Coach John Kavanagh Competing in MMA
SBG Ireland head coach John Kavanagh is one of his pro-MMA fights, circa 2004 – 2004. Conor McGregor’s coach was himself a fierce competitor back in the day. And this is one of the very few pieces of footage floating around showing him inside the cage.
It was filmed at Cage Wars which was held in Portsmouth England. An event promoted by a well-known fight promoter at the time Patrick Mooney. This film captures at least some of the original seeds that sprouted the sport of Mixed Martial Arts in Ireland and Europe.
With the sport coming on leaps and bound on a global scale in a very short space of time. Where once this handful of competitors competed in local village halls. In front of a couple of hundred hardcore fans. We now see elite-level fighters competing in front of tens of thousands of people. From Tokyo to LA, from New York to Dublin. Mixed Martial Arts has become a truly global sport.
We wonder where things will be in another 10 to 20 years from now. The biggest sport in the world perhaps? We will have to wait and see. But for right here right now, you are looking at history.
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