SBG Ireland fighter Cian Cowley’s IMMAF World Championship campaign got off to a spectacular start on Tuesday, as he destroyed Alex Garcia Gurpegui in the second round.
The Spaniard’s demise came when he shot for a takedown on Cowley and was met with a vicious volley of punches. Amidst the barrage, Gurpegui attempted another shot, but was caught with a brutal right-hand that was a hybrid of hook and uppercut. That shot ended his tournament and left him lying flat on his face.
For those unfamiliar with Cowley, he is a a decorated Muay Thai practitioner who counts Irish titles in both the pure form of the sport and Caged Muay Thai among his many accolades. The Dubliner only made the switch to MMA last year, beginning his training at SBG Concorde. He has since become a frequent sparring partner of UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor.
He made his amateur debut earlier this year at BAMMA 24 in Dublin, losing a decision to Jay Moogan of Wales in a three-round lightweight contest.
A lengthy run in the world’s premier amateur MMA tournament, which is a part of the UFC’s International Fight Week, will go a long way toward erasing the memory of that early setback though.
Cowley, who is competing as a welterweight for the championships, will face another Spanish fighter in the next round. Alvaro Gomez Aragon was given a bye in the first round and, according to Tapology, he has no previous amateur experience.
You can read more about Cowley in this profile we did on him last year.
Other Irish fighters who found success on the opening day of the tournament included Dave Fogarty, Matt Sheehan, Nathan Kelly and Diarmuid O’Buachalla.
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