Breaking:Daryl Clarke Vs Darren O’Brien added to Fight Night Drogheda

Daryl Clarke (SBGi) Vs Darren O’Brien (SANDA MMA) added to Cage Legacy Fight Night Drogheda on the 11th of February in The Barbican, Drogheda, Ireland.

Clarke from Drogheda and fighting out of the world famous Straight Blast Gym holds a very impressive record of 5 -3 in amateur bouts. Clarke also represented Ireland at the 2016 IMMAF World Championships in Las Vegas and comes into this contest with plenty of experience and will get to showcase his skills in his hometown Drogheda.

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Daryl Clarke Photo Credit

O’Brien fighting from SANDA MMA holds a very impressive MMA record of 4-1  and has Kickboxing and K-1 titles in other organisations and will be looking to silence the home crowd on fight night. O’Brien has been at high levels in his Kickboxing and K-1 career and a win here over Clarke would certainly be a big one.

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Darren O’Brien

This is another fantastic bout added to the card. Daryl will join older brother Ciaran Clarke on the card. Ciaran will defend his Cage Legacy Lightweight Title against the very explosive Adam Nowak on the same card. T

Two of the very best will go head to head at Cage Legacy Fight Night Drogheda.

Tickets on sale NOW. €35 Cage Side & €25 Standard

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Austin Lynch Vs Daryl Clarke in Championship bout!

Austin Lynch (Kyuzo MMA) will defend his bantamweight championship against Daryl Clarke (SBGi) at Cage legacy Fight Night Drogheda on February 11th 2017.

Lynch (4-2) won the Cage legacy Bantamweight championship after a three round war with Padraig Magee at cage legacy one. Both men gave it their all in a thrilling three round fight with Lynch coming out victories and crowned the first ever Cage legacy bantamweight champion. Lynch fight out of Kyuzo gym in Dublin Ireland under head coach Barry Oglesby. Lynch :”I’m looking forward to it against Daryl he’s a top guy I’m going show why I’m the best in this fight

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Austin Lynch

Clarke (5-3) is without doubt one of the most exciting fighters in Ireland right now, Clarke represented Ireland at the IMMAF World championships and hold titles in other promotions, Clarke comes from Drogheda so he will have HUGE home town support behind him and he trains with some of the very best fighters in the world in SBGi in Dublin under the guidance of head coach John Kavanagh. Clarke: “I feel like its a good match up and will be very exciting fight but I feel that I am better everywhere but at the end of the day it’s a fight and anything can happen” Clarke comes from Drogheda so he will have HUGE home town support behind him

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Daryl Clarke

This is the fight the fans wanted! Two of the very best will go head to head for the bantamweight championship at Cage Legacy Fight Night Drogheda.

Tickets on sale now HERE

“I travel three hours a day and train five times a week”- Daryl Clarke on what it takes…

“John [Kavanagh] is one of the best trainers in the world…The level is unbelievable; you are training with Paddy Holohan, Aisling Daly, Dylan Tuke, Alex Brophy, the list goes on.”

A man to be feared for his record and dedication struts towards us with a smile under his grey hood, maybe giving us an early look (minus the drizzling rain) at his walkout for Cage Legacy One on the 28th of October. One thing was sure, Daryl Clarke was taking everything in his stride.

The 19-year-old ‘Drog’, an exciting MMA prospect, made it seem like nothing that fifteen hours of his, and brother Ciaran’s week was dedicated towards just travelling to John Kavanagh’s SBG on the Naas Rd, nevermind the graft of training:

“We get the bus into town, then we jump on to the Luas and get out to bluebell and then SBG is right there. It takes about, door-to-door an hour and a half.”

Mostly when working with Coach Kavanagh, Clarke explains that most sessions are technique, but the benefit of of SBG comes that it is a full-time gym, where martial artists can benefit from meeting up with team mates and training conveniently.

This was clear that the training was paying off, as Clarke represented Ireland in Las Vegas in the IMMAF.  I can imagine that the Clarke brothers were the most comfortable of all the Irish fighters who travelled, considering they only had to travel 13 hours this time…

Daryl, who hopes to make it big in the likes of Vegas for the UFC by his 25th birthday,  can make it through hard work and grind. That’s how he predicts he will beat his up coming Irish MMA competitor in Vegas turned opponent Pádraig ‘Pythagoras’ Magee  for Cage Legacy One.

“I think he [Pádraig ‘Pythagoras’ Magee] is one of the best bantamweights there is in the country, I have a lot of respect for him and his ground game and he is very flashy. “

So, how does Daryl beat Pádraig?

“You grind him out, and take him into deep waters.”

If there is any predicitng sentence to described Daryl Clarke at Cage Legacy One it would be this: ‘He makes hard work and grind look like fun’. So basically: Daryl Clarke = Workhorse. 

From the ways these two fighters are preparing for one another, this is going to be one hell of a war in Daryl’s first fight in his hometown, and with his brother Ciaran.

words by @emmetbana

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