Maguire secures first pro win while Manning lifts middleweight title at Cage Legacy 2
One of the leading MMA promotions in Ireland returned Friday night as a host of young fighters took centre stage.
Cage Legacy went back to the TLT Theatre, Drogheda, for its second instalment following the success of its inaugural show, where SBGi’s Peter Queally secured a unanimous decision victory over Full Power’s Decky Dalton in the main event last October.
The eagerly awaited pro debut of Team Ryano’s Hughie O’Rourke (0-1) had been a focal point of conversation before the event with much excitement surrounding him.
But it was BJJ Cork’s Arann Maguire (1-1) who emerged victorious from their main event encounter.
In less than a minute he had O’Rourke exactly where he wanted him, slipping inside when he had him against the cage to secure a single-leg takedown.
O’Rourke was constantly looking for angles of attack from guard and seemed to have latched onto an arm-lock but Maguire defended well to survive.
The Corkonian began to impose himself from top position, leading with his elbow to land several strikes to O’Rourke’s head.
O’Rourke rolled over in defence but the referee had seen enough and stopped the contest at 2:59 of the first-round.
Maguire secured his first professional victory following a disappointing debut loss to Neil Ward at Real Fighting Championship in Derry last September.
In the co-main event Dillon Manning (Muskerry) faced Cormac Copeland (Fight Academy) for the Cage Legacy amateur middleweight title.
After a nervy start Manning was the first to take control when he secured a single-leg takedown.
He moved Copeland against the cage where his corner could provide instruction but Copeland used the cage instead to try escape his guard.
The Muskerry fighter transitioned quickly to take Copeland’s back and went in search of a rear-naked choke.
But, rolled over into full mount and began a vicious ground and pound which Copeland failed to defend – ending the contest after 2:27 of the first-round.
Manning becomes the first-ever Cage Legacy amateur middleweight champion.
Elsewhere, Dee Begley (BJJ Cork) put together a brave and determined performance to overcome her opponent Silje Wahl (Sarpsborg Chi Kickboxing & MMA).
Begley impressed with her striking but Wahl applied a high pressure, constantly looking for takedown’s as she attempted to take charge of the bout.
The BJJ Cork fighter found herself on the mat several times in rounds one and two but wasn’t able to attempt any real attacks herself until the contest entered the final round.
Wahl brought her down heading into the second minute but left her head open, Begley wrapped up a guillotine choke from guard and tightened her hold.
The Norwegian, Wahl, attempted an escape but with her energy drained she was forced to tap out rewarding Begley for her persistence.
There were also notable wins for Adam Darby and Constantin Blanita, both from Team Ryano, and Leon Hill (Full Power) during the pre-lims.
All fight results and videos available here.