During his brief run as a professional mixed martial artist, John Kavanagh compiled a record of 3-3. Watch his most dominant performance below.
The man who is known as the ‘godfather of Irish MMA’ truly found his calling when he devoted himself to teaching rather than fighting but during his time spent inside the cage, he was still able to display his skills as a grappler.
As Ireland’s first ever Brazilian jiu-jitsu black-belt, Kavanagh’s work with the country’s MMA scene in SBG Dublin contributed to the sport’s explosion over the course of the decade that followed his initial run as a mixed martial artist.
The fight below – which was John’s third since turning pro – took place in Cage Wars 1 on February 23, 2002, in Portsmouth, England.
Kavanagh’s opponent was lightweight Tamel Hasar.
Kavanagh, with this win, moved to 2-1 and would go on to fight three more times, losing his next two before retiring with a submission victory in 2003.
From there, he made the transition into coaching and contributed to the creation of the biggest star the sport has ever seen.
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena