As exam season fast approaches, Irish middle and high school students are struggling to cope with the challenge of concentrating on their study while the sun shines in classroom windows and drenches the school’s sports fields. While walking down a corridor I stopped to watch a Physical Education player among our senior students.
The majority were taking part in a soccer/football match. It looked as if there were eleven on each team, where were the other eight to make up the full thirty? I looked at the sideline and spotted two teachers directing their players. I looked beyond them and saw four students standing around looking at another four on the ground. After two or three minutes I realised that the eight were teaching each other Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
Two students were instructing the other six. This was a great surprise to me as the school has a proud tradition of winning regional soccer championships at a variety of age levels. It would appear that the Irish takeover of MMA has just begun!
Neil Seery Secures Retirement Fight
It has been announced that Finglas, Dublin native Neil Seery will complete his final career bout at UFC Fight Night 113 in a flyweight contest against Alexandre Pantoja. The event will take place in Glasgow’s SSE Hydro Arena on 16 July.
Norman Parke Clarifies Position on Retirement
Norman Parke shocked many MMA fans when he announced, via Twitter on 9 May, that he would retire from MMA following his title bout against Mateusz Gamrot at KSW 39.
Parke addressed his statement on Niall McGrath’s Talking Brawls podcast. He cited a friend’s offer of a coaching position at a new gym in Belfast, as reason to consider future in professional MMA:
“I have got a friend … and he was talking about opening a huge gym down ’round our area. He’s been talking about it for the last couple of years and I was like ‘Nah, going to wait until my career is finished.’ It was just a few weeks ago and I was chatting to him again and it was all go.”
Watch the preview for the bout in the Colosseum here:
Listen to the full interview here on the Talking Brawls podcast here:
Joe McColgan’s CW 83 fight now on YouTube
Cage Warriors have made Joe McColgan’s lightweight bout against Richard Williams at Cage Warriors 83 avaialble on YouTube. McColgan’s fight agaist the unbeaten Williams can be seen here:
Cian Cowley Loses on Professional MMA Debut
Decorated striker Cian Cowley lost his professional MMA debut at BAMMA 29 in Birmingham. It was clear from the beginning that David Khlalsa would attempt to bring the SBG HQ man to the ground in an attempt to stifle Cowley’s standing arsenal. Khlalsa was able to secure victory 2:40 left of the first round.
Paul Hughes Out of BAMMA 30 Bout With Patrick Wixted
Paul Hughes has announced, via his Facebook page, that he has been forced to pull out of his highly anticipated bout against Team Ryano’s Patrick Wixted. Hughes wrote:
“For this to happen again after just recovering from fracturing my other hand, is heartbreaking. I was ready to put on the performance of my life and take my career to another level, those close to me know the sacrifices I make for this game.”
Read the full post here:
BAMMA have announced that Shay Walsh will take on Alan Philpott on 7 July for the vacant BAMMA Bantamweight title:
— BAMMA (@BAMMA) May 17, 2017
Andrew Murphy Trains with Team Alpha Male
Andrew “The Carlow Kid” Murphy has travelled to Team Alpha Male as part of his training camp for his BAMMA 30 contest against Dylan Logan. Murphy has been posting notes and videos of his training and he is clearly focused and benefitting from training with Urijah Faber, Chad Mendes and the other members of Team Alpha Male. Follow Murphy’s journey on his Facebook page HERE.
Conor McGregor Jr
All here at combatdocket would like to extend our congratulations to Conor McGregor and Dee Devlin on the safe arrival of Conor Jack McGregor. It would appear from recent posts that Conor Sr has been inspired to further heights:
Let's go get some boxing ones now son. pic.twitter.com/KwBkFriTto
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) May 18, 2017