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Decky delivers in Cage Warriors

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

NEWRY'S Decky McAleenan has vowed to fight again after his magnificent win over Thomas Terdjman in the Cage Warriors.

The Newry fighter had been out of action for over a year with injury, but answered a call to step in at late notice and compete at the prestigious MMA competition in London.

McAleenan was in total control in his fight where he beat Terdjman with a second round submission.

And the former European karate champion feels that he did enough to catch the eye of the promoters to get another crack at Cage Warriors, with an ultimate ambition of progressing to UFC.

“The promoter of the show said he is looking me back as soon as possible," said McAleenan.

“Sometimes you don't even have to win a Cage Warriors title to get signed up to UFC but if you win the title and defend it twice then that's you into the big show.

“Cage Warriors are one of the leading shows in Europe and they are one of the main feeders to UFC. They are looking for world class fighters and that is only my second fight and it is good they are looking me back."

The 25-year-old teaches Thai Boxing at Newry Muay Thai and was actually in California when he took the call from Newry's Seb Torres who informed McAleenan of the opportunity to fight.

“Seb rang me and asked was I ready to take the fight. So I said yes and it is a decision I don't regret," said McAleenan.

“It didn't faze me whatsoever because with the time I had taken off I had regained the appetite to fight.

“I teach kids Thai Boxing at Newry Muay Thai and I have a lot of them fighting now. I am trying to drill into them the attitude I used to have and by teaching them it has helped sharpen my focus and I am starting to reap the rewards."

Hand injury has ruled the 2012 Newry and Mourne Senior Sports Awards winner out of the Dublin card next weekend but the Newry fighter hopes to be back in the Cage in Newport, Wales in late April.

McAleenan is no stranger to the big stage as he is an 11 times Irish Karate champion and European karate champion and has represented Ireland in World Championships.

Having trained with the best Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) and Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighters in the world, including those locally.

McAleenan's Team Torres team-mate Marcin Zembela will make his MMA professional debut in Dublin's 3 Arena, March 4, in the Cage Warriors 81, where he will hope to make his breakthrough victory in front of a large Newry support.

McAleenan thanked his main sponsor CT1 for their continued support, as well as others who helped him out, such as Kieran Markey Male Grooming, Armbar Fight Wear and KMS Sports.

 

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