The recent run of major losses outside of the Emerald Isle continued on Saturday night as Tommy Quinn (6-2) was submitted in the second round of his fight with Lewis Long (10-3) at M4TC 17 near Newcastle.
The pair of standout welterweights were vying for the M4TC European Title and both fighters were competing for the first time since Cage Warriors’ indefinite closure, where both were exclusively signed to.
It was Quinn’s first fight in 18 months and he had worried about getting back into ‘fight mode’ before the fight but it didn’t seem like he had any trouble on the night as various reports claim that Quinn had Long in serious trouble before the Welshman cameback and sunk in a rear-naked choke at the end of the second round.
This is Quinn’s first defeat since his loss to UK MMA veteran Jack Mason almost three years ago.
The loss follows a number of recent setbacks in major fights for Irish competitors which include Tommy McCafferty losing to Teddy Violet, Philpott losing his BAMMA title fight, Chris Fields getting KO’d by Cheick Kone, and Conor Cooke losing his BAMMA British title fight.