Shauna Bannon, the rising star of Irish MMA, is set to make her octagon debut at UFC London with the full support of UFC trailblazers. Find out more about her journey and the backing she has received from the likes of Conor McGregor.
Irish MMA’s New Rising Star: Shauna Bannon Makes Octagon Debut
As the world of mixed martial arts continues to evolve and grow, Ireland is once again making waves with the emergence of a new rising star, Shauna Bannon. This Saturday, Bannon will step into the octagon for her highly anticipated debut at UFC London , and she does so with the full backing of many of Ireland’s original MMA trailblazers.
Bannon, a talented strawweight fighter, has captured the attention and support of some of the biggest names in Irish MMA. UFC veteran Paddy Holohan has taken on the role of her head coach, providing guidance and expertise as she prepares for her first professional fight on the biggest stage of her career.
But it’s not just Holohan who believes in Bannon’s potential. Conor McGregor, the Irish superstar who needs no introduction, has also thrown his support behind the young fighter. In fact, McGregor is one of Bannon’s main sponsors, showcasing his belief in her abilities both inside and outside of the octagon.
To demonstrate his unwavering support, McGregor even hosted a watch party for Bannon’s fight against Bruna Brasil at his popular Black Forge Inn restaurant in Dublin. This gesture not only highlights the camaraderie within the Irish MMA community but also showcases the belief that Bannon has what it takes to succeed at the highest level.
In an interview on The MMA Hour, Bannon expressed her gratitude for McGregor’s support, stating, "Even before I was in the UFC, he used to congratulate me and text me ‘well done.’ I was over the moon, really. I really hope he can come back and fight as well, and we can have a whole new Irish era, because I do really believe that the takeover part two is going to happen. There’s four Irish fighters on the roster now, and there’s so many more to come as well. Ireland has unbelievable athletes, and we’ve seen it happen before, and I think it’s about to happen again. And I’m so excited to be part of it."
With her octagon debut just days away, Bannon is ready to showcase her skills and prove that she belongs among the elite in the strawweight division. Her hard work, dedication, and the support of Irish MMA legends like Holohan and McGregor have prepared her for this moment.
As fans eagerly await Bannon’s first appearance in the UFC, it’s clear that Irish MMA is once again on the rise. With a new generation of talented fighters like Bannon emerging, the future looks bright for the sport in Ireland. The support and camaraderie within the community, as exemplified by the backing of trailblazers like Holohan and McGregor, only further solidify the belief that Irish MMA is a force to be reckoned with.
| Fighter | Opponent | Result ||———-|—————|——–|| Shauna Bannon | Bruna Brasil | Win |