Combat Vision MMA conducted a Q&A interview with New Era MMA fighter Daire Toman ahead of him going for a second title at bantamweight taking on Cork BJJ fighter Jack Maguire at Akuma Fighting Championship X on Sunday 23rd April. Daire made a successful defense of his Clan Wars bantamweight title at Clan Wars 26, beating Ross Quearney by way of unanimous decision. Daire is ranked 12th in the UK/Ireland bantamweight rankings.
Thanks for taking the time to speak to Combat Vision MMA, Daire. Could you tell our readers about the type of fighter you are?
“I like to think of myself as a well rounded martial artist, most people think because I come from a kickboxing background that I am primarily a striker. But, I am confident wherever the fight goes, I like to push the pace”
You fight out of New Era MMA. Could you tell our readers about the coaches and any fighters you train with?
“I train under my head coach Micky Doyle at New Era in Lurgan. Having someone at Micky’s level is very beneficial to me, he has been one of the leading figures in the pro scene for some time. I actually used to work for Mickey when I was a scaffolder, when I was kickboxing and he kept telling me to give MMA a go. After a while I finally did and I haven’t looked back since. After a short time, I started training under Micky Doyle, he actually said to me he could see me holding titles in MMA if I competed. Having someone of his caliber believing I was capable of this really motivated me to do so. I also travel to EFR Antrim to train under David Patterson who is Micky’s head coach and he is responsible for numerous MMA Champions. This is where I do most of my sparring with the likes of pro fighters Paul Hughes and James McErlean to name a few”
You won the Clan Wars amateur bantamweight belt at Clan Wars 24 against a tough competitor in Alex Budiou by way of unanimous decision. Could you tell our readers about your performance on the night and how you felt at the end getting the belt around your waist?
“This was my favourite fight to date. It was a good scrap with a tough opponent with plenty of experience. Coming off a loss, previous to this fight for the Akuma title, I was determined to get the win and leave it all in the cage. Getting the belt was unreal, to see all my hard work paying off. I also knew that now I was a title holder that there was going to be a target on my back, so I got straight back to the gym to train and improve even further”
You then went on to defend your Clan Wars bantamweight belt against Ross Quearney at Clan Wars 26 winning by way of unanimous decision. How did you deal with the mental and pressure side of defending your belt?
“I used the pressure as motivation. I wasn’t going to let anybody take the belt from me. I knew Ross was a tricky opponent, I really had to fix holes in my game for this fight. My skill set improved greatly during the time leading up to the fight and I think people got to see that. I am more than just a striker and I am more than comfortable taking the fight to the floor if needs be”
Your only loss in your amateur career to date was against Alexander O’Sullivan at Akuma Fighting Championship 7 where you challenged for the amateur bantamweight belt in this promotion. How much has your fight game grown since this fight?
“My overall game has went through the roof since this fight. My technique, mentality and fight knowledge have exceeded greatly. Even though I lost this fight it showed me that I was up there with the best in the country. I took a lot of positives from this fight, I learnt a lot and seen where I needed to improve. Naturally as a fighter I would welcome a rematch”
How confident are you – it will be second time lucky on Sunday April 23rd at Akuma Championship X and you will win the Akuma bantamweight belt against Jack Maguire?
“I don’t want to come across as cocky. But, that belt is coming home with me to Lurgan. I am in the best condition physically and mentally that I have ever been in and on April 23rd everyone will see the best version of me to date. I am grateful for the opportunity to fight for the Akuma title again”
Have you seen anything in Jack Maguire’s fighting style that you will be looking to exploit at Akuma Fighting Championship X?
“I don’t focus too much on my opponent’s style, I know what I plan to do. In this game you never know when your opponent could be changed last minute, so I just make sure I am the best I can be on the day no matter who is in front of me. My original opponent Richie Stack had to pull out due to injury, I wish him a speedy recovery and I am still interested in that fight happening for the WCFC belt that he holds”
Lastly, what does 2017 have in store for Daire Toman?
“Right now I am just focused on the task at hand. But, looking forward to a very active 2017. I would like to thank you for having me and a quick shout out to all my sponsors:
The Lean Supper club Liam McEvoy
Armbar Fight wear Dee McConville & Darran Connolly
Subway Lurgan Shay Toman
Fitness factory Alan Campbell
SLM Design Lee Morrison