Today Irish promotion WCFC have announced that their next event will take place on June 26th in Dublin and will feature both K1 and MMA bouts.
MMA fights have not happened in the Republic of Ireland since the tragic passing of Joao Carvalho a few days after his fight on April 9th.
WCFC had a show scheduled for the weekend after and even had the blessing of Carvalho's family. But the event did not receive the support from the IAPA (Irish Amateur Pankration Association), who voted against it and withdrew their support of the show according to their Chairman.
Regardless, WCFC still decided to move forward with the event but unfortunately their insurance company pulled out unexpectedly forcing the show to be cancelled just hours before the doors were to open.
Since April 9th we have seen the cancellation of WCFC, Celtic Gladiator, UXC, Cage Kings and the postponement of BAMMA, all for various reasons.
WCFC promoter Pawel Tomczyk spoke to us about the upcoming show and said that the event will have a couple professional K1 fights, a few amateur K1 fights, a couple of ADCC superfights and a few amateur MMA fights, which will happen under the IAPA's supervision and under their new safety standards. There will be no pro MMA fights on the card.
Tomczyk also said that the safety for fighters in paramount to the organisation and will have the proper medical staff, cutmen, referees and doctors in place for the night of fights.
First matchup announced will be a rematch between Nathan Kenna and Ross Quearney for a WCFC amateur title, Ross won their last fight via footlock in April.