Malahide man, Neil Ward represented Ireland in the UK MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) Fighting championships at the weekend and proudly brought home gold.
Ward, who trains with Rush Fight Academy, represented Ireland in the championship fight that had amateur and professional fights on the card on the night. The UK Fighting Championships is one of the leading MMA promotions in the UK and they provide one of the best platforms for fighters to compete.
Ward, who competes at bantamweight in MMA which is 61.2 kg or 135 pounds, told the County Leader, “I am delighted with this win as I wanted to fight abroad for a long time and be able to represent Ireland, so this is a dream come trough for me.”
He went on to speak about his club, Rush fight Academy; “It has been in operation for 10 years. It started in smaller venues and renting studios, until we got our own premises in Rush about two years after it started. There are classes on every day at all levels in boxing, MMA and BJJ (Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu). We have fighters competing in all of these sports and at all levels. There are a few professional fighters too, who compete in MMA such as Adam Caffrey, who just won in Scotland recently. Other professional fighters from the local area include Gary Morris and Thomas Hogan,” he said.
“Another Rush Academy fighter, Paul Lawrence will compete in ‘BAMMA’, a very important mixed martial arts event in the 3 arena in July,” said Ward. We look forward to hearing of more success in the future.