We are just a few weeks away from Clan Wars 17. The event is in the Ramada Hotel on the 24th of November and a few of the ZKJ boys will be there representing the club.
Anyone who has ever been to the Dojo knows Carl “King Carlos” McNally and Aaron Kennedy. Carl is hard to miss because I think he actually lives in the Dojo and as for Aaron.. Well, he is the Dojo poster child. Like, literally.. He is on the posters and flyers. Those ones that the ladies from the girls class keep stealing.
Clan Wars 17 is a big night for both Aaron and Carl. I mean, I don’t think any night when you step into an octagon and go toe to toe with someone can ever be considered a normal night, but this one is even more out of the ordinary.
These fights are the Ulster championships and will crown the Ulster champion in each weight category. The local champions will then go on to the all-Ireland championships and from this the Irish team will be chosen for the World championships that will happen next July at the UFC fan expo in Las Vegas….
So.. Y’know.. No pressure lads.
Both Carl and Aaron have a 4 – 1 record in MMA and both they and everyone in the club wants to see those records become 5 – 1 on the 24th. Carl is fighting Ross Corriston at Bantamweight (61kg) and Aaron is fighting Glen Irvine at welterweight (77kg). Both opponents are from NGNI in Ballymena.
For those of you that don’t know, our coach is the director of the Mixed Martial Arts Federation of Ireland (MMAFI) . You can read a bit more about what Danny has been doing for the MMAFI here. We all know how hard Danny works coaching the club and making sure these fighters are ready to step into the octagon in the first place, but it’s important to recognise the work he is doing in the background to ensure that these opportunities happen for the fighters in the first place.
These fights are clearly a great opportunity for Aaron and for Carl and for the club as a whole. There was a great representation from the club at Clan Wars 16 and it was a great evening. I will be there again for this one . I am looking forward to it and I hope to see you there.