bellator MMA and Scott Coker to support Team Ryano’s Paul “Redser” Redmond’s (11-6) quest to get on the card.
— Paul Redmond (@RedserMma) March 29, 2017
Redmond was unfortunate not to make his Bellator MMA debut last December due to injury. There is no doubt that a second Irish man on the card would entice even more interest from Irish MMA fans on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean.
— Andy Stevenson (@andyste123) March 29, 2017
— hughie orourke (@hughieorourke) March 30, 2017
— Daniel Larkin (@daniellarkin96) March 30, 2017
BAMMA 30 announced for July
BAMMA 30 will take place in Dublin’s 3 Arena on 7 July. Tickets will be available from 5 April and the prices have been disclosed: €39; €49; €59; €75; €95; €125.
David Green, BAMMA CEO, was delighted to announce the details of the return to Dublin:
“BAMMA 30 is a huge milestone event and there was only ever going to be one place for it, Dublin’s 3Arena. We have assembled one of our best cards ever and it will be the one event in Ireland this year not to miss.”
No fights have been announced yet but, if the preview below is anything to go by, it will be an extraordinary night.
— BAMMA (@BAMMA) March 28, 2017
Norman Parke poised for KSW lightweight title fight
Norman Parke (23-5-1) will compete in front of 50,000 people when he takes on Mateusz Gamrot (12-0) in a fight for Gamrot’s KSW lightweight title. Parke will compete against the Polish Star at the massive KSW 39 stadium show in Poland on the 27 of May. “Stormin” Norman will compete for the first time since his victory over Paul “Redser” Redmond at BAMMA 28 in Belfast.
“I am lucky to be alive”
Cork based fighter Paul Healy was hospitalised after a vicious assault in his home town. Healy, 27, spoke to local radio station Red FM from his hospital bed:
“I was critical in hospital – my jaw, cheek bone, eye sockets are broken and two fractures and a brake(sic) in my skull with several bleeds on my brain.”
Here at CombatDocket we are disgusted at what happened to Paul, and I believe that I speak for both myself, the team at CombatDocket and our readers when I wish Paul all the best with his recovery.
Cage Legacy Receives Praise for Safety Standards
Cage Legacy 2 took place in Drogheda’s TLT. The card was a mixture of professional and amateur bouts:
Arann Maguire def Hughie O’Rourke (First Rd TKO)
Dillon Manning def Cormac Copeland (First Rd TKO)
Dee Begley def Silje Wahl (Third Rd Guillotine Choke)
Brandon Myers def Matthew Whyte (Second Rd)
Frankie Kelly Vs Ivan Blanita (Draw)
Adam Darby def Niall Branigan (Second Rd TKO)
Constantin Blaina def Marco Lunardini (Unanimous Decision)
Leon Hill def Luke Robinson (Second Rd TKO)
Nahom Wedi def Ronan Tomnay (First Rd Armbar)
Nathan Brennan def Niall English (First Rd TKO)
Cage Legacy received commendations from IMMAA officials for ensuring SAFEMMA regulations were adhered to.
Cage Legacy Prepare for Busy Summer
Cage Legacy Fighting Championships have announced two shows to be held in April and July.
The Ramada Resort in Dundalk will host Cage Legacy’s first ever Kickboxing-Only show on 15 April:
— Cage Legacy (@CageLegacyMMA) March 30, 2017
Cork city will host Cage Legacy 3 in July. This event will mark Cage Legacy’s first venture outside of Dundalk.
— Cage Legacy (@CageLegacyMMA) March 30, 2017
Irish Team Starts Fast at IMMAF Europeans
— IMMAA (@IMMAAOnline) March 30, 2017
Ireland’s amateur team registered a 6-0 run at the IMMAF European Championships on Thursday 30 of March. That feeling of elation must have become subdued as the team suffered a variety of losses during their respective bouts today. All here at CombatDocket wish “Yogurty” Dave Fogarty a swift recovery from a broken hand sustained in the second round of his fight.
@IMMAAOnline are keeping us up to date via Twitter: https://twitter.com/IMMAAOnline?lang=en
Irish based fighters compete on Brave FC
Friday 31 March saw a number of SBG fighters represent the island of Ireland at Brave 4 in Abu Dhabi. IMMAF Amateur World Champion Frans Mlambo (3-2) found himself in a jiu-jitsu contest against Jordan’s Jalal Deaja (3-3) and the striking specialist stunned the local crowd by choking out Deaja with a third round guillotine.
— Brave MMA (@bravemmaf) March 31, 2017
SBG Ireland light hevayweight Ben “The Spider Monkey” Forsyth (2-2) had less luck in his bout against Germany’s Marco Knoebel (5-1) at BRAVE 4. Forsyth succumbed midway through the first round to a rear naked choke after taking significant damage on the feet. Two other SBG trainees Kevin Koboldsky (6-5) and Daniele Scatizzi (8-3) also fell short in their bouts against top Middle Eastern regional fighters Ahmed Amir (7-1) and Jarrah El-Selawi (9-1), respectively.
BattleZone to return with show in June
Looks like we are looking at June 10 th for our next show
— BattleZoneFC (@BattlezoneFC) March 30, 2017
Team Ryano Head Coach Andy Ryan has announced on both Facebook and Twitter that BattleZone are preparing a card for 10 June. Ryan will announce the amateur bouts as they are prepared.
SBG’S Cian Cowley set for debut
Cian Cowley, a decorated Thai Boxer, will make his professional debut against Birmingham native David Khalsa at BAMMA 29 on 12 May. Cowley, who was accredited for the improvements in Conor McGregor’s tactical leg kicking in “The Notorious” one’s arsenal, will debut in a 73kg catch weight fight. More details here: http://www.bamma.com/news/2017/03/24/cian-cowley-vs-david-khalsa-set-for-bamma-29