Omagh's Morgan crowned Irish lightweight champion

OMAGH'S Morgan Clements is the under 18 lightweight Irish MMA champion.

This was the first time the All Ireland MMA Championships had ever been held in Belfast and the first time any junior from Northern Ireland has ever became an Irish champion.

This year both Morgan Clements from Team Ryano OMMA based on the Drumnakilly Road in Omagh and Eoghan Masoliver from Team Evolve in Derry became the first two juniors to win gold at the Irish MMA Championships.

Morgan's brother Cameron Clements was the first ever Irish champion from Northern Ireland when he become middleweight Irish champion in February.

Morgan and five other athletes from all around Ireland made it to the finals and because of previous performances and ranking Morgan was seeded number one and Oisin Daly from Team Torres was seeded number two.

Both athletes got a bye in the first round and put on opposite ends of the bracket. Morgan's first match would be against Scott McGuiness from SBG Tullamore.

Morgan started fast winning the striking exchanges before taking his opponent to the ground in the first round. Each round had a similar story where Morgan would win the striking exchanges pressing his opponent back then taking him down off the fence.

The match finished with Morgan winning all three rounds and moving onto the final.

He would face Liam Burke from Conor McGregor's gym SBG. Liam had just beat one of the favourites Oisin Daly in the semi-final.

Morgan started fast and was winning the striking in the first before being taken down and being held down for most of the first.

In the second round Morgan came out very fast and shot for a takedown, but Liam stuffed the take down and ended up on top.

Morgan did well to get to guard where he began to attack off his back, finally catching Liam in an armbar with less than 30 seconds to go in the second round crowning Morgan Clements the 2022 under 18 lightweight Irish champion.

The Clements household now have two Irish champions, with the Abbott-Bissotts, who where semi finalists in Ireland's Fittest Family, from Dublin the only other family in Ireland to be able to claim two Irish champions in Irish bantamweight champion Jamie Abbott-Bissott and female Irish flyweight champion and female world atomweight champion, Nadine Abbott-Bissott.

Next stop from Morgan is a trip to Abu-Dhabi where he will represent Ireland for the second time in the IMMAF World Youth Championships in August.

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