The Northern Irish team was revealed last night for the amateur MMA world championships set to be held in Las Vegas this July, an event organised by the International Mixed Martial Arts Federation (IMMAF) as part of the UFC’s celebrated ‘International Fight Week’.
The following fighters were selected to represent Northern Ireland by the Ulster Amateur MMA Association; Mark McGlinchey, Carl McNally (pictured), Ross McCorriston, Steven Moore, Glenn Irvine, Denis Perry and the one remaining spot left to be decided between Ciaran Breslin and Jordan Mairs.
The team will be under the tutelage of Irish MMA pioneer and legend Rodney Moore, who currently coaches the likes of UFC fighter Norman Parke and highly touted youngster Alan Philpott among others.
“We have pulled together a amazing squad of fighters for this tournament, a mixture of youth, experience and skills and I’m looking forward to coaching them and bringing back some world titles for Northern Ireland,” said Moore via press release.
The competition starts Monday July 6th and will end Saturday July 11th. Conor McGregor will be challenging Jose Aldo for the UFC title that weekend too at UFC 189 with Gunnar Nelson also on the card. Another Irish MMA star Catherine Costigan will make her Invicta debut in Las Vegas that weekend too.
Title image by Austin Tanney.