Welcome to the MMA Latest News and our new weekly segment where I will go through 5 prospects from a country each week. The prospects include fighters from MMA promotions from around the world, including the UFC. This is a prospect list so don’t expect to see a UFC or Bellator champion to appear, however, a lower tier promotion champion is quite possible i.e EFC, BAMMA etc…
In this week’s piece, I will look at Ireland and what I believe are the top 5 prospects from the emerald Isle.
Duffy is Ireland’s next big prospect in the UFC for sure. He is well-known for being the last man to defeat Featherweight title challenger Conor McGregor. Notably he also beat TUF: Smashes winner Norman Parke.
Duffy formerly fought in Cage Warriors where he fought 7 times, winning on 6 occasions with his only loss coming against Ivan Musardo for the Lightweight Strap. In 2011 “Irish Joe” left the sport of MMA to try his hand in boxing where he racked up an unbeaten record of 7-0. Finally in 2014 he returned to MMA picking up 2 of his 6 Cage Warriors wins before signing with the UFC. On his UFC debut, he made quick work in a dominant performance over an unimpressive Jake Lindsey.
Joe was superb in his debut attracting more hype. At UFC Glasgow, he takes on Ivan Jorge in a more suited affair in contrast to his last fight. This will test him somewhat more as he looks to take the 155 division by storm. Duffy is one of the most well-rounded technically gifted fighters in the game and is one to watch as he prospers in the UFC.
Redmond started out training as a way to lose weight. What followed this was the beginning of Ireland’s latest MMA star to sign to the UFC. Outside of Ireland, Redmond went unnoticed in MMA until he debuted in Cage Warriors. His then unimpressive record of 3-3 was left behind as he went on to thrive in the Cage Warriors 155 division racking up a 7-1 record in the promotion before signing for the UFC in 2015.
His dominance in Cage Warriors has brought him to prominence across Europe.
“Redser” is also a DJ and he brings the energy of a nightclub with him to the cage every time proving to be an entertaining fighter, finishing 9 of his wins via TKO or Submission. Redmond is renowned for being the aggressor with both stand up and ground assisting him in his wins gaining the spirit of the crowd each and every time.
His debut in the UFC was somewhat unfortunate, taking the fight on short notice he sadly missed weight and went on to be picked apart by Mirsad Bektic. Currently awaiting a fight, Redmond will be looking to bounce back to winning ways soon.
3. Tommy McCafferty
Fighting out of: Torres BJJ Derry
Promotion: UXC (Last fought under)
Last fight: UXC Fight Night 3; vs Teddy Violet (Lost via KO)
Next fight: N/A
Originally an ISKA World Champion before electing to target MMA glory instead in 2012. Since then McCafferty has picked up titles at 145 in both Chaos Fighting Championships and Immortal Fighting Championships. He then went on to sign for Cage Warriors where he had a remarkable debut win against Dean Reilly via TKO. However, with Cage Warriors being inactive after some difficulties, McCafferty fought in UXC where his unscathed record became no more. His recent loss to Teddy Violet will be a factor that he will look to learn from in the future.
With world-class stand-up ability and a solid ground game, he is surely a massive threat to all his opponents as well as being a major Irish prospect. Be sure to keep an eye out for him in the future.
Our first SBG man to feature on the list is one of the most tipped Irish fighters to get the nod from the UFC next. Queally trains amongst all of the UFC SBG stars along with coach John Kavanagh as their mentor. Queally has quite a lot of cage time with all of his professional fights going the distance. However, Queally is an electrifying fighter and lives up to his nickname “The Showstopper” by performing superbly in all his victorious bouts.
Queally is now making a name for himself down in Africa where he looks to achieve greatness by overcoming the 155 division. He has only recently announced his return to his natural weight category of 155. His stint at 170 saw him pick up 2 wins out of 2. However, since pulling out of his No.1 contender fight at EFC 38 vs Van Staden due to injury, he has opted to make this decision which we hope will see him reign successfully once again. This year he will look to make an impact, so watch him as he looks to make his way into the UFC.
The Russian-born but Irish bred man is looking to become Ireland’s next MMA star. Don’t let his record fool you he is an outstanding fighter, he will fight anyone anywhere and is willing to stand in on very short notice as he has done in the past. Lobov is an exhilarating fighter that could entertain any crowd. He is one of SBG’s top prospects and features quite a lot on “The Notorious” with Conor McGregor, as Conor’s sparring partner.
Some critics say his record may not get him into the UFC. However, take a look at Mark Hunt who also has a split record. Maybe it’s time to give this new breed of Irish talent a go at the big time as his losses came very early in his career and mean nothing but a number? After being spotted with some credentialed names in the UFC lately, we could see him featured very soon.
There you have my 5 Irish prospects, keep an eye out next week as I will look at Scotland and their upcoming talent.
Jake Collier Re-Signs with the UFC
UFC light heavyweight, Jake Collier (11-4, 3-3 UFC) , took to twitter yesterday, announcing a four fight contract renewal with the promotion.
The Missouri-born, Collier, amassed a 7-1 professional record fighting exclusively in his home state. Following his next fight, a 1st round submission victory over Gabriel Checco in the RFA promotion, Collier signed with the UFC.
Originally, Collier signed as a middleweight. His promotional debut took place in December of 2014 at, UFC Fight Night 58. A bout which he lost to Vitor Miranda via TKO (Head kick and punches) with only one second remaining in the opening round.
— Jake Collier (@Jakecollier88) December 7, 2017
In 2017, “The Prototype”, moved to the light heavyweight division. The move came after a three-year stint at middleweight that saw him go 2-2. Losing to the likes of Dongi Yang, while defeating Ricardo Abreu. His final fight at the lower weight earned him a performance of the night bonus in his, UFC Fight Night 88, TKO win over Alberto Uda.
Upon moving to light heavyweight, Collier has the same .500 win percentage with a record of 1-1. His debut at the weight originally scheduled him against John Stansbury. Unfortunately, Collier withdrew from the card due to injury. Devin Clark replaced him on, The Ultimate Fighter Finale: 24, and defeated John Stansbury by unanimous decision. Clark then fought Collier next, defeating him by unanimous decision. “The Prototype”s most recent bout, a victory over Marcel Fortuna in November at, UFC Fight Night 120.
According to, UFC.com, Collier is booked to fight UFC-newcomer, Marcin Prachnio at, UFC on Fox 28, in Orlando, Florida. The only bout booked to the February 24th card, of next year.
Prachnio, holds a record of 13-2, with 10 knockouts. He most recently fought for the Asian-based promotion, One Championship. The Karate practitioner comes to the UFC on an eight fight win streak, the previous four in One Championship. At twenty-nine, Prachnio is another, in his prime, European light heavyweight signed to the UFC this year (Volkan Oezdemir being the other).
FURY FC 17 Preview: UFC Veteran Roger Narvaez Set to Fight For Gold
Deep in the Hill Country of Texas, there is a storm of MMA action brewing on the horizon in the historic city of San Antonio.
In 1836 the most iconic siege ever to take place in the American West was waged between Santa Anna’s Mexican forces and a small band of Texans fighting for their independence at the Battle of the Alamo. On June 10th that tradition of never backing down continues as Fury Fighting Championships 17 takes place at the Shrine Auditorium with a card that was originally slated to have 20 bouts of MMA action. At the top of the bill, there will be a familiar face as former UFC fighter, Roger “The Silverback” Narvaez, looks to capture his first championship in the sport when he faces Antonio “Doomsday” Jones for the vacant middleweight title. The event will also feature a hot prospect, a kickboxing champion, and a grudge match.
Fury FC 17 will be broadcast live on FloCombat.com.
While the 33-year-old Narvaez (8-2 MMA, 1-2 UFC) has already realized his ultimate goal of getting to the highest level of MMA, fighting for a title has always eluded him. The 6’3″ fighter nicknamed “The Silverback” due to his abnormal 79.5″ wingspan, or monkey arms as he calls them was twice scheduled to fight for the Legacy Fighting Championship Middleweight Title against then champion Bubba Bush who now fights in the UFC. An injury caused the first fight to be canceled. Then a call up to the UFC to fight an unknown opponent on short notice put an end to plans for the another scheduled title fight.
To Roger, the secret to grabbing the attention of the world’s biggest MMA promotion is fighting for several different promotions. He fought for six different organizations winning all of his fights before getting a call from the UFC’s former matchmaker Joe Silva to ask if he was ready to make the move. Narvaez feels that fighting for multiple shows tells the UFC that a fighter is ready to fight whoever and whenever. His first fight for the promotion was a loss to Patrick Cummins at UFC Fight Night 42 in Albuquerque where he fought at an altitude of over 5300 feet sea level, something he says will not do again unless he is training at altitude. To put it bluntly, he plainly states “the altitude in Albuquerque sucks.” After a win against Luke Barnett, he faced Elias Theodorou. In that fight, he broke his arm before ultimately losing, and was then cut by the UFC.
At this point in Narvaez’s career, his goals now are different:
“The next goal for me, to be realistic, is to make as much money as I can. I love fighting, but at the same time, I have a family that I am trying to support. That is always first and foremost now…[and] Fury is doing a pretty good job of taking care of me…This is a really big deal for me. I am probably training harder for this fight than I have ever trained before. Part of that is with age comes knowledge and experience and I am doing everything I need to do the right way to get ready to come home with that strap, but that strap means ever thing…I didn’t quit fighting with a broken arm, it is going to take something pretty drastic to get me stop. I don’t think the guy I am fighting is going to be able to break my will or test my heart to where I am not going to be able to pull through…coming home with that title is a big deal.”
That home is one of a fighting family. Narvaez’s wife Brandi is also a fighter who recently made her professional debut at Legacy Fighting Alliance 7. His stepson is a gray belt who competes in Jui-Jitsu year round, his daughter also trains in the sport. They understand the hard work that their dad puts in more so than the average fighter’s family. As he puts “it’s not normal, but it is normal to us.”
The prospect to keep an eye on is Two-time Alabama state wrestling champion turned lightweight MMA fighter, Alec Williams (5-1 MMA) from Birmingham. Williams will be looking to rebound from his first professional loss as he takes on Travonne “Prince Scorpion” Hobbs. In his last fight, Alec relied on his wrestling and got it in his head that he did not want to stand and trade with his opponent. That mentality ultimately not only cost him his undefeated record but also to sustain four broken bones in the right side of his face.
“I didn’t get knocked out, I still got the takedown after I broke those four bones. I know it is going to be pretty difficult to knock me out…Honestly, the loss kind of took any pressure off. Before I was undefeated, that loss was going to be a big change and now a loss is just another loss.”
For this fight, Williams says he has been working with MMA legend and former UFC fighter Pete Spratt on his stand up and will not make the same mistake twice.
Also featured on the card is the first Brazilan World Cup Kickboxing Champion, welterweight Washington “Washingthai” Luiz. Originally slated to fight Nickolay Veretennikov, “Washingthai” Luiz will now take on lesser known Danny Ageday. With a new opponent on just four days notice, the man who has aspirations to become a champion in GLORY Kickboxing is not fazed.
“I did my whole camp studying my first opponent who is a striker like me, but I do not feel harmed by the change. I’m ready for this war…The main reason for my change to the USA is the opportunity to be in the biggest events in the world I have already fought the biggest events in Brazil in kickboxing and MMA. I have fought in big events in Europe and now my challenge is the biggest event of kickboxing, GLORY. But I also love MMA and when a fight appears for me, I do not refuse.”
The grudge match at Fury FC 17 comes to us from the flyweights division’s Mark “The Sparrow” Plata and David “Gallito” Miramontes. These two men were scheduled to fight previously but Plata had to pull out due to his wife giving birth to twins. According to Plata, that is where the beef began.
“The day my twins were born he was messaging me talking about how this was not a good reason not fight and that I just did not want to fight him. My kids were in ICU at the time and he just keeps messaging me over and over…it upset me at the time because they were dying, they were trying to survive, but it just added more fuel to the fire. Then he kept asking promoters to fight me. He asked two or three different promoters to set it up. I got tired of him asking for me. So then I was like, alright cool if you want it that bad, let’s do it…His fighting style matches his personality. He tries to be a bully, and that’s cool, I don’t mind shutting bullies down.”
Titles, champions, prospects, legitimate bad blood…what more you could ask for in a local card?
This is an event not to miss and thanks to Fury FC having a deal with FloSports, you do not have to.
Tune in for all the action live at 6:00 PM CST on FloCombat.com this Saturday.
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