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Young so proud to be crowned NI's first MMA pro World king


Newtownards MMA fighter Andy Young

Newtownards MMA fighter Andy Young

Newtownards MMA fighter Andy Young

Newtownards fighter Andy Young has become Northern Ireland's first MMA professional World champion after a stunning victory in Kiev, Ukraine.

On Saturday night, 'Taz', as he is known, knocked out the undefeated Alexander Barabash at the end of the second round in front of thousands of fans.

The new WWFC flyweight World title holder is now back home in Co Down and already planning his next move.

"My mind and focus were at a new level on Saturday night," Young told the Belfast Telegraph.

"I was able to go in and take on their local undefeated fighter and win by TKO at the end of the second round.

"To then have a sea of people then rush into the cage after the fight to congratulate me and take pictures was something else, and speaks volumes about the respect of the Ukrainian people.

"I will continue to rise and progress further - it's only the beginning for me, but it marks a milestone for me after so much hard work.

"It really is an honour to say I'm Northern Ireland's first MMA pro World champion."

The 27-year-old trains at Next Generation Gym in Ballymena, and had close friend and training partner Arnaud Dos Santos from ADS Training in east Belfast in his corner.

Belfast Telegraph