Full Draw for the Irish Junior & Senior National Championships

Photo credit: IMMAF

The inaugural Irish National MMA Championships are set to go down from the 18th – 20th of February at SBG HQ in Dublin. Winners from each category will secure a spot for the IMMAF European Championships later this year. Winners of the Senior categories for Women’s Flyweight and Bantamweight and Men’s Bantamweight through Heavyweight will earn a spot on Team Ireland for the upcoming MMA Super Cup. 

Rules and regulations for the 3-day event as per IMMAA are as follows. 

Rules and Regulations

  • Fighters must weigh in on each day they fight between 8 am and 9 am and pre-fight medical straight after. You do not weigh in on days where you have a bye.
  • First fights start at 10 am sharp and will run in order of weight (lowest weight first)
  • There is no weight allowance and no second chance to make weight. Missed weight is a DQ.
  • No spectators or entourage.
  • 2 coaches per club maximum
  • The venue will be functioning as per usual as a private gym with classes and other clients, so please keep your area tidy and don’t interfere with the classes in progress.
  • For the draw, no 1 and no 2 seeds will be on opposite ends of the bracket and they get the first bye. All other byes are allocated randomly
  • Fighters from the same team will be on opposite ends of the bracket

Some divisions did not have more than one entry and therefore the following fighters that entered the Nation Championships won an automatic Gold medal.

Automatic Golds

Junior Female Flyweight: Kiya O’Sullivan (CMAC)

Senior Female Atomweight: Nadine Abbott Bissett (Ryano HQ)*

Senior Male Flyweight Jamie Abbott Bissett (Ryano HQ)*

Senior Male Light Heavyweight Denis Perry (SBG Strabane)

Senior Male Heavyweight Gustavo Lopez (SBG HQ)

* Fighters are moving up to the next weight class to create a match.

Certain divisions only have two entries and both fighters will meet on finals day except for one fight which is also part of a 3 round robin, highlighted in the schedule. Divisions with more than two entries were drawn live on the IMMAA Facebook page on the 11th of February. With the draw completed, the daily schedule for the Irish National Championships is as follows. 

Friday – 18/02

Junior Male Flyweight Final & Bantamweight Round Robin 1/3:

Aaron Henry (Ryano HQ) vs. Kian McCarton (SBG HQ)

Senior Male Featherweight Quarter-Finals

Ronan Deegan (SBG Tullamore) vs. Keith Keogh (CMAC)

Lewis Byrne (Ryano HQ) vs. Ruairi Burke (SBG HQ)

Senior Male Lightweight Quarter-Finals

Solomon Simon (Ryano Waterford) vs. Sean McCullogh (SBG Clonmel)

Craig Croly (SBG HQ) vs. Jack Thorne (Next Gen)

Frank Meagher (SBG Clonmel) vs. Paddy Moran (Ryano HQ)

Aidan Fegan (SBG HQ) vs. Andrew Barrett (SBG Tullamore) 

Senior Male Welterweight Quarter-Finals

Ethan Guerin (SBG Cork/Killarney) vs. Liam McGeogh (MMA Cork)

Senior Male Middleweight Quarter-Finals

Mantvydus Vosylius (SBG Tullamore) vs. Tristan Barnett (SBG HQ) 

Ross O’Brien (Next Gen) vs. Brian Manning (MMA Cork) 

Saturday – 19/02

Junior Male Bantamweight Round Robin 2/3

Kian McCarton (SBG HQ) vs. Jake Ngai (Satori BJJ)

Senior Male Bantamweight Semi-Finals

Karl McConway (SBG Charlestown) vs. Patrick Symes (Ryano HQ)

Jamie Abbott Bissett (Ryano HQ) vs. Ross Quearney (CMAC)

Senior Male Featherweight Semi-Finals

Ryan Keogh (SBG HQ) vs. Winner of Deegan/Keogh

Jordan Bradshaw (CMAC) vs. Winner of Byrne/Burke

Senior Male Lightweight Semi-Finals

Winner of Simon/McCullogh vs. Winner of Croly/Thorne 

Winner of Meagher/Moran vs. Winner of Fegan/Barrett

Senior Male Welterweight Semi-Finals

Colin Meagher (SBG Clonmel) vs. Conor McCarthy (SBG Naas)

Winner of Guerin/McGeogh vs. Jordan Furey (SBG HQ)

Senior Male Middleweight Semi-Finals

Dan O’Sullivan (SBG Cork/Killarney) vs. Winner of Vosylius/Barnett

Cameron Clements (OMMA) vs. Winner of O’Brien/Manning

Sunday – 20/02, Finals Day

Junior Male Bantamweight Round Robin 3/3

Aaron Henry (Ryano HQ) vs. Jake Ngai (Satori BJJ)

Junior Male Welterweight Final

Jordan Scully (SBG Tullamore) vs. Marco Cardillo (SBG Clonmel)

Senior Female Strawweight Final

Nadine Abbott Bissett (Ryano HQ) vs. Lisa Houston (SBG Strabane)

Senior Female Flyweight Final

Mya Weafer (SBG HQ) vs. Eabha Cruise (SBG HQ)

Senior Male Bantamweight Final

Winner of McConway/Symes vs. Winner of Abbott Bisset/Quearney

Senior Female Bantamweight Final

Kerry Ann Vernon (SBG Cork) v Sinead Ni Nuallain (SBG HQ)

Senior Male Featherweight Final

Winner of SF 1 vs. Winner of SF 2

Senior Male Lightweight Final

Winner of SF 1 vs. Winner of SF 2

Senior Male Welterweight Final 

Winner of Meagher/McCarthy vs. Winner of SF 2

Senior Male Middleweight Final

Winner of SF 1 vs. Winner of SF 2