Three fighters trained in MMA, also known as mixed martial arts, recently competed in an event held by the Irish MMA League at Loughlins town Leisure Center, Dublin. Tommy Gray, Brendan Reilly and Gerard Soupy Campell represented Dundalk MMA at the event.
“I’m extremely proud of these three dedicated and talented MMA fighters,” said Wayne Rutherford, owner of the Martial Arts School of Fitness where Dundalk MMA train out off. “As athletic competitors, these three men fought very well, and I am positive that this is just the beginning!”
Each fighter competed in two MMA fights on the day.
Tommy Gray from Dundalk MMA fought Vinny Cheung from Xtreme Fitness Ireland in the 80 kg Welterweight section the Winner: Tommy Gray by Decision (enter the stats for each fighter)
Brendan Reilly from Dundalk MMA fought Paul Heffernan from Point Blank Submissions 80 kg Welterweight division the decision was a Draw.
Gerard Campbell from Dundalk MMA fought Samuel Slater from SBG in the 75 kg Super Lightweight section. Gerard lost out to a more experience ground fighter from one of the biggest mma clubs in Ireland.
Gerard Second fight was a great standing battle Gerard Campbell against Sean Monahan from Next Generation MMA in the 75 kg Super Lightweight with the decision of a Draw.
Brendan Reilly from Dundalk MMA fought Barry Mchugh from Immortal Fermanagh MMA in the 80 kg Welterweight secetion to take his second fight to a Draw.
The last fight of the days was Tommy and his Second fight and it was against Pa Whelan from A.W.O.L. Tommy Gray from Dundalk MMA in the 80 kg Welterweight won by a Decision.
The guys train MMA every Monday and Wednesday, do MMA conditioning every Tuesday, Sparring every Thursday, open Mat every Friday and BJJ every Saturday at the Martial arts school of Fitness.
This is as well as their own training at their local gym. The Martial Arts School of Fitness has being running out off their home base on Jocelyn street for over three years now but this was not the start of it journey. The school host many different classes for fitness and martial arts.
Chief instructor Wayne Rutherford has developed a new system where he incorporates functional exercises into each movement to maximize your results. This competition was a great way to test he guys training and progression.
“This may have been a small competition, but it is a big step for the team that went. They all fought amazingly considering it was their first mma fights and some their first ever in any discipline.” said Sean Doran. “Our fighters used their education well and fought some tough battles. The rest of the MMA world may start to see these guys soon.”
Coach Sean Doran praised the use of tournaments for improving fighter performance.
“The team had a good training camp before entering their fights and took home great results. Tournaments are always a great way to test the competition and to see what individual areas to work on with the fighters to better their game.”