Pictured: Northern Ireland’s Leah McCourt (blue shorts) defeated Finland’s Mia Isola (red shorts) in the Women’s Lightweight final of the 2015 IMMAF European Open Championships
2016 IMMAF European Open Championships
Northern Ireland are set for next week’s 2016 IMMAF European Open Championships taking place at the Arena of Sparta in Prague, Czech Republic, from November 22-26.
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For the first time since last year’s 2015 European Open in Birmingham, UK, the Ulster team will be without national star Leah McCourt, who earned Gold as a Lightweight competitor at the 2015 European Open. McCourt then reached the pinnacle of amateur success by achieving Gold as a 145lb Featherweight, at the 2016 IMMAF World Championships in Las Vegas this year.
The Amateur MMA and BJJ prodigy met with UFC dual-champion Conor McGregor this weekend, at UFC Fight Night in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
UFC Fight Night in Belfast was shadow sanctioned by the Ulster Amateur MMA Association, headed by Association President Rodney Moore and Director/National Amateur Team Coach Danny Corr.
The fresh faced Ulster team making their way to Prague will be strengthened by familial bonds as Jack Corr (Bantamweight), son of head coach Danny Corr, and cousin Gerard Corr (Featherweight), step up for their first taste of international experience. The young duo will be joined by Pearce McFall (Welterweight), also a newcomer to IMMAF’s international amateur platform.
2016 IMMAF European Open – Team Northern Ireland:
Welterweight 77.1 kg (170 lbs)
Bantamweight 61.2 kg (135 lbs)
Featherweight 65.8 kg (145 lbs)
By IMMAF.org lead writer and website manager, Jorden Curran