Latest Craic in Irish MMA: Sometimes the Good Guys Lose

When you work in the MMA media it can be a bitter sweet experience, as you may see fighters dominate a bout only to lose due to a simple mistake or you can watch a fighter accept that their skillset is not adequate at the level they hope it to be.

But therein lies the beauty of mixed martial arts, the fighter may be despondent in a losing moment, but they will be resurgent as early as a day later! This mentality is an example to all.

As a Secondary/Middle or High School teacher in an all boys’ secondary school in inner city Dublin, we must always bring in examples of resilience to help guide these young men as they develop. As they approach their examinations, the staff have been trying to use motivational quotes to inspire the lads to put in the final effort to get the best marks possible. It was during a discussion on an MMA fight that a student highlighted that:

“Sometimes the good guys lose, but then they keep on going! It’s important to pick yourself up after a disappointment. It’s our reaction that counts!”

Artem Lobov Comes Up Short Against Cub Swanson

SBG Ireland’s Artem Lobov put in a huge effort against Cub Swanson at UFC Fight Night Nashville. The ‘Russian Hammer’, who has called Dublin home since a young age, has an avid following among hard core Irish MMA fans, and many stayed up until the early hours of Sunday morning to watch his maiden headline fight against the ever impressive Swanson. Lobov defied those who see him mainly as McGregor’s training partner, and won many fans on the night by putting on a valiantly five-round effort against Cub in a unanimous decision loss.

Andy Young and Leah McCourt train at Team Alpha Male

Two of Northern Ireland’s most exciting talents travelled to Team Alpha Male on the USA’s west coast. Andy Young, who has been writing some excellent blogs on his experience, was joined by compatriot Leah McCourt.

The highlight of the trip was posted on Young’s Facebook page:

Me and Leah teaching Urijah some correct Northern Irish pronunciation ?

Posted by Andy Young on Tuesday, April 18, 2017

SBG Ireland’s Luka Jelčić Defends FFC Title

Croatian born Luka Jelčić successfully defended his 155 pound Final Fight Championship title in Slovenia. The SBG Ireland representative claimed the victory over Argentine Roberto Pastuch via TKO, as he quickly forced his opponent to the canvas and finished him off with a barrage of ground strikes.

Cian Cowley Releases Documentary Series

Cian Cowley may have just signed his first ever professional MMA contract recently, but he is one of Irish MMA’s unhidden gems. A celebrated Thai Boxer, Cowley has been credited for the recent advancements made in both Conor McGregor and James Gallagher’s striking and kicking.

Ahead of his BAMMA debut in Birmigham this year, Cowley set about creating a mini documentary called, The Journey. The first two episodes are linked below:

Episode One:

Episode Two:

Coaches and Fighters Return From Abroad

Household names from Irish MMA returned home from their various foreign travels this week.

SBG Ireland’s John Kavanagh returned to Ireland after spending two weeks travelling Australia promoting his best-selling book, Win or Learn:

Starting my long journey home to Ireland so taking a moment to reflect on and be grateful for a truly amazing experience…

Posted by Coach John Kavanagh on Saturday, April 22, 2017

Team Ryano’s Andy Ryan travelled to the USA with Paul ‘Redser’ Redmond and Patrick Wixted. The three spent time visiting and delivering seminars to affiliate gyms:

Back to normal#cbdrelief #tatamifightwear #bjjrevolutionteam #teamryano #insomnia start of a new week

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Leah McCourt, from Fight Academy Ireland, returned home from her weeklong training session with Team Alpha Male:

Cage Legacy Announce NoGi Section of Maiden Cork Card

Cage Legacy FC have announced their first ever NoGi grappling bout for Cage Legacy 3 in Cork, on 22 July. The bout will feature a pioneer of Irish MMA reporting, Andrew McGahon. McGahon, of Team Torres, who was one of the first people to interview Irish MMA fighters. McGahon has worked with SevereMMA in the past, and is now working with

Here is more HUGE news for Cage Legacy fans….
Our first EVER Nogi grappling match will happen at Cage Legacy 3 in Cork…

Posted by Cage Legacy Fighting Championship on Saturday, April 22, 2017


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