Team Ireland ready to take on World Youth Championships

Team Ireland will bring a record setting number of athletes to Abu Dhabi to compete at the IMMAF World Youth Championships which kicks off today.

A team of forty athletes have made the journey to the desert led by head coach 2017 silver medalist Danni McCormack, her husband Alan McCormack and Kieran Davern. The squad size is the largest team that has been put together since the formation of Irish Mixed Martial Arts Association.

Last year, Max Lally picked up a gold medal and Jordan Scully picked up a silver medal with Team Ireland finishing fifth overall on the medals table in the 2021 World Championships. The squad will be looking to improve on that feat this year and have been hard at work since the Irish National Championships with multiple squad sessions going down in preparations for the tournament ahead.

The tournament will be streamed live on IMMAF.tv from August 17-20. For all information regarding the brackets and schedule, visit My Next Match. The list of athletes that have made the trip are listed below.

Team Ireland


Alex Harris – Men’s M: Youth C 31 kg (68 lbs)
Tyler Byrne – Men’s M: Youth C 31 kg (68 lbs)
Emily Hannick – Women’s F: Youth C 37 kg (82 lbs)
Luke Fitzpatrick – Men’s M: Youth C 37 kg (82 lbs)
Dylan Duffy – Men’s M: Youth C 44 kg (97 lbs)
Molly Syron – Women’s F: Youth C 44 kg (97 lbs)
Cadhla Gilhooley – Women’s F: Youth C 44 kg (97 lbs)
Amy Scully – Women’s F: Youth A Atomweight 47.7 kg (105 lbs)
Alex Flanagan – Men’s M: Youth C 48 kg (106 lbs)
Adam Duffy – Men’s M: Youth C 48 kg (106 lbs)
Olivia Babiarz – Women’s F: Youth C 52 kg (115 lbs)
Kevin Walsh – Men’s M: Youth A Strawweight 52.2 kg (115 lbs)
Alison Syron – Women’s F: Youth A Strawweight 52.2 kg (115 lbs)
Ben Mahon – Men’s M: Youth A Strawweight 52.2 kg (115 lbs)
Leah Bennett – Women’s F: Youth A Flyweight 56.7 kg (125 lbs)
Nathan Kelly – Men’s M: Youth A Flyweight 56.7 kg (125 lbs)
Katie Power – Women’s F: Youth B 57 kg (126 lbs)
Taylor De Khors – Men’s M: Youth C 57 kg (126 lbs)
Lennon Wade – Men’s M: Youth B 57 kg (126 lbs)
Kian Heaney – Men’s M: Youth A Bantamweight 61.2 kg (135 lbs)
Brandon Blake – Men’s M: Youth A Bantamweight 61.2 kg (135 lbs)
Sean Brazil – Men’s M: Youth B 62 kg (137 lbs)
John Thornton Bird – Men’s M: Youth B 62 kg (137 lbs)
Jamie Doyle – Men’s M: Youth A Featherweight 65.8 kg (145 lbs)
Alex Keogh – Men’s M: Youth A Featherweight 65.8 kg (145 lbs)
Louise Brady – Women’s F: Youth A Featherweight 65.8 kg (145 lbs)
Leon Gallagher – Men’s M: Youth B 67 kg (148 lbs)
Ben Harding – Men’s M: Youth B 67 kg (148 lbs)
Liam Burke – Men’s M: Youth A Lightweight 70.3 kg (155 lbs)
Kyle Reay Rogers – Men’s M: Youth B 72 kg (159 lbs)
Ryan Dunne – Men’s M: Youth A Welterweight 77.1 kg (170 lbs)
Jack Connolly – Men’s M: Youth B 100 kg (220 lbs)
Brandon Moore – Men’s M: Youth A Heavyweight 120.2 kg (265 lbs)
Eoghan Masoliver – Men’s M: Youth A Flyweight 56.7 kg (125 lbs)
Pearse Fleming – Men’s M: Youth A Bantamweight 61.2 kg (135 lbs)
Bradley Legge – Men’s M: Youth B 62 kg (137 lbs)
Keelan Mcevoy – Men’s M: Youth B 67 kg (148 lbs)
Morgan Clements – Men’s M: Youth A Lightweight 70.3 kg (155 lbs)
Oisin Daly – Men’s M: Youth A Lightweight 70.3 kg (155 lbs)
Thomas Meagher – Men’s M: Youth A Welterweight 77.1 kg (170 lbs)

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