Foundations: Former champ Mick Leonard reflects on Irish MMA’s early days

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Foundations is a Severe MMA mini-series by Peter Carroll that aims to give Irish fans a better understanding of how mixed martial arts developed in Ireland, in the lead up to the UFC’s return on July 19th.

One of the first generation of fighters to come out of John Kavanagh’s Straight Blast Gym, former Ultimate Fighting Revolution champion Mick “Sissy Boy” Leonard caught up with PETER CARROLL to discuss how he got into the sport, training in ‘the shed’ and early competition.

Banking early wins against fighters who would make significant breakthroughs in the sport – Greg Loughran, Neil Seery and Phil Harris – Leonard spoke about how the landscape has changed and how he believes UFC’s Dublin return will affect the sport in Ireland.

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Joseph Duffy returns to MMA; signs 5 fight deal with Cage Warriors

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Former title challenger Joseph Duffy (10-1) is set to return to the CWFC lightweight division.

Duffy has signed a five-fight deal that will commit him exclusively to Cage Warriors Fighting Championship for a minimum period of 18 months.

The 26-year-old hasn’t competed in MMA since 2011, having opted to make the switch to boxing after returning from a lengthy injury lay-off.

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Source: Athlete 2.0

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