One of Ireland’s premier MMA promotions returns on November 15th and will take place in the Ramada Hotel, Belfast. A pair of professional bouts will top the card and they involve some big names in Irish MMA.
Fresh off his impressive KO win over Conor Cooke at BAMMA Paul Byrne (6-0) will look to continue his devastating streak going in what will be his return to Clan Wars after last competing for the promotion five years ago.
Byrne has managed to win his six professional outings via TKO but now faces arguably his most toughest test to date. His opponent for Clan Wars will be dangerous grappler Ronan McKay (10-11). Don’t be fooled by McKay’s record, the EFR fighter holds wins over the likes of Richard Gorey, Leeroy Barnes, Henry Fadipe and even Byrne’s stable mate and current UFC fighter Cathal Pendred.
Byrne is incredibly dangerous but McKay has that smothering style that can nullify that. A great fight and stylistic match-up that could literally swing either way.
The co-main event is one that certainly has the potential to be fight of the year in Irish MMA as Tommy McCafferty (6-1) takes on the returning Brian Moore (7-4) in the lightweight division. Both men will be looking to make a statement in this fight.
McCafferty is coming off the first loss of his professional career earlier this year at UXC FN 3. Prior to that loss people mentioned his name a potential signing for the UFC in the near future and he will no doubt be looking to get things back on track and go on another run that will get people talking once more.
However, Moore is making his return to the cage after 18 months away and he will certainly fancy himself in this fight. The last time we saw Moore he suffered disappointing back-to-back losses in Cage Warriors, something which knocked his UFC ambitions off track. But now after some time away he has no doubt reassessed and refocused himself. This fight could literally end anywhere at anytime so good luck to anybody picking a winner.
CLAN WARS 23 FIGHT CARD*
Main Event – Pro MW
Paul Byrne (SBGi) v Ronan Mc Kay (EFR)
Co-Main Event – Pro LW
Tommy McCafferty (Team Torres Derry) v Brian Moore (SBGi)
Amateur Middleweight Title
Glenn Irvine (NGNI) v Maciej Gierszewski (Kyoujin)
Amateur Featherweight Title
Paul Hughes (EFR) v Sean Paul Power (Ryano)
73kg CW- Richard Dowie (EFR) v Jay-Ar Campos (Kokoro)
BW- Ryan McFall (NGNI) v Alex Bediou (Kokoro)
LW- Jonathan Reid (D10MMA) v Ciaran Loughran (Heat MMA)
FW- Daniel Cairns (New Era) v Joe McMahon (FAI)
FW- Stuart Graham (Chum Sut) v Phil Campbell (IFS)
BW- Ryan O’Reilly (D10 MMA) v Harry Scott (IFS)
HW- Marty Corrigan (CRFS) v Mindaugas Gerve (IFS)
MW- Gerard Ward (Mayhem MMA) v Sean Burns (FAI)
LW- Stewart Kenny (CRFS) v Aodan Devlin (FAI)
WW- Daniel O’Connor (D10 MMA) v Gareth o neill (IFS)
BW- Yousef Jaafar (Konfliction MMA) v Quinton McDonagh (CRFS)
W Fly- Megan Hodges (CRFS) v Kaitlin Haplin (D10 MMA)
*card subject to change & more bouts expected to be added.