Welterweight Joe McColgan came into his BAMMA 26 bout at Dublin’s 3Arena with a record of 1-0, but very few people watching would ever have guessed that the man was a novice professional based on his performance.
Despite the fact that he was facing a man with ten fights to his name, eight of which were wins, and only weeks ago was on the verge of signing a UFC contract, McColgan oozed confidence from the early going. The lanky Northern Irishman’s striking was varied and hurtful, with several of his body shots taking a noticeable effect on the SBG fighter in the opening round.
Queally responded by pushing the Fight Academy Ireland representative into the fence and attempting a takedown, but McColgan defended it well and saw out the round.
In the second session, Queally’s striking looked a bit more on point but he once again struggled and ultimately failed to take his opponent down. At the end of the round, a vicious barrage of strikes from McColgan had Queally back-peddling and that may have swayed a close round in his favour.
In the third, Queally finally hit a couple of takedowns and mainly controlled the fight from inside McColgan’s guard, but it was too little, too late.
All three judges scored the fight 29-28 for McColgan, giving the him the massive upset win.
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He wasn’t at all surprised though.
“This isn’t a huge scalp for me or my team,” he said during the post-fight interview.”We know exactly what I can do. Just the civilians don’t know what I can do. Everyone was saying ‘He is 1-0, what is he doing fighting Peter Queally?’ We know what we are doing.”
After claiming a win over someone as highly regarded as Queally, McColgan isn’t looking to wait around and his post-fight rant also included a call out for another SBG fighter.
“Give me Artem Lobov at UFC Belfast,” he shouted. “And I will take out the fourth SBG member.”
As an amateur McColgan scored wins after SBG fighters Levi Keogh and James Heelan, now he has beaten Queally as well, thus the reference to a “fourth SBG member.”
UFC Belfast takes place at the SSE Arena on November 19th, will McColgan get a call-up? After this performance, you might ask, why not?