Mayhem Martial Arts and Fitness fighter, Gerard Ward will become the club’s first ever Mixed Martial Artist when he steps into the Clan Wars cage in Belfast next month.
Mayhem, formally known as Bishop Street Kickboxing has been operating nearly 10 years and has multiple success stories in K1 and Kickboxing.
But Ward’s fight against Sean Burns of FAI at the Shaw’s Bridge hosted event on November 15th will be the Derry club’s MMA debut.
Clan Wars is viewed as one of Europe’s premier Cage Fighting events. The show is televised to more than 100 million homes across the world on Extreme Sports, The Active Channel, Premier Sports and Setanta.
“It feels great to be the first fighter representing Mayhem in the cage under MMA rules,” said stand up specialist Ward from Bishop’s Street.
“Mayhem already has a great name in kickboxing and K1, so I’m privileged to be the one getting to represent them in their MMA debut and get the club’s name into the MMA circles.
“I started off with kickboxing before moving to K1 and then MMA. I always feel like I need to push myself to the limits. After this fight I will concentrate on K1 but I’m also very keen to move into Muay Thai and hopefully I’ll be the first Mayhem fighter to represent the club in a Muay Thai fight also.
“I would like to thank Brian Crossan, Kevin Anderson and Jim Ramsay of Mayhem and all my training and sparring partners at the club. I would also like to thank Cool Fuel and Extreme Fitness for sponsoring me my supplements for helping out with my training camp. Also, a big thanks to Citytan, GD motors and City Cabs for sponsoring me my meals for the fight.”
Mayhem Martial Arts is a club with big goals after making the move from Bishop Street to their new base in Springtown.
Head coach Brain Crossan has been involved in kickboxing for the past 15 years and is regarded as one of the best coaches in Ireland. The club has produced many champions including three Irish, two 5 Nations, Commonwealth, European and World champions.
Crossan recently received his 2nd dan black belt while club members Kevin Anderson and Claire O’Carroll have both received their 1st dan.
Speaking ahead of the Clan Wars event, Crossan said: “Gerard has tons of potential and natural ability, if he keeps focus on training I’ve no doubt that’ll he’ll be winning both MMA and K1 titles.”